Andris Souplis (1634 - 1726) MP

‹ Back to Souplis surname

Is your surname Souplis?

Research the Souplis family

Andris Souplis's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Birthplace: Alsace-Lorraine Province, France
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Sheriff of Germantown PA/Weaver
Managed by: Deidre Janene Pastrick
Last Updated:

About Andris Souplis

Andreas, or Andrew Souplis was a Huguenot who left France at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He first came to the New Netherlands and was a Burgomaster in New Amsterdam. Andrew was a Colonel in the French Army and a native of Alsace-Lorraine. With 30 followers, he escaped toward Germany; all but seven were killed before reaching the frontier. Andris was born in 1634 and died in Philadelphia, 1726, age 92 and is buried at the Old Swedes Church, Wicaco.' (Old name for Gloria Dei, Philadelphia) "He was 48 years old when he left France and went to Mulheim, Germany where he met and married Gertrude (Goetra) Stressinger (born 1642). Several accounts say he had been married to a woman in France who may have been deceased by this time. He was born in 1634 of distinguished upper class parents and was a Huguenot, a member of the French Reformed Church and not the state church of France. At this time in history there was church and state unity in almost all Eurpean countries and to oppose the church was to oppose the government. Compulsory military service was required of every man. To serve in the army was to defend the state faith. To oppose the state faith was equal to being a heretic and the penalty for this was death." (Bertine 1988, v II 325, 328)

"DENIZATION OF ANDRIS SOUPLIS 1685 The documentary evidence not cited in Pennypacker, The Settlement of Germantown, Phila., for the statement on page 133 that Andris Souplis of that town 'was admitted a burgher and denizen of the city of New York' was obviously this original item in the manuscript collections of the Historical Society of Penna.: Whereas Andries Suplie, being admitted a Burger of this Citty and haveing an Intent to Reside in these Parts, hath requested of mee that he may be a free Denizen of his Majestyes Colony, for an encouragement to Merchants and others who are willing to settle or traffique into these parts, KNOW YE that by virtue of the Commission and Authority unto mee given I doe declare and confirm him the said Andries Suplie to be a free Denizen of this Colony, and doe further hereby strictly order & enjoyn the said Andries Suplie (to) be in all things and matters so held treated reputed and esteemed, he having by virtue of These Letters of Denization priviledg and power to purchase receive and take, have, hould, buy, occupy, possess, and enjoy, any lands, tenemts. and hereditaments within this Government, and them may give, sell, alyen, and bequeath as he shall see cause, and the said Andries Suplie hath likewise liberty and freedome to trade or traffique in this place or in any other of his Majestyes Dominions and Plantacons as other his Majestyes good subjects may lawfully do, without any matter of lett, hindrance or molestacon whatsoever. Given under my hand and sealed with the seale of the Province at Fort James in New York this 17th day of Setemb. In the first year of the raign of our Soveraigne Lord James the Second by the grace of God King of England Scotland France & Ireland, Defender of the faith &c Annoq. Dom. 1685. (Signed) Tho: Dongan (Lieut. Governor & Vice-Admirall of New York and its dependencies.)" (The Pennsylvania Genealogical magazine, Volume xviii, December 1950, page 78) "From the corporate records of the German Township (Germantown, PA) it seems that he arrived sometime between 1683, when the first settlers came (he was not in this first group) and 1691 when he appears in official records as the first Sheriff of Philadelphia. There is as original agreement for the lease of 50 acres from William Strepers to Andres Souplis dated June 12, 1686. Yearly rent was the equivalent of $3." [Germantown Historical Society] "Records and maps from 1689 show Souplis owning a 50 acre lot and an additional side lot; the next recorded owner or this land is Christian Warmer in 1714. Also in 1689, Strepers owns a different 50 acre lot with a wide side piece; this may have been the property Souplis rented. The Souplis lot, number 18, is located on the east side of Germantown Avenue about where Walnut Lane is today, the Strepers lot, number 20, is located on the east side of Germantown Avenue about where Tulpehocken St. is today. In between there is one lot; each lot is about a city block wide." (Germantown Historical Society) On May 7, 1691 Andreas Souplis along with 61 others was naturalized by Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of PA. [many sources} "On October 6, 1691 the first court of record was held at Germantown, in the public meeting house, (of Friends,) before Francis Daniel Pastorius, bailiff, Jacob Tellner, Dirk Isaacs op den Graef, and Herman Isaacs, the three eldest burgesses. Isaac Jacobs van Bebber, recorder; Paul Wolf, clerk; Andrew Souplis, sheriff; Jan Lucken, constable. Proclamation being made by Andrew Souplis, the charter was read, and the officers attested. Caspar Carsten and his wife, who were bound over to this court for menacing the constable, when about to serve a warrant upon them, were called, and, submitting to the bench, were fined two pounds, ten shillings. The court adjourned until the 17th of November next."[Watson 1905, 'Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in the Olden Time', Vol II, p29] Will of "Souplis, Andrew, Kingsessing township, County of Philadelphia, a weaver, was sighned March 25 1724/25 and proved March 20, 1726, recorded page 26. Will Book E, 501, Philadelphia, PA.

