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Joost DeBaunAge: 58 years16601718

Joost DeBaun
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Birth about 1660
MarriageElizabeth DrabbleView this family
October 30, 1681 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a daughter
Matie [Martha] DeBaun
May 4, 1690 (Age 30 years)
Marriage of a childDavid Samuel DeMaretsMatie [Martha] DeBaunView this family
November 10, 1705 (Age 45 years)
Death between 1718 and 1722 (Age 58 years)

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Joost DeBaun
Birth: about 1660Beaune, Cote d'Or, France
Death: between 1718 and 1722Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Elizabeth Drabble
Birth: about 1662Middleburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
Death: about 1724Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Marriage: October 30, 1681Holland, Netherlands
9 years
Matie [Martha] DeBaun
Birth: May 4, 1690 30 28New Utrecht, Long Island, New York, USA
Death: October 26, 1752Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA

Children: Jacobus (James) De Baun, b. about 1683, in Middleburg, Holland; married Anatje (Anna) Canniff, January 12, 1709, Tappan RDCh., "#328 - Jacobus De Baene b. at Middleburgh and Antje Cenneff b. in the County of West Syester" [Griffin, 1909, in Budke Collection - 50]. She was the d/o Jeremiah Canniff and Anatje Woelffs. [Wallace, 1979, p. 35] Christeyen (Christian) De Baun, b. before May 15, 1687; bp. May 15, 1687, First RDCh. of Brooklyn, N. Y.; married Judith Demarest, after January 29, 1709 [banns date], Hackensack RDCh., "Christian de Bane, y. m. b. New Utrecht, and Judick de Maree, d. of Samuel, y.d., b. Hackensack, both l. here" [Anon, 1901, p. 32]. She was the d/o Samuel Demarest and Maria Druen. [Wallace, 1979, p. 35] Matie (Mayke, Martha) De Baun, b. before May 4, 1690; bp. May 4, 1690, First RDCh. of Brooklyn, N. Y.; married David Demarest, after November 10, 1705 [banns date], Hackensack RDCh., "David DeMaree (son of Samuel), y.m., b. Ackinsack, and Matie DeBane, y.d., b. N. Utrecht, both l. Hackensack" [Anon. 1901, p. 30]. David was the brother of Judith, who married Christian DeBaun. [Wallace, 1979, p. 35] Karel (Charles) De Baun, b. about 1692; married Jane Haring, February 14, 1714, Tappan RDCh., " #329 - Karel De Bane b. at Nieuw Uytrecht and Jannetje Haring b. at Tappan" [Griffin, 1909, in Budke Collection - 50]. She was the d/o Pieter Janszen Haring and Grietje [Margrietje] Jans Bogert. [Kelly, 1998, p. 2, #32] Catarina (Catherine) De Baun, b. before May 4, 1695; bp. May 4, 1695, First RDCh. of Brooklyn, N. Y.; died in infancy. [Wallace, 1979, p. 35] ************* ************* Joost DeBaun, the progenitor of the DeBaun family in America, was born in Beaune, Coted'Or, France, about 1642. A few years before the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Joost had seen his family tortured and massacred, victims of the dreaded Inquisition, and is reported to have been the only member of his family to escape. He fled to Flanders about 1670 where he married, but his wife lived only a few years. He removed to Middleburg, Holland, where he changed his name to Joost DeBaene and married Elizabeth Drabbe, a Hollander. The name Drabbe appears among the well-to-do families in Holland, with their own coat of arms. [Vorsterman Van Oyen, Stam-en Wapenboeck Van Nederlandsche Familien]. In 1683, Joost DeBaun, the first emigrant of the name in America came from MIddleburg, Holland, with his wife Elizabeth Drabbe, and their oldest son, Jacobus, to Bushwick, Long Island, New York, USA. Here Joost DeBaun became clerk of the town, serving in that capacity less than a year, then with his family removed to New Utrecht, where as clerk as well as schoolmaster and reader of the Reformed Dutch Church, he remained until some time after 1698. [MS 200 Records of New Utrecht] Included in the list of those who took the Oarth of Allegiance in Kings County, Providence of New York in 1687, his name appears as Joost debaene, and he is there recorded as having been in the colony four years. [Documentary History of New York, Quarto, Vol 1] On the many documents and will drawn by him, he signed himself Joost De Baene. As he was of French Huguenot origin, thought to have emigrated from the town of Neaune, Cote d'Or, France, to Flanders, his adoption of the Dutch name