FORSYTH COUNTY, GEORGIA
This is an update for the “From Holland to Forsyth County Georgia”
from Chyrene Barnes. The accompanying letter was dated July 17, 2003. She wanted me make
sure the corrected/updated info was put out there for the Buice researchers. Chyrene
states “There always has been one connection that just didn’t sit right with me
and I have found it.” “Willem/William Buis born ca. 1742 was originally listed
as the son of Pieter Buis. This is incorrect. Willem was the son of Johannes Buys. I really want
to correct this misconception.”
Our first ancestor Hendrick Beuijs was born 1480 in Holland.
Cornelis Hendrick Beuijs was born 1515, Holland. He married Appolina Philips.
William Cornelis Beuijs was born 1545 in Breille, Holland. He married Eytgen Maertens.
William was Mayor of Brielle, Holland. William made history by directing a part of the Dutch
fleet under the famous admiral, Maarten Harpertsz Tromp, out of heavy weather near England
and saved a number of his ships. He was commander of warships when a war was on, certainly
part of the war for Dutch freedom from Spain in 1572. William died 1662, Brielle,
Hendrick Willemse Buijs married Aetgen Cornelis Becelle, 4 January 1604, in the parish of
Brielle, county (province) of Zuid-Holland. One can deduce from the marriage date that
Hendrick and Aetgen were born about 1570 – 1584. They were members of the Dutch
Reform Church. Hendrick was the chief of police/alderman for Brielle from 1625-1630. (I have
pictures of the Townhall of Brielle which may have his statue outside the building)
Hendrick did have an official Coat of Arms. (picture taken from the “Book of the Dutch
Nobility”.) The name on the Coat of Arms is Hendrick B’uijs. The ‘
stands for an “e”, the name was earlier written Beuijs. In 1629 Hendrick was
allowed by the states of Holland to add the color silver in his arms. He chose to color the sky
silver. Silver was the color for the lower nobility. Hendrick received this honor because he was
the mayor of Brielle (third one of the Beuijs family).
We know they were a family of ship owners, thus the ship on the Coat of Arms. A
“buis” is a small sailing boat used mostly for herring fishing in the North Sea.
His home was located on a street called Nobelstraat and his house was called “the house
with the waning moons”.
Cornelis Hendrickse Buijs of Brielle, Holland, married 16 September, 1628, Hendrickji Jans
Damen. (Damen will come up again, please remember it.)
Jan Cornelis born August 1629 Brielle, Holland
Jan Cornelis Buijs was born August 1629 in Brielle, Holland. Jan, known as the soldier, was our
immigrant ancestor. He arrived in America in 1648 at 19 years of age. He settled in Long Island,
New York, was married about 1651 and began a family. He took the Oath of Alliance in 1687.
Jan was married three times and had a total of twelve children. We are descended from the first
marriage to Eybe Lubbertse. Eybe was born in the parish of Blaricum, county of Nord-Holland,
the daughter of Lubbert Gysbertsen and Divertje Cornelis.
Jan Cornelis was also known by alias, Jan Damen. Jan Cornelis Buijs had a extremely wealthy
uncle who was without children and an heir. The uncle, Jan Jansen Damen, brother of
Hendrickje Damen of generation V, adopted his nephew and our Buijs/Buys ancestor became a
wealthy man. Please note Jan Buys/Damen’s children kept their surname Buys as their
inheritance would come through their father who was a Buys originally.
1. Jan Cornelis born 3 November 1652 Long Island, New York
2. Hendrick Jans born 15 March 1654 Long Island, New York
3. Lubbert Jans born 2 February 1656 Long Island, New York
4. Hendrickje Jans birth date unknown Long Island, New York
5. Abigail Jans birth date unknown Long Island, New York
6. Divertje Jans birth date unknown Long Island, New York
7. Neeltje Jans birth date unknown Long Island, New York
8. Tryntje Jans birth date unknown Long Island, New York
9. Jan Jans birth date unknown Long Island, New York
Jan Jans Buys was born ca. 1659 Kings Co, New York. He married Elizabeth DeGroot, daughter
of Symon DeGroot of Schenectady, in Schenectady Co., New York.
After the Indian massacre of 1690 he removed to the Poughkeepsie area and then to
Issue of Jan and Elizabeth Buys were born in the Albany, New York area:
1. Johannes born 1 November 1685
2. Abraham born ca. 1791, married Rachel TerBos
3. Lysbeth born 10 June 1694
4. Rebecca born 28 March 1700, married Ephraim Schut
5. Sara born 4 April 1703, married Isaac Lossing
6. Symoon born 28 March 1705, married Elizabeth Brower
7. Neeltje born 1 June 1708, married Benjamin Bartlett
8. Cornelius born 7 September 1710
Johannes Buys was born 1 November 1685 Albany Co., New York. He married Marytie Brower
ca. 1707. She was born 30 December 1685, daughter of Mathew Brouwer and Marytie Wykoff,
Johannes settled on a 160 acre farm about ¼ mile east of the present location of the Oswego
Meeting. The old house on this farm still exists and today is owned by Trade Land Investors.
