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SGT Benjamin Woodruff, Sr

SGT Benjamin Woodruff, Sr

Birth
Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 18 Oct 1837 (aged 92)
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Plot Block 34 Lot 17
Memorial ID 46761689 · View Source
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Benjamin Woodruff Sr. was the oldest child of James Woodruff and Joanna (sur-name, unknown). He was born in Honover, New Jersey on November 26, 1744. Little is known of his childhood but records of the Morristown Presbyterian Church noted that on March 2, 1771 at the age of 27 he married Phebe Pierson. She died January 21st 1777 when their third child was less than a year old. The previous year the Revolutionary war had started with the signing of the Declaration of Independance. According to Adjutant General records, Benjamin had enlisted as a drummer in Captain Kean's Company of the Eastern Battalion of the Morris County, New Jersey militia and later served as a Sergeant variously under Captain Jonas Ward, Captain Baily, Captain Tomothy Tuttle, and Captain John Deboe, all under the command of a Colonel Thomas. He later served under Jacob Card of the Western Battalion of the militia until the end of the war and took part in battle near Elizabeth Town, New Jersey on December 17, 1776 as well as other engagements. On July 8, 1778, while on active duty. he married Patience Lum who was then 27 years old and they had six children, Hannah, Elizabeth, Benjamin Jr. , Obadiah, john and Timothy. Their youngest child, Timothy, was born March 10, 1791 and it is believed Patience died sometime between then and 1804. In 1804, at the age of 60, Benjamin moved with part of his family from Morristown, New Jersey, to Fayettetown (Fayetteville), Seneca County, New York. 32 Years later, at the age of 92 he traveled in the back of a wagon to the newly opened Michigan Territory to live with his son Benjamin Jr. in Pittsfield Township of Washtenaw County, He died on October 8, 1837, shortly before his 93rd birthday and was buried in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Query whether the marker at Forest Hill Cemetery is a cenotaph. His death occured more than 20 years before this Cemetery was opened. Futher, the History of Washtenaw County, Michigan, Vol. 2, 1881, reports at page 1096, that Benajamin Woodruff's grave was unmarked:

Benjamin J. Woodruff was the first settler on land purchased from the general Government. He built a house and moved his family into it July 6, 1823. Woodruff started the first village in Washtenaw. He was the first justice of the peace, the first postmaster, first sheriff and first mill builder in the county. He came from Ohio to Ypsilanti.

On the first day of June, 1825, the road from Detroit to Chicago was surveyed by the United States commissioners, beyond Woodruff's tji-rove; so the village perished. Woodruff moved to Ypsilanti, where he and his wife died. He was social and accommodating, and made a good landlord. His grave is not marked.


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  • Created by: Twist
  • Added: 16 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46761689
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Benjamin Woodruff, Sr (26 Nov 1744–18 Oct 1837), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46761689, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Twist (contributor 46920390) .