NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The name of Roosevelt, which has the beautiful English signification of Rosefield, has been identified with the history of New York since the middle of the seventeeth century. The ancestor mentioned below is the only one known to have emigrated to America in an early day. The family became famous in New York City in early times for their keen business qualities, and many became millionaires. The family has likewise boasted many famous lawyers, doctors and statesmen, and former President Roosevelt has made a name for himself throughout the civilized world. Have these webpages helped you?
The records of the Reformed Ducth Church of New York City have shown the name for more than two and one-half centuries [this pub in 1910], and here were recorded the births and marriages of the earliest ancestors, as for two or three generations few of them moved away from Manhattan.
Although authorities differ as to the time of emigration of the first of the family, it was probably in the year 1651. Those were troublous times for the colony of New Amsterdam, as the following two years the people were almost constantly in arms on account of the war between the Dutch and English. The Dutch and other traders were forbidden to trade with the New England savages, and food was scarce. Soon after New Amsterdam was given a burgher government. In 1655 the colony awoke one morning to find the town in the possession of Indians; Stuyvesant made peace with them by giving them presents.
The Roosevelt family intermarried with the Schuylers, Bogarts, and many other families who later became the first aristocracy of New York City. The family obtained a large tract of land in the city, extending from Chatham street to the East river, lyng between Pearl, Roosevelt (which obtained its name from the family) and Catherine streets; this was originally known as Rutgers Old Farm. In June, 1788, the family furnished one member of the Poughkeepsie state convention to consider the adoption of the constitution of the United States.
(I) Claes Martenzen von Rosenfelt emigrated from Holland to New Netherlands about 1650-51, and brought with him his wife, Jannetje Samuel-Thomas. The records of the births of their children are found in the Reformed Church of New York. He was admitted to this church Dec. 4, 1679.
His children were:
1. Christiaen, baptized Oct. 23, 1650, died in infancy.
2. Elsje, baptized Feb. 11, 1652; married Hendrick Jillish Meyert.
3. Anna Margariet, baptized Aug. 29, 1654; married Heymans Alderste Roosa.
4. Christina, baptized July 30, 1656; married (first) Nicalsie de la Montague; (second) John Hammel.
6. Anna, baptized Sept. 10, 1662; married Jan van Daefsen de Vries, from Haarlem, Holland.
(II) Nicholaes, only son of Claes and Jannetje (Samuel-Thomas) Rosenfelt, spelled his name Roosevelt, and was baptized Oct. 2, 1658; he was born in September that year. He removed to Esopus (now Kingston, Dutchess count), N.Y., prior to 1680, as April 5 of that year he with other burghers of Esopus, petitioned for a minister of the Gospel. In 1690 he returned to New York City with his family, and his occupation is given as "bolter." He was admitted as freeman Aug. 21, 1698.
In 1700-01, he was an alderman of the Leislerian party, and although he was a burgher of what was known as the "major gith," he took the side of the common people of the colony against the mother country. He served as alderman from 1698-1701, and in 1715 became alderman of the West Ward. Nicholaes Roosevelt died July 30, 1742.
He married, Dec. 9, 1682, at the Reformed Dutch Church of New York, Heyltje Jans Kunst, born Feb. 24, 1664, daughter of Jan Barentsen Kunst and wife, Jakeyntje Cornelius Ablanien. Jan Barentsen was a house carpenter and workman, and was a passenger in the ship "Gilded Beaver," which came to New Netherlands in 1658. The record of his marriage, which took place in America, contains the following: "14 March, Pinkster Monday, 1663, Jan Barentsen, of Alckmaer, Noort Hollant, widower Janietjen Ariens and Jakemyntje Corenlis, of Woerde in Holland, j. d. first publication of banns 29 April."
1. Jannetic, baptized Nov. 11, 1683, at Old Dutch Church of Esopus.
2. Margaretta, Oct. 11, 1685, at Esopus.
4. Johannes, March 3, 1689, at Esopus.
5. Elsie, Jan. 1, 1691, at New York.
6. Jacobus, Feb. 1692, at New York.
7. Rachel, March 21, 1693, in New York, died in infancy.
8. Sarah, 1696, at New York.
9. Rachel, April 23, 1699, at New York.
10. Isaac, Feb. 28, 1701, at new York, died young.
(III) Nicholaes (2), oldest son of Nicholaes (1) and Heyltje J. (Kunst) Roosevelt, was baptized Aug. 28, 1687, at the Old Dutch Church at Esopus, N.Y.
