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Maria Van Schaack Roosevelt

Other Name:
Maria Van Schaack
Home Town:
Kinderhook, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
James Jacobus Roosevelt (1793)
Biographical Notes:
Born in 1773, Maria Van Schaack Roosevelt was the daughter of Cornelius and Angeltje Yates Van Schaack of Kinderhook, New York. As a young woman in the 1790's Maria may have studied at Sarah Pierce's Female Academy, but no solid documentation exists. In 1793 she married James Jacobus Roosevelt of Kinderhook. Maria passed away in 1845.
Additional Notes:
Maria was the paternal grandmother of President Theodore Roosevelt.

She was distantly related, first cousins once removed to Catherine Van Schaack who attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1826.

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help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]

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