The History of Otsego, NY

By Holice and Debbie



The subject of this sketch was born Sept. 24, 1803, in the town of Westford, Otsego County, N. Y. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Coates, who were among the first settlers of the town. He was the second son of a family of eight children. At the age of twenty-one years he assumed control of his fatherís business, and at his fatherís death, which occurred in 1828, he, with Jacob L. Snyder, as executors, settled the estate to the entire satisfaction of the other legatees.

Mr. Coates purchased the interest of the heirs in the estate, and to the farm, then embracing 225 acres, he made subsequent additions until at the time of his death he was in possession of nearly 500 acres.

His wifeís portrait and a view of his late residence may be seen elsewhere in this work. His portrait also would appear here, but unfortunately there are none in existence. March 27, 1857, he married Lucy Ann Bennett, daughter of Aaron and Sally Bennett, who were early settlers in the town of Maryland. To Mr. and Mrs. Coates were born Ella D. Elbert, and Effie M., all of whom are living with their mother. Mr. Coates was a man of unusual ability, and was well posted on the events of the day; a man of untiring industry, and during a busy life succeeded in accumulating a large property; and during the late war it is related of him that he paid the highest taxes of any man of his town. He was a staunch Democrat, but never a seeker after official honors. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died Nov. 14, 1872. A beautiful monument marks his resting place in the Methodist cemetery at Westville.


Robert Roseboom was born in Holland in 1693. Hendrick Roseboom, son of Robert, was also born in Holland. They emigrated to America about the year 1720, and settled in Albany, N. Y. Robert Roseboom died in the year 1764. Hendrick, son of Robert, married Mary Sanders. He died in 1743, leaving a widow and one son, named Garret, born July 19, 1722. Getty, his wife, was born March 26, 1731. He died, leaving a widow and nine children, viz.: Robert, born Oct. 9, 1735; Hendrick, born May 27, 1757; John, born Jan. 20, 1760; Garret, born Sept. 20, 1762; Peter, born Aug. 17, 1764; Gilbert, born Oct. 12, 1768; Mary, born March 14, 1754; Deborah, born Oct. 4, 1773; Peggy, born Dec. 3, 1775.

Robert Roseboom and Jesintie Dumont were married at Raritan, Somerset Co., N. J., March 2, 1776. She was a daughter of Peter and Brachie Dumont of that place, and born June 18, 1751. Robert Roseboom bought of John Van Ness, of Albany Co., Oct. 13, 1786, 250 acres of land for 175 pounds, located in Westford, and in the spring of 1787 moved his family, consisting of his wife and three children, viz., Garret, Brachie, and peter; the later at the time was about two and a half years old. Gertrude and Jesintie were born Feb. 17, 1795. Robert Roseboom was a State senator from, 1801 to 1805; in the assembly in 1800, 1811, and 1815.

Garret Roseboom was born Nov. 27, `777, and married Mary Adams in 1816. He died Feb. 5, 1870, leaving a widow, two sons, and one daughter,--Robert, Garret and Emily.

Peter Roseboom was born Oct. 5, 1785. He married March 10, 1816 at new Malbury, Ulster County, Anna, daughter of Job and Sarah Hopkins, who was born Feb. 2, 1794. He settled on the farm owned by his father in his lifetime, and lived there, leaving a widow and four children (one daughter, Mary Jane, having died in 1850), viz.: Sarah Ann, Brachie, Mary Jane, Horace and Jesintie. Peter Roseboom died April 14, 1863; his wife, Anna Roseboom, died March 23, 1869.

Horace Roseboom is now the owner and occupant of the old homestead where his grandfather, father and mother died. He has two daughters and one son. He has also two grandchildren, son and daughter of Schuyler and Mary Jane Borst. Mr. Roseboom is an active and prominent citizen, and justly merits the esteem in which he is held.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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