Thursday, June 14, 2012

Michael Devoe, Peter DeVoer, John Devoor, and David DuFour

Information from  AWT #12399

MICHAEL DEVOE: When the Revolutionary War broke out, Michael joined the American forces.  He was taken prisoner by the British at his home in New Paltz, New York.  We learn from a deposition he made two years later before the War Committee, which is preserved in full, that he was captured by a certain Captain Clark, belonging to the enemy, who at the point of a fire lock, forced him aboard an enemy boat.  There he was questioned and threatened, and taken to New York and put on board a man-of-war vessel, of fifty guns.
     He complained for want of clothes, being an old man of 60 years of age; and was sent ashore to General Jones, who asked his name.  Just at that moment, a woman interposed with a complaint against a soldier. Michael DeVoe took the opportunity and escaped to the house of Andrew Loshe, behind the college, where he stayed for four days.  He exchanged clothes with the said Loshe, got a canoe and rowed down the river.  About twelve 0'clock the same night he landed and traveled through the mountains to the public road, until he was challenged by a Continental officer, and found himself safe in American hands.
     Michael's father was Peter DeVoer.  His father was Jean or John Dufour or Devoor,  who was the son of David Du Four.

DAVID DU FOUR: Michael's great grandfather, David Du Four, was a Huguenot refugee.
The Huguenot exiles fled from religious persecution.  David was from Belgium and France. (Native of Belgium).  In the Genealogical Library is a History of Harlem, New York, on page 99 as follows:

"David Du Four, a native of Mons, in Hainault in Belgium, upon this place being threatened by the successes of the French Army in the Walloon districts, retired with others of his family to Sedan in France and afterwards to Amsterdam, Holland, where Du Four, though fitted by education for a better position, became a drayman.  Left by the death of his wife, Marie Boulen, with a young child, Jean born during their stay in Sedan, he found another companion in Jeanne Frans, to whom he married July 10, 1657.  That same year with his new wife and his little son (Jean called John in America) aforesaid, he sailed for Manhattan Island in New York."

     In time the spelling of the surname changed from DuFour to Devoor and some now write it De Voe.  David Du Four was an original proprietor at Harlem.  In 1668, as he was passing up the East River in a canoe with his child Anthony, a drunken sailor in another boat discharged his gun, which wounded little Anthony.   The child died in about a week.

WILL OF DAVID DU FOUR: David's original will was written in Dutch in1671, and is still preserved.  He left a son Jean, born in Sedan of David's first wife.  Jean or John married in 1676 a girl from Leyden, Holland, and they had twelve children.  All 12 shared equally in his estate, Peter DeVoer being one of the 12, the father of Michael DeVoe.

From AWT # 13982, dated 16 Jan 1999, received Feb 2000.

 PETER DEVOER, son of John Devoer and Jannetje Van Isselsteyn, was born in 1685.  He married Annatje Bisset, at or near Albany, N.Y. Children: George, Anna, Michael, Roelof, Margarite, Jacob, and John.
     " At an early period Peter became a boatman, and afterwards Captain of a Sloop from Albany to New York, carrying freight and passengers." (Genealogy of the De Vaux Family) (A5A22), pp. 20-27)

From AWT file # 12982, dated 16 Jan 1999, received Feb 2000

JOHN DEVOOR, born during his fathers sojourn at Sedan, married in 1676, a Leyden girl, Jannetje, Daughter of Jan Willems Van Isselsten, otherwise called Jan of Leyden.  He bought a farm at Bloomingdale, where he died, leaving a widow Mary.  She was daughter of Capt. PETER VAN WOGLUM, of Albany.  The twelve children of John Senior were all by his first wife, and all living 24 July 1717, when being sick, he made his will; it was proved 13 April 1724, after his youngest child became of age.  These children who shared equally in his estate were: Maria, John, Margaret, David, Peter, Rachel, Adriana, Jannetje, Elizabeth, Teunis, William, and Abraham.  (Ibid., p. 409-410)

 The will of John De Voor, the father is recorded in Liber 9. p. 454.  A printed abstract follows:    "In the name of God Amen,. July 24, 1717, I John Devoer, of New York, Yeoman, being at present sick and weak.  All my lands and real estate in New York or New Jersey, with the wagon and utensils of husbandry, are to be sold within three months ‘ at Publick vendue,' and the money to be paid into the hands of Johanes Jansen, Esq., and Philip Minthrope, whom I make executors.  I give to my eldest son John, 3 pounds for his birthright, and after that he shall share with the rest.  I direct that my daughter, Rachel Devoer, shall have from my executors ‘ one English shilling, wherewith I cut her off and utterly debar her for her undutifulness, from demanding any more'.  I leave to sons Peter, David, William, Teunis, and Abraham, each a milk cow.  To my William and Teunis, each 2 pounds 10 s.  To my daughter Ariantie, wife of Jacobus Montanye, one cow.  To my daughter, Elizabeth Devoer, my painted cupboard.  My executors are to punctually observe all the articles contained in a certain indenture made before my last marriage, between Peter Van Weglum, my wife, and myself.  I leave my wife Mary one quarter of the winter wheat and rye.  I leave all the rest to my children, John, David, William, Teunis, Peter, Abraham, Greetie, wife of Teunis pier, Araintje, wife of Jacobus Montanye, Jannetje, wife of Andrew Bisset, and Elizabeth, and the children of my daughter Mary, wife of Gerill Roelofsen.  Witnesses, Geraldes Comfort, Jan Van Hoorne, Maximus Roelofsen.  Proved 13 April 1724.  ( Collections, New York Historical Society, 1893: Abstracts of wills, Vol. 11, 1708-1728, pp. 287-288)

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