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The history of Kingston, New York : from its early settlement to the year 1820. Schoonmaker, Marius, 1888. Full text available online  at

Olde Ulster: An Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Volume 8.

New Amsterdam 1660Arrived in New Netherlands in April 15, 1660 in the ship “Spotted Cow” under Captain Peter Lucas, coming from Gelderland, Holland accompanied by wife and 8 children.

  1. Heyman, born in 1643, married Maritje Roosevelt.
  2. Arie, born in 1645, married Maria Pels.
  3. Jan, bom in 1651, married Hellegond Williamse Van Buren.
  4. lkee or Aaghe married Dr. Roelof Kiersted.
  5. Maritje married Laurens Jansen.
  6. Neeltje married Hendrick Pawling after Nov. 3, 1676.
  7. Jannetje married Mattys TenEyck at Hurley Nov. 16, 1679.
  8. Aert.
  9. Annatje (born in New Amsterdam)
  10. Gert (born in New Amsterdam)

The family settled in that part of Esopus which is now the town of Hurley and there engaged in farming; participated in the first administration of the Lord’s Supper at Esopus 25 December 1660; being possessed of considerable means he owned much property and exercised a large influence in the community; in spring of 1661 his name was entered on a contract to secure the salary of Dominie Bloom at Wiltwyck, now Kingston; on the organization of the village of Hurley he was one of the first three schepens, or magistrates, who administered the affairs of the community; in 1661 he was one of a committee of three to enclose the village of Hurley as a means of protection against the Indians; he owned lot # 24 where his home was destroyed by Indians 7 June 1663 at which time two of his children were carried away captive; he was one of those who resented the unjust treatment accorded to the people of the village by the British soldiers then quartered there in 1667 and because of his vigorous resistance he was adjudged guilty of sedition by the Court in New York and was banished from the colony; he was restored to favor in 1669 by Governor Lovelace who appointed him one of the overseers of New Dorp (Hurley); in the same year he was granted the privilege of setting up tanning vats and a brewing house; he was one of the petitioners for the appointment of a minister who could speak both Dutch and English; served as a mustering officer; on 5 April 1670 was a sargent in Captain Henry Pauling’s Company of militia and in 1673 was a captain of a company composed of men from Hurley and Marbletown; in 1685 his widow was granted 320 acres of land on account of his public service.

Roosa Family Bible

This Bible is in the possession of Mr. John P. Roosa of Hurley, New York. The family records are part of the Bible, with an extra sheet inserted. These records were translated for De Witt Roosa of Kingston, New York, by Berthold Fernow, formerly New York State Archivist.- EDITOR

Extra Sheet:

  • 1692, May 30, Sunday before dinner Jan Roosa is born.
  • 1693, 23 Jan’y at noon Maria de Witt born.
  • 1716, May 7, my eldest daughter Jannetje Roosa born.
  • 1717, Oct. 12, my oldest son Jan Roosa born.
  • 1719, May 18, my daughter Hilligonde Roosa born.
  • 1721, Aug. 20, my son Andreas Roosa born.
  • 1725, Dec. 16, my son Jacob Roosa born.
  • 1728, Dec. 16, my daughter Marya Roosa born.
  • 1730, Oct. 5, Helena Roosa born.
  • 1731, Aug. 23, Petrus Roosa born.
  • 1733, Dec. 15, Geertyen Roosa born.
  • 1736-7, Feb. 10, son Egbert Roosa born.

Andreas Roosa’s handwriting. Jennetje Roosa, her Bible. 1744.

