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Andris "Supplee" Souplis
Birth: 1634, France
Death: 1726
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

"The pioneer of the Suplee family in America was Andris Souplis, a Frenchman, born in France, in the year 1634, a man of distinguished parentage, a soldier, an officer in the French army, and also a Huguenot. He left France in 1682. France at that time was a monarchical government, and the established religion was Roman Catholic. The Huguenots, on account of their religious belief, were persecuted by the Roman Catholics under the reign of Louis XIV, who was then King of France. These persecutions became intolerable, and ten of thousands of Huguenots left France to seek homes in foreign lands. Amongst them was Andris Souplis, who left France in 1682 and went to Germany. He was virtually a refugee, fleeing from persecution.

Whilst in Germany he married a German lady, Gertrude Stressinger, who was born in Germany in 1642. They left Germany in 1683, and with a party of German emigrants came to America, arriving in Philadelphia in the early part of 1684. History informs us that Andris Souplis was a man of great intelligence and ability, and was held in high esteem by William Penn, who was then residing in Philadelphia, and was governor of the province of Pennsylvania at that time. Andris Souplis was sheriff of Philadelphia county in 1691.

With his wife he settled in Germantown. They had five children, as follows in the order of birth Bartholomew, Margaret, Andrew, Ann and Jacob. Andris Souplis, in his will dated March 25, 1724, stated that he was aged, but of sound mind and good health. He also states that he was then living upon his plantation in Congesting township, Philadelphia county, in the province of Pennsylvania. He died in the early part of the year 1726, aged ninety-two years. His wife survived him, but we have no record of the time of her death."

[NOTE: There may have been an earlier marriage and the older two children may have been from the first one.] The above is quoted from a published document which may also be speculation.

Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Vol. II, by Elwood Roberts, 1904, pp 251-257

There are known errors in the above. Corrections are:

Andris arrived in New York in 1685, not Philadelphia. {Ship's list} Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 2, entitled "Denization of Andris Souplis." "Whereas Andris Suplis, being admitted a Burger of this Citty and having an intent to Reside in these Parts, has requested of mee that he may be a free Denizen of his Majestyes Colony." Signed at Fort James in New York on 17 September 1685 by Thomas Dongan (Lieutenant Governor and Vice Admiral of New York and its dependencies.)

Andris Souplis was never sheriff of Philadelphia county, rather Germantown.

Andris or Andrew did not marry Gertrude Stressinger in Germany in 1682. His wife on arrival in this country was Anneke; her maiden name is unknown. His second wife was Gertrude Stressinger by whom he had no children. Gertrude had been married at least twice previously; first to Garrett, and later to his brother, Harman Enoch.

Approximate period of death of Gertrude Supplee or Suplea, is known. Her will is filed in Philadelphia Will Book F, page 75; made Oct. 5, 1737, proved Nov. 20, 1738. Gertrude's will abstract is available in these archives.

Family links: 
  Gertrude Stritzinger Souplis (1642 - 1738)
  Margaret Souplis Keyser (1682 - 1744)*
  Andrew Supplee (1688 - 1747)*
*Calculated relationship
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Burial Ground
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Nov 06, 2010
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