My notes on Albert to start things off:
"Have you ever been in contact with either "Bureau voor Historisch Onderzoek, Zutphen" or "rijksarchief in Gelderland"? One of our Canadian cousins did, and sent me a photocopy of stuff they sent her in Dutch and Old Dutch... the Roosa name appears often and dates in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The earliest date that appears on a page along with the Roosa name is 1440." (3)
"(Jan Jansen van Oosterhout) came to America with the Roosa Family on the Spotted Cow (De Bonte Koe) (as did the Ostranders)" (4)
"'Esopus was then without any local government, and, in fact a dependency of Fort Orange. The People were dissatisfied with such a dependent position, and wanted a government of their own...
In pursuance of such a plan, they passed an order appointing Roeloff Swartwout, Schout of Esopus, his jurisdiction embracing the powers of sheriff and the duties of prosecuting attorney in criminal proceedings."
Pursuant to the directions of Their Lords High Mightinesses of Holland, Governor Stuyvesant and his Council, at New Amsterdam on May 16, 1661, granted a charter to organize a civil government at Wiltwyck.
The order was in Dutch and it is recorded in the Wiltwyck records. The following is a translation thereof:
"May 16, 1661. Director General Petrus Stuyvesant, delegated and authorized in all matters of government relating to the public welfare of all the county of New Netherland, by power and commission from the noble Lord Directors of the privileged West India Company, observing the situation and condition of a place called the Esopus, which hath now been inhabited and settled six or seven years; hath, in consideration of the situation and population thereof, erected the locality into a village and given it the name of Wiltwyck, whereby it shall be called now and henceforward...
By this Charter Evert Pels, Cornelis Barentsen Slecht and Elbert Heymans Roose were appointed the first three Schepens, or Magistrates, who with the presiding Schout, Roeloff Swartwout completed "the Organization of the first village and first judicial tribunal in this section of the State.
In 1661 Roosa was appointed one of the three Commissioners to enclose the New Village at Esopus, called Hurley...
In 1662 a schedule of the old and newly surveyed lots in Wiltwyck with the names of their owners, was made out, and in the "List of old lots, before the place was laid out," appear the names of Evert Pels, owner of lot 2, and Jan Broersen (Dekker) owner of lot 11. In the list of lots newly laid out," Albert Heymansen (Roosa) appears as the owner of lot 24 and Juriaen Westvael as owning lot 25...
At the destruction of the village of Hurley, on June 7, 1663, by the Indians, two of the children of Roosa, with 43 others, women and children, were taken captive. The story of the rescue of these captives by the colonial forces under the command of Captain Martin Kregier, is one of the most interesting of the episodes in the history of Early New York. It may be found in Documents, etc., page 256 et seq. and page 323 et seq.; Doc. Hist. N.Y., Vol. 4, page 39 et seq., and in Bi-Centenary Re-union of the Descendants of Louis and Jaques Du Bois...
In September, 1665, soon after New Netherland had become a Province of Great Britain, the English Governor, Richard Nicholls, visited Kingston and placed Captain Daniel Brodhead in command at that place. Owing to that officer's tyrannical conduct, and many acts of oppression and cruelty by the English soldiers under his command, the inhabitants rose in open hostility in 1667.
In their petition to Governor Nicholls for redress, the inhabitants set forth numerous deeds of cruelty by the soldiers;...
6. Albert Heymans Roos, going with his plouw yron towards the Smits, was assaulted by five souldrs. whoe wounded him very much, whereupon
7. The souldiers said the sd. Albert Heymans going wifhout any Reason brought him to Imprisonment was most grieviously wounded by Richard Hamer...
Governor Nicholls on April 16, 1667, appointed a Commission to enquire into their troubles, and in this letter of instructions, he says:
"Albert Heymans and Anthony D. Elba (Delva?) have spoken most malicious words, and I look upon them as great incendiaries and disaffected persons; if their words be proved they shall not be suffered to live in this government; if they have been actors in..." (1)
"Governor Francis Lovelace restored Roosa to favor, and in 1669 appointed him and Louis DuBois two of the Overseers for Hurley, called New Dorp, or New Village. "In 1673 he was confirmed as one of the officers at Esopus by Governor Anthony Colve, and described as "Captain Albert Heymans, who had been prominent in the riot of 1667."
