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David Des MarestAge: 75 years16201695

David Des Marest
Des Marest
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Birth about 1620 28 24
Death of a fatherJean Des Marets
1642 (Age 22 years)
MarriageMarie SohierView this family
July 24, 1643 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a son
Samuel Des Marets
August 5, 1656 (Age 36 years)
Marriage of a childSamuel Des MaretsMarie DeRuineView this family
August 11, 1678 (Age 58 years)
Death of a wifeMarie Sohier
October 3, 1681 (Age 61 years)
Death October 16, 1695 (Age 75 years)
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Marriage: about 1619Beauchamps, Cambray Normandy, France
2 years
images.jpgDavid Des Marest
Birth: about 1620 28 24Beauchamps, Picardy, Somme, France
Death: October 16, 1695Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
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images.jpgDavid Des Marest
Birth: about 1620 28 24Beauchamps, Picardy, Somme, France
Death: October 16, 1695Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Marriage: July 24, 1643French Church, Middleburg - Isle of Watcheren Zeeland
13 years
Samuel Des Marets
Birth: August 5, 1656 36 36Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany
Death: October 19, 1728Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA

is a direct descendant of Jean des Marest (1), a prominent citizen and resident of Beauchamp in the Province of Picardy, France. There, about 1620, was born his son, David des Marest (2), who, upon reaching manhood, espoused the Protestant faith and fled to Holland to escape persecution, locating at Middleburgh on the Island of Walcheron in Zeeland. Here, on July 24, 1613, David married Maria, a daughter of Francois Sohier, of Nieppe, a town in Hainault. The couple resided at Middleburgh until 1651, to Manheim on the Rhine River, in the lower Palatinate, then under the protection of the Elector Charles Lewis. At Manheim, the Protestants were already being threatened by the Catholic princes, and David des Marest, with others of a like religious faith, determined to go to America for safety. Accordingly. early in the spring of 1663 they journeyed down the Rhine to Amsterdam. where they embarked for New Amsterdam on the ship "Spotted Cow," reachiing the leater port on April 16, 1663. Des Marest first went with his wife and three sons to Staten Island, where they joined the Huguenot settlement, recently started. The following year he was elected to represent the settlement in the provincial assembly. The savages proving troublesome, Demarest bought and located on lands at New Harlem, then a name applied to the upper end of Manhattan Island. Here he prospered, acquired several town lots, and became prominent in town affairs. In 1677, a tax having been levied on him for the support of the Dutch Church at Harlem, he refused to pay it, claiming immunity therefrom because he was neither an attendant nor a communicant of the Dutch Church. The "powers that be" sued him for the tax, procured judgment, and proceeded by execution and levy to collect it. This angered Demarest and he determined to leave Harlem. On the 8th of June, 1677, he purchased from the Hackensack and Tappan Indians a large tract (estimated at about 6,000 acres) of land on the east bank of the Hackensack River, extending northward from New Bridge. By subsequent purchase he added an extensive tract west of the Hackensack, on which he built two mills. He built his family residence at what is now Old Bridge and erected a French Church on the east side of the river, a little west of the Schraalenburgh road. The lands he purchased were claimed by several white persons and by the savages. Some of these claims were not extinguished until after his death. He died in New York City in 1693, leaving a will by which he devised all his lands to his two surviving sons, John and Samuel, and to his very numerous grandchildren. ************** **************
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