Who were the descendants of Cornelius Du Bois and where did they all live? We have had a strong relationship to New York City as well as several other locations over the years.
Cornelius Du Bois was the first to live and prosper in Manhattan. He was the son of Petrus Du Bois and Mary Coert Voorhes and lived in Fishkill. His father died from a fall from a horse when he was two years old and she soon remarried Dr. Theodorus Van Wyck, whose home in Fishkill the Jay family would occupy during the early Revolutionary War. In 1786 at the age of 15 he left the family home in Fishkill with money his mother had given him from a sale of Voorhes property and moved to New York City. In 1793, after training in the firm of Van WYCK and Sebring he joined Isaac Kip to form merchandising partnership Kip and Du Bois. Their firm was at 36 Front Street in lower Manhatten. Initially they were involved with wholesale grocery and commissions. The firm was successful and soon specialized in tobacco. In 1803 he married Sarah Platt Ogden and they lived at 779 Broadway between 9th and 10th Street. It was here that they raised their children. It is now an apartment building and is close to Astor Place.
Sarah Platt Ogden (Robert310, Robert83, Robert16, Jonathan4, John1), b. Jan. 21, 1782 d. Mar. 15, 1836; m. Apr. 11, 1803, Cornelius Dubois, b. May 20, 1771; d. Sept. 8, 1846; son of Peter DuBois. Cornelius Dubois was a merchant in New York City. He was a man of great benevolence, and one of the early founders and generous supporters of several philanthropic institutions in New York City. Among them was the House of Refuge, of which he was Treasurer to the time of his death; the Bank of Savings for the benefit of the poor, of which he was a Director; also the Humane Society, he being the only surviving member in 1840; as Treasurer he petitioned for, and obtained an act of the Legislature, authorizing him to distribute the remaining accumulated funds among the charitable institutions. He was one of the founders of the University of New York; Governor of the New York Hospital, etc. He died at Saratoga Springs in his 76th year.
2064. Robert Ogden DuBois, b. Feb. 26, 1804; d. Aug. 23, 1804.
2065. Mary E. Dubois, b. Aug. 3, 1805; d. ;1st m. Francis C. Potter; 2d m. Edward S. Gould.
2066. Cornelius Dubois, 2d, b. Apr. 15, 1807; d. Aug. 23, 1808.
2067. Henry A. DuBois, b. Aug. 9. 1808; d. Jan. 13, 1884; m. Catharine H. Jay. 2068. Cornelius DuBois, 3d, b. Apr. 4, 1810; d. May5, 1882 m. Mary A. Delafield.
2069. Sarah Platt Dubois, b. Sept. 23, 1813; d. Feb. 19, 1897; m.
Dr. Alfred Wagstaff.
2070. Robert Ogden Dubois, 2d, b. Feb. 23, 1815; d. Mar. 6, 1816. 2071.
Peter Dubois, b. Oct. 6, 1816; d. Oct. 26, 1816.
2072. George Washington Dubois, b. Sept. 26, 1822; m. Maria C. Mcilvaine.
Cornelius and Sarah had 5 children that lived to adulthood.
The oldest, MARY ELIZABETH (1805-1881) first married Frances Potter who soon died and she then married Edward S Gould, an author and critic. Sarah and Edward lived in New York, but I have not found their address. It was in the 15th Ward, Election District 1 which is near Washington Square. They lived with their two children and 4 servants. The census reports that the house was worth $12,000.
