Many thanks to Esther Rancier
for sharing her information on the Root family. Esther is researching
in Richland and Mexico the Soul/Soule, Brace and Daniel
P. Smith families, and would appreciate hearing from anyone researching
these surnames. Esther Rancier at: email@example.com
of THOMAS ROOT,
CAZENOVIA (Madison County), NY
For more information on the Root Family, please
and Historical Societies.
Like so many other American
families, the Root/Roote family began in England. Thomas Roote [sic],
born 16 January 1604 in Badby, England, came to America before 1644.
The name of his wife remains unknown along with their place of marriage.
His namesake Thomas Root,
Jr. was born in 1644 at Hartford, CT, but he spent most of his life in
Northampton, CT until his wife Abigail Alvord died in 1699. They
had five children. He married second wife Mary Kirkland in Lynn,
MA, but his children remained in Northampton.
His oldest son Thomas Root
who was later called Deacon Root, born 11 April 1667, married Thankful
Strong on 4 May 1691. The couple resided in Northampton until ca.
1704/05 when they removed to Coventry, Tolland Co., CT.
They too on 29 July 1692 had
a son Thomas Root who married on 18 November 1719 Elizabeth Lee who died
after one child. On 9 April 1730 Thomas wed Hannah Skinner who became the
mother of five children, one of whom was the next Thomas Root.
Born in Coventry, CT this
Thomas married Elizabeth Field on 24 September 1761. She had eleven children.
Of course, one was another Thomas Root, born 1 May 1776. He wed Sarah
(Sally) Ingersoll, daughter of Deodat and Mary Langdon (Stone) Ingersoll.
They married on December 1805 at Canaan, Columbia Co., NY. They went
to Mexico, Oswego Co., NY before 1811. The records are no specific,
but probably all their children were born at Mexico. They had seven
children of whom five died young. Only two daughters survived.
According to the Ingersoll genealogy, these were their children:
1. Harriet b. 13 July 1809;
d. 20 February 1810.
Thomas bought lot 66 from George Scriba,
making Thomas one of the earliest Mexico landowners. He came before
Oswego County was created in 1816.
2. Harriet A. b. 3 April 1811; d.
14 August 1820.
3. Thomas A. b. 10 September 1815;
d. 10 March 1817.
4. Thomas b. 10 August 1817; d.
31 August 1817.
5. Elizabeth b. 5 October 1818;
d. 5 August 1820.
6. Julia M. b. 10 August 1822.
7. Mary J. b. 13 July 1824.
With the advent of the War of 1812
Thomas joined Parkhurst’s NY Militia formed largely by Mexico men.
He fought at Sackett’s Harbor.
While making his living as a farmer,
Thomas, true to his religious upbringing, joined the first local church
that was formed in Mexico which ultimately became Presbyterian. His
religious zeal noted, he became a Trustee beginning in 1816. In 1821
he was elected as elder which he maintained until 1854. Many prayer
meetings were held at his house. He taught church classes where he
made quite a record. Eleven young men he taught later became ministers.
He was usually called Deacon Root. He spent nearly 50 years in Mexico
closely associated with the Presbyterians.
On 22 June 1848 Thomas’ daughter
Mary Jane, usually called only Jane, wed Edwin Dwight Loomis at Cazenovia,
Madison Co., NY. The ceremony was preformed by Rev. Ezra Scofield
of the Mexico church. Mr. Loomis was normally called Dwight.
According to the 1855 New York State census the couple did not own the
farm where they then resided. He was noted as a lifelong resident
In the 1850 Mexico census the enumerated
for the Root family was as follows:
71 farmer $3,000 CT
*All Root references to Thomas’ wife
called her Sally. While the Ingersoll family styled her as Sarah,
a name entirely missing inMexico or Cazenovia records.
Sally* 64 wife
Julia 24 daughter NY
By 1854 the three Roots left nearly
fifty years in Mexico and removed to Cazenovia to be near daughter Jane
and her family. Thomas left behind his close Presbyterian friends.
In 1876 his former pastor, A. Parke Burgess referred to him in the florid
language of the times as “Loveable and greatly beloved, removed to Cazenovia
in 1854, … is still remembered, as a fruit of sanctified afflictions.”
