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Spelling variations include: le Roux, Laroux, Lareaux, el Roey



The original spelling of the name appears to have been LeRoux. The family in Bergen County seems to have used the LaRoe and LaRue spellings of the name.


Jacques LaRoe


Jacques LaRoe, son of Pierre Le Roux & Jeanne Gueren, married 25 Jan 1681 (banns: 2 Jan 1681 Bergen Ref Ch, Bergen, NJ), Wybrecht Hendricks Helling (Helm), daughter of Hendrick Teunisz Helling & Grietje Samuels.

Jacques LaRoe was b. 1657 France; d. about 1730 (after 1728) NJ. Wybrecht Hendricks Helling was bp. 15 Nov 1662 New Amsterdam (NYC) Ref Dutch Ch; d. after 1730.

The immigrant, Jacques LeRue, came to America from Mannheim in the "Palz" (Palatinate), accompanied by sister Susanna and a probable brother named Abraham; there is a tradition that his father died at sea on the voyage over, and the mother landed in New Amsterdam about 1670, with three children: Jacques, Susanna, and Abraham. Jacques joined the Dutch Church at New York on March 1, 1677.

Jacques Le Roux first appears in the records of New Harlem, 13 August 1673 when he took the oath of allegiance as Jaco el Roey, a young man. He was also called Jeams, Jacobus, and Jacob.

At his marriage, he was listed as "Jacob Lerou, Y.M., from Mannheim in the Palz" and his bride was "from Bergen."

He came to New Jersey with the Demarests and joined the Church at Bergen on October 7, 1678. In April and May of that year, he and Lawrence Ackerman obtained warrents for land at Tappan; also 300 acres on the Hudson River. On April 24, 1682, he and Anthony Hendrickson were given a patent for 120 acres near the Hackensack River, followed by a deed on December 20, 1685 for the same land. He purchased 220 acres from Gawen Lawrie on May 8, 1686, lying between the Hackensack River in Oradell and the Sprout Brook in Paramus, partly along the north side of what is now Ridgewood Avenue. He joined he Dutch Church at Hackensack on April 5, 1696 "with letters from the French Church." On April 24, 1702, he purchased from the Indians a large tract of land now in Emerson and Harrington Park, in partnership with Jean Aliee, his brother-in-law. This was confirmed in 1727 by a deed from Peter Sonmans made to Jacques, Hendrick and Samuel "LaRoux," as well as Peter "Alier," and Nicholas "LeSieur." He died probably in 1730, leaving a will dated November 14, 1728, proved September 2, 1730, which named his wife and children. Some of these had been baptized in the French Church.

Three of his sons, Hendrick, Samuel, and ?Peter? settled on the Ramapo Tract in what is today northwestern Bergen County. Jacques LaRoe's given name is sometimes found written "Jacob, Jr." or "Jacobus, Jr."

On 12 Dec 1730, Hendrick Laroe, Samuel Laroe, yeoman, both of Rampogh, Beregn County, NJ, and Wybregh Laroe, their mother and widow, of Hackensack, Bergen Co., NJ, [sold] to Abraham Laroe, yeoman, of Hackensack, Bergen Co., NJ, [for] 18, 60 acres ... James Laroe and John Alyee, both deceased, purchased of Indians ... formerly bounded by Gawen Lauries, but now by Peter Fauconnier ... sold in presence of Peter Sonmans to said James Laroe, Nicholas Lozier and Peter Alyee, son of said John Alyee ... said James Laroe in his will, 14 Nov 1728, gave to wife Wybregh Laroe and sons, Hendrick Laroe, Samuel Laroe and Abraham Laroe. Wit: Jonathan Traphagen, William (x) Alex, Abraham (x) van Gelder, Jan (x) Banta, Wybregh (x) van Bussum and John Christeen.
children of Jacques LaRoe & Wybracht Hendricks Helling:



