James Jacobus Roosevelt
|James Jacobus Roosevelt|
|Born||October 25, 1759
New York City, U.S.
|Died||August 13, 1840 (aged 80)
New York City, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Maria Van Schaack
(m. 1793; his death 1840)
|Children||Cornelius and James|
|Parent(s)||Jacobus James Roosevelt
|Relatives||See Roosevelt family|
James Jacobus Roosevelt (October 25, 1759 – August 13, 1840) was an American businessman from New York City who was a member of the prominent Roosevelt family and the paternal great-grandfather of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
James Jacobus Roosevelt was born on October 25, 1759 in New York City. He was the sixth of seven children born to Jacobus James Roosevelt (1724–1777) and Annetje Bogert (1728–1773). His paternal grandfather was Johannes Roosevelt (1689–1750), the founder of the Oyster Bay branch of the Roosevelt family. His father was a first cousin of Isaac Roosevelt (1726–1794), the patrilineal great-great-grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In 1818, after his son Cornelius left Columbia College, Cornelius became his partner in importing hardware, and at Cornelius' insistence, the focus of the business changed from hardware to plate glass.
On February 28, 1835, due to the fact that he was a native or resident of what is now the City or State of New York prior to the year 1785, his son James was elected a member of the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York, upon its inception. His son served as president of the Society in 1862 and 1864.
On March 8, 1793, he married Maria Helen Van Schaak (1773–1845), the daughter of Cornelius Van Schaack Jr. (1734–1797), and the niece of Peter van Schaack (1747–1832). Her paternal grandparents were Cornelius Van Schaack (1705–1776) and Lydia Van Dyck (1704–1785). Her great-grandmother, Lydia's mother, was Maria Schuyler (1666–1742), of the prominent Schuyler family, who was the daughter of Catharina Verplanck (1639–1690) and David Pieterse Schuyler (1636–1690), who died in 1690 as a result of the Schenectady massacre of 1690, and the niece of Philip Pieterse Schuyler (1628–1683), an early Dutch-American settler. Together, they had two sons:
- Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt (1794–1871), a businessman and real estate investor. In 1821, married Margaret Barnhill (1799–1861), a daughter of Robert Craig Barnhill.
- James John Roosevelt (1795–1875), who served as a United States Congressman from New York from 1841 until 1843. In 1831, he married Cornelia Van Ness (1810–1876), the daughter of Cornelius Van Ness (1782–1852) and the niece of William P. Van Ness and John Peter Van Ness.
Roosevelt's great-grandchildren include Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), the future President of the United States, John Ellis Roosevelt (1853–1939), William Emlen Roosevelt (1857–1930), and Granville Roland Fortescue (1875–1952), an author and soldier.
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