Barent Roseboom


Barent Roseboom was born in October 1736. He was the son of Hendrick M. and Maria Ten Eyck Roseboom. He grew up in businessman's home on Pearl Street.

In October 1759, a Barent Roseboom (perhaps he was the sole individual at-risk) was serving in the British supply corps under William Gamble at Fort Herkimer.

He was a bachelor but a member and pewholder at the Albany Dutch church.

Barent also was a homeowner in Albany's second ward. He was known as a skipper and also called a mariner - implying that he sailed beyond the river.

In 1766, he was appointed firemaster. He served in that capacity again in 1779 - but then for the first ward. In 1782, he was appointed chimney viewer. He also was reimbursed for services by the Albany government.

In 1766, he joined with his neighbors in protest of the Stamp Act when he signed the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty. At the outbreak of the war in 1775, he was offered a commission as lieutenant in an Albany militia company. He declined stating that he was too old. Afterwards, he received a bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

After the war, he seems to have lived with his brother, Hendrick. In 1790, he was accounted for in Hendrick's first ward household.

Barent Roseboom filed a will in December 1795. He stated that he was a bachelor, weak of body but "sound of mind." By that time, he was living in Canajoharie in Montgomery County. His estate was to be divided among his nieces and nephews - children of his brothers. Included in his holdings was a lot on the hill in Albany then held by Sam Bromley. Barent Roseboom died in February 1796 - months shy of his sixtieth birthday. He was buried in Canahoharie.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Barent Roseboom is CAP biography number 1590. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

The will probably was filed in Montgomery County.

first posted: 8/10/06; last revised 5/14/15