Meet Your Cousins! The Association of Philippe du Trieux Descendants is planning a Zoom Reunion for June 1, 2024, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of our family in colonial America. They settled in the Beverwyck/Albany, area and New Amsterdam/New York City, later becoming the state of New York.
The Zoom Reunion will allow people from all over the US, Canada, and as far away as Europe and Australia to join in.

We are beyond pleased that Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World… “The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America,” will be our headline presenter. Mr. Shorto will speak to us live and answer questions. His book is considered the “go to” for the history of New Amsterdam and New York City.

Also, we are very excited to have Beth M. Caruso, author of The Salty Rose, based on the life of Philippe du Trieux’s daughter, Marie du Trieux, a tavern keeper with a salty tongue and a heart of gold, struggles as she navigates love and loss, Native wars, and possible banishment by authorities in the unruly trading port of New Amsterdam, an outpost of the Dutch West India Company. Ms. Caruso will also be live and accepting questions.

Marietta Carr, the Archivist, will speak on the Truax collection maintained at the Schenectady County Historical Society.
The officers of the Association will also fill you in about what is happening at your Association.

You will need to register at Members are free, non-members are $15, which includes your membership for 2024. (Non-members should send $15 to Karen Vaina, President, 1969 SW Saint Andrews Drive, Palm City, FL 34990. Check should be made out to Association of Philippe du Trieux Descendants.) Or, become a member for $15 and you can pay thru PayPal. All information on the Contact Us portion of the website.

For those not familiar with Zoom, once you register, an email will be sent to you as to how to log on and a few details about getting the most from the Reunion. The Reunion will be approximately five hours with two breaks.

You do not want to miss this. Come and celebrate our family history with your cousins.

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.

Click here for membership information.