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Maria Du Trieux Viele/Peek
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Birth: 1617
Death: 1684
Schenectady County
New York, USA

Marie du Trieux was born in Amsterdam, Holland and baptized there April 5, 1617. She was the daughter of Philipe du Trieux and Jacquemine Noiret. Her mother died when Marie was about three years old. Her father married Susanna du Chesne, probably his first wife's cousin, on August 30, 1621 in Amsterdam. On March 9, 1624 her parents were given a letter of transfer from the Walloon Church in Amsterdam to take their family to the New World. So it was that on March 20, 1624, Marie du Trieux, at the age of seven, set sail aboard the ship New Netherland to become one of the first settlers of New Amsterdam (New York).They settled at Fort Orange (Albany). By 1625 the family was living on Manhattan Island where Marie spent most of her life. Before she was married Marie had born two children. Her first child, Aeltjen Pieters, was raised by the father, Pieter Wolphersen, and his wife. Her second child, Aernoult, whom she named after her grandfather, Aernoult Noiret, was baptized May 27, 1640 in the Dutch Reformed Church of New Amsterdam. Marie married in 1640 or 1641 Cornelis Volkertsen. Cornelis, a trader and ship owner, was a close family friend probably thirty years her senior. (Aernoudt signed his name as an adult in 1661 "Aernoudt Corn. Wilen" indicating that Cornelis was his father.) Cornelis quit the sea at the time of his marriage to Marie and opened a tavern called "Marie's Tavern" on Manhattan Island. It was located on the East side of the Great Highway (Broadway) about 400 feet south of Wall Street. They had three more children, Cornelis, Jacomyntje, and Pieter, before Cornelis died about 1649.On February 20, 1650 Marie married Jan Peek, was also an early settler of New Amsterdam, and the town of Peekskill, NY takes its name from him.
Jan and Marie continued to run her tavern and were in trouble frequently for tapping after 9 pm, tapping on Sunday or serving liquor to Indians.During the next seven years Jan and Marie had four children, Anna, Johannes, Jacobus, and Marie. During this time they had become so blatant in their ignoring of the laws concerning the selling of liquor to Indians that they finally were prosecuted severely. The action was brought against Marie, the wife of Jan Peek, whereupon January 4, 1664 "Marie de Truix, fined 500 guilders and costs, and to be banished from the Island of Manhattan." Marie moved to Schenectady and Fort Orange, probably living with her sons. Jan Peek must have died during that time, for there is no further mention of him in the records. After the English took over the government Marie returned to Manhattan, living for a while on Dukes street. Sometime after 1671 Marie is said to have moved again to Schenectady where she died. It is not surprising that the sons of Marie du Trieux, born of a French mother and Dutch father, raised by an English stepfather and having many Indian children for playmates, would grow up to be linguists. The oldest, Aernoudt, would be credited with creating the alliance between the English and the Iroquois league that thwarted French attempts at invasion. He is also thought to have been the first European explorer of the Ohio Valley. He was often the official interpreter in dealings with the Indian people. Cornelis, the second son, also served as official interpreter at times and is thought to have married a woman who was half Indian, half Dutch. He was not interested in exploration, preferring to follow the family line of business. He opened a tavern in Schenectady.
Peter, the third son, was not listed as official interpreter but was known to be close to the Indian people. Peter was a farmer who acquired large pieces of land before his death about 1685.
These three sons who gave their surname as Viele are the progenitors of the Veile family in America. They received large land grants from the Indians, in appreciation of their deeds. Marie was a business woman, and knew about equal rights. She was a wild one. She was indepent, daring and had a free will. Her decendents become some of the most dissguished families of New York. Among them is our President Theordore Roosevelt and his niece, First Lady Eleanor.
John Jacob Astor is also a descindent through his mother, Caroline Schermerhorn. A grandaughter married into the English Banking House of Childand Company and one of her descendents established the Daily Advertiser in New York. 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Other.
Specifically: grave unknown
 
Created by: Chinook
Record added: Sep 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15586725
Maria <i>Du Trieux</i> Viele/Peek
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