JOHN DuBOIS, son of Matthias, a pioneer, was born on Staten Island, January 26, 1777. He is a descendant of
Louis DuBois, born at Wicres, near Lille, Artois, in northern France, October 27, 1626, who came, with his wife
and children, and other French Huguenots, to America in 1660. He settled at Hurley, near Kingston, N. Y., and opened
a store. In the Indian raid of 1663 Hurley was almost entirely destroyed, and Madame DuBois and her three children
were taken prisoners and held in captivity by the Indians for three months. About 1792 Matthias DuBois brought
his family to Vestal now in Broome county, but then in the town of Union, Tioga county. In 1793 he purchased of
Robert L. Hooper, of Trenton, N. J., a farm of 821 acres on the Susquehanna river, about one mile west of the present
village of Vestal. In 1799. he built a gristmill on the batik of the river. While digging a ditch for the mill,
it caved in upon his son, Lewis, crushing him to death. About 1805 John DuBois was married with Lucy Orocker, a
daughter of Ezekiel Crocker, an early settler near Binghamton. They made their home in Owego on a farm near the
mouth of Owego creek. About 1811 he acquired land on the river a short distance west of Tioga Centre, and erected
a frame dwelling house, then one of the best dwellings in that section. Here he lived until his death on October
29, 1861. In 1812 he was appointed the first postmaster at Tioga Centre. He had a large physique and great physical
strength, and once killed a bear with a stone. He had nine sons and three daughters, all horn in Tioga county,
and all grew to maturity except William and Angeline, who died in infancy. The eldest son, Ezekiel, was born in
1807 and was married with Clarissa Badger in 1834. He resided on his farm at Tioga Centre and there died in 1875,
leaving five children, Lucy, Caroline (Mrs. A. Morris), David, Cassie, and John E. DuBois. John DuBois, Jr., was
born in 1809. He was a lumberman and the founder of the city of DuBois, Pa. He owned over 30,000 acres of white
pine timber land in Clearfield county, Pa. He died unmarried in 1886. David, born in 1810, died unmarried in 1844.
Pamelia, born in 1812, married Hon. Edmund Miller, of Elmira, N.Y. They had two sons and four daughters. Abel,
born in 1815, married Elizabeth Gray in 1844. He moved to Williamsport, Pa., in 1864, where he was a lumberman
and still resides, in his 83d year. They have two daughters, Euphemia (Mrs. H. L. White), and Jessie E. DuBois.
Matthias, born in 1818, in 1849 married Louisa Mundy. He died in 1853, leaving one son, the late William M. DuBois,
of Elmira. Orin. born in 1820, went to California in 1849 and died there in 1883. He left three daughters and two
sons; George and Frank DuBois. George W. (unmarried), born in 1822, died in 1849. Mary (Mrs. Sevelyn Fowler), born
July 30, 1824, removed to Clark county, Mo., where she died in 1861, leaving two sons and two daughters. Joseph
DuBois, born July 30, 1824, married Euphemia Gray, daughter of Arthur Gray, an early settler of Binghamton, and
resided on his river farm one mile west of Tioga Centre until 1863, when to improve his health he took an ocean
trip to California. Returning in 1864 he lived two years at Binghamton, then on his homestead farm at Tioga until
1870, when he removed to Waverly, where he died February 4, 1889. He had three children, Anna E. (Mrs. Stuart W.
Cowan), of Mt. Vernon, N. Y., Mary (died at six years of age), and Arthur Gray DuBois, by whom this sketch is written,
who resides at Waverly.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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