Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY
Pages 429-436

William Richard Cutter, A. M.
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O'DRISCOLL. Rev. James O'Driscoll, son of James O'Driscoll, was born in county Cork, Ireland, March 27, 1842. He attended school in Bandon, county Cork, and entered All Hallow's College, Dublin, where he was graduated in 1867 and ordained the same year. He came to America and located at Albany. Later in the year he was appointed first assistant priest of the parish at Oswego, New York, and remained there two years. In 1869 he was appointed priest in charge of the parish of Copenhagen, New York. Two years later he was appointed to the parish at Canton, New York, where he has remained to the present time. His parish has grown steadily until it now numbers fifteen hundred souls. He has built a church and acquired other property for the parish representing more than seventy-five thousand dollars. The present church was built in 1874 at a cost of sixth thousand dollars. During his long pastorate of thirty-nine years in Canton, he has been actively interested in many movements for the welfare and upbuilding of the town, and is highly respected and beloved by all his townsmen, without regard to race of denomination.

QUINN. John Quinn was born in county Tyrone, province of Ulster, in the north of Ireland, in 1822, and died at Moira, New York, in 1899. He has little schooling in his native land, and was largely self-educated. He came to American in 1848 with the great emigration from Ireland to American due to the famine, and made his home at Bangor, New York, where his brother also located. He bought a farm in Moira in 1854, and conducted it the rest of his life. He was a thrifty, respectable and useful citizen. He married Bridget McGillian, born in Ireland in 1823, died in 1903. Children: 1. Murty M., born in Ireland, a carpenter, living in Brushton , New York. 2. Sarah, born in Ireland, deceased. 3. John R., born at Bangor, New York; a physician in Brooklyn, New York. 4. Joseph S., mentioned below. 5. Margaret, lives in Brushton. 6. Mary, deceased.

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(II) Joseph S., son of John Quinn, was born in Bangor, New York, December 22, 1849, and was educated there in the publics schools, at the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. He worked for three years for H. W. Conger, a produce and commission merchant in Brushton, and then succeeded him in business under the firm name of Quinn & Allen. From 1877 this firm did a large and thriving business. Since 1883 he has been in the same line of business without a partner, and in addition to the produce business has established and built up, to large proportions, a department store in Brushton. He built the Quinn Block in that town in 1903, and his store is located in the new building. He was one of the organizers and founder's of the First National Bank of Brushton, established in February, 1910, and is one of the board of directors. In politics he is a Democrat, and he has been justice of the peace for a number of years.

He married, in 1879, Jennie Flemming, of Bangor, daughter of John Flemming. Children: 1. Cleon J., born 1883, employed by Syracuse Dry Goods Company. 2. Henry, born in 1886; graduate of Eastman Business College, of Poughkeepsie, associated with his father in conducting the store. 3. Otto, born in 1887; asseverated with his father in the store. 4. Mabel J., born in 1890; lives with her parents. 5. Mary F., born 1892, lives with her parents.

