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This record was a petition of March 14, 1661, asking for the usual
privileges of a newly incorporated village. Francois was then
unmarried, but no doubt was arranging for a home in which to
take his prospective bride during the coming autumn. Another
record,:!: year 1663, enrolls him with a Boswyck company of militia,
having Ryck Lydecker as its captain. This company was evi-
dently organized for home protection against Indian depredations.
How long Francois remained at Bushwick is uncertain. William
is his only child known to have been born there. Probably
others were, but baptismal records of the first ten years of his
marriage are not extant. Perhaps he resided in New York for a
time, but there is no evidence to substantiate such a claim, unless
we accept the baptismal records of the New York Reformed
Dutch Church, years 1671 to 1677, during which time three of his
children were there baptised. In the latter year (1677) Bergen
says§ he and his wife became members of the Dutch Church at
Flatbush. Certain it is that their next two children were baptised
there in 1679 and 1681 respectively.! Yet all this does not prove
that the family up to this time had changed their residence.
Though it does seem singular that the Assessors of Bushwick,
and other Dutch towns of Long Island, in making up their tax
lists for 1675 and 1676,1 should on both occasions skip Francois if
he were a resident among them, and as he was not even down for
poll tax it is fair to presume that he was absent, perhaps on
Staten Island, where we find him at a later period. In this case,
he had his reasons for returning to Long Island, probably m 1677,
and then going back to take up his grant of eighty odd acres,

* The part in italics was unintentionally omitted from its place at the head of the third
paragraph on page 77 of the April number. , ,.. ^ .,

t Stile's Kings County (Bushwick). . § Bergen's King County

t Ibid V Hal. Sac. Year-book. iSqS-

% Doc. Hist. N. Y. S., Vol. IV. (1675), Vol. II. (1676.)

142 The Family of Dupuis, De Pjty, Depew, Etc. [July,

bearing date December 21, 1680,* which was laid out for him on
the south side of the Fresh Kill. Another Staten Island grant
was made him April 4, 1685,1 but this time at Smoking Point. In
April, 1682, he and Robert Wright, as residents of Staten Island,
appealed from a decision in a land suit, which was yet unsettled
in September, 1685. The records^ in these cases are of "Francis
Pew," as the English scribes would have it; but Riker in his
''History of Harlem," and Clute, in his ''Annals" are good
authority as to his identity. Except that Clute places him as a
son of Nicholas, with nothing to back his theory but a flimsy
guess. In 1686 Francois had his son Nicholas baptised in New
York. The next year he turns up as a resident of Rockland
County (then a part of Orange), where on September 26th, he
signed an oath of allegiance§ with the other inhabitants of
recently established settlements at Haverstraw and Orangetown.
While three of his children married and settled in Rockland
County, Francois appears to have crossed the river, previous to
the census of Orange in 1702, and sat down in Westchester
County, where others of his children had married and settled.
After 1687 we do not find his name except on church records.
His youngest child, Mary, was baptised in New York in 1689. If
the record is correct he had married again ; Geertje Willems having
been superseded by Annie Elsten, the mother of Mary. We next
find Francois with his daughter Maria, standing as sponsors or
God-parents at the baptism of his grand-daughter Grietje Quorry,
in the Sleepy-Hollow Church, April i, 1702. This church a few
years later recorded the same two as members, having residence
on the patent of Captain DeKay and Ryck Abrahamsen (Lent.)
A grandson of the latter having previously married the said
Maria. II

The archives do not unfold further information of Francois,
who has become the most important factor of this paper. He
probably followed the pursuit of farming, enjoying a quiet un-
assuming life, rather than the prominence of political or other
history making activities. His children married into good
families, but they too successfully avoided the record maker and
burned their historical bridges to the disparagement of the one
who may wish to become the family historian. It is only through
the Records of the Reformed Dutch Churches of New York,
Tappan,«[ Tarrytown,** and Cortlandt,ft that any of the lines of
Francois can be traced, and as much is lacking, it is the scraps
put together, using the peculiar judgment of a genealogical
student, that enables the following arrangement:

I. Willem, probably the eldest son of Francois Dupuis, was
among the pioneers of the locality made famous as the birthplace
of our illustrious Senator. He was there when settlement had
hardly begun, a you ng man yet in single blessedness, and had

• Calendar of Land Papers, N. Y. S. % Cal. N. Y. Hist. Mss. (English).

M 4?u- • ...... § ^"^- •^■f-f- Vol. XXXV., State Library, Albany.

II 4 his patent, afterwards known as "Rycke's Patent," was located north of Peekskill and
adjoining the Manor of Cortlandt. wherein many of this branch of the Depew family became
permanent fixtures.

!I Baptisms are published in Cole's Rockland County Hist.

