Orville Albert ROOT was born 25 April 1840 in Barkhamstead, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA. He married Eveline Eliza SANFORD 15 February 1862 in Winsted, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA. He died 1919 in Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Eveline Eliza SANFORD was born 04 August 1841 in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA. She died 28 February 1894 in Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA.

Children of Orville Albert ROOT and Eveline Eliza SANFORD are:
1. Florence E ROOT, b. 24 June 1867 See Charles H EVARTS & Florence E ROOT OR John Edward KNIBBS & Florence E ROOT
2. Eugene Lloyd ROOT, b. 05 May 1875 See Eugene Lloyd ROOT & Cora L TYMESON
3. Emma ROOT, b. July 1863
4. Frank ROOT, b. 03 August 1871 See Frank ROOT & Jennie S NEWALL OR Frank ROOT & Emma UNKNOWN
5. Beeman A ROOT, b. 28 September 1864

Other Marriages/Unions for Orville Albert ROOT:
See Orville Albert ROOT & 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

I'm pretty sure it's this Orville we see in 1860, living at Litchfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, aged 19.

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.

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.

Orville married Ann Knibbs in 1896.

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

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

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.


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 Eveline Eliza SANFORD:

Also known as: Eva

Eveline was the daughter of Abel Curtiss Sanford and his wife Hepsa Elizabeth Judd.

In 1860, we see Eveline with her parents living at Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut,:
Abel C Sanford Head Mar 51Connecticut
Hepsie Sanford Wife Mar 51Connecticut
Eveline Sanford Daur 18 Connecticut
Stephen Higgins 16 Connecticut

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

Sources for Eveline Eliza SANFORD:

  1. LDS IGI Records,

Notes for Emma ROOT:

Sources for Emma ROOT:

  1. LDS IGI Records,

Notes for Beeman A ROOT:

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

Sources for Beeman A ROOT:

  1. LDS IGI Records,