Dubois Family Tree
In the raid on Hurley and Kingston in June I663, Esopus Indians kidnapped 45 white women and children to hold as hostages for the return of 20 braves shipped by Director General Stuyvesant to Curacao to become slaves. In early September a searching party took the Indians by surprise and set the hostages free. One member of the rescuing party, Louis DuBois of Hurley, in the midst of his joyful reunion with his wife and three sons, noted the fertile lowlands of the Wallkill. In 1677 he, together with 11 other refugees, purchased from the Indians and patented a large tract lying between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson. Early in 1678 the 12 families loaded their possessions in three oxcarts and established their new home, which they called New Paltz after their first refuge, the Rheinish Pfalz.
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