Stephen Petrus Voorhees was born on 21 Jan 1738 in Somerset County, New Jersey (137, Page 340; 1319). He was a son of Petrus Voorhees and his wife Mary. At Stephen’s birth, his father Petrus was 26 years old. Little is know about Stephen’s mother, Mary. On 25 Mar 1762, Stephen Petrus Voorhees and Margareta Van Dyke married, presumably in Somerset County, New Jersey (137, Page 340).
Eight children were born to Stephen Petrus Voorhees and his wife Margareta (Van Dyke) Voorhees in Somerset County, New Jersey (137, Pages 340–351):
Margareta Voorhees on 17 Jun 1763,
Mary Voorhees on 26 Jan 1765,
Peter Voorhees on 22 Feb 1767,
Henry Voorhees on 26 Aug 1769,
John Steven Voorhees on 3 Feb 1772,
Catherine Voorhees on 30 Aug 1774,
Lettice Voorhees on 1 Sep 1776,
Anna Voorhees on 1 Dec 1783, and
Elizabeth Voorhees, aft Aug 1784.
At the birth of his first child, Margareta Voorhees, Stephen Petrus Voorhees was 25 years old.
From Jan 1779 through Aug 1795, Stephen Voorhees appeared regularly on tax lists for the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey (223). On 10 Jan 1804, Stephen signed a petition to compensate land owners in Somerset County, New Jersey (201).
In about 1800, two sons of Stephen and Margareta Voorhees, Henry Voorhees and John Voorhees, migrated from Somerset County, New Jersey to the Ovid Township of Cayuga County, New York (300, Page 143; 513).
The wife of Stephen Petrus Voorhees, Margareta (Van Dyke) Voorhees died on 27 Aug 1800 in Somerset County, New Jersey (137, Page 340).
In about 1810, Stephen Petrus Voorhees joined his sons in Seneca County, New York (137, Page 340). Stephen’s daughter, Lettice (Voorhees) Minor and her husband William Minor were living in the Lodi Township of Seneca County, New York by the 10 Aug 1850 U.S. Federal Census (358).
Stephen’s daughter, Catherine Voorhees, died on 27 Sep 1802 at age 28 years (137, Page 349).
On 12 Jun 1815, Stephen died in Seneca County, New York (1319; 137, Page 340). He is buried in the McNeal Cemetery in the Lodi Township of Seneca County, New York (1319).
Notes and Comments
Henry Voorhees, a son of Stephen Petrus and Mary Voorhees, was living in the Ovid Township of Cayuga County, New York by 4 Aug 1800 when he was enumerated by the 1800 federal census (1317). The Henry Voorhees family was living in a part of Cayuga County that would be included in Seneca County when it was created on 24 Mar 1804.
County Boundary History
Middlesex County, New Jersey was created on 7 Mar 1683 as one of the original four counties in East New Jersey.
Somerset County was created in East New Jersey from parts of Middlesex County on 14 May 1688. Somerset County gained additional land from Middlesex County on 21 Jan 1709.
Seneca County, New York was created from parts of Cayuga County on 24 Mar 1804.
137. Elias W. Van Voorhis, 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.)
201. Stephen Voorheese, Petition to Compensate Land Owners, Somerset County, New Jersey, 10 Jan 1804. Petition and Other Papers Relating to Bridges, Canals, Dams, Ferries, and Roads, 1765–1835. Box 5, #14, Page 2, Family 4. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey. (Database: Ancestry.com)
223. Stephen Voorhees, Tax Lists, Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, New Jersey. New Jersey Tax Lists Index, 1772–1822. (Database: Ancestry.com)
300. History of Seneca County, New York 1786–1876. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Everts, Ensign & Everts, 1876.
358. Dennis V. Minor Household, 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Lodi Township, Seneca County, New York. 10 Aug 1850. Roll M432_597, Page 24A, Image 53. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)
513. Map of Cayuga and Seneca Counties, New York. A. R. Z. Dawson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1859. (Image 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.)
1319. Gravestone, Stephen Voorhees, McNeal Cemetery, Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 12 Jun 1815. Find A Grave Memorial 42286901. (Images: Find A Grave. Image on file.)
Revised 15 Apr 2020