The name of "Mrs. Geret Rosecomb" (but shown as Gerret in the index) first appeared in the community record during the summer of 1756 when he was identified as a householder and an Indian trader on a census of Albany buildings made by the British army. In 1758, he was appointed constable for the third ward. On a number of occasions, he was re-imbursed by the Albany city government.
In November 1767, he married Elsje Roseboom at the Albany Dutch church. The marriage of the thirty-five-year-old man does not appear to have produced children. However, these Rosebooms occasionally served as baptism sponsors.
He seems to have lived with his father as assessment rolls from the 1760s taxed his property with his "father Ahwerus." In 1766, he joined Albany neighbors in signing the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty as "Garret A. Roseboom." In 1770, he was left an Albany house and other property in the will of his father. In 1772, he was left another house and lot in Albany in the estate of an uncle.
He appears to have spent some time beyond Albany . In July 1775, the Albany Committee sought information upon Roseboom's return from Canada. In 1777, he applied for permission to move his family. During the war years, he contributed resources and signed a number of petitions on behalf of Albany people. His Albany home was assessed on the city tax list in 1779.
Gerrit Roseboom died on July 7, 1787 at the age of fifty-four. He was buried five days later in the Dutch church cemetery plot. The home and property of his widow was valued on the third ward assessment roll in 1788.
first posted: 12/15/04