Louis Du Bois (1626-1696)
Louis Du Bois
Sex: Male
Birth: October 27, 1626
Artois, France
Death: 1696
Kingston, New York
Father: Chretien Du Bois (c1590-1655)
Mother: Cornelia ? (?-?)
Spouse/Partner: Catherine Blanchan (1629-1706)
Marriage: October 10, 1655
Mannheim, Germany
Children: Abraham Du Bois (1657-1731)
Isaac Du Bois (abt1659-1690)
Jacob Du Bois (abt1661-1745)
Sarah Du Bois (abt1664-1726)
David Du Bois (?-?)
Solomon Du Bois (1670-1759)
Rebecca Du Bois (?-?)
Rachel Du Bois (?-?)
Louis Du Bois II (1677-1729)
Matthew Du Bois (?-?)

Louis Du Bois (1626-1696) was a French Huguenot immigrant to New York. He discovered the Wallkill Valley.


Louis was born October 27, 1626, in Wicres, Artois, France. His father was Chretien Du Bois (c1590-1655) and his mother's given name was Cornelia.

Move to Mannheim, Germany[]

Louis, along with other Huguenot refugees, moved from France to Mannheim, Germany. This area was called die Pfalz.

Marriage to Catherine Blanchan[]

On October 10, 1655, Louis married Catherine Blanchan (1629-1706) in Mannheim.

Children by Catherine Blanchan[]

Immigration to New York[]

Louis and Catherine along with their oldest children immigrated to New York around the year 1660. They originally settled near present-day Kingston, New York, 90 miles up the Hudson River from New Amsterdam.

Discovery of the Wallkill Valley[]

In the 1660's during the Esopus Wars, there were often hostilities between the European settlers and the Lenape Indians in New York. In 1663, an Indian raid killed 21 people and Louis' wife Catherine three of their children were captured for three months before being rescued by Louis and a group of Dutch soldiers. During Louis' expedition to rescue his family, he discovered the Wallkill Valley, where the family made their new residence.


Louis died 1696 in Kingston, New York.


The children of Louis and Catherine married children of other patentees of New Paltz, New York. Louis' daughter Sarah moved to New Jersey and then farther south. Sarah's family and descendants helped open the way west and contributed to the settling of Kentucky and West Virginia.