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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Surname: Root

The Root surname is part of Rosmer P. Kerr's heritage. His eighth great-grandfather was:
  • John Roote of Badby, Northamptonshire, England. In the year 1600, he married Ann Russell. John and Ann were my tenth great-grandparents.
  • Thomas Roote [1], baptized 16 January 1605 at Badby. He emigrated to New England by 1637, when he was listed as a soldier in the Pequot war. With his wife, whose name is not known, he had seven children. He died at the age of 89 in 1694 (17 June by one source, 17 July by another). Thomas [1] was my ninth great-grandfather.
  • Thomas Roote [2], born about 1644 in Hartford, Connecticut. On 3 July 1666 he married Abigail Alvord, with whom he had five children. After her death in 1699, he seems to have moved to Boston and then to Lynn, Massachusetts, where he married the widow Mary Cox, daughter of Philip and Alice Kirkland, on 4 December 1701. He died by January 1730. Thomas [2] and Abigail were my eighth great-grandparents.
  • Deacon Thomas Root [3], born 11 April 1667 in Northampton, Massachusetts. On 4 March 1691 he married Thankful Strong. Together they had eleven children. By 1709, this family had moved to Coventry, Connecticut, where Thomas became the first town clerk and the first deacon. He died at Coventry on 13 November 1756. Thomas and Thankful were my seventh great-grandparents.
  • Experience Root, the seventh child of Deacon Thomas Root, born 18 January 1703 at Northampton. She was married to Samuel Parker, Jr., at Coventry on 24 March 1726.
Another English generation can be found online at several websites, albeit lacking documentation and possibly all springing from a single source of speculation. I won't provide links--they're found easily enough in a Google search if desired. However, I'm adding the details here as possible avenues for additional research:
  • Thomas Roote, born about 1555/6 in Badby, where he married Ann Burrell about 1574/5 at the Church of the Virgin Mary. (Some sites give the place name as Bagby, Northampton, which I believe is incorrect. Bagby is in Yorkshire; Badby is in Northamptonshire.) Thomas is said to have died 5 April 1609 at Northampton, and was buried in the churchyard (at Badby, I presume). If correct, Thomas and Ann would be my eleventh great-grandparents.
  • John Roote, said to have been born or baptized 24 June 1576 at Badby. His marriage to Ann Russell is said to have taken place at the Church of the Virgin Mary, Badby, on 27 July 1600. John and Ann are the same couple named above, at the beginning of this post.

Root, James Pierce. Root Genealogical Records. 1600-1870. Comprising the General History of the Root and Roots Families in America. New York: R.C. Root, Anthony & Co, 1870.

Messier, Betty Brook, and Janet Sutherland Aronson. The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut. Coventry, Conn. (1712 Main St., Coventry 06238): 275th Anniversary Committee, 1987.


Miriam said...

I also have ROOT ancestry! Mine comes off Thomas ROOTE, I through his son John (1640 - 1611).

Reference Services said...

Sandusky resident J.M. Root was an ardent abolitionist. See:

T.K. said...

Thanks! Nice photo of him at that link, and I looked him up in Root Genealogical Records. He's on p. 479-480, but is mentioned elsewhere too. He was 5'10", the shortest in his family, it says. The Roots, on the whole, were tall, most of the men over 6' from what I've read, and 200+ lbs.

Reference Services said...

Well then I guess it is unanimous that he was "one of a kind!"

I am not personally related to him, but I have admired his courage for quite awhile.

marcijem said...

I have boon looking for my connection to the Root Geneology records for over a year! My mother's maiden name is Root and we came to Washington state from Wisconsin (Ceresco and Ripon) but before that we were in Blenheim and Ellicottville NY. There are 5 Root brothers (one married a Loper and one married a Pierce). I have the first name of their mother and the name of their step father, but I have no record of their father! Any help would be a great relief to me! Happy hunting!

T.K. said...

Marcijem, did you see my posts of May 29 and May 30, 2010? The surnames Loper, Pierce and Root were all mentioned in The Anti-Rent War on Blenheim Hill (link to the book in one of those posts). The book was a good read, although maybe not much help for your specific problem. Lyman Root was mentioned several times, and I think there was another Root mentioned too... maybe a Sam? I did check in The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut in hopes of finding a Root married to a Loper, but no Loper is listed in the General Index. Sorry I'm not of more help, but maybe someday someone will see this and leave an illuminating comment. Best of luck in your search!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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