Joost in place of his given name of Joseph may have been caused by his desire to become, in so far as is possible, a true son of the land which gave him refuge; or by habitual contact with his Dutch intimates and neighbors, it was the natural result of the French giving place to the Dutch in language and custom. That this pioneer ancestor was of excellent family background cannot be doubted; his obvious high standing among the colonists; his adaptability in changing from his native French tongue to the langhuage of the Dutch, accomploshed so effectively there was no hesitancy in entrusting to him the education, both academic and spiritual, of the youth of the settlement; and his positon, as scholar and scribe, placing him in rank second only to the Dominie - these, together with the indomiyable courage of the pioneer, certainly attest to a man of substantial forbears, perhaps an aristocrat of the land of his nativity. In the year 1689, when Jacob Leisler, in the name of William of Orange, seized control of the government of the colonies, because of Joost DeBaun's loyality to the deposed Governor Nicholl during the so-called "Leisler Rebellion", he was forced out of his position as clerk and schoolmaster. In the quaint phraseology of the time the account is given that "... some ill men from New Utrecht were marching towards the Fort against the King's forces ... then did threaten Joost Debaane ye schoolmaster and reader of said towne, to turn him out from that imploy because he refused to side with them in their rebellion". Laters, "Some of those dissatisfied persons, without any cause given, forced the said Joost DeBaane to forsake the place". On July 16, 1692, a petition was presented in his behalf by Jacques Cortelyou, Justice of the Peace, and Rudolphus Varick, Minister of the Gospel in King's COunty, asking that Joost DeBaane, reader and schoolmaster of New Utrecht, who had been turned out of office by Meyndert Coerten and his followers during recent disorders, he continued schoolmaster and reader, also that he be allowed his salary from the time he was "causeless turned out". The peition was granted as well as an additional order given that the justices supply no one to officiate as schoolmaster and reader in the town without a license from the Governor. [N. Y. Colonial MSS XXXVIII, p. 154, Office of Sec'y of State, Albany, N. Y.] Joost is recorded to have been in the colony of New Rochelle from 1698 to 1702 when he was known to be the schoolmaster as well as various other offices. The name Joost De Bane appears on the bronze tablet of the Huguenot Monument erected in Hudson Park, New Rochelle, N. Y. in 1938. In the Historical Landmarks of New Rochelle by Morgan H. Seacord and William S. Hathaway, published under the auspices of the Huguenot and Historical Association, by the New Rochelle Trust Company, New Rochelle, N. Y. in 1938, it mentions on page 96: "Pastor Stouppe's school was not the first established in the town. Joost (or Josias) DeBaun, a Huguenot and a schoolmaster of New Utrecht, L. I. was in New Rochelle in 1698 and remained there until 1702; no doubt his coming to town was largely for the purpose of setting up a school there". In the Biographical Sketches and Index of the Huguenot Settlers of New Rochelle 1687-1776 by Morgan H. Seacord, published under the auspices of the Hueguenot and Historical Association of New Rochelle, N. Y., on page 19 reads as follows: "He (Joost De Bane) was in New Rochelle in 1698, signing the oath of allegiance ordered in January of that year and appears to have been the first schoolmaster. He purchased the home lot and appurtenant land inthe West Division, belonging to Louis Bongrand originally, but these were sold to him by Francis Tierens and Valentine Crugger, May 19, 1698. He was elected one of the Surveyors of Fences on December 2, 1699, and on Mar 1, 1700 he was elected one of the committee to divide common lands, and on April 2, 1700 they rendered their report. On Dec 26, 1701 he sold his lands by conmtract to Zacharie Angevin, Andrew Nodine, Jr., and Louis Guion, and appears to have left town about May 1, 1702, removing to the vicinity of the present Rockland Lake in Rockland County. In 1704 he moved again, this time to the Huguenot colony near HAckensack, in New Jersey, established within the Demarest patent there acquired by David Demarest in 1677 as the