About Us

The Association of Philippe du Trieux Descendants was established in 1981 to locate and bring together the descendants of one of North America’s oldest families.

During the four centuries since the family’s arrival from the Netherlands, some 18 generations have been produced. The descendants are widely scattered throughout the United States and Canada. The “cousins” are of many family names.

This website, a quarterly Journal, leadership, and approximately 250 members have evolved over the last four decades.

The internet has made many things possible since 1981. We have had fun and informational reunions, as well as creating a scholarship. It is our hope that we will continue to grow and with your help, be able to bring both our members and web visitors more information about our interesting family history.

The website’s namesake, Philippe du Trieux, was a Walloon who arrived in ‘New Netherlands’ as an exile in France through Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sailing on the vessel “New Amsterdam”, Philippe, his second wife Susanna du Chesne, his son Philippe Jr. and daughter Maria of his first marriage arrived in New Amsterdam, now New York City, in mid-May 1624.

With very few exceptions, all those with the surname Truax, Truex, Trueax, Truaxe and other variants are descended from Philippe du Trieux.

In the examination of any family’s genealogy, many wonderful stories are found on both our grandfathers’ and grandmothers’ sides. Most members of the Association study not only the family of the paternal emigrant, Philippe du Trieux, but those who joined his descendants in marriage, generation by generation.

The Association of Philippe du Trieux Association is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Unlike many descendant organizations, membership in the Association is not limited to those who descend from Philippe du Trieux. Membership is open to all parties interested in the rich history we have to offer.

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