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Birthplace: Badby,Northampton,Hampshire,Eng
Death: Died in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
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About Thomas Root or Roote, Sr.

Thomas Root , (1605-1694) came to Salem, MA 1637, settled at Hartford, in Pequot War. On 4-5-1654 he moved with his family to Northampton, MA which was known as Nonotook. He was both a farmer and a weaver of cloth. He came from Hartford to Northampton, MA and was one of the "Seven Pillars" when the church was organized in Northampton, June 18, 1661. His wife's name is unknown.

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1 He married Sarah Clark in Hartford, CT, about 1639. Sarah was born in England about 1620. Sarah died after 1712 in Lebanon, New London, CT. The reference to Sarah Clark as Thomas Roote's wife is unproven. Another researcher suggests that her name may have been Elizabeth, with no known surname.

There is also no known date or place of marriage, and no one other than Thomas, signed the Church Covenant of Northampton in 1661.

Thomas Roote was one of the original petitioners to the General Court, to "inhabit and plante Nonotuck". He and his family removed from Hartford to Northampton in 1654/55, becoming early settlers of that town. He is reported to have had six sons and one daughter, all born in Hartford. His wife is listed as Sarah Clark, but that is definitely disputed by many Roote researchers.

From J.R. Trumbull's "History of Northampton" -

"Thomas Roote was at Salem in 1637, at Hartford two years afterwards, and removed to Northampton in 1655. He was among the first settlers to arrive here, and was one of the signers of the original petition to inhabit Nonotuck. A quiet, substantial farmer, though a weaver by trade, he never arrived at the position of leader. He was several times elected a selectman, and was one of the officers of the town when careful men were in demand. His home lot was on the easterly side of Pleasant Street, below what is now Pearl Street. He died in 1694, at the advanced age of 84 years. He had six sons and one daughter, all born before he removed to Northampton."

From "Root Genealogical Records" originally published in 1870 by James Pierce Root. "Thomas Roote, believed to be the son of John Roote and Mary Ann Russell of Badby, England, born Jan. 16, 1605, came to this country about the year 1637, and was among the first settlers of Hartford, CT, where he lived many years, and where his children were born, although on account of the incompleteness of the ancient records of Hartford, as they have come down to this generation, the birth of only one of them (John) is recorded. This Thos. Roote is to be distinguished from the Thomas Rootes who was a resident of Salem, Mass., about the same period, and who remained there until his death."

"Thomas Roote (probably this settler of Hartford) went to Pequot in 1637, as a soldier," says Hon. R. H. Hinman.

"The name of Thom. Roote is mentioned in the list of proprietors of undivided lands in 1639, and may be found on the monument in the old grave-yard in Hartford, in the rear of the Center Church, erected by the Ancient Burial Ground Association in memory of the first settlers of the city. He was a considerable landholder there, and one parcel fo the land assigned to him was located on what is now [1870] North Main street, about a mile west of the State House. After a residence of about fifteen years in Hartford he removed with his six sons and one daughter, and settled in Northampton, Mass., on the 9th day of May, 1654, as one of the planters of what was then called Nonotuck. In the Massachusetts Colonial Documents we find that in 1659, on petition, he was appointed one of the selectmen.

"He was both farmer and weaver of cloth. His record of lands assigned him by the town is dated 7th Dec., 1659. On the 18th of June, 1661, the parish church was gathered, and the Rev. Eleazar Mather was ordained as pastor and teacher of the flock. Among the eight pillars of the church thus organized was Thomas Roote. It is believed by some that he was a deacon of the church. The old Root homestead in Northampton was on King street, opposite where the Roman Catholic church now stands, and it has only within a few years been torn down. Thomas Roote died at a very advanced age, on the 17th of July, 1694, age 89, naming his children in his will, and mentioning that he lived with his son Jonathan at the old homestead. The name of Thomas Roote's wife is not known."

