SQUIRE WOODRUFF. A retired farmer living in a pleasant home on Jefferson Street, left his farm in
Sullivan Township some three years ago and for fourteen months made his home in Decatur before
coming to Sullivan, Moultrie County. He purchased land in Sullivan Township when he first came
to this county in 1854 and was remarkably successful in general farming and stock-raising, so
that he now owns four hundred and sixty-seven acres of as fine land as there is in the county,
three hundred and thirty-seven acres of which is under the plow and subdrained with tiling. One
hundred and sixty acres of this land was obtained by his father, Moses, from the Government in
1837 and has never been deeded outside of the family. Mr. Woodruff has had unusual success in
breeding the best grades of sheep, swine, cattle and horses. He was born near the county seat
of Fountain County, Ind., July 29, 1827, his father being a native of New Jersey and a son of
Samuel A. Woodruff of the same State, but descended from old New England stock.
The grandfather of our subject learned the trade of a tailor in New Jersey, and married Miss
Joan Potter and after the birth of their children they emigrated with their family to Ohio,
settling at Shakers' village and joining that peculiar sect, and lived there until her death.
Somewhat later her husband came to Indiana and died in the home of his son Aaron Woodruff in
Fountain County, being then past seventy-four years of age. He adhered to the Shaker faith
till his death, although his sons Moses and Aaron, when young men broke away from this faith
and came to Indiana, there beginning life as farmers. This was just after the marriage of Moses
Woodruff with Miss Margaret Petro, a native of Pennsylvania who came to Ohio when ten years of
age. They were married in Monroe County, Ohio, after which they came to Indiana and made a
settlement in the woods in Fountain County. They were without means and did genuine pioneer
work in that new region, and there Moses and his wife lived and died. Moses passed away in
1838 when less than forty-two years old, and his faithful wife survived him more than twenty
years and died November 11, 1860, at the age of about sixty-eight years. Moses Woodruff was
an Universalist in his religious belief and his wife died in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal
Squire Woodruff is the first born of his parents and he and his brother Martin, a farmer near
Sullivan, are now all that remain of the family, as their sister Mary A. died in infancy. The
first marriage of our subject took place in Fountain County, Ind., he being then united with
Miss Asenath Marvin of that county, who died in Moultrie County, Ill., January 5, 1857, at the
early age of twenty-six years. The second wife of Mr. Woodruff to whom he was united in this
county bore the maiden name of Mary Heffelfinger. She was born in Pennsylvania and came when
quite young first to Indiana and later to Illinois, and when thirty-one years old passed away
from this life March 6, 1869. The third marriage of Mr. Woodruff united him with Mary A.
Yakeley. His fourth wife was formerly Miss Elizabeth Kepler. She died September 12, 1882.
Our subject was again married to Hannah Horn who was born in Washington County, Pa., and came
to Illinois after her first marriage. Mr. Woodruff had children by four of his wives and nine
of them are living, namely: Ethan A., Mary E., Elias P., Martin A., Asenath, Cora B., Helen,
Margaret A. and Edith D. The last three are unmarried and make their home with their father.
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