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Francis Rombouts, Mayor of New York

Male 1631 - 1691  (59 years)


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  • Name Francis Rombouts 
    Suffix Mayor of New York 
    Born 22 Jun 1631  Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1691  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I21182  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestors of JTS
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Jan Rombouts 
    Mother Johanna Haenen 
    Family ID F13068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helena Teller,   d. Aft 20 Nov 1706 
    Married 8 Sep 1683  [1
    Children 
    +1. Catharyna Rombouts,   b. Bef 25 May 1687, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1764, Fishkill, Dutchess, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 76 years)
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F13065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 12th Mayor of New York City. From Wikipedia:

      Francis Rombouts emigrated to New Amsterdam in 1653 aboard the ship Nieuw Amsterdam. He engaged in trade as a merchant, while yet a youth. In the year 1658, he enrolled himself among the burghers, or citizens, though he had been for several years previously a trader here. His trading operations as a merchant were tolerably extensive, though he did not rank among the wealthiest of the inhabitants. He was probably worth, as near as can be estimated, about ten thousand dollars, which was then, however, considered an independent fortune. Rombouts bought his first stone house at Nieuw-Amsterdam, in the Heerestraat, now Broadway in Manhattan.

      Rombouts held several offices of trust among his fellow-citizens. In 1673, 1674, 1676, 1678, 1686, he was an alderman. Afterward, in 1687, the city having been divided into wards, he was returned as alderman of the West Ward. he afterward held the office of Justice of the Peace, until his death. His political principles were of a liberal character, and his manners and address grave and dignified. Rombouts' dwelling was on Broadway, west side, near Rector street, extending to the North river shore. it embraced a large garden and an orchard. At the time of his mayoralty, the city contained about 3,500 inhabitants. Rombouts Avenue in the Bronx is named for him.

      On May 31, 1665 Rombouts married Aeltie Wessels in the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam. She died sometime prior to August 5, 1675, when he then married Anna Elizabeth Masschop. Widowed a second time, he married, on September 8, 1683, Helena Teller Bogardus Van Bael. It was the third marriage for both of them. Helena Teller was born about 1645, the daughter of William and Margaret Doncheson Teller of Schenectady. Helena had seven children from her previous marriages, and from this marriage another three were born. She and Rombouts had two boys and a girl. The boys died young but the girl, Catharyna, born on 5 September 1687, survived. Catharyna later married Lieutenant Roger Brett.

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.