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Louis Dubois

Male 1627 - 1696  (68 years)


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  • Name Louis Dubois 
    Born 27 Oct 1627  Lille, Labarree, Flanders, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1695-1696 
    Person ID I303  Carl
    Last Modified 20 May 2012 

    Father Chretian Maximillian Des Dubois,   b. Abt 1595, Wicres, Labarree, Flanders, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Blanchin 
    Married 10 Oct 1655 
    Children 
     1. David Dubois
     2. Solomon Dubois
     3. Matthew Dubois
     4. Abraham Dubois,   b. Abt 1657, Manheim, Palatinate, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Isaac Dubois,   b. Abt 1659, Manheim, Palatinate, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1690  (Age ~ 31 years)
     6. Jacob Dubois,   b. 1661, Kingston, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1745, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +7. Sarah Dubois,   c. 14 Sep 1664, Kingston, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Salem County?, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Rebecca Du Bois,   b. 1671,   d. Bef 1681, Young Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
     9. Rachel Dubois,   b. 1675,   d. Died Young Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Louis Dubois,   b. 1677,   d. 1749, Ulster County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "HANS GRAF AND HIS DESCENDANTS" by Lindsey M. Brien. (Handtyped book
      at Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN: "The name du Bois means
      from the forest and was a family name in Artois and Normandy before
      William the Conqueror left his native shore. The Heraldic Records in
      the Royal Library of Paris declare that the DuBois family is one of
      the oldest of the noble families of the Bailiwick of Contentin,
      Normandy. The genealogy begins with Geoffroi du Bois, a Knight
      Banneret under William the Conqueror whom he accompanied in 1066 into
      England." The Du Bois is a very old family, also a military family
      and furnished to France some able soldiers. From Welles Ancestral
      Chart: "Louis DuBois was the progenitor of the family in America.
      He was the son of Chretian DuBois and was born on the farm at Wicres,
      Oct 27 1626, but little is known of his early life. His hand writing
      proves that went to school...It is certain that he was a protestant
      and a calvinest, or one who in his native land was called a Huguenot.
      When a young man he left his native land and went to Manheim in the
      Paltz, or German Palatinate; while there he married Catherine
      Blanchin, Oct 10, 1655. She was the daughter of Matthys or Matthew
      Blanchan, who came to New Amsterdam, 27 Apr. 1660 on the ship "Gilden
      Otter" (the wife of Matthew was Madelin Gore (or Goore or Jorissen, as
      it is sometimes written)" Baid--The Huguenot Immigration to America,
      p. 187 "Among the Walloons that came to New Netherland in the last
      days of Dutch occupation, was Louis DuBois, founder of the Huguenot
      settlement of New Paltz, in Ulster County, N.Y. Louis was the son of
      Chretian DuBois, an inhabitant of Wicres, a hamlet in the district of
      LaBarree near Lille in Flanders, where he was born, 27 Oct. 1627."
      Two sons of Chretian DuBois came to America, Louis and Jacques. Louis
      was called "par excellence, the Walloon." The date of their landing
      is not definitely known. The will of Louis DuBois is dated 16 May
      1679 and proved June 23, 1696. His widow survived him many years and
      married, second Jean Cottin of New York."
      "AMERICAN VAN METRE FAMILY" Smyth, (Allen County Public Library, Fort
      Wayne, IN) "Louis du Bois de Fiennes, born Oct. 10, 1626, in
      LaBasse, near Lille, in the province of Artois, France, married, Oct.
      10, 1655, at Mannheim, in the Lower Palatinate of Germany, to
      Catherine Blanchan, daughter of Mathese and Madelaine (Jorisse)
      Blanchan, who were co-refugees with the du Bois from French Flanders
      to Wieres, Artois, France. Louis died 1695. Monsieur Le Turque, of
      the Genealogical Institute of Paris, has developed a line of ancestors
      running back to the days of the Scyrri which includes descent from
      Charlemagne, Emperor of the West; Alfred the Great; Hugh Capet, King
      of France, and Henry I, Emperor of Germany. The most important of
      these lines have been compared and verified; and where the line is
      broken the cause is attributed to the summary action of Louis XIV's
      minister, Cardinal Mazarin, and Marshall Turenne, who decreed that the
      names of many of the noble families of France, who espoused and held
      the faith of Protestantism, should be erased from the rolls of
      nobility and their property confiscated.....thousands of French
      families fled to England, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. It was
      during the latter part of this reign of terror that the father of
      Louis du Bois found shelter in the Palatinate of the Rhine.
      According to this tracing of the family the line begins wtih Guelph,
      Prince of the Scyrri, A.D. 476. Azo, Marquis of Liguria, A.D. 1030, a
      descendant of the Prince in the fourteenth generation, married Marie,
      a descendant of the powerful house of Este, in Italy. The Estes were
      of the Aetii of Rome who settled in Lombardy about 500 B.C. Guelph,
      grandson of Azo and Marie, Count of Bavaria and Saxe, A.D. 1107,
      married Judith, a descendant of Charlemagne. A great grandson of
