Levi Root
9-Apr-1809, NY


LEVI ROOT, born 9-Apr-1809 in Viola Township, Livingston County, NY;
son of Orning/Ornon ROOT born 1776 & Elizabeth (Betsy) CHAMBERLAIN;
died Aug/Sep-1891 in Grundy County, MO.

Moved to Pennsylvania in 1813 with his parents, then to Washington County, OH, in 1814. While married to Polly Stewart they lived in Athens County, OH, and had 12 children. After Polly died in 1857, Levi remarried to Rachel Coen or Cohen. In 1867 they moved to Grundy County, MO, where Rachel owned land near Spickard. Levi was known as "a substantial farmer".

Married (1) 1830 in Athens County, OH, to Mary (Polly) STEWART;
born 7-Mar-1809 on a farm near what is now Stewart, OH;
daughter of Daniel B. STEWART born 1762 & Ruth A. FULFORD born 1772;
died 15-May-1857 in Washington County, OH; a school teacher.

Children of Levi & Polly:

  1. Ezra Stewart Root, born 31-Jan-1831; married Mary McCREARY, 6 children;
  2. Harriet Root, born 22-Nov-1832; married Henry TEDROW, 1 child;
  3. Daniel Ornon Root, born 24-Sep-1834 in Athens, OH; married Sarah LANE Winkler, 10 children; died 18-Feb-1917 in Newman, IL.
  4. Sarah Jane Root, born 9-Jul-1836; married James (Jim) DWIGGINS, 1 child;
  5. William Henry Root, born 13-Sep-1838; killed in Civil War.
  6. John Wesley Root, born 5-Oct-1840; married Ann Eliza MOORE, 8 children; died 5-Jan-1924.
  7. Rosmer Levissy Root, born 22-Jul-1842; married (1) James MOORE, 3 children; married (2) Joseph TURNER, 3 children;
  8. Ruth Elizabeth Root, born 24-Feb-1843 (?); married (1) William O'NEAL, 1 child; married (2) 20-May-1869 in Trenton, MO to James R. JACKSON, 10 children; died 6-Aug-1918 in McCook, Willow Co., NE.
  9. Charles Levi Root, born 7-Jan-1845; married 23-Dec-1866 in Albia, Monroe Co., IA to Nancy Ann (Annie) WALKER, 9 children; died 17-Jan-1915 in Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA.
  10. Lawrence Eugene Root, born 16-Nov-1847; married Vashti WINKLER, step- daughter of Daniel Ornon Root, above; 7 children;
  11. Francis Marion Root, born c1850; married Lucy __?__, 1 child;
  12. Lewis Fletcher Root, born 27-Jan-1852; married 25-Feb-1875 in Grundy Co., MO to Sarah Eleanor POLLOCK, 7 children; died 1943 in Akron, IA.

Married (2) 25-Aug-1862 in Athens County, OH, to Rachel COEN or COHEN;
born ?in OH; daughter of __?__ COEN & __?__;
Rachel married (1) in OH to Thomas WILFORD.

Children of Levi & Rachel:

  1. Edward/Edwin E. Root, born 15-Dec-1864; married Nancy A. CUMMINS; died 1947.


  • Family history information collected from living relatives by Mrs. Olive Root Meader;
  • Root family notes compiled by Captain Lloyd E. Root, CEC USN (Ret.), of Bellevue, WA, for the Root/Meader/Tuttle reunion, Sanbornton, NH, 1990;
  • Root family GEDCOM information retrieved from the Internet, 1998;
  • "Descendants of Thomas Roote", MS-Word report received Jan-2000 from Richard G. Nelson of California;
  • Gravestone listing of Galt West Cemetery, Liberty Township, Grundy County, IA; 1964, by Mrs. O. L. Livingston & Mr. Othel Graham;
  • Data received Jan-2005 from Jack Wilford of Goldsboro, NC, descendant of Thomas Wilford;

[This page last updated 27-Apr-2011]