From the "History of Stewart County"
Pages 475 & 476
ANSEL PHILANDER ROOD
Ansel Philander Rood was born April 1, 1811 at Great Barrington, Massachusetts, died in Stewart County, November 8, 1875. His ancestors were Puritans dating back to the coming of the Mayflower. He was a civil engineer and his vocation brought him to the South. He came to Georgia in 1828 and to Stewart County in 1831. He was one of the earliest settlers of Roanoke. After a few months he opened a mercantile business with a Mr. Peck for a partner. This firm lost all property in the burning of the town. A. P. Rood helped to build the town of Florence, moved there and resumed his mercantile business and took an active part in everything that helped inprove the town and county. He was one of the founders of Hiram Lodge No. 21, the second Masonic lodge formed in the county. He was ,married July 28, 1842 to Blanc E. Gibson, daughter of Felix and Blanch Glascock Gibson.
Children: Henry, the eldest son, upon reaching maturity moved to augusta, Georgia, married and raised a family there. 2. Robert, a life-time resident of Stewart County, was manager of the plantation owned by his grandparents and later by his parents. He died unmarried
. 3. Felix Gibson, born 1853, died 1934, was a businessman in Columbus in early manhood. he spent the last years of his life in Stewart County. Unmarried. 4. Ruloff, the youngest son, was a citizen of Atlanta and Montgomery in early manhood. He married Miss Richardson of Atlanta. Children born to this couple died in infancy. In later life he and his wife returned to the plantation home. At his deat he was carried to Atlanta for burial.His wife is a resident of Atlanta. 4. Blanch, the only daughter, married Dr. Harris of Atlanta. Later they moved to New Yoprk where Mrs. Harris and he daughter still reside.
Ansel P. Rood was a citizen of Stewart County for fourty-four years. They owned a home in Marietta where they spent the fall and winter after the children had passed the governess stage because of educational failities. The spring and summers were passed at the old ancesteral home at Florence and a summer home built on land owned by S. Lee Terrill in the 21st District of the county. The plantation is still known as the Rood place, though no longer owned by any of the descendants of these two families. The old ancesteral home in Florence is owned by W. C. Bradley.