1762, May 1, our mother, Maria de Witt died.
1784, Jan’y 9, Egbert Roosa bought this Bible from the widow of Wm. Konstapel for 3 pounds.
1736-7, Feb. 10, I, Egbert Roosa was born.
1759, Dec. 1, I have been married to Lena Ostrander, and she was born Aug. 25, 1734.
1761, Jan’y 23, our son Jan was born, baptized by Dom. Mancius, and witnesses were my father and mother.
1762, Mar. 31, Lena, my wife, died.
1765, Sept. 1, I have been married to Elsje Delamater. Elsje was born Oct. 26, 1731.
1766, Jan’y 28, our oldest daughter Maria was born, baptized by Dom. Meyer; witnesses my sister Geertie and my brother Jan.
1769, July 25, our youngest daughter Rachel born, baptized by Dom. Kock in the house of Johannes Beekman; witnesses, Abraham A. and Rachel Delamater.
1783, Aug. 17, John married Elizabeth Hoogtaling.
1762, May 21, Elizabeth was born.
1784, April 25, daughter Lena was born to John and baptized by Dom. Doll.
1785, Sept. 3, daughter Elizabeth born to John and baptized by Dom. Doll. 1787, Aug. 10, his daughter Maria born.
1787, Oct. 14, our daughter Maria married to Jeremia Hoogteling.
1788, Sept. 15, Maria’s daughter Elsje born.
1790, Jan. 9, John’s daughter Rachel born.
1790, Oct. 28, Maria’s son Egbert born.
1792, Feb. 19, our Rachel married to Martin Elmendorph.
1792, July 30, John’s oldest son Egbert born.
1792, Sept. 9, Rachel’s son John born.
1793, May 11, Maria’s daughter Elizabeth born.
1794, Aug. 17, Maria’s 2nd son Egbert born.
1795, Mar. 21, Rachel’s daughter Elsje born.
1795, June 19 John’s daughter Yemsetie born.
1795, Aug. 17, Then is my wife Elsje deceased about 8 in the evening.
1797, May 8, Maria’s 3rd daughter Elizabeth born.
1797, Dec. 30, John’s son Teunis Hoogteling born.
1799, Dec. 15 Maria’s daughter Maria born.
1800, April 15, Rachel’s daughter Maria born.
1800, June 27, John’s son John born.
1802, Oct. 20, Maria’s daughter Ennie born.
1802, Oct. 23, Rachel’s son Egbert born.
1803, July 2, Rachel’s daughter Maria died.
1821, Dec. ” was Eck met myn kinderken huis kwamen 76.”
1829, Aug. 4, Egbert Roosa died & aged 93 years 5 months and 25 days.
1837, July 27, Died Elizabeth Houghtaling, the wife of John E. Roosa, 75 years 2 months 6 days.
1838, Nov. 6, John E. Roosa married to Maria van Vliet.


Contributed by De Witt Roosa

From the Bible of Tryntje Van Wagenen Sahler now in the possession of Adele Roosa Warner, at Jamestown, N. Y.

Andries L. Roosa was born in the year one thousand, eight hundred and three, August 10th.
Tryntje V. W. Sahler was born Jan. 15th, one thousand, eight hundred and one.
My son Hiram was born in the year one thousand, eight hundred and twenty-four, April 17th.
My son Levi was born in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, Nov. 6th.
My son Andries L. was born June 23rd, one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.


Andries L. Roosa, and Tryntje V. W. Sahler entered the Holy Bonds of Matrimony in the year of our Lord 1820, the 26th day of October.
Hiram Roosa and Lamira Elizabeth De Witt entered the Holy Bonds of Matrimony in the year of our Lord 1847, the 22d day of September.


Andries L. Roosa departed this life the eleventh of November, Anno Domini 1820.
My son Andries L. Roosa departed this life the fifth of June, Anno Domini 1829.
My son Levi departed this life the first day of June, Anno Domini 1832.
Tryntje V. W. Roosa departed this life the thirteenth day of December, Anno Domini 1870.
Hiram Roosa departed this life the second day of April, Anno Domini 1879

From the fact that in Gelderland at the present time the language of its people is interspersed with Spanish words and idioms it has been supposed that many religious refugees from Spain during the first years of the Inquisition settled in this particular Province of Holland, among whom may have been ancestors of Albert Heymanse; if so, this can account for the spelling of the name, by the Hollanders-Roose -which to them would produce the same sound as Rosa, his name in Spanish.