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  1. ID: I03898
  2. Name: Thomas Root
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 16 JAN 1604/05 in Badby, Northampton, Hampshire, England
  5. Death: 17 JUL 1694 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
  6. Note:
   Emigrated 1637 to Salem, Massachusetts, then moved to Hartford, Conn. as one of the first settlers. He was a solder in 1637 at Pequot; listed as a landowner in 1639, named as early town settler on a monument in the graveyard at rear of Centre Church in Stratford, Conn. A total of six sons and one daughter were born in Hartford, Conn. prior to 1654. His name is listed on the "Founders Stone" in Hartford.
   He moved up the Connecticut River from Hartford, Conn. to Northampton, Mass. on May 9, 1954, was appointed selectman in 1659, both a farmer and weaver of cloth, "pillar of the parish church". The Root(e) home was on King Street, now opposite the Roman Catholic Church, was torn down in 1870.
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   Thomas came to America on the ship Increase in 1637, living initially in Salem, MA. He was one of the founders of Hartford, CT. In 1639, his home lot was on the east side of the cow pasture (North Main Street). He was a farmer and a weaver. Along with John Holloway, he was elected as a chimney viewer in Hartford in 1648*. He also served in the Pequot war (French and Indian War). His name may be found on the monument in the old grave yard in Hartford, in rear of the Center Church, erected by the Ancient Burial Ground Association in memory of the first settlers of the city. Thomas moved to Northampton, MA on 9 May 1654, where he became one of the eight "pillars of the church" under Reverend Eleazar Mather, Deacon of the church. He was a selectman in 1659. He is referred to as one of the planters of Nonatuck, the original Indian name for the town of Northampton. His wife's name is not known. Thomas died at age 89 while living with his son Jonathan at the old homestead on King Street.
   *source: A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut. Hartford, CT, 1846.

Beleived to be the son of John Root and Ann Russel of Badby, England. Came to this country about the year 1637, was among the first settlers in Hartford and lived many years where his children where born. On account of the incompleteness of the ancient records of Hartford as they have come down to this generation, the birth of only one son, John (Daniel) is recorded. This Thomas Root is to be distinguished from the Thomas Root of Salem, Mass. About the same period, and died there. Thomas Root, probably this settler of Hartford, went to Piquot in 1637 as a soldier, says the Honorable R.H. Hinman. The name of Thomas Root is mentioned in the list of proprietors of undivided lands in 1639 and may be found on the monument in the old grave yard of Hartford, in the rear of the center church erected by the Ancient Burial Association in memory of the first settlers. He was a considerable land owner and one parcel of land assigned to him was located on what is now North Main Street about one mile west of State Home. He lived in Hartford fifteen years, removed with six sons and one daughter, settled in Northampton, Mass. May 9, 1654 as one of the planters of what was then called Nonetuck. In 1659 appointed one of the settleman. He was farmer and weaver of cloth. On the 18th of June 1661, the Parish Church was gathered and the Rev. Elizar Mather was ordained as Pastor. Thomas Root, one of the eight pillars and he was a Deacon. The old Root homestead in Northampton was on King Street, now where the Catholic church stands and only within a few years, torn down. Thomas Root died at a very advanced age on July 17, 1694 aged 89 years. He left a will.

