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Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs:
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[This information is from Vol. II, pp. 899-900 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Phillippe du Trieux, born 1585, and wife, Jaqueline Noiret, came to New Amsterdam in 1624. Phillippe resided for several years in Amsterdam, Holland, and had two children baptized there, Phillippe in 1619; Madeline in 1620. Little is known of him in New Amsterdam except that in 1640 he was "Court Messenger" and obtained a title to lands in "Smith's Valley" on the Island of Manhattan. His first child born in Amsterdam, Sarah, married Isaac De Forest, and they are the progenitors of the De Forests of Albany and the Mohawk Valley. Phillippe, the emigrant, married a second wife, Susannah du Chence. The name du Trieux has become Truax and Truex in the United States, and will be so written in succeeding generations. Phillippe du Trieux had issue by both his wives.

(II) Isaac, son of Phillippe and Susannah (Du Chence) du Trieux, was baptized in New Amsterdam, April 21, 1642. He was in Albany and later settled upon the "second flat" in the south side of the Mohawk in what is now the town of Rotterdam, Schenectady county. He is of record as being there as early as 1670. He married Maria, daughter of William Brouwer, of Albany, and had issue.

(III) Abraham, son of Isaac and Maria (Brouwer) Truax, died March 16, 1770. He married Christina, daughter of Jillis De La Grange, of Albany, and had issue.

(IV) Isaac (2), son of Abraham and Christina (De La Grange) Truax, was born January 13, 1715. He married, July 24, 1742, Engeltie, daughter of Caleb Beck, and had issue.

(V) Isaac (3), son of Isaac (2) and Engeltie (Beck) Truax, was born July 16, 1756, died December 21, 1854, aged ninety-eight years, seven months and five days. He was a resident of Schenectady, was a prominent figure in the business of the village, engaging in mercantile life, and was an official of the town. He is buried in Vale Cemetery. He married and had issue: Clara, Angelique, Jacob and two others.

(VI) Isaac L., son of Isaac (3) Truax, was born in Schenectady about the year 1800, died in 1885. He was a lifelong resident of Schenectady, where for many years he was in the wholesale grocery business. He accumulated a large estate and in his later years retired from mercantile life and devoted himself to the care and improvement of his property. He was a man of education and unusual business ability, standing high in the community. He was a member of the Reformed church, active in its advancement and liberal in its support. He was a Democrat in earlier years but later a Republican. He married (first) Mary Babcock, born in Schenectady, where she died, leaving one child. He married (second) Esther Blair, of Scotch descent, died in Schenectady at the age of seventy-six years. Both wives were members of the Reformed church. Children:

  1. Esther, died in infancy.
  2. Edgar I., died October 31, 1908, in Schenectady, unmarried, at the age of seventy years; he was a lifelong resident of that city; he was a member of the Episcopal church.
  3. Jane E., see forward.

(VII) Jane E., daughter of Isaac L. and Esther (Blair) Truax, was born in Schenectady, where she died in 1893, aged fifty-eight years. She was a member of the Episcopal church. She married Christopher Lansing, of Lisha's Kill, who died in 1900, and is buried in Vale Cemetery. He was a son of Benjamin Lansing, a descendant of the early Dutch family of Albany. Children:

  1. Sarah V. V., (always known as Florence).
  2. Bertha, see forward.

(VIII) Bertha, youngest daughter of Benjamin and Jane E. (Truax) Lansing, was born in Schenectady, her present home (1910). She was educated in the high school. She married James B. De Land, born in Clinton, New York. She is a member of St. George's Episcopal Church, as is Mr. De Land. He is a Republican politically, and a member of the Antlers, Schenectady Boat and Gun Clubs, and Amsterdam Golf Club. They have no children.

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