The DuBois Family

[This section is a work in progress. There may be genealogical errors. It is not meant to be a complete Dubois Family Tree, rather portions relevant to the History of Rockleigh Borough. Corrections or clarifications are welcome:]


Joseph Dubois House

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.  301

1.          Joseph Charles DuBois (1803 - 29 Jul 1882) [1] was the son of Rhinear (Rynier) DuBois (24 Dec 1778, Westchester Co, NY- 24 Jul 1860) [2] & Elizabeth Jordan (1783-1844) [2] of Lower Closter, Harrington Township, NJ. Rhinear DuBois was a descendent of a long line of Dubois from New Paltz, NY. [3] Joseph was a Hudson River "boatman" and co-owner with Jacob Sneden of the sloop Peter C. Bush out of nearby Snedens Landing.[4]  

         About 1822, Joseph wed Elizabeth "Bets" Conklin (1801- 6 Jul 1877)[1] , 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. 

Children of 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 son's house.

          The old John Henry Gesner homestead adjoined Joseph's property across the brook to the west.[4]   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. Between 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.[4]   

          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.[6] Crops included rye, potatoes, corn, cabbages and similar produce.[4]    

         The 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).**
         The 1860 Federal census lists Joseph Dubois (58, Farmer), Elizabeth (58, mistress), Mary Jane (28, House helper), Charles (16), and Rhinear Dubois (83).***

* Baptized 4 Nov 1844 by Rev F. Lummis at Palisades M.E. Methodist Church
Records of the Palisades M. E. Church, Palisades Free library, Palisades, NY

** 1850 Federal Census, Harington Township, Bergen Co, N page 285 [Image 18]
*** 1860 Federal census, Harrington Township, Bergen Co., NJ. page 121.

2.i.       Ephraim DuBois (1824-?), a cordwainer and R.R. Fireman, married Jane (?).

Children include:

i. William Henry Dubois (Sep 1850[7] -?).

2iii.      Charles Lumis DuBois (26 Jun 1844[8]  - 3 Apr 1928, Sparkill, NY), slate roofer, wed Joanna Van Valen (Sep 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.

Children included:

    i. Myrtilla Daly (1871 - 17 Aug 1877)
   ii. John L. (Oct 1878-?) plumber
  iii. Irene (?-?) married William Post. [
Children: Joanna].

The 1910 US census lists Charles L. DuBois (head, 65, Hardware Store) and Joanna (wife, 57) in (East) Northvale which became Rockleigh.

Charles 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.[4]  

[1] Maria Ferdon Journal - Part 1, Bergen County Historical Society.
[2] Tombstones: Saucher Taves Regraven Ground, Demarest, NJ.
[3] Beth Potter, personal communications, 2002.
[4] Reginald McMahon: "A History of the Joseph DuBois House, Rockleigh, NJ. 1975
mms, Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge , NJ.

[5] Nicholas Gesner:  Diary entry of Nov. 7, 1835. 
mms, Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY

[6] Reginald McMahon, "Two Haring Houses at Rockleigh, NJ", 1974 
(mms, Bergen County Historical Society, River Edge , NJ)
[7]  Baptized
11 Jun 1852  m/s Records Palisades ME Church.
Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY
[8] Baptized 4 Nov 1844 by Rev F. Lummis at Palisades M.E. Church,
m/s Records Palisades ME Church. Palisades Free Library, Palisades, NY



Written and compiled by E. W. April, 2002
Updated, 2006