The Divine Compassion of Roosevelt

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Rosemond is also spelled Roosemond in Holland. The Roosevelt family came from Holland to be America’s greatest family. They produced two Presidents who made sweeping social changes that were adopted by the Kennedy family, and President Barack Obama.  The Rosemond family of Holland were members of the Swan Brethren, and played a huge role in the Dutch Renaissance by backing Hieronymus Bosch, and defending Erasmus. Being an original Hippie, who worked with Meher Baba on a level few understand, my generation helped changed the world, forever. Since the death of my beloved sister, Christine Rosamond Benton, I have gathered many roses from around the world. The artwork of Thomas Hart Benton flourished during the Depression, thanks to Roosevelts WPA program. Franklin Roosevelt was a Family Patron. Jessie Benton Fremont helped found the Republican Party that was the party of Theodor Roosevelt. Then there is Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, whose contributions to the world of art and politics, is part of family tradition. Her work with Victims of AIDS is well known.

In watching the series on the Roosevelts, I could see that Franklin and Meher Baba were working in concert to meet the evil and destruction that was coming humanities way.  Indeed, it is suggested that Franklin being stricken wit polio had prepared him, given him a God-given humility and awareness, that was equal with God’s Compassion. Franklin Roosevelt was the Go-el Redeemer of America, because he repaired our broken economy and brought millions out of debt.

To behold Franklin in the water at Warm Springs with the afflicted of all ages, was to get a glimpse of the work of Jesus.

Jon the Nazarite

By all accounts, both branches of the Roosevelt family were immensely proud of their armorial bearings and used them at every opportunity. Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, pointed out that the family “had roses in book plates and crested rings. Roosevelt babies always had cascades of roses tumbling down their christening robes.” As we have already seen, the early Roosevelts put the arms and the graphic elements drawn from them on pieces of silver. Later Roosevelts would continue to use them in ways ordinary and inventive, including even the naming of one of the family’s estates—the house built at Hyde Park by FDR’s grandfather Isaac was named “Rosedale.”

The name Roosevelt is an American surname originally derived from the Dutch place-name spelled variously as Van Rosevelt or Van Rosenvelt, meaning “from rose field.” The most famous bearers of this name come from the Roosevelt family, a merchant and political family descended from the 17th-century immigrant to New Netherland Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt.

The name Roosevelt is an American surname originally derived from the Dutch place-name spelled variously as Van Rosevelt or Van Rosenvelt, meaning “from rose field.” The most famous bearers of this name come from the Roosevelt family, a merchant and political family descended from the 17th-century immigrant to New Netherland Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt.

In the United States, the surname ranked as the 15,060th most common surname in the 1990 U.S. Census, accounting for 0.001% of the American population.[1] By the 2000 U.S. Census, the surname was ranked as the 24,406th most common family name. There were 961 individuals recorded at that time using the surname Roosevelt, and of these, 64% identified as being white, 27.26% black, 1.87% Asian and Pacific Islander, 1.77% American Indian and Native Alaskan and 1.66% as Hispanic ethnic origin.[2]

Notable Roosevelts[edit]

Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer[edit]

In 1410, William III, Duke of Bavaria, Count of Holland and of Zeeland granted amt fiefdoms north of Tholen to six lords. An amt fief was a grant of land, by William III of Bavaria in this instance, to lesser vassal lords where the land stipulated in the grant had been or needed to be dyked and reclaimed from the sea. Also, the vassal lords held several powers from their position, such as appointing the steward and alderman that governed the municipal area, inflicting corporal punishment and even pass death sentences by hanging in several situations.[3][4]

One of the first amt lords was Marijnus van Rosevelt, whose lordship dates back to 1697. Johan Willem van Rosevelt, LL.M, was also an amt lord from 1731 until 1790, and also held the prominent positions of steward of Vossemeer, councilor, alderman and pensionary of Goes, Steward of the Count’s Domains to oversee clerical goods, common means and taxes in Biervliet, deputy councilor of Zeeland and admiralty councilor. The Van Rosevelt name holds a place of prominence in the Oud-Vossemeer House of Amt Lords, which was constructed in 1767, even amongst the other amt lords.[3][5]

It has been suggested that Claes van Rosenvelt was related to the Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer, and evidence suggests that Claes van Rosenvelt indeed came from the Tholen region where the Van Rosevelts were land owners, but no records exist that prove any relation of the two families.[5][6]

Roosevelts, the American political and business family[edit]

Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt, the immigrant ancestor of the Roosevelt family, arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam (present day New York City) some time between 1638 and 1649. Around the year 1652, he bought a farm from Lambert van Valckenburgh comprising twenty-four morgens (48 acres (190,000 m2)) in what is now Midtown Manhattan, including the present site of the Empire State Building.[7] The property included roughly what is now the area between Lexington Avenue and Fifth Avenue bounded by 29th St. and 35th St.

Claes’ son Nicholas was the first to use the spelling Roosevelt and the first to hold political office, as an alderman. His children Johannes and Jacobus were the progenitors of the Oyster Bay and Hyde Park branches of the family that emerged in the 18th century, respectively. By the late 19th century, the Hyde Park Roosevelts were generally associated with the Democratic Party and the Oyster Bay Roosevelts with the Republican Party. President Theodore Roosevelt, an Oyster Bay Roosevelt, was President Franklin Roosevelt’s fifth cousin. Despite political differences that led family members to actively campaign against each other, the two branches generally remained friendly. James Roosevelt, Sr. met his wife at a Roosevelt family gathering in the home of Theodore’s mother, and James’ son Franklin married Theodore’s niece Eleanor.

Coats of arms[edit]

It is a common misconception that there is one coat of arms associated to everyone of a common surname, when, in fact, a coat of arms is property passed through direct lineage.[8] This means that there are numerous families of Roosevelt, perhaps under various spellings, that are related, but because they are not the direct descendants of a Roosevelt that owned an armorial device do not have rights or claims to any arms themselves.

In heraldry, canting arms are a visual or pictorial play on a surname, and were and still are a popular practice. It would be common to find roses, then, in arms of many Roosevelt families, even unrelated ones. Also, grassy mounds or fields of green would be a familiar attribute.

The Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer, in the Tholen region of Zeeland, have a coat of arms that is divided horizontally, the top portion with a white chevron between three white roses, while the bottom half is gold with a red lion rampant. The upper portion is simply a cant of the Van Rosevelt name, which means “from the rose fields”. The lower portion was likely added to the heraldic achievement after the family gained the amt lordship, as a representation of their land ownership. The coat of arms of the province of Zeeland has a red lion rising from waters on a gold field, while the town of Oud-Vossemeer use similar arms but with a red wolf, so the red lion of the Van Rosevelts is either directly taken form the Zeeland arms or an allusion to both Zeeland and Oud-Vossemeer. A traditional blazon suggested would be, Per fess vert a chevron between three roses argent and Or a lion rampant gules.[9]

The coat of arms of the Dutch burgher Claes van Rosenvelt, ancestor of the American political family that included Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, were white with a rosebush with three rose flowers growing upon a grassy mound, and whose crest was of three ostrich feathers divided into red and white halves each. In heraldic terms this would be described as, Argent upon a grassy mound a rose bush proper bearing three roses gules barbed and seeded all proper, with a crest upon a torse argent and gules of Three ostrich plumes each per pale gules and argent. Franklin Roosevelt altered his arms to rid of the rosebush and use in its place three crossed roses on their stems, changing the blazon of his shield to Three roses one in pale and two in saltire gules barbed seeded slipped and leaved proper.[9]

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