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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More About Isaac Roosevelt of Pelham Who Carved His Name on a Glacial Boulder in 1833

On November 13, 2006, I wrote about "The Isaac Roosevelt Stone Carved in 1833". In that posting I included a recent photograph of the carving. Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting provides additional information about Isaac Roosevelt.

The records of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham include material prepared by Ed Browne when he served as Town Historian during the 1950s. Included among that material is a brief article entitled "Roosevelt of Pelham". The material is transcribed immediately below.


'. . . the residence of Elbert Roosevelt is pleasantly situated on the side of the Sound, and has a fine view of Long Island and the surrounding Shores.' was purchased in 1800's for $25 an acre by Elbert Roosevelt from William Bailey, He in turn sold the corner tract of 38 acres, at the Shore Rd., and Pelhamdale, to Rev. Robert Bolton just before 1837. The price the Rev. Bolton paid is not recorded.

Isaac Roosevelt Carves His Name

Elbert Roosevelt was descended from Claes Roosevelt was descended from Claes Martensze von Rosenvelt one of the early Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam. Elbert Roosevelt married Jane Curtenius, daughter of Col. Peter Curtenius, Commissary General of the American forces during the Revolution. The son of Elbert Roosevelt was Isaac (1813-1856) who was reared in his father's home on the Sound in the Town of Pelham. Near by, on the edge of the Sound lies a great glacial boulder, which at low tide is completely exposed. On this boulder is carved in letters nearly a foot high.

"Isaac Roosevelt 1833"

It must have been quite a laborious task even for a youth of then 20 years, to cut that in that boulder.

Isaac Roosevelt grew to be a man of prominence and importance in this community. In Christ Church in the walls are many handsome Memorial Tablets, dedicated to members of the Congregation who have passed to their reward. One of the outstandingly beautiful tablets reads; --

Isaac Roosevelt
Who Died
In Pelham September 30th A. D.
Aged 43 Years
An Honest Man. A Sincere
Friend, and a Humble Christ-
ian. He was an early Promoter
& Constant Friend of this
Church, Serving as Vestryman
& Treasurer from the time of
its foundation to his death.
Possessed of a Sound Mind,
a kind Heart & a Generous
Hand, He labored to Promote
The Welfare & Happiness of
the Neighborhood in which he
He died Respected, Beloved
and Universally Lamented."

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