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   Thomas Roote in Northampton
   Much of Northampton's past is documented in James Trumbull's History of Northampton Massachusetts from its Settlement in 1654, published 1898 in Northampton. This at Forbes Library in Northampton. Trumbull describes Thomas Roote as follows:
   Thomas Roote was at Salem in 1637, at Hartford two years afterwards, and removed to Northampton in 1655. He was among the first settlers to arrive here, and was one of the signers of the original petition. A quiet, substantial farmer, though a weaver by trade, he never arrived at the position of leader. He was several times elected a selectman, and was one of the officers in the town when careful men were in demand. His home lot was on the easterly side of Pleasant Street, below what is now known as Pearl Street. He died in 1694, at the advanced age of 84 years. He had six sons and one daughter, all born before he removed to Northampton.
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   Thomas has many entries in Trumbull's History:
   He attended the first meeting of the planters (proprietors), 3 Oct 1653.
   He was one of eight men to sign the original petition.
   He signed the petition to obtain the first minister, 18 Mar 1658.
   from court records of the first court held in Northampton, 28 Sep 1658: "Upon wch 28th Day of September Thomas Roote Complayned of Robert Bartlett in an action of the Case for strikinge his the said Thomas his wife wth a long stick to prjudice. Robert Bartlett acknowledginge his offence in the Court Both Plaintiffe & Defendt agree about the matter between themselves."
   He was chosen a selectman 10 Jan 1859.
   As a selectman, he signed a petition for abatement of taxes 17 Nov 1659. This was not a popular petition among the settlers.
   Along with most of the rest of the settlers, he contributed land for the minister, 6 Jan 1658.
   He took the freemen's oath, 26 Mar 1661: "the oath of fidellity to this Comen Wealth in ye psence of the Corte."
   He was one of the eight founders of the church that was gathered at Northampton on 18 Apr 1661. He signed the church covenant there.
   He served as part of a committee formed 29 Aug 1670 to "settle" the new (second) minister, Rev. Mr. Solomon Stoddard.
   In 1672/73, he contributed "bushell ½ and ½ peck wheate" to Harvard College.
   There are also entries for the following Roots: Hezekiah, John, Joseph, Samuel, Sarah, Thomas Jr., Aaron, Ebenezer, Eleazar, Eleazar Jr., Elias, Elihu, Ezekiel, Hope, Joseph, Simeon, Solomon, Stephen, and Timothy.
   Note: Keep in mind when reading these records that Root was often spelled differently, Root, Roote, Rote, and Rotte used.
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   Another source at Forbes Library is: Clark, Rev. Solomon. Antiquities, Historicals and Graduates of Northampton. Steam Press of Gazette Printing Company: Northampton, 1882.
   "Lieut. Elihu Root, a descendant of Thomas R., one of the first members and one of the seven pillars of the Northampton church, who deceased 1694, was drowned, April 23, 1779."
   In a chapter entitled 'Lawyers, originally preachers,' Clark mentions Jesse Root, son of Ebenezer and Sarah Strong Root (grandson of Thomas Sr.): born 1736; P.C. 1756; studied law, admitted to practice 1763, and settled in Hartford. Member of the Continental Congress, 1778-83. Judge of the Superior Court 1789, Chief Justice of Conn. 1796-1807. Colonel in Revolutionary War, adjutant general. An "eminent Christian, a pillar in the church. Even to the last he attended the prayer meeting." Died 1822, aged 85.
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   The record of Thomas Roote Senior his lande taken the 7th of December Anne Dom 1659 given him by the towne of Northampton to be to him and to his heirs and assigns to have and to hould for ever.
   His home lott the fronte against the highway Southly the rere butting against the brooke northly the flank bordering against Thomas Mason eastly and against William Jeanes westly Containing two Akers bee it more or lesse.
   More in another prcell that lyeth in the first square as wee goe to the middle meddow ten rodds wide and four score rodds long the front butting against the highway southward and the rere against the highway northly the flanke against Samuell Wright senior eastly and against George Langton westly Containing five Akers bee it more or lesse.