On December 25, 1660, Aldert Heymanse Roosa and his wife, with Anna Blom, Jacob Joosten, Jacob Burhans, Mathias Blanchan and wife, Anton Crespel and wife, Andries Barentse and wife, Margaret Chambers, Gertruy Andries, Roelof Swartwout and wife, and Cornelise Sleght and wife participated in the first administration of the Lord’s Supper at the Esopus or Wildwyck. Aldert Heymanse Roosa was a wealthy man for those days, bringing with him considerable property from Holland, and he speedily occupied an influential position in the early making of Kingston, in all of which he appeared as a leader and director of events. On the fourth of March, 1661, he joined with Thomas Chambers, Cornelis Barentse Sleght. Gertruy Andries, Roe of Swartwout and Jurian Westvael in a contract guaranteeing a salary to the Reverend Hermanus Blom, who had been called as pastor of the Dutch church at Wildwyck. Of this church he was for many years an elder; and because of the energy with which Domine Blom and he sought to conserve the surplus of the estates of deceased parents for the benefit of the poor of the village he was sometirnes called ” the consistory ” of the church.1Kregier, Martin, DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Vol.III, p.56; NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY RECORD, v.31, ...continue

On the 5th day of May, 1661, Evert Pels, Cornelis Barentse Sleght and Aldert Heymanse Roosa were appointed commissaries at Wildwyck and took their oath of office, and on the 16th day of the same month Peter Stuyvesant, in behalf of the Mighty Lords, the States General of the United Netherlands, and the Lord Directors of the Privileged West India Company granted its first charter to Wildwyck, in which Evert Pels, Cornelis Barentse Sleght and Aldert Heymanse Roosa were appointed schepens, and therein designated as ‘- interested, intelligent persons, possessing Real Estate, peaceable men, professors of the Reformed religion as it is now preached in the, United Netherlandish Churches in conformity through the Word of God, and the orders of the Synod of Dordrecht.” And new lots were then laid out at Wildwyck, Of which Aldert Hymanse Roosa was allotted No. 24 and his son Jan No. 30.

On April 6th, 1662 permission was given by the Director-General to lay out a new village at the Esopus. It was called Nieuw Dorp, now Hurley, at which place Matthew Blanshan and his sons-in-law, Anthony Crespel and Louis DuBois settled the same year. Directly after this warnings were received and sent to New Amsterdam of pending troubles from the Indians at the Esopus. (Col. Hist. N. Y., Vol. XIII., pages 227-228). On the 11th of October, 1662, Aldert Heymanse Roosa was commissioned to proceed to New Amsterdam to obtain one hundred pounds of powder and two hundred pounds of lead for the protection of the old and new settlements. (Col. Hist. N. Y., Vol. XIII., page 231.)

Aldert Heymanse Roosa must have been among the earliest settlers of the new village because on March 30, 1663, he, Jan Joosten and Jan Garretsen were appointed by Director-General Stuyvesant commissaries to lay out and fortify it with palisades for protection against attacks of savages. (Sylvester’s Hist. Ulster county, page 36).

On the 7th of April, 1663, Aldert Heymanse Roosa and his fellow commissaries reported to Governor Stuyvesant that the savages would not allow the building of palisades or fortifications at the new village, because the land was not included in the treaty made with them in the year 1660, and had not been fully paid for; and praying that the gifts promised the savages the previous autumn be sent at once, and that the new place and village be assisted with a few soldiers and ammunitions of war, at least, until the new settlement should be put into a proper state of defense and inhabited by a good number of people; that ‘your humble and faithful subjects may remain without fear and molestation from these barbarous people, and with some assurance for the peaceful, undisturbed and unhindered continuation of the work begun, for if rumors and warnings may be believed, it would be too anxious, if not too dangerous an undertaking for your humble petitioners and faithful subjects to continue and advance their work otherwise.” (Col. Hist. N. Y., Vol. XIII., pages 242-3).

