Peter Praa Provost

Brief Life History of Peter Praa

When Peter Praa Provost was born on 30 March 1780, in Middlesex, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Pieter Pra Provoost, was 31 and his mother, Hannah Buckelew, was 33. He married Mary Robertson on 30 July 1800, in New York City, New York County, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in New York City, New York County, New York, United States for about 10 years.

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Peter Praa Provost
Mary Robertson
Marriage: 30 July 1800
Sarah Ann Provost
Hannah M. Provost
Peter Buckelew Provost
John Webb Provost
Abigail Dunton Provost
Aaron Van Pelt Provost

Sources (7)

  • Peter Provost, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Peter Praa Provost in the New York City, Compiled Marriage Index, 1600-1800s
  • P P Provist in entry for Jno R Slayback and Susan Provist, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"

World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

1787 · New Jersey Plan

"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)."


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: French Armand, Pierre, Andre, Emile, Camille, Lucien, Normand, Alphonse, Cecile, Gilles, Jacques.

French: northern and western variant of Prévost (see Prevost ) and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this (compare 2 below).

English: occupational name from Middle English provost, provest, proust ‘provost, steward, representative’ (Old English prafost), also used for the head of a religious chapter or educational establishment, or, since such officials were usually clergy and celibate, a nickname for a self-important person.

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

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