March 20, 1738-38, Nicholaes Roosevelt, goldsmith, was admitted freeman. He was a good craftsman and became well-to-do.
He married, Feb. 1, 1710, at the Reformed Dutch church of New York City, Sarah Fullman, who, in signing the records at the baptism of her children, wrote her name also as Follemans, Volleman and Solleman.
Catherina, baptized at New York, Jan. 10, 1711.
Hilletje, March 29, 1713.
(IV) Nicholas (3), only son of Nicholaes (Fullman) Roosevelt, was baptized Feb. 6, 1715, at the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City. He became first lieutenant of the Corsicans, a company of militia organized around 1775. They wore a red tin heart on their short green coats, containing the words, "God and Right," and on their small round hats, which had a cock on one side, around the crown the motto "Liberty or Death." He also enlisted in the Albany company of militia First Regiment. He was admitted a freeman in 1740, and in 1738 he and his wife were admitted to the Reformed Dutch Church of New York.
Mr. Roosevelt married (first) June 4, 1737, in the Reformed Dutch Church, Catherina Comfort, baptized Aug. 18, 1717, daughter of Gerardus and Catherina (Burger) Comfort, who were married in the same chuch March 15, 1713; she died about 1750, and he married (second) Nov. 23, 1754, also in the Reformed Dutch Church, Elizabeth Thurman, baptized May 9, 1725, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Wessels) Thurman, who were married also in that church, Oct. 11, 1719.
By his first marriage Mr. Roosevelt had three children:
Catherina, baptized in New York, March 22, 1738.
Sarah, July 18, 1740.
Gerardus Comfort, Sept. 8, 1742.
By his second marriage :
Elizabeth, baptized Feb. 6, 1757, in New York, died young.
Elizabeth, Feb. 24, 1762.
(V) Nicholas (4), son of Nicholas (3) and Elizabeth (Thurman) Roosevelt, was baptized Oct. 11, 1758, in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City. He lived in Stillwater, N.Y., and married Betsey English.
John, Betsey, George, Solomon, Rufus and Jacob.
(VI) Solomon, third son of Nicholas (4) and Betsey (English) Roosevelt, was born Nov. 17, 1778, at Fishouse, now a part of Saratoga, N.Y., and died March 15, 1832, at Chazy, N.Y.
He married (first) Nov. 29, 1798, Elizabeth Willy, or Wiley, daughter of Stephen Wiley, born May 16, 1780, died Feb. 27, 1820. He married (second) Hester Ann, daughter of Sylvanus Smith, of Clinton county, born at Chazy, N.Y., Sept. 6, 1796, and died April 19, 1893, at the age of ninety-seven, at Syracuse, N.Y.
By his first marriage Mr. Roosevelt had nine children, and by his second marriage three.
Stephen, born Sept. 5, 1799.
Betsey, Feb. 18, 1801.
Lydia, Feb. 26, 1803.
Jacob, May 16, 1805.
Solomon, April 27, 1807.
Delia, July 10, 1809.
Louisa, May 3, 1812.
Caroline, April 12, 1814.
John H., see below
Sarah, Defc. 4, 1824.
George W., July 20, 1826.
Warren, Oct. 10, 1831.
(VII) John Henry, fourth son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Wiley) Roosevelt, was born Feb. 24, 1817. He married (first) Elizabeth Ann, dughter of Dennis and Mary (Lambert) Tracy, of New York; (second) Mary Cornell.
By his first marriage he had three children:
1. Mary Eliza.
2. Henry J., resided in Little Silver, New Jersey.
3. Caroline, born May 6, 1842, married (first) John T. Hayes; (second) Wayne Smothers, of Eureka, Michigan.
4. Edward, of Ashley, Ohio.
5. Edith L., born Oct. 7, 1852; married Isaac Cravens, of Paulding, Ohio.
6. Grant, of Ashley, Ohio.
10. Lydia, married John Jay Cox, of Paulding, Ohio.
11. Eliza Grant.
(VIII) Mary Eliza, oldest daughter of John Henry and Elizabeth Ann (Tracy) Roosevelt, was born Feb. 17, 1840, at Albany, N.Y., and married July 7, 1863, Solomon Barber Pardy, of Beekmantown. (See Pardy III).
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