Frederick Sovereign Jr.

Frederick Sovereign Jr. (1786 - 1875)

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Frederick Sovereign Jr.
Born in Schooleys Mountain, Morris, New Jersey, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 17 May 1810 in London, Ontario, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Middleton, Norfolk, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified 30 May 2018 | Created 10 Mar 2011
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Note: A description of the life of Frederick Sovereign is provided in
"Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement" by E.A. Owen, published Toronto 1898. This book describes the settling and building of Norfolk County, Ontario, mostly by Loyalist immigrants from the United States. The section on Frederick reads:
"Frederick Sovereign, eldest son of Jacob, married Jane, daughter of Captain William Hutchinson, and settled on Lot 47, 1st concession, N.T.S. Middleton, about the time of the War of 1812, thus becoming one of the original pioneers of that township. This lot cost about $40.00 in addition to the settling duties. It adjoins on the north, and partly includes, the village of Delhi. Later on Mr. Sovereign purchased the north half of the lot lying directly opposite on the south side of Talbot Street. This 100 acres cost about $600.00, and put "Uncle Frederick" in possession of all the land on which the village is built, except that portion lying in Windham, which was owned and settled upon by Joseph Lawson a little time before Mr. Sovereign settled on his land. Uncle Frederick had made his purchase, however, and had performed settling duties before Mr. Lawson came; he is justly entitled therefore, to the honor of being the first to locate a house in the village he laid out and founded, and which was named after him. Fredericksburg it was called for many years, and when the Post-office was changed to 'Delhi', the old people at that time never could become reconciled to the new name, and they clung to 'The Burg' as long as they lived. 'Uncle Frederick' kept a tavern in Fredericksburg for more than thirty years."
"He was a great deer hunter, and in the early settlement his table was always plentifully supplied with venison and other wild game. On one occasion he witnessed an interesting fight between a herd of swine and a huge black bear. The hogs were his own and were running in the woods on the opposite side of the creek just north of the village. The squealing of the hogs attracted his attention, and taking his rifle he went down the bank to ascertain the cause. When he reached the creek he saw what was occurring on the opposite side, and he became an interested spectator. The hogs were nine in number, and every time the bear seized one in his powerful arms, the others would come to the rescue by hurling themselves violently against their adversary, tumbling him over and thus liberating the squealer. After enjoying the fun for some time, 'Uncle Frederick' raised his trusty rifle and a bullet went flying across Big Creek that laid Bruin low in death."
The first, last and only plug tobacco manufactory ever operated in the village and, possibly, in the county, was operated by 'Uncle Frederick'. He grew and cured his own loaf and pressed it into plugs. The manufactured plugs contained nothing but pure tobacco leaf, molasses and Jamaica rum, and such were its good qualities that the old settlers preferred it to what they called 'boughten tobacco'."
"'Uncle Frederick' donated the land occupied by the Baptist church in Delhi, becoming an early member of the church himself, and serving as deacon for many, many years. Indeed, when the familiar form and voice of Uncle Frederick Sovereign was seen and heard in the old church for the last time, one of the main pillars fell to the earth, and it lies there still. A long time ago he retired to his farm east of the village, where he established a home noted for its Christian influences and its generous hospitality. He died in 1875 having reached his 89th year, and having survived his aged companion several years."
The 1861 census for Norfolk County, Ontario finds Frederick Sovereen, a farmer born in the U.S., Baptist, age 75 and wife Jane age 70 living in Windham.

The Agricultural census shows that he had 238 acres, with 169 acres cultivated (134 acres with crops, 32 acres pasture and 3 acres orchard/garden) and 89 acres of wood/wild. The land had $4000 cash value. The farm's crops included:

carrots40 bushels
Fall wheat21 acres200 bushels
Spring wheat4 acres12 bushels
Rye wheat6 acres50 bushels
Peas8 acres100 bushels
Oats4 acres100 bushels
Indian corn4 acres65 bushels
Potatoes6 acres60 bushels
Turnips3/4 acre200 bushels
7 bushels of clover seed, grass seed8 tons of hay
200 pounds of butter4 barrels of pork (100 lbs each)
150 lbs wool10 yards of fulled cloth
2 horses over 2 years old$100
3 steers/heifers less than 3 years old
4 milch cows(all livestock
45 sheepworth $330.)
8 pigs
orchard/garden produce$50
1 pleasure carriage$80


Date: 16 APR 1786
Place: Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States


Husband: Frederick Sovereign
Wife: Mary Jane Hutchison
Child: William Lewis Sovereign
Child: Mary Catherine Sovereign
Child: Alexander Sovereign
Child: Jacob Sovereign
Date: 17 MAY 1810
Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Source: #S131
Text: 17 May 1810. Frederick Sovereen Jr. of Charlotteville, yeoman and MaryJane Hutchison of Walsingham, spinster, by Thomas Welch JP. Witnesses-John Backhouse, Cornelius Dedrick, James Hutchison, John Backhouse and Ephraim C. Mitchell.

Husband: Jacob Sovereign
Wife: Elizabeth Pickle
Child: Elisabeth Sovereign
Child: Frederick Sovereign
Child: Henry Baltis Sovereign
Date: 1 MAR 1781
Place: Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
Source: #S665


Source S131
Abbreviation: London District [Ontario] Marriages
Title: Bill Martin, "Early London District [Ontario] Marriages," online database, Bill Martin's Genealogy Website (
Source S665
Abbreviation: Zion Lutheran Church of Oldwick, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Title: "Zion Lutheran Church of Oldwick, Hunterdon County, New Jersey," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, 1900 to 1903
Repository: #R36

Repository R36
Name: Carlsbad Georgina Cole Library ((1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, Calif.)


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On 8 Oct 2017 at 00:44 GMT Sarah (Callis) Rojas wrote:

Sovereen-23 and Sovereign-9 appear to represent the same person because: same spouse with same marriage date (are all being merged) no dates on one profile so going with the profile that has sources I say Sovereign is the correct LNAB

On 10 Aug 2014 at 21:13 GMT Randy Seaver wrote:

I don't know why she's private. She should be public. I'll see what I can do.

On 10 Aug 2014 at 11:56 GMT Sir William (Arbuthnot) Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster Bt wrote:

Why is his wife private?

Frederick is 19 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 24 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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