Alternative Name Andris SOUPLIS

Alternative Name Andris Supplee

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Name: Andre Souplis

Year: 1684

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source Publication Code: 7204

Primary Immigrant: Souplis, Andre

Annotation: Date and port of arrival or date and place of first mention in the New World. Other genealogical and historical information is also provided.

Source Bibliography: REAMAN, GEORGE ELMORE. The Trail of the Huguenots in Europe, the United States, South Africa and Canada. London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1963. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1972.

Page: 133

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Name: Andrees Souplis

Year: 1691-1692

Place: Germantown, Pennsylvania

Source Publication Code: 6041

Primary Immigrant: Souplis, Andrees

Annotation: A proclamation of William Penn declaring Francis Daniel Pastorius and 61 other foreigners freemen of the Province of Pennsylvania. From the Rolls Office, Philadelphia, now in the Juniata College Library, Huntington, Pennsylvania. Also in no. 9143, Tepper,

Source Bibliography: "NATURALIZATIONS, GERMANTOWN, PA. 3/7/1691/92; Copia Naturalisationis of Francis Daniel Pastorius and of 61 Persons More of German Town from William Penn, Esq." In National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 28:1 (Mar. 1940), pp. 7-8.

Page: 7


The pioneer of the Suplee family in America was Andris Souplis. A Frenchman, born in France, in the year 1634, a man of distinguisher parentage, a soldier, and officer in the French Army, and also a Huguenot. He left France in 1682. France at that time was, a monarchiacal government, and on account of their religious belief, were persecuted by the Roman Catholics under the reign of King Louis XIV, who was then King of France. These persecutions became intolerable, and ten of thousands of Huguenots left France, to seek homes in foreign lands. Andrew left in 1682 for Germany. In 1683 he left for America and arrived in the port of New York (not Philadelphia). Andrew was held in high regard by William Penn the Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Dori Parsons of California sent this one in about the family of Andris Souplis of Germantown

A very sticky situation exists regarding my 8Ggf Andris Souplis, first sheriff of Germantown, 1691 and original settler of Germantown. He is very well documented as well as his five children, one of whom (Ann was my 7th Ggm -- m. Chas. Yocum, grandson of one of the first Swedes, Peter Jochimsson) . There are quite a few publications floating around which say Andris was a Huguenot of minor nobility, who fled the Picardie region of France (true), settled in Germany (speculation), where he married Gertrude Stressinger who was the mother of his children (not true). This is absolutely false! --- He was Gertrude's fourth husband, they having married sometime after 1705 when her third husband died. Andris appears as a witness at the Frey-Levering marriage performed by Francis Daniel Pastorius in Germantown, with his wife, Anneke, as a witness at that 1692 ceremony as well. Andris and Anneke and quite possibly their two eldest children arrived from Europe around 1683 (we don't know where he was until then, nor exactly when he left his homeland). During the time that Andris and Anneke were in exile and having their children, Gertrude was married first to Garrett Enochson, thence to his brother Harman, thirdly to Lawrence Bartleson (aka Lasse Parker). Many Huguenot descendants have been accepted into membership of the National Huguenot Society through Andris, naming of Gertrude as his wife and mother of the children. She was in fact bearing Enochson children during that time, beginning in 1670 The absolute proof is that Gertrude's will, dated October 5, 1737, proved 20Nov1738, names her daughter Elizabeth Enoch Souplis and her grandson Jacob Souplis ----------Garret Enoch's daughter Elizabeth married Andris Souplis's son Jacob - - thereby putting to rest any rumor that Gertrude was the mother of any Souplis children.

