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Abraham (Peterson) Pietersen UE (1741 - bef. 1823)

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Abraham Pietersen UE formerly Peterson
Born in Bergen County, New Jersey, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jerseymap
Husband of — married before in Upper Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Ontario, Canadamap
Peterson-2100 created 7 Nov 2012 | Last modified
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Categories: United Empire Loyalists.

Abraham Pietersen was a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: Undated


Abraham Peterson was born 27 July 1741 near Tappan, New York, and baptized 23 August 1741 in Tappan, son of Nicholas Peterson II and Tryntje Meyer. The family farm was in what became Bergen County, New Jersey--in 1788 recorded as Abraham's birthplace.

Abraham's mother died around 1746. His father remarried in 1748. At about that time the family moved near Schraalenburgh, Bergen County.

In 1764 Abraham "Petterson" married "Lena Mandego" in Schraalenburgh; this seems to be the record of Abraham's marriage to Mary Magdalena Van Ordin, who was recorded as the mother of his children.

In 1775 he had a leased farm with six horses, six cows and five young cattle, and nine hogs; these and three boats "used for carrying Loyalists on expeditions" were lost to the Rebels.

In 1776 he joined the British in New York City, becoming an Associated Loyalist. In August 1783 he sailed with Captain Grass for Canada. The muster at Sorel, Lower Canada, in December 1783 shows him with wife and five children. Their first Canadian home was in Adolphustown, but by 1788 Abraham was among the first settlers of Hallowell (or Picton) Bay in Sophiasburgh Township, Prince Edward County, across a narrow strait from Adolphustown.

Mary Van Ordin died and by 1789 Abraham married Mary Wright, widow of Samuel Wright. They had a daughter. Their farm prospered; its 1798 assessment was £10, among the highest five of 70 assessments in Hallowell. In that year the Crown paid him £72 on his claim of £122 for possessions lost in New Jersey. "In Prince Edward County “From the time Abraham Peterson had sold a bushel of wheat in Kingston in 1799, agriculture—wheat, barley, buckwheat—had been slowly gaining economic importance.” Abraham was materially successful: he cultivated 60 of his 136 acres, and the 1798 assessment of Hallowell records his tax at £5, among the higher levels. (Lunns).

He died in 1823. His will of that year bequeathed hundreds of pounds and 1600 acres but only £3 to "beloved wife" Mary, who in 1829 contested the will but lost.


Reformed Dutch Churches at Tappan and Clarkstown, New York, 1694-1831. (Tappan #1154 Abraham born 27 Jul, baptized 23 Aug 1741.)

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Hackensack and Schraalenburgh, New Jersey, Published as Vol I, Part I, of Collections of the Holland Society of New York (1891), (pp. 52, 240)

Will of Abraham Peterson, Surrogate Court, Frontenac Co., Wills 1801-1858, Archives of Ontario, Microfilm # GS 1, Reel 1223 (filed 1 Apr 1823


Children Of Abraham and Lena

  1. Peter
  2. Nicholas Peterson b ~1768-1845; NJ, NY, Hallowell; m 1809 Margaret (Peggy) Van Tassell
  3. Ann (Annatje) Peterson 1773-1845; m ~1799 (as second wife) (John) Henry Loyst; NJ, NY, Hallowell, S. Fredericksburgh; JHL m
  4. Margaret Peterson b 1776 d aft 1843; m ~1794 (Dexter) Doctor Pringle; Fredericksburgh, Adolphustown
  5. Caroline Peterson 1778-bef. 1784; NY City
  6. Peter Peterson 1782-1783 or 1784; NY City, Adolphustown

Child of Abraham and Mary

  1. Sophia Peterson 1789-1863; m 1. 1811 William Black, 2. __ Williams; no children listed in Abraham’s will; Hallowell

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On 7 Apr 2016 at 21:07 GMT M (McQueen) M wrote:

Peterson aka Pieterson-1 and Peterson-2100 appear to represent the same person because: same person

On 12 Feb 2016 at 11:40 GMT Nan Lambert wrote:

Surname should be Peterson, with Pierterson in other last names field. AKA is not part of the surname. Merge with Peterson-2100 after fathers are merged.

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