By reason of our descending from Pieter Van Stoutenburg and Aefje Van Tienhoven, we can get qualified as ancestors of the Presidents Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Anyone of Engeltje Stoutenburg’s brothers or sister will be a collateral line.
Minor details lend interest to a family history. Showing how various family members might be connected to other people and events makes family histories fun. It doesn't take long to discover that there are more things tying us all together than there are keeping us apart.
Eleanor’s early life was quite sad. Eleanor’s parents had both died by the time she was ten. She was a shy, private girl who wasn’t attractive like her parents. When Franklin was struck with polio, she forced herself to change to help support his political ambitions.