Furthermore, without doubt Gertrude was Swedish, NOT German, for it was through her nationality that they both were buried at Old Swede's Church (Wicaco -- Gloria Dei) in Philadelphia. Her will specified that she wanted to be buried there next to her late husband ----

Some of this information is gleaned from "The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware" by Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig (incidentally we are very distant cousins through the Jochimsson line). Dr. Craig is without doubt the undisputed authority on things Swedish.

The name Suplee is of French origin. the emigrant, Andris, Souplies. His son Bartholomew spelled it Suplee, Suplee is the proper pronunciation fo the name. The family has vecome very numerous, and its members are scattered from New York on the east to California on the west, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans.

Will of Andres Souplis, written 1724:

In The Name of God Amen This Twenty fifth Day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty four I Andrew Suplea of the Township Kingsess in the County of Philadela in the Province of Pensilvania, Weaver, Being Aged & weak of Body But of Sound & perfect Memory & health praised be God and knowing the uncertainty of this Life on earth and Being Desirious to Settle things in order Do Make this my Last Will & Testament in Manner & form following That is to Say First and principally I Comend my Soul to Almighty God my Creator And my Body to the earth from whence it was Taken to be buried in Such Decent & Christian Manner as to my Executls hereafter named That be Thought Neet & Convenient And as Touching Such worldly Estate as the lord in Mercy hath lent me my will & Meaning that the Same Shall be Employed & Bestowed as hereafter in this my will is Expressed And first I will that all my funeral Charges and Just Debts be fully paid & Discharged by my Executls hereafter named And The Remainder of My Personal Estate Goods Cattle & Chattles (after my sd Debts are paid) I will and Order that the Same be Divided into three Equal parts and Third part I Give to my welbeloved wife, Gertra Suplea And the other Two parts to be Equally Divided Between my five Children (viz) Bartholomew Suplea, Margaret, Andess, Ann and Jacob. And As for my House & plantation and Tract of Land Thereunto Belonging and all other the Appurtenances whereon I now Live, my will is that My Loving wife Gertra aforementioned Shall have and Enjoy the Same for & (the original paper is torn at this point) Her naturall life ( if remaining my Widow) Provided she always (again, the paper is torn) Timber now (torn) premises (torn) Of any nor Clear any Land And (torn) Of no more Timber then what will be wanted for Reparing the Buildings Fences & firewood. And after my sd wifes Decease or Marriage my will is that my Son Andrew Supplea & my Son in law Peter Caylor* Do Sell my Sd House and plantation Land & appurtenances for the Best price that Can be had for the Same And that they or the Survivor of them Do make a Title to the purchaser thereof which I do hereby Impower them to Do And the Money Arising from the Sd Sail my will is that the Same Be Equally Divided Among my Children aforenamed And as Touching my Daughter Anns Share the Sd Money arising from the sail of my Sd Land and her Share of my personal estate afforementioned my will is That the Same be Lay'd out on Interest by my Exts for her use the Interest to be paid her yearly And in Case She Survive her present husband Charles Yeocum Then the Sd Money to be paid her wholy but in Case he Survive then the Same to be Divided Amongst her Children And to be paid to them at the Respective Age of Twenty one years or Marrige day which of the Two Shall first happen each parties Share to be kept at Interest for the Respective uses untill paid And I Do hereby Nominate my Sd Son Andrew Supplea & my Soninlaw Peter Cayson Executls of this my Last will & Testemt: Hereby Revoking all former wills by me made either by word or writing & declaring to be my Last will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal dated the day & year above Written

