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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
JOSEPH PARKER ROOT
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 410 -412
JOSEPH PARKER ROOT was born in
Berlin, Conn., Dec. 27, 1831, son of Joshua Root, who was born
in Marlboro, Conn., July 22, 1787. Joshua Root, Sr., the grandfather
of Joseph P., was born in 1753, probably in Marlboro, where he
followed farming. His death occurred in Hebron, and he was buried
in Gilead cemetery. In 1777 he was married to Sarah Chapman, of
Hebron, and their children were: Elizabeth, Sarah, Lucy, Polly,
Rhoda (who died in childhood), Joshua, Rhoda (2), Benjamin, Ira,
Solomon and Jerusha Ann. Joshua Root, son of Joshua, Sr., and father
of Joseph P., was a farmer, and was extensively engaged in teaming.
About 1829 he came to Berlin, and followed farming until 1832,
when he returned to Hebron to take charge of his fathers
place, where he remained until his death in 1871. Joshua Root was
a Democrat until 1856, when the Republican party was formed, and
he at once united with it. He held several minor offices in the
town, but he was not a man to seek political preferment. In the
work of the Methodist Church, to which he belonged, he was very
active. In the war of 1812 he had enlisted, but was excused from
service on account of serious sickness at home. On Nov. 8, 1810,
Joshua Root was married to Esther Ingraham, who was born June 8,
1792, in Marlboro, Conn., and who died Oct. 13, 1852, in Hebron.
Mr. Root was married to his second wife, Dolly Hough, April 3, 1853.
She was born in Middletown, Nov. 12, 1815. To the first marriage
were born: (1) Stephen, born in Marlboro, March 12, 1812, died in
Colchester, March, 1875. In his early years he was employed in various
factories, but in his maturer life was a farmer, and operated a saw
mill and grist mill. On Nov. 9, 1835, he was married to Lucinda B.
Clark, a daughter of Dr. Clark, of Ledyard, Conn., and their children
were Dwight, who died in early manhood; Clarissa, who married J.
H. Butler, and is now living in Catskill, N.Y.; and Mary, who is
the wife of Edward W. Bull, of Hartford. (2) Eliza, born Sept. 7,
1813, in Marlboro, married Samuel Finley, June 10, 1839, and died
in Tolland, Nov. 27, 1893. She was mother to Ransom J., of Missouri;
Annis J., wife of M.V.B. Pierson, of Norwich; and Esther, the
Joshua Parker Root was taken by his
parents when but a few months old to Hebron, where he received his
education in the public school, and for three winters under Rev.
Charles Nichols in a private school. After leaving the school room
he worked in a sawmill with his brother, Stephen, for three winters,
devoting the summer season to farm work. When he was twenty-one he
secured a position in the Colchester Rubber Works, but a few days
after beginning in the factory the works burned down. The young man
was somewhat versed in the carpenter trade, and was employed in the
rebuilding of the plant, and when that was completed so enjoyed the
carpenter life that he continued to follow it. He remained in Colchester
a year, and then removed to Montville, where he presently began to
do contract work, having in charge the erection of a number of buildings
in that town. Mr. Root was also connected with the Uncasville Manufacturing
Co. as a carpenter for nine
On May 29, 1879, Mr. Root was married to his second wife, Lucy Catherine Marvin, a daughter of Ira K. and Julia (Young) Marvin.
THE MARVIN FAMILY was first represented in Connecticut by Reinhold Marvin, who came to Hartford among the earliest settlers, and was given a share of the farming ground, but he, however, established himself in the town of Lyme, where he died in 1662, and where his descendants flourished for more than two centuries.
Ira K. Marvin was born in Hebron Sept. 6, 1796, son of Elihu and Clarissa (Kilbourn) Marvin. When he was about four and a half years old his parents removed to Pennsylvania with their three children, all sons, and established themselves on what was then the frontier line of civilization. For several years they did well, when misfortunes attended the family thick and fast. The father was killed in an accident in his mill, when he was only thirty-four years old; a young daughter was burned to death; young Ira broke his leg. The afflicted widow took Ira and his younger brother to Hebron, Conn., where they were taken into the home of their grandparents, and she returned to Pennsylvania, there only to lose the remnant of her little property. She was soon after married to Daniel Lamb, of Mansfield, Pa., a very estimable gentleman, and her married life with him, though happy, was cut short by her untimely death, at the age of thirty-two, leaving him with an infant daughter. All her children by her first marriage are now dead.
Ira K. Marvin, though somewhat advanced in years, was sadly behind in his education. Schools had been wanting, and in Hebron his natural diffidence prevented him from making that progress he desired. His lack of an education made him willing in after years to spare no pains to give every opportunity to his children. In Hebron he early learned the carriage-maker s trade. When he was eighteen years of age he went to Pennsylvania and brought back with him his younger brother Harvey, and his sister Lucinda. In 1820 he came to Tolland and went into business for himself, and as he began upon a platform of honest work without regard to price he soon commanded a fine trade. In 1842 he had a severe illness, from which his recovery was so slow that he gave up his business and purchased a farm in Tolland. This was a great disappointment to him at the time, but his health gradually recovered its tone, and from the time he was sixty years of age until after seventy he could do as much out of door work as those accustomed to it from boyhood. Some time before his death he became totally blind. His earnings were not so great on the farm as in the shop, but he could support his family, and care for those he loved.
On Oct. 21, 1824, Mr. Marvin was married
to Miss Julia Young, only daughter of Eliphalet and Sybil (Lathrop)
Young, and the great-granddaughter of William Young, who, with three
brothers, came to America from Scotland, by way of Londonderry, Ireland,
in 1720, and they all settled on the Willimantic river, in Windham
county. To this union were born: (1) Maria, the wife of William Butler,
of Rockville; (2) Julia Ann, the wife of G.W. Bartholomew, of Bristol,
Conn.; (3) Sybil Lathrop, the wife of E.B. Cole, of Cromwell; (4)
Harriet, who died at the age of four months; (5) Edwin Eliphalet,
who married Cynthia P., the daughter of Hon. Loren P. Waldo; (6)
Lucy Catherine, the wife of Joseph P. Root; (7) Clara Kilbourn, wife
of Chas. Hawkins; and (8) Samuel Harvey, an insurance agent, living
in Columbus, Ohio. The integrity and upright character of Mr. Marvin
commanded the respect and confidence of his fellow townsmen, and
he was called by them
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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