Biography of Solomon Root
Madison County, NY Biographies





Root, Solomon, was one of the pioneers of Madison, having come from Connecticut with one Coolidge, at a very early day and made a settlement at Bouckville. He was also the pioneer of the hop industry in the town and in all respects an earnest, worthy developer. He died in the town. His children were Lyman, Hiram (who died in the army during the war of 1861-65), Solomon, jr., Susan (who married Henry Lewis), Mary (who married Rev. Mr. Peck), and Ann (who married Rev. Thomas H. Pearue). Solomon Root was the founder of the M. E. church in Bouckville and in allusion to him the first house of worship was known as Root's Chapel." He was also prominent in all public affairs and one of the foremost men of the town for many years. Lyman Root, son of the pioneer, was an early village merchant and built the store now occupied by his son. He was in trade about twenty years and had several partners. His first wife was Miss Putnam, who bore him no children; his second wife was Phoebe Gernsey, by whom he had three children: Frances (now Mrs. A. J. Cushman), George H., and one who died in infancy. Lyman Root died in 1855. George H. Root was born May 18, 1850, and acquired his early education in Hamilton Union School. He obtained a mercantile education as clerk for Lane & Higgins, R. B. Lane and J. S. Lucas. He then spent four years in Wisconsin, returning to Madison in 1875, and in the next year formed a mercantile partnership with A. J. Cushman that continued until 1893, when Mr. Root became sole proprietor. He is a strong Republican, active in town and village affairs, but seeks no political office. He was a member of the board of education eight years and is now its treasurer. For many years he has been a member of the M. E. church. On January 26, 1876, Mr. Root married Eda, daughter of Benjamin King of Chenango county. They have two sons: Charles and Walter, both students in Syracuse University. Justus Root, brother to Solomon, was also an early settler near Bouckville and lived and died in that vicinity. His wife was Sally Griswold; their children was Justus, Br., Aurora, Daniel, Josiah, Lucinda Lurancy, Reuben and George, nearly all of whom emigrated to other localities and settled.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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