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Loyalist Directory: Abraham DeForest

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Surname : DeForest
Given name : Abraham
Rank : Private
Where Resettled :  
Status as Loyalist :  
Proof of Loyalty : History & Muster Roll of King's Royal Reg. of NY by Cruikshank and Watt (p202) Deforest, Abraham, enlisted 25Apr.83 (roll of men, 2KRR NY enlisted since 15 Oct. 1781, dated 21Oct.1783.
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment :  2KRRNY.
Enlistment Date :  15 Oct. 1781
Date & Place of Birth : Abt. 1867,  Albany, NY
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : 08 Dec 1842 - Halton County, Ontario
Place of Burial :  
Wife Name : Elizabeth Bowman c1770, d 16 Mar 1842. Marriage 1791, Niagara Falls, Ont. Her parents were Jacob Bowman and Elizabeth (unknown).
Children : 1. SIMON DEFOREST II was born between 17 Mar 1789-1791 in Niagara, Ont.. He died on 12 Dec 1861 in Milton, Nassagaweya Township, Halton Co. Ont.. He married Mary Pear on 16 Jun 1819 in Halton Co. Ont.. She was born between 1797-1801 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on 19 Apr 1888 in Nassagaweya, Halton Co. Ont.
- Simon DeForest (as L.D. entry) by Paul Caverly
2. MARY DEFOREST was born about 1792 in Ont.. She died about 1851. She married Adam Bowman on 26 Mar 1817. He was born about 1795. He died on 12 Sep 1861.
3. JOHN CHARLES DEFOREST was born about 1792. He died on 17 Apr 1867 in Nelson Twp. Halton Co. He married Isabella in 1815. She was born on 05 May 1790. She died on 17 May 1868 in Halton Co. Ont.
4. JAMES DEFOREST was born on 02 Mar 1795 in Stamford, Welland Co.. He died in 1880 in USA. He married Christiana Countryman on 12 Jan 1819 in Ancaster Twp., Wentworth Co. ON. She was born in Jun 1795 in New York. She died on 16 Nov 1875 in USA.
5. STEPHEN DEFOREST was born about 1803. He died about 1828.
6. HANNAH DEFOREST was born on 10 Jul 1805 in Ont.. She died on 17 Mar 1880 in Montrose, Genesee Co. Mich.. She married William H. Weir, son of Stephen Weir and Hannah on 04 Feb 1830. He was born on 16 Mar 1799 in Newport Twp. Hunte Co., Nova Scotia. He died on 22 Feb 1876 in Montrose, Genesee Co. Mich.
7. ABRAHAM DEFOREST was born between 1814-1817 in Famboro, Halton Co. Ont.. He died on 14 Jan 1897 in Halton County, Ontario. He married Jane Chapman, daughter of John Chapman and Mary about 1835 in Halton Co. Ont.. She was born between 1817-1821 in Ireland. She died on 07 Jan 1884 in Pinconning, Mich..
Biography :  
Proven Descendants :  
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy :  
Family History : Simon Deforest (1789-1861) was born on March 17, 1789 in Albany, New York to Abraham Deforest (1767-1842), a Loyalist, and Elizabeth Bowman.
In the War of 1812, he served in the 1st Flank Company in 1812. He served October 25 to November 24, 1812. He served November 25 to December 16, 1812 .
After the war he made a land claim. On June 15, 1819, Simon De Forest made a land petition as a yeoman of Toronto Twp. He was over 21 years old, had done his duty in the late war, and was the son of Abraham De Forest of the same township and previously of the Niagara District.
On June 16, 1819, he married Mary Pear.
On September 12, 1861, he died in Nelson Twp. and was buried in the Deforest Pioneer Cemetery.
Family Genealogy : The parents of Abraham DeForest were Symon Deforest 1739-1777 & Mary (Molly) McGinniss 1740-1808.
Symon was descended from one of 3 Huguenot brothers who escaped the purge of Huguenots in France. They went first to Holland then to New Ambsterdam (New York) in the 1600s.

Simon was imprisoned with his son Abraham during the American Revolution. While trying to escape Simon was shot and killed but Abraham escaped to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Sources :  Pte, 1NY, cap't 23Jun79 ( James F. Morrison research; details 51 men captured or deserted from NY Contline, levies or Tryon militia regts and served in the two battalions of the KRRNY).

Stone, William L. The orderly Book of Sir John Johnson during history campaign against Fort Stanwick NY includes entries from Nov. 4, 1776 to Jul 31, 1777.

Abraham petitioned for land in 1795 stating he "served in Sir John Johnson's Royal Yorkers during the late American war", and received 200 acres of land, praying for additional land received grant of additional 100 acres.

Information submitted by Paul Caverly.
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