An American Family History

The Root Family



Simeon Root was born about 1734 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut. He was the son of William Root and Hannah Pennock.



Tewsan Root was born about 1755.

His children included:

Catherine Root (1775, married Eliada Parish).

Tewsan died in Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario.


Hebron, Connecticut was incorporated in 1708 in Hartford County. It became part of Windham County in 1726 and part of Tolland County in 1785.

Daniel Root was born about 1775.

Daniel married Rhoda Pennock or Goodrich.

Daniel Root (1789)
Abel Root (1791, married Jemima Fish)
Jasper Root (1793)
Thomas Root (1800)
Laura Root (1801)

1808 census of Yonge:Jessa Root

During the War of 1812, Daniel Root, Jr. served in the Leeds County Militia.

1825 - 1827 Yonge township census:

Root Abel
Root Jasper
Root Spencer

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.


Abel Root was born on August 29, 1791 in Strafford, Orange County, Vermont. He was the son of Daniel Root.

He married Jemima Fish Root (1798 - 1878)

Jemima and Abel's children included:

Lorana Root Burtch (1828, married William Burtch) and
Albert Root (1837).

Abel Root was with the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

Abel died on May 11, 1853 on Grenadier Island, Ontario, Canada.


William Root was born about 1808.

He married Camilla Holmes (1815 - 1885).

William and Camilla's children included:
Betsy D. Root (1836),
Catherine M. Root (1838),
Mary Ann Root (1845), and
Catherine Root (1856).


From Addison News, January 29, 1889

While the friends of Richard Holmes attended his funeral on Sunday, his son-in-law, Wm Root, aged 82 years died at the residence of John Mackie, Lake Eloida. His wife had been dead for several years. Mr. Root's home was at Curry's Mills above Westport, but he came down to spend the sinter with his son-in-law, Mr. Mackie.



Connecticut Journal Nov. 16, 1785:
These are to give notice, that the subscriber hath sundry warrants from the Treasurer of this state for state taxes, by virture of which, the lands and buildings of Daniel Dodge, and Daniel Dodge, Junr., Nathan Baxter, Joseph Learned and Ezekiel Root, non resident proprietors, will be sold for the payment of each of their taxes, as the law directs on the second Monday of December next. Said vendue to be on the above said lands, lying in the town of Hebron. Dated New Haven, Oct 28, 1785 Joel Jones, Collector.