Elizabeth Roseboom

b. 25 December 1768, d. 11 January 1850
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Elizabeth Roseboom, daughter of Lieutenant John H. Roseboom and Susannah Veeder, was born at Schenectady, Schenectady Co., New York, 25 December 1768.1 She died at Holmdel, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, 11 January 1850.2,3

Elizabeth married Conrad Gansevoort, son of Dr. Pieter Gansevoort MD and Garritje Ten Eyck, at Albany, Albany Co., New York, 28 November 1791.1

Her early life was spent in Albany, but her family moved to Canajoharie before she was married in 1791. After marriage, the family moved to Schenectady and then back to Albany. She remained there until not long before she died when she went to live out her years with her daughter, Susan (Gansevoort) Cooke, wife of Robert W. Cooke in Holmdel, New Jersey.

A contributor to the source wrote: "Possessed of a strong mind, unostentatious in her manners, firm and benevolent and kind, she endeared herself to a large circle of friends. She was for many years a member of the North Dutch Church of Albany and her christian deportment was consistent and steady. A life that has been spread over so large space of time cannot depart without making us feel that we have been further removed than ever from scenes of the past. W no longer hear of those days of simplicity, nor hear an eye-witness relate the events of those interesting times. It was during those years of her life that the mind receives its most vivid impressions to which it reverts with most interest, that the stormy seasons of the American Revolution occurred. Her memory had treasured up many interesting incidents of those times." The writer added an incident Elizabeth recalled from her early days: "Gen. Burgoyne had boasted that he would make elbow-room as he came down from Canada, and as he was brought to Albany after his surrender, a crazy fellow stepped in ahead of the procession and wagging his elbows, shouting 'elbow-room, elbow-room for Burgoyne!"

Historical note: Elizabeth was just almost nine when Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga in October, 1777. Whether she really witnessed the event or was recounting what she was told by an older adult is a question that can be asked, but not answered with any certainty.4


Conrad Gansevoort b. 15 Mar 1761, d. 9 Aug 1829


  1. [S145] Catharine Roseboom, J. Livingston Roseboom, Henry U. Swinnerton and Joseph H. White, A Brief History of the Ancestors and Descendants of John Roseboom (1739-1805) and of Jesse Johnson (1745-1832): 1630-1897 (Cherry Valley, New York: Co-operative Press, 1897), 42-47. Hereafter cited as Roseboom, et al., Roseboom Ancestry.
  2. [S386] Jonathan Pearson, Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany, from 1630 to 1800 (1872; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1984), 51-52. Hereafter cited as Pearson, Genealogies of the First Settlers of Albany.
  3. [S1301] Trenton, New Jersey, Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths of New Jersey, 1848-1900, X:280, FHL microfilm 584573 Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as New Jersey Vital Records.
  4. [S145] Roseboom, et al., Roseboom Ancestry, 42-43. Quotation comes from an apparent contributor to the book, but is not cited. Probably but not certainly this was her grandson, Dr. Henry Cooke.