Featured Gravestone – Gerret Roseboom

271Section:  Dutch Reformed

Material:  Sandstone

Stone has some chipping along edges, surface is darkened, and there is some lichen.  Soul effigy is in very good shape compared to similar stones and inscription is very legible.  Distinctive soul effigy features a full-faced cherub with detailed hair, large wings, and ruffled collar.

Inscription:  In Memory of Garret Roseboom who died July 7, 1787 Aged 54 years and 3 months.

Gerret Roseboom, born in January 1732, is identified in various records as an Indian trader and constable in Albany.  In 1767, he married Elsje Roseboom.  They had no children.  He was buried in the Dutch Reformed burial ground on July 12, 1787.   Elsje survived him by at least a year as she appears on subsequent census records.

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