----- Jannetje LaRoe, bapt. 18 April 1682 Bergen (wit: Josias Marse and his wife; father's name given as "Jacob Leroe" in the bp. rec.); m. 27 Feb 1703 Hackensack Ref Ch, Lucas Kiersted (Kierstede).
----- Peter LaRoe; b. Hackensack; d. before 1714 Hackensack, Bergen Co., NJ; m. 23 Sep 1710 Hackensack, Lydia Romeyn.
----- Ann LaRoe (Antie; Antje); m. 12 Aug 1710 Hackensack, Andries Van Orden, widower of Rachel Demarest
----- Mary LaRoe (Marytie); m. 17 Apr 1714 Hackensack, Albert Cornel.
----- Margaret LaRoe
----- Hendrick Laroe; b. about 1694 Hackensack; d. about 1760 Ramapo, Bergen Co., NJ; m. 13 Nov 1715 Tappan, NY, Maritie Lambertse Smith.
----- Samuel Leroe, b. 7 Mar; bp. 5 Apr 1696 Hackensack (wit: Hendrik Epke; Dywer Hendrikx); m. 16 May 1719 Tappan, NY, Catrina Lambertse Smith.
----- Rachel Laroe, bapt. 10 March 1698 Hackensack (no wit); d.y.
----- Angenitie Laroe, bapt. 12 June 1699 Hackensack (wit: David Ackerman; Illegont Verplancke); d. before 1723; m. 24 May 1718 Hackensack, Isaac Van Deuse.
----- Susanna Laroe, bapt. 11 May 1701 Hackensack (wit: Jacob Jacobse; Rachel Karson); m. 19 Apr 1718 Hackensack, William Albertse Van Voorhis.
----- Abram Laroe (Abraham), bapt. 18 March 1705 Hackensack (wit: Jacob Banta; Maritie DeGraves); m. 10 Dec 1736 Hackensack, Annaetjen Berdan.
----- Johannes Laroe, bapt. 4 July 1708 Hackensack (wit: Samuel Hellingh; Jacquemina his wife); d.y.

There is a printed book Jacques Le Roux, the French Huguenot, by Emojene Demarest Champine.

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. II, p. 213)...14 October 1742...11 September 1742...The three brothers, Laroux of Romopock
----- (Vol. II, p. 261)...16 August 1743...deed of 700 acres was made to the Laroux's by Messrs. Hamilton, Johnston and Burnet...and on delivery of the deed the Larouxs gave bond for 140 Jersey money at eight shillings the ounce...
----- (Vol. II, p. 278, chart)...32. Cornelius VanBlercum, lease date 24 March 1741/2, 200 acres, 20 shill. year rent...Note: This lease must not be delivered. Leroux agd for 1,000a.
----- (Vol. III, p. 404, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to Lambert Leroux, Jacob Leroux, Junr. and Johanes Bartolph, lot no. 208, 490.5 acres at 100 s, 11 August 1763.
----- (Vol. IV, p. 299)...19 September 1785...[Romopock Committee] received information from Mr. Haring that he had discovered by the deed from the Proprietors to the Laroux's and Keirsted that there was granted to them a tract of land of 1200 acres, except 150 acres in possession of Hans Voss, that nevertheless the Laroux's afterwards possessed themselves of Voss's possession and sold the said exception to William Hoppen and that his son is now in possession and is willing to come to an equitable agreement...


Pieter LaRoe

Peter Laroe, son of Jacques Laroe & Wybrecht Hendricks Helling, m. 23 Sep 1710 Hackensack Ref Ch, Lydia Romeyn, dau. of (prob.) Klaes Jansen Romeyn & Styntje Terhune.

Peter LaRoe d. bef. 19 Sep 1714.

In the m. record they were "Pieter Laroe, y.m. and Luyda Romeyn, y.d. b. Ackinsack, both living at Ackinsack."

As widow of Pieter Laroe, Lydia wit. bp. of Hillegond, dau. of David Ackerman & Gerrebeght Romeyn, 7 Mar 1715 Hack. Lydia Romeyn m., as a widow, (2) 23 July 1715 Hackensack, Johannis Slingerland, widower of Geesie Vander Linde. Lydia m. (3) (prob.) Jurrian Westervelt.
children of Peter LaRoe & Lydia Romeyn:



----- Jacobus Laroe, bp. 16 Dec 1711 Hackensack (wit: Jacobus Laroe; Wybreght, his wife)
----- Elisabeth Laroe, bp. 19 Sep 1714 Hackensack (wit: Jan Clasen Romeyn; Stintie Romeyn) [father, Pieter Laroe, listed as "deceased"]


Henrick LaRoe

Hendrick LaRoe, son of Jacques LaRoe & Wybrecht Hendricks Helm, m. 13 Nov. 1715 Tappan Ref Ch, Maria (Marritie) Smith, dau. of Lambert Adriaense Smith & Margrietje Blauvelt.