These warnings were not heeded and these earnest requests were not complied with, and on June 7th, 1663, the Indians attacked the New Village and Wildwyck. At Wildwyck they burned twelve dwelling houses; murdered eighteen persons, men, women and children, and carried away ten persons more as prisoners. The New Village was burned to the ground and its inhabitants mostly taken prisoners or killed. Only a few of them escaped to Wildwyck, among wnom were Roosa, Blanchan, Crespel and DuBois. So there were sixty-five persons missing in general, either killed or captured, besides nine pesons who came to Wildwyck, severely wounded. Among those taken prisoners at the New Village were the wife and two children of Louis DuBois; wife and one child of Anton Crespel; two children of Matthew Blanshan; two children of Aldert Heymanse Roosa and wife and three children of Lambert Huybertse Brink. (Col. Hist. N. Y. Vol. Xlll., pages 245-6, 256- 372).

An account of the massacre was sent to New Amsterdam on the 10th of June, and written instructions were received from the Director-General, under date of June 14th for the guidance of the officers at Wildwyck. Martial law was proclaimed and a council of war formed to consist of Ensign Niessen, Captain Chambers, Lieutenant Hendrick Jochem Schoonma ker of the Burgher Guard and the schout and commissaries of the village to deliberate and decide what might be necessary for the welfare of the village after the massacre. Mattys Capito was appointed secretary of the council. Aldert Hermanse Roosa was one of the commissaries. He was also corporal of the Burgher Guard of which Hendrick Jochem Schoonmaker was lieutenant.

Captain Martin Cregier reached Esopus on the 4th day of July, 1663, and proceeded to Wildwyck, where he found that the magistrates had examined some Esopus Indians and the wife of Dr Gysbert van Imbroeck, who had been a prisoner, and had practically located the place where the prisoners were held. On the 7th day of July, Aldert Heymanse Roosa and some other farmers, being indignant at the neglect of those in authority at New Amsterdam in sending them relief when requested in the early part of April, and sorely vexed at the delay of Captain Cregier in conducting the organization of the expedition against the Indians for the rescue of the prisoners, appeared armed before the council, who were examining two Wappinger Indians and upon being asked what they were doing there with their guns, gave answer: “We intend to shoot these Indians ” Upon being told that they must not do that, they replied to Captain Cregier that they would do it, even if he stood by.

On July 26th an expedition about two hundred strong, of which one hundred and forty-five were inhabitants of Wildwyck, set out for the Indian “old fort” at Kerhonkson where the captives were reported to be. Reaching it on the 26th they found it deserted. Cregier destroyed about two hundred and fifteen acres of maize and burned about one hundred pits of corn and beans. A second expedition guided by a young Wappinger Indian started on September 3rd for the Indian entrenchment known as “new fort,” which was situated in Shawangunk. Besides the troops, on this expedition, seven of the citizens of Wildwyck accompanied it. Although the names of the citizens are not given in Captain Cregier’s report the seven, probably, were Matthew Blanshan, Louis DuBois, Anton Crespel, Cornelis Barentse Sleght, Tjerck Claesen DeWitt, Aldert Heymanse Roosa and Lambert Huybertse Brink, members of whose families were among the captives of June 7th, and each of whom must have accompanied either the first or second and, possibly, both expeditions.

Here at the “new fort” the Indians were attacked and a chief, fourteen warriors, four women and three children were killed, probably many others were wounded, who escaped. Of Cregier’s forces three were killed and six wounded Twenty-three Christian prisoners were rescued. ” New Fort” was situated in the town of Shawangunk on the east bank of the Shawangunk kill, two miles south of Bruynswick and twenty-eight miles from Kingston (Schoonmaker’s Hist. of Kingston, page 39. OLDE ULSTER, Vol II, pages 1-9).

After the Dutch had surrendered New Netherland to the English in 1664 and Richard Nicolls had become governor, Captain Daniel Brodhead, with a company of English soldiers was sent to Wildwyck. Against the arbitrary conduct of Captain Brodhead and the indignities put upon the Dutch settlers by the English soldiers, Aldert Heymanse Roosa led the revolt of the burghers in 1667 against the military authorities, which is referred to historical books as the ” Mutiny at Esopus.”

