Sarah van Meteren (Dubois) (c.1662 - 1745)

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Birthplace: Hurley, Ulster Co, New York, USA
Death: Died in Deed, Salem, New Jersey, United States
Cause of death: Salem County, New Jersey
Managed by: Ian Thomas Gillespie
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About Sarah van Meteren (Dubois)

Burial: Daretown Presbyterian churchyard, Salem County,, NJ

Baptism: 14 SEP 1664 Kingston Dutch Church

Note: It says that she died in 1664 but to have their son its got to be after 1683. --------------------

Sarah, married a Van Meter and moved to New Jersey and then farther south. This branch of DuBoises helped open the way west and contributed to the settling of Kentucky and West Virginia. -------------------- She was said to be of New Paltz, NY. 630

She was also said to have been born 14 Sept 1662. 1668, 1704

She was also said to have been born 14 Sept. 1664.1725

On September 14, 1664, Sara, the daughter of Louis Du Bois and Catherine Blanchan, was baptised at Wildwyck.1702

"The ancestry of Sara DuBois the wife of Joost Van Meteren c1656/9-1695/8 as appearing in The American Descendants of Wicres, France, Part One New Paltz, NY by William Heidgerd. pub. by the DuBois Family association, 1968, contains the forged line created by Gustave Anjou and repeated in this volume. AFF Note. Be aware that Mr. Heidgerd was not aware of the forgery of Anjou material when his book was written." 1214

"1664 Parents: Lowies du Boey Caheryn Blanchon

Name of Child and Date of Baptism Sara 14 Sept.

Witnesses and Sponsors Gerret Arentsen. Maddeleen Blanchan."1706

"Sara du Bois ws the daughter of Louis du Bois (1626-96) The 'Patentee' from Artois, France and cathrine Blanchan, his wife. Sara was baptized at Kingston, September 14, 1664. A little more thane ighteen years later, on december 12, 1682, she married, at New Paltz, Joost Jansen Van Meteren, who was then living with his parents at Marbletown. The couple had at least four children, two girls and two boys, the oldes of whem, Jan, was baptised on October 14, 1683, and the youngest, Hendrick, on September 1, 1695." 1707

"The first-named punitive expedition of June 7, 1663, was known in the 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 as 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 Captain Martin Kreiger's company of Manhattan soldiers; the trainband finally rounded up the Indians and defeated them on September 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 them, and released the prisoners.' " 1679

"A particular instance which involves quite a group of the Van Metre family is found in 'An Indenture dated June 19, 1714, between Colonel Daniel coxe, of Burlington, of the one pat, and Jacob du Bois, of the county of Salem, and John Van Metre and Isaac Van Metre, of the county and division aforesaid, of the other part,' recites that Daniel Coxe purchased Thomas William's land in Salem County - 7,000 acres - in consideration of '£750 lawful pounds money of New York, at eight shillings the ounce,' and the said Coxe conveys unto the said Jacob du Bois, Sara du Bois, John Van Metre and Isaac Van Metre, 3.000 acres beginning on a branch of the Maurice River, and being part of the 7,000 acres taken up upon the right of the three parperty purchases of thomas Williams by Daniel Coxe. Shourds, the Salem county historian, states that 'these parties divided their lands by the compass, the du Bois taking theirs on the north side of a line and the Van Metres on the south side. The Van Metres continued to purchase until they owned a very large portion of the land reaching from the Overshot Mill on Upper Alloways creek, near Daretown, southeasterly to Fork Bridge, about 6,000 acres in all.' The grantees thereof were Sarah du Bois, wife or widow, of the elder John Van Metre; her two sons, John and Isaac Van Metre; and her brother, Jacob du Bois. Here Sarah established her son Isaac permanently, as she thought, as by a deed dated 27 May, 1726, reciting' for and in consideration of the love, good will and affection I have and do bear toward my loving and dutiful son Isaac Van Metre of the province aforesaid,' the mother transfers to him three hundred and two acres of land lying at Pile's Grove between Nickomus Run and Salem creek. Possession of this property was taken over by Isaac on the 26th of May, 1726, in the presence of Cornelius Elting Jr. " 1707

"In Salem county are found the records earlier referred to, regarding the purchase of large quantities of land at Pilesgrove, by Isaac and John Van Meter and Jacob and Sara du Bois, about 1714. The subsequent disposal of the interests of the two Van Meters and Sara du Bois, to Jacob du Bois has been noticed also. Of these four persons, John Van Meter and Sara du Bois disappear from the scene entirely and are noted later, as being present at the baptism of sara, the child of Cornelis and rEbecca (Van Meteren) Elting, at Kingston in 1715. "1678

"On 27 May 1726, Isaac's mother Sara Dubois gave Isaac Vanmeter a tract of land, 'by grant of gift,' containing 205 acres on Salem Creek in Salem County, New Jersey. This grant was witnessed by Barent Dubois and Cornelius Eltinge." 1687

"Sarah du Bois, Jan's wife, who still retained her maiden family patronymic, established a home in Salem prior to 1709, in which year there is a record found in the 'Eare Marke Book,' of Salem County, reciting that John, Jr., and Isaac Van Metre, had recorded therein their ear marks for cattle and swine. " 1679

"One daughter, Sarah, married a Van Meter and moved to New Jersey and then farther south. This branch of DuBoises helped open the way west and contributed to the settling of Kentucky and West Virginia."1726

" Sarah, baptized on 14 September 1664 at Kingston, married Joost Jansen Van Meteren on 12 December 1682 at Kingston, had nine children, and died in 1726 at Salem County, New Jersey"1722

"Sarah DU BOIS was born on 14 September 1662 and baptized on 14 September 1664 at First Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster County, New York, the daughter of Louis DuBois and Catherine Blanchan. She married Joost Jansen Van Metern on 12 December 1682 in Kingston (banns 18 November 1682). She died in 1726 at Salem County, New Jersey. "1722

"Sara du Bois was the first daughter and fourth child of Louis du Bois and his wife Catherine Blanshan. . . .On 14 November 1709 Sarah DuBoys (du Bois) wife of Joost Jansen van Meteren and son John van Meter sold land in Hurley, NY recorded in Ulster County, NY Deed Book I, AA/366. . . . In 1712 Sara du Bois and her husband Joost Jansen van Meteren together with her brother Jacob du Bois and Joost's brother Isaac van Meter bought some 3000 acres in Salem County, New Jersey from Daniel Cox. Here they spent their remaining days. They are buried in the churchyard of the daretown Presbyterian churchyeard, Salem County, NJ. Ironically, much has been written about all the sons of Louis du Bois but nothing about the daughters Sara and Rebecca other than b.m.d." 1704

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Sarah van Meteren's Timeline

September 14, 1662
Hurley, Ulster Co, New York, USA
September 14, 1664
Age 2
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
September 14, 1664
Age 2
September 14, 1664
Age 2
1st Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster, New Y
September 14, 1664
Age 2
September 14, 1664
Age 2
Age 17
Amelia, Virginia, United States
December 12, 1682
Age 20
Kingston, Ulster, NJ
October 14, 1683
Age 21
Marbletown, Ulster, New York
September 14, 1684
Age 22