We are the descendants of the 17th Century Huguenots David and Marie (Sohier) desMarets, through their sons Jean (John), David Jr. and Samuel.
The family fled France and moved around due to the fears brought about by the persecution of the Protestants by the Catholics and King of France. The family left for America from Middleburg, Island of Walcheren, Zeeland, Netherlands April 16, 1663 on the Dutch ship De Bonte Koe (The Spotted Cow) to New Amsterdam (now NYC). Our family includes the US and Canadian name variations Demarest, Demerest, Demorest, Demaree, Demeree, Demoree, Demaray, Demeray, Demerey, Demoray, Demorier, De Mara, Demarie and De Mary. Others are still being found.
DAVID DESMARETS, our common Great Grandfather, was born circa 1620 in Beauchamp, Picardy, France and died Oct 16, 1695 at present-day New Milford, NJ. He married July 24, 1643 at the French Church, Middleburg, Island of Walcheren, Zeeland, Marie Sohier, daughter of Francois Sohier and Margrieta, from Nieppe, a town of Hainault, France. She died circa1678 about the time of the family removal from the village of Harlem, NY to the new home on the Hackensack River at New Milford, NJ at that time called Kinderkamack by the Indians and Schraalenburgh by the Dutch. Sadly, she passed away from Small Pox and was the first burial at what is now “The French Burying Grounds” at the Huguenot settlement at New Milford, Bergen County, NJ.
For details on David, please refer to the “Family Narrative” in the 1964 edition of “The Demarest Family” by Voorhees Demarest or our newest authoritative reference, the 2007 book “A Huguenot on the Hackensack: David Demarest and His Legacy” by David C. and John S. Major, available at bookstores or at Amazon.com.
It is estimated that 95% of all US and Canadian citizens with a variant name of the French “desMarets” descend from one of David’s three sons. Please contact one of our Administrators if you believe you are connected, we can verify the connections and help guide your research to find your family line.
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