DU BOIS, Chretien
(Abt 1597-)
DU BOIS, Jacques
(1628-Abt 1677)
BENTYN, Pierronne
(-After 1698)
DU BOIS, Pierre (Or Peter)


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BURHANS, Jeannetje

DU BOIS, Pierre (Or Peter) 1

  • Born: 17 Mar 1674, Leyden, Holland
  • Christened: 18 Mar 1674, Walloon Church Of Leyden
  • Marriage: BURHANS, Jeannetje on 12 Oct 1697 in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY
  • Died: 23 Jan 1738, Fishkill, NY at age 63
  • Buried: Fishkill, NY (Churchyard/Dutch Reformed Church)

bullet  General Notes:

Godparents: Louis DuBois and Johanna Nicet.

28 March 1697: Admitted to membership at the First Dutch Church, Kingston. 1705: He is a trustee of Kingston, which had been incorporated in 1688. He and his family settled in Dutchess County in 1707 and he was one of the founders of the Reformed Dutch Churches of Poughkeepsie and Fishkill. 1710, owning lands at Fishkill Village and Fishkill Landing, he built his permanent residence, originally 40 feet long, enlarged in 1812. 1715 Census: Peter Du Boys: males 16 to 60, 1; males under 16, 5; females 16 to 60, 2; females under 16,1. 1729: He is a justice at Poughkeepsie. 11 Nov 1729: he purchased 460.5 acres on the east side of Spruyt Creek for 278 pounds. In this deed he is called "Peter Du bois, yeoman of Dutchess Co." (No doubt the land bequeathed to son Jonathan.) 26 March 1735, will, proved 1738: mentions his wife Jannetje, eldest son Jacob, as well as the following nine surviving children: Jacob, Christian, Jonathan, Petrus, Abraham, Johannes, Helena, Elizabeth, and Pieternella. In his will he bequeathed to his son Jonathan a farm on the "east side of Sprout's Creek", and to his sons Abraham and John lands on the "west side of Sprout's Creek" including the homestead. His other sons were given farms during the lifetime of their father.

Tombstone in the Fishkill churchyard reads: "Hier Lydt het Lighaam van Pater D Bois, overledden den 22 van Januarie Anno 1737/8, ondt 63 Jaar."

Military: 1715: He was in Captain Barent Z VanKleeck's company of troops.

There is a lot of documentation on Peter DuBois' life, as well as a huge plaque to him imbedded in the interior wall of the First Dutch Reformed Church in Fishkill, NY. The plaque gives him the recognition as on of the founders of that ancient church, as well as containing what appears to be his headstone, which was evidently brought indoors to stop further erosion.

He was born in Holland and was but a baby of about one year when he came to America with his family to join his Uncle Louis DuBois and his family. His uncle was one of his godparents.

There is some disputed evidence that he first owned land at the wharf on the river at Beacon, NY, but for sure he built a residence in 1710 in or near Fishkill. He was a Justice of the Peace in Poughkeepsie in 1729 and appears in several land transactions in and around Fishkill until he died at the age 62, leaving his lands to his sons, some of whom he had given land before he died.


Pierre married Jeannetje BURHANS, daughter of Jan Jacobsen BURHANS and Helena TRAPHAGEN, on 12 Oct 1697 in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY. (Jeannetje BURHANS was born about 1676 in Brabant, Ulster Co. and died after 1735.)



1 Heidgerd, William, comp., The American Descendants of Chretien DuBois of Wicres France (DuBois Family Assoc., New Paltz, NY, 1969).

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