Roosevelt family


The Roosevelt family is a prominent American
business and political family whose members include United States Presidents Theodore
Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The Roosevelts
were among the earliest to settle in the Dutch colonial settlement of New Amsterdam, in what
would later become New York. History
Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer It has been suggested that Claes van Rosenvelt
could have been related to the Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer, who were amt lords in the
Tholen region of the Netherlands. While evidence suggests that Claes van Rosenvelt, the ancestor
to the American Roosevelt family, indeed came from the Tholen region where the Van Rosevelts
were land owners, no records exist that prove that he is related to the noble family. It
may simply be a coincidence, or Claes van Rosenvelt may have chosen the name purposely
because of its noble origins or to honor his local amt lord, as was common practice for
peasants of the time. Claes van Rosenvelt
Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt, the immigrant ancestor of the Roosevelt family, arrived
in Nieuw Amsterdam some time between 1638 and 1649. Around the year 1652, he bought
a farm from Lambert van Valckenburgh comprising 24 morgens) in what is now Midtown Manhattan,
including the present site of the Empire State Building. The property included roughly what
is now the area between Lexington Avenue and Fifth Avenue bounded by 29th St. and 35th
St. Claes’ son Nicholas was the first to use the
spelling Roosevelt and the first to hold political office, as an alderman. His children Johannes
and Jacobus were, respectively, the progenitors of the Oyster Bay and Hyde Park branches of
the family that emerged in the 18th century. By the late 19th century, the Hyde Park Roosevelts
were generally associated with the Democratic Party and the Oyster Bay Roosevelts with the
Republican Party. President Theodore Roosevelt, an Oyster Bay Roosevelt, was President Franklin
Roosevelt’s fifth cousin. Despite political differences that led family members to actively
campaign against each other, the two branches generally remained friendly. James Roosevelt
met his wife at a Roosevelt family gathering in the home of Theodore’s mother, and James’
son Franklin married Theodore’s niece Eleanor. The Roosevelt Family is generally associated
with the state of New York. [Harvard University] educations have been common among many members
of the Roosevelt Family. Coats of arms
In heraldry, canting arms are a visual or pictorial play on a surname, and were and
still are a popular practice. It would be common to find roses, then, in arms of many
Roosevelt families, even unrelated ones. Also, grassy mounds or fields of green would be
a familiar attribute. The Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer in Zeeland
have a coat of arms that is divided horizontally, the top portion with a white chevron between
three white roses, while the bottom half is gold with a red lion rampant. A traditional
blazon suggested would be, Per fess vert a chevron between three roses argent and Or
a lion rampant gules. The coat of arms of the namesakes of the Dutch
immigrant Claes van Rosenvelt, ancestor of the American political family that included
Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, were white with a rosebush with three rose flowers growing
upon a grassy mound, and whose crest was of three ostrich feathers divided into red and
white halves each. In heraldic terms this would be described as, Argent upon a grassy
mound a rose bush proper bearing three roses gules barbed and seeded all proper, with a
crest upon a torse argent and gules of Three ostrich plumes each per pale gules and argent.
Franklin Roosevelt altered his arms to rid of the rosebush and use in its place three
crossed roses on their stems, changing the blazon of his shield to Three roses one in
pale and two in saltire gules barbed seeded slipped and leaved proper.
Family tree Members Oyster Bay Roosevelts Hyde Park Roosevelts See also
The Roosevelts – 2014 PBS documentary References
Notes Further reading
Cobb, William T.. The Strenuous Life: The Oyster Bay Roosevelts in Business and Finance.
William E. Rudge’s Sons.  Collier, Peter; David Horowitz. The Roosevelts:
An American Saga. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-65225-7.  Hubert, Philip G.. The Merchants’ National
Bank of the City of New York.  Schriftgiesser, Karl. The Amazing Roosevelt
Family, 1613–1942. Wildred Funk, Inc.  Scoville, Joseph A.. The Old Merchants of
New York City. New York, NY: Carlton.  Whittelsey, Charles B.. The Roosevelt Genealogy,
1649–1902.  External links
Booknotes interview with Peter Collier on The Roosevelts: An American Saga, August 7,
1994. Booknotes interview with Betty Boyd Caroli
on The Roosevelt Women, May 9, 1999. Booknotes interview with Susan Dunn on The
Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America, May 6, 2001.

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