Marius Schoonmaker, in his history of Kingston, commenting on this revolt writes: Mutiny is resistance to the exercise of lawful power. If an officer invades the house of a subordinate to steal, commit an assault or a trespass, resistance is not mutiny; and much more, the moment a military officer or soldier steps outside of his military calling and wilfully commits an assault or a trespass against a citizen, or unlawfully deprives him of his liberty, the military character or privilege is at once doffed and thrown aside, and resistance is not mutiny. It was justifiable resistance to tyranny and oppression-an outburst of the same spirit which subsequently threw off the oppressor’s yoke in 1776, and carried this country triumphantly through the Revolution.

For instigating this revolt Aldert Heymanse Roosa and other burghers were tried before Cornelis van Ruyven, one of the king’s justices of the peace, and on May 3, 1667, he was sentenced to be banished from the colony for life, and a fine of one hundred bushels of wheat, or the value thereof, was levied on his estate in Esopus for charges of the Court; and his son Arie, Antonio Delba and Cornelis Barentse Sleght were banished out of Esopus, Albany and New York for shorter terms.

The report and findings of this trial show that the matter was prejudged under secret instructions to carry out private orders, and not governed by the merits or the evidence in the case. The trial however resulted in the suspension of Captain Brodhead from his command and in less than three months, on July 14th he died at Esopus leaving his widow and three sons -Daniel, Charles and Richard — surviving him (History of Kingston, page 57).

The sentences of the burghers participating in this revolt were subsequently modified and Aldert Heymanse Roosa was permitted to retum to Wildwyck, and with Louis DuBois was appointed by Governor Francis Lovelace September 16th, 1669, overseer for Hurley (Col. Hist. N. Y. Vol. XIII., page 436).

On the 30th day of March, 1670, he set over to Governor Lovelace eight acres of land as part of ” the Transport” to satisfy the inhabitants of the town of Marbletown for the grant given to them under the authority of the governor (Col. Hist. N. Y. Vol. XIII., page 445). At this time he received a patent tor ten acres and four hundred and fifty rods at Hurley, and was commissioned sergeant of the militia directed to be present at the rendezvous at Marbletown April 5th, 1670.

On April 7th, 1670 he was appointed overseer of Hurley and Marbletown and on October 25th, 1671, in an order of Governor Lovelace ” Regulating the Civil and Military affairs of Kingston,” Aldert Heymanse Roosa was appointed commissary for Hurley, and the eldest commissary for Kingston (Col. Hist. N. Y. Vol. XIII., pages 448, 450, 460).

When Charles II. of England joined Louis XIV. of France in a compact to destroy Dutch freedom, war broke out again. In Holland the Dutch cut the dykes, put their country under water and drove out the French invaders. The news of a Dutch fleet approaching New York was received with joy and on the 7th of August, 1673, twenty three Dutch war-ships with 1,600 soldiers entered New York Bay and on the 9th of August the flag of Holland floated again over Manhattan, and Captain Anthony Colve was made governor. In this state of war delegates from Esopus, under date of September 1st,1673, presented a petition to the Dutch governor, praying that certain persons be appointed to govern the village of Esopus, formerly Wildwyck, then called Swanenburgh, Hurley and Marbletown, with a military organization and the necessary ammunition. The petition was granted on condition that no one should be nominated who was not of the Reformed religion, nor ” who was not well inclined towards the Dutch nation.” Aldert Heymans Roosa was on October 6th, 1673, appointed captain of Hurley and Marbletown by Governor Colve, and described as ” Captain Aldert Heymans, who had been prominent in the riot of 1667.” (Col. Hist. N. Y. Vol. XIII., page 475. Vol. II., page 626 Report State Historian New York, Colonial Series (1896) page 384).

Aldert Heymanse Roosa died at Hurley, New York, February 27th 1679. (See New York Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. VXXI., pages 163-166, 235-237. Anjous Ulster County Wills, Vol. I., page 74).

