Delano Family History | Delano
/ Roosevelt Lineage to FDR
Delano Family History
-courtesy of Chris Richards and the Fairhaven Navigator.
Philippe De La Noye (1602 - 1681), son of Jean de Lannoy and Marie
le Mahieu, arrives at Plymouth aboard the Fortune. The Fortune was the
second pilgrim ship to sail to America. There he lives with his uncle,
Francis Cooke, and his cousin, John Cooke, who had arrived in America
a year earlier aboard the Mayflower.
(Lt.) Jonathan Delano is born in Duxbury to Philippe and Hester (Dewsbury)
De La Noye.
Philippe De La Noye is one of 34 colonists who purchase Dartmouth* from
Wampanoag sachem Massasoit and his son Wamsutta. Philippe gives his share,
about 800 acres, to his son, (Lt.) Jonathan.
*The Township of Dartmouth originally comprised what is now Dartmouth, Westport,
New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, MA, and part of Tiverton, RI. References
to Dartmouth in this time line are to the part of Dartmouth that is
now the Town of Fairhaven.
John Cooke, cousin of Philippe De La Noye and one of the original Dartmouth
purchasers, moves with his family to the east side of the Acushnet River
Before November 1675
(Lt.) Jonathan Delano is living in the Nasketucket area of Dartmouth.
On the "brook" [Nasketucket River] he builds a mill.
(Lt.) Jonathan Delano serves in the King Philip War under Captain Benjamin
February 28, in Dartmouth, (Lt.) Jonathan Delano marries Mercy Warren
(1658 - 1727).
June, Lt. Jonathan Delano and Seth Pope are elected Deputies from Dartmouth
to Plymouth Court. At other times Delano also holds positions of Surveyor,
Constable and Selectman of Dartmouth.
May 10, Thomas Delano, the 13th child of Lt. Jonathan and Mercy Delano,
is born in Dartmouth.
December 28, Lt. Jonathan Delano dies in his 73rd year and is buried
in what is now Acushnet Cemetery.
November 4, Thomas Delano marries Jean (or Jane) Peckham in Dartmouth.
August 25, (Capt.) Ephraim Delano, the third child of Thomas and Jean
(Peckham) Delano, is born in Dartmouth.
December 27, Ephraim Delano is one of the 14 original investors in
the "Twenty-Acre Purchase."He owns two lots in this waterfront
tract which develops into the village of Fairhaven.
Warren Delano I, son of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Cushman) Delano (1739
- 1809), is born in the village of Fairhaven, in a home on the west
side of Main Street, south of South Street. At age 19 he goes to sea,
eventually becoming the captain of several ships.
November 18, Warren Delano I (1779 - 1866) marries Deborah Church (1783
- 1827) of Fairhaven. They will eventually have eight children, only
one of whom married, Warren II.
Warren Delano II (1809 - 1898) is born in the village of Fairhaven.
Warren Delano I is captured by the British, who seize his ship Arab.
June 13, on the morning of an attack on Fairhaven's harbor by the British
raider Nimrod, Warren Delano I gathers up his three sons, Warren II,
Frederick and Franklin, and drives them to the safer Long Plain area
of Acushnet where they spend the night.
Warren Delano I, at the age of 36, "retires" to land after
being captured a second time by the British. He becomes active in whaling,
banking, insurance and as a merchant in the China Trade.
Warren Delano II, at the age of 15, graduates from the Fairhaven Academy
and within two years is a trader in the import business.
Warren Delano I purchases the house on the south-west corner of Middle
and Washington streets.
Warren Delano I acquires "North Wharf," located just north
of Washington Street.
The Washington Street Christian Meeting House, at the northwest corner
of Washington and Walnut streets is dedicated. Funds to build the church
were raised by Warren Delano I, his nephew Jabez Delano Jr., and Joseph
Bates. (Bates later becomes one of the three founders of the Seventh
Warren Delano I builds what becomes known as the Delano Homestead at
39 Walnut St. The home stays in the Delano family until 1942.
Jabez Delano Jr., Warren Delano I and Samuel Borden build a two-story
stone candleworks and whale oil refinery at the head of Middle Street,
just north of Washington Street. Warren Delano II goes to China, eventually
becoming the a partner in Russell and Company, America's largest firm
engaged in the China Trade, dealing in tea and opium. He is the senior
trader in Canton and, with his brother "Ned," is present during
the Opium War.
November 1, Warren Delano II marries Catherine Robbins Lyman during
a short visit to Massachusetts. The couple settles in Canton, China.
Warren Delano II returns to Fairhaven a millionaire after his years
in China. In the winter of 1846-'47 he purchases part of the Jonathan
Nye farm on Main St. to create Riverside Cemetery. By this time, Warren
II has become one of the great merchants of the clipper ship period.
July 7, Riverside Cemetery is consecrated. It was created by Warren
Delano II. His father, Warren Delano I, serves as president of the Riverside
Cemetery Corporation until 1861.