The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IV Johnson, Rossiter, ed. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, – Vol. I-X (10). Boston, MA: The Biographical Society, 1904. GOULD, Edward Sherman, author, was born in Litchfield, Conn., May 11, 1808; son of Judge James Gould. He removed to New York city and engaged in literary work, contributing to the Knickerbocker Magazine; to the Literary World; to the Mirror; to Charles King’s America, under the pen name of “Cassio “; and to several other periodicals. In 1836 he delivered a lecture before the New York mercantile library association, entitled, “American Criticism of American Literature.” In addition to translations from Dumas, Dupré Balzac, Victor Hugo, and A. Royer, he published: The Sleep Rider; or, the Old Boy in the Omnibus, by the Man in the Claret-colored Coat (1842); an Abridgement of Alison’s History of Europe (1843); a comedy The Very Age (1850); John Doe and Richard Roe (1862); Good English, or Popular Errors in Language (1867); Classical Elocution (1867); and a Supplement to Duyckinck’s History of the New World (1871). He died in New York city, Feb. 21, 1885
Their second child, HENRY AUGUSTUS, (1808-1884) was a physician who lived and practiced briefly in New York City. He married Catharine Helena Jay and soon after their marriage they moved to property he had been given by his father in Newton Falls, Ohio. They lived there for 15 years and then returned to New Haven where they bought a comfortable house at 328 Howard Ave where they lived until they died.
Henry Augustus Dubois, M.D. (Sarah P. Ogden885, Robert310, Robert83, Robert16, Jonathan4, John1), b. New York City, Aug. 9, 1808; d. New Haven,Conn., Jan. 13, 1884; m. Dec. 13, 1835, Catharine Helena Jay, b. June 11, 1815; d. Sept. 29, 1889; dau. of Peter A. Jay and Mary Clarkson, his wife. Dr. Henry A. DuBois”06 7 “in 1817 entered French Mil. Academy of Louis Baucel, a royal refugee of the French Rev.; 1823 entered Columbia College; 1827 graduated; Oct. 23, 1830, grad. M.D. College of Physicians and Surgeons, N. Y. Sept. 1831, went to Europe to complete his studies, returning in 1834. While in Paris was made member of the Polish Committee, which met weekly at the home of Lafayette. Attended funeral of Lafayette, following with other Americans next to the body. Apr. 9, 1834, was elected in Paris member of Geological Society of France. In 1835 appointed first in list of Physicians to New York Dispensary. * * Jan., 1852, he became President of Va. Canal Co. at Kanawha; July 28, 1864, received from Yale College degree of LL.D. in which he is signalized as one “qui de fide Christiana defendenda bene mentus sit1 for his reply to the English Essayists and for his refutation of the scientific infidelity of Darwin and Huxley. In 1869 went to France, Italy, and Malta for recovery of his health, impaired by four years1 incessant labor and hardship at Kanawha; July 5. 1870, returned to his home in New Haven, where he d. 1884.” CHILDREN (Chart 30): 3428. Col. Cornelius Jay DuBois, M.D., b. N. Y. City, Aug. 31, 1836; d. New Haven, Conn., Feb. 11, 1880. Grad. Columbia Law School in 1861; on outbreak of Civil War went to Washington with 7th Reg1t; recruited Co. D. 27th Conn. Vols, at New Haven and was made Capt.; served under Gen. Hancock in Zooks1s Brigade at Aquia Creek, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville; was severely wounded at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863; rescued by brother, Dr. Henry A. DuBois3430, Ass1t Surgeon reg. army, but never fully recovered from wound; Gen. Hancock testified to his father there was never a more gallant charge, and Col. Brook said there never was a more gallant soldier in the army than Capt. DuBois. After partial recovery he became Adjutant of 20th Conn. Vols., and served under Hooker and Sherman in Georgia; in battle of Resaca, he seized colors from wounded bearer and planted them on summit of enemy1s position; brevetted Major by Pres. U. S. for bravery at Gettysburg, and Lieut. Col. for gallantry at Resaca; July, 1866, received degree of M.D. at Yale Medical College, and went abroad for health; on return spent balance of life at New Haven, bearing his sufferings with the same courage displayed in military action. 3429. Peter A. Jay DuBois, b. Feb. 23, 1839; d. June 3, 1839. 3430. Major Henry A. DuBois, Jr., M.D., b. June 26, 1840; m. Emily M. Blois. He was Surgeon in regular army, and served in Civil War. They had 4 children. 3431. John Jay Dubois, b. June 6, 1846; d. Nov. 11, 1898. 3432. Augustus Jay DuBois, b. Apr. 22, 1849; m. Adel Blakesley. 3433. Alfred Dubois, b. Dec. 30, 1852. 3434. Mary Rutherford Dubois, b. May 22, 1854. 3435. Robert Ogden Dubois, b. Jan. 19, 1860; d. Mar. 9, 1895; m. ■, Alice Mason. They had three children, Arthur, Helen, and Robert.
