When Joseph Requa was born on 22 August 1811, in Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, United States, his father, Glode Requa, was 43 and his mother, Judith Comb, was 40. He married Eliza Ackerman in 1835, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Somers, Westchester, New York, United States in 1850 and Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 October 1886, in Yorktown, Westchester, New York, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Banks Cemetery, Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, United States.
Altered form of a French surname, probably Requier: from a derivative of the Old French verb requerir ‘to request, to require’, hence a nickname for someone who requests something. The surname Requa, probably of the same origin, is also found in Germany, where it is very rare.
History: The American Requas trace their origin to Gabriel Requa, a French Huguenot who left France as a child prior to 1682 and went first to England and then, in 1689, to North America. His name is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America.