Biography of James Root
Orleans County, NY Biographies





James Root was a native of Coventry, Conn., whose first settlement in this State was at Whitestown, Oneida county. From there he moved to Jefferson county, and from the latter removed to Geneses county, locating eight miles south of Batavia. In 1820 he came to Barre (now Albion) and bought eighty acres from the land company at $6 per acre. He lived in a log house until 1833 and then built the stone residence now oc cnpied by his son Henry. The children of Joseph Root were as follows: Levi, Polly, Sally, Clarissa, William, Henry, Chester, Ellura, Nathan, and one other who died unnamed. Joseph Root, the pioneer, was a blacksmith as well as a farmer, and as a mechanic could make almost any kind of a tool used on a farm. He made a number of mill stones from the native stones of this locality, which in pioneer days did very good service. As his boys grew to maturity they did the work on the farm, and it was through their efforts their father was enabled to make his way comfortable in life. He died on the old home farm August 21, 1846, and his wife, whose maiden name was Fannie West, died March 31, 1849. Henry Root was born in Jefferson county December 27, 1806, and came with his father to Barre in 1820. He worked in his father's shop, but was determined to become a farmer and possessed a like determination to accumulate a good property. In this he has been successful and is now the owner of 375 acres of good farm land in the town. On November 29, 1835, Henry Root married Amanda W. Ferguson, by whom he has had one child, Floyd Ferguson Root, of Albion. Mrs. Root died March 10, 1873. Floyd F. Root was born May 20, 1841. On May 1, 1867, he married Henrietta, daughter of Joshua and Esther D. Kendall, of Ontario county. They have five children: Henry K., Alma, Levi F., Gertrude D. and John Irving Hartwell.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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