VORCE. All authorities agree that the twentieth century family of Vorce descend from French ancestry. The name has undergone many changes since it arrived in America, and even in the present day may be found as Vors, Vorse, Force, Broce, Bors, Fours, Fowers, Bores, Vores, Fores, Voys, Vorts, Vorch and Wors. There is the same confusion in other family names arising from the fact of their being written by those unfamiliar with the correct spelling. There are many traditions regarding the source of the American family. One is that the French name of La Force, the La being dropped, and Force converted into Vorce, conformably to the pronunciation of their Dutch neighbors. Color is given to this by the fact that a Timothy Force was living in Dutchess County in 1775, but no mention is made of Vorce until later. Another tradition coming from the descendants of "old Zebulon Vorce" is that the ancestor came from Holland to New Amsterdam, where "they were all Ditch together", and thence moved up the Hudson River. Zebulon Vorce is said to have been a French nobleman who came from France to America during the reign of Louis XIV an account of the wars then raging and the confiscation of his property. He settled in Manhattan, where there were but few people, there owned a large tract of land, built houses, and laid out village lots. He married a Ditch wife. A. Huguenot, Adrien La Force, was living on Long Island in 1684, where he married a Dutch girl, Jannetje Jans. This supports the claim that the ancestor was a Huguenot, who, with two brothers, was "banished from France for his religion." It might with propriety be inferred (were such inferences allowable) that Adrien La Force came to New Amsterdam from Holland, whither as a Huguenot refugee he had fled France during religious persecutions preceding the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and that by 1746 his descendants had removed to Dutchess County, New York, where in 1775 we find Timothy, Benjamin and Solomon Force residents. Another theory may be advanced: James Riker, in his "History of Harlem", says that David du Four, who had numerous posterity, changed the form of the name to Devoor and Devoe. He was a native of Mons, in Hainault, during the wars, retired to Sedan, later to Amsterdam, where though fitted by education for higher employment, he was an "opperman" or drayman. He married (second) July 10, 1657, Jeanne Frances, from Quivrain, and the same year, with his new wife and infant son John (by first marriage) sailed for American, settled in Harlem, where he obtained ten morgens of land in 1662, on which he was residing when Nicholas de Vaux arrived from France. the surnames of each being so much alike, they may have been led to the conclusion they were kinsmen, which led De Four to alter the F to V, which later became De Vore, Devoe, and other forms of the name, including Devoor, Voore, Vors, and Vorce. John Devoor, born 1855 (infant son alluded in preceding

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paragraph), married (first) and had twelve children. He married (second) Mary Van Woglum, of Albany. His son, also John, born 1680, married Catherine Van der Werken or Half Moon, Saratoga County, New York, in which place he and two of his brothers are found in 1724. His descendants were known as De Voe. With equal propriety they may, some of them, have become Voors and Vorce. But adhering to known facts and avoiding supposition, it must be admitted that so far no link has been found connecting the name of Vorce or Vorse during the colonial period. The family in Lewis County, New York, are descendants of the Vorces of Dutchess County, overflowing in Lewis County from Saratoga County. The first known progenitor of the Saratoga County family is Timothy Vorce, who married, and before 1746 moved to Dutchess County, where he was a farmer. He was bitten by a rattlesnake, and died from the bite before the birth of his only child, Timothy Vorce (2), born in Dutchess County, New York, in 1746. He was the posthumous child of Timothy Vorce and may have been the ancestor of the Lewis County family. He was a farmer, and during the Revolution was at various times a member of the military organization in Dutchess County. About 1790 he removed to Saratoga County, New York. he died b y drowning in August, 1830, at the age of eighty-four years. He had been cradling grain and went into the river to cool off, was seized with cramp, and drowned before help could reach him. He was vigorous and active at eighty-four, of firm will, fearless courage, and great physical vitality.

(I) George Vorce was born March 20, 1812, died March 28, 1884, in Lewis County, New York, where he settled in 1825. After his marriage, he settled on a farm of two hundred acres in Denmark, Lewis County, New York, which he improved and brought to an advanced stage of cultivation. He was one of the pioneer farmers of Lewis County, where his wife was born. He was a man of energy and determination (a Vorce characteristic everywhere), hopeful and courageous. He faced the privations and toil of a pioneer, succeeded, and became known as the owner of one of the finest farms in the county. He was a supporter of the Democratic Party until 1860, when he became a Republican, ever after acting with that party. The family religion in which he was reared was that peculiar but worthy sect, The Society of Friends, or Quakers. He married, 1834, Eliza Rich, born July 29, 1814, died April, 1905, daughter of Ives rich and granddaughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Stone) Rich, and a descendant of Richard Rich, who settled in Eastham, Massachusetts, where he died in 1692. Richard Rich, of Dover Neck, is the American ancestor of all the Cape Cod family, which is by far the largest branch of the old English family in the United States. English history abounds with name Rich. In 1236 Edmund Rich was Archbishop of Canterbury. Richard rich, barrister, London, 1498, became baron, the wealthiest nobleman in England, and founded a most powerful family, known as "The Kingmakers". His son, Earl of Warwick, is mentioned in connection with the American colonies. He was president of the Plymouth colony, and admiral of England. Warwick, Rhode Island, is named for him. The name is borne by authors, actors, scholars, ministers, soldiers, travelers, inventories and statesmen, men of many virtues and sometimes of many vices. Richard Rich, the founder, married Sarah, daughter of Governor Thomas Roberts. They had seven children, of whom Richard (2) was the third. He married Anna -----------, and had nine children, of whom Obadiah was the fifth. Obadiah, of the fourth generation, married Mary (Polly) Colby, and had seven children, Josiah, grandfather of Eliza Rich, being the third. He was born July 24, 1741, died in Lewis County, New York, in 1834, in his ninety-third year. He was a farmer, and emigrated to Lewis County from Clare-

