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Woodruff, George, 1765-1846
Woodruff Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1795-1896 (mostly 1803-1850)
3 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of selected papers of George Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1785), a lawyer, and various members of his family of Trenton, N.J.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 Aaron Burr, a typewritten record of unpublished notes of Elias Woodruff from the Princeton Historical Society, and a genealogical list of the Elizabethtown and Newark line of the Woodruff family, dated 1938.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.

Collection Creator Biography:

Woodruff, George, 1765-1846

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).

Collection History


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


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder list prepared by Lisa Yankowitz in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Credit this material:

Woodruff Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3