CORNELIUS (1810-1882), their third child, went to law school. He married Mary Delafield. He left law practice at his father’s urging and took over his tobacco business. They did not live in Manhattan but had a home in Castleton, Staten Island where they lived with their children, a gardener, a coachman, and four servants!
Cornelius Dubois, 3D (Sarah P. Ogden885, Robert310, Robert83, Robert16, Jonathan4, John1), b. New York City, Apr. 4,1810; d. Staten Id., May 5, 1882; m. Nov. 6, 1832, Mary A. Delafield, b. Nov. 6, 1813; d. Oct. 27, 1888; dau. of John Delafield, of New York. Cornelius Dubois, 3d”0s, from his sixth to his twelfth year attended French boarding school of Louis Baucel; in 1822 went to Rev. Archibald McVickars to prepare for college; entered Columbia College 1824 and graduated 1828; Oct., 1828, went to West Indies for his health, returning July 4, 1829; studied law in office of William Slosson of New York and at Litchfield Law School with Judge Gould; formed law partnership with Edgar S. Van Winkle (Van Winkle & DuBois) in 1832, but was not licensed till 1833; in May, 1836, gave up law to join father1s mercantile firm of Cornelius DuBois & Co., of which firm he afterward became head. His wife, Mary Ann (Delafield) DuBois, was dau. of John Delafield, Pres. Phoenix Bank, N. Y. City, who was born in London, Eng. She was the 11th in direct lineal descent from Patrick Delafield (son of Sir Thos. Delafield and Margaret Fleming, gr. dau. of Lord Stane) and Elizabeth Cusack. CHILDREN (Chart 30): 3436. Cornelius DuBois, 4Th, b. Aug. 28, 1833; d. Dec. 17, 1834. 3437. John Delafield Dubois, b. Nov. 24, 1835; m, Jan. 5, 1856, Alice C. Goddard. They had 5 children. 3438. Mary Delafield Dubois, b. ;m. Dec. 9, 1862, Dr. Joseph J. Hull. They had 2 children. 3439. Cornelia A. Dubois, b. 1839; m. May 19, 1859, Nicoll Floyd, son of John G. Floyd. They had 2 children. 3440. Eugene Dubois, b. Feb. 20, 1841; d. June 26, 1891; m. 1872, Anna G. Brooks, dau. of Erastus Brooks. They had 3 children. 3441. Charles H. Dubois, b. 1843; d. same year. 3442. Julia Floyd Dubois, b. 1844; m. June 7, 1870, John G. Floyd, Jr., son of John G. Floyd. They had 3 children. 3443. Henrietta Rosalie Dubois, b. May, 1849; d. Feb. 1850. 3444. Cornelius Dubois, 5Th, b. Mar. 27, 1851; m. Apr. 22, 1874, Kate Reading. They had 6 children. 3445. Arthur Dubois, b. Oct. 12, 1852; d. Feb. 1855.
Their fourth child was SARAH PLATT (1813-1897) who married Dr. Alfred Wagstaff. They lived in New York City until 1870 when they moved to the estate he had built on his land in West Islip, Long Island. Their children all lived in Islip and built on the Wagstaff land.
Sarah Platt Dubois (Sarah P. Ogden885, Robert310, Robert83, Robert16, Jonathan4, John1), b. Sept. 23, 1813; d. Feb. 19, 1897; m. 1843, Dr. Alfred Wagstaff. Dr. Wagstaff deceased first, his wid. dying at her country seat “Ta Nulah,” West Ishp, L. I.
