Abraham Voorhees

6 April 1742–12 April 1819 (Age 77)
Long Island, New York, United States

The Life of Abraham

When Abraham Voorhees was born on 6 April 1742, in Long Island, New York, United States, his father, Abraham Jansen Van Vorhees, was 48 and his mother, Christine Vandervoort, was 33. He married Margarita Cammega on 31 July 1764, in New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He registered for military service in 1776. He died on 12 April 1819, in Prosperity, Morris Township, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 77.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Abraham Voorhees
1742–1819
Catherine Doty
1754–1829
Marriage: 9 June 1773
Margaret Van Voorhees
1774–1859
Margaret Voorhees
1775–
Mary Van Voorhees
1779–1829
Mary Voorhees
1779–1829
Lena Van Voorhees
1781–1846
Catherine Van Voorhees
1786–1874
Abraham Van Voorhees
1793–1879

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
9 June 1773
Somerset, New Jersey, United States
children

(7)

+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(9)

    John Voorhees

    Male1731–1838Male

    Femmetje Voorhees

    Female1735–Female

    Femmetie Van Voorhees

    Female1735–Female

    Catherine Van Voorhees

    Female1737–Female

    James or Jacobus Voorhees

    Male1739–1790Male

+4 More Children

World Events (6)

1775

Age 33

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.
1776

Age 34

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.
1787 · New Jersey Plan

Age 45

Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two "houses" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested).

Name Meaning

Dutch: habitational name from a place in Drenthe called Voorhees.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Abraham Vorrhies, "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872"
  • Abraham Voorhees, "United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783"
  • Abraham Voorhees, "United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.