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Frederick (Zavering) Sovereign (abt. 1715 - 1805)

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Frederick Sovereign formerly Zavering
Born about in Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before in Strasbourg, Alsace, Francemap
Husband of — married after in New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Waterford, Norfolk, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Mar 2011
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Name: Frederick /Zavering/
Given Name: Frederick
Surname: Zavering
Name: \Frederick Sovereign\ //
Given Name: \Frederick Sovereign\
Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Frederick /Zavering/.
Frederick Sovereen was probably born in Germany[1] (probably spelled Zavering, 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."


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


  1. During the troublesome times of Maria Theresa, there lived in Germany four protestant brothers of Dutch ancestry named Sovereign. One of these listed in the King's Life Guards under Joseph II, and died single. The other three emigrated to America about the middle of the 18th century, and settled in Morris County, New Jersey. Shortly after, two of the brothers died.


This person was created through the import of randys ancestors-10generations.ged on 10 March 2011.
Thank you to Randall Colgan for creating WikiTree profile Sovereign-23 through the import of Colgan_2013-02-12.ged on Feb 12, 2013.

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On 16 Aug 2016 at 05:26 GMT Dave Rutherford wrote:

Sovereign-23 and Zavering-1 appear to represent the same person because: Definitely the same person and needs to be merged.

Both names used, but Zavering may be closer to spelling at birth and Sovereign as current last name.

Don't think anyone knows birth date for sure - but 1745 is way too late. His first wife had a son by previous husband c. 1740. 1715 has to be closer to correct.

On 22 Jul 2014 at 14:14 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Doesn't Zavering-1 have the more accurate birth info?

The Bio here at Sovereign-23 indicates brothers born in Germany.

Alternate spelling is no problem, each variation used commonly can be listed.

On 16 Jul 2014 at 01:04 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Exceptional different spelling of this surname, but once sources are spelled out and best estimates of data known should appear to make this a duplicate of Zavering-1

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Frederick is 20 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 22 degrees from Katy Jurado and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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