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Christian Deyo

Also Known As: "Chretian DesJous", "Chretien Des Jous", "Deyou"
Birthplace: Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Departement duPas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Death: February 01, 1687 (70-79)
New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, Colonial America
Place of Burial: New Paltz, Ulster County, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Chretien De Jous and Jeanne De Jous
Husband of Jeanne Deyo
Father of Anna Hasbrouck; Pierre “Peter” Deyo; Maria Hasbrouck; Elizabeth Le Fébre; Margaret Christian DuBois and 2 others
Brother of Jenne Fanny Wilbaut

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Anthony John Hill
Last Updated:

About Christian Deyo

Christian Deyo was born around 1610 in France, probably in or near Calais or Lille in Province of Artois. He died on 18 December 1693 [1] in Ulster County, N.Y.


  1. in 1642 in St. Pol, Artois, Pas-de-Calais, France, to Jeanne Wibau or Verbeau. She was born in 1623 in Artois, Pas-de-Calais, France. It is unclear when or where she died, but it was apparently between 1681 and 1686.

Christian and Jeanne's children:

  1. Anna (1644)
  2. Pierre (1648)
  3. Maria (1653) born in Germany (Mudderstat, Curr Pfaltz, Mannheim) after the family left France.
  4. Elizabeth (1655) born in Germany (Mudderstat, Curr Pfaltz, Mannheim) after the family left France.
  5. Margaret (1662) born in Germany (Mudderstat, Curr Pfaltz, Mannheim) after the family left France. She married Abraham du Bois 6 March 1681 in First Dutch Church, Kingston, 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.




  1. citation appreciated.

arrived in America in 1675

French Huguenot Christian Deyo [1] was born in the province of Artois, France (c.1610), and married Jeanne Wibau (c. 1642), by whom he had five children. Christian and his family relocated to Mannheim, Germany in 1660, probably to avoid religious persecution. The family then traveled to America on the same ship as Abraham Hasbrouck in 1675. [2] After spending a year at Kingston (then called Wiltwyck), the Deyo family settled at New Paltz in 1677, where Christian Deyo and his son Pierre both signed the patent and became two of the twelve original trustees of New Paltz. Other than Christian's mark on the New Paltz Patent, the only records referring to him during his lifetime consist of testamentary disposition dated Aug. 10, 1676 [3] and a fair copy of a slave purchase in 1680. Christian's son, Pierre, purchased a slave in 1694.

Throughout the old documents, Christian is often referred to as "Granpere." In fact, all four of Christian's daughters married New Paltz patentees, therefore making Christian Deyo the literal grandfather to a large majority of the early New Paltz inhabitants. Because of this development, Granpere's grandchildren were constantly dividing and redistributing Christian's share of the patent during the next fifty years. As Town Historian Al Marks writes, "the DuBois and Deyo families were soon brought even closer together by the marriage of Abraham DuBois with another of the daughters of Christian Deyo, who thus became grandfather of so many of the New Paltz inhabitants that even his property became known simply as 'Grandpere' in the old deeds. The calculation of shares of that property passed down to his heirs became, after a generation or two, an exercise in high mathematics." [4] When the Freeholders of New Paltz decided to elect the "Twelve Men" to administer to the defense of the Patent in 1738, Daniel Hasbrouck B-6 (1692-1759) was elected to represent Christian's share, not a Deyo. In fact, no Deyo was ever elected to represent Christian's share throughout the 85 years of the existence of the institution.

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Christian Deyo's Timeline

Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Departement duPas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Artois, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France, France
Mudderstat, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 48
Kingston (then Wiltwyck), Ulster County, New York, United States
Age 48
Kingston (then Wiltwyck), Ulster County, New York, British Colonial America
October 17, 1662
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 63