Warren Delano II purchases 60 acres on the Hudson River two miles north
of Newburgh, NY. There, Algonac, the Delano estate is established.
September 21, Sara Delano, the seventh child of Warren II and Catherine
(Lyman) Delano, is born at Algonac, the Delano estate on the Hudson
River at Newburgh, NY.
October, Warren Delano II loses much of his fortune in the Panic of
The Delano Tomb at Riverside Cemetery is built by Edward Delano. It
is designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, who later designed three
of the Newport mansions, including The Breakers. Most of the descendants
of Warren Delano I, except for Sara Delano Roosevelt and Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, are interred here. (The Roosevelts are interred at Hyde Park.)
Warren Delano II, faced with great financial losses, returns to China,
this time to Hong Kong, to rebuild his fortune. During the Civil War,
he ships opium to the Medical Bureau of the U.S. War Department.
Early May, at the home of the Theodore Roosevelts, Sara Delano meets
James Roosevelt, a widower with a son who is Sara's age. October 7,
Sara Delano and James Roosevelt are married at Algonac, Newburgh, NY.
January 30, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born to Sara and James Roosevelt
at Hyde Park, NY. February 12, Four year old Warren Delano IV, Sara
Roosevelt's nephew, dies of pneumonia and scarlet fever. Sara, who had
planned to name her child Warren Delano Roosevelt after her father,
decides, in deference to the grieving family, to name her son after
her favorite uncle, Franklin Hughes Delano. Summer, following Delano
family tradition, Sara and James Roosevelt make the annual pilgrimage
to the Delano Homestead, bringing infant F.D.R. on his first visit to
Warren Delano II offers to save the Civil War cannons at Fort Phoenix
from a potential out-of-state buyer if the Fairhaven Improvement Association
raises funds to replace the rotted gun mounts. They raise $663.
September, Laura (Astor) Delano, widow of F.D.R.'s great-uncle and
namesake, Franklin Hughes Delano, donates two mable statues and two
oil paintings to the Millicent Library.
The Delano Candleworks building is demolished and the granite is used
to repair Delano Wharf.
Warren Delano II dies. He is buried in the family tomb at Riverside
Cemetery. His sons, Warren Delano III and Frederic A. Delano, continue
to keep up the Delano Homestead.
Thanksgiving Day, at the Delano Homestead in Fairhaven, following the
service at the Unitarian Church, the traditional visit to the family
tomb at Riverside Cemetery and the Thanksgiving dinner, F.D.R. makes
"quite a startling announcement" to his mother Sara that he
has become engaged to (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt.
March 17, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt are
married at Algonac. Thanksgiving, "Warren Delano and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt, Mr. & Mrs. Forbes and Mr. and Mrs.
Fred A. Delano of Chicago spent Thanksgiving at the Delano homestead
on Walnut Street." -item in the Fairhaven Star (12/2/05)
September, a Vice Presidential candidate, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
comes to Fairhaven for the burial of his uncle Warren Delano III at
November 8, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected the thirty-second
President of the United States.
October 21, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt pay their last visit to
Fairhaven, following a campaign speech in New Bedford. The president's
mother Sara had secretly traveled to the Delano Homestead the night
before and has lunch with her son and daughter-in-law.
Sara Delano Roosevelt, mother of F.D.R. dies. She is buried at Hyde
The Delano Homestead on Walnut Street is sold at auction for $4,025.
In the next three years, large wings, which had been added to the original
house in the 1880s, are removed and remodeled as separate houses on
the same block. The 1835 house remains on its original foundation, looking
today much as it did when it was built by Warren Delano I.
Frederic Adrian Delano, brother of Sara Delano Roosevelt and F.D.R.'s
"Uncle Fred," dies, the last of Capt. Warren Delano I 's descendants
to carry the Delano surname. He is buried at Riverside Cemetery.
The Ulysses S. Grant Connection:
Lt. Jonathan Delano's first son, also Jonathan Delano, married Amy Hatch
on June 20, 1704. Their daughter, Susannah Delano married Noah Grant,
Susannah (Delano) Grant and Noah Grant, fr. were the great-grandparents
of Ulysses S. Grant, eighteenth President of the United States.
Delano / Roosevelt Lineage
|1644 Claes van Rosenvel arrived at New Amsterdam
||1621 Phillipe De La Noye arrived at Plymouth
|1658 Nicholas Roosevelt born
|1647 Jonathan Delano born
|1692 Jacobus Roosevelt born
|1704 Thomas Delano born
Lived in Dartmouth
|1726 Isaac Roosevelt born
|1733 Ephraim Delano born
|1760 James Roosevelt born
Merchant and Land Owner
|1779 Warren Delano born
|1790 Isaac Roosevelt born
Student and Farmer
|1809 Warren Delano born
China Sea Trade
|1828 James Roosevelt born
|1854 Sara Delano born
1880 Marriage of James and Sara Delano Roosevelt
January 30, 1882 birth of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
at Hyde Park, New York