TOP   ADDENDUM contributed by Philip D. Delamarter

Egbert Roosa & Elsje Delamater

Elsje’s parents:

Abraham Delamater, b. 7-28-1707 Kingston, d. 7-13-1776 Hurley, NY married Rachel Low b. abt 1710, on 5-30-1750

Abraham’s parents:

Abraham Delamater, b. 1656 Flatbush, NY, d. 11-20-1734 Kingston, NY married Elsie Tappan, b. abt 1665, on abt. 1692 in Kingston, NY

Abraham’s parents:

Claude Delamater, b. 1611 in Richebourg, Artois, France, d. abt 1683,
Harlam, NY
married Hester Dubois, b. 10-9-1625 Canterbury, England, on 4-24-1652
in Amsterdam, Holland. She died abt 1709 some say in NJ.


Bill Decoursey “Jewish settlers in Recife, Brazil and New Amsterdam”

I’ve been following with great interest the discussion concerning the possible Jewish roots of my ancestor Albert Hymanse ROOSA. It’s entirely possible (and doesn’t surprise me) that he was Jewish; but not necessarily the first Jew in the Dutch Colonies. I had read somewhere (I wish that I had recorded the source; but I think that it might have been E. B. O’Callaghan’s HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLAND) that the earliest Jewish settlement in the Western Hemisphere had been established in the Dutch Colony at Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. In 1644 the Portuguese had driven many of the Dutch out of the settlements in Brazil, and refugees from there (most likely including some Jews) sailed for the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. This all happened from about five to fifteen years before our Albert Heymanse ROOSA arrived in New Amsterdam.

In 1855, another of my ancestors, Teunis CRAY, was critisized by the authorities of New Amsterdam for having sold his home to a Jew. I read elsewhere that Teunis CRAY’s land was the land on which the first Jewish synagogue was built on the North American continent.

Here’s what I have recorded on the subject. From my notes:

Albert Heymanse ROOSA married about 1642, to Wyntje Aariens de Jonge, dau. of Adrian Miertensen de Jongh. They had children:

  1. Arien ROOSA m. Maria, dau. of Evert PELS;
  2. Heyman ROOSA m. Margaret ROOSEVELT;
  3. Jan Albertse ROOSA m. Helligoud Williams van BUREN;
  4. Aaghe ROOSA m. 1670 Dr. Roeloff KIERSTED;
  5. Mary ROOSA, m.1672, Laurens Jansen KORTRIGHT vanBEEST, son of Jan BASTIAENSEN;
  6. Neeltje ROOSA m. 1676 Henry PAWLING;
  7. Jannetje ROOSA m. 1679 Mathys Ten EYCK;
  8. Aert ROOSA;
  9. Annetje ROOSA;
  10. Guert ROOSA.
  • James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.412n
  • Eva Alice Scott, JACOBUS JANSEN VAN ETTEN (1952), p.133-135

In May of 1644 between four and five hundred persons in the Dutch West India Company’s service at the Dutch outposts in Maranham and Recife, Brazil were forced out by the Portuguese and were forced to take refuge in Curacoa.

“As it was impossible to furnish, or indeed to procure food for so many people, it was determined to remove the greater part of them to New Netherland. One Hundred and thirty soldiers under the command of Captain Jan de FRIES, and a number of other persons the whole amounting to about two hundred souls, were accordingly embarked on board the Blue Cock, commanded by Captain Willem Cornelissen OUDEMARKT, for New Amsterdam.”2O’Callaghan, I:309-310.309n, 423-424.

Jan Broerse (DECKER) came from the West Indies in the “Blue Cock” in 1644, and settled in Albany. He served under Jacob Hay (HUYS) in the West Indies, and was probably a teenager at the time (probably no more than 14 years old).

On 13 September 1644 Teunis CRAY, Isaac DEFOREST, Jan VERBRUGGE, and others met under the direction of KIEFT to elect six representatives to consider propositions on how to best deal with providing for the refugees from Brazil.3O’Callaghan, HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLAND, I:283-285.

