Woodruff Family Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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George Woodruff, a member of the Princeton Class of 1785, was a lawyer. George Woodruff's brother, Aaron Dickinson Woodruff, served as mayor of Trenton, N. J. (1794-1797).
The collection consists of selected papers of Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1785) and various members of his family of Trenton, N.J. Included are correspondence with his brother, Aaron Dickinson Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1779), mayor of Trenton from 1794 to 1797, concerning the construction of George Woodruff's house, "Oaklands," near Trenton; correspondence with his wife, Jean Houstoun Woodruff, concerning the deaths of their sons Elias and George; correspondence of a surviving son Patrick Houstoun Woodruff; and papers relating to the settlement of the estate of George and Ann Houstoun (George Woodruff's in-laws) of Savannah, Ga. Also present are four photographs (1896) of "Oaklands," which later became the Trenton Country Club.
Additional material to the collection contains items of Elias, Joseph, Jr., Philemon, and Samuel Woodruff. There is a deed for a house and lot on Main Street in Princeton, N.J., of Thomas Egbert, signed by Elias and Mary Woodruff and dated Feb. 14, 1780. In addition, there are receipts related to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the Rev. Aaron Burr, a typewritten record of unpublished notes of Elias Woodruff from the Princeton Historical Society, and a genealogical list of the Elizabethtown and Newark line of the Woodruff family, dated 1938.
Material arranged primarily by correspondent.
Papers are a former deposit from 1948. Various Manuscripts are a gift of Prof. Thomas H. English. Box 1 and Folders 1-7 of Box 2: AM 1993-94
Folder list prepared by Lisa Yankowitz in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- Woodruff family
- Houston family
- Woodruff, Aaron Dickinson, 1762-1817
- Woodruff, Elias
- Woodruff, Jean Houstoun
- Woodruff, Patrick Houstoun, 1801-1886
- Woodruff, Philemon
- Woodruff, Samuel
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
46 ALsS George Woodruff to Aaron Woodruff concerning Oaklands, George Woodruff's housePhysical Description
36 ALsS Aaron D. Woodruff to George Woodruff concerning Oaklands, George Woodruff's housePhysical Description
Documents relating to the construction of G. Woodruff's house, Oaklands. Bills, receipts, accounts, house plans and drawings, etc., c. 150 pieces.Physical Description
10 ALsS to Jean Houstoun Woodruff from George Woodruff. Several of these letters were written to her on the occasion of their son George's deathPhysical Description
2 ALsS from Abner Woodruff (brother of George to George and Jean WoodruffPhysical Description
18 ALsS from George Houstoun Woodruff (son). Inclused a copy of his reply to an attack on the Episcopal Church by a Presbyterian authorPhysical Description
6 ALsS from Patrick Housoun (jean Houstoun Woodruff's brother)Physical Description
ALS from T. Abbott informing G. Woodruff that he has been elected President of the Trenton InstitutePhysical Description
19 ALsS from various friends and relativesPhysical Description
c. 39 pieces. Includes receipts, bills, legal documents, rough drafts of business lettersPhysical Description
Aaron D. Woodruff's accounts for the boarding and tuition expenses of his nephews, George H and Elias Woodruff, sons of George WoodruffPhysical Description
Papers relating to his death. ALS to George Woodruff from James Johnston, in which he advises him of the serious illness and probable death of his son Elias. Also included is a list of Elias' personal possessions made after his death and forwarded to his family. The journal of Elias A. Woodruff, kept during his voyage to Liverpool and returned to his family after his death there in August 1819.Physical Description
ALS from A. Carter to James Johnston; ALS from A. Carter to George Woodruff; 2 ALsS from J. B. Parker to Charles & Joseph Higby; ALS from J. B. Parker to Thomas Woodruff offering condolences of the congregation of Carlisle; c. 16 pieces, including copies of four letters from George Woodruff (father) about payment of burial expenses, disposition of personal effects, etc.Physical Description
4 ALsS to John W. Houstoun; 14 ALsS from John W. Houstoun; 5 ALsS from Louisa Caroline Johnston Woodruff (his wife); ALS from Robert M. CharltonPhysical Description
Correspondence between George Woodruff, executor of Lady Houstoun's estate, and various heirs. Includes receipts of payments from the estate, legal documents, receipts for monies recieved by various heirs, etc. c. 40 piecesPhysical Description
ALS from Stratton to cousin George WoodruffPhysical Description
2 pp., religiousPhysical Description
4 views, later became Trenton Country Club, NJPhysical Description
Receipt to General Anthony Wayne for Wayne's son in Princeton, signed by Woodruff; typescript of unpublished Woodruff notes, and Woodrufffamily treePhysical Description
Deed for house and lot on Main Street, Princeton, to Thomas EgbertPhysical Description
Receipt for money to be forwarded to Princeton fro the Reverend Mr. Aaron Burr, Elizabethtown, NJPhysical Description
Essay on Sydney SmithPhysical Description
DsS accounts related to the College of New JerseyPhysical Description
Report of the Attorney General, Aaron Dickinson Woodruff, on the Memorial of the Honorable Thomas Henderson.Physical Description