Erastus Root of Delaware county was well known and lived there during his lifetime. If you search the Delaware Co. website you should find a number of references to him. A question in my mind of who this other E. Root is? Perhaps from another county, you mention Delhi, which is the county seat for Delaware Co. (NY)
Here is a short version of some of the info on him:
General Erastus Root settled here in 1796; he was originally from Connecticut. He foresaw the formation of Delaware county, and was very active in securing it. In 1798 he was sent to the Legislature. He was an able advocate and representative, and in active life until 1843. In December, 1846, while in New York city on his way to visit a daughter, Mrs. Hobbie, at Washington, D.C., he died.
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