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.


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

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.


Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create theĀ United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

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 Captain John Howard's Company of 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)
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.