Orville Albert ROOT was born 25 April 1840 in Barkhamstead, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA. He married Ann KNIBBS 1896 in Connecticut, USA. He died 1919 in Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Ann KNIBBS, daughter of James KNIBBS and Ellen COLLIN , was born 06 May 1852 in Woodstock District, Oxfordshire, England. She died 03 December 1915 in Connecticut, USA.


Marriage Notes for Orville Albert ROOT\Ann KNIBBS:




A family gathering from about 1907 in Connecticut, probably at Southington. The lady in the front row, second from the right, is Ann KNIBBS. She is identified on the reverse as "Grandy Roberts Root". This photograph is taken during her second marriage to Orville A ROOT who is sitting next to her. Pictured in the back row, right hand side is Howard ROBERTS, her 4th son from her previous marriage to Elijah ROBERTS. The other lady is Howard's wife Frances Theresa CARGILL. The little girl is Eva M ROBERTS, Howard and Frances' daughter.
Eva was born in April 1906 which helps us to date the photograph.
The other three men in the back row are (left to right) Gaylord CARGILL Sr, Gaylord CARGILL Jr, Frances' father and brother, and Arthur ROBERTS, Ann's youngest son.

Other Marriages/Unions for Orville Albert ROOT:
See Orville Albert ROOT & Eveline Eliza SANFORD

Other Marriages/Unions for Ann KNIBBS:
See Elijah ROBERTS & Ann KNIBBS


Notes for Orville Albert ROOT:

I am exremely grateful to Diane Mase who is a direct descendant of Watson Root (an older brother of Orville) for sharing the followng information with me:
Orville's parents were Henry Root and Emma Adams. Emma died when Orville was just a young child and we can see that in 1850, when Orville was just 10 years old, his father Henry had remarried to a lady named Betsey. The family was living with who we believe to be Orville's grandparents Ashen and Rachel Gridley at Canton, Hartford County, Connecticut. Later reference to the name Gridley indicates that Henry's second wife Betsey was Betsey Gridley before she married Henry.
Whilst Orville's siblings Sophia (16), Waren (16), Watson (12), Amelia (8), Norris (5), Thomas (3) and Mertin (1). are listed, there was no sign of Orville with them at that time.

Diane has evidence to show that Henry and his first wife Emma Adams had 5 children - Watson, Warren, Orville, Sophia and Amelia. Henry appears to have had 4 sons with his second wife - Merton, Thomas, Wilbert and Norris.

As Norris was 5 years old in 1850, and we know he was born to Henry's second wife, we can estimate that Henry's first wife Emma died no later than 1844 when Orville would have been just 3-4 years old.
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In 1850, for some reason, Orville is living with a different family in the town of Canton, Hartford County:
Eber Humphrey 74 Farmer Connecticut
Ruth Humphrey 64 Connecticut
Almira Green 23 Connecticut
Orville Root 10 Connecticut
John Green 28 Farmer Connecticut

His parents and siiblings were living just three households away in Canton:
Asher Gridley 67 Farmer Connecticut
Rachel Gridley 6 Connecticut
Henry Rood 39 Farmer Connecticut
Betsy Root 38 Connecticut
Sophia Root 16 Connecticut
Warren Root 14 Connecticut
Watson Root 12 Connecticut
Amelia Root 8 Connecticut
Norris Root 5 Connecticut
Thomas Root 3 Connecticut
Martin Root 1 Connecticut
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In 1860 we can see the family still living at Canton, Hartford County, Connecticut.
"Orvia" ROOT (age 20) living with his parents Henry ROOT (49) and [step]mother Betsey ROOT (48); and his siblings Sophia (26), [Charles] Warren (24), Watson (22), Amelia (18) "Harris" (16) Thomas (13), Merton (11), Frederick (9), and Wilford (4). WATSON listed occupation as mechanic.

"Harris" is probably Norris and "Orvia" is Orville.
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Orville enlisted in the Union Army as a Private in D Company, of 13th Connecticut Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, the same regiment as his brother Watson. He was discharged with disabilities on 27 Aug 1862. His pension documents indicate he may well have been paid a pension from 1862 through to 1934.
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Diane also tells me that in the Civil War Pension file for Watson Root, his wife Corinth does mention Orville and his daughter Florence in her deposition. Corinth wrote:
"His father was Henry Root. His mother was Emma Adams, his own mother. His stepmother was Betsy Gridley. They are all dead. He had two own brothers and two own sisters, and four step-brothers. They were [Charles] Warren of Plainville CT., Orville of Unionville CT., who lives with his daughter there, Florence Nibbs; the own sisters were Sophie Case and Amelia Newell, both dead. The step brothers were Merton Root, dead, Thomas, dead, Wilbert dead, and Norris, also dead."

