Margaret Nevius was born on 16 Apr 1768, at Somerville in Somerset County, New Jersey 302, Page 480; 106). She was the first daughter born to Jacobus Nevius and his wife Pieternellite (Cornell) Nevius.

In 1792, Margaret Nevius and Henry Voorhees married, likely in the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey (125; 137, Page 344; 302, Page 480).  At their marriage, Henry was 23 years old, and Margaret was 24. Henry Voorhees was a son of Stephen Petrus Voorhees and Margareta (Van Dyke) Voorhees. A daughter Ellen Voorhees was born to Henry and Margaret Voorhees in Somerset County, New Jersey on 24 Jun 1796; a second daughter Margaret Voorhees was born on 6 Jul 1798 (302, Page 480).

In about 1800, the families of Henry Voorhees and his brother, John Steven Voorhees, migrated from Somerset County, New Jersey to the Lodi Township of Cayuga County, New York (300, Page 143). Henry and John Voorhees acquired land in Section 38 of the Lodi Township. A daughter Annie Voorhees was born to Henry and Margaret Voorhees on 23 Jul 1800 (302, Page 480). Annie may have been born in New Jersey or in Cayuga County, New York.

The 4 Aug 1800 federal census of the Ovid Township of Cayuga County, New York enumerates the Henry Voorhis household (1317).  Henry Voorhees was 26–44 years old. A 26–44 year-old female living in the household was very likely Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees. Three females less than 10 years old were very likely Ellen Voorhees, Margaret Voorhees, and Annie Voorhees.

Henry Voorhees appears on a 1803 tax list for the Ovid Township of Cayuga County, New York (1320). A daughter Mary was born to Henry and Margaret Voorhees in Cayuga County, New York on 1 Feb 1803 (302, Page 480). A son Stephen Voorhees was born on 3 Sep 1804 in Seneca County, New York (302, Page 480).

Henry Voorhees died on 20 Feb 1806 in the Ovid Township of Seneca County, New York (137, Page 344). At his death, Henry Voorhees was 36 years old. Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees was 37 years old, and their oldest daughter Ellen was nine years old. Henry Voorhees is buried in the McNeal Cemetery in Seneca County, New York.

The 4 Aug 1810 federal census of the Ovid Township of Seneca County, New York enumerates the household of Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees, more than 44 years old, with five children (1343). Ellen Voorhees and Margaret Voorhees were likely the two females, 10–15 years old. Stephen Voorhees was likely the male recorded as less than 10 years old. Two females, less than 10 years old, were likely Annie and Mary Voorhees. At the 7 Aug 1820 federal census of Ovid in Seneca County, Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees was more than 44 years old (1344). Four female members of the household who were 16–25 years old were likely: Ellen Voorhees, Margaret, Annie, and Mary Voorhees. Stephen Voorhees was likely the male, 10–15 years old.

The 1 Jun 1830 federal census of the Ovid Township of Seneca County, New York enumerates the household of Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees, age 50–59 years (1345). A male, 20–29 years old, was likely Stephen Voorhees. A 20–29 year-old female and a 15–20 year-old female have not been identified. The 1840 federal census records Margaret Voorhees as 70–79 years old (1346). A 40–49 year old female and a 30–39 year old female were also living in the household. The 40–49 year-old female may have been Margaret’s daughter, Ellen Voorhees.

The 1850 federal census of the Lodi Township of Seneca County, New York enumerates the household of Margaret Voorhees, age 83 years and born in New Jersey (1347). Ellen Voorhees, age 52 years and born in New Jersey was living with her mother.

Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees died on 25 Jan 1852 (106). She is buried in the McNeal Cemetery in the Ovid Township of Seneca County, New York.

Notes and Comments

A. Van Doren Honeyman states the given name of the first child born to Henry and Margaret Nevius as “Nelly”, very likely an alias for “Ellen” (302, Page 480).

Seneca County, New York was created from parts of Cayuga County, New York on 24 Mar 1804.

Sources

106. Gravestone, Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees, McNeal Cemetery, Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 25 Jan 1852. Find A Grave Memorial: 63749086. (Images: Find A Grave. Image on file.)

137. Elias W. Van Voorhees, ed. A Genealogy of the Van Voorhees Family in America. New York City, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1888. (Images: Ancestry.com. PDF file on file.)

300. History of Seneca County, New York 1786–1876. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Everts, Ensign & Everts, 1876.

302. A. Van Doren Honeyman. Joannes Nevius and His Descendants, A.D. 1627–1900. Part 2. Plainfield, New Jersey: Honeyman & Company, 1900. (Images: Ancestry.com. PDF file on file.)

1317. Henry Voorhis Household, 1800 U.S. Federal Census, Ovid, Cayuga County, New York, 2 Aug 1800. Series M32, Image 141, Page 556, Roll 28, Family History Library Film 193716. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1320. Henry Voorheese, Tax List, Ovid, Cayuga County, New York, 1803. Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799–1804. Series B0950. New York State Archives, Albany, New York. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1343. Margaret Voorhies Household, 1810 U.S. Federal Census, Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 4 Aug 1810. Image 00155, Page 243, Roll 36, Family History Library Film 0181390. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1344. Margaret Voorhise Household, 1820 U.S. Federal Census, Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 7 Aug 1820. Image 78, Page 331, NARA Roll M33_74. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1345. Margaret Voorhees Household, 1830 U.S. Federal Census, Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 1 Jun 1830. Page 102, Roll 109, Series M19, Family History Library Film 0017169. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1346. Margaret Voorhees Household, 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Lodi Township, Seneca County, New York, 1 Jun 1840. Page 262 Roll 339, Family History Library Film 0017206. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

1347. Margaret Voorhees Household, 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Lodi Township, Seneca County, New York, 9 Aug 1850. Image 51, Page 23A, Roll M432_597. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)


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