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TEN EYCK, Abraham S., naval officer, born in New Jersey in 1785 ; died in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 28 March, 1844. He entered the navy as a midshipman, 1 September, 1811, and served in the "Wasp" when she captured the British sloop "Frolic," 18 October, 1812. The British ship " Poictiers" recaptured the prize the same day, and he was taken to Bermuda, where he was paroled. He was included in the vote of thanks and received a silver medal from congress by act of 29 January, 1813, for the victory over the "Frolic." After the war he served in the frigate " United States" in 1815-'17 in the Mediterranean. He was promoted to lieutenant, 27 April, 1816, served at the New York navy-yard in 1818, in the "Ontario," in the Mediterranean and West Indies, in 1819-'24, in the receiving-ship at New York in 1825, and in the "Delaware" in 1827-'30 in the Mediterranean. He was promoted master-commandant, 9 February, 1837, commanded the store-ship "Erie" in the West Indies in 1838, and was commissioned captain, 10 December, 1843.
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