Friday, April 21, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 172: #249 Elisabeth (Pickel) Sovereen (1764-1849) of New Jersey and Ontario

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #172:

Elisabeth Bikel/Pickel (1764-1849)  is #249 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married #248 Jacob Zavering/Sovereign (1759-1851)   in 1781, in Oldwick, New Jersey.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #124 Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875), who married #125 Mary Jane Hutchison (1792-1868) in 1810.
*  their son, #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907), who married #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840.
*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), who married #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) who married #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916),  in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                     Elizabeth Pickel[1]    
*  Alternate Name:      Elisabeth Bikel[2]    
*  Alternate Name:      Elizabeth Sovereen[3]

*  Sex:                         Female   

*  Father:                    Henry Pickel (1729-1765)   
*  Mother:                  Elizabeth  (1731-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     3 November 1764, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States   
*  Death:                   2 January 1849 (age 84), Delhi, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada[3]    
*  Burial:                  after 2 January 1849 (after age 84), Delhi Cemetery, Delhi, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada[3]       
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:              Jacob Sovereign (1759-1851)   
*  Marriage:              1 March 1781 (age 16), Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[2]   

*  Child 1:                male Sovereign (1782-1785)   
*  Child 2:                Elisabeth Sovereign (1783-1850)   
*  Child 3:                Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875)   
*  Child 4:                Henry Baltis Sovereign (1787-1878)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Elisabeth Pickel was born 3 November 1764 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, the third child of Henry and Elizabeth (..-..) Pickel.  Her father and grandfather Pickel both died about a year after she was born.

She married, as Elisabeth Bikel,  Jacob Zavering on 1 March 1781 in the Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick, Hunterdon County, New Jersey[2].  They had four children in Hunterdon County, New Jersey between 1782 and 1787 - an unnamed son who died at age 3, Elizabeth, Frederick and Henry Baltis Sovereign.  The church records for the birth and baptism of Elisabeth and Henry Baltis name the parents as Jacob Zavering and Elisabeth.

The sketch for Jacob Sovereign in the book Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement indicates that the Jacob Sovereign family arrived in the 1790s in Norfolk County, Ontario.  There they raised their family.  Jacob had a tavern in Charlotteville, and lived out their lives[1].

The only record of the death of Elizabeth (Pickle) Sovereen is her gravestone in Delhi Cemetery in Delhi, Ontario[3].  The inscription on the in-ground stone is:

wife of
Jacob Sovereen
Jan. 2, 1849
AE 86 yrs

1. E.A. Owen, Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement (Toronto, Ont. :  William Briggs, 1898), pages 137-139, Jacob Sovereign biography.

2. Norman C. Wittwer and D. A. Sinclair, "Marriage Records of the Zion Lutheran Church at Oldwick," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 40, page 10, Jacob Zavering and Elisabeth Bikel entry.

3. Elizabeth Sovereen gravestone, died 2 January 1849, age 84, Delhi Cemetery, Delhi, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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1 comment:

cjtf said...

This is not a comment on this subject but on the fact that sometimes I see "comment using the above url" but I don't see a url.

I wanted to comment on naming women - I also find My Heritage using the married name annoying. When I don't know the maiden name of a woman I use the husband's name with parenthesis ie Mary (Doe John). The names sort at the beginning of the name list on my private program letting me know I need to work on finding a maiden name, lets me know who Jane belongs to and helps me sort out all the Marys without last names in my data base. Ancestry doesn't seem to have problems finding hints for me when I do this. Familysearch does, but Familysearch is not as good finding info on married names when one uses the maiden name as Ancestry. I find when I don't get info on a woman after she has married, I need to put the married name in the search template. Your hints are very helpful.
Regards cjtf