Abraham Voorhees

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

The Life Summary 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, and was buried in Prosperity, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

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

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 June 1773Somerset, New Jersey, United States
  • Children

    (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (8)

    +3 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 farm called Voorhees, located in the hamlet of Hees near Ruinen, in the province of Drenthe. This surname is not found in the Netherlands. Compare Van Voorhees , Voorheis , Voorhies , Voorhis , Vorhees , and Voris .History: Steven Coertse van Voorhees emigrated with his wife and children from the farm of Voorhees in the Netherlands and settled at New Amersfoort (now Flatlands) on Long Island, New Netherland (now NY), in 1660. Today the family Voorhees with its numerous branches is one of the largest, if not the largest, Dutch family in North America. The name is also established in the forms Van Voorhees, Voorheis, (Van) Voorhies, (Van) Voorhis, Vorhees, Voorheese, Vooris, Voorus, Voreis, Voress, Vorheis, Vorhes, (Van) Vorhies, (Van) Vorhis, Vories, (Van) Voris, (Van) Vorous, Vorus, Vorys, etc.

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

    Possible Related Names

    Voorhies
    Voorhis
    Voorheis
    Vorhees
    Van Voorhees

    Sources (5)

    • Abraham Van Voorhes, "New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962"
    • Abraham Vorrhies, "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872"
    • Abraham Voorhees, "United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783"

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