   More in another parcell in the second square as we goe to the middle meddow wch is another part of his first division the front against the highway southly the rere butting against the highway northly the flanke butting against the land of Allexander Edwards eastly and against land of George Langton and James Bridgman westly. Containing nine Akers bee it more or lesse.
   More in another prcell in the great rainbow alias Old rainbow the front buting upon the greate river eastly and the rere buting against the bank that is against leetle rainbow westly the flanke buting against James Bridgman southly and bordering against David Burt northly Containing six akers and half bee it more or lesse.
   More in another prcell in the little rainbow alias young rainbow the fronte buting upon the highway in against Old rainbow eastly the rere butting against the bank that is against the upland meddow westly the flanke bordering upon John Ingersoll southly and bordering upon John Webb northly Containing five Akers on rode and twenty eight pcl bee it more or lesse.
   More in another prcell in the Venturers field the front buting against the highway westly rere buting against the highway in the great swampe eastly the flank bordering against William Holton southly and bordering against John Lyman northly Containing six akers bee it more or lesse.
   More in another prcell wch is thus bounded eastly butting against the highway that lyes by the bank of the young rainbow alias leetle rainbow against the highway westly the flank bordering upon Nathanael Phelpe southly and against Christopher Smith northly containing in estimation five akers three rods more or lesse.
   More in another prcell in the greate Swampe that lyes on the Westerly side of the highway as wee goe into the meddow commonly caled Mauhan the fronte butting upon the highway eastly the rere butting upon the highway that lyes by the Mill river westly the flankes bordering against William Jeanes northerly and against Richard Lyman southly Containing in estimation one Aker three quarters more or lesse.
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   February the 16th 1679
   Alienated this prcell of swampe land in lieu of two acres of Joseph Jeanes lot that lies next to Jos. Rootes lot yt say alienated this prcell to Joseph Jeanes his heirs executors and assigns for ever
   Attest …………. William Jeanes, Recorder of the towne.
   More in another prcell in the meddow commonly caled Mauhan which is thus bounded the front butting upon the great river eastly and against the Mill river westerly the flank bordering against Allexander Edwards eastly and against Joseph Parsons southly Containing in estimation eleven akers and half bee it more or lesse.
   More in another prcell of upland as an addition to make up the some of his home lott wch is thus bounded butting upon the brooke eastly and butting upon the highway westly the flanke bordering against Joseph Root Southly and the Common northly Containing in estimation two Akers more or lesse.
   Recorded by the order and approbation of the Selectmen……….by William Jeanes, Recorder
   William Holton….Joseph Parsons….Arthur Williams….Richard Lyman….and himself given a transcript.
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   February 16th 1671
   More in another parcell that lyes nere the highway end of the 3 square two acres that the said Thomas Roote had of Joseph Jeanes by way of exchange for his swampe lot Recorded and Alienated folio 25 wch prcell is thus bounded butting upon the highway northerly and southerly the side lying against Joseph Roots lott eastly and Joseph Jeanes land westly Containing two acres
   given a transcript……………as Attest William Jeanes, Recorder of ye Towne.
   Early Northampton, by the Betty Allen DAR in 1914, reveals that the "Old Rainbow" is in the bend of the Connecticut River above Shepherd's Island, so named because of "its suggestive curve in the land." "Young Rainbow" adjoins it.
   For a visual image, see "Map of the home lots of the first settlers of Northampton compiled from the earliest town records by James R. Trumbull." One place this can be found is in The Look of Paradise: a pictorial history of Nothampton, Massachusetts 1654-1984 by Jacqueline Van Vorhis, 1984 (a copy can be found at the Worcester Public Library in Worcester, MA).

