The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 673, Monroe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN WOODRUFF (deceased) was a native of Orange County, New York, and was born January 16, 1827. At the age of fourteen, he went to New York City, and began learning wood-turning, but at the age of eighteen abandoned the business and went into a saw mill. He afterward moved to Philadelphia, where he entered another mill, which he ran till about 1857, when he closed out and came to Logansport, (Cass County, Indiana) where he was married, December 20, 1860, to Miss HARRIET BARNETT, a native of Logansport, who bore him five children - LAWRENCE, LIZZIE, HARRISON, CHARLES B., and NANNIE. At Logansport, he conducted a mill until 1863, when he disposed of his property and came to this township, purchased eighty acres of land, which he improved and increased to one hundred and eighty acres, and for many years ran a mill on the river bank near his house. Mr. Woodruff met with an accident which ended his life, March 19, 1881, by falling from the railroad bridge that spans the Tippecanoe River near the family home. He was a useful citizen, and his death was deeply deplored. His widow and children still conduct the farm and all the business."