Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
This gentleman traces his ancestry back to days of Puritanism in New England. his mother, whose maiden name
was Abigail Hawes, being a direct descendant from a member of the colony which crossed the Atlantic in the "Mayflower,"
and settled at Plymouth, Mass. His father, Josiah F. Rood, was born in Buckland, Franklin Co., Mass., and was married
to Miss Hawes. June 13, 1815. Their children were as follows: Abigail G. born April 16. 1816; David, born April
25, 1818; Marshall, born May 26. 1820, died April 12, 1854; Aurelia, born Sept. 16, 1822, died June 19, 1860; Josiah.
born June 30. 1824, died July 10, 1863, in the army; Henry F., born March 1, 1828, died March 13, 1852; Susan A..
born March 21. 1831. died Feb. 15. 1864; Thaddeus. born June 8, 1833; Edward A., born May 18, 1840. Of these the
oldest son now living is a missionary in South Africa. Josiah F. Rood died Aug. 19, 1864, his wife's death having
occurred July 28. 1863.
Edward A. Rood came from Massachusetts to Michigan in 1861, and settled in the township of Ganges. Allegan Co.
After one year he returned to his old home, and on the 25th of October. 1863. he was married to Miss Flora M. Warner,
daughter of William and Annis Warner. She was born Oct. 24, 1843, and was the third in a family of four children.
Her brother, Edwards W. Warner, died in the army; Eliza A., her oldest sister, was married to W. J. Shattuck, and
is now living with her husband in the township of Covert. The youngest sister is now the wife of George Campbell,
residing at Florence, Mass.
Mr. Rood and his wife are the parents of two children,- Frank E., born Oct. 27, 1864, and Lillian A., born Oct.
7, 1868. Mr. Rood came to Michigan for the purpose of entering the employ of Messrs. Packard & Sons, and remained
with them about eleven years. In 1863 he purchased land in Allegan Co., Mich., and at present is the owner of two
hundred acres in the township of Covert, Van Buren Co. In 1873 he established a hardwarestore, which he still continues
to operate, handling agricultural implements and a general line of hardware. Mr. Rood and his wife are members
of the Covert Congregational Church, having united with it at its organization. Politically, Mr. Rood is a Republican,
but he has not aspired to office.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.