Kenneth M. Davis
Kenneth M. Davis

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

KENNETH M. DAVIS was born at New Lebanon, Columbia Co.,
N. Y., Sept. 2, 1795. He early engaged in mercantile pursuits, and continued therein in his native town until 1847, when he removed to East Nassau, continuing as a merchant and farmer successfully until near the close of life. He died in 1866, having pursued a long, useful, and honorable business career.

Mr. Davis was married in June, 1843, to Miss Cynthia M. Root, and they had one son, Jared L. R. Davis, born in April, 1844, now a prosperous merchant in the city of Albany, N. Y.

Nearly fourscore years of age, Mrs. Davis is in good physical strength and an health, pleasant and sprightly as people at sixty, her mental faculties unimpaired, possessed of an excellent memory of events and people, well educated and intelligent. She is a most interesting lady. She came from Puritan and Revolutionary ancestry of the best New England blood. Prior to her marriage Mrs. Davis had been for several years a school teacher.

Jared Root, father of Mrs. Davis, was born at Sheffield, Berkshire Co., Mass., March 23, 1772. He came to Nassau, when fourteen years of age, as a clerk for his brother. On reaching his majority he became a merchant, and prospered. He was postmaster at East Nassau for seventeen years, having received his appointment under General Jackson's administration.

His wife, Betsey (Lester) Root, was born at Chatham, Columbia Co., N. Y., Nov. 1, 1776. They were married March 5, 1797, and had one son and four daughters, Mrs. Davis being the only one living. Jared Root died Sept. 22, 1849.

Col. Azariah Root, grandfather of Mrs. Davis, was born at Westfield, Mass., Aug. 23, 1728. He married May 2, 1751, Elizabeth Shepard, sister of Gen. William Shepard, of Westfield. Soon after marriage they located at Sheffield, Mass., where he was a farmer and leather dealer. Azariah Root served as a colonel in the Massachusetts line in the Revolutionary war, and died July 3, 1777, of smallpox, introduced by the British. His wife died Feb. 16, 1 786. They had eleven children, of whom Jared, mentioned above, and father of Mrs. Davis, was the tenth.

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