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mont, New Hampshire, in 1816. He married Elizabeth Stone, died 1819. They were members of the Baptist Church, and known far and near for their hospitable entertainment of ministers and members of that denomination. Children: 1. Samuel. 2. Josiah. 3. Phoebe. 4. Eliza. 5. Bazalul Ives. 6. Joseph. 7. Benjamin H. 8. Ives Bazalul. Of these Benjamin H. and Joseph came from Claremont to the Black River Country in 1801, where the latter took up a farm, built a log cabin, made a clearing during the summer, and returned to New Hampshire for this family, who returned with in 1802. Children of George and Eliza (Rich) Vorce: 1. Warren W., see forward. 2. Asa D. 3. Sedate.

(III) Warren W., son of George and Elia (Rich) Vorce, was born in the town of Denmark, Lewis County, New York, November 11, 1835. He attended the public schools of Denmark, and completed his studies at Denmark Academy. He grew up on the farm and chose for his life's work the same occupation. He first rented, then purchased a valuable farm located east of Copenhagen Village. He gave his business strict personal attention, and by energy and careful, intelligent method has made it a valuable and profitable investment. One of the first cheese factories in Lewis County was built on his farm, and as manager Mr. Vorce is in charge of the present factory. He makes a specialty of dairy farming, and maintains a herd ofd graded Holsteins as his favorite stock. The product in summer is made into cheese and in winter shipped to the cities. He has been connected with the Republican Party ever since becoming a voter. He is a member of Denmark Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and a firm friend of the order. He married, December 24, 1859, Carolina Hess, born February 9, 1840, at Baldwinsville, New York, died March 20, 1909, daughter of John and Margaret (Coply) Hess. John Hess was born in Verona, Oneida County, New York in 1814, died in Denmark, Lewis County, October 13, 1900. Margaret (Coply) Hess was born April 7, 1818, died April 29, 1887, daughter of Samuel Copley. Her maternal aunt, Hannah Allen, marred Nathan Jewett, of Sackets Harbor, New York. Their daughter, Adeline Jewett, married Dr. Samuel Guthrie, the discoverer of chloroform, inventor of percussion caps and the punch locks for exploding them, and in 1830 a rapid process for converting potato starch into molasses. He was a medical student, and among the earliest laborers in practical chemistry in the United States. He was the original discoverer of chloroform, which was distributed, and his process repeated and verified by the elder Silliman at Yale College in 1831, while the German, Souberian and Leibig made their discoveries in January and March, 1832, respectively. His son, Alfred, a physician and mechanical engineer, is best known for his inception of the United States laws governing inspection of steamboats. He made numerous drawings and explanations, and drafted the bill finally passed by Congress in 1852, which greatly reduced the loss of life and property. Another son, Edwin, was a student of medicine, but abandoned that profession and settled in Iowa. He was captain of a company of Iowa volunteers in the War with Mexico, was wounded at the engagement at Pass La Hoya, suffered to amputations, and died from his injuries. Guthrie County, Iowa, is named in his honor. The principal early American settlement of the Hess family was n1712, when a Swiss colony came to American, among them Samuel Hess, who settled in Pennsylvania. He had a son Jacob, who was of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His son John lived on the old homestead with his father, and died in 1778. He had two sons, Christian and John. Whether or not any of this family settled in Oneida County cannot be determined, or whether John Hess was a descendant of Alexander Hess, of Oneida County, and of German descend, cannot be

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stated. The names Hass, Haas, and Hess are used interchangeably even by the same family, and in the absence of family records ancestry is difficult to determine. Children of Warren W. and Caroline (Hess) Vordce: 1. Ida, born January 25, 1860, died October 30, 1905, married George T. Hinman. 2. Alice. 3. George.

