An American Family History

The Root Family


Tewsan Root was born about 1755.

His children included:

Catherine Root (1775, married Eliada Parish).

Tewsan died in Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario.

Brockville, Ontario was called Elizabethtown. The area was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when Americans who had remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada after the American Revolution.




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.

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.

On June 30, 1812, Rhoda Root petitioned for the 200 acres of land she was entitled to as the wife of Daniel Root and the daughter of Samuel Pennock of Elizabethtown.

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.


Grenadier Island is in the St. Lawrence River in Leeds County, Ontario. United Empire Loyalists settled on the island in the early 19th century. During the War of 1812, there was a watch post. By 1818, twelve farms had been established.

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

He married Jemima Fish. Jemima was born about 1798.

Jemima and Abel's children included:

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

They were Presbyterian.

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

Smith Burtch, Abel Root, Ruggles Cain, and Levi Comstock were early settlers on Grenadier Island.

At the time of the 1851 census they were in Escott. The household consisted of

Abel - 61
Jemima -53
Wilson - 20
Albert -14
Chauncy -11

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

Jemima died in 1878.


William Root was born about 1811.

He married Camilla Holmes. Camilla was born about 1821.

William and Camilla's children may have 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.




from 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.

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