Susan Woodruff & Morris Abbott
- Written by William McDonald
Susan and Morris Abbott were the foremost Milford genealogists and historians of their time. Because of her research of founding families for descendants at the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, Susan was urged to write, and did so, “Families of Early Milford” which was published in 1979. Because of his interest in Milford Cemetery, Morris published “Milford Tombstone Inscriptions” based on epitaphs gleaned from his survey in the cemetery’s old section in the 1940’s. Some of these stones are no longer there or the inscriptions unreadable.
Susan was born in Milford March 21, 1901, daughter of William H. and Clara Louise Smith Woodruff. She married Morris Woods Abbott, a native of Nebraska, August 30, 1922. They had two children: Alice Ann (Jones) who died in 1993 and William Woodruff Abbott.
Susan was a member of the Freelove Baldwin Stowe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Milford Historical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. She sang for more than 40 years in the choir of First United Church of Christ Congregational and was frequently a soprano soloist.
She was so absorbed in her work helping attendees in confirming their descent from founding Milford families during Founding Families Day in 1976 during the nation’s Bicentennial that she never had a chance to pose for any pictures on the Memorial Bridge. Whenever called with a genealogy question, she was known to promptly get back to the caller with an answer after consulting her records. She moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in 1989 where she died Dec. 13, 1994 at the age of 93.
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