|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1763|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1840|
New Jersey, USA
Captain David Abeel biography (source: The Abeel and Allied Families By Henry Whittemore).
CAPT. DAVID ABEEL, PATRIOT OF THE REVOLUTION, eldest son of Col. James and Gertrude (Neilson) Abeel, was born Jan. 13, 1763, died Oct. 31, 1840. He early evinced a taste for a seafaring life, and volunteered to serve with Captain Barry (afterwards Commodore Barry, U. S. N.) on the ship "Governor General," which sailed under letters of marque during the Revolution. He made a voyage to St. Eustatia in 1780, which lasted several months. He next sailed as midshipman on the frigate Alliance, which took Col. Lawrence, our American minister, to France, in the early part of 1781. After leaving France and cruising near the West Indies, the Alliance was attacked on the 28th of May, 1781, by the British sloops-of-war Atalanta and Tripassa. All three vessels were becalmed at the beginning of the action, the Alliance in consequence of her position being at a great disadvantage. Captain Barry was wounded early in the action and carried below, and the British made demand for the surrender of his ship, but a sudden breeze coming up at the moment the Alliance ran between the two British vessels, pouring a broadside from her starboard and larboard guns at the same time, disabling her antagonists and compelling their surrender. Midshipman Abeel was wounded in the thigh during the action by a musket ball. On reaching New York he received the public thanks of the Navy Board for his gallantry. His third cruise was on a letter-of-marque vessel bound for Holland. She was captured by the British and Abeel was sent a prisoner to the Jersey Prison Ship at Brooklyn. Through friends who had influence with the British Commander he was soon after released and sent to New York, where he was introduced to the British Admiral, who offerred him a midshipman's warrant on his own ship if he would join the British navy. Mr. Abeel replied that he was an American, and would hold in utter contempt any person who would thus turn recreant to the high claims of his country. The reply so provoked the Admiral that he would not allow him to be exchanged for one of equal rank, saying he was too great a rebel to let go, and Abeel was released on parole, which continued for about eighteen months, until the close of the war, for which time he received no compensation. He afterwards commanded a vessel in the merchant service. He married May 10, 1789, Jane Hassert (born March 21, 1766, died March 2, 1842). They had issue, Mary Ann. who married Douw Ditmars Williamson: Gertrude, born Dec. 24, 1792. David, born June 12, 1804, died Sept. 6, 1846; Johanna, born Aug. 18, 1807, died Oct., 1826; James, John, Jacob, and James (2), died in infancy. Mary Ann Abeel, daughter of Capt. David and Jane (Hassert) Abeel, was married Nov. 1, 1810, to Douw Ditmars Williamson, son of Nicholas, son of Garret, son of Nicholas, son of Willem Willemsen, the ancestor.
There is a portrait of David kept at The Henry Luce III Center of the New York Historical Society. The inventory number is 1896.53
David's paternal grandfather, David Abeel (1704-1776), was buried at the Canfield Cemetery in Cedar Grove, Essex County, New Jersey.
James Abeel (1733 - 1825)
Jane Hassert Abeel (1766 - 1842)
Mary Ann Abeel Williamson (1790 - 1864)*
David Abeel (1804 - 1846)*
First Reformed Church Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Richard Anderson
Record added: Jul 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28327831
Added: Jun. 2, 2009
From 13 Rebellious Colonies to 50 United States, This Grateful Nation Thanks You, May You Rest In Peace and May We Never Forget You.|
Added: Oct. 1, 2008
My 5th great-grandfather.|
Added: Jul. 16, 2008