Andris Souplis

Sealed Signed published & Declared to be his Last will & Testament

  • "Peter Caylor" refers to daughter Margaret's husband, Peter Dirck Keyser

-------------------- A very sticky situation exists regarding my 8Ggf Andris Souplis, first sheriff of Germantown, 1691 and original settler of Germantown. He is very well documented as well as his five children, one of whom (Ann was my 7th Ggm -- m. Chas. Yocum, grandson of one of the first Swedes, Peter Jochimsson) . There are quite a few publications floating around which say Andris was a Huguenot of minor nobility, who fled the Picardie region of France (true), settled in Germany (speculation), where he married Gertrude Stressinger who was the mother of his children (not true). This is absolutely false! --- He was Gertrude's fourth husband, they having married sometime after 1705 when her third husband died. Andris appears as a witness at the Frey-Levering marriage performed by Francis Daniel Pastorius in Germantown, with his wife, Anneke, as a witness at that 1692 ceremony as well. Andris and Anneke and quite possibly their two eldest children arrived from Europe around 1683 (we don't know where he was until then, nor exactly when he left his homeland). During the time that Andris and Anneke were in exile and having their children, Gertrude was married first to Garrett Enochson, thence to his brother Harman, thirdly to Lawrence Bartleson (aka Lasse Parker). Many Huguenot descendants have been accepted into membership of the National Huguenot Society through Andris, naming of Gertrude as his wife and mother of the children. She was in fact bearing Enochson children during that time, beginning in 1670 The absolute proof is that Gertrude's will, dated October 5, 1737, proved 20Nov1738, names her daughter Elizabeth Enoch Souplis and her grandson Jacob Souplis ----------Garret Enoch's daughter Elizabeth married Andris Souplis's son Jacob - - thereby putting to rest any rumor that Gertrude was the mother of any Souplis children.

Furthermore, without doubt Gertrude was Swedish, NOT German, for it was through her nationality that they both were buried at Old Swede's Church (Wicaco -- Gloria Dei) in Philadelphia. Her will specified that she wanted to be buried there next to her late husband ----

Some of this information is gleaned from "The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware" by Dr. Peter Stebbins Craig (incidentally we are very distant cousins through the Jochimsson line). Dr. Craig is without doubt the undisputed authority on things Swedish.

----

The families of Suplee and Supplee of Blockley and Merion are descended

from Andreas, or Andrew Souplis, a Huguenot who left France at the

revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He first came to the New Netherlands

and was a Burgomaster in New Amsterdam. Andrew Souplis was a Col. in the

French army and a native of Alsace-Lorraine. With 30 followers, he escaped

towards Germany; all but 7 were killed before reaching the frontier.

-----

    The pioneer of the Suplee family in America was Andris Souplis, a 

Frenchman, born in France, in the year 1634, a man of distinguished

parentage, a soldier, an officer in the French army, and also a Huguenot.

   He left France in 1682. France at that time was a monarchical government, 

and the established religion was Roman Catholic. The

Huguenots, on account of their religious belief, were persecuted by the

Roman Catholics under the reign of Louis XIV, who was

then King of France. These persecutions became intolerable, and ten of

thousands of Huguenots left France to seek homes in foreign lands.

Amongst them was Andris Souplis, who left France in 1682 and went to

Germany. He was virtually a refugee, fleeing from persecution. Whilst in

Germany he married a German lady, Gertrude Stressinger, who was born in

Germany in 1642. They left Germany in 1683, and with a party of German

emigrants came to America, arriving in Philadelphia in the early part of 1684.