Father: John Roote b: 24 JUN 1576 in Badby, Northamptonshire Parish, England

Mother: Mary Ann Russell b: 15 APR 1574 in Badby, Northamptonshire Parish, England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth ------------

Children

  1. Has Children Joseph Root b: ABT 1640 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
  2. Has Children Thomas Root b: ABT 1644 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.
  3. Has Children John Root b: 10 JAN 1645/46 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.
  4. Has Children Jonathan Root b: ABT 1648 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.
  5. Has Children Hezekiah Root b: ABT 1650 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.
  6. Has Children Sarah Root b: ABT 1660 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.
  7. Has Children Jacob Root b: ABT 1653 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.

-------------------- Thomas Roote, believed to be the son of John Roote and Ann Russell of Badby, England, born Jan. 16, 1605, came to this country about the year 1637, and was among the first settlers of Hartford, CT, where he lived many years, and where his children were born, although on account of the incompleteness of the ancient records of Hartford, as they have come down to this generation, the birth of only one of them (John) is recorded. This Thos. Roote is to be distinguished from the Thomas Rootes who was a resident of Salem, Mass., about the same period, and who remained there until his death. "Thomas Roote (probably this settler of Hartford) went to Pequot in 1637, as a soldier," says Hon. R. H. Hinman. The name of Thom. Roote is mentioned in the list of proprietors of undivided lands in 1639, and may be found on the monument in the old grave-yard in Hartford, in the rear of the Center Church, erected by the Ancient Burial Ground Association in memory of the first settlers of the city. he was a considerable landholder there, and one parcel of the land assigned to him was located on what is now [1870] North Main street, about a mile west of the State House. After a residence of about fifteen years in Hartford he removed with his six sons and one daughter, and settled in Northampton, MA, on the 9th day of May, 1654, as one of the planters of what was then called Nonotuck. In the Massachusetts Colonial Documents we find that in 1659, on petition, he was appointed one of the selectmen. He was both farmer and weaver of cloth. His record of lands assigned him by the town is dated 7th Dec., 1659. On the 18th of June, 1661, the parish church was gathered, and the Rev. Eleazar Mather was ordained as pastor and teacher of the flock. Among the eight pillars of the church thus organized was Thomas Roote. It is believed by some that he was a deacon of the church. The old Root homestead in Northampton was on King street, opposite where the Roman Catholic church now stands, and it has only within a few years been torn down. Thomas Roote died at a very advanced age, on the 17th of July, 1694, age 89, naming his children in his will, and mentioning that he lived with his son Jonathan at the old homestead. The name of Thomas Roote's wife is not known. --------------------

Thomas RootAge: 891605–1694 Name Thomas Root Given names Thomas Surname Root Facts and events Families Album Google Maps™ Notes Interactive tree Events of close relatives Birth 16 Jan 1605

Birth of a brother 26 Feb 1608 (Age 3) England

John Root - younger brother Birth of a son

  1. 1 about 1640 (Age 34)

Connecticut, USA

Joseph Root - son Residence King Street, Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Note: After a residence of about fifteen years in Hartford, he removed with his six sons and one daughter and settled in Northampton, Mass., on the 9th day of May, 1654, as one of the planters of what was then called Nonotuck. In the Massachusetts Colonial Documents we find that in 1659, on petition, he was appointed one of the selectmen. He was both farmer and weaver of cloth. His record of lands assigned him by the town is dated 7th Dec., 1659.

On the 18th of June, 1661, the parish church was gathered, and the Rev. Eleazar Mather was ordained as pastor and teacher of the flock. Among the eight pillars of the church thus organized was Thomas Roote. It is believed by some that he was a deacon of the church. The old Roote homestead in Northampton was on King street, opposite where the Roman Catholic church now stands, and it has only within a few years been torn down. Residence North Main St, Hartford, Hartford Co, Connecticut Colony, USA

Note: He was a considerable landholder there [Hartford], and one parcel of the land assigned to him was located on what is now (1870) North Main Street, about a mile west of the State House.

His home-lot was on the east aide of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main St.) Property Parcel #46 1640 (Age 34) Hartford Co, Connecticut Colony, USA

1640 Land Parcel Numbers - Hartford Co, Connecticut Colony, USA Birth of a son

  1. 2 about 1644 (Age 38)

Hartford Co, Connecticut Colony, USA

Thomas Root - son Birth of a son

  1. 3 10 Jan 1646 (Age 40)

John Root - son Marriage of a son Joseph Root - View Family 30 Dec 1660 (Age 55) Massachusetts, USA

Joseph Root - son Hannah Haynes - daughter-in-law Birth of a son

  1. 4 1661 (Age 55)

Jacob Root - son Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 1 09 Jul 1662 (Age 57)

