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Samuel Roof

1797 - 1889

New Castle Democrat

   Samuel Roof died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. A. R. Boor, in this city on Friday, March 15, 1889 at the advanced age of ninety-two years. He was born in Shenandoah county VA, in March of 1797.
   When a boy, his mother being left a widow with a large family, Samuel was apprenticed to the tanning business, which vocation he followed at intervals for more than fifty years. March 25, 1819, he was married to Miss Dorothy Steffy, of Rockingham County, VA. They were the parents of nine children-four sons and five daughters. When James, the seventh child was four months old, the family started in a wagon to move to Indiana. After a tedious and perilous journey of one month, they landed, on November 1, 1835, at Washington, Wayne County. March 1837, he contracted to take charge of the tannery of John Powell, of New Castle, and moved his family to this place, which, then contained but few houses.
   Two taverns opened their hospitable doors to weary travelers, one kept by Thadeus Owens, the other by The Rev. G. B. Rogers. Two stores, one kept by Miles Murphey, the other by Silvers and Thornburgh. One church, the Methodist Episcopal, were the only business and public buildings in the town.
   In this village two daughters were born to them, Sarah A. R., in January 1835, and Leah E., July 1840. Samuel Roof and his wife were the first persons immersed as the Disciples of Christ in New Castle, on the fifth of November 1839, by Elder James McVey. At the organization of the Christian at this place, he was chosen as one of the Elders. This position he continued to hold until a few years before his departure. He resigned on account of his failing years. He also served the Sunday school as superintendent a number of terms. Nothing but his sickness prevented him filling his place in all services of the church.
   Until within the past two years he had excellent health and bore the burden of his years well.
   In December of 1866, the youngest son, James, was buried; in December 1871, his wife was laid to rest; in August 1875, his eldest daughter, Ann Eliza, was called home; in May 1880, his second son, Erasmus, was taken. Six of the children survive him, two sons and four daughters. These took great pleasure in administering in various ways to the wants of his declining years, and after death, with tender hands and kindly remembrances of a father's love they laid the remains to their final rest.
   Funeral services were held at the residence of Dr. W. F. Boor, on Monday at 2 o'clock p. m. Internment was at Southmound cemetery.

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