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Frederick Zavering (abt. 1715 - 1805)

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Frederick Zavering
Born about in probably Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in New Jerseymap
Husband of — married before in Strasbourg, Alsace, Francemap
Died in Waterford, Norfolk, Ontario, Canadamap
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Name: Frederick /Zavering/
Given Name: Frederick
Surname: Zavering
Name: \Frederick Sovereign\ //
Given Name: \Frederick Sovereign\

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Note: The information on this family was obtained from the book "Early
Germans of New Jersey" by Chambers, from "Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement" by E.A. Owen, and from data obtained from Pat Reece in Austin, Texas, who has done substantial research on the Sovereen families.
Frederick Sovereen was probably born in Germany (probably spelled Zafrin or Safrein), emigrated to America, and settled in Warren County, New Jersey. He may have been the son of Johannes Soeffrens, who landed at Philadelphia 19 September 1734.
Several researchers, including Robert Mutrie in "Sovereen of Townsend Township," state that the first six children of Frederick Sovereen were children of his first wife, and the remainder are children of his second wife, Lavinia Culver.
Frederick Sovereen bought 240 acres of the Ebenezer Large survey on Schooley's Mountain, Warren County, New Jersey for 125 pounds from the Large family heirs on 10 May 1768. They sold the property to Garret Lake on 21 May 1801 for $2,400. His name is signed on the deed as Friedrich Zofrin. He built the old Sovereen house there.
When the Revolutionary War broke out, he espoused the Loyalist cause. About 1801, the family migrated with several others to Upper Canada, settling in Norfolk County, in what is now Ontario. In 1802, Frederick was at the pioneer home of his son Frederick in Charlotteville, where he rendered some assistance in laying up a rail fence around a turnip patch. The town of Fredericksburg, Norfolk County, Ontario, was named for him. Fredericksburg is now Delhi, Ontario.
He died in 1805 and is buried in Waterford, Norfolk County, Ontario. In the early 1900's, little children were taken by their parents to view two mounds which marked the spot where he and his aged wife were buried.
A probate record for Frederick Sovereen is abstracted in the "Wills of the London District 1800-1839, London District Surrogate Registry:"
"Frederick Sovereen the Elder, Townsend: Died 25 Oct 1805 at Townsend, intestate. Petition of 5 Nov 1805 by David Sovereen, yeoman, & jacob Sovereen, weaver, and note re Levinah Sovereen, "the Widow of the within named Frederick Sovereen Deceased, being aged and infirm". Inventory consists of "Notes against" Ephrem Serrels, Morris Sovereen, George Sovereen, John Sovereen, David Sovereen, Leonard Clous, Jacob Sovereen & Frederick Sovereen."


Place: Waterford, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada


Reference: 5553


Husband: Frederick Zavering
Wife: Ann Waldruff
Child: David Sovereign
Child: Jacob Sovereign
Child: Leonard Sovereign
Child: Frederick Sovereign
Child: Anna Sovereign
Child: Elizabeth Sovereign
Date: BEF 1757
Place: probably Germany

Could not parse date out of BEF 1757.

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