He grew up in a merchant's home on Pearl Street where he probably got to know minister's daughter Geertruy Isabella Lydius - who lived nearby. They were married in August 1716 - five months before the birth of their first child. By 1726, the marriage had produced at least four children who were christened in the Albany Dutch church where he was a member, pewholder, and baptism sponsor.
These Rosebooms lived in Albany's first ward where Jacob was registered as a freeholder in 1720, 1742, and 1763. He was called "Doctor" and identified on the census of householders taken in 1756 as an apothecary.
His "medicine" centered on herbal remedies. He was called a "medicaster" and his practice was described with disdain by the traveller Dr. Alexander Hamilton in 1744. Hamilton also noted that Roseboom's medical library included only one weighty tome.
Jacob Roseboom lost his wife in 1757. His Albany home was valued on city assessment rolls during the mid-1760s. He died after 1767.
first posted: 10/25/05; updated 1/4/11