Hannah Root - granddaughter Birth of a grandson

  1. 2 1664 (Age 58)

Joseph Root - grandson Death of a father Aug 1664 (Age 59)

John Roote - father Burial of a father about Aug 1664 (Age 59) The Church of Saint Virgin Mary Cemetery, Badby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England

John Roote - father Marriage of a son Thomas Root - View Family 03 Jul 1666 (Age 61) Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts, USA

Thomas Root - son Abigail Alvord - daughter-in-law Occupation Selectman 1666 (Age 60) Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Note: Thomas Root(e) served as a selectman in Northampton in 1666 Thomas Roote 1666 signature Northampton, Massachusetts Colony Birth of a grandson

  1. 3 11 Apr 1667 (Age 62)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Thomas Root - grandson Birth of a grandson

  1. 4 13 Apr 1667 (Age 62)

Thomas Root - grandson Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 5 20 Jan 1668 (Age 63)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Abigail Root - granddaughter Birth of a grandson

  1. 6 1669 (Age 63)

John Root - grandson Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 7 04 Mar 1671 (Age 66)

Sarah Root - granddaughter Death of a granddaughter 04 Mar 1671 (Age 66)

Sarah Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 8 04 Mar 1672 (Age 67)

Sarah Root - granddaughter Birth of a grandson

  1. 9 16 Nov 1673 (Age 68)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Samuel Root - grandson Birth of a grandson

  1. 10 25 Sep 1675 (Age 70)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Hope Root - grandson Birth of a grandson

  1. 11 Apr 1676 (Age 71)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Hezekiah Root - grandson Birth of a grandson

  1. 12 1677 (Age 71)

Hezekiah Root - grandson Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 13 Feb 1677 (Age 72)

Thankful Root - granddaughter Death of a son 19 Sep 1677 (Age 72)

John Root - son Marriage of a son Jacob Root - View Family 02 Feb 1680 (Age 75)

Jacob Root - son Mary Frary - daughter-in-law Marriage of a son Jonathan Root - View Family 22 Mar 1680 (Age 75)

Jonathan Root - son Ann Hull - daughter-in-law Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 14 05 Nov 1681 (Age 76)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Joanna Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 15 1681 (Age 75)

Elizabeth Root - granddaughter Marriage of a son Hezekiah Root - View Family 12 Jul 1682 (Age 77)

Hezekiah Root - son Mehitable Frary - daughter-in-law Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 16 31 Oct 1683 (Age 78)

Mehitable Root - granddaughter Death of a granddaughter 22 Nov 1683 (Age 78)

Mehitable Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 17 17 Dec 1683 (Age 78)

Esther Root - granddaughter Death of a brother 16 Aug 1684 (Age 79)

John Root - younger brother Burial of a brother about 17 Aug 1684 (Age 79)

John Root - younger brother Birth of a grandson

  1. 18 02 Oct 1684 (Age 79)

Daniel Root - grandson Birth of a grandson

  1. 19 20 Apr 1686 (Age 81)

Benjamin Root - grandson Birth of a grandson

  1. 20 15 Jun 1687 (Age 82)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Jacob Root - grandson Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 21 17 Sep 1687 (Age 82)

Hannah Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 22 27 May 1688 (Age 83)

Mehitable Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 23 1689 (Age 83)

Mercy Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 24 24 Nov 1689 (Age 84)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Mary Root - granddaughter Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 25 08 Aug 1690 (Age 85)

Ann Root - granddaughter Death of a son 29 Sep 1690 (Age 85)

Hezekiah Root - son Death of a grandson 23 Oct 1690 (Age 85)

Joseph Root - grandson Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 26 Oct 1691 (Age 86)

Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Margaret Root - granddaughter Death of a granddaughter 25 Nov 1691 (Age 86)

Abigail Root - granddaughter Will 03 Dec 1691 (Age 86) Northampton, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts Colony, USA

Note: Will of Tbomai Roott, Stn'r, of Northampton.

