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.

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Abraham Voorhees
Catherine Doty
Marriage: 9 June 1773
Margaret Van Voorhees
Margaret Voorhees
Mary Van Voorhees
Mary Voorhees
Lena Van Voorhees
Catherine Van Voorhees
Abraham Van Voorhees

Spouse and Children

9 June 1773
Somerset, New Jersey, United States


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Parents and Siblings



    John Voorhees


    Femmetje Voorhees


    Femmetie Van Voorhees


    Catherine Van Voorhees


    James or Jacobus Voorhees


+4 More Children

World Events (6)


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.

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.

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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"

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