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Sarah du Bois

Also Known As: "van Meter", "van Metre"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Hurley, Ulster County, New York
Death: Died in Salem County, New Jersey
Cause of death: Salem County, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Presbyterian Cemetery, Daretown, Salem Co., New Jersey, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Louis "The Walloon" DuBois and Catherine Blanchan
Wife of Joost Jansen Van Meteren
Mother of John "the Indian Trader" van Meter; Rebekka Eltinge; Lysbet Van Meter; Rachel Van Meter; Isaac Joosten Van Meter and 6 others
Sister of Elizabeth Marie Mersereau; Abraham DuBois; Isaac DuBois; Anna Marie Du Bois; Jacob Dubois and 7 others

Managed by: Ian Thomas Gillespie
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About Sarah du Bois

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.


http://www.dbfa.org/family_history.htm

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 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~barbpretz/PS05/PS05_066.HTM


http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bobbistockton/van2.html

In the fall of 1662 Jan Joosten Van Meteren settled in Wildwych (now Kingston, Ulster County, New Jersey) and dwelt many years in that vicinity, which included the towns of Hurley, Middletown, and Esoppus. He is not noted in the activities of that community until the seventh of June, 1663, the date when the Minnisink Indians made an attack on the village and its vicinity raiding and burning the settlement of Hurley and Kingston and carrying away women and children in captivity.

Among the latter were Jan;s wife and children, Jooste Jans being one of them s well as Catherine DuBois, the wife of Louis DuBois, and their daughter Sarah. whom Jooste Jans Van Metern later married. These were taken to the fastness of Catskill Mountains and remained in captivity for months, but were rescued on the eve of torture by DuBois, 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 statements is quoted:" About ten weeks after the captive 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 DuBois, and her baby Sara.

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 finished the last one her husband and the Dutch soldier's from Amsterdam arrivesd and surrounded the savages, killed and captured some, and otherwise inflicted terrible punishment upon them, and released the prisoners.

Captain Kreiger's Journal which gives a general account of the expeition of rescue, unfortunately does not mane him, but it is elsewhere stated that it was due to Jooste Jan's three months' association with the Indians, during his captivity, that gave him the knowledge of their habits, trails, plans and war feuds with other tribes, and so impressed him with a desire for their adventurous life.


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4th child of Louis DuBois and Catherine Blanchan DuBois. .

Only a year after arriving in America little Joost Jansen Van Meteren had an adventure which set the pattern for his whole life and planted the pioneering seed which flowered in succeeding generations. He was captured by the Indians. On June 7, 1663 while the men were away working in the fields when the Minnisink Indians entered several villages under the pretext of selling vegetables and suddenly began murdering their unarmed victims. They took all they could find of value, set the villages on fire and took about 45 women and children captives. Among them were Jan Joosten's wife Maycke and son Joost from Wiltwyck and Louis DuBois' wife Catherine Blanchan and baby daughter Sarah from Esopus. Joost and Sarah were later to be married. For three months the men searched the Catskills, but had no success until on Sept. 3rd, a friendly Indian gave a clue to the location of the captives. A rescue party was formed led by Louis DuBois and Capt. Kreiger whose journal relates this event. Meanwhile, since the Indians were running short of food and winter was not far off they had decided to burn some of their Captives. Catherine DuBois and her baby Sarah were selected to be first. When the Indians were about to put the torch to her pyre she began to sing the words of the 137th Psalm. Enchanted by her voice they demanded that she continue to sing, of course, she did. The approaching rescuers heard her, were guided to the spot, attacked the Indians and released all the prisoners. Little Joost, too young to be much affected by the horrors of captivity, thoroughly enjoyed his three months of Indian life. Later as an adult he frequently left home to spend many weeks at a time with various tribes. In this way he was among the first whites to explore the wilderness areas to the west of the coastal settlements. He was particularly impressed by the beauty of the Valley of Virginia and urged his sons to settle there, which they eventually did. Thus began the pioneering spirit of the Van Meters who for the next 200 years were among the first settlers and participants in the key events which shaped the nation as it thrust evermore westward.

A brief account such as this must skip entirely over most branches of the family and even neglect the details of the particular branch of interest. Much of the past still has not been retrieved, but an amazing amount of information is nevertheless available, patiently collected, studied and pieced together from deeds, wills, court and church records, family Bibles, local histories, census records, genealogical publications and correspondence by dedicated family historians over a period of a great many years. Readers who wish to learn more than this brief sketch provides are most welcome to direct their inquiries to:

James T. Van Meter 1201 Yale Place Unit 208 Minneapolis, MN 55403-1955 Phone:612-349-4681 .......

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Sarah du Bois's Timeline

1662
September 14, 1662
Hurley, Ulster County, New York
1664
September 14, 1664
Age 2
Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
September 14, 1664
Age 2
September 14, 1664
Age 2
September 14, 1664
Age 2
1ST DUTCH CHURCH, KINGSTON, NY
September 14, 1664
Age 2
1st Dutch Church, Kingston, Ulster, New Y
1680
1680
Age 17
Amelia, Virginia, United States
1683
April 17, 1683
Age 20
Marbletown, Ulster County, New York
1684
September 14, 1684
Age 22
1726