Thomas immediately joined the First
Presbyterian Church at Cazenovia along with this wife and daughter.
Their membership was officially recorded there including a note that they
were from Mexico, NY.
Wife Sally died 9 January 1859.
She was interred at the South Cemetery, two miles south of Cazenovia.
The 1860 Cazenovia census put Thomas
and his son-in-law Dwight living side by side:
A few years later on 15 September 1863
at age 84 Thomas died. He too was buried in South Cemetery near his
Julia 37 NY
Loomis, Edwin D. 39
Mary J. 35 wife
Thomas R. 10 son NY
Jerusha B 7 daughter NY
ugustus 7 mos. Son NY
Daughter Jane and her husband Dwight
Loomis had five children. None of them ever married.
Thomas Root Loomis b. 4
December 1849; d. 1873 in Cleveland.
By 1868 the Loomis family lived on 60
acres of lot 52. They must have prospered as they were able to afford
a large monument in the South Cemetery at Cazenovia. On this stone
the parents names and all of the daughters were added over the years.
Jerusha Brewster Loomis b. 28 December
1852; d. 20 November 1914.
Sarah I. Loomis b. 11 April1854;
d. 7 April 1859, age 4.
Augustus Ward Loomis b. 17 October
1859; d. 12 February 1897.
Julia S. Loomis b. 3 March 1867;
d. 10 November 1937.
In the Cazenovia 1880 census the
family was recorded thusly:
Loomis, E. Dwight
*On the family’s tombstone this name
was given as Julia S. Loomis. She was apparently called Julia.
May J, [sic] 57 wife
Jarusha [sic] 27 school painting NY
Sarah J.* 15
Augustus W. 20 son
Root, Julia M.
Dwight died on 9 January 1897.
His death certificate was #990. Mary Jane, death certificate #1491,
died 20 October 1904.
In 1907 Julia S. Loomis was apparently
contacted in some manner by author and Ingersoll genealogist Lillian Drake
Avery who discovered that Julia had a sampler and miniature that were made
by Sally (Ingersoll ) Root before her death in 1859. Avery in error
referred to her as Jane who died in 1904. In 1907 only Julia and
Jerusha remained alive from this entire branch of the Root line.
What happened to Sally’s handiwork remains unknown.
Their brother Thomas Root Loomis
left Cazenovia between 1863 when he joined the church and 1873 when it
was recorded that he died in Cleveland. There has been no marriage
The legacy of this family
lies entirely in the lives of the 11 men inspired by Thomas to be pastors.
It is doubtful anyone gives these Root and Loomis stones at South Cemetery
Avery, Lillian Drake. A Genealogy
of the Ingersoll Family in America 1624-1925. New York: Gafton, 1926.
Burgess, A. Parke. The Old
Pratham Church. Syracuse: 1877.
Cazenovia Town Death Certificates
1884 to 1916. Available [online]
[25 November 2003}
1868-1869 Town od Cazenovia Directory,
Individuals. Available [online]
[25 November 2003].
First Presbyterian Church, Mexico,
NY. Available [online]
[25 November 2003].
Foley, Janet Wethy. Early
Settlers of New York State, v. II. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub.,
Loomis, Elias. Descendants
of Joseph Loomis in America. 1909.
Marriages in the Town of Cazenovia
1847-1848. Available [online] 25 November 2003].
N. Y. Stat Census, 1855 for Cazenovia,
Madison Co., NY, p. 59.
Root, James Pierce. Root Genealogical
Records 1600-1870. New York: the author, 1870.
Simpson, Elizabeth. Mexico:
Mother of Towns. Buffalo: Clement, 1949.
South Cemetery, Town of Cazenovia,
Madison County, N.Y. Available [online] http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyccazen/Cemeteries/Cazenovia/SouthCem.html
[25 November 2003].
U.S. Census, Cazenovia, Madison
Co., NY 1860 & 1880.
U.S. Census, Mexico, Oswego
Co., NY 1820, 1830, 1840 & 1850.
WorldConnect Project. Available
[25 November 2003].
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