Friday, December 4, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 101: #125 Mary Jane (Hutchison) Sovereen (1792-1868)

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 am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #101:

Mary Jane Hutchison (1792-1868) is #125 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandmother, who married #124 Frederick Sovereen (1786-1875) in 1810.  

I am descended through:

* their son, #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907 who married #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840, 

*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1844-1874) who married #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter, Gerogianna 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 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:                       Mary Jane Hutchison[1–2]   
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Jane Sovereen[3]    
*  Alternate Name:       Jane Sovereen[4]

*  Sex:                           Female   

*  Father:                      William Hutchison (1745-1826)   
*  Mother:                     Catherine Lewis (1759-1845)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Birth:                        22 January 1792, Pleasant Valley, Kings, New Brunswick, Canada[1]   
*  Census:                     1 April 1851 (age 59), Windham, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada[3]   
*  Census:                     1 April 1861 (age 69), Windham, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada[4]
*  Death:                       16 April 1868 (age 76), Delhi, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada[1]   
*  Burial:                      after 16 April 1868 (after age 76), Delhi, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada[1]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   
*  Spouse 1:                 Frederick Sovereen (1786-1875)   
*  Marriage:                 17 May 1810 (age 18), London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada[2]

*  Child 1:                    William Lewis Sovereign (1811-1892)   
*  Child 2:                    Mary Catherine Sovereign (1813-    )   
*  Child 3:                    Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907)   
*  Child 4:                    Jacob Sovereign (1817-1909)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

 Mary Jane Hutchison was born 22 January 1792, the daughter of William and Catherine (Lewis) Hutchison.  According to the Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement book, Her gravestone says she died 16 April 1868 at age 76 years, 2 months and 25 days[1].  The William Hutchison family resided in Kings County, New Brunswick at the time of the birth.

The Hutchison family migrated from New Brunswick to the London District on the north shore of Lake Erie in about 1801, and William Hutchison was granted 12,000 acres in Walsingham[1].  

She married, on 17 May 1810 in London District, Ontario, to Frederick Sovereen, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Pickle) Sovereen.  The marriage entry in the list of "Early London District Marriages" says[2]:

"17 May 1810. Frederick Sovereen Jr. of Charlotteville, yeoman and Mary Jane Hutchison of Walsingham, spinster, by Thomas Welch JP. Witnesses-John Backhouse, Cornelius Dedrick, James Hutchison, John Backhouse and Ephraim C. Mitchell."

Frederick and Mary Jane (Hutchison) Sovereen had four children born between 1811 and 1817, all born in Norfolk County, Ontario.

In the 1851 Census for Canada West, the Frederick Sovereen household resided in Windham township, Norfolk County, Canada West[3].  The household included:

*  Frederick Sovereen - farmer, born in United States, Baptist religion, age 66, male.
*  Mary Jane Sovereen - born in New Brunswick, Baptist religion, age 61, female.

In the 1861 Census of Canada West, the Frederick Sovereen household was enumerated in Windham, Norfolk county, Canada West[4].  The household included:

*  Frederick Sovereen - a farmer, born in USA, Baptist religion, age 75, male, married
*  Jane Sovereen - born in New Brunswick, Baptist religion, age 70, female, married

The book, Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement, has a series of historical sketches, genealogies and essays which tell the story of pioneer life in the early days of Long Point Settlement in Norfolk County, Ontario, and depict the character and life work of the first cabin-builders.  The sketch for William Hutchison, is on Pages 207-210, titled "A Jolly Pioneer."  The paragraph about Mary Jane (Hutchison) Sovereen says[1]:

"Mary Jane Hutchinson, eldest daughter of William, married Frederick Sovereign, the founder of Fredericksburg. Her children are enumerated in the Sovereign genealogy. This old pioneer mother was known far and wide as 'Aunt Jane Sovereign,' and was noted for her generous hospitality and her quaint, off-hand manner of speech. She was an indefatigable worker, and found rest in busy activity; and to sit still for any length of time was misery to her. She was a regular attendant at church, and to sit in a pew for a solid hour and keep awake until the old-fashioned 'fourthly' had dragged out its weary length, was a cross that she was not always able to bear. On one occasion during a 'protracted meetin'' the sermon had been unusually long, and when the 'conference' exercises began, 'Aunt Jane' stood up, but said nothing. The kind-hearted pastor, divining that some great trouble was weighing upon her mind, called her by name and offered words of encouragement. 'Oh!' exclaimed Aunt Jane, as she looked up with arms akimbo, 'I've just stood up to rest my hips abit.' As these lines are being written an old familiar scene presents itself.  In my mind's eye I see the old fire-place aglow once more with its flickering flame. In it I see the old crane, and once again I hear the sputtering of the old iron teakettle. In front stands the bent form of a dear old familiar figure. With arms akimbo, she looks into the glowing coals for a moment while the ashes from the inverted bowl of her clay pipe drops upon the old hearth. For a brief moment I turn aside to catch a glimpse of some other passing scene, and when I look again, behold, all is changed! Was it only a phantom? Verily so. The old chimney is dark, damp and musty; the old hearth has caved in and the old crane lies buried in the dust. The old tea-kettle has yielded up its form and the elements of which it was composed have been incorporated into other and newer forms, and in the village cemetery I see a granite column whereon is engraved these lines: 'Mary Jane, wife of Frederick Sovereign, died April 16th, 1868, aged 76 years, 2 months and 25 days.'

1. E.A. Owen, Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement (Toronto, Ont. :  William Briggs, 1898), pages 207-210, William Hutchson sketch.

2. Bill Martin, "Early London District [Ontario] Marriages," online database, Bill Martin's Genealogy Website (, Frederick Sovereen Jr. and Mary Jane Hutchison entry.

3. Census of 1851, Canada West, Norfolk District 25, Windham, sub-district 237, page 35 (stamped), lines 38-39, Frederick Sovereen household; digital image, Library and Archives Canada ( : accessed 10 March 2013); citing Library and Archives Canada Microfilm C-11741.

4. Census of Canada, 1861, Canada West, Norfolk District, Windham sub-district, Page 76, Lines 12-13, Frederick Sovereen household; digital image, Library and Archives Canada ( : accessed 23 August 2013); citing Library and Archives Canada Microfilm C-1053.


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