Sophia Gunn

10 September 1785–8 January 1824 (Age 38)
Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Sophia

When Sophia Gunn was born on 10 September 1785, in Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Salmon Gunn, was 25 and her mother, Charlotte Warner, was 20. She married Elihu Root on 8 September 1806. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1785. She died on 8 January 1824, at the age of 38, and was buried in Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elihu Root
1776–1857
Sophia Gunn
1785–1824
Marriage: 8 September 1806
Henry Root
1807–
Dwight Root
1810–1886
Henry Root
1810–1861
Elihu Root
1813–
Sophia Root
1815–1885
Charles Root
1817–
George Root
1819–
? Root
1819–
Henry Root
1819–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
8 September 1806
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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 1

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

Age 2

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 15

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: name of a clan associated with Caithness, derived from the Old Norse personal name Gunnr (or the feminine form Gunne), a short form of any of various compound names with the first element gunn ‘battle’.2 Scottish: sometimes an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Dhuinn ‘son of the servant of the brown one’ ( see Dunn ). (According to Woulfe a name of the same form also existed in Sligo, Ireland.)3 English: metonymic occupational name for someone who operated a siege engine or cannon, perhaps also a nickname for a forceful person, from Middle English gunne, gonne ‘ballista’, ‘cannon’, ‘gun’. The term originated as a humorous application of the Scandinavian female personal name Gunne or Gunnhildr.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sophia Root in entry for Dwight Root, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Sophia Root in entry for Henry Root, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Sophia Gunn, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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