Abraham Schermerhorn (1721 - 1811)

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Birthplace: Schenectady, Albany, New York
Death: Died
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About Abraham Schermerhorn

Abraham Schermerhorn lived near Haverly's, in Glenville, Schenectady Co., N. Y., and died there. During the Revolution he suffered much from the Indians and Tories, and was compelled to flee repeatedly from his home to Schenectady, for safety. On one occasion a party led by Walter Butler, infamously notorious for his connection with the massacre in Wyoming Valley in Northern Pennsylvania, came to Abraham's house, plundered it of all provisions, broke in pieces all the crockery and iron ware, threw a barrel of tar into the well and wrote his name on the door of the house, that it might be known who had called there. His party carried away two boys, one a German and the other a negro, the former of whom they scalped for the sake of the bounty paid by the British for the scalps; but this was done so carefully that he recovered from the savage operation.

Abraham Schermerhorn made his will July 7, 1810, which was proved Aug. 26, 1811. All his children were mentioned in will and codicil. Jacobus inherited the homestead, and Abraham gave to his black man, Tom, "two acres of ground and his freedom." Abraham's name appears as member of Capt. Andries Truex' Company of Schenectady Militia in 1767.

[FROM http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/schermerhorn/chronicles/2b.html#s19]

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Abraham Schermerhorn's Timeline

October 21, 1721
Schenectady, Albany, New York
October 21, 1721
Schenectady, Albany, New York
September 8, 1750
Age 28
Age 89