Nicholas Roosevelt (1658–1742)
|Alderman of New York City|
1698 – 1701
|Born||Nicholas van Rosenvelt
October 2, 1658
|Died||July 30, 1742
New York City
|Spouse(s)||Heyltje Jans Kunst
(m. 1682; d. 1730)
|Relations||See Roosevelt family|
|Children||10, including Johannes Roosevelt|
|Parents||Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt
and Jannetje Samuels Thomas
Nicholas Roosevelt (born Nicholas van Rosenvelt) (bap. October 2, 1658 – died July 30, 1742) was a Dutch-American politician. He was an early member of the Roosevelt family and a prominent Dutch-American citizen of New Amsterdam (later New York City), and was the 4th great-grand father to Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945). He was the first Roosevelt to hold an elected office in North America, as an alderman.
Roosevelt was born in New Amsterdam and baptized on October 2, 1658. He was the son of Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt, the immigrant ancestor of the Roosevelt family in America, and Jannetje Samuels Thomas (1625–1660). He was baptized in the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam.
Life and career
By 1680, he had moved to Esopus, near Kingston, New York, another early Dutch settlement in the New Netherlands. There, on April 5, 1680, he signed a petition asking for a minister for Kingston. During his time in Esopus, he was a fur trader on friendly terms with Native Americans.
In 1690, he returned with his family to New York, where he was listed as having the occupation of a "bolter." He was made a freeman on August 23, 1698. Politically active, he was a supporter of the party of Jacob Leisler, who had led an insurrection in 1689 in support of the succession of Dutch stadtholder William III of Orange-Nassau to the English throne in the Revolution of 1688. Nicholas Roosevelt was an alderman from 1698 to 1701 and again for the West Ward in 1715.
He married Heyltje Jans Kunst (1664–1730) in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York on December 9, 1682. With his wife, he had ten children, the first four baptized at Esopus and the rest in New York:
- Jannetie Roosevelt (b. 1683)
- Margaretta Roosevelt (b. 1685)
- Nicholaes Roosevelt (b. 1687)
- Johannes Roosevelt (1689–1750), who married Heyltje Sjoerts (Shourd) (1688–1752) on September 25, 1708.
- Elsie Roosevelt (b. 1691)
- Jacobus Roosevelt (b. 1692)
- Rachel Roosevelt (b. 1693), who died young
- Sarah Roosevelt (b. 1696)
- Rachel Roosevelt (b. 1699)
- Isaac Roosevelt (b. 1701), who died young
He died in New York City on August 30, 1742.
Nicholas was the last common ancestor of the Oyster Bay Roosevelts (including Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt), founded by his son Johannes, and the Hyde Park Roosevelts (including Franklin Delano Roosevelt), founded by his son Jacobus.
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