History of Bradford County, PA
by H. C. Bradsby | (1891) | pg. 1132-33
JOSEPH L. ROOF, Farmer, Franklin township, P. O. Franklindale, was born in Franklin, this county, February 11, 1847, a son of James and Emeline (Lantz) Roof, the former of whom was born in Newton, Sussex Co., N. J., and the latter in Franklin. The father was a son of Jacob and Mary (Struble) Roof, natives of Germany, who came to this country about 1785, locating in Sussex county, N. J., near the banks of the ‘Paulius Kill'” where he (Jacob) died about 1860; his family consisted of nine children, of whom James, the fifth in order of birth, removed to this county in 1830, and in 1843 married Miss Emeline Lantz, which union resulted in the birth of three daughters and one son, the subect of this sketch. mrs. Roof, the mother of Joseph L., died February 15, 1889. James Roof and his wife lived on their present place nearly fifity years, where she died. Our subject was reared and educated at Franklin, excepting one term at the State Normal Scoool, Mansfiedl, Tioga Co.,Pa., and one term at the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute, Towanda. On March 24, 1874, he married, at Franklindale, Mis Ella, daughter of Stern and Wilmina McKee, and to this union were born two childre: J. Raymon, born October 3, 1875, and Mina Emeline, born December 23, 1878. Mrs. Roof is a great-granddaugher of Leonard McKee, one of the first settlers. Mr. Roof is a thrify farmer and is successful in his enterprises; he has owned some very fine-blooded horses; he lives on a farm of 106 acres and has a peach orchard of 500 trees; he is a Democrat in politics.
THOMAS JEFFERSON ROOF, farmer, Standing Stone township, this county, P. O. Rummerfield, was born in Wysox township, this county, July 11, 1835, son of Charles Roof, who was born in Sussex county, N. J., February 12, 1809, and was a son of Jacob Roof, also a native of New Jersey, who married Hannah Struble. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Roof had a large family: the eldest son, Charles, married Maria, daughter of Peter Lantz, another native of New Jersey, and they had three children: Sophie Elizabeth, who was twice married, her first huband being Joel Huff, and the second, Jonathan Stevens; Thomas Jefferson and Henderson. When Charles Roof first came to this county he lived in Wysox three years, then remved to Frenchtown, where he lived until 1842, and then purchased a farm in this township from H. W. Tracy, of about one hundred and fifty-four acres, and in 1857 added thereto 186 acres; he was a very successful farmer, and a member of the Baptist Church. Thomas J., the subject of this sketch, attended the district school until his twenty-first year, then worked at home until 1860, when he began for himself, on a portion of his father’s farm, 186 acres, which was willed to him at his father’s dath. He purchased, in 1869, of William Hagerdorn, sixty-acres, and in 1881 of Miles Ried, sixty-two acres and in 1883, of Joseph Powell, fifty-four acres. He has been very successful in all his undertakings, has been school director twelve years, also road commissioner twelve years, and, as his name indicates, is a Democrat. He married, March 18, 1860, Elizabeth Roe, daughter of David and Saphire Dennis Roe (she is the eldest of seven chilfen, natives of New Jersey), and of this marriage there are nine children, as follows: Emma, Ella, Chauncey, Mary, Samuel, Frederick, Sarah, Denton and Susie.