CHILDREN (Chart 30): 3446. Alfred Wagstaff, Jr., b. 1844; m. 1880, Mary Barnard. They have 4 children. 3447. Cornelius Wagstaff, b. ;m. 1880, Amy Colt. They have 2 children. 3448. Mary G. Wagstaff, b. ;m. 1885, Henry Gribble. (No mention of children.) 3449. Sarah Louisa Wagstaff, b. 1847; m. 1870, Phoenix Remson. They have 6 children. 3450. Helen Jay Wagstaff, b. 1849, d. 1873. Died with sinking of the Grace de Havre ship.
By the early 1800’s, several wealthy New York City residents began to build summer estates in West Islip. One of those men was Dr. Alfred Wagstaff, who was born in New York City in 1804. His father, David Wagstaff, was an English immigrant who made a fortune as a notable merchant. After attending Columbia College Medical School, Dr. Wagstaff started his own practice in New York City. He also traveled extensively throughout Europe and managed the finances of his privileged family. By 1859, Wagstaff had purchased a large portion of West Islip land on both sides of what is now Montauk Highway (at that time it was South Country Road). The land was alongside a pond -which formed Willets Creek-so when he built his summer estate he named it Tahlulah, an Indian word for “leaping water.” Wagstaff was the largest landowner on Long Island until the Vanderbilts arrived 20 years later. His land stretched from the creek all the way to where Howell’s Road is today. He moved to West Islip permanently in 1870 and spent his days fishing with his family, riding one of his horses or at the newly opened South Side Sportsmen’s Club in Islip until his death in 1878. His family continued to reside in West Islip. Wagstaff left behind his wife Sarah Platt Dubois, and their four children: Sarah, Alfred Jr., Cornelius and Mary. Eventually, all of the children had homes built on the Wagstaff land. Alfred Jr. and his wife, Mary A. Barnard, named their home Opekeepsing, the Indian word for “safe harbor,” which is where they raised four sons and a daughter, Mary, who was married at Tahlulah in 1914. Alfred Jr. was the most famous of the Wagstaff children. He was born in 1844 in New York City and was about to attend his father’s alma mater, Columbia, when the Civil War started. At just 19-years-old, he was commissioned as a Colonel in the NYS National Guard. In the next two years, he volunteered for service under the Federal flag, rising to Lieutenant Colonel, which led to his life long title as Col. Wagstaff. When the war ended, he completed both college and law school at Columbia. Even though he went on to become a partner in the New York City based firm of North, Ward and Wagstaff, he also pursued politics. He served as New York State Assemblymen in Manhattan from 1867-1873, then Senator from 1876-1878. He also served as Clerk of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court while also serving as president of the S.P.C.A until his death in 1921. Today, Wagstaff Lane and Tahlulah Lane are reminders of the Wagstaff family’s early contribution to West Islip and New York State’s history. by Michele Antonio.
The fifth and youngest child, GEORGE WASHINGTON (1821-1910), ,attended Princeton and graduated from New York University in 1843. He attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary at Gambier, Ohio, and in 1846 became a deacon. In 1847, he was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church, and later that year traveled extensively, ministering to parishes in Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. During the Civil War, DuBois served as chaplain to the 11th Ohio Infantry Regiment. DuBois married Maria “Mamy” Coxe McIlvaine; they had eight children.