The deposition was taken on February 28, 1916. So, Orville was living in Unionville, CT with Florence at that time.

Orville also gave a deposition on March 1, 1916 in Unionville ("West District"). His name is listed as "Orville Albert Root". [The depositions were taken because there was some question on the part of the federal government as to whether or not Corinth and Watson had ever separated or divorced. If they had, she would not have been entitled to continue to receive his Civil War Pension after he died. She was finally approved.]

So, this is the firm evidence previously missing that Orville was indeed the father of Florence. Orville's wife Ann died in December 1915, so presumably Orville moved in to live with his daughter and son-in-law.
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I'm pretty sure it's this Orville we see in 1860, living at Litchfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, aged 19.
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We see Orville and his family in 1870, living at Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut:
Abel C Sanford Head Mar 61y Farmer Connecticut
Hepsy E Sanford Wife Mar 61 Keeping House Connecticut
Abbe Emily Sanford Daur UnM 38 Tailoress Connecticut
Elizabeth Sanford 8 Connecticut
Orville Root 30 Farm Labourer Connecticut
Eva Root 28 At Home Connecticut
Beman A Root 5 Connecticut
Florence Root 3 Connectucut

They were living at the home of Abel C Sanford, Eveline's father.
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Orville can be seen at the 1880 US Federal Census living at Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut with his wife Eveline and 4 children.
Orville ROOT Self M Male W 40 CT Carpenter CT CT
Eveline ROOT Wife M Female W 38 CT Keeps Hou
Beeman ROOT Son S Male W 15 CT CT CT
Florence ROOT Dau S Female W 13 CT CT CT
Frank ROOT Son S Male W 8 CT CT CT
Eugene ROOT Son S Male W 5 CT CT CT

His daughter went on to marry a man named Charles Evarts in 1891. Charles died on 15 March 1895. Florence then married John Edward Knibbs in June 1897.

Orville's wife Eveline died in February 1894, and Orville then married the sister-in-law of his daughter Florence, Ann Knibbs, herself a widow.
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Orville married Ann Knibbs in 1896.
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We can see Orville and Ann in the 1900 census return so clearly they married before that time.
Orville A ROOT Head Apr 1840
Ann ROOT Wife May 1852
Arthur O ROBERTS Son Dec 1887
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We can also see Orville and Annie in the 1910 census returns, living at Hartford County, Connecticut:
Orvel Root, Hartford, CT b. abt 1840
Annie Root, Hartford, CT b. abt 1852
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From the Farmington Valley Herald, March 17th , 1916:
FOR SALE - Bay Mare weight about 1,100. Good driver and work horse. For informatiuon address O.A. Root or call at home of J.E Knibbs, Unionville, Ct.

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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Orville.

Sources for Orville Albert ROOT:

  1. 5 Generation Photograph,
  2. LDS IGI Records,
  3. 1880 US Federal Census,
  4. findagrave.com,
  5. 1870 US Federal Census,
  6. 1901 City Directory for Southington,

Notes for Ann KNIBBS:

Also known as: Annie or Anna

Ann's great-granddaughter Shirley Walter visited her grave at Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut which confirmed her dates of birth and death.
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A picture of Ann Knibbs taken, I would guess, when she was still married to Elijah Roberts.
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Another 5 generation photograph showing on the right, James Knibbs b. 1828 at Clifton, Oxfordshire, England. He emigrated to Connecticut in the 1850's with his oldest daughter Ann (shown at the left of the picture). Ann Married Elijah ROBERTS and the lady standing in the picture is their daughter Minnie ROBERTS. The younger lady is Minnie's daughter, Irene YOUNG, with her daughter Una and son Archie. I believe the photograph is taken in about 1810.

Sadly, I'm not 100% certain of the name of Irene's daughter as all I have to go on is the hand written note on the back of the photograph. It could be Tina, Lina or Una.
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From the Farmington Valley Herald, December 10th , 1915:
Death In Southington.
Mrs. Delmore Wetherby, was called to Southington Thursday night by the death of her sister Mrs. Anna Root. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Root was a sister of James and William Knibbs of Watererbury, and of Benjamin Wesley and Edward of West District Far- mington.

Sources for Ann KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 2Qtr1852 
  3. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  4. FreeBMD, gives June 1852 
  5. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter,
  6. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 gave location