Cornelis van de VEN and Janneke GREVENRAET (dau. of Jasper and Paulina (CORSSEN) GREVENRAET) baptized a child in Recife, Brazil in 1644.4NY.GEN.BIOG.RECORD, v.13,p.10, v.60,p.202, v.61,p.41,245, v.63,p.10-21, v.64,p.149.

Jacob le MAIRE was an official in the Dutch colony in Brazil, 1642-54. He married Catrina Van der VEN, daughter of Cornelis and Janneke (GREVENRAET) Van der VEN.5N.Y.G.&B.R., v.64, p.149.

On 13 September 1644 Teunis CRAY, Isaac DEFOREST, Jan VERBRUGGE, and others met under the direction of KIEFT to elect six representatives to consider propositions on how to best deal with providing for the refugees from Brazil. 6O’Callaghan, HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLAND, v.1,p.283-285.

In 1655 the authorities in New Amsterdam called in question the sale of the house of Teunis CRAY to a Jew (the first arrival of Jews in New York was in 1654).7Woodruff, Francis E., THE COURSENS OF SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, p.15.

1669 – The names of Albert Heymens ROOSA, Arien Albertson ROOSA, Jacob Jansen VanETTEN, Jan Jansen VanETTEN, Tho. QUICK, Roeloff SWARTWOUT, Mattys BLANCHAN, Louys DuBOIS, and others, appear on a petition to Sir Edmund ANDROS, Governor of New York, praying that he would assist them in procuring a minister for Esopus “that can preache bothe English and Dutche, wch. will bee most fitting for this place, it being in its Minority.”8Kregier, Martin, DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Vol.3, p.965; NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY RECORD, v.31, p235.

In July 1672, Teunis CRAY received f. 6 for “fare” for transporting the dominie (preacher) of the church at Harlem.9James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.282,288.

1672 – Larens JANSEN, youngest son of Jan BASTIAENSEN (whose two elder sons bore the name of KORTRIGHT), married, 1672, to Mary ROOSA, daughter of Albert Heymans ROOSA of Esopus. Their descendants took the surname LOW. Their son, Jan, married, 20 June 1707, to Jannetie CORSEN, dau. of Jan and Metje (CRAY) CORSZEN. They settled at Somerset Co., New Jersey.10James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), pp.259n,579-591.

1673 – Albert Heymans ROOSA was confirmed in 1673, as one of the officers at Esopus by Governor Anthony COLVE, and described as “Captain Albert Heymans, who had been prominent in the riot of 1667.”

1673 – On 25 Oct 1673, the following marriage is recorded in the Dutch Reformed Church of New Amsterdam: “Jan CORSZEN j.m. (young man not before married) van (from) Recife in Braziel en Metje THEUNIS j.d. (young woman not before married) van N. Orangien.” Prior to this marriage, Jan CORSZEN was a Mariner in the employ of the Dutch West India Company, and more than likely traveled between the colonies of New Amsterdam, Pernamuco, Brazil and Recife, Brazil. The Brazilian colonies were under the authority of the Dutch West India Company from about 1630 until 1654. Following his marriage, he is recorded as Steward for the Burgomaster, in which capacity he issued the provisions for the Garrison. His home at that time was in part of Bever Street between Williams and Broadway, once called “Smith Street Lane”. His wife, Metje CRAEY was the daughter of Theunis and Hester CRAEY. She was baptized in the DRC of New Amsterdam, 12 Jun 1650. They had nine children.11Orville Corson, THREE HUNDRED YEARS with the CORSON FAMILIES, v.1, p.8-16. Valentine’s HISTORY OF NEW YORK, p.319,330. Francis E. Woodruff, THE ...continue


Notes   [ + ]