SUMNER. Roger Sumner was a husbandman of Bicester, Oxfordshire, England. He married there, November 2, 1601, Joane Franklin. He died December 3, 1608, and his widow married (second) January 10, 1611, Marcus Brian. Roger Sumner had a brother William, who died at Bicester in 1597. Only child of Roger and Joane Sumner, William, mentioned below.

(II) William, son of Roger Sumner, was born at Bicester, England, 1605. He married there, October 22, 1625, Mary West. He came to New England in 1636 and settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman May 17, 1637, and became a prominent man in the province. He was selectman there in 1637 and for more than twenty years. From 1663 to 1680 he was one of the feofees of the school land, and from 1663 to 1671 was a commissioner to end small causes. In 1663 he was chosen clerk of the train band. He was deputy to the general court in 1658-66 to 70-72 to 81, and 83 to 86. His wife died at Dorchester, June 7, 1776, and he died December 9, 1688. Children: 1. William, mentioned below. 2. Joane, born at Bicester; married Aaron Way, of Dorchester, Boston and Rumney Marsh. 3. Roger, born at Bicester, 1632. 4. George, born at Bicester, 1634. 5. Samuel, born at Dorchester, May 18, 1638. 6. Increase, born at Dorchester, February 23, 1643.

(III) William (3), son of William (1) Sumner, was born at Bicester, England, and was a mariner. He came to New England with his parents and settled first in Dorchester. He removed to Boston, where he died in February, 1675. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Agustine Clement, of Dorchester. She died before 1687. Children, the first two born in Dorchester, the others in Boston: 1. Elizabeth, born 1652, married, 1670, Joshua Henshaw, died 1728. 2. Mary, 1654; married, January 19, 1672, Nicholas Howe, married (second) John Trow, died February 16, 1706. 4. Hannah, June 10, 1659; married John Goffe. 5. Sarah, February 14, 1662; married (first) ---------- Turell; (second) Joseph Weeks, died February 12, 1736. 6. Experience, September 22, 1664; married Thomas Gould. 7. Ebenezer, October 30, 1666; lost in the expedition to Canada. 8. Deliverance, march 18, 1669; married, May, 1689, Ebenezer Weeks. 9. Clement, September 6, 1671, mentioned below. 10. Mercy, January 1675; died young.

(IV) Clement, son of William (2) Sumner, was born at Boston, September 6, 1671, and resided at Boston. He married, May 18, 1698, Margaret Harris. Children, born at Boston: 1. William, March 18, 1699-1700, mentioned below. 2. Ebenezer, September 1, 1701. 3. Margaret, December 7, 1702, died same day. 4. Margaret, July 18, 1705, married May 19, 1726, William Jepson; died December 29, 1783. 5. Elizabeth, October 8, 1707; married, October 20, 1726, John Bennett. 6. Samuel, August 31, 1709. 7. Benjamin, May 28, 1711.

(V) William (3), son of clement Sumner, was born in Boston, March 18, 1699-1700, died March 4, 1778, at Claremont, New Hampshire. He was a physician. He married, in 1721, Hannah, daughter of Thomas Hunt. Children: 1. William. 2. Mary. 3. Reuben. 4. Hannah. 5. Thomas, mentioned below. 6. Jonathan. 7. Benjamin. 8. Elizabeth. 9. Sarah.

