According to my records, Joel was born 6 Sep 1767 in Great Barrington. He was the son of Israel Root (1728-1809) and Abigail Noble.
Israel was the brother of Joshua Root Jr. (1715, Westfield, MA - 1791, Great Barrington). Their parents were Joshua Root Sr. (23 Nov 1682, Westfield - 28 Sep 1730, Sheffield, MA) and Margaret Gilbert.
Joel Root and his cousin, Joshua Root 3rd, moved from Great Barrington to Chenango County c. 1792-95 and settled in Root's Corners in Greene, on the Chenango Road. Joel then settled in Guilford, Chenango Co. about 1800.
Joel's daughter Fanny married William Spencer. The daughter whose name is not known married Amos Havens.
A many-time-great-uncle of my husband's, William Padgett, was killed by being caught under a bear trap in the Fall of 1800. A niece who wrote of the incident many years later, described it as follows:
His brother James and he bought a farm about a mile from there and both being young men they hired a man by the name of Joel Root to work for them, and his wife kept the house. Uncle James had gone to Oxford and they had traps set for bears, and William thought he would go look at them, and he was gone so long that Mrs. Root began to feel worried about him. As soon as her husband came she told him about it and he went in search of him and found him nearly a mile from home with a large log across his back. Mr. Root was so frightened that he caught hold of the log and was trying to lift it and William said to him, "you cannot lift it; get a handspike and put under it. ---------"
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