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Re: David Relyea b 1710 NY m Rhynders
Posted by: Deb Ralya Date: September 23, 2000 at 19:23:46
In Reply to: David Relyea b 1710 NY m Rhynders by Rosemary Jane (Teetor) Craven of 173

I have much information about David. Would love to know what you know. I am in the process of posting my web page with Family Origins. In the meantime, here is some of the info I have about David's father, Dene Reille.
I show David b. Dec. 24, 1710 in Kingston, Ulster County, NY., m. Jan. 29, 1747, died in Albany County, NY (no date).
I show him married to Annetje/Annatje Reynersche/Rynders, b.1717. I have much about Annetje's ancestors as well. Glad to tell more, if know what you need.

(Source: Jerry Ralya, Chez Jean Bouletin, Sablet, 84110 Vaison-la-romaine, France.) 1980s.

First appears in May 1693 in records of French Huguenot Church of New Paltz, NY at baptism of Isaac Frere, son of Hugo Frere and Marie Anne LeRoy.

Born and raised in a relatively safe period, because officially the French religious wars ended in 1598, when King Henry IV signed the Edict of Nantes. The edict granted the Huguenots the right to exist, to worship openly except within five leagues of Paris, to enter the universities. The edict was not motivated by any distaste for suffering. Rather, it was a sign of weakness. Henry IV could not possibly defeat the Huguenots, who had groomed themselves into a military force to reckon with. The Huguenots controlled much of Southwestern France; there they were the persecutors rather than the persecuted. And a lot of the educated men needed to run the country were Huguenots. Henry IV needed their support.

The atmosphere the Edict of Nantes fathered was that of an armed truce. The edict said that Huguenots could fortify 100 towns, and they did, they armed towns which by the nature of their sites were natural fortresses--like Montauban and La Rochelle--to the teeth. Most towns, where Huguenots were a minority, had invisible yet clearly drawn lines. Protestants and Catholics stayed on their respective sides. Hotheads used the safety of their sides as a base for skirmishes. But it was possible, exercising a bit of caution, and swallowing some pride, for a Huguenot to live a normal life, and we may assume that Dene Reille did so.

Though most Huguenots were peasants, a large percentage of them were made up of the intelligentsia of the day--craftsmen, university-educated people, civil servants. The Huguenots were a repressed minority, but they were not underprivileged. Dene was very likely a cut above the norm of his day in skill or education (please do not infer from this, however, that all Ralyas were educated: Dene's grandson, David, the revolutionary war soldier, could neither read, write, nor sign his name).

We may assume that Dene led a comfortable life in France, which ended overnight. America at the time offered anything but comfort. Though a few people may have gone to America with visionary idealism, most went out of sheer desperation because they had to, and Dene would be one of these. The odds of surviving the ship passage and the first winter were about 50/50, and for an old man, worse.

(Source: Jerry Ralya, Chez Jean Bouletin, Sablet, 84110 Vaison-la-romaine, France.) 1980s.

Documented in the "Relyea Family by Mary Knight Crane in NYGBR, Jan 1924, pp 62ff. and in the "Dutcher Family Records." Mentioned in the "le Roy" article.

He settled on the grant of land given to Captain John Evans, patent dated 1695 in Ulster County, New York. He was the first settler of the Town of Marlboro and lived on the stream called "Old Man's Kil" in 1697. At one time he was supposed to have occupied the stone house on the Hudson just south of Juffrow's Hook, now called Blue Point. He paid taxes in Marlboro and Plattskill in 1714-15, 1718. He was a miller and lived to be very old and was called "Old Denis"

From him are descended the numerous families of Relyea's, etc. who have scattered all over the country.

From History of the town of Marlborough, Ulster Co., NY; C.M.Woolsey; Albany 1908, p.20
...and it is quite certain that Dennis Ralje (Relyea), or as he was afterwards called "Old Dennis" was settled on a stream that is now called "Old Man's Kill" at the present village of Marlborough soon after Evans got his Patent (granted c1690). He was the first settler of the town of whom we have knowledge; and the stream or kill there was called after him. There is no record that any white man set foot in what is now the Town of Marlborough previous to 1684. It was originally a part of the "Paltz Patent" granted by the Colonial Governor in 1678.

The first settler was Dennis Relje, sometimes called "Old Denis" and "The Old Man". His name appears in the precinct of Highland tax rolls as "Denis Relje" in the years 1714, 1715, and 1718. In the tax roll of 1724 and 1725 it appears as "Old Denis". The Kill or Creek at Marlborough Landing is named after him.

p. 261:
Denis Relje (Relyea) was located on the Evan's Patent by Capt. John Evans in 1694 or 1695.

From "The History of New Paltz" by Ralph LeFevre; 1903: The Relyea Family: pp502/3
The first mention we find of any Relyea is when the name of Dennis Relji appears as godfather at the baptism of a child of Hugo Freer and his wife Mary LeRoy in 1693. Dennis' wife's name was Joanna (Jannetje) LeRoy. She and Hugo Freer's wife were sisters. Dennis Relji long occupied the house on the Hudson just south of Juffrow's Hook, as the point was called where the south bounds of the patent struck the river. He and his wife had several children baptized in the Kingston church - David in 1703, Claudina in 1706, and Hester in 1708.


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