Hendrick LaRoe was born about 1694; d. 1760. Maria Smith was b. abt. 1693 Tappan NY.

Hendrick Laroe and Marrey Smet were witnesses at the Tappan Ref Ch baptism of Marey, bapt. 10 April 1716, dau. of Johannes Blauvelt and Catrey Spes (Speetz).
Children of Hendrick LaRoe & Marritie Smith:



----- Rachel LaRoe, bp. 14 Oct. 1716 Hack. (wit: Sique Laroe; Wybregt, his wife); m. Abraham Van Gelder, son of Jacobus Van Gelder & Susanna DeVouw.
----- Margrietje Laroe (prob. twin), b. Ramapo 1719; bp. 8 Feb. 1719 Hackensack Ref Ch (wit: Lammert Smidt; Margrita his wife; Lucas Kierstede; Jannetie Laroe his wife); m. (1) Jonathan Traphagen; prob. m. (2) 1 July 1745 Pompton Plains William Jenkins.
----- Jannetje Laroe (prob. twin), bp. 8 Feb. 1719 Hack. (wit: Lammert Smidt; Margrita his wife; Lucas Kierstede; Jannetie Laroe his wife); m. William Van Allen.
----- Jacobus Laroe, bp. 2 Apr. 1721 Hack. (wit: Andries Van Norden; Antie Laroe) [mother's name given as "Elisabeth Smidt"]; m. Rebecca Bartholf of Pompton, dau. of Corynus Bertholf & Annatje Reyerse (granddau. of Guilliam Bartholf); sold Ramapo land by 1765 and moved to Warwick, N.Y.
----- Marretje LaRoe, b. 30 Nov. 1730; bp. 24 Jan. 1731 Tappan (wit: Johannes Meyer, Marretje his wife)
----- Maria LaRoe, b. 19 Feb.; bp. 7 Apr. 1734 Tappan
----- Cathrina LaRoe, b. 5 Nov. 1736; bp. 9 Jan. 1737 Tappan
----- John Laroe, m. (prob) Margrietje -?-. His inherited propertry was sold at public vendue by Bergen County Sheriff in 1767; Isaac Bogert bought the land.
----- Lambartus Laroe, m. (1) 16 Sep 1748 Hackensack, Abigail Van Voorhees, da. of Jan Van Voorhees & Elizabeth Van Orden; m. (2) before 4 Dec 1757, Lybe -?-. Lambartus LaRoe was a miller; sold his inheritance to William Hopper, a mason from Paramus.
----- Arie Laroe, d. 1786; married and had daus. Elizabeth, who m. John Christie, and Maria, who m. Andrew Hopper.

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. IV, p. 465, Biog.)...Laroux, Henrick: Ramapo, Bergen Co.; father-in-law of Jonathan Traphagen and grandfather of Henry Traphagen.
----- (Vol. II, p. 126)...18 August 1741...Mr. Alexander said that 1 July 1741 one LaRue, brother to the LaRues at Ramopock, partners of Kiersted, had come to him and promised that he and his brother would come after the harvest and make up the matter for themselves, and begged that if in the meantime the Proprietors made up with Mrs. Valleau, that the La Rue's land might not be given to her.
----- (Vol. II, p. 171)...23 June 1742...10 April last Mr. Alexander received from Johannes Vos, one of the tenants that have taken leases of the Proprietors, declarations of ejectment (served apparently at Orange County Court, at the suit of John Bayard on the Demise of Henry Wileman agt. Thomas Turnout) for lands in possession of ...Hendrick Larona...who asked Proprietors to defend them.
----- (Vol. II, p. 288)...22 October 1742, John Forman (for the Bd. of Prop.) stayed at the house of Hendrick Laroux...
----- (Vol. II, p. 331)...29 November 1743...[Mr. Forman's journal]...Hendrick Laroux desires it may be remembered that if Hannas Traphawgol should offer to buy the mill which is near to John Hoppers, that he may be informed of it, before the Proprietors gives him a title, for one-half of the mill belongs to sd Laroux's daughters children, and he is willing to buy one half for them. Sd Laroux also desires that Abraham Vangilder may not be one of the first that shall be elected by the Proprietors, for he is his son-in-law and has paid twice for his land already to Fauconier...
----- (Vol. II, p. 363)...18 June 1744...the following persons agreed to pay 20 pr 100 acres for land which they claimed under Fauconier title...John Traphangel, Hendrick Laroux, and Benajmin Oldis [the three names are bracketed] for 100 acres...
----- (Vol. III, p. 335)...27 March 1760...[they] find on the 29 November 1743, application was made by Henry Laroux in behalf and in favor of the grandchildren of the said Laroux, and that on 18 June 1744 and agreement was made by John Forman with John Traphagen, Henry Laroux and Benjamin Oldes for 100 acres of which John Traphagen and his assigns were to have 1/2 and Laroux the other 1/2 for the use of his grandchildren, the children of Jonathan Traphagen.