The records state that in 1669 "Albert Heymensen peticond to sett up a Brewhouse and tanffatts in Hurley," and an order was made granting permission.
His name appears with that of son Arien Albertson Roosa and those of Jacob Jansen Van Etten, Tho. Quick, Roeloff Swartwout, Mattys Blanchan, Louys Du Bois and others, to the petition to Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of New York, praying that he would assist them in procuring a minister for Esopus "that can preache bothe Inglish and Dutche, wch. will bee most fitting for this place, it being in its Minority."...
Albert Heymans Roosa served in the military forces of the Colony as mustering officer and in other capacities, and on April 5, 1670, at the military rendezvous held at Marbletown, he was present as Sergeant of Captain Henry Pawling's Company at which also appeared his son Arie Roosa as private, and in 1673 Albert was Captain of a company recruited Hurley and Marbletown...
Albert Heymans Roosa died at Hurley on February 27, 1679. In 1685 his widow, Wyntje Allard secured a grant of 320 acres in Hurley.
He had the following children, viz:
Arie or Aria, born in Holland; married at Kingston, Maria Pels, daughter of the Schepen Evert Pels.
Heyman, married Magriet Rosevelt.
Jan, married Hellegond Williams.
Ikee, married Roeloff Kierstede.
Maritje, married Laurens Jansen Low. (Handwritten)
Neeltien, married Hendric Paeldin, 1676. Banns, Nov. 3
Jannetje, married Matys Ten Eyck, Nov. 16, 1679.
Guert, died June 15, 1664. The record reads as follows, viz.: "Hic filius obiit ante baptismum." (2)
"Gomez family history detailed
In your Sunday magazine supplement of May 19, you ran an article on the Gomez House in Orange County. Named after one of the earliest settlers in the Newburgh area, Luis (not Louis) Moses Gomez, this building and mill is the oldest known Jewish settlement in the United States. Unfortunately, there were several errors in this long-overdue tale of early New York history.
First, Gomez was not a Spanish immigrant; he was a citizen of Holland, as were many of his co-religionists in the Hudson Valley, men such as Emmanuel Gonsaulus (the earliest known settler's grave in Sullivan County), the Fonsecas in the Poughkeepsie area and the Roosas, a rabbinical family.
These people did not come from Iberia (the peninsula that contains Spain and Portugal) because they had all been driven out of that country by the year 1492...
So these people suffering for their religious beliefs, scattered to the wind. The Kingdom of Genoa took in some, Denmark never knew the philosophy of hate, but brave little Holland took many of these unfortunates. And, in 1654, nearly two hundred later, a group of Spanish-Portuguese Jews landed in New Amsterdam and settled down in that Dutch village and the nearby Hudson Valley...
Bert S. Feldman of Mongaup Valley is deputy historian for Sullivan County, historian for the town of Bethel and teaches Sullivan County history at Sullivan County Community College." (5)
"The Roosa (Rosa, Rose) family came from Herwynen, Gelderland; sailing from Holland to this country in the ship "Bonte-Koe" April 15, 1660. There were Albert Heymans Roosa, his wife Weilke de Jonge [sic], and 8 children between the ages of 2 and 17. Directly on arrival they went to Esopus, N.Y., with friends, where he took up land. They united with the Dutch Ch., where two years later he became Elder... He had 3 sons, Heyman, b 1643; Arien, b 1645; jan, b 1651; also 4 daus: Ilke, who m Roslof Kierstad; Mary, m Laurens Jensen, of Harlem; Neeltie, m Henry Pawling, and Jannetie, who m Matthys Ten Eyck of New York." (6)
1) NYG&BR July 1900 p. 165
2) NYG&BR October 1900 p. 235-6
3) Frederic Rosa (CLFB67A-Prodigy)
4) Lorraine Luke (GKRU05A-Prodigy) Lorraine Luke is preparing a Roosa manuscript for future publication through the Ulster Co. Genealogical Society.
5) Goshen Sunday Record, June 2, 1996, p. 31
6) Quick Genealogy, p. 108
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