Descendants of Josiah Root
The furthest back that we can trace our branch of the Root family is to Josiah Root, who was born in 1756 in, we believe, Tolland County, CT. Based on the naming convention in use at the time for Josiah's children, it is believed that his parents were Ira and Lucinda Root, but that must be confirmed.
There were many Root family members in Connecticut in the 1700's, but thus far we have been unable to develop a direct link between Josiah through the Connecticut Roots to the oldest known Roote, Thomas Roote, who was born in Badby, Northamptonshire, England in 1555. That research is on-going.
From U.S. Census and church records, we know that Josiah moved to Springfield Township, Otsego County, NY, in the early-1790's, after he had married Experience Adkins in Pittstown, Rensselaer County, NY in 1784. Their family consisted of fifteen children, including their son, Ira R. Root.
The Root family joined the Griggs family in 1908 when Eva Jane Root, a daughter of Thomas' son, Ira James, married Samuel Hiram Griggs. Sam's grandfather, Lucius S. Griggs, had moved to the Tomah area in 1866.
Created 25 June 2020 with RootsMagic Genealogy Software