According to a book of biographies held at Old fort Genealgical Society, Ft. Scott, Kansas,
Samuel Roof was born in Shanandoah Co. VA. on March 3, 1797. Parents were from Germany, possibly his father was George Roof that died in 1916. He had a brother, William. Samuel married Dorothy Steffy on March 25, 1819 and in 1835 moved his family to Washington, Wayne Co., Indiana. In 1839 moved to new Castle, Indiana.
9 children; Ann Eliza, Erasmus, born 1825 in VA, James, b. 1835, John W., Franklin, Catherine, Leah E. b. 1840, Elizabeth and Sarah b. 1838. Samuel died March 15, 1839 and Dorothy Died Dec. 1871.
Erasamus married Mary Jane Murray and was born Dec. 25, 1829 in Wayne Co. Indiana. They were married Aug. 25, 1852 in henry Co. Indiana. The family moved to Polk County, Iowa by 1854 and to Woodson County, Kansas in 1870.
In 1879 Erasmus Roof and family came to Bourbon CO., KS and bought land near the present town of Redfield. Erasmus died June 12, 1880 and is buried in Woods Cemetery, near Redfield. Mary Jane died 1915 and is also buried in Woods Cemetery. They had 10 children:
)1)Sarah Catherine b. Nov. 12, 1853 in Indiana, married John Franklin Wolf. (2) Elenora b. Oct. 13, 1855 in Iowa, married John Kidwell and then Joseph Thomas. (3)Infant girl b. March 2, d. March 3, 1857 (4) Anna Eliza b. July 14, 1858 in Iowa, married William P. Ellis on Jan. 30, 1881 in Bourbon Co., Ks, d. March 16, 1885, (5) Emma b. Feb. 22, 1860 in Iowa married John Cook July 4, 1878 in bourbon Co., then married William P. Ellis, widower of her late sister (6)Thomas Elwood b. June 17, 1863, d. July 1, 1864. (7) Samuel Elmer (twin) b. June 17, 1863, d. Jan. 20, 1864. (8) Mary Francis b. Aug. 22, 1861 in iowa, married William R. Ward Jan. 18, 1880, Bourbon Co. (9) Alonzo b. April 21, 1865 in Iowa, married Carrie Drake Feb. 24, 1887 in Bourbon Co. (10) Dorothy Lee b. Jan. 23, 1871 in Kansas married Ulyssis Grant Ralston Dec. 16, 1891 in Bourbon Co.
There are still members of this family living in the Bourbon County area.
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