Samuel LaRoe

Samuel Laroe, son of Jacques LaRoe & Wybrecht Hendricks Helling, m. 16 May 1719 Tappan Ref Ch, NY, Tryntje Smith (Catryntie; Catherine), dau. of Lambert Ariaensen Smith & Margrietje Blauvelt.

Samuel LaRoe was b. 7 March 1696; bp. 5 Apr. 1696 Hack.ensack Ref Ch; d. 1761 Ramapo, NJ.
Samuel and his wife, with letters from Tappan, were accepted into the Dutch Reformed Church of Hackensack 13 Apr 1723, upon confession of faith. In 1731 he was an Elder in the Dutch Reformed Church of Schraalenburgh. He later removed to Ramapo, New Jersey, where held held large amounts of land.

Samuel's will was dated 29 Apr 1760, pr. 9 Oct 1761; Tryntje was not named in his will.
Children of Samuel LaRoe and Tryntje Smith:



----- Wybregh Laroe (Bridget), bp. 23 Oct. 1720 Hack (wit: Siaeke Laroe; Wybreght, his wife); m. 3 Dec. 1742 Hack. John Bartholf (Johannes Bertholf) (who had a mill at Darlington), son of Corynius Bertholf and Anatie Reyerse. He was bp. 11 Sept. 1720 Hackensack Ref Ch.
----- Lena Laroe (Helena; Bridget), bp. 8 Nov. 1724 Hack. (wit: Lammert Smit; Margrietyn Smit); m. 23 Apr. 1742 Acquackanonk Ref Ch, Guilliam Bertholf, son of Coynius Bertholf and Anatie Reyerse. He was bp. 15 March 1724 Hack. He m. (2) Rachel Bartholf.
----- Jacobus Laroe; bp. 2 Apr 1721 Ramapo Ref Ch; m. 12 Mar 1742 Acquackanonk, Rebecca Bertholf, dau. of Corynus Bertholf & Annatie Reyerse.
----- Marytie LaRoe, bp. 6 May 1730 Hack (wit: Hendrik Laroe, and wife, Marytie Smit); m. Jacob Cough (Kough; Kogh), a miller.

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. II, p. 171)...23 June 1742...10 April last Mr. Alexander received from Johannes Vos, one of the tenants that have taken leases of the Proprietors, declarations of ejectment (served apparently at Orange County Court, at the suit of John Bayard on the Demise of Henry Wileman agt. Thomas Turnout) for lands in possession of ...Samuell Larona...who asked Proprietors to defend them.
----- (Vol. III, p. 323)...17 August 1758...lease for land at Romopock executed, No. 208 to Samuel Lerow, Lambertis Lerow and John Bartolf of 490-1/2 acres at 2.10.0 York money pr ann. for 3 years from 24th March last.


Jacobus LaRoe

Jacobus Laroe (Cobus LaRoe), son of Hendrick Laroe* & Maria Smith, m. 12 Mar. 1742 Acquackanonk Ref Ch, Rebecca Bertholf, dau. of Corynius Bertholf & Anatie Ryerse.

Jacobus LaRoe was b. 1721 Ramapo; bp. 2 April 1721 Hackensack Ref Ch ; d. Oct 1781 Warwick, NY. Rebecca Bertholf was bp. 15 Mar 1724 Hackensack Ref Ch; d. Oct 1781 Warwick, NY.

