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The one polder in wich the village is situated was diked before or in 1415. The inhabitants were hit hard when the "Saint-Elizabethflood" inundated Oud-Vossemeer in 1421. The last inundation was on 12th March 1906. The church of Gothic style, which is of some historical value, was consacrated to John the Baptist and probably dates from the 15th century. It was built in the middle of the village and it was enlarged early in the l6th century. Nowadays it is a Dutch Reformed church.
As a consequence of military action during the war between Spain and Holland, the population of the village was at the receiving end: houses were burnt down, people were chased and the church was damaged. It was rebuilt afterwards.
Many noticeable things which can be found in it along with its peaceful atmosphere justify a visit to it. An impressive chandelier, which is entirly made of brass, is a gift from Johannes van Roosevelt. In July 1950, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of the President of the United States of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, visited Oud-Vossemeer as it is supposed that the ancestors of the President originated from this village. The first Roosevelt in America, Claes Martens sun of Roosevelt,arrvived in the New Netherlands (now New York) around 1649. It is supposed that all Roosevelts in the U.S.A. are his descendants. Many of them have attempted to trace their ancestry in Holland but unfortunately the archives which might contain relevant information are missing and so is the proof. The name Roosevelt may have originated from the Rozevelt which is the name of a piece of land on the island of Tholen.
BTW, my own familytree, the nobles Boogaart/Bogaerde dating back to 800/1100 has 4 Rosevelts in it! So hope to find that proof during my effort to put all my own descendants online There's also a brass chandelier of smaller dimensions which bears a history in itself. The guild of the Archers of Saint Sebastianus were specialists in archery and in consuming Olympic amounts of strong drinks. Their games, which they played on Sundays irritated , -the clerical authorities and as a final result their silver shields were sold and with this money a brass chandelier was bought. Inscribed on the cover of a precious silver font is the name "Dionisius Pieter Recxstoot" an important official of the region. * His wife was Johanna Ermina van Roosevelt. It can easily be noticed how influential the Van Roosevelt family has been.
Another peculiar ornament is a gracefully decorated lectern, made of brass which was given tot the church by Mr. Johan Isebree, a former mayor of Goes. His wife, Catharina Elizabeth van Roosevelt, who was born in 17 25 was a sister of Johanna Ermina van Roosevelt. From the Manor-house in Oud-Vossemeer, the church obtained several Bibles and these were later skillfully restored by several Norbertine sisters in Oosterhout.
The history of the Manor-house starts in 1767 when its construction began. It was disigned by Mr. Evert Philipse of Middelburg. Although the design was perfect, the final building that evolved was a bit less perfect, and it was decided tot regulary improve the house, e.g. floors were repaired and wet cellars were given a special treatment. There was also a torture chamber where persons vere given a special treatment. This house was the residence of the local autorties. After a while the Manor-house fell into decay and the municipality deceded to demolish the building in 1948. When officials of the Directorate of Monuments got word of the planned demolition, they immediately suggested these plans be cancelled.
During the extensive restoration, which was terminated in 1956, the prison and the torture chamber were filled up and the instruments of torture were sent to Middelburg where they are now exhibited in the Museum of Zeeland.
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