We're often told that farming is a dangerous occupation and this surely was true for a Milan area family. As a matter of fact, just living life made great risks for Caleb Root and his consanguinity a century and more ago. Mr. Root came to Milan Township in the early 1820s from Hebron, Connecticut, where he was born.
If we look at the Root family on the surface, we'd see nothing extraordinary. His wife, Anna, died before 1830 and was buried in a family cemetery on their farm. This burial ground is located southwest of the intersection of Huron-Avery and Hoover Roads, but I believe it is no longer marked even though it was mentioned as excluded when the farmland was sold through the years. Caleb was buried there, too, in the summer of 1843. A few years later his sister Patience Alcott and some grandchildren joined them. These are the simple annals of many early 19th century families in this area.