Ann Eliza Hepburne was born in Chippawa, Ontario, in 1821, to William Hepburne and Susan Shannon. In 1842, she married William Anthony Rooth in St. James Cathedral in Toronto. They continued to live in different parts of the Niagara region, including Drummondville, Welland and Port Colborne. William was the editor and proprietor of the Drummondville Reporter, as well as an accountant and insurance agent, and later worked for the Customs Service in Port Colborne. He died in 1878, and Eliza in 1899. Both are buried in Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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  • Friendship Album

    ; Rooth, Ann Eliza Hepburne (2015-01-07)
    The friendship album contains poems, letters, illustrations, soldiers autographs and some clippings, dated from 1837-1897. Some names of those who contributed to the album include Eliza’s husband William Anthony Rooth, Thomas Cummings, George Conventry, M.M. Johnson, Robert Nelles, Oliver T. Macklem, Thomas Macklem, and L.D. Raymond. There are also autographs of soldiers from the Trinity College Rifles, Toronto, dated 1866. The Trinity College Rifles fought in the Battle of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raid of June, 1866, and were possibly billeted with the Rooth family in Port Colborne. Soldiers from the 13th Battalion, Hamilton, also signed the book, with the entry dated June 18, 1866. There are also signatures of A.K. Scholfield and H. Scholfield, W.C.F. [Welland Canal Field] Battery.