1. Kregier, Martin, DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Vol.III, p.56; NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY RECORD, v.31, p.163-166,235-237; Marinus Schoonmaker, HISTORY OF KINGSTON, NEW YORK (1888), p.485; James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.412n.
2. O’Callaghan, I:309-310.309n, 423-424.
3. O’Callaghan, HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLAND, I:283-285.
4. NY.GEN.BIOG.RECORD, v.13,p.10, v.60,p.202, v.61,p.41,245, v.63,p.10-21, v.64,p.149.
5. N.Y.G.&B.R., v.64, p.149.
6. O’Callaghan, HISTORY OF NEW NETHERLAND, v.1,p.283-285.
9. James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), p.282,288.
10. James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), pp.259n,579-591.
11. Orville Corson, THREE HUNDRED YEARS with the CORSON FAMILIES, v.1, p.8-16. Valentine’s HISTORY OF NEW YORK, p.319,330. Francis E. Woodruff, THE COURSENS OF SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, passim; NIAGARA FRONTIER MAGAZINE, v.IV,pp.80-81.

5 comments to Aeldert Heymansen Roosa 1621-1679 : I00653

  • Stella JH Mengels

    Alert Heyman Roosa was absolute not Jewish. The name Roosa came from his maternal great grandmothers branch, Jutta van Heuckelom van Rosendael aka Roosa, who married a lesser noble called Goert Reyers Sterck. Their offspring where called Roosa. They where all reformist, catholic or protestant.

    In the low countries there are at least 5 castles called Rosendaal and 10 villages with that name. The Last name Roosa, Roza, Rosa and Heijman, Heyman Heiman, are common

    There was a Jewish Rosa family, but that one was located in Amsterdam. There is no connection

    Heyman was a commen Christian name in de Low Countries. Like Jacob and Abraham (Bram). If you follow the Heuckelom branch a few generations, to the van Arkel family, (goes back to the time of Charlemagne) you’ll see that there are at least 12 Heyman van Arkel, all Roman Catholic. How a know this? Aldert Heyman Grandfather, was my 8 times great grandfather.

    And please please, Doe not call the Netherlands or the Low countries Holland. Our country is so much more than just the Holland part.

  • Hi Stella — thank you for taking the time to contribute to the page. Please be aware that all of the material here was taken from other sources, and those sources are provided in every instance. I include research articles that may be controversial, in order to be inclusive. Please note also that I personally did not use the term ‘Holland’ — again, these are quotations from other authors, as cited. I’m always happy to add more information and different viewpoints, but it would be useful if you could include your sources. Thanks again.

  • Stella JH Mengels

    Hi Rosina

    Most of the documents are in old dutch. This link is the most complete…but it is also in Dutch.
    There are more people in the Netherlands who made a study of this family, everything is found in the archives mentioned in this link. So it is not a theory. It’s all in the (very old archive) papers
    If you have trouble translating it, just tell me the page and the part you want you want translated.

  • Stella JH Mengels

    Hello Rosina,

    here a list of the most common dutch archives. Most use old church records, family bibles and old books.
    What you need to know is that before 1811 people could use a “patroniem” or one of their parents name (could also be their mothers family name). It was also possible to call themselves by the name of their property. That is why some nobles have two or more names, often common people are known by their patroniem and/or their family name. A name can by written in various ways. Borders change, so always use more than one archive
    Most cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, etc. etc. have their own archive.
    There are chronicle books, most you can find on internet.

    Most of the Rosa family documents are much older than the archive above, and only found in specialised archives, family books and Schepenbooks and Chronicles.
    Engel Rosa, the author of this piece mentions her sources above the cursive writing and later again on page 33 under notes (sources)

  • Stella JH Mengels

    there are other facts why the Rosa family of Herwijnen could not be Jewish.
    1. They owned very large plots of land.
    2. Aeldert Heyman was an army officer. And he was a landowner in New Holland.

    The low countries were tolerant for all religions, but after the reformation it was even for Catholics (almost) impossible to own property or be in a government position in the rank of Captain. (this is the time of the priest holes) It was really impossible for Jewish people to have any property other than the house they lived in (the land under the house they could not own).

    To be an army officer you needed (more than one) noble relative who had connection in the government. It was a profession only for sons of noble families. A jewish man could not have climbed up to that position in the low countries. (nor would his own religion allow that).
    The van Heucklom Rosendeal family came from the Arkel family. At one time (until 1412) that family owned almost 25% of the low countries (the land of Arkel).

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