Biography of John B. Woodruff
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Woodruff, John B., was born in the town of Allegany, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., October 10, 1838. Charles C. W., the father of John, was a native of Orange county, born near Graycourt, May 24, 1802, and learned the shoemaker's trade; after he was of age he came to East Bloomfield, where he married Caroline Reynolds of Springwater. They svent from there to Cleveland, O., and from there came to Cattaraugus county, where he died, August 16, 1879. Mrs. Woodruff died November 6, 1879. They were the parents of six children. The three living are Clinton D., a farmer and mechanic of Cattaraugus county; Mrs. Mary Pierce of Cattaraugus county, and John B., our subject. He was educated in the common schools and his first occupation was lumbering and farming, which he followed until the breaking out of the war. August 21, 1861, he enlisted in the 5th N. Y. Cavalry and served until December 16, 1863, then reenlisted in the same regiment, serving until July 19, 1865. This regiment was in 171 engagements, and was with the Army of the Potomac. At the close of the war he returned to the home of his parents, and. November 12, 1865, he removed to the town of Hornellsville and was employed in working a farm on shares until April 25. 1872, when he bought the William McMichael farm of fifty acres, to which he has added twenty acres, now having a fine farm of seventy acres. He was married March 27 1864, to Miss Louisa A. Weatherby, daughter of Richard Weatherby, a farmer and pump manufacturer of Wirt. Mrs. Woodruff died September 23, 1894. at fifty two years of age, leaving four children: Miles S. Woodruff, a farmer; Miss Minerva E., Laura C., and Charles F., who assist in the conducting of the homestead farm.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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