Root(e) family

The Root family is listed as one of the early settlers in  “A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, before 1692”.

We often receive enquiries, especially from America about the Root or Roote family.

There are no monuments, gravestones nor descendants of the family that we can identify in Badby village today.

The 17th century Parish Records record births, baptisms, marriages and burials of a few members of the family.
The records are now housed at the Northamptonshire Records Office and Archives which includes these details for contact:
Email : Historic Environment Record –
Write: Records Office (archives) Wootton Hall Park Northampton NN4 8BQ UK

Below are the results of research by former resident Cristine Orr.

Thomas Roote married in Milton Malsor. This Thomas had a field and house in Badby in 1597, but gave it up in 1606. His son John was born in Milton Malsor probably in 1570. Badby registers show:

  • July 27, 1600: John Roote married Ann Rushall at Badby. The Rushall family also appears as Russall and later as Russell in different entries
  • December 21, 1600 Marie, daughter of John & Ann Roote was baptised
  • October 18, 1603 Susanna, daughter of John & Ann Roote was baptised
  • January 16, 1605 Thomas, son of John & Ann Roote was baptised. Thomas went to U.S.A. in 1637
  • February 26, 1608 John, son of John & Ann Roote was baptised. John also went to U.S.A. in 1637.
  • April 5, 1609 Thomas Roote was buried in Badby.

There are several family genealogy websites that can be found through Google. We have come across these:
Family Tree Maker – Mary Ann Russell and notes for John Roote and descendants

Root Genealogical Records. 1600-1870: Comprising the General History of the Root and Roots Families in America (Google eBook)

You might also like to read this account of Joe Jansen’s visit to Badby to see the village his 8x great-grandfather grew up in.


6 Responses to Root(e) family

  1. Laurie A Hamacher says:

    Hi, my name is Laurie Ann (Stevens) Hamacher.
    I’m on and doing my family tree.
    My mother’s name is Joann, her father was Ernest reger, his mother was Lavina Rulapaugh, her mother father was Oscar Root.
    Upon gathering more info into my Root family, I have found that John Root and Mary Ann Russell are my 12th great grandparents.
    Sir Francis Russell and Mary Ann’s mother are my 13th great grandparents.
    But that’s as far back as I can go.
    Could you please help me trace back further.
    I do know sir Francis was 2nd Earl, and his father is 1st Earl.
    I’d love to know more of my heritage.

    • Upon visiting for research purposes the public library of Daventry, near Badby, we viewed the “Badby folder” in their archives. In the Doomsday list of confiscated properties by King Henry VIII, and other properties, a certain “Rootes Roadhouse” was listed in Badby. Interesting to wonder if any of the current hotels in Badby was originally the “Rootes” Roadhouse.
      Upon questioning a geneologist in of all places, the Iona Abbey, he suggested the Root family most likely were Huguenots escaping religious tyranny in South France, most likely La Rochelle by the name or “Rootes” in the mid to late 16th century.

  2. Laurie A Hamacher says:

    If you would like pictures, I’d be happy to send you copies of what I have.
    I do have pictures of Oscar and Lola Root and a picture of his father.
    Please feel free to visit my

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you from the United States…I am a descendant too of this Roote family. Appreciate the information.

  4. Joe Jansen says:

    Christine and Laurie, I’m continually amazed by how many of us Root(e) descendents are here in the U.S. I feel a sense of gratitude to James Pierce Root for all the work he did in the mid-1800s to compile “Root Genealogical Records. 1600-1870.” It’s a gift that helps us find our connections to one another. It reminds me that our relations are everywhere, on the streets all around us. And I mean “all people,” and not just descendents of the Roots. The world is not so big, nor humanity so old, that our deep connections are not so deep beneath the surface.

  5. Brett Summers says:

    I sincerely appreciate the further research that we can now clarify that John Roote’s wife was indeed Anne Rushall, daughter of Winifred and Henrie Rushall which has cleared up a lot of confusion. Further, I am thankful for the new research that shows that the Roote family went to Milton Masor.

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