Joris Janzen De Rapalje

M, b. circa 1600
Father*Jean De Rapalje b. 1569
Mother*Elizabeth Baudoin
     Joris Janzen De Rapalje Information regarding Joris Janzen De Rapalje and Catalyntje Trico comes from the Rootsweb web page prepared by David Conover entitled David Kipp Conover's Ancestors.

James Riker Jr. in his Annals of Newton states that Joris was a French Huguenot and left France because of religious persecution. He moved first to Belgium or the Netherlands and then to New Amsterdam. The spouses of his children came from the Annals of Newton.

John-Pierre M. Hannam, in the Hannam Family Genealogy, states that Joris was the illegitimate son of Jean de Rapareilliet. At his baptism his godfather was Noe Vasseur and his godmother was Jehenne de Latre.

Joris' land purchase in the Wallabout was confirmed in 1643 by Gov. Wm. Kleft. It is thought he and Catalyntje just used if for farming until about 1654. According the records of the Burgomeisters of New Amsterdam they resided in a house on Pearl St. in New Amsterdam, which was confirmed to him by deed May 13, 1647. They lived in the house and they operated a tavern there until 1654.

In her book, "Famous Families of New York", 1970, Margherita Arlina-Hamm wrote "Among the first setlers in the New Netherlands, was Joris Jans de Rapalie, a noble Huguenot of La Rochelle, France, better known under the Dutch form of his name, Jan Joris Rapaelje. His family had been distinguished in the history of Brittany from the middle of the eleventh century. In this romantic province they owned large estates, and were famous for its valor and patriotism. To escape religious persecution Joris went to Holland and then booked passage on the ship Unity of the Dutch West India Company. They arrived in New Amsterdam in 1624, being on the earliest settlers. He stayed a short while at New Amsterdam, and then went to Fort Orange, now Albany. Here he remained for three years. [Supposedly he was concerned about Indian attacks so] he returned to New Amsterdam, where he lived until 1637. In June of that year he bought a large tract of land from the Indians on the Long Island side of the East River, and there made his permanent home. The tract was of 335 acres, and included a large part of what was called the Wallabout. He was a man of high integrity, and a few years after his arrival in Brooklyn he was made a magistrate. He and his wife Catalina Trico had eleven children."

The Rapalje family is also chronicled in the book "The Middaughs of Dryden, NY", 1985, compiled by Rhoda M. Durkan of Fairfax, Virginia: "..the departure from Holland of Joris Jansen Rapalje and his young wife, Catalyntze Trico, who were among the first immigrants to the New World. In April 1923, the first group of colonists, thirty families of Walloons (those inhabitants of the Southern Netherlands who spoke French instead of Flemish) and Huguenots, assembled on the deck of the ship New Netherland under the command of Captain Cornelis Jacobsen May, after whom Cape May, New Jersey was named. They were mostly Protestant refugees who had sought asylum in Holland from religious persecution."

In "The Hudson" Carl Carmer tells of the passage. "The route of the New Netherland was through the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. Then the Canary Isles rose in fresh bright colors from the sea. The Savage Islands lay beyond and white sand shores beneath Virginia's tufted pines. Soft breeezes and the moon of May performed their spell upon the pioneers, for Catalyntze Trico long years later said she saw four weddings on the deck below the wind-filled sails."

In "Proceedings of the New York Historical Society" by Augustus H. Van Buren, states: "Two months later they reached the mouth of the Hudson, then called the River of the Prince Mauritius, in honor of the Stadholder of the Netherlands, Prince Maurice. Some of the passengers left the ship at that point and set out for Delaware, others for Connecticut. Eight men stayed to begin the permanent settlement of Manhattan Island. Then Captain May, with about eigtheen families, including Joris and Catalyntze, sailed up the river to where Albany now stands. There they built a quadrangular stockade of logs cut from the nearby woods, and called it Fort Orange. Most of the colonists could neither read nor write. They were a wild, uncouth, rough, and most of the time a drunken crowd. They lived in small log huts thatched with straw. They wore rough clothes and in the winter were dressed in skins. They subsisted on a little corn, game and fish. They were afraid of neither man, God, nor the Devil. They were laying deep the foundation of the Empire State."

"The Middaughs of Dryden, NY" continues "The costume of the wife of a typical settler usually consisted of a single garment, reaching from neck to ankles. In the summertime she went bareheaded and barefooted. She was rough, coarse, ignorant, uncultivated. She helped her husband to build their log hut, to plant his grain, and to gather their crops. If Indians appeared in her husband's absence, she grasped the rifle, gathered her children about her, and with a dauntless courage, defended them to the death."

Jameson in "Narratives of New Netherland" states that in 1625 the Mohicans, while at war with the Mohawks, asked for assistance from Fort Orange. The Mohawks overwhelmed all of them, and the commander of the fort and three of his men were killed. One was roasted and eaten.

On June 9, 1625 a daughter Sarah, was born to Joris and Catalyntze, the first white Christian female of European parents born in New Netherland.
Joris Janzen De Rapalje was also known as George. He married Catalyntje Jeronomus Trico, daughter of Jeronimus Jan Tricot and Michele Sauvagie. Joris Janzen De Rapalje was born circa 1600 at Valenciennes, France. He was the son of Jean De Rapalje and Elizabeth Baudoin.


Catalyntje Jeronomus Trico b. 1606