Name: Abraham Dafoe
Given Name: Abraham
Change Date: 29 JUN 2013
LDS Library, Microfiche #N4095, New York State I.G.I. : Dafoe, Abraham, son of John Ernst Dafoe & Maria Kelder, 11 May 1755, Albany, Batch# 7911502, input source 1260528, printout none. (Note: his mother's maiden name was Keller)
Christening: 11 MAY 1755 Albany, Albany, New York, USA
Death: 1815 in Fredericksburgh Tp., Addington County, Ontario, Canada
Book: Rolls of the Provinicial (Loyalist) Corps Canadians Command American Revolutionary Period by Mary B. Fryer - Muster roll of the King's Rangers, St. John Quebec, Jan. 27, 1784: Abraham Dafoe, Corporal, 3rd Company of Captain Henry Ruiter's unit, B 160, pp 153-6.
Alexander Fraser's Second report of the bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario (Toronto 1905), v21, p1011: Claim of Abraham Defoe late of Albany County. Claim't says he resided at St. John in 1783. Is a native of America. Lived in Albany County. Joined Gen. Burgoyne, was taken in Bennington fight. Got in to Canada in '80. Served in Major Rogers Rangers till they were discharged. Had a farm in Little Hoosick. It was a lease of 100 acres granted by Abraham Tinbrook 14 years ago to Claim'ts father who gave it to his son immediated. Had cleared 15 acres. Built a house, was to have it ten years free then pay (?) produce. Val's ye improvements at 400 dollars. Lost one yoke oxen, 3 cows, 2 hogs, grain of various kinds, most of it in the ground, furniture, utensils. Left these things when he went with Burgoyne. The rebels had them. Peter Yound Wit's knew claim't. He joing Burg. was afterwards in Roger's Rangers. Knew his place. 14 or 15 acres cleared, 3 cows, 1 yoke oxen. They were taken away when he joined Burg. All of his other things were taken.
A roll of the United Empire Loyalists, Crown Lands Dept.: Abraham Defoe, Fredericksburg, Corporal King's Rangers, Land Board Mecklenburg 1790, 500 acres. LBM 1792, 100 acres in the right of his late brother, Jacob.
He was a Sergt. in the King's Rangers, per his daughter Mary's land petition as a U.E.
http://genforum.genealogy.com/dafoe/messages/21.html- Brian Roberts- I have heard that Catharine's maiden name was Diamond, but have never seen a source for it. If she was Abraham's wife in 1781 (and this is not certain because her name is not given), she was born about 1755 because a record of 25 June 1781 says the wife of Abraham Davoe of St. Johns is 26 years old. The known children were: Mary, bn. ca 1776, m. John Kemp; a daughter, d. ca 1784; Jacob, 1784-1872, m. Ann Phillips; George, 1787-1873, m. Elizabeth Sills; Elizabeth,ca 1788-1861, m. Henry Sharp; and Lucy, bn. 1791.
Biography for Loyalist Abraham Dafoe - by Joan Creighton Lucas
Can you imagine a little girl, Mary, of 3 yrs trudging through the bush to Skenesborough and then in an open boat up Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River to Ft. St. John's? Then at age 7 on the move again to the gathering place at Lachine before taking the batteaux up the St. Lawrence River and along Lake Ontario to Dutch Town (Bath)... and all the time helping her mother with her new brother, baby Jacob.?
The somewhat contracted Dafoe family of 11 persons with Abraham, now the head of the family at age 29, faced a virgin forest that came down to the edge of the water.They drew their land, cleared it for farming and built their homes... to become a part of the founders of the Province of Ontario, in the country of Canada. (See also Capt. John Ernst Defoe)
Abraham with his mother, Mary Defoe, his wife Katreen and daughter Mary, infant son Jacob , brothers Jacob, John Jr, Michael and Daniel, his sister Mary and her husband Andrew Rikely UE arrived in Fredericksburgh Twp (Cataraqui Twp #3) where Abraham and brother-in-law Andrew Rikely drew lot 10, con 1.
Abraham eventually was granted 650 acres of land.
The Lennox Power Station has been built on Abraham's property in the first concession of South Fredericksburgh. In 1917, Madoc's Dr. W. A. Dafoe said that Abraham lived to be very old. His five remaining children married into the nearby families of Kemp, Silts. Phillips and Sharp. Joan's ancestors Elizabeth Dafoe and Henry Sharp farmed in Fredericksburgh: their farm stayed in the family until as recently as the 1990's.
Father: Johann "John" Ernst Dafoe b: ABT 1725 in New York State, USA
Mother: Mary Maria Keller b: 27 MAR 1729 in Loonenburg, Greene County, New York, USA
Katreen Diamond b: ABT 1755
- Mary Dafoe b: ABT 1776 in Vermont,USA
- Jacob Dafoe b: 1784 in Quebec, Canada
- Elizabeth Dafoe b: 23 MAR 1786 in S. Fredericksburgh Tp., Addington County, Ontario, Canada
- George Dafoe c: 9 MAR 1788 in Fredericksburgh Tp., Addington County, Ontario, Canada
- Lucy Dafoe b: in Fredericksburgh Tp., Addington County, Ontario, Canada c: 11 DEC 1791 in Fredericksburgh Tp., Addington County, Ontario, Canada