Root, William Rufus

Kentuckiana Genealogy: Biographies: Root, William Rufus
By Board Administration (Admin) on Saturday, August 19, 2000 - 02:12 pm:

William Rufus Root joined the 49th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. F, and was discharged from service on October 27, 1863 due to a disability. His address on his pension papers is listed as Doolittle Mills, he lived near Mifflin in Crawford County, near his brother, Thomas, and his wife, Julia. The family is back in Ohio in 1870, with additional children, John Luke and Mary E., both born in Indiana. Their daughter, Emily had married Enos J. Mingess on October 8, 1864 in Indiana and died in Indiana on January 28, 1866. A son, Thomas B. Root, died on January 26, 1866. I am assuming that both died of the same illness. Lucy Ann married Frances M. Lamon on December 23, 1866 in Crawford County, IN. Immediately after, William Rufus sold his farm to his daughter, Lucy Ann Lamon, and returned to Ohio with William Shane, Issaac Wallace, Ivy Jane, John Luke and Mary. He applied for a disability pension on April 6, 1869 while a resident of Decatur township, Washington County, Ohio, for injuries incurred at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Upon returning to Ohio, he bought a mill near Fillmore in Decatur township. William and Edith returned to Crawford County before 1880 when his health began deteriorating to the extent that he was unable to work. There they moved in with their daughter, Lucy Ann Lamon, on their former homestead. Edith died there December of 1898 and William Rufus in January 1902. They are both buried in Gilmore Cemetery, south of Eckerty. Frances Lamon, Lucy’s husband died in 1886, and she remarried to Wiliam Kinder Riley. However, she is buried at Bethany Cemetery with Frances and several of their children. The son of William and Edith, William Shane, owned a farm in Crawford County near Grantsburg, but sold it and returned to Ohio where he married Lydia Amanda Remely on July 31, 1879. Isaac Wallace may have lived in Indiana for a few short years, but married in Ohio to Lydia Bennett in Washington County, Ohio on August 12, 1882. The son of Isaac and Lydia, Lyle Bennett Root, lived in Mitchell, Ind. for a number of years, then went to Fresno, Calif, and returned to Mitchell where he opened the New Home Bakery and later served as Mayor from 1930-1939. He married Josie Padgett in Mitchell in 1914. Ivy Jane married William R. Godfrey on October 27, 1881 in Crawford Co. They moved to Looking Glass, Oregon, where she died July 2, 1932 and he died October 7, 1940. Mary married Charles E. Strickling On August 23, 1882 and John Luke married Julia Gregory on November 27, 1884. The families of William Shane Root and Isaac Wallace Root remained in Ohio where their descendants live today. A sparse amount of information has been gleaned on the descendants of Lucy Ann Lamon. Descendants of John Luke Root are currently in California, and nothing is known concerning Mary Strickling.

By Carolyn Blackburn ( on Friday, November 09, 2001 - 08:53 pm:

My name is Carolyn Blackburn, my mother is Alma Edwards, her mother is Maggie Craig, her father is William H. Lamon and his mother is Lucy A. Root of DooLittle Mills and also of Ohio. This is all I know, and am desperately looking for more info. My e-mail is

By Sue Waterman ( on Monday, August 05, 2002 - 01:11 pm:

I have much information on the descendants of William Rufus Root, father of Lucy Root. You may e-mail me at Sue (Root) Waterman

By Benjamin Strickling ( on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 01:56 am:

I am a descendant of Charles Edward Strickling and Mary Elizabeth Root. Charles only lived four years after their marriage and is buried in Doolittle Mills, IN. During their brief marriage, they had two children: Lottie Bell Strickling and William Edson Strickling. Sometime after Charles's death, Mary also moved to Oregon, where my family has lived ever since. Feel free to email me with information or questions: -- Benjamin Strickling

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