James Jacobus Roosevelt

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James Jacobus Roosevelt
Born October 25, 1759
New York City, U.S.
Died August 13, 1840 (aged 80)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Maria Van Schaack
(m. 1793; his death 1840)
Children Cornelius and James
Parent(s) Jacobus James Roosevelt
Annetje Bogert
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.

Early life[edit]

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).[1][2] His paternal grandfather was Johannes Roosevelt (1689–1750), the founder of the Oyster Bay branch of the Roosevelt family.[3] His father was a first cousin of Isaac Roosevelt (1726–1794), the patrilineal great-great-grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[4]


During the American Revolutionary War, Roosevelt was a commissary for the troops in New York.[4]

In 1818, after his son Cornelius left Columbia College, Cornelius became his partner in importing hardware,[5] and at Cornelius' insistence, the focus of the business changed from hardware to plate glass.[6]

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.[7] His son served as president of the Society in 1862 and 1864.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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,[1] 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,[9] and the niece of Philip Pieterse Schuyler (1628–1683), an early Dutch-American settler.[10] Together, they had two sons:

On August 13, 1840, Roosevelt died. Upon his death, he bequeathed a large fortune to his children, making his son Cornelius one of the five richest men in New York City.[15][16][17]


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),[18] and Granville Roland Fortescue (1875–1952), an author and soldier.[19]


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  2. ^ Ross, Peter; Pelletreau, William Smith (1905). A History of Long Island: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Lewis Publishing Company. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Schriftgiesser, Karl (1942). The Amazing Roosevelt Family, 1613–1942. Wildred Funk, Inc. 
  4. ^ a b Burke, Arthur Meredyth (1908). The Prominent Families of the United States of America. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 9780806313085. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "OBITUARY | Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt". The New York Times. July 18, 1871. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  6. ^ McCullough 2001, p. 24.
  7. ^ York, Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New (1902). Genealogical Record of the Saint Nicholas Society: Advanced Sheets, First Series. Society. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Youngs, Florence Evenlyn Pratt (1914). "Portraits of the presidents of the society, 1835-1914". The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "An account of the burning of Schenectady by Mons. De Monsignat, comptroller General of the marine in Canada to Madam de Maintenon, the morganatic wife of Louis XIV.", Doc. Hist. N. Y., I, p. 186, noted in Pearson (1883), A History of the Schenectady Patent, Schenectady History Digital Archives
  10. ^ Jonathan Pearson, Chap. 9, "Burning of Schenectady", History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times, 1883, pp. 244-270
  11. ^ "Cornelius Van Schaak Roosevelt/Margaret Barnhill". latrobefamily.com. 
  12. ^ "THE DEATH OF JUDGE ROOSEVELT. | ACTION OF THE CITY AND STATE COURTS TRIBUTES OF RESPECT TO HIS MEMORY". The New York Times. April 7, 1875. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "ROOSEVELT, James I. - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. United States Congress. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "OBITUARY. | MRS. CORNELIA ROOSEVELT". The New York Times. February 20, 1876. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Meyers, Cornelius V. (1902). Theodore Roosevelt, Patriot and Statesman: The True Story of an Ideal American. P.W. Ziegler & Co. 
  16. ^ Hubert, Philip G. (1903). The Merchants' National Bank of the City of New York. 
  17. ^ "JUDGE ROOSEVELT'S WILL". The New York Times. April 17, 1875. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Murray, Robert K; Blessing, Tim H (2004). Greatness in White House. Pennsylvania State U.P. pp. 8–9, 15. ISBN 978-0-271-02486-8. 
  19. ^ "The Blacketts of North East England". Theblacketts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  • McCullough, David (2001). Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0671227114. 

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