Jane (20) Emmet LeRoy


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Monday, May 14, 1821
New York, NY
Tuesday, March 12, 1895
New York, NY

Jane Emmet (20) LeRoy was the oldest of seven children born to Elizabeth (4) Emmet and William Henry LeRoy, and one of only two to live to maturity.  Jane was born in New York City but her parents moved up to Potsdam, NY in St Lawrence County soon after her arrival. LeRoy ran a stock farm there for a number of years, and Elizabeth's brothers and sisters all made an effort to visit from time to time, writing numerous letters in the interim to keep the LeRoys informed on family matters. (Dr Thomas (25) Addis Emmet reprinted many of them in his book, The Emmet Family.)

William Henry LeRoy was the son of Hannah (Cornell) and Herman LeRoy - himself  the son of the original LeRoy immigrant, Jacob LeRoy, who came to New York from Holland in the 1750s, became a successful merchant and married Cornelia Rutgers. Herman continued his father's mercantile endeavors, starting a firm with his brother-in-law, William Bayard in 1788, two years after his marriage - a firm which grew enormously successful over the next 30 years. Appointed Consul General of the States of Holland to New York and New Jersey, Herman became a director of the Bank of the United States and President of the Bank of New York. He owned millions of acres in upstate New York, had a country house in New Rochelle, NY and built two large houses in the city - one at 7 Broadway for himself and one right behind his at 7 Greenwich Street for his daughter, Cornelia who married William Edgar.

Herman lived to be 83 years old, but died in 1841 before William and Elizabeth's daughter Jane married Robert White Edgar, Cornelia (LeRoy) Edgar's son and Jane's first cousin, on February 2, 1854 at St. Clement's Church in New York. The Edgars lived in New Rochelle. Robert, born in New Rochelle 7 December 1821, attended Columbia College, and worked as a merchant in the city. They had three children, all born in New Rochelle. Robert Edgar died in nearby Pelham, NY on 1 February 1889. Jane then moved back into New York, where she died on 12 March 1795. Both she and her husband are buried at the Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle.

The NY Times obituary noted "the death of Jane Emmet Edgar at the advanced age of seventy-one years places in mourning a large family connection. Mrs. Edgar was the widow of the late Robert W Edgar. an old-time New York merchant, and a daughter of the late William Henry LeRoy. Now and then the death of an old New-Yorker recalls to mind the times when society was smaller, simpler, and more exclusive than it is in these days of assumption, pretensions and lavish expenditures.  Among the families who will be put in mourning are the Emmets, Edgars, LeRoys, Morrises and Newbolds." (March 17, 1895)