(VI) Thomas, son of William (3) Sumner, was born at Hebron, Connecticut, May 11, 1734, died at Toronto, Canada, January 4, 1820. He was one of the most prominent citizens of his county, a justice of the peace,

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commissioner, associate justice of the inferior court of common pleas of Gloucester County in 1770. His home was at Thetford, Vermont. Being a king's magistrate he was naturally favorable to the existing government and a Loyalist by conviction. On account of the Revolution and his political views, he went to Nova Scotia and thence to Toronto. He married, June 7, 1761, Rebecca Towner, of Bolton, Connecticut. Children: 1. Thomas Hunt, born April 14, 1762, died young. 2. William Augustus, March 1, 1764. 3. Samuel Lockhart, June 11, 1766. 4. John Austin, November 18, 1768. 5. Henry George, July 13, 1771, mentioned below. 6. George Henry (twin), July 13, 1771. 7. Azor Betts, August 24, 1777. 8. Nancy, married ----------- Clements, of New Brunswick. 9. Sylvia Americana, married Daniel Mason.

(VII) Henry George, twin son of Thomas Sumner, was born at Thetford, Vermont, July 13, 1771, died January 31, 1856. He married, October 25, 1798, Sarah Hall, who died November 13, 1855. They resided at Bristol, Vermont. Children: 1. Thomas H., born December 3, 1799. 2. Sylvia Americana, May 21, 1801. 3. Henry Barnes, September 18, 1802. 4. Abigail, July 18, 1804. 5. Melissa (twin), April 9, 1806. 6. Malona, (twin), April 9, 1806. 7. Caroline, October 19, 1808. 8. Seneca, January 20, 1810. 98. Solon, April 19, 1812. 10, Euthera, may 18, 1814. 11. Roderick W., August 10, 1818.

(VIII) Henry Barnes, son of Henry George Sumner, was born at Bristol, Vermont, September 18, 1802, died February 9, 1848, at West Stockholm, New York. He came to West Stockholm when a young man of about twenty-one years, and followed farming there through his active life.

He married, 1825, Eliza Moody, who died April 15, 1842, daughter of Oliver Moody, of Bristol. Children, born at West Stockholm: 1. Oliver Moody, mentioned below. 1. Julia A. 3. Edwin L., 1829. 4. Sarah Jane, May 10, 1834. 5. Helen E. 6. Henry Clarke. 7. Malona, died 1864.

(IX) Oliver Moody, son of Henry Barnes Sumner, was born at West Stockholm, February 17, 1827, died at Canton, April 12, 1887. He was educated in the common schools and at the Potsdam Academy. He helped his father on the homestead, and followed farming in his native town until 1866, when he went to Canton, where he had a farm of about two hundred and ten acres. He kept a large herd of cows and was a prosperous dairyman. In politics he as a Republican; in religion a Methodist.

He married, April 24, 1851, Allena Bird, born at Canton in 1829, died there in April, 1887. Children: 1. Rollin Eugene, February 16, 1852; died at Potsdam, January 9, 1905; graduate of St. Lawrence University; was editor and publisher of the Potsdam Herald to the time of his death; married Ada Manley, of Canton, sister of Williston Manley; children: Ruth and Manley Sumner. 2. Charles Oliver, mentioned below.

(X) Dr. Charles Oliver Sumner, M. D., son of Oliver Moody Sumner, was born at West Potsdam, December 11, 1863. He attended the union school at Canton, and St. Lawrence University, from which he was graduated in the class ofd 1890. He studied medicine at the New York Homeopathic Medical College, graduating in 1894. He began to practice at Heuvelton, New York. After a year he went to Morley, and then, in partnership with Dr. Frank F. Williams, in Canton for a short time. He located finally at Norwood, New York, and has practiced there with much success since December 15, 1896. He is a member of the Medical-Chirurgical Society of Syracuse and of the State Homeopathic Society; the What Cheer Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, of Norwood. In politics he is a Republican and he is a member of the board of health, of Norwood. He is unmarried.

PARDY. The name of Pardee (or Pardy, as many of the family came to spell it) has never been very common in America, but has included many prominent and useful citizens. Most of them now living in this country are of French descent and the name was formerly almost universally spelled Pardee, afterwards Americanized to Pardy.

(I) Jesse Pardy, whose father was a native of France located in the state of New York when a young man. By his first wife, whose name is unknown, he had seven sons and one daughter; he married (second) Mrs. Jersey, a widow, by whom he has children: 1. James. 2. Abigail, married Ira Rowlson. 3. Isaac.