      Guelph and Judith, Henry V, Duke of Bavaria and Saxe, A.D. 1195,
      married Mathilde, a descendant of William the Conqueror, thru Henry I,
      and Henry II, of England. Henry VI, son of the Duke of Bavaria and
      Saxe and Mathilde, married A.D. 1200, Agnes, Countess of Palatine, a
      descendant of Alfred the Great. A descendant of Henry VI, and Agnes,
      Madame Claude de Lanney, married Charles du Bois, Seigneur des
      Querder, who was a descendant of MacQuaire du Bois, Count de Roussey,
      A.D. 1110 The oldest children of Louis du Bois were born in
      Mannheim; and in 1660 the family came to America. Upon their arrival
      here they proceeded to New Village (New Pals) in Ulster Co. NY, wher
      Louis rapidly rose to prominence in the local civil and religious
      affairs....Louis was also a member of the first Court of Sessions held
      at Kingston, the seat of Ulster County He led in demanding of the
      English government...that there should be no taxation without the
      consent of the people, and for this daring attitude he lost his
      commission, thus anticipating the crisis of 1775 In 1663, Louis du
      Bois headed an expedition against the Minnisink Indians, and was of
      the colonial forces against them in 1670. The first-named punitive
      expedition of June 7, 1663, was known in New York history as the
      Eusopus War. It was organized at the time the settlement was attacked
      by the Minnisinks, who burned Hurley, killed and injured some of the
      settlers, and carried away prisoners, the wife of Louis du Bois, his
      three children, and at least two of Jan Joosten's. These were taken
      to the fastnesses of the Catskill Mountains and there remained in
      captivity for months, but were rescued on the eve of torture by du
      Bois and Capt. Martin Kreiger's company of Manhattan soldiers; the
      trainband finally rounded up the Indians and defeated them on Sep. 3,
      1663. In connection with this tragic experience the following
      statement is quoted: "About ten weeks after the capture of the women
      and children, the Indians decided to celebrate their own escape from
      pursuit by burning some of their victims and the ones selected were
      Catherine du Bois, and her baby Sara, who afterward married her
      companion in captivity, John Van Metre. A cubical pile of logs was
      arranged and the mother and child placed thereon; when the Indians
      were about to apply the torch, Catherine began to sing the 137th Psalm
      as a death chant. The Indians withheld the fire and gave her respite
      while they listened; when she had finished they demanded more, and
      before she had finished the last one her husband and the Dutch
      soldiers from New Amsterdam arrived and surrounded the savages, killed
      and captured some, and otherwise inflicted terrible punishment upon
      the, and released the prisoners" (from Martin Kreiger's Journal,
      Mackenzie's Col Fam. U.S. VII, p. 472) Louis du Bois was one of the
      founders, and first elder of the Reformed Dutch Church at New
      Paltz...After his death, in 1695, his widow married Jean Cotton."
      "HISTORY OF SHEPHERD AND RELATED FAMILIES" by Frank Shepherd (1858-?)
      pub 1943 (Indiana State Library), p. 3,4,6 "When Louis du Bois grew
      to a man's estate and could not bring himself to accept the religious
      faith of the Jesuits--when he saw with horror the bloody axe of the
      guillotine and knew that would be his fate if he refused to bow the
      knee to their demands and surrender the right to obey his conscience,
      to save his life he fled to the lower Palatinate of Germany where many
      other Huguenots had found refuge. Here, on Oct. 10, 1655, he married
      Catherine Blanchan the daughter of Mathese Blanchen a co-refugee with
      him from Flanders. For five years they lived at Manheim Germany
      until their first two children were born. But Germany even in those
      early days over populated and crowded and many were looking towards
      the new world across the sea for new homes. To escape we find Louis
      du Bois and his family emigrating to America in 1660 on the good ship
      Saint Marie to land in New Amsterdam, (now New York City) and went up
      the Hudson River to settle at 'Nieum Village' now known as Hurley near
      Kingston in Ulster County At this time there were but a few settlers
      there and the Minnesink Indians, who claimed all that country, were
      suspicious and troublesome. Life in outlying settlements was very
      insecure. Indian raids and massacres were frequent happenings while
      the new settlers lived in constant dread of surprises and capture not
      knowing the tragic moment of an Indian uprising with all its horrible
      possibilties--death was ever in their thoughts." (after the capture
      of his wife and child and subsequent return) Seven years later the
      Indians went on the warpath again and Louis du Bois served in the
      Colonial force against them. Soon after Louis du Bois came to Ulster
      County he rose to promince in the civil and religious life of the
      settlement. He was one of the 12 original patentees of New Peltz, a
      village next to Hurley. He later became one of the magistrates of a
      jurisdiction comprising both New Paltz and Herley. He is credited
      with being the founder of and first elder in the French Reformed
      Church at New Paltz. Louis du Bois lived to a ripe old age of 70. At
      his death in 1696 (his will probated on Mar. 27) he left a widow and
      ten children."