Henry Voorhees was born on 26 Aug 1769, likely in the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey (137, Part 2, Page 344). He was the first child born to Stephen Petrus Voorhees and his wife Margareta (Van Dyke) Voorhees. At Henry’s birth, Stephen Voorhees was 31 years old.

On 29 Nov 1792, Henry Voorhees and Margaret Nevius married in the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey (125; 137, Part 2, Page 344; 163, Page 480). At their marriage, Henry was 23 years old, and Margaret was 24. A daughter, Ellen Voorhees, was born to Henry and Margaret Voorhees on 24 Jun 1796 in Somerset County, New Jersey (163, Page 480; 1348). A second daughter Margaret was born on 6 Jul 1798, likely also in Somerset County (163, 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 (163, 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).

Henry Voorhees died on 20 Feb 1806 in the Ovid Township of Seneca County, New York (137, Part 2, Page 344). At his death, Henry Voorhees was 36 years old. His wife Margaret was 37 years old, and his oldest daughter Ellen was nine years old.  Henry Voorhees is buried in the McNeal Cemetery

Notes and Comments

Henry Voorhees is not readily apparent in the 1790 U.S. Federal Census. At the 1790 census, he was about 21 years old and likely still living in the household of is father, Stephen Petrus Voorhees, in the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey.

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

Sources

125. Marriage of Henry Voorhees and Margaret Nevius, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560–1900. Yates Publishing. (Database: Ancestry.com)

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.

163. A. Van Doren Honeyman. Joannes Nevius and His Descendants, A.D. 1627–1900.  Plainfield, New Jersey: Honeyman & Company, 1900.

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

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.)

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.)

1348. Stephen Voorhees Household, 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Lodi Township, Seneca County, New York, 22 Jul 1870. Page 90B, Roll M593_1093, Family History Library Film 552592. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)


 Revised 6 Dec 2019.