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John Roote
(26 FEB 1608-AUG 1684)

  John Roote emigrated from a place in England called Badby. His father was deceased and he lived with an uncle, a brother of his father, and was adopted. His uncle was a man of wealth, advanced in years and a zealous opponent of propery, and is my impression one of the nobility. He insisted that John should go into the Parliamentary army under Cromwell to fight against Charles 1 and the Catholics. He had an aversion to war and chose rather to join a company of Puritans who were coming to America. When he arrived he came to Farmington, CT and was one of the first settlers in 1640. He married Mary Kilbourn about that date. The emigrants locating in Farmington, CT were mainly from the neighborhood of Boston, NewTown and Roxbury in MA. They began settlement in 1640 and among them John Roote was a prominent citizen. He and his wife were in full communion with the Farmington Congregational Church. He left a good estate valued at 819 pounds. He appears to have been 11 years older that his wife and she survived him thirteen years.

  His will did not give satisfaction and his property was divided equally among his brothers and sisters and A John Davis. The following inventory of the library and armory of this first Deacon Root on record, furnished an interesting catalogue of the literature current in that generation, as well as some indications of his military prowess. He was evidently one of the Cromwellian stamp, who both "trusted For and kept his powder dry", and probably held some military office.

Library

a great Bible Mourner's Cordial Soul's Espousal
French Covert Way to Blessing Isreal's Safety
Self Justiciary God's Call to England How to Keep the Heart
Blessed Remedy Groans of the Damned Baxter's Now or Never
Psalter Gospel Remission Door of Salvation
Young man's Guide Barbarian Cruelty Sincere Convert
New Psalm Book Heavenly Passtime Military Discipline
Thirsty Sinner Dying Religion Preparation to Die
Good Fetched out of Evil Abraham's Privilege Inexcusableness
Essay to do Good Catechisms Russell's Works
Allen's Call Law Book

Armory

1 long gun
1 musket
1 carbine
1 backsword and belt
1 black silk belt
1 partisan
1 gun rest
3 half pikes
1 cartouch box and ammunition pouch with bullets
1 bag of bullets
1 lb of powder and horns
1 bag of flints

  The name Roote comes from Normandy ancestry, yet the Saxon blood has been interfused. They were Puritans (after arrival in America), tall, lank but strong, dark haired, temperate and long lived. They were large men, all weighing over 200 lbs and were over six feet tall. The women were large also. They were always characterized as men of great energy and perseverance, good minds for business, of good character in morality and integrity. They were also noted for their sarcasm, a strong humbugivtiveness, were generally good mathematicians and musicians. From their first introduction in this country the early settlers of the name were farmers and weavers of cloth. They took a prominent part in all social movements agitated by the people, in political affairs of the communities where they dwelled and in securing the welfare of the churches with which they united. They were men of high intelligence and educational facilities.

    sources:
Root/Roote Book - "Baker's History and Antiquities of Northampton"
"The Directory of Northamptonshire"
Lewis's - "Topographical Dictionary and the British Gazetteer"
www.geocities.com/Heartland/Arbor/1475/roote.html

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