George Washington Dubois (Sarah P. Ogden883, Robert310, Robert83, Robert16, Jonathan4, John1), b. Sept. 26, 1822; m. 1848, Maria C. Mcilvaine, b. 1831; dau. of Rev. Charles P. Mcllvaine. CHILDREN (Chart 30): 3451. Emily Mcilvaine Dubois, b. 1849; m. l87J. rev. William R. Mackay. They have 5 children. 3452. George Mcilvaine Dubois, b. 1851; m. 1883, Mary G. Curtis. 3453. Charles Mcilvaine Dubois, b. 1853; d. 1854. 3454. Henry Ogden Dubois, b. 1855; m. Emily Stuart Meier-smith, dau. of Rev. Dr. Meier-Smith. They have 1 child. 3455. Sarah Ogden Dubois, b. 1858. 3456. Henrietta Haines Dubois, b. 1861. 3457. Mary Cornelia Dubois, b. 1864. 3458. Cornelius Dubois, b. 1867.
Descendants of Cornelius Du Bois and Sarah Platt Ogden
1. MARY ELIZABETH Du BOIS m. Frances C. Potter (no living children)
m. EDWARD SHERMAN GOULD
A. Sarah D. Gould
B. Edward Sherman Gould, II m. Arabella Duncan Ludlow
i. Edward Ludlow Gould
ii. John Warren Du Bois Gould m. Evelyn Louisa Fisk
a. Evelyn Fitter Gould
b. John Ludlow Gould
iii. Frances Lewis Gould m. Romilda Peri
iv. Susan Movey Gould m. Aldrich Durant
a. Aldrich Durant, Jr.
2. HENRY AUGUSTUS Du BOIS m. CATHARINE HELENA JAY
A. Cornelius Jay Du Bois, MD
B. Henry Augustus Du BOIS, MD m. Emily Maria Blois
i. Helen Jay Du Bois
ii. Henry Augustus Du BOIS m. Beatrice Evelyn Van Fleet
a. Thelma Van Fleet Du Bois
b. Alan Van Fleet Du Bois
c. Jack Van Fleet Du Bois
d. Philip Van Fleet Du Bois
e. David Van Fleet Du Bois
f. Janne Van Fleet Du Bois
g. Romie Jay Du Bois
III. Ernest Blois Du Bois m. Helen H Kress
iv. Hanna L. Du Bois
v. Emily Blois Du Bois m. Clyde Leon Reed
a. Elizabeth Jay Reed
b. Alan C. Reed m. Grace Springstead
C. John Jay Du Bois
D. Augustus Jay Du Bois m. Adeline Blakeslee
E. Alfred Wagstaff Du Bois m. Anna Lichtenberg
F. Mary Rutherford Du Bois
G. Robert Ogden Du Bois, MD m. Alice Mason
i. Arthur Mason Du Bois m. M. Louise Dixon
a. Louise Dixon Du Bois m. Edward Clifford Perkins
b. John Jay Du Bois, MD m. Adrienne Allen (div)
m. Sharon Owen Menzies
ii. Helen Jay Du Bois m. Frederick Kobbe
a. Alice Mason Kobbe m. Farnham Gilbert
b. Helen Jay Kobbe m. Waldron W. Procter
III. Robert Ogden Du Bois, MD m Elizabeth Chisholm
a. Robert Ogden Du Bois m. Erika Stupp Von Stulpnagel
b. Philip Mason Du Bois m. Jennifer Land
3. CORNELIUS Du BOIS m MARY ANNE DELAFIELD
A. Eugene Du Bois m Anna Greenleaf Brooks
i. Margarite Du Bois
ii . Arthur Du Bois m. Helen Sturgess
a. John Delafield Du Bois m Elizabeth MacClung Gibson
b. Marion Sturgess Du Bois m. Claude Ellis Falkner
c. Dorothy Du Bois m. Robert Grey Bushnell
d. Nancy Du Bois m. John E. Hagmayer
iii. Eugene Floyd Du Bois MD m. Rebecca Rutter
a. Eugene Du Bois m. Carol Johnson Mali
b. Rebecca Du Bois m. James Robinson Glazebrook
c. Arthur Brooks Du Bois MD m. Roberdeu Callery
B. Cornelia Augusta Du Bois m. Nicoll Floyd
i. Nicoll Floyd m. Margaret Otis Pott
a. Nicoll Floyd m. Elizabeth
b. Helen Leroy Floyd m. Henry Griffen Bullwinkle
ii. Marion Du Bois Floyd m. Charles Lattelus Lindley
a. Ella Marion Lindley m. William Edgar Baker, Jr.
