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Hans Caspar (Dubs) Toups (1683 - aft. 1755)

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Hans Caspar "Gaspard Toups" Toups formerly Dubs
Born in Aesch, Zurich, Switzerlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Eppingen, Heilbronn, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germanymap
Husband of — married in New Orleans, Louisianamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Des Allemands, Louisiana, Nouvelle-Francemap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2016
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Categories: German Immigrants to Louisiana | German Coast Settlers | Louisiana First Families | New Orleans, Louisiana | Toups Name Study | Toups Clan | Louisiana Families.

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"'The progenitor of the Toups family was born at Aesch on November 11, 1683.[1] Through a search of the Calvinist (Reformed) registers of Eppingen in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, it was documented that three children of Hans Jacob Dubs and Margarethe Huber immigrated by 1711 to Eppingen.' Hans Caspar was one of the three. His confirmation was recorded in 1713 in Eppingen." [2]
"By April 23, 1721, Hans Caspar Dubs, Margaretha Hedinger, his wife, and two children, George Ludwig and Friderich, were at Lorient in France, awaiting passage to Louisiana aboard the ship, La Durance. According to the passenger list, La Durance arrived in Louisiana on June 3, 1721.
"On November 24, 1724, Paul Perry, a member of the Superior Council in New Orleans, visited the German village of Hoffen to take the census, and he recorded the Toups family as follows:
'No. 13: Gaspard TOUBS, of 40 years, native of Eche in Switzerland, Protestant, laborer;
his wife;
two sons of 10 and 12 years;
3 pigs;
an arpent and a half of terrain which he holds since two years.
He harvested this year about 12 barrels of corn and rice.'" [3]
"Between July 1, 1727 and May 24, 1728, Margaretha Hedinger, the first wife of Caspar Dubs, died in the parish of Les Allemands. On May 24, 1728, Gaspard Dubs remarried at the parish church of St. Louis in New Orleans to Marie Barbe Kittelier, native of Aurau in Wurttemberg. [4] [5]


Date: After 27 Mar 1755[6]
Place: Des Allemands, Lafourche, Louisiana


  1. The Toups Clan and how it All Began: A Detailed Four Hundred Year Genealogy of the Toups (Dubs) Family; Compiled by Neil J. Toups; Publisher: Neilson Publishing Company, 1969. Copy in possession of Shae Simpson. p. 52:
     GASPARD TOUPS (Caspar Dubs).
    November 11, 1683, at Aesch, Canton of Zurich, Switz.
      m. ANNA MARGARETHA HEDINGER, January 6, 1711.
      d. Ca. 1755, at Les Allemands.
  2. Robichaux, Albert J., Jr. "German Coast Families, European Origins and Settlement in Colonial Louisiana." Rayne, LA: Hebert Publications. 1997. pp. 147-148; citing Toups, Neil J. "The Toups Clan and How it All Began,"
  3. Robichaux, citing Archives des Colonies, Series G1, Vol. 464, non-paginated.
  4. Woods and Nolan, Sacramental Records, 1:248 and 1:141. The original was recorded in the registers of the parish church of St. Louis, Marriage Book 1, p. 118.
  5. Title: German Coast Families, European Origins and Settlement in Colonial Louisiana Author: Albert J. Robichaux, Jr. Publication: Hebert Publications 1997 Library of Congress Catalog Card # 96-78542. pp. 147-148 Personal copy.
  6. Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Vol. 2. 1751-1771; Editor: Earl C. Woods; Associate Editor: Charles E. Nolan; Publication: Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1988; Repository: Publicly Available PDF.
    Page 266.
    He listed as a sponsor at his grandson Gaspard’s baptism.
    TOUPS, Gaspard (Friderique and Marie Barbe STRIMPHEL), b. March 27, 1755, bn. March 25, 1755, s. Gaspard TOUPS and Charlotte SORELLE (SCB, B1, 93)
  • Neil Toups, The Toups Family or The Toups Clan and How It All Began: Ten Generations from 1721 to 1991. Published here.
Casper Dubs emigrated to the Palatinate region of southwest Germany between 1700 and 1708, in 1711 he was in Eppingen. In 1720, Caspar Dubs, in response to John Law's glorious accounts of Louisiana, Dubs left Eppingen, Germany for the French part of L'Orient. Unable to resist these opportunities offered by Law's Company of the Indies, he and his wife Anna Hedinger, and sons George and Friederich departed L'Orient in June of 1721 on the ship "La Durance". The arrival date in Louisiana is given as October 1721. Usually there was a stopover in Santa Domingo. These sick and weakened settlers from Germany were literally dumped on the banks of the Mississippi River, obviously in the wilderness and without shelter, carrying a few meager belongings with them. A less hardy and courageous people might not have survived. They existed on wild game and what grain and dry beans they could get from the Indians. Houses had to be built and land had to be cleared for spring planting. Evidently, Bienville gave them what he could spare but it was so little it would not carry them through winter and early spring.
The census of 13 May 1722 gives the number of people established on the Mississippi River above New Orleans as far as Point Coupee as 413. The German village of Hoffen where there were 25 men, 29 women and 40 children is where Caspar is listed. The German coast accounted for 60% of these settlers.
After getting partially settled, and in the midst of harvesting their few crops, they were struck by a terrible hurricane on 12 Sept 1722. In the summer of 1723, the city of New Orleans and surrounding area was plagued with an epidemic known then as "Purple Fever." By 1724, the Germans were still in need of assistance from the Company of the Indies in the form of supplies and provisions. This aid was not free gratis but added to the already overburdened debt of a poverty sticken people. In the census of 12 September 1724, Gaspar Toups is listed as 40, a native of Aesch, Switzerland, a Protestant, farmer, a wife and two sons aged 10 and 12. He owned three pigs and had been on his one and one-half arpents of cleared land for two years. This is the first evidence of Caspar Dubs later changed to Gaspard Toups.
Gaspard's wife, Anna, was last mentioned in the 1726 census. We assume that she died just prior. On 24 May, 1728 at age 45, Gaspard married Marie Barbe Kitteler.

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