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From: "Paul Miller" <>
Subject: Re: Jewish ROOSAs
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 20:50:13 -0400
Here is a copy of my correspondence with one of the proponents of the
Jewish Roosa theory:
Hi, Jim. The only "confirmation" I have that the ROOSAs (pronounced "Rosa"
in Dutch) were Jewish is John Hope's quote of Bert Feldman's article, in
which the ROOSAs are called a "rabbinical family". I tried to check Bert's
sources, but found, to my dismay, that he died this past February at the
Long before seeing the Feldman article, I suspected that both Heyman ROOSA
(ABT 1590-) and his wife, Metje DE ROOS were Jewish. I'm attaching a
webpage on Jewish names. Here's an excerpt from it about the name
"My 5g-gf Jekutiel ben Chaim was called "Kauffmann Heimann" in German
records. Both of these names are individual names ("first names"):
"Kauffmann" is his own (a *kinnui* or secular equivalent of his
Hebrew name "Jekutiel") and "Heimann" is his father's (a *kinnui*
of "Chaim"). Sometimes he was also called "Kauffmann Praeger", where
"Praeger" is an epithet meaning 'the one from Prague'."
"Arie" is also a common Jewish line (from the Hebrew for "lion", symbolic
the tribe of Judah), and the site
shows that "ROSA" and "DA ROSA" are common Sephardic (i.e. Spanish and
Portugese) Jewish names.
In 1492, the king of Spain expelled all Jews from that country, and the
of Portugal did the same a few years later. Many Jews escaped expulsion by
being baptized, and continued to secretly carry out the tenets of Judaism
private. Jewish converts to Christianity were relentlessly spied upon by
the Inquisition, which tortured and burned to death those who were found to
be "impure" in their Christianity. Many conversos made their way to
and the Netherlands during the 1500's, a place to which many of their
"unconverted" brethren had apparently (according to Feldman) fled earlier.
The John Hope posting notes that the ROOSA name first appeared in the
Netherlands in the 1400's, so this lends support that the ROOSAs were
"rabbinical" (and therefore openly practicing) Jews of the earlier
migration, rather than "conversos" ("converted" Jews).
The "Judaic" (Talmudic) religion is passed on through the mother, rather
than the father, so when Albert HEYMANS (Heyman's son), the first American
ROOSA, married Wyntje DE JONGH, the family probably ceased to be
"practicing" Jews. Wyntje was the daughter of a Dutch burgomeister, and
therefore was most likely a Gentile. Because of Albert's parentage,
we can claim to be descended from one of the first Jews (possibly THE first
Jew) in New York. Albert was one of the first leaders of the Wiltwyck
settlement, and along with his son Arien ( = Arie, "the Lion" or "the Jew")
was among those petitioning Governor Andros to provide the community with a
Dutch-speaking minister. Remember that the Dutch Reformed Church in New
York served as an extended family "community center" for everyone in the
Dutch community, so this action of the ROOSAs may have been more motivated
by community concern than by religious convictions. His daughter Wynte,
though, married into the DePuy family, descended from devout Huguenots. My
own line (I also have three lines to Albert ROOSA) comes through the DePuys
and can be found at http://www.pacwest.net/bigshoe/shoegen.html
I hope this helped. Keep in touch
-- Michael A. Shoemaker :-)
From: Paul Miller <
To: <mailto:> <
Date: Saturday, April 17, 1999 4:23 PM
Subject: Jewish Roosas???
>This is in response to your message on genforum:
>"In Reply to: Albert Heymanse Roosa posted by John Hope on February 12,
>1999 at 10:09:54:
>OK, so now you've confirmed what I've suspected for some time: that Albert
>(Abraham?) Heymanse (ben Chaim) Roosa (Rosa) was a Sephardic Jew -- from a
>rabbinical family, at that. Any more information about this matter, and
>when the family members "converted" to Dutch Reformed, would be greatly,
>greatly appreciated. I am descended from Albert through his son Arie (=
>Judah), his daughter Wyntje and her husband Nicholas du Puis, and their
>daughters Hannah and Elizabeth de Puy."
>My name is Jim Miller, I am 16 years old and have been doing genealogy for
>about 2 years now. I have 2 or 3 lines from the Roosas and so I am very
>interested in learning more about the above. I had never heard it before.
>What is the evidence for it? I must admit you have peaked my curiosity!
>What a fascinating chapter to add to the family tree!
>Thanks for your help,
>Jim Miller at <mailto:>
> From: charles ostrander <>
> Subject: Re: Jewish ROOSAs
> Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 6:37 PM
> Margaret & John,
> Many, Many years ago a story was told to me about the Black Jew's in the
> Netherlands. It seem's that during the Spanish Inquisition the Jews were
> given the chance to become Christian's or leave. Some of the Jewish
> did turn Christian and the majority of them left and traveled northword
> thru Germany and France and some ended up in the Netherlands. Over the
> years a lot of them did turn to the Christian Faith. The reason for the
> name Black Jew's was of there dark color from many years in Spain and
> marriage with some Spanish families Way, Way back then. I would'nt be
> surprised if we all have some Jewish blood in us from our ancesters Way,
> Way back then. Some of my Great Grandmothers name's sure sound Jewish to
> Just thought i would put me two cent's in.
> > From: Margaret McDaniel <>
> > To:
> > Subject: Jewish ROOSAs
> > Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 6:01 PM
> > As you suggested, I checked out the following posted by John
> > Hope on http://genforum.genealogy.com/roosa/
> > > ...First, Gomez was not a Spanish immigrant; he was a citizen of
> Holland, as were many of his
> > > co-religionists in the Hudson Valley, men such as Emmanuel Gonsaulus
> (the earliest known settler's
> > > grave in Sullivan County), the Fonsecas in the Poughkeepsie area and
> the Roosas, a rabbinical
> > > family. ...
> > >
> > Unfortunately, all the follow-up has been folks telling how
> > they themselves descend. I'm curious about this information
> > that the ROOSAs were Spanish-Portuguese Jews. Does anybody
> > know more? Is John Hope on this list to enlighten us?
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