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Catarinen Blanchan (c1629-1713)
Matheu Blanchan (?- 1687/8)
Christian Deyo (before 1620-1687)
Margaret Deyo (c1662-?)
Abraham du Bois (1657-1731)
Louis du Bois (1626-1695/6)
Philip Ferre (1687-1753)
Magdeleine Joire (1611-after 1687)
Maria Warenbauer (c1650-1716)

Catarinen [Catherine] Blanchan [Blanjean] was apparently born in the Province of Artois, France, the oldest child of Mattheu Blanchan and Magdalena Jorisse, who left France to escape persecution of Huguenots before 1647. Catarinen died 1713 in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y. She married Louis du Bois 10 Oct. 1655 in Mannheim, Germany. They had 12 children. Catarinen was captured by Esopus Indians on 7 June 1663, along with three of her children, her sister Maria, Maria's child and other women and children of New Village (now Hurley, N.Y.). They were rescued three months later. Catarinen married second about 1698 to Jean Cottin. She moved to Kingston after second marriage.

Matheu Blanchan [Blanjean] was born in Noeuville-au-Corne, parish Ricame, Province of Artois, France, a son of Leonin and Isabeau (LeRoy) Blanchan. He died 7 March 1687/8 in Ulster County, N.Y. A Huguenot, he fled from Flanders to England before 16 May 1647, when daughter Magdelaine was baptised at the Walloon or Strangers' Church of Canterbury. He was in Mannheim, Germany, on the Rhine River by 1651. Matheu became burger (citizen) of Mannheim. He was among first deacons of French congregation formed in 1652. He arrived at New Amsterdam (New York) Apr. 26, 1660, on "De Vergulde Otter" (The Gilded Otter) with his wife and three minor children, and daughter Maria and her husband, Anthony Crispel. Blanchans were among first Huguenots in Ulster County. Early colonial records of New York, both Dutch and English, support conclusion that Blanchan was "aggressive and obstinate individual." He frequently was in court as both plaintiff and defendant and apparently nursed grudges for years. Also appears to have been successful businessman. Owned property in both America and England at time of death. He married Magdeleine Jorisse 15 Oct. 1633 in Catholic Church of Armentieres. They had six children, one of whom apparently died before they came to America.

Christian Deyo was born before 1620 in France, probably in or near Calais or Lille in Province of Artois. He died 1687 in Ulster County, N.Y. Christian may be the grandson of Pierre du Joue. He was in Mutterstadt, Germany by 1653. Mutterstadt is on west side of Rhine River, six miles southwest of Mannheim. Christian migrated to Ulster County N.Y. in 1675 with son Pierre and three unmarried daughters. A married daughter came earlier. The oldest of the patentees of New Paltz, his family supposedly fled France earlier than others. He was a farmer. Christian married c. 1642 in France to Jeanne Wibau or Verbeau. It is unclear when or where she died, but it was apparently between 1681 and 1686. He married Christian c.1642 in France. They had five children.

For more information, visit the Deyo Family Association Web site.

Margaret Deyo was born c.1662 in Mutterstadt, Germany, the youngest of four daughters and a son of Christian Deyo and Jeanne Wibau or Verbeau. She married Abraham du Bois 6 March 1681 in First Dutch Church, Kingston, N.Y.

Abraham du Bois was born 29 Dec. 1657 in Mannheim, die Pfalz, Germany, a son of Louis du Bois and Catarinen Blanchan. Abraham died Oct 7, 1731 in New Paltz, Ulster County, N.Y. He migrated to what became Ulster County, N.Y., with parents in 1661. At the time, the settlement of Wiltwyck (now Kingston) was part of the Dutch colony, New Netherland. The growing number of Huguenot refugees led them to establish a new village nearby, which became Hurley. Abraham, his mother and two siblings were among 45 women and children captured by Indians in 1663. After three months, they were rescued by his father and New Amsterdam soldiers. In 1664, the British took over from the Dutch. In 1677, Abraham, his father, his brother Isaac and nine other heads of Huguenot families requested a land patent from the British governor for land purchased from the Indians on 26 May. The grant for more than 39,000 acres was signed on 29 Sept. The large tract of land became the town of New Paltz, a town that was run by the "Duzine" (the 12 heads of the families) for more than a century, although it evolved into an elective, representative position. Served in Second Canadian Expedition during Queen Anne's War in Col. Thomas Farmers Regt., 6th Co., George Van Est Captain. Abraham married Margaret Deyo 6 March 1681 in First Dutch Church, Kingston, N.Y.