(II) James, son of Jesse Pardy, was born April 29, 1805, and died in September, 1886. He worked at farming in Beekmantown, New York, until after his marriage, and in 1853 purchased seventy acres of land; here he resided the remainder of his life except the last five or six years, which he spent with his daughter, Mrs. David H. Parsons, at Saranac, New York, where his death occurred. He married Rebecca, daughter of Amos and Sarah (Newcomb) Barber, born in Plattsburgh, New York; children: 1. Ruth, married David H. Parsons. 2. Charles M., married Harriet Doty; children: Nelson and George K., he married (second) Florence Donovan; no children. 3. Solomon Barber, of whom further. 4. Sarah N., born September 19, 1834; married Richard Morgan, who died in February, 1902; no children. 5. Lawrence D., married (first) Emily Ayers; (second) Mrs. Prudentia (Baker) Lobdell; no children. 6. Abigail H., died unmarried, May 12, 1909. 7. Catherine E., died age of two and one-half years. 8. Nelson R., died at age of seven years.

(III) Solomon Barber, second son of James and Rebecca (Barber) Pardy, was born January 15, 1832, and died in February, 1886. He carried on a farm at Beekmantown, New York. He married, July 7, 1863, Mary Eliza, daughter of John Henry and Elizabeth Ann (Tracy) Roosevelt, who was born February 17, 1840, at Albany, New York. children: 1. Frank T., born July 10, 1864; married Mary Kelly, one child, Irl T., born in Oklahoma, 1901. 2. Louise J., September 1, 1866, died aged eighteen years. 3. Charles H., born May 10, 1840; unmarried. 4. Lawrence Roosevelt, of whom further. 5. Sarah E., born May 12, ------; died unmarried. 6. David a., born December, --------; married Estella Lockwood; no children. Solomon B. Pardy spent his life in Beekmantown on the farm his father had purchased, and became an enterprising, successful farmer.

(IV) Lawrence Roosevelt, third son of Solomon B. and Mary E. () Pardy, was born June, 1875, at Beekmantown. After attending the public schools he spent where he now lives with his brothers, and has made a careful study of the best way of carrying on the work of the farm. He and his brothers are progressive and enterprising, and have been successful in their endeavors to keep the place in excellent condition. They have added a good many acres to the original amount of land. L. Roosevelt Pardy is an enthusiastic member of the local Grange, and holds office in same. He takes an active interest in public affairs, and is considered a representative public-spirited citizen.

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(The Roosevelt Line)

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 seventeenth century. The ancestor mentioned below is the only one known to have emigrated to American 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. The records of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City have shown the name for more than two and one-half centuries, 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 troublesome times for the colony of New Amsterdam, as the following two yes the people were almost constantly in arms on accent 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 trace of land in the city, extending from Chatham Street to the East River, lying 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 Martenzsen 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 Dutch Church of New York. He as admitted to this church, December 4, 1679. His children were : 1. Christiaen, baptized October 23, 1650, died in infancy. 2. Elsje, baptized February 11, 1652; married Hendrick Jillish Meyert. 3. Anna Margariet, baptized August 29, 1654; married Heymans Alderste Roosa. 4. Christina, baptized July 30, 1656; married (first) Nicalsie de la Montague; (second) John Hammel. 5. Nicholas. 6. Anna, baptized September 10, 1662; married Jan van Daefsen de Vries, from Haarlem, Holland.

(II) Nicholas, only son of Claes and Jannetje (Samuel-Thomas) von Rosenfelt spelled his name Roosevelt, and was baptized October 2, 1658; he was born in September that year. He removed to Esopus (now Kingston, Dutchess County), New York, prior to 1680, as April 5 of that year he with others, 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 freemen August 23, 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 right"; 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, December 9, 1682, at the Reformed Dutch Church of New York,

