The DuBois family of the
lower Hudson Valley are descendents of Louis Du Bois (27 Oct 1626) from
Wieres, near Lisle, Artois, France, who married 10 Oct 1655 Catharine
Blancon (?-1796). Huguenots, the couple fled to the Lower Palatinate to
escape persecution. In 1660 they emigrated to Hurley, Ulster Co, NY,
where in 1667 Louis lead a group to settle New Paltz. Indian threats
caused him to remove his family to Kingston, NY, in 1687.*
* Cornelius Burnham
Harvey: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties,
New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, NY. 1900 p.
(1803 - 29 Jul 1882)
was the son of Rhinear (Rynier) DuBois (24 Dec 1778, Westchester Co, NY-
24 Jul 1860)
& Elizabeth Jordan (1783-1844)
of Lower Closter, Harrington Township, NJ. Rhinear DuBois
was a descendent of a long line of Dubois from New Paltz, NY.
was a Hudson River "boatman" and co-owner with Jacob
Sneden of the sloop Peter C. Bush out of nearby Snedens Landing.
About 1822, Joseph wed Elizabeth
(1801- 6 Jul 1877) , daughter of
3rd Jacob Concklin & Mary Quidor
and a grand daughter of Jacob Conklin and Elizabeth
Gesner. [see Conklin
Family] They established their home (Joseph
Dubois House) in 1822/1823 on the west side of upper Rockleigh
Road, just south of the Cooper farm.
Joseph DuBois & Bets Conklin included:
i. Ephraim (1824-?);
ii. Mary Jane
(1832*- 22 Feb 1871);
iii. Louis Ford (1834-?);
iv. John Jacob (1836-?); and
v. Charles Lumis (1844*-?), farmer.
The 1860 census also lists Joseph's father , Rhinear Du Bois, 83 (1777, Westchester Co, NY** - ?), residing in his
The old John Henry Gesner homestead adjoined Joseph's property across the brook to the west.
Between c.1820 and 1822, John Gisner Conklin (Elizabeth's brother) and
his wife Madeline lived in the old Gisner Homestead, which he inherited
from his grandparents, 2nd Jacob Conklin & Elizabeth Gesner-Conklin.
1827 and 1932 his mother, Mary Quidor, lived in the old John Henry
Gesner Homestead. In 1832, she moved
in with her daughter, Phebe Van Wickel.
On 12 October 1835, Joseph bought from one brother-in law Nicholas
Conklin a parcel of 19 acres. Then on 7 November 1835, Joseph
bought from brother-in-law John Gisner Conklin the remaining homestead
adjacent to property inherited by his wife from her grandparents, 2nd
Jacob Conklin and Elizabeth Gesner-Conklin. In 1835 Charles DuBois used much of the lumber from the old
and dilapidated John Henry Gesner homestead to build a larger
addition to their home.
The DuBois farmland now extended west from Snedens
Landing Road and past the proposed new Carterette Road. When the new
road was opened in 1859, DuBois was one of the landowners who received
compensation as the extension cut through his western fields.
Crops included rye,
potatoes, corn, cabbages and similar produce.
1850 Federal census list Joseph DuBois (48, farmer) Elizabeth
(wife, 47), Mary J. (20), Lewis (16, Carpenter), John (14), Charles (8),
Ephraim (26, R.R. Engineer), Jane (24, wife of Ephraim).**
1860 Federal census lists Joseph Dubois (58, Farmer), Elizabeth (58,
mistress), Mary Jane (28, House helper), Charles (16), and Rhinear Dubois
Baptized 4 Nov 1844 by Rev F. Lummis
at Palisades M.E. Methodist Church
Records of the Palisades M. E. Church, Palisades Free library,
1850 Federal Census, Harington Township, Bergen Co, N page 285 [Image 18]
*** 1860 Federal census,
Harrington Township, Bergen Co., NJ. page 121.
(1824-?), a cordwainer
and R.R. Fireman, married Jane (?).
William Henry Dubois (Sep 1850 -?).
Charles Lumis DuBois
(26 Jun 1844 - 3 Apr 1928, Sparkill, NY), slate roofer, wed Joanna Van
1851-1921). Listed in the 1880 census as
farmer, Charles L. and Joanna are listed as living with his parents. The
1900 census lists Charles, slate roofer, Joanna, and John L.,
plumber, all residing in Harrington Twp, which later became Rockleigh.
i. Myrtilla Daly
(1871 - 17 Aug 1877)
ii. John L. (Oct 1878-?) plumber
iii. Irene (?-?) married William Post. [Children:
The 1910 US census lists
Charles L. DuBois (head, 65, Hardware Store) and Joanna (wife, 57) in
(East) Northvale which became Rockleigh.
sold the Joseph
Dubois House (11.2 acres and "all that certain dwelling
house with the improvements") on 17 June 1911 and moved to Sparkill
where he died in 1928.
 Maria Ferdon
Journal - Part 1, Bergen County Historical Society.
Saucher Taves Regraven Ground, Demarest, NJ.
 Beth Potter, personal communications, 2002.
Reginald McMahon: "A History of the Joseph DuBois House, Rockleigh,
mms, Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge , NJ.
Gesner: Diary entry of Nov. 7, 1835.
mms, Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY
 Reginald McMahon,
"Two Haring Houses at Rockleigh, NJ", 1974
(mms, Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge , NJ)
m/s Records Palisades ME Church.
Palisades Free Library,
 Baptized 4 Nov 1844 by Rev F. Lummis at Palisades
m/s Records Palisades ME Church. Palisades Free Library,