Issue #3


The following account of the life of Capt. Abraham Maybee is taken from the notes of the late Ralph D. Maybee. (Continued from Issue #2)
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On Dec. 6, 1779, Major Gaetschius at Schraalenburgh asked General Wayne for a pass to send Abraham's wife Gerritje and her two children into New York where she undoubtedly joined Abraham. These children would have been Peter and Abraham aged four and two, respectively, at the time.

 Apparently Gerritje died in New York sometime prior to April 1781, perhaps at the birth of the daughter Jane. In April 1781, Abraham married Ann Ackerman, a widow whom he may have married twice, once by license and once in a church, or they changed their minds after obtaining the license. In an Index of Marriages by License in the State of New York prior to 1784, the date of the license appears as 19 April, 1781. In the "inserted records" of the Dutch Reform Church, the record is shown as "22 April 1781, married Abraham Mabie, bootman (boatman) and Ann Ackerman, widow, living at Hoboken". It is assumed that Ackerman was the name of Ann's first husband. Little is known of her earlier history. She may have been the widow Ackerman living on "the road between the Paramus Church and the New Bridge, New Jersey" in February 1780 and later removed to Hoboken, and / or she may have been Antje Storr/Starr born July 10, 1754 and baptized July 28, 1754 at Paramus, daughter of Jacob Storr and Gerritje who married Albert G Ackerman of Paramus by license dated Jan. 22, 1771; or she may have been Antje Demsen who married John Ackerman of Bergen, New Jersey. Royal Maybee's records state that Captain Abraham Maybee married Ann Huff, widow of Ackerman.

Ann is believed to have been the mother of Abraham's youngest children, Robert McDowal and Elizabeth, being born in New York, Isaac being born in Adolphustown after the arrival of the refugees in 1784. According to a muster roll of "Disbanded Troops and Loyalists Settled in Township #4 (Cataraqui)"  dated Oct 5, 1784, Abraham, at that time had a family of his wife, one son over ten, two sons under ten, one daughter over ten, and a daughter under ten. The three boys were still "in the States, expected in that fall". At that time, Peter would have been aged nine years, seven months; Abraham, six years, eleven months; Jane, about five years; Robert McDowal, about two and Elizabeth, one. 
Perhaps Peter and Jane were tall for their age and undoubtedly out of sight when the roll was called since children over ten years of age drew full rations. It is believed that Robert McDowal Maybee was named after the first missionary sent to Adolphustown by the Dutch Reform Church in New York. Therefore Capt. Abraham and McDowal must have been close friends before the great exodus but no birth records of other proof has been found.

Abraham was made a Captain of the Associated Loyalists  in New York City at the close of hostilities in 1783. This was a loosely knit organization formed to facilitate evacuation of the refugees. He was selected by Captain Michael Grass to accompany him to Canada that year.

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