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Hugo, New Paltz, NY; Huguenot, 1661
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: January 11, 2005 at 15:50:48
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I probably have other information on this family because my ancestors (DuBois, Blanchan, & others) were original settlers in Ulster Co., NY. From one of my books "Huguenot Refugees in the Settling of Colonial America' published by the Huguenot Society of America, is the following:

"In 1677, the Duzine (Twelve Men) united by religious and family ties, purchased a large tract of land from the Esopus Indians....All twelve patentees were Huguenot refugees who had migrated to Mannheim, or its enviorns, before subsequently seeking a permanent haven in North America."

"Hugo Frere was in Mannheim, 1661, with his first wife, Marie de la Haye. His children, by the first wife, were all baptized in Mannheim. He arrived toward the later part of the Huguenot stay in Hurley, and came as a full partner of the Twelve Men to New Paltz. None of his children married Patentees, or their children. Most of his offspring married into Dutch Families. This would lead us to believe that he had been with the Dutch for some time. He loved to buy property, and it appears that the more land he had, the happier he became. His interest in the matters of the Church were very important to him, and he was one of the main supports of the French Church at New Paltz. He had courage and was willing to take a chance on the unknown. Of all the Patentees, Hugo Frere left us the least to use for biographical data. He, in many ways, stands apart from the other Patentees."

It is possible there is a Frere Family Association in New Paltz. I belong to the one for the DuBois Descendants. To help identify the town, it is South of Kingston and a few miles west of the Hudson.

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