They sold their Ramapo land on 25 March 1765 to Isaac Bogert, and moved to Warwick, N.Y.
Children of Jacobus LaRoe & Rebecca Bertholf:



----- Hendrick Laroe, b. 1755(?); bp. 4 Dec. 1757 Paramus (wit: Lambert and Lybe Laroy)
----- Crynis Laroe, b. 1762

* or Samuel LaRoe & Catherine Smith?


Lambartus LaRoe

Lambartus LaRoe, son of Hendrick LaRoe & Marritie Smith, m. 16 Sept. 1748 Hackensack Ref Ch (banns Paramus Ref Ch), Abigail Van Voorhis (or Margrietie), dau. of Jan Van Voorhees & Elizabeth Van Orden.

Abigail Van Voorhis was bp. 19 Feb 1724 Hackensack Ref Ch; d. before 4 Dec 1757.

Lambartus m. (2) before 4 Dec 1757, Lybe (Elizabeth) -?-.

In the (1) Hackensack m. record they are "Lambertus Laroe, y.m., and Abigel Van Voorheese, y.d., both living under Peremus." They had no children.

Lambartus LaRoe was a miller. He sold his inheritance to William Hopper, a mason from Paramus Lambertus and (2) Lybe Leroi wit. bp. of Abigael, d. of Gerrit D. and Lena Ackerman at Paramus 20 Dec. 1761.

On 3 Sep 1754, Lambert & Elizabeth Laroe, of Bergen County, NJ [sold] to Thomas Boggs, of same [for] 530, 100 acres purchased by said Laroe from William & Jane van Allen and David & Catherine Hennion 30 Sep 1758 ... corner to Adolpus Shaorts. Signed Lambert (x) Laroe and Elizabeth (x) Laroe. Wit: Joseph Watson, Johannes Ester9lin) and George Ryerse.

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. III, p. 323)...17 August 1758...lease for land at Romopock executed, No. 208 to Samuel Lerow, Lambertis Lerow and John Bartolf of 490-1/2 acres at 2.10.0 York money pr ann. for 3 years from 24th March last.
----- (Vol. III, p. 404, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to Lambert Leroux, Jacob Leroux, Junr. and Johanes Bartolph, lot no. 208, 490.5 acres at 100 s, 11 August 1763.
----- (Vol. III, p. 417)...28 March 1764...Board executed lease [at Romopock] to Lambertus Leroc, lot no. 134, 28 March 1764, 12 acres at 3 s procl. payable every 25th of March.
----- (Vol. IV, p. 38)...George Ryerson informed the Board that Lambertus Laroux sometime ago obtained aleae from the board of about 12 acres of land that lay adjacent to Aure Laroux, and had been promised to said Aure, and the term for which the same was leased to said Lambertus being expired and he removed from Romopock, said Ryerson request that a lease for same be granted to Aure Laroux, to which the board agreed...

From Road Return Book A, pg. 53 (Budke Vol. 11):
----- Recorded at the request of Benjamin Oldis Ramapoch July 1st 1762. Wee the surveyors of the County of Bergen being called and have mett at the house of Benjamin Oldis and have all agreed have laid a road of one rodd wide beginning at Ramapough Road and likewise at the corner of the fence where the road turns to the house of Johannis Van Zeil on the East side of the fence as it now stands untill it comes unto the line of Benjamin Oldis its ? to an northerly course so as to be a rodd distance from the barn and so wee the surveyors have hereunto sett our hands day and date above mentioned.-Stephen Sobrisko, Lambartus Laroe, Nikolas Rix, Hendrick Hoppe, and have all agreed was before the ensealing.



Arie LaRoe

Arie Laroe, son of Hendrick LaRoe & Marritje Smith, d. 1786. He married and had at least two children:



----- Elizabeth LaRoe, m. John Christie
----- Maria LaRoe, m. Andrew Hopper

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes
----- (Vol. IV, p. 38)...George Ryerson informed the Board that Lambertus Laroux sometime ago obtained aleae from the board of about 12 acres of land that lay adjacent to Aure Laroux, and had been promised to said Aure, and the term for which the same was leased to said Lambertus being expired and he removed from Romopock, said Ryerson request that a lease for same be granted to Aure Laroux, to which the board agreed...


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