During his active labors in Lanark and vicinity Rev. Root was regarded as a leading member of society, and won the personal regard of all who knew him. He received his education in Williams College and Yale Theological Seminary, and his first charge was at Wapping, Conn., but in 1855 he removed to Illinois, spending five years in McHenry county, after which he came to Ogle and Carroll counties, dividing his time and labors among a number of small congregations in those counties. He was of the Congregational denomination and brought inspiration to many and a wish to live better lives.
Mr. Root was married Loxea Bushnell,, of Connecticut, and they had children as follows: Daniel, who is of Missouri; Charles, who died in Lincoln, Neb., in 1908; George A.; Thomas, who was a member of Company K, Fifteenth Illinois, died of typhoid fever during the Civil War; Eleazer, who served in the Sixty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; Elizabeth, Mrs. M. D. Welch, of Omaha, Neb. Rev. Root died June 7, 1880, and is buried at Lanark. His widow died about 1890, at the age of eighty-four years, and is also buried at Lanark.
Transcribed by Carol Parrish