Susan: Abraham Maybee, was born at Tapan, NY in 1748 and joined the side of the colonists during the American Revolutionary war.He was captured by the English and spent a year in prison in Connecticut.When released, Abraham joined the British side as a spy.His reason for joining the side of the British remains a mystery.He did quite well for them.Abraham was "traded" back to the colo9nists, making it possible for him to obtain more information on t he location and numbers of American soldiers. He then reported back to the British and, using this information, they were able to defeat and destroy a regiment of Virginia Light Horse at Old Tappan on Sept. 28, 1778. After this event, Abraham left for New York City and continued to work for the British.Abraham Maybee is mentioned in the journals of Major Andre. After the British were defeated, Abraham and his family moved to Canada and settled at Adolphustown, ON in 1784.It was around this time that the family name of Mabie became Maybee.Abraham's first wife, Gerritje Hogenkamp, died around 1781.Left with three young children, Abraham soon re-married.It is ironic that Abraham Maybee, who spied on the American colonists, had many descendants who returned to the United States in the late 1800's and early 1900's.St. Alban the Martyr Anglican Church in Adolphustown, ON has a plaque honouring Abraham Maybee, as well as others honouring other Loyalists who settled in the area. Phoebe (Maybee) Steenburgh was the great-great-great-great-great-grandaughter of Pieter Casparszen VanNaarden, a native of Holland who settled in Manhattan, NY (known at the time as New Amse=terdam) by 1623. Pieter's sons adopted the surname 'Mabie'. His father is believed to have been Gaspar Mabille (pronounced roughly the same as Maybee), a French Protestant who fled to Holland during religious wars in the late 1500's and settled in the town of Naarden, Holland. I have more info if you are interested. Patricia.