Roote, Batcheller, Ballou
England to New England in the 1630's

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SailingShip The Roote Family, Northampton & New England

Thomas Roote was born in 1605 in Badby, County Northampton, England, the son of John Roote and Ann Russell.  Thomas emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1637; on which ship is not known.  Thomas Roote served as a soldier in the Pequot War in 1637, then joined a pioneer group in 1639 that first settled the area around Hartford, Connecticut.  A year later in 1640, his younger brother John Roote also emigrated to America and became one of the first settlers of Farmington, Connecticut.

In 1654 Thomas Roote moved his family again, from Hartford up the Connecticut River to a settlement in Northampton, Massachusetts.  His six sons established several long lines of Root descendants in America.  One of his descendants, Ralph Eugene Root, was my maternal grandfather.

John Roote also founded several long lines of Root descendants.  Three of his sons moved from Farmington, Connecticut to Westfield, Massachusetts in the 1670's and became quite prominent there. Over the following 150 years, various Root families of both lines spread out through New Hampshire, Vermont, upstate New York, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Missouri.

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SailingShip The Batcheller Family, Canterbury & New England

The Honorable Joseph Batcheller arrived in America in 1636 with his wife, one child, three servants, and two of his three brothers (Henry, John, Joseph, and Joshua all came to America, but Joshua came separately).  They were the sons of Mark Batcheller, born 1573 in Canterbury, County Kent, England, and Mary Vantings or Fanting born 1576.

The Batcheller brothers settled several large tracts of land around the towns of Wenham and Salem, Massachusetts, north of Boston.  One of the first sons born in America, John Batcheller, was a member of the jury for the infamous witchcraft trials in Salem, Mass.  One of John's descendants, Mary Keziah Batcheller, was my maternal grandmother.

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SailingShip The Ballou Family, Devonshire & Rhode Island

Maturin Ballou was born c1621 in Devon, England and came to America as a young man.  In 1646 Maturin and his good friend Robert Pike joined the Providence colony that had been established when Roger Williams was expelled from the Massachusetts colony in the late 1630's.  Maturin married Hannah Pike, born c1627 also in Devon, the daughter of Robert Pike.  A descendant of Maturin's son Joseph, Mary Childs Celicia Ballou, was one of my great-grandmothers.

RedBullet Origins of the Ballou Family in England
RedBullet Elaborate History & Genealogy of the Ballous in Rhode Island

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