Biography of Buell D. Woodruff
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Buell D. Woodruff is a grandson of Solomon Woodruff, who was the first white settler in the town of Livonia. The family is of English origin, and the first record we find of it is in Litchfield, Conn., in 1640.

Solomon Woodruff in 1789, with his rifle and knapsack on his back, came alone and on foot to Livonia, where he located on lot No. 32. Here he made a clearing and built a log house. and returned for his wife and son Austin, who was then three years old. With this small family and household effects in an ox wagon he started for his new home in the Genesee country, the journey occupy ing six weeks. His nearest neighbors were seven miles distant, at the foot of Honeoye lake. He was the father of five children who reached maturity, viz: Austin, Phillip, Jeremiah, Morris anti Marina. They all married and settled in the county. Austin, the father of the subject of this sketch, retained a part of the old farm settled by Solomon Woodruff, on which Buell P. now lives, and which from various purchases made by the latter now amounts to two hundred and thirty acres. Austin married Julia Smith, of New England, by whom he had ten children, seven of whom are yet living, Buell D. being the youngest son. On the 15th of June, Buell D. was married to Hortensia V. Harding, of Burns, Steuben county, by whom he had three children: Herbert S., Edward B. and Frank H. His wife died January 19, 1869, and February 26, 4873, he was married to Elizabeth A. Coe.

Herbert, the eldest son of Mr. Woodruff, was married to Lizzie Durkee January 18, 1879. Edward B. was married to Georgie Quackenbush March 10, 1880, by whom he had one child, Emma, who is the fifth generation that has resided on this farm within ninety years.

Buell D. Woodruff still resides on the old farm originally settled by Solomon Woodruff, and is a man widely known and respected for his sterling qualities of head and heart. He was elected Justice of the Peace by the Republican party in April, 1875, and Supervisor by the same party April 5, 1881, by 230 majority, it being the largest majority given to any Supervisor up to the present time.

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