John Francis Ryerson

1723–1798 (Age 74)
Bergen, New Jersey, United States

The Life of John Francis

When John Francis Ryerson was born on 15 December 1723, in Bergen, New Jersey, United States, his father, Fran Martense Ryerson, was 38 and his mother, Jannetje Dey, was 38. He married Maria Wessels about 1747, in New York City, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 8 April 1798, in Dutch Kills, Queens, New York, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Long Island City, Queens, New York, United States.

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John Francis Ryerson
Maria Wessels
Marriage: about 1747
Francis Ryerson
Johnnes Reyerson
Evart Ryerson
Martin Ryerson
Annetje Ryerson
John F Ryerson
Joris Johannes Ryersen
George Ryerson
Ann (Antje) Ryerson

Spouse & Children

about 1747
New York City, New York, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 52

"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 53

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 58

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.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Reierson or of any of its cognates, for example Dutch Ryerse(n) or Norwegian and Danish Reiersen.

Possible Related Names

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

Story Highlight


George Ryerson . Holy Bible in Dutch; Dordrecht, Pieter Keur, 1719. This Bible originally belonged to George Ryerson and has his name in it, dated 1781. It contains vari …

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