C. Julia Floyd Du Bois m. John Geltson Floyd
i. William Floyd m. Louisa Adams Grout
m. Elizabeth Wells
ii. Rosalie Delafield Floyd
iii. Cornelia Du Bois Floyd m. John Treadwell Nichols
a. Mary Blake “Molly” Nichols m. David Low Weld
b. John Slocum Nichols m. Jarvis Gilbert
c. David Gelston Nichols m. Monique Le Braz Robert
m. Esther Tower Gleason
D. Cornelius Du Bois m. Katharine Barclay Reading
i. Floyd Reading Du Bois m. Rosella Marshall
a. Cornelius Du Bois m. Irma Kute
m. Louise McCartney
b. Frederick Marshall Du Bois m. Katherie Weiner
c. Mary Delafield Du Bois m. Frederic A O Schwartz
ii. Mildred Du Bois
iii. Delafield Du Bois m. Theodora McCormack
a. Theodora D Du Bois m. William Luckey Pauli
b. Elliot Du Bois m.
Iv. Eleanor Du Bois m. Harold Rudolf
a. Mary D Rudolf
v. Katherine Du Bois m. Roger Blake Emmons
a. Peter Blake Emmons m. Catherine Mason Smythe
4. SARAH PLATT Du BOIS m. Dr. ALFRED H WAGSTAFF
A. Col. Alfred Wagstaff II m. Mary Anderson Bernard
i. Alfred Wagstaff III m Blanche Leroy Shoemaker
a. Alfred Wagstaff IV. m. Kathleen S Curtis
ii. David Wagstaff m. Isabelle Tilford
a. Hunt Wilford Wagstaff m. Ellen C. Moore
b. David Wagstaff
iii. Samuel Jones Wagstaff m. Pauline Leroy French
m. Olga May Piorkowski
a. Judith Wagstaff
b. Samuel Jones Wagstaff
iv. George Bernard Wagstaff m. Lilian Hyde Feitner
m. Dorothy Frothingham
a. Dorothy A. Wagstaff m. Louis Rose Ripley
m. Mary Cutting Cammock
b. Beatrice Cutting Wagstaff m. Henri Leubermann
v. Margaret Barnard Wagstaff m. Arthur Perkins
a. Peter Perkins m. Mabelee Von Arnswaldt
b. Sydney Perkins m. David Dagmar
m. Harold Edgar Logan
B. Cornelius Du Bois Wagstaff m. Amy Colt
i.. Mary Colt Wagstaff
ii. Oliver Colt Wagstaff
C. Mary Gould Wagstaff m. Henry Harrison Gribble
i. Harry Wagstaff Gribble
5. Rev GEORGE WASHINGTON Du BOIS m MARIA COXE McILVANE
A. Rev George McIlvane Du Bois m. Mary G Curtis
B. Rev Henry Ogden Du Bois m. Emily Stuart Meier-Smith
i. Mary Constance Du Bois
C. Sarah Du Bois
D. Henrietta Haines Du Bois m. John Bird Burnham
i. Rose V Burnham
ii. John DuBois Burnham m. Constance Baldwin Fairchild
a. John Fairchild Burnham m Constance Older
b. William DuBois Burnham m. Vivian Lorraine Stone
Iii Hilda Bird Burnham
Iv. Koert Dubois Burnham m Mary Ellen Wolcott
a. Mary Gorton Burnham m Bernard George Oliver
m. Edith Myra Palmer
m. Florence E Fenner
. E. Mary Cornelia Du Bois
F. Cornelius McIlvane Du Bois m Mary Sprague Wood
i. Gaynor McIlvane Du Bois m Marion S Gideon
ii. Rev Cornelius Du Bois, Jr