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The Roof family came from Southwestern Germany.  Johannes Roof and his wife came to America in the late 1750's.  They soon moved to Fort Stanwix, New York, where Johannes traded with the Indians.

From "Little Journeys Along the Old Mohawk Turnpike" published by Caughnawaga Chapter, D.A.R., Fonda, NY, 1923, Part 4, pages 31-37:

"John Roof of Canajoharie, was one of the first settlers at Fort Stanwix.  He came from Germany in 1758, and being a man of enterprise and means he was soon after his arrival in this country, given charge of the carrying place at Fort Stanwix.  He traded quite extensively with the Indians, furnishing supplies to the garrison.  When finally driven out, he sold his buildings to the government but before he was paid for them they were burned by order of the government to prevent the tories from taking possession."

From "The History of Montgomery County and Fulton Counties, NY" by F.W. Beers & Co., 1878:

"Johannes, or John Roof, who had located at Fort Stanwix, now Rome, in 1760, left that place by the advice of Col. Gansevoort, when it was threatened by the enemy, in 1777, leaving his buildings to be burned by Gansevoort's order to prevent their occupancy by the enemy; and dropping down the valley to Canajoharie, bought a farm upon which Henry Schremling, an early settler, had built a stone dwelling.  It stood directly back of the present Eldridge or Lovett house until about the year 1840, when it was demolished.  In the latter part of the Revolutionary War a small party of Indians fired on some men hoeing corn on Roof's Flats, between his dwelling and the river, not far from the present river bridge, and killed one of them, but seeing the others securing their fire arms they fled to the hills and escaped.  Roof had kept a tavern at Fort Stanwix, and in Canajoharie he resumed that business, continuing it for some years after the war.  He was succeeded in it by his son and namesake, the late Col. John Roof."

For more extensive story of Johannnes Roof, visit "The Frey Papers, 1706-1912, by Samuel Ludlow Frey -see the excerpts from Vol. 3".

My great grandfather, Reuben, was the only one of many brothers who moved from Missouri into Montana. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who is descended from Jacob Roof and his wife Margaret Boyd Roof, or Jacob's parents Andrew Roof & his wife Elisabeth Moyer.

Roof family

Jacob and Margaret Boyd Roof are the elderly couple in the front center of this picture.

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