John Martin Root

26 July 1907–22 August 1981 (Age 74)
Michigan, United States

The Life of John Martin

When John Martin Root was born on 26 July 1907, in Michigan, United States, his father, Grover C. Root, was 22 and his mother, Nina May Hakes, was 15. He married Kate Tefertiller in 1941, in Wood, Ohio, United States. He lived in Eaton Rapids, Eaton, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died on 22 August 1981, in Lake City, Missaukee, Michigan, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Lake City Cemetery, Lake City, Missaukee, Michigan, United States.

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John Martin Root
Myrtle Van Horn
Marriage: 1944

Spouse and Children


    Myrtle Van Horn



Parents and Siblings


    Nina May Hakes





    Bertha May Root


    Bertrum Gordon Root


    Floyd Kenneth Root



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World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1910 · Upper Twin Falls Bridge

Age 3

The Upper Twin Falls Bridge which connected Breitung Township, Michigan, to Florence County, Wisconsin. The through-truss bridge spanned the Menominee River and was completed in 1910. The bridge was closed to through traffic in 1971 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Age 20

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rōt).2 English: metonymic occupational name for a player on the rote, an early medieval stringed instrument (Middle English, Old French rote, of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth).3 Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a retting place (Dutch root, a derivative of ro(o)ten ‘to ret’, akin to modern English rot), a place where flax is soaked in tubs of water until the stems rot to release the linen fibers.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Root in household of Grover Root, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John M Root in household of G C Root, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John M Root in entry for Mrs Myrtle Root, "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006"

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