Erastus Root

Male14 June 1817–23 August 1889

Brief Life History of Erastus

When Erastus Root was born on 14 June 1817, in Victor, Ontario, New York, United States, his father, Asa Root, was 34 and his mother, Polly Boughton, was 32. He married Lydia E Reeves about 1852. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Victor, Victor, Ontario, New York, United States for about 10 years and Town of Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died on 23 August 1889, in Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in West Avenue Cemetery, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Erastus Root
1817–1889
Lydia E Reeves
1828–1903
Marriage: about 1852
John M Root
1854–
Alice A. Root
1855–1920
Albert Mortimer Root
1860–1939
Eugene Erastus Root
1864–1934
Edgar A Root
1867–
Agnes V Root
1869–
Frank H Root
1872–

Sources (10)

  • Erastus Root, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Erastus Root, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Erastus Root in entry for Albert Mortimer Root, "Florida Deaths, 1877-1939"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1852
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 2

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 10

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    1836 · Remember the Alamo

    Age 19

    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

    Name Meaning

    English: perhaps a nickname for a cheerful person, from an unrecorded Middle English rote (Old English rōt) ‘glad, cheerful’.

    English: from Middle English rote, route, rotte ‘rote’ (of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth), perhaps used for a player of the medieval stringed instrument, a kind of harp or fiddle. Compare Rutter .

    English: perhaps a habitational name from Wroot (Lincolnshire), from Old English wrōt ‘snout, spur of land’.

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

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