N ye name of God Amen. Whereas I Thomas Roote Sen' of Northampton, in yc County of Hampshire, in yc Province of ye Massachuesits Bay, in New England, being through yc goodness of God, grown into a considerable old age: and am dayly expecting when ye Lord will call me out of this troublesome World, and Knowing my duty to Leave things setled among my children as to prevent as much as in me lyeth matter of striffe and and contention hereafter, and being at p'zent of sound memory and perfect understanding, I Doe therefore ordaine, constitute and appointc this to be my last will and testiment in manner and forme as ffolloweth; viz, my Soul I comitt into ye hands of my most deere Redeemer the lord Jesus Christ, and my Body I comitt to yc grave to be interred in a Comely and christian manner, there to Rest until yc Resurrection when I hope and believe it shall be raised a glorious body, and then Soul and Body being againe united togeather shall be forever with the lord j and as for that portion of Worldly estate which the Lord in Mercy hath bestowed upon me I doe hereby order and dispose of in manner and form following: Item, to my son Joseph I give out of my Six acre lot, in young Rainebow four acres y* is all yc plowing land in that lot, and a persell of Land which was granted to me as a part of my homelott, which land joynes to my son Joseph's homelot; alsoe two acres which was formerly Joseph Janes his land; I give to my Grandchild Thomas Roote, son to my son Joseph Esteeming of it as part of my son Joseph's Portion to be to them and their heirs forever: Provided alsoe yt for what lands I give to my son Joseph and what Lands I shall give to my other sons, that they shall injoy and have the possession of dureing my life, hee and they shall from yc date hereof yearely for every such acre of Land by them improved cleer all comon charges and pay cleerely five shillings pr acre dureing my life to me or my son Jonathan, with whome I live towards my maintenance and what he or they shall in payment fall short accordingly in my lifetyme shall be fully made up to my son Jonathan after my decease within one yeare, or he s'd Jonathan Roote to have soe much out of the Lands given to them from each of them according to what they shall fall short in payment upon an indifferent valuation. Item, to my Son Joseph I give my great table. Item, to my Son Thomas Roote I give my Munhan Lots containing about Eleven acres and one qr upon yc same conditions as abovesd to be to him and his heirs forever as alsoe five acres out of the Ventures Lots joyneing to ye sequestered Land which five acres I give him in Lue of an homelot granted to him by the Town in way of Exchange, to be to him and his heirs forever providd that Jonathan Roote and his heirs that now stands possessed of that homelot may freely and quietly injoy the same forever. Item, to my Son Jonathan Roote upon yc same conditions above mentioned I give and bequeath my five acre lot in yc first square half and my Lots in Great Rainebow and alsoe my upland all yt parsell of Land lyeing bctweene a Lot formerly granted to John Allin and a persell formerly granted to David Troo all which Land lying between these two a Lotmints and yc pussell abovesd to be to him and his heirs forever, alsoe my will is that in case my son Thomas, or his successors shall molest my Son Jonathan or his heirs in there quiet possession of ye sd four acre^ or homelot formerly granted to s'd Thomas then sd Jonathan shall have ye five acres in my Venters field now in the possession of sd Thomas Roote. Item, to my Grandchild Benjamin Roote Son to Hezekiah Roote deceased I give and bequeath my nine acre lot and one part of my Ventures field lott Butting upon yc highway Westerly and running from thence over ye for st Swamp and alsoe half my home lot where I formerly lived and half my barnc and that part of my house which was Last built to be delivered to him by my Executor hereafter mentioned when he shall come to the age of twenty-one yeares then to be to him and his heirs forever or in case he dye in his nonage then to be to his Sistors or Sistor then Liveing which I give to him upon condition he pay to his Sistors fifteene pounds apeece within four yeares after they come to ye age of eighteenc yeares or in case any of them dye before marriage then to pay to yc others thirtie pounds alsoe to allow Jacob Roote libertie of a way through his Venters field Lott but in case they cannot agree, about ye way or it prove