Because I am in the process of trying to clarify information from the 1600’s on Louis Guion, I am going to hold off posting about this ancestor for now. Instead, you will learn about the Duryee side of the family, Grandpa’s mother’s ancestors.
(1) Joost Durie, (2) Charles Duryee, (3) Jacob Duryee, (4) Abraham Duryee, (5) Jacob Duryee, (6) Joseph Woodward Duryee, (7) Ella (Duryee) Guion, (8) Alfred Duryee Guion, (9) Alfred Peabody Guion, (10) Judith Anne Guion
I have very little information on our Duryee (Durie, Duryea) ancestors so I will post information on the direct line from Joost Durie to Ella Duryee, who married Alfred Beck Guion and was the mother of Alfred Duryee Guion, my Grandpa.
In researching the origins of Joost Durie, our original Duryee ancestor, some facts remain constant but a few are not. Some of the information I have found states that he was born in (1) 1635 in Nord, France; or (2) 1635 in the Netherlands; or (3) 1650 in France; or (4) 1650 in Mannheim, Germany; or (5) 1650 in Nord, France; or … you get the picture.
Joost Durie might have been married in (1) Mannheim Germany, on 28 Feb 1671 or (2) 18 May 1673 or (3) 28 Feb 1672 in Mannheim or (4) 28 Feb 1672 in France. The most often reported date is 28 Feb 1671 in Mannheim.
All records show that he married Magdalena Le Fevre or Magdalena Antoine Le Fevre and that he died about 9 June 1727.
It is possible that Joost Durie, b. 1635 in France could be the father of Joost Durie, born in 1650 in Mannheim, Germany. With the same name, some early information could be incorrectly reported for an individual, such as birth date and place.
Consistent information is that Joost Durie (Duryea, Duryee) emigrated about 1675 on the ship “Gilded Otter” from Mannheim, on the palatin of the Rhyn. He was a French Huguenot and was accompanied by his wife, Magdalena Le Fevre. He settled in New Utrecht, Long Island, and afterwards moved to Bushwick, Long Island. He had seven sons and two daughters. He died in Bushwick, Long Island about 9 June 1727.
Charles Duryee, fifth son of Joost, was born about 1688. He married, first, Cornelia, daughter of Johannes Schenck, and second, Mary Robertson. He died in 1753 leaving his homestead in Bushwick, Long Island to his son Jacob.
Jacob Duryee, fifth son of Charles, was born 5 May 1730. On 24 Dec 1752, he married Cornelia Schenck, daughter of Peter Schenck. He lived in Bushwick, Long Island and died 19 Sept 1796.
Abraham Duryee, fourth son of Jacob, was born in Bushwick, Long Island, 14 Jan 1762. On 7 Feb 1790, he married Temperance, daughter of Corrporal Joseph Woodward, who served in Captain Isaac Sergeant’s Company, Major Ebenezer Backas Regiment Light Horse, Conn., he served in New York, September – November, 1776, was taken prisoner of war and died on the prison ship “Jersey” in New York harbor.
Jacob Duryee, son of Abraham, was born in Bushwick, Long Island, 14 Mar ____ (year left out). He married, first, Eliza Dean, and second, Hannah O’Dell. He was a veteran of the war of 1812, and an Elder and Trustee of Market Street Reformed Dutch Church for many years. He died 7 Mar 1861.
Joseph Woodward Duryee, fifth son of Jacob, was born 9 May 1823. He married, first, Eliza Pell Beadel and second, Mary Dean Wells. For many years he was a prominent merchant of New York City (See last week’s post about Alfred Beck Guion for more information on his business). He died 25 Jan 1896.
Ella Duryee, second daughter of Joseph Woodward Duryee and Eliza Pell Beadel, was born 2 July 1850. She married Alfred Beck Guion on 16 Sept 1882. They had two children, Alfred Duryee Guion and Elsie May Guion. Ella died 5 Sept 1919.
Note of interest: Lizzie (Elizabeth) Duryee, fifth daughter of Joseph Woodward Duryee and Eliza Pell Beadel, was born 11 Oct 1863, and after the death of Arla (Peabody) Guion, spent many years living in Trumbull, taking care of the house and family. You may recognize the name Aunt Betty from some of Grandpa’s letters.
Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in 1946, beginning with a special announcement.