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Root, William L., was born in Lewis county, N. Y., in 1857, a son of Daniel C. and Emily (Simpson) Root. Daniel Root was a farmer and was born in Hebron, Washington county, N. Y.; he came to Lewis county when a young man and was one of the first settlers of the town; he moved to Alexandria Bay, and on Wells Island purchased 660 acres of land; he died in Philadelphia, N. Y., in July, 1895; his widow still resides there. William L. Root was educated at Alexandria Bay and Philadelphia; he engaged in the milk business at Alexandria Bay, and in October, 1884, came to Theresa and engaged in a general store and handles flour and salt extensively. December 18, 1877, he married Minnie Wilson, who died September 13, 1879, and on August 28, 1881, Mr. Root married Helen J. Ding man. In politics Mr. Root is a Republican, but is not an aspirant to office; he is amemberof the Supreme court of the Independent Order of Foresters at Theresa. He is a grandson of Daniel Coon Root, born in Hebron, N. Y., married Ann Hanna; he died in Hebron, and his widow married and lived near Watertown, N. Y. The great-grandfather of Mr. Root, William Root, was born in 1771 in Westfield, Mass.; he removed to Hebron in 1793, married, in 1796, Mary Coon, from Rowe, Mass.; he weighed 250 pounds, commanded a regiment at the battle of Plattsburg in 1814, and died in 1830. The father of William was Solomon, born November 20, 1749, in Westfield. Mass.; married, August 8, 1770, Lucretia Wheaton, and moved first to Chester and. then to Hebron about 1795, where he died in 1809, aged sixty; he weighed 360 pounds, and it is said he did not have the privilege of seeing his feet for some years. His father, Solomon, was born November 17, 1716, in Westfield, Mass., where he lived and married, June 16, 1743, Mary Church; he died September 5, 1785, aged seventy years. His father, Thomas Root, was born in 1648 in Farmington, Conn., moved from there to Westfield, Mass., and married in 1671, Mary Gridley; she died in 1673, and he married in 1675, Mary Spencer. John Root, the Puritan ancestor, emigrated from a place in England called Badby. His father was dead, and he lived with an uncle, a brother of his father, and was adopted, His uncle was a man of wealth, advanced in years and a zealous opponent of popery, and, it is believed, one of the nobility. He insisted that John should go into the Parliamentary army under Cromwell to fight against Charles I and the Catholics. He had an aversion to war and chose rather to join a company of puritans who were coming to this country. When he arrived he came to Farrington, and was one of its first settlers in 1640. He married Mary Kilbourn about that date. The emigrants locating in Farrington were mainly from the neighborhood of Boston, Newtown, and Roxbury, Mass. They began the settlement in 1640, and among them John Root was a prominent citizen, as above indicated. He married soon after his settlement, Mary, daughter of Thomas and Frances Kilbourn. She was born in the year 1619 at Wood Ditton, England, and came to this country in the ship "Increase" in 1635. They were both in full communion with the Farrington Congregational church. He died August, 1684, age seventy-six, leaving a good estate valued at £819. She died in 1697, aged seventy-eight. He appears to have been eleven years older than his wife at their marriage, and she survived him thirteen years. His father was John, of Badby, Northaniptonshire, England, who married Mary Russell in 1600. Mrs. Root is a daughter of Jarad and Sarah A. Dingman, he a native of Oneida county, N. Y., born December 22, 1822; she was born in Hounsfield, January 6, 1818. Jared was a son of Cornelius Dingman, born in Amsterdam, N. Y., July 6, 1800, came to Lee, Oneida county, when a small boy, was a farmer, and lived and died there. Sarah was a daughter of John Dingman, born in Amsterdam, N. Y., April 16, 1793, and died in Chaurnont in 1883. Mrs. Root's father came to Chaumont when a young man, and has lived in Alexandria for about forty-five years; he took up and cleared the farm from the forest, where he still lives; he is a Democrat and member of the Masonic order for over thirty-five years; he and wife had a family of seven children: John, William, George, Catharine, Elsie, Jason and Helen. Mrs. Dingman died December 26, 1893. The great-grand-father of Mrs. Root, Jarad Dingman, was born in Montgomery county, N. Y., in 1760; he was in the Revolutionary war; they lived in New Jersey, and came thence to Lee; he died in Chaumont in 1842. The father of Jarad was John, a native of Holland; lie married Margaret Phillips, whose mother was Margaret Bogardus, and traces her ancestry to Holland; her father was Cornelius Bogardus; his father was Evaradus Bogardus, the second established minister of New York city; he married Anneke Rolof Jans, whose maiden name was Webber; she was a granddaughter of Prince William of Orange, who was afterward king of Holland; her father, Wolfert Webber, became king of Holland, succeeding his father; Anneke Webber married Rolof Jans and came to America in 1620, landing at Albany. which at that time was known as Beverwick. Rolof Jaus died in 1637, and in 1638 his widow was married to the Rev. Everardus Bogardus.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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