Abraham Roseboom was born in January 1715. He was the last child born to the marriage of Albany trader Hendrick and surgeon's daughter Debora Staats Roseboom. He grew up in a comfortable home on Pearl Street near the North gate of the stockade.
He does not appear to have married but was a pewholder and regular baptism sponsor at the Albany Dutch church.
He was a mainline businessman, shopkeeper, and contractor of the city. His substantial house was configured on the census of 1756. Assessment rolls valued his property as of more than moderate value. He also owned a lot in the first ward. Although he seems to have been directly involved in community business, he held no public offices. In 1763, he was identified as an Albany freeholder.
Abraham Roseboom died in April 1785. A newspaper obituary called him a "very respectable citizen." At that time, he was seventy years old.
Sources: The life of Abraham Roseboom is CAP biography number 1532. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 2/10/06