Mabel Brown Hibbard Collection
The Woodruff Family
Isaac Sheldon Woodruff
Born 02 SEP 1816 Marlborough, Middlesex, MA
Died 27 MAY 1891 in Savanna, Carroll Co., IL
Savanna Township Cemetery
Married
30 Apr 1849
Mary Goodrich
Born 17 FEB 1834 in Shelbyville, Shelby, IN
Died 31 DEC 1914 in Savanna, Carroll Co., IL
Savanna Township Cemetery
Isaac Sheldon (I.S.) Woodruff was born to Thomas Woodruff (son of John Woodruff and Sarah Cole) and Silence Cole's
father, Thomas Cole.  Silence Sheldon's grandfather was Samuel Harmon, a Connecticut Minuteman.

The oldest letter in this collection from Thomas Woodruff to his children in Spencer, Tioga Co., NY, in 1835 while he was in
Hudson, NY, to settle his father's estate.

Mary Goodrich was born to James Goodrich (son of Nathan Goodrich and Susan Whetzel) and Cynthia Ritter Midkiff
(daughter of William Midkiff and Mary Robertson).  She first married Abraham Leir when she a young teenager.  The
spelling of his name is in question. It is not clear what exactly happened, but records indicate Abraham enlisted in the
Mexican-American War and survived, but he did not return to Mary.  As a result, she filed for divorce in October of 1848.  
According to
this divorce document, the sheriff could not serve the summons, because he found that Abraham had died
that same month.

Mary's father, Nathan Goodrich was a Revolutionary War soldier and pioneer in Shelby Co., IN.  Her mother, Susan
"Susannah" Whetzel was the sister of the
Lewis Wetzel, notorious frontiersman and Indian fighter.  He was revered by some
as a frontier hero and considered a crazed Indian killer by others. Native Americans called him "Deathwind."  This family's
story has been well documented.
Isaac and Mary's children
Jennie Woodruff
Born about 1853
I do not know if she ever married or when she died.  When her sister, Cora, died young, Jennie went to Iowa to help Cora's
husband, Rockwell N. Hibbard, with their two children.  I know from her letters she was a teacher in Preston, IA.  
Annie Harmon Woodruff
Birth 26 Jun 1854 in Illinois
Married Charles Adelbert Ransom 05 Mar 1884 in IL
Death 11 Dec 1943 in Broken Arrow, Tulsa Co, OK
Annie was a teacher in Broken Arrow, OK.  She moved to
Indian Territory with her nephew, Nort Hibbard.
Cora Woodruff
Birth 4 JUL 1856 in Savanna, Carroll, Illinois
Married Rockwell N. Hibbard 20 Aug 1877
Death 7 OCT 1883 in Arlington, Woodbury, Iowa
Buried Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna, IL
Birth 21 Mar 1858 in Savanna, Carroll, IL
Married Mary Jane Hay in 1898
Death 24 Sept 1942 in Freeport, Stephenson, IL
Harry Woodruff
Birth 24 Jul 1859 in Savanna, Carroll, IL
Death 22 Jan 1880 in Greenleaf, Washington Co., KS
Ida Woodruff
Birth 21 Aug 1863 in Illinois, USA
Death 2 Dec 1878
Frank Woodruff
Birth Aug 1869 in Illinois, USA
Death unknown
This seemed to be just a picture of Frank, but the cover had come off to
reveal Mary Goodrich holding up her child for the camera.  She also
saved hair from Frank's first haircut with a note -
read it here.
Harmon P. Woodruff
Birth APR 1875 in Savannah, IL
Death 29 May 1946 in Savanna Carroll Co. IL
Isaac and Mary settled in Savanna, Carroll County, Illnois.  Isaac was the proprietor "The Woodruff House" hotel.  He was
prosperous, and his family was very social.  See the
Savanna Page for beautiful invitations and letters saved by Annie.