For more information visit the DuBois Family Association Web site

Louis du Bois was baptised 21 Oct. 1626 at Lille, parish church of Wicres, now in Province of Artois, France, a son of Chretien du Bois. The area is also known as Flanders. Louis died 1695/6 in Ulster County, N.Y., probably in Hurley. A Huguenot, he fled France to escape persecution at unknown date, but prior to 1655. Louis came to America with family in 1661 aboard the "St. Jeane Baptiste." he settled for a short time in Wiltwyck (Kingston), N.Y., before moving to the new, nearby town of Hurley. Both were then part of Dutch colony of New Netherland. In 1663, he fought Indians who had taken captive his wife, three children and other Huguenot settlers. He was leader of the 12 men (Duzine) who obtained 1677 patent for land that became New Paltz, N.Y., although he returned to Kingston or nearby Hurvey in 1686, leaving his sons to build up colony. Apparently a money lender. At some point after the British took over, he was removed from a position as local judge because of differences with the governor's assistant. He married Catarinen Blanchan 10 Oct. 1655 in Mannheim, Germany.

For more information visit the DuBois Family Association Web site

Philip Ferree was born about1686 most likely in Steinwieler, Bittingheim, Palatinate, a son of Daniel Ferree and Marie de la Warembau. He died in 1753 in Lancaster County, Penn. . After his father's death in 1708, Philip's mother brought her family to America (via England) to escape French persecution of Huguenots. Philip married Leah DuBois 2 June 1713 in First Dutch Church in Kingston, N.Y. They settled on 1,000 acres granted to his father-in-law near Pequea Creek in what became Lancaster County, Penn. and near land his mother had obtained directly from William Penn for a settlement of Huguenots and German Calvinists. Philip was apparently successful farmer. His wife, Leah DuBois was born 16 Oct. 1687 in New Paltz, Ulster County, N.Y., a daughter of Abraham DuBois and Margaret Deyo. Leah died 1758 in Lancaster County, Penn. Philip and Leah had nine children.

Magdeleine Joire [Jorisse] was baptized 27 Oct. 1611 in Roman Catholic Church of Armentieres, Flanders (in France near present Belgian border), a daughter of Petrus [Pierre] Joire and Jacoba (Le Blan or Le Blanc) Joire. . She died after husband, Matheu Blanchan, probably in Hurley, Ulster County, N.Y. Married Matheu 15 Oct. 1633 in Catholic Church of Armentieres. They had six children, one of whom apparently died before they came to America.

Maria Warenbauer [Marie de la Warenbau, Marie de la Warrembere, Mary Warrenbur] was born about 1653 probably in France. She died 1716 in Pequea Valley, Lancaster (then Chester) County, Penn. Maria married Daniel Feree, a descendent of Robert Ferree who in 1265 founded noble family at Forchamps known variously as LeFerre, Ferree, Ferrie, Fuchre, Fierre, Firre and Ferie. Daniel was a wealthy silk manufacturer who located at Landau, France, along Rhine River, where some of his six children were born. They were living in Steinwiel, Bittingheim by 1681 when their son Philip was born. Daniel was born c.1650 in France and died early 1708 in Bittingheim. After the death of her husband, Maria traveled to London in 1709 and in April 1710 sailed to New York. Mme. Ferree's group bought 4,000 acres from Penn in the Pequea Valley in Lancaster County on which they settled in 1712.

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