Friday, July 19, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 287: #243 Katreen (--?--) Dafoe (1755-1792) of New York and Upper Canada

Katreen (--?--)  Dafoe (1755-1792) is #243 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married  #242 Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815) in 1775, probably in Albany, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #121 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832) who married #120 John Kemp (1768-1864) in 1795.
*  their son #60 Abraham Kemp (1795-1881) married #61 Sarah Fletcher (1802-before 1850) in 1818.
*  their son #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) married #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (18401874) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)  married  #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        Katreen --?-- [1–2]    

*  Sex:                            Female  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                          about 1755, New York, United States[1-2]    

*  Death:                        about 1792 (about age 37), Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada[1-2]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Abraham Dafoe  (1755-1815)    
*  Marriage 1:            about 1775 (after about age 20), New York, United States[1-2]    

*  Child 1:                 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832)    
*  Child 2:                 female Dafoe (1780-1784)    
*  Child 3:                 Jacob Dafoe (1784-1872)    
*  Child 4:                 Elizabeth Dafoe (1786-1861)    
*  Child 5:                 George Dafoe (1788-1873)    
*  Child 6:                 Lucy Dafoe (1791-????)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Cheryl Kemp Taber researched and collected a wealth of information about the family of  Abraham Dafoe and allied families, and posted it in her WorldConnect database on Rootsweb ( titled "Kemps and Kin" updated 27 December 2017. Her notes for this the wife of Abraham Dafoe are incorporated below.

At this time, Katreen's birth date and parents names are not known.  A record of 25 June 1781 says the wife of Abraham Dafoe of St. Johns in Quebec is 26 years old[2].  Therefore, she was born in about 1755 if that record is correct.

Information on the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC) website includes this information for the wife of Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815)[1]:

"Wife's name:  Katreen Diamond b. 1755 m. 1775 d. before 1792 daughter of John Diamond & Christiana Loyst."

However, online family trees indicate that this John Diamond was born in about 1755 and Elizabeth Loyst was born in about 1768, and they were married in 1782.  If that information is correct, then Katreen could not have been their daughter.  Perhaps she was the daughter of another Diamond family.

Abraham Dafoe probably married Katreen --?-- in about 1775, perhaps in Albany, New York[1-2].  

They had six children[1-2]:

*  Mary Dafoe (1776-1832), married John Kemp (1768-1864) in 1795.
*  female Dafoe (1780-1780)
*  Jacob Dafoe (1784-1872), married Anne Phillips (1786-1871) in 1804.
*  Elizabeth Dafoe (1786-1861), married Henry Sharp (1782-1853) in 1809.
*  George Dafoe (1788-1883), married Elizabeth Sills (1791-1860).
*  Lucy Dafoe (1791-????)

The Dafoe family resided in Albany and Little Hoosick, New York before and during the American Revolution.  After several Dafoe family members, including Abraham, were captured and subsequently paroled, but were in  St. Johns in southern Quebec by 1782, and then migrated to Fredericksburgh in what is now Lennox and Addington County, Ontario before 1786 and they were granted land there by the British Governor General[2].

Abraham's wife, Katreen (--?--) Dafoe, died in about 1792 after the birth of their last child, Lucy Dafoe who was baptised 11 December 1791 in Fredericksburgh[1-2].

There is no known death or burial record for Katreen (--?--) Dafoe.

1. "Information on the Loyalists," database, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (, accessed 10 July 2019, Children of Loyalist Abraham Dafoe.

2. Cheryl Kemp Taber, "Kemps and Kin," online database, RootsWeb WorldConnect Project (, updated 27 December 2017, Abraham Dafoe sketch (


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

NOTE:  This biography is out of order.  I skipped over it in 2017 and did his father instead in week 169.  

Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

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