Transcription of letter from Royal A. Mabee, 377 Plymouth Street, Abington, Massachusetts
(the Mabee family shield shown top centre) – No Date (first of 2 letters with no date)
Photocopy hard to read- no guarantees on accuracy and obvious differing spellings have been left alone.
Our basic Mabie family, like many others, was almost equally divided in the War of 1775 – 1783
Among the papers of Gov. George Clinton of New York, we found this record.
April 27, 1778 Wethersfield, Conn.
New York prisoners confined in Connecticut, include the name of Abraham Mabe, where he had been held for the past six months as a suspect Tory.
Sept. 19, 1778 Abraham Mabie Loyalist, was exchanged from the above prison for James Dole.
This record together with others and a bit of conjecture appear to allude to the life of Capt. Abraham Maybee, frontiersman, informer and spy, a United Empire Loyalist, born in 1736, in the vicinity of the present Tappan Zee Bridge of the Hudson River.
Another startling find came from the papers of Sir Henry Clinton, a handwritten letter by a British officer named Stapleton to his Major Delancoy, dated nearly 200 years ago, and after considerable study, we have been able to decipher it word for word. This is the first time it has appeared in print to our knowledge, its reproduction is as follows:
Intelligence Report dated Jan. 12, 1781
Abraham Maybie sent out last Sunday has been at Saddle River and Ramapo. (new Jersey) He heard of the Pennsylvanians having marched towards Philadelphia with five field pieces.
The Militia are ordered to rendezvous at Hackensack this day, Every forth man in order on this occasion.
His brother saw six soldiers last Wednesday on their way from West Point to Pompton, told him that no part of the army was to move down, there are two Jersey Regiments at Pompton.
They have a picket of a Captain and fifty at Wynachy Bridge, The soldiers told his brother that if any of the army at West Point was marched down, they would desert to the Pennsylvanians, There is a company Sydmon’s in the Clove of fifty.
Some of the wagons which the Pennsylvanians took with them are returned.
As a result of the other reports also found, it is apparent that Abraham Maybie made extensive trips in and about the countryside, observing the movement of the men and material until the wars end.
At the peace treaty in1783, it was part of the settlement that all Loyalists who wished to go to Canada, would be allowed passage. Michael Grass was given the task of preparing the expedition, his selection of officers included Capt. Abraham Maybee.
Five ships left New York in the later part of that year, coming down the St. Lawrence River to Sorel, Quebec as winter set in.
Records show that Capt. Abraham Maybee signed for provisions at the Blockhouse on the Yamasha, near Sorel on Dec 5th, 1783 and then again at Cataraqui (Kingston) Ontario on the fifth of October, 1784.
Capt. Abraham Maybee died June 17, 1832. His 700 descendants will find that a visit to Adolphustown, Ontario where he and many of the convoy settled, a pleasant experience, particularly to view the plaque in the little Anglican Church, St Alban the Martyr, in his memory.
Royal A. Mabee