site of a projected Huguenot colony". It was there that Joost DeBaun finally settled, spending the rest of his days quietly engaged in farming. The peace, even the solitude of the beautiful country around him, among the lakes, rivers and majestic hills of Bergen County, must have been a welcome haven after the stormy and unsettled years of his early life. No doubt it was due to the bitter experiences and suffering that Joost had known in France that he was imbued with the spirit to spread Protestantism as much as he could, and was actively connected with the Hackensack Church and other Churches in and around Bergen County. His descendants for three or four generations after his time were instrumental in the establishment of several of the Reformed Churches in the communities where they settled, no doubt having inherited from the first American ancestor the desire to carry on the freedom of faith for which he had risked so much. Becomig active in the affairs of the Hackensack Reformed Dutch Church, he served as Elder and as Churchmaster. In the record of that historic Church is the following interesting item: "As churchmaster, Dirck Epke Banta, to keep hia office yet for this year to whom has been added Joost DeBane; which two aforesaid churchmasters caused in the year 1708, the steeple to be built on the Ackensack Church, which has been here recorded in their praise". Knowing his early hardships and suffering, it can be imagined the satisfaction he must have had in accomplishing this addition to the structure. Also, in 1718, according to the CHurch record, Abram Houseman was made Elder in place of Joost DeBaun, who had then served two years. As if symbolic to what Joost DeBaun stood for in Christianity, the early search for his history and descendants was a search of the early churches of New Jersey around Bergen County and in Rockland County, New York, USA, for whereever there appeared a spire of the Dutch Reformed Church, there would be found someone in the cemetery adjoining bearing his name, and the church record would bear witness to many of them, as officers and as members. The Upper Saddle River Reformed Church is most noteworthy as one of the churches with which the DeBaun family has been asociated, and the cemetery adjoining that church is the resting place for over a hundred of that family, and many more descendants known by other names. It was after the year 1718, but before 1722 that Joost DeBaun died, for it is recorded that on Nov 18, 1721, Elizabeth DeBaun, widow of Joost, witnessed the baptism of her grandchild, Elizabeth, daughter of her son Charles and his wife Jane. The will of Joost, drawn November 28, 1706, was proved June 4, 1724, and it is probable that during the year Elizabeth, his wife, died also. By this will, now in the archives at Trenton, New Jersey, USA, he bequeathed everything he owned to his wife Elizabeth, for her use during life, then to be divided amongst his children, of whom only the eldest, Jacobus, is mentioned by name. Intensive search has not revealed their final resting place. Their remains may have been interred in the old French, or Demarest Cemetery, sometime also called the Huguenot Cemetery, in Cherry Village, North Hackensack; or they may have been buried in the cemetery of the Hackensack Church, where stones have crumbled and left no trace. For several generations the descendants of Joost DeBaun and Elizabeth Drabble remained in Rockland and Bergen Counties, but with the coming of the ferry lines, trains, etc., they gradually drifted away to other parts, but many of the towns still hold a great many of them. The part that the DeBauns have taken in the history and welfare of the country bear excellent testimony to the faith, integrity, and sincerity of the first Joost DeBaun, whi wished so much for the religious freedom of his posterity. Joost DeBaun's descendants are for the most part Protestants. A few have intermarried into Roman Catholic families but these are small numbers. At his death he held property in New Rochelle, N. Y.; on Long Island; and in Westchester County, N. Y. Joost DeBaun and Elizabeth Drabble had five children of record, only four of whom lived to maturity. In the census of Kings County about 1698, it is recorded that "Joos De Bane" had, at that time, a wife and four children. [Source: Wallace, William H., 1979. Genealogy of the DeBaun Family.]