The Amos and Eliza Woodruff family migrated from Massachusetts to the Flushing area about 1845. During the next five years Woodruff purchased several parcels of land on River Road. In 1852 he acquired this land, which was part of an eighty-acre tract. A prosperous farmer and landowner, Woodruff was a civic leader who contributed to the development of Flushing. He was one of the founders of the Flushing Cemetery Association in 1847, served as a township highway commissioner and was a founding elder of the Flushing Presbyterian Church.