The Arnold and Moberly Family Genealogy

John RootAge: 68 years18291897

John Root
Given names
Birth 1829
Civil War Veteran

Birth of a brotherAugustus Israel “Gus” Root
about 1833 (Age 4 years)

Birth of a brotherCharles Arthur “Arthur” Root
March 1835 (Age 6 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherAsahel Root
September 9, 1835 (Age 6 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherSally Sutherland
June 17, 1842 (Age 13 years)

MarriageMary Elizabeth WhiteleyView this family
August 11, 1857 (Age 28 years)
Note: Marriage certificate provided by Ron Root
Death of a brotherCharles Arthur “Arthur” Root
February 14, 1860 (Age 31 years)

Cause: Injuries sustained from being struck by a bridge timber while on a railcar
Note: James Pierce Root, author of Root Genealogical Records, provides information suggesting that Charles Arthur died on a railroad. Other sources suggest that he died as a result of a fall from a rail-car
From Documents of the State Assembly of New York 1860 February 14, Arthur Root, an employee, while leaning from the platform of a car of a freight train, as it approached Palmyra, came in contact with a bridge, injuring him so seriously as to cause him death. Published: February 18, 1860, New York Times Archive Arthur Root, a brakesman on the Central Road, was killed on the 15th instant by striking his head against one of the upright timbers of a bridge as he leaned forward to get a view of the track ahead of the locomotive. One the same day, the through freight train from the east struck a wagon on the track, and killed an unknown man who was driving. Central City Daily Courier, Syracuse, NY, Friday, February 17, 1860 The Late Rail Road Accident - We gave an account, yesterday morning, as near as we can learn the facts, of a fatal accident that befell a brother of Augustus Root, of this city. We find the following in relation to it in the Rochester papers. C. Arthur Root, a brakesman on the Freight Train which left this city at 9:50 Tuesday morning for Syracuse, under charge of conductor R.A. Chapman, was knocked off the platform of the caboose or rear car, by a bridge, as he was reaching out from the train to look forward. The train was stopped, and the unfortunate man taken aboard and carried to Palmyra, where medical aid was procured. All was of no avail, the sufferer had received fatal injury and expired in twenty minutes after the accident occurred. Deceased was a worthy man of about 24 years of age, who resided in Syracuse, and had a brother, Augustus Root, employed at the Syracuse House. He had employed on the Railroad but four months, and had scarcely become familiar with the track and the location of bridges. The event caused much regret among his comrades, by whom he was much endeared. The funeral will take place on Friday, at 10 a.m. from the residence of his father, in the village of Eldbridge, and the friends of the deceased, as well as those of his brother, Augustus J. Root, are respectuflly invited to attend.
Burial of a brotherCharles Arthur “Arthur” Root
about February 17, 1860 (Age 31 years)
Death of a fatherIsrael Root
January 25, 1864 (Age 35 years)
Death of a brotherAugustus Israel “Gus” Root
April 8, 1865 (Age 36 years)
Cause: Mortually wounded in battle
Note:      Augustus was with the unit as it participated in the cavalry battles that marked the 1864 Overland Campaign, distinguished himself at the April 1865 Battle of Five Forks during the last phases of the war in Virginia, and was killed in action in Appomattox Court House while making a reconnaissance with a handful of his troopers. After the Confederate surrender his remains were found near where he fell, stripped of garments. Today, an exhibit of his personal effects is on display at the Appomattox Court House Museum. (bio by: Russ Dodge)
from the Syracuse Daily Standard, December 23, 1865:      THE LATE LT.-COL. ROOT---FUNERAL TO MORROW.---      The late Lt. Col. Augustus I. Root, whose remains are to be interred in the beautiful Oakwood cemetery to-morrow, was a resident of Syracuse many years. A young man of cheerful temperment and social habits, he naturally made warm friends of those who formed his acquaintance. Taking naturally to military, he early became a member of the Syracuse Citizens' Corps, and at meetings for drill or in social gathering, his ever cheerful countenance was always welcome.      For a time prior to, and at the time of the breaking out of the war, Root was living at Batavia, Genesee county. When the President first called for volunteers to save the Union, military pride and love of country induced him to raise a company at Batavia, which he joined to the 12th Regiment N.Y.S. Volunteers, then organizing here, and went out with it as captain. Captain Root remained with the Old 12th through its two years of service, coming home with it as Lieutenant Colonel. During the time he was twice severely wounded. Lt.-Col. Root's family had removed to Syracuse immediately on his going into the service.      But with the disbanding of the Old 12th, the war was not ended, and Root soon joined in organizing the 15th N.Y. Cavalry, of which he went out Lieutenant Colonel, always active, and always with his command. On the day before Lee's surrender, Lt.-Col. Root was leading a cavalry charge at Appomattox Court House, when he fell from his horse, mortally wounded by a bullet. The Federal forces were repulsed, that part of the field was in Rebel possession, and Col. Root's body was buried by them. A prominent citizen of Appomattox sys he saw Root within fifteen minutes after he fell, and he was then already dead. The next day that field was re-possessed by the Federals, when the men of the 15th Cavalry exhumed the body of their loved officer, and reburied it in the door-yard of a Mr. Dixon, properly marking the grave.---      It is due here to say that since, the grave has been duly respected, and that the wife and daughters of Mr. Dixon (himself was in New York) gave every aid to Mr. Ryan when he was there to disinter it, and manifasted warm sympathies in the case, as was the case with most of the residents at Appomattox, the fall of the gallant young officer who led the cavalry charge at their very door, having impressed them with respect for him.      A Rebel soldier took the sabre from Lt.-Col. Root, after he had fallen, and sent it to a Mr. Wm. H. Trent, about four miles distant from Appomattox C.H. Thjat gentleman apprized the Dixon family of the fact, and that if the friends should come after the body he would be glad to return to them the sabre, which he promptly sent in on being apprised of the removal; and Mr. Ryan brought it home.      To-morrow the remains of the noble Root are to be committed to their final rest. The Masonic Order, of which he was a member, are to do him honor. Col. Hawley has ordered the usual military honors, a battalion of six companies of the 51st regiment, under command of Maj. E.C. Fellows.      Members of the 12th N.Y.S. Volunteers, and 15th N.Y. Cavalry, will honor the memory of their loved comrade. They held a meeting at the parlors of the Syracuse House last evening, at which from forty to fifty were present, appointed a committee on resolutions of respect, selected Col.'s Richardson and Titus as Marshals for the occasion, and are to assemble at the Armory at half-past 12 to-morrow (Sunday).      The remains are to be at the residence of Mr. Willis S. Barnum, corner Jefferson and Grape streets, where short service will be had 12 1/2, and at 1 P.M. taken to Plymouth church, for public service. After which the line of march will be taken up for Oakwood. Transcribed and offered here, courtesy of Sue Greenhagen.
Burial of a brotherAugustus Israel “Gus” Root
about April 10, 1865 (Age 36 years)
Death of a motherLydia Conro
April 30, 1874 (Age 45 years)

Birth of a son
Robert Arthur Root
July 7, 1875 (Age 46 years)
Death of a sisterFrances Root
1878 (Age 49 years)

Burial of a sisterFrances Root
1878 (Age 49 years)

Cemetery: Fort Ann Cemetery, Fort Ann, Washington Co, New York, USA
Death 1897 (Age 68 years)

Burial 1897 (on the date of death)
Note: Section 7-67-21 unmarked grave
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: before 1826
1 year
elder sister
4 years
5 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
Family with Mary Elizabeth Whiteley - View this family
Marriage: August 11, 1857Wayne Co, Iowa, USA
18 years