matter of difFeronce then Jacob and he to fence out a way of one rod wide and the fence to be equally maintained betwixt yc syr heirs forever. Item. To My son Jacob Root I give the other halfe of my Lott in great Rainebow And my Walnut tree Lott about four Acres more or less, upon the same condition he paying as abovesd. And also the Remainder of my Venturesfield Lott provided also that he clear it very well within two years after my decease. But in case he shall not so clear it as to make it fitt for mowing or plowing within two years as aforesd then it shall be to Jonathan and his heirs forever. Further whereas there hath binn A contract or bargain between my sons Jonathan and Jacob for Exchange of Houses and the lands where they stand. My will is that In case my son Jonathan and his heirs peaceable Injoy that house and land where he now liveth without Molestation from Jacob or any other by from or under him That then the other part of my homelott and half my House and half my Barn Be to Jacob and his heirs forever otherwise to be to Jonathan According to my former gift and his heires forever hereby declaring my desire and will is that Jonathan Injoy the house and land where he now liveth. Item, I give to my Son Jonathan the mowing land in my six Acre Lott which contains about two acres after my Son Joseph's four acres is taken out. Item, I give to my Son Jonathan all my right and interest to all and every parcel of land vch I have in hartford, not already legally sold especially one parcel lying on the East side of ConnecYicot River to him and his heirs forever. Item, To My Daughter Sarah Kellogg I give ten pounds Beside what she hath Already Received. To be for her own Proper use and shee to have the free dispose thereof without the consent of her husband As she shall see meet. And to my Grandchild Thankful Root I give Twenty pounds all to be paid for Current Pay, which summ of Ten pounds is to be paid to my Daughter Sarah within one year after my Decease and to my Daughter Thankfull provided she be of age otherwise to be paid within one year after she come To the Age of Eighteen years; And I do hereby order that the ten pounds to my Daughter and twenty pounds to my Grandchild thankful Be paid By my sons In proportion to what Lands I have given them And that my Grandson Benjamin's part be paid By my Executor and To be Repaid to him again By Benjamin In case he see cause to Require "it. Item, All my Debts and Dues and Rents of lands yet Remaining or that hereafter may be due I give to my son Jonathan Root as Also All the Rest of my moveable Estate for his own proper use and dispose. Item, To my Grand children Elizabeth and Hester Root Daughters to my Son Jonathan Root I Give all my Commonages Due or any ways belonging both to my personal and Real estate To Be equally Divided Between them And their heirs for yr proper estate forever. Item, That my funerall expenses be pay'd by my sons equally 'Mongst them That what Lands I have Given to my sons They shall make such dispose of Them To their children Lawfully Begotten, as They shall se cause But to no other person or persons whomesoever. And I Do hereby Appoint my loving son Jonathan Root the Sole Executor of This My Last will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills or writings of this kind whatsoever. Dated In Northampton This Third of Dec. 1691. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed and Sealed. The word out and these words (four acres that is all the plowing land for that lot) Interlined In the sevententh line was before signing. Signed and Sealed In mark the presence of us THOMAS T R ROOT Senr [Seal.] Birth of a granddaughter

  1. 27 09 Jan 1693 (Age 87)

Abigail Root - granddaughter Death 17 Jul 1694 (Age 89)

Burial

Note: It is possible that he was buried in a cemetery on King Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.  The present day site is now home to Agnes

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Thomas Root, Sr.'s Timeline

1605
January 16, 1605
Badby,Northampton,Hampshire,Eng
January 16, 1605
Badby, Northamptonshire, England
January 16, 1605
Badby,Northamptonshire,England
1610
September 5, 1610
Age 5
Eastwell, Kent, Engl
1640
1640
Age 34
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
1640
Age 34
1644
1644
Age 38
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1646
June 10, 1646
Age 41
Windsor, Hartford, CT
1648
1648
Age 42
1650
1650
Age 44
Hartford, Connecticut, United States