Woodruff family collection
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Woodruff family collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Woodruff family collection
Dates: 1796-1950
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0880

Biographical/Historical Note

George Whitefield Woodruff (1765-1846) was the son of Elias and Mary Joline Woodruff of Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He studied law at the College of New Jersey and was admitted to the bar in 1788. Soon afterwards he was appointed District Attorney of Georgia and moved to Savannah, Georgia. In 1796, he married Jean Houstoun of Savannah, daughter of Sir George Houstoun. Aaron Dickinson Woodruff (1762-1817), brother of G .W. Woodruff was an Attorney-General of New Jersey.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes letters between George Whitefield Woodruff and Aaron Dickinson Woodruff pertaining to the construction of George Woodruff's home, Oatland, outside of Trenton, New Jersey. There is also a memorandum on the Woodruff family and an explanatory note titled The Woodruff Letters, compiled by Edith Duncan Johnston, pertaining to the letters in the collection and outlining the Woodruff-Houstoun-Johnston family connection. Additionally the collection includes a bank note for $32.34 payable to George Woodruff by the Planters Bank of the State of Georgia.

Index Terms

Genealogies (histories)
Houstoun family.
Johnston family.
Johnston, Edith Duncan.
Letters (correspondence)
Woodruff family.
Woodruff, Aaron Dickinson, 1762-1817.
Woodruff, George Whitefield, 1765-1846.

Location of Originals

Item 1, originals located in Princeton University library.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from family of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Woodruff family collection, MS 880, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Items 1 and 2, gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Edward Woodruff. Items 3 and 4, gift of Edith D. Johnson, 1950.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Correspondence of Aaron Dickinson Woodruff of Trenton, New Jersey and George Whitefield Woodruff of Savannah, Georgia, 1769 June 5-1808 November 9 ( 58.0 p. ) (Typed. Pages 1 and 2 missing.)
Item 2: Note for $32.34 on the Planters Bank of the State of Georgia, payable to George Woodruff, 1822 May 17 ( 1.0 p. )
Item 3: Memoranda on the Woodruff family, undated ( 4.0 p. )
Item 4: The Woodruff Letters, 1950 ( 4.0 p. )
Explanatory notes on the letters in Item 1, with biographical information on A.D. Woodruff and G.W, Woodruff, with genealogical charts of the Woodruff-Houstoun-Johnston connection. By Edith D. Johnston.