Lewis F. Root
27-Jan-1852, OH


LEWIS FLETCHER ROOT, born 27-Jan-1852 in Athens County, OH;
son of Levi ROOT born 1809 & Mary (Polly) STEWART born 1809;
died 1943 in Akron, IA.

Moved with his parents & siblings in 1867 to Grundy County, MO, where his step-mother Rachel Cohen owned land. Moved his own family to Plymouth County, IA, in 1883 and homesteaded a "quarter section" (160 acres) of prairie land. After 7 children and many years on the prairie, retired from farming and moved into Akron, IA, in 1912.

Root Families of Plymouth County, Iowa - 1917, "History of Plymouth County"
The Root Family of Akron, Iowa - 1982, "Our Life 1882-1982"

Married 25-Feb-1875 in Grundy County, MO, to Sarah Eleanor POLLOCK;
born 23-Aug-1854 in Olivesburg, OH;
daughter of Robert POLLOCK born 1820 & Nancy Ann CANTWELL born 1824;
died 29-Jul-1920 in Akron, IA.

Children of Lewis & Sarah:

  1. Lewis Roy Root, born 22-Nov-1875 in Trenton, MO; married 19-Jun-1901 to Mamie Jane DEE; died 2-Jun-1955 in Ann Arbor, MI.
  2. Dolly (Dot) Leone Root, born 6-Feb-1877 in Trenton, MO; married 9-Sep-1903 to Levi Julian CROSS of Akron, IA; died 27-Oct-1965.
  3. Ralph Eugene Root, born 18-Jul-1879 in Trenton, MO; married 28-Dec-1904 to Mary Keziah BATCHELLER, 4 children; died 23-Sep-1961 in Franklin, NH.
  4. Edith May Root, born 12-Mar-1881 in Akron, IA; married Herman BUROW; died 1955 in Sioux Falls, SD.
  5. Blaine Levi Root, born 29-Sep-1884 in Akron, IA; married (1) 26-Mar-1912 to Minnie Alice STRAIDER, 3 children; married (2) Dec-1918 to Louise STRAIDER, 3 children; married (3) 1952 to Ruth COLBY; died 22-Feb-1976 in Vermillion, SD.
  6. Anna Faye Root, born 6-Aug-1886 in Akron, IA; married 14-May-1913 to Charles Wayne GOSTING; died Dec-1985 in Sidney, Cheyenne County, NE.
  7. Robert Ross Root, born 23-Aug-1888 in Akron, IA; married 8-Feb-1910 to Anna May MONTAGNE; died Oct-1969 in Akron, IA.


Lewis F. Root & Family
rear, from left: Blaine Levi, Ralph Eugene, Anna Faye, Robert Ross, Lewis Roy
front, from left: Edith May, Lewis Fletcher, Sarah Pollock, Dolly (Dot) Leone


  • 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;
  • "The Generation of the Upright", Edward Norton Cantwell, 1911, Fulton, IL; descendants of William Cantwell 1776-1858 & Nancy Ann Williams 1779-1850;
  • 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;
  • Information on the Cross family received Jan-2003 from Glen A. Jones of Oregon;

[This page last updated 27-Apr-2011]