The Androvette Home, The Dubois and the Simonson's
Notes on the Du Bois family on Staten Island
All Staten Island Du Bois are descended from Louis Du Bois, son of one of the original 12 patentees who settled New Paltz, NY in 1677. He was part of a group of French Huguenots who came to America through the Netherlands to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. The Huguenot families that came to Staten Island from New Paltz were the Eltings and the Du Bois. The names of the towns of Huguenot and Eltingville are derived from them. These families were among the earliest on Staten Island Frances Jane and Margaret Ann's Du Bois Father was John Du Bois, an Blacksmith and abolitionist from Richmond Town, and their mother was Margaret Fitz Randolph, who was sister to Captain Nathanial Fitz Randolph, the revolutionary war hero who twice captured Colonel Billopp and exchanged him for several continental soldiers being held on the British prisoner ships moored off Staten Island. Nathaniel eventually died of wounds acquired in the battle at Springfield. He was a true American hero.