Historic Pelham

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Friday, October 16, 2015

An Obituary of Charles Henry Roosevelt of Pelham Manor

There is a handful of ancient families who have had important influences on the history of the Town of Pelham.  Among them is the Roosevelt family, a line related (as one might expect) to the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, and to the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  

In 1901, an important member of the Pelham Manor branch of the Roosevelt family died.  
His name was Charles Henry Roosevelt.  I have written about him (and several members of the Pelham Manor branch of the family who were important supporters of our Christ Church) on many occasions.  See, e.g.:  

Tue., May 13, 2014:  Elbert Roosevelt, An Early Settler of the Manor of Pelham, and Other Members of His Family.

Mon., Apr. 05, 2010:  Obituary of Noted Pelham Manor Resident C. H. Roosevelt Published in 1901

Thu., Jan. 01, 2009:  A Brief History of Pelham Bridge

Wed., Jan. 29, 2008:  Brief Obituary of Rev. Washington Roosevelt of Pelham Published February 13, 1884

Mon., Nov. 19, 2007:  1901 Obituary of Charles Henry Roosevelt, Grandson of Elbert Roosevelt, One of the Early Settlers of Pelham Manor

Mon., Dec. 18, 2006:  What May Be The Earliest Patent Awarded to a Resident of Pelham: Patent Issued to Elbert J. Roosevelt on May 29, 1866

Wed., Dec. 13, 2006:  More About Isaac Roosevelt of Pelham Who Carved His Name on a Glacial Boulder in 1833

Mon., Nov. 13, 2006: The Isaac Roosevelt Stone Carved in 1833

Wed., Sep. 20, 2006:  Brief Biographical Data About Elbert Roosevelt of the Manor of Pelham.

Fri., Jan. 06, 2006: Pelham Loses its Right To Use the Town Dock in the Early 1900s.

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog adds another important obituary for Charles Henry Roosevelt.  The text of the obituary, immediately below, is followed by a citation and link to its source.  

In 2006 I Climbed All Over the Shores at the Border of Today's
Village of Pelham Manor and New York City's Pelham Bay Park
To Find the Faint Remnants of the Carvings on the 
Isaac Roosevelt Stone, Carved by a Member of the Pelham 
Branch of the Roosevelt Family in 1833.  The Locally-
Famous Carving Was Almost Impossible To Find The First
Time I Looked for it.  Photograph by the Author, 2006.  


Charles Henry Roosevelt died early yesterday morning at his home in Pelham Road, Pelham Manor.  Mr. Roosevelt was born in 1832.  He was the son of the Rev. Washington Roosevelt, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, and a grandson of Elbert Roosevelt, who was one of the early settlers of the manor of Pelham-on-the-Sound.  The family is related to Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt.

Mr. Roosevelt studied law in Poughkeepsie, where his father was at one time stationed.  After his marriage in that city to Miss Jackson he came to New-York and began the practice of law.  He was well known as a practitioner in Westchester County, and at the time of his death had offices at 203 Broadway.  He was the manager of many large estates, and owned valuable real estate in Pelham Manor and New-Rochelle.  The family for many years were the largest owners of real estate in Pelham Manor.

Mr. Roosevelt had been in poor health for about a year, but his death was quite sudden.  He was a member of the State and County Bar associations, the Westchester Bar Association, the St. Nicholas and Holland societies and Huguenot Lodge, F. and A. M., of New-Rochelle.  A widow and one son, Elbert C. Roosevelt, a member of the New-York Athletic Club, survive him.  The funeral is to be held on Wednesday morning in Christ Episcopal Church, in Pelham Manor, the Rev. A. F. Tenny officiating."  

Source:  OBITUARY -- CHARLES HENRY ROOSEVELT, New-York Tribune, Mar. 25, 1901, p. 7, col. 4.  

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