“Aliens” in America: British Citizens during the War of 1812, a blog entry from the New York Historical Society, stated that "the...Peter Curtenius Papers [indicated that]...much of Curtenius and Smith’s duties involved overseeing British citizens living in New York."
Peter Curtenius in the New York Directory in 1794 (State Auditor was the elder Peter Curtenius):
A biography of Frederick W. Curtenius added more detail:
"...Gen. Peter Curtenius, commanded the State troops quartered in that [New York] city during the War of 1812. He was subsequently Marshal of the State for a number of years and in such capacity arrested Aaron Burr, then charged with treason."