Nicholas Roosevelt


Perhaps, one-time Albany resident Nicholas Roosevelt was born in New York in 1758. Thus, he would have been the son (fifth child) of Nicholas and his second wife, Elizabeth Thurman Roosevelt of New York City. His father was a silver and goldsmith of some note. He seems to have been confused with his father, who is said to have died in 1769, and with a number of same-named individuals who were his contemporaries. This individual also was known as "Nicholas Roosevelt IV."

By at least November 1758, his wife may have been Betsey English, the mother of at least six of their children - none of whom seem to have been christened in Albany. Perhaps he married Dutchess County native Margaret Cramer in 1793. She was the mother of six more of his children.

Coming of age at the end of the 1770s, this Nicholas Roosevelt found himself in Albany during the American Revolution. We seek information his path to Albany and on his wartime activities.

In March 1779, his personal property was valued under the first ward home of William Shepherd. That October, his Albany property was assessed substantially.

Afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

By the late 1780s, the name of Nicholas Roosevelt had dropped from Albany rolls.

He is said to have moved on to Stillwater and then to Warren County. Like his father, he is said to have been a goldsmith.

Nicholas Roosevelt is said to have died in June 1838 at the age of seventy-nine. That individual was buried in the Methodist churchyard in Johnsburg, Warren County.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Nicholas Roosevelt is CAP biography number 3915. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The variability of traditional and Internet-based sources leave us with many questions regarding this short-time Albany resident. Most sources are derivative of the classic family genealogy.

first posted: 1/10/12