History informs us that Andris Souplis was a man of great intelligence and

ability, and was held in high esteem by William Penn, who was then residing

in Philadelphia, and was governor of the province of Pennsylvania at that

time. Andris Souplis was sheriff of Philadelphia county in 1691. With his wife

he settled in Germantown. [NOTE: There may have been an earlier marriage

and the older two children may have been from the first one.]

They had five children, as follows in the order of

birth: Bartholomew, Margaret, Andrew, Ann and Jacob. Andris Souplis, in

his will dated March 25th, 1724, stated that he was aged, but

of sound mind and good health. He also states that he was then living upon

his plantation in Kingsessing township, Philadelphia county, in the province

of Pennsylvania. He died in the early part of the year 1726, aged ninety-two

years. His wife survived him, but we have no record of the time of her death. -------------------- "The pioneer of the Suplee family in America was Andris Souplis, a Frenchman, born in France, in the year 1634, a man of distinguished parentage, a soldier, an officer in the French army, and also a Huguenot. He left France in 1682. France at that time was a monarchical government, and the established religion was Roman Catholic. The Huguenots, on account of their religious belief, were persecuted by the Roman Catholics under the reign of Louis XIV, who was then King of France. These persecutions became intolerable, and ten of thousands of Huguenots left France to seek homes in foreign lands. Amongst them was Andris Souplis, who left France in 1682 and went to Germany. He was virtually a refugee, fleeing from persecution.

Whilst in Germany he married a German lady, Gertrude Stressinger, who was born in Germany in 1642. They left Germany in 1683, and with a party of German emigrants came to America, arriving in Philadelphia in the early part of 1684. History informs us that Andris Souplis was a man of great intelligence and ability, and was held in high esteem by William Penn, who was then residing in Philadelphia, and was governor of the province of Pennsylvania at that time. Andris Souplis was sheriff of Philadelphia county in 1691.

With his wife he settled in Germantown. They had five children, as follows in the order of birth Bartholomew, Margaret, Andrew, Ann and Jacob. Andris Souplis, in his will dated March 25, 1724, stated that he was aged, but of sound mind and good health. He also states that he was then living upon his plantation in Congesting township, Philadelphia county, in the province of Pennsylvania. He died in the early part of the year 1726, aged ninety-two years. His wife survived him, but we have no record of the time of her death."

[NOTE: There may have been an earlier marriage and the older two children may have been from the first one.] The above is quoted from a published document which may also be speculation.

Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Vol. II, by Elwood Roberts, 1904, pp 251-257

There are known errors in the above. Corrections are:

Andris arrived in New York in 1685, not Philadelphia. {Ship's list} Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 2, entitled "Denization of Andris Souplis." "Whereas Andris Suplis, being admitted a Burger of this Citty and having an intent to Reside in these Parts, has requested of mee that he may be a free Denizen of his Majestyes Colony." Signed at Fort James in New York on 17 September 1685 by Thomas Dongan (Lieutenant Governor and Vice Admiral of New York and its dependencies.)

Andris Souplis was never sheriff of Philadelphia county, rather Germantown.

Andris or Andrew did not marry Gertrude Stressinger in Germany in 1682. His wife on arrival in this country was Anneke; her maiden name is unknown. His second wife was Gertrude Stressinger by whom he had no children. Gertrude had been married at least twice previously; first to Garrett, and later to his brother, Harman Enoch.

Approximate period of death of Gertrude Supplee or Suplea, is known. Her will is filed in Philadelphia Will Book F, page 75; made Oct. 5, 1737, proved Nov. 20, 1738. Gertrude's will abstract is available in these archives.

view all 13

Andris Souplis's Timeline

1634
1634
Alsace-Lorraine Province, France
1662
September 4, 1662
Age 28
Krefeld, Germany
1682
1682
Age 48
Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
1682
Age 48
1684
1684
Age 50
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1688
1688
Age 54
Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
1689
1689
Age 55
1693
1693
Age 59
1709
1709
Age 75
Rheinland, Crefeld, Germany
1726
1726
Age 92
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States