Deborah Fort

Female11 May 1763–1867

Brief Life History of Deborah

When Deborah Fort was born on 11 May 1763, in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Johannes Abrahamse Fort, was 46 and her mother, Rebecca Ostrander, was 34. She married Casparus Cornelius Westervelt on 30 January 1785, in Dutchess, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She died in 1867, in New York, United States, at the age of 104.

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Family Time Line

Casparus Cornelius Westervelt
Deborah Fort
Marriage: 30 January 1785
Lavinia “Wyntje” Westerveld
Elizabeth Westervelt
Rebecca Westervelt
Cornelius Westervelt
Johannes Casparus Westervelt
Jacob Westervelt
Cathalina Westervelt
Daniel Westervelt
Abraham Fort Westervelt

Sources (15)

  • Annaatje Fort, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"
  • Debora Fort in entry for Johannis Westervelt, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"
  • Debora Fort in entry for Johannes Westervelt, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 January 1785Dutchess, New York, United States
  • Children (9)

    +4 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 13

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


    Age 13

    New York is the 11th state.


    Age 28

    Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

    Name Meaning

    French, Walloon, English, and Catalan: nickname from Old French, Middle English, Catalan fort ‘strong, brave’ (from Latin fortis). Compare Lefort .

    French: from Fort, a French form of the Latin personal name Fortis (from fortis ‘strong, brave’), chosen by early Christians as a symbol of moral strength and steadfastness, and borne by an obscure saint whose cult was popular during the Middle Ages in southern and southwestern France. Compare St. Fort .

    French: habitational name from (Le) Fort, the name of several places in various parts of France, named with Old French fort ‘stronghold’ (from the adjective fort ‘strong’). Compare Lefort .

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

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