** Date from 1697. ft Date from 1741.

1901.] The Family of Dupuis, De Puy, Depew, Etc. 1 43

Struck camp, it would seem, on the point of land called by the
Indians Meanagh* or Mernach, and afterwards named Verplancks
Point. A tract of land including this point was purchased of the
Indians by Stephanus Van Cortlandt in 1685. Additional pur-
chases and a Royal charter in 1697 created the Manor of Cort-
landt.f This with the Manor of Philipsburg adjoining on the
south, and other large royal grants and charters established a
landed gentry along the Hudson River, particularly on the east
side, from New York to north of Albany. Thus a large majority
of the settlers through this territory became tenants or lessees,
and continued as such, followed by their descendants, for more
than one hundred years. In this way many good families were
held in check from participating in the progress of our Nation's
history, and their talents buried to take root in later generations,
where more fertile conditions, and opportunities well applied,
have since brought forth some of our country's best and wisest

William was at Mernach as early as 1688. He had probably
strayed over from Haverstraw, where his father had located a
year or so before, and where his brother John continued to live
for some years afterward. We can see him industriously toiling
with logs and bark to make a home for his promised bride, a
maiden no doubt of English parentage, born on the Island of Bar-
badoes. The record calls her " Lysbeth Weyt." In English we
would say Elizabeth White. She was living a little further down
the river at a place named by the Indians "Kightwanck," J and
situated near the mouth of the Croton River, which stream
formerly bore the same Indian name as was given the locality.
Thus we interpret the record of his bans, as posted on the
register of the Dutch Church of New York, then the nearest one
to their home, which church also issued a certificate permitting
William to marry at the home of the bride. This is the first
record of William, and as it tells pretty near his whole history up
to this time, proving by his birth-place his connection with the
family of Francois, it is here reproduced as follows: "loth Au-
gust, 1688." "Willem Depuy, j. m. Van Boswyck, en Lysbeth
Weyt, j. d. van de Barbados, d' Eerste wonende op Mernach, en
twede tot Kichtewang." "Vertoog verleent, om te trouwen tot

The marriage was probably executed in the most primitive
style at Kichtewang during the following month, and if not the
first wedding in the Manor of Cortlandt, it was the forerunner of
an event that has made Peekskill renowned as the home of a
great and popular orator. The index finger of family lineage
points in this direction so strongly, that the writer has concluded
before following it down further, to first dispose of the rest of the
family of Prancois.

2. Jannetje (Jane). There is no record of her birth, baptism
or marriage, but Kellem MaKorry, Quorry or Quori, but possibly

• French's Gazetteer, N. Y. S., p. 699. Bolton calls it " Meahagh," History of Westchest r
County, Vol. I., p. 86.

t Bolton's History, Vol. I., p. 83, etc. X Ibid, Vol. I., p. 83, also Kitchawan.

1 44 "^^^ Family of DuPuis, De Puy, Depew, Etc. [July,

Cory, and Jannetje De Pu, de Py, etc., had four children bap-
tised in New York and Tarrytown as follows: Maria, 1695; Johan-
nes, 1697; Grietje, 1702, and Elsie, 1704. At the baptism of
Johannes, the sponsors were: "Jan Waerdt and Grietje his Wife;"
the latter being a sister of Jannetje, the mother. Grietje, the
third child, was sponsored by her grandfather, "Francois D'Puw"
and Maria, his daughter. Lack of records do not indicate that
these four were her only children.

3. Grietje (Margaret), baptised October i, 167 1, in New York.
She was the wife of Jan Ward of Haverstraw, when they joined
the Dutch Church at Tappan, October 24, 1694.* There they
had baptised the following children: Grietje, year 1700; Maria,
1702, and Willem, 1704. The census of Orange County taken in
i702,f credits John Waard and Grietje, his wife, with three girls.
After 1704 they disappear.

4. Jean (John), baptised in New York May 20, 1674. The
sponsors at his baptism were members of two prominent New
York families, viz.: "Mr. Hans Kierstede and Margariet Harden-
broeck." John went with his father to Haverstraw, where, on
April 16, 1 701, the records of the Tappan Church says he married
Jannetje Wiltse, widow of Myndert Hendrickse (Hogencamp).
She was the mother of a family of children baptised in New York
as follows: Hendrick, 1682; Jan, 1685; Margrietje, 1687; Marten,
1690; Anna, 1693, and Myndert. A younger child, Barbara, was
baptised in 1700 at Tappan, who later became the wife of Edmond
Concklin. The census of 1702 credits "John D'Puy" as of Haver-
straw, with wife "Janneken," and six children under sixteen
years of age, evenly divided as between boys and girls. These
children were clearly Hogencamps; but before the year closed
John added one to the family, and probably the only child he

j^, could call his own. He named her Geertje in remembrance of his

lj^ v\a-* mother. She was baptised at Tappan, October 14, 1702, and on


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