Myndert Roseboom
Stefan Bielinski

Myndert Roseboom probably was born before 1680. He was the son of Albany settlers Hendrick and Gysbetie Lansing Roseboom.

In 1697, the young man was living alone in an Albany house. Two years later, he signed an oath pledging loyalty to the king of England. In November 1705, Myndert Roseboom married Albany native Maria Vinhagen. By 1716, five of their children had been baptized at the Albany Dutch church where he was a member, a deacon, and occasional baptism sponsor.

These Rosebooms lived in the second ward where he served as firemaster, constable, and then high constable. Assessment rolls for the early 1700s imposed low taxes on his Albany property. In 1720, his name appeared on a list of eligible freeholders in the second ward. He also belonged to an Albany militia company. His father and three brothers were Albany residents who also lived on Pearl Street near "Roseboom's gate" during the early 1720s.

However, Myndert's life was cut short when he died in October 1722 still in his early forties. Surrounded by her children and extended families, his widow survived in their second ward home until her death in 1760.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Myndert Roseboom is CAP biography number 1950. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

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first posted: 10/5/04