Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Soldier Sent to Dutch Colony – Wallerand Dumont

B. in Flanders, now part of France
M. 13 Jan 1664 in Esopus, New Netherland
Wife: Grietje Hendricks
D. 1713 in Kingston, New York

Wallerand Dumont was a Huguenot who was said to be from a place called "Coomen" in Flanders; researchers believe this was in the region now known as "Département Nord, Pas-de-Calais" in France. In 1657, Wallerand migrated from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam as an adleborst (cadet) in a military company sent by the Dutch West India Company. It's likely he arrived on the ship St. Jean Baptiste in December of that year.

By 1660, Wallerand settled in Esopus (later known as Kingston), a community of Dutch emigrants in what is now Ulster County, New York. Probably he went there as a soldier, since the town was made into a fort or stockade by the orders of Peter Stuyvesant. It was known that Wallerand built his house there in 1663 or 1664, most likely made of logs. Two of Wallerand’s sisters came over from Holland in 1663 on a ship called Spotted Cow.

In 1663, tensions rose with Indians who lived in the area around Esopus. The Dutch wanted to make a treaty and invited members of the tribe into their fort, but the Indians who arrived for the meeting tricked them and attacked instead, burning homes, killing settlers, and taking captives. The Dutch drove them away, but this set off a few months of skirmishes. Wallerand was said to be a member of the Military Council in dealing with the conflict.

On January 13, 1664, Wallerand married Grietje Hendricks, a woman whose first husband had been killed by the Indians who attacked Esopus. They had seven children born between 1664 and 1679. Wallerand was important to the community; he was one of the military council during the second Esopus war with the Indians in 1663, he was magistrate from May 1669 to May 1671, and he was deacon in the Reformed Dutch church in 1673. He was naturalized December 2, 1687. In 1709 he was assessed for taxes and was rated at £320 with a house having two chimneys — a sign of social standing.

Signature of Wallerand Dumont

He died sometime in 1713 and his will was proven September 13th of that year. In it he named his wife, three sons and three daughters.

1. Margaret Dumont – M. William Loveridge (~1657-1703), 18 Oct 1682, Kingston, New Netherland

2. Walran Dumont – B. about Mar 1667, Esopus, New York; D. 1733, Ulster, New York; M. Catarina Terbosch, 24 Mar 1688, Hurley, New York

3. Jannetje Dumont – B. 6 Jun 1669, Kingston, New York; D. 2 Feb 1752, Albany, New York; M. Michael Van Veghten (1663-1762), 2 Apr 1691, Kingston, New York

4. Jan Baptist Dumont – B. about Sep 1670, Kingston, New York; D. 2 Aug 1749, Kingston, New York; M. Neeltje Cornelis Van Veghten (~1670-1738), about 1693, Kingston, New York

5. Francyntie Dumont – B. about 1674, Kingston, New York; M. Frederick Clute (1670-1761), 23 Apr 1693, Albany, New York

6. Peter Dumont – B. 1679, Kingston, New York; D. 1744, Somerset County, New Jersey; M. (1) Femmetje Teunise Van Middlswart (~1680-1706), 25 Dec 1700; (2) Catalyntje Rapalje (1685-1709), 1 Feb 1707; (3) Jannetje Vechten, 16 Nov 1711

"Wallerand Dumont and His Somerset County Descendants," John B. Dumont, Somerset County (New Jersey) Historical Quarterly, Vol I, 1912
Kingston – Discover 300 years of New York History [website]


  1. Wallerand Dumont is my 9th great-grandfather, so I am happy to find this and thank you for it. I especially love the signature. I share your fascination for ancestor biographies and admire how you have done these. The thread between Wallerand Dumont and me travels from New York to Nauvoo, Illinois, to the American west and Wyoming where I spent my childhood.

  2. Wallerand Dumont is my 8th Great Grandfather and I am also happy to have found this information and to learn his story. THANK YOU!

  3. Wallerand DuMont was brother to my 7th generation Uncle, my mother has told me a few things about him, his brother Peter was my direct ancestor 8 generations back.