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Heyltje Jans Kunst, born February 24, 1664, daughter of Jan Barentsen Kunst and wife, Jakeyntje Cornelius Albanien. Jan Barentsen was a house carpenter and workman, and as 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 Holland, widower Janietjen Ariens, and Jakemyntje Cornelis, of Woerde in April". Children of Nicholas Roosevelt and wife: 1. Jannettic, baptized November 11, 1683, at Old Dutch Church of Esopus. 2. Margaretta, October 11, 1685, at Esopus. 3. Nicholas. 4. Johannes, March 3, 1689, at Esopus. 5. Elsie, January 1, 1691, at New York. 6. Jacobus, February, 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, February 28, 1701, at New York, died young.
(III) Nicholas (2), oldest son of Nicholas (1) and Heyltje (Kunst) Roosevelt, was baptized August 28, 1687, at the Old Dutch Church at Esopus, New York. March 20, 1738-39, Nicholas Roosevelt, goldsmith, was admitted freeman. He was a good craftsman and became well-to-do. He married, February 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. Children: 1. Catherina, baptized at New York, January 10, 1711. 2. Hilletje, March 29, 1713. 3. Nicholas.

(IV) Nicholas (3), only son of Nicholaes (2) and Sarah (Fullman) Roosevelt, was baptized February 6, 1715, at the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City. He became first lieutenant of the Corsicans, a company of militia organized before 1775. They wore a red tin heart on their short green coats, containing the words, "God and Right", and in 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, Catherine Comfort, baptized august 18, 1717, daughter of Gerardus and Catherina (Burger) Comfort, who were married in the same church March 24, 1713; she died about 1750, and he married (second) November 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, October 11, 1719. By his first marriage Mr. Roosevelt had three children: 1. Catherina, baptized in New York, March 22, 1738. 2. Sarah, July 18, 1740. 3. Gerardus Comfort, September 8, 1742. By his second marriage his children were: 4. Elizabeth, baptized February 6, 1757, in New York, died young. 5. Nicholas. 6. Elizabeth, February 24, 1762.

(V) Nicholas (4), son of Nicholas (3) and Elizabeth (Thurman) Roosevelt, was baptized October 11, 1758, in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City. He lived in Stillwater, New York, and married Betsey English; children: 1. John. 2. Betsey. 3. George. 4. Solomon. 5. Rufus. 6. Jacob.

(VI) Solomon, third son of Nicholas (4) and Betsey (English) Roosevelt, was born November 17, 1778, at Fishouse, now a part of Saratoga, New York, and died March 15, 1832, at Chazy, New York. He married (first) November 29, 1798, Elizabeth Willy, or Wiley, daughter of Stephen Wiley, born May 16, 1780, died February 27, 1820. He married (second) Hester Ann, daughter of Sylvanus Smith, of Clinton County, born at Chazy, New York, September 6, 1796, and died April 19, 1893, at the age of ninety-seven, at Syracuse, New York. By his first marriage Mr. Roosevelt had nine children, and by his second marriage three. They were: 1. Stephen, born September 5, 1799. 2. Betsy, February 18, 1801. 3. Lydia, February 26, 1803. 4. Jacob. May 16, 1805. 5. Solomon, April 27, 1807. 6. Delia, July 10, 1809. 7. Louisa, May 3, 1812. 8. Carolina, April 12, 1814. 9. John H. 10. Sarah, December 4, 1824. 11. George W., July 20, 1826. 12. Warren, October 10, 1831.

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(VII) John Henry, fourth son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Wiley) Roosevelt, was born February 24, 1817. He married (first) Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Dennis and Mary (Lambert) Tracy, of New York; (second) Mary Cornell. By his first marriage he had three children, and by his second eight: 1. Mary Eliza. 2. Henry J., resided in Little Silver, New Jersey. 3. Carolina, born May 6, 1842, married (first) John T. Hayes, (second) Wayne smothers, of Eureka, Michigan. 43. Edward, of Ashley, Ohio. 5. Edith L., born October 7, 1852; married Isaac Cravens, of Paulding, Ohio. 6. Grant, of Ashley, Ohio. 7. Charles. 8. Delia. 9. Frank. 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 February 17, 1840, at Albany, New York, and married, July 7, 1863, Solomon Barber Pardy, of Beekmantown, (see Pardy III).


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