The house sits back a considerable distance from the road. He was the overseer of roads and path
master for Oswego, Beekman Patent area.
Issue, born Dutchess County, New York:
1. Elizabeth Baptized 1 June 1708
2. Ephraim Bartlett Baptized 31 July 1709 to Jesais and Cornelia Bartlett. The parents died
shortly after the birth. He was adoped by Johannes and Marytie Buys.
3. Matheuw Baptized 21 March 1710, married 11 July 1738 Catherine Lossing
4. Maritje Baptized 25 March 1712, married 3 January 1734 Jacob Dolson
5. Rebecca born 2 October 1712, married Gabriel Wright
6. Helena born ca. 1716, married Joseph Hof
7. Johannes Baptized 23 October 1718
8. Catryntje Baptized 12 October 1718, married Thomas Force
9. Samuel Baptized 21 November 1722, married Elizabeth Kip
10. Abraham Baptized 6 November 1725, married Elizabeth Hogg
11. Peter born ca. 1727, married Hannah Hall
12. Sarah Baptized 16 July 1732, married Peter Lossing
Johannes Buys was born 23 October 1718, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York. He
married ca. 1740 Eitje Lossing. She was born cs. 1722, daugher of Willem Lossing and Maria
Schouten. They were members of the Dutch Reform Church.
Johannes died ca. 1759-64 in dutchess County. Eitje married second Benjamin Philips 12 July
1764 and moved to Tryon, Fulton Co., New York. She died after 1766, Tryon, New York.
Issue to Johannes and Eitje, born Dutchess County, New York
1. Johannes born 5 September 1741, married Maria Van Camp
2. William born ca. 1742
4. Pieter born 12 March 1746, fought in Rev. War
5. Mathew born 19 July 1748, Loyalist
6. Jeremiah born ca. 1750, fought in Rev. War
7. Simeon born 15 April 1756, fought in Rev. War
8. Abraham born 9 March1759
Willem/William Buis, born ca. 1742, is the ancestor who brought us out of New York. He and
his brother Abram/Abraham moved southward and can be found as land owners for a brief time
in North Carolina. Their stay there was short and their continuing journey brought them to settle
and farm land in Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
William and Abraham both served in the Revolutionary War and it is felt they fought in the battle
of Kings Mountain although I have not proven this.
William began to acquire the rich farm land on either side of the Thickety Creek in Spartanburg
County. And at one time he held 735 acres. William died 2 September 1800, after appointing his
brother Abraham executor of his vast estate. His revolutionary War papers, will, and estate sale
papers do not copy well. I have taken the liberty of typing some of these for your easy
Willem married Sarah ?
Issue for Willem and Sarah:
1. Enoch birth date unknown
2. Elisha born 1775 Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
3. Abraham birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
4. David birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
5. John birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
6. Jonathan birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
7. Lijah birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
8. Noah birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
9. Lydia birth date unknown Spartanburg Co., South Carolina
David Buis/Buice was the fourth child of William. Although David did not leave South
Carolina, he had issue who settled in our beautiful state of Georgia. These Georgia sons were,
Henry who settled in Cobb Co., and William who settle in Forsyth Co.
David Buice married first ? ? (could this be the Cherokee Indian connection I’ve always
Issue born in Spartanburg Co., South Carolina:
1. William born 23 April 1804
2. David born 25 August 1810
3. Henry H. born 25 May 1811
4. Elisha birth date unknown
5. Joshua born about 1817
6. Patsy birth date unknown
7. Elizabeth birth date unknown
David married Martha ? and had the following issue all born in Spartanburg Co., South
1. John Ross born about 1843
2. Sarah born about 1843
3. Tempy birth date unknown
4. James birth date unknown
William Buice was born 23 April 1804 in Spartanburg Co., South Carolina. He married Mary
Ann Mathis. They came to Forsyth County, Georgia. We are all familiar with these two as they
are buried under the "Little House" in the Sharon Baptist church Cemetery in
Forsyth County, Georgia.
See map of Sharon Cemetery
Special thanks to the collaboration of:
Mr. Jack Buice - Decatur, Georgia
Mr. Everett Donald Buis - Decatur, Illinois
Mr. Raymond Mozley - Sidney, Ohio
More Family History - Frans Pieter Buis
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