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Welcome to the Belyea family page of my family history website. This family represents one of my wife's many Loyalist ancestral branches. For our family research purposes, the Belyea family represent a maternal ancestral branch of the Bridgman family. William Bridgman married Mary Belyea in New Brunswick and moved to Lincoln, County, Ontario about 1799. This page presents the ancestors of Mary Belyea. As the Bulyea family is enormous, I am not presently tracking all descendant lines.
The Belyea family is descended from Louis Boulier, a French Huguenot mariner who was born in Santoigne, France in 1670 and came to New York in the late 17th century. His descendants remained in New York until the outbreak of the American Revolution when they fled to New Brunswick, Canada. A further description is provided below.
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The surname Belyea is a multi-generation corruption of the French surname, Boulier, which means "abacus". As an abacus was used by book-keepers as an ancient form of calculator or adding machine, it may be that the Boulier surname originates from an ancestor who was an accountant or clerk. The evolution of this surname is described in detail below as it morphed from the French Boulier to the Dutch influenced Beljee to the Anglo/Franco/Acadian Bulyea and Belyea.
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This page can be read as a stand alone page, but is intended to continue a narrative begun on The Bridgman Family Page where Mary Belyea had just married William Bridgman. Mary Belyea is descended from a French Huguenot mariner, named Louis Boulier. The Boulier family descendants are known more fully than is presented here. Because this is such an enormous family, I have only included the branches most closely related to the later Mary Belyea. More information on the Boulier descendants can be found on Cleadie Barnett's Belyea website.
The earliest verifiable ancestor of this family is a French Huguenot mariner named Louis Boulier who born in 1670 in Santoigne, France. As a Protestant Huguenot he fled the religious persecutions of his homeland, going first to England, and then to the English colony of New York where he would have been one of the earlier European settlers. He settled in the Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Westchester County, where his family would remain for three generations. Yes, this is the same Sleepy Hollow made famous by the legend of the Headless Horseman. Louis Boulier married on 23 MAY 1697 in the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, New York Colony, British North America to Annetje KONINCK. She was born 1672 in Der Groede, Netherlands. Around the time of the marriage the Boulier surname changed to Beljee, reflecting the Dutch influence (the French, Boulier, pronounced "bool-yay" morphing into the Dutch spelling, Beljee, pronounced "bell-yee"). They had the following known children:
Jan Beljee b: 1698 in Long Island, New York Colony, British North America, served in the church as a deacon in 1733-36 and in 1746. He was listed as an elder in the church in 1751. He married on 29 NOV 1719 in the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, New York Colony, British North America to Helena WILLEMSE. She was born 1698 in Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Westchester Co., New York Colony, British North America as the daughter of Robert WILLEMSE and Greesje CERVENT. Jan and Helena had the following children:
Hendrick Bulyea, U.E., (also known by his English name, "Henry", whose last name was also rendered Beljee and Belyea) was born 20 APR 1720 in the Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County, New York, when New York was still a British colony. He married first on 24 NOV 1739 in New York Colony, British North America to Deborah Carpenter. She was born 1715 in Phillips Manor, Philipsburg, Westchester County, New York Colony, British North America. It has been suggested elsewhere that she was the daughter of Nathaniel CARPENTER and Abigail FOWLER, however this is disputed. It is believed that she was descended from earlier English immigrants, though her ancestry is uncertain and her birth family cannot be identified with confidence.
Henry and Deborah had four children before Deborah died (probably during childbirth).
After the death of Deborah Carpenter, Hendrick married secondly on MAR 1755 in Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York to Engeltje ("Angelica" in English) Storm. She was born ABT 20 JUN 1730 in Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York Colony, British North America as the daughter of Jan STORM and Rachael DE REVIER. Hendrick and Engeltje had a further nine children who are believed to have been born in Tarrytown. Many of these children had descendants, who are beyond the scope of my present research, but can be found presented in detail on Cleadie Barnett's Belyea website.
At the time of the American Revolution the Boulier/Beljee/Belyea family fled to Canada. They settled in the area of New Brunswick, Canada that now bears their name, Bulyea Point -- the name now taking on a Franco-English spelling appropriate to that area of New Brunswick. At the time of their settlement the area was considered part of the colony of Nova Scotia, which was not subdivided into separate provinces until later. Henry Bulyea and his very large family are recorded as Loyalists and were given land grants on which to settle. They are recorded in one Nova Scotia history as one of the largest Loyalist families to have fled New York for Nova Scotia.
Joseph Bulyea, or Belyea, U.E., was one of the sons of Henry Bulyea and Deborah Carpenter who fled to Canada. He was already married at the time to Sarah Van Sniffen from an unknown Dutch family of Sleepy Hollow. They were married about 1765 in Phillips Manor, Phillipsburg, Tarrytown, Westchester County, New York Colony, British North America. They had twelve children, one of whom was Mary Belyea who married William Bridgman which returns us to our narrative of the Bridgman line.
|Descendants of Hendrick Belyea
|Queens County, New Brunswick research||http://www.rootsweb.com/~nbqueens/|
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|Hamilton, Ontario||Ancestors and descendants of Mary Belyea, wife of William Bridgman|
|Ken Christie||Oakville, Ontario||All branches|
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