Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Which Ancestral Home Would You Like to Visit?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

Tell us which ancestral home (an actual building, a village, a town, even a country) you would most like to visit.   Which ancestors lived there, and for how long?  

2)  Share your ancestral home information in your own blog post, on Facebook, and leave a link to it in the comments.

Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this topic.

Here's mine:

One of the ancestral places I would love to visit is Norfolk County, Ontario.  I have several ancestral families that settled there in the early 1800s, including the Hutchinsons and Sovereens, and the Putmans and Kemps came later in the century.

William Hutchinson (1745-1826) was born in New Jersey, was a Loyalist during the Revolutionary War, and left for New Brunswick after the war, marrying Catherine Lewis there.  He came to Norfolk County, Ontario in about 1801, and petitioned for and was granted 1,000 acres in Walsingham township.  He died there in 1826, and his wife died there in 1845.  Several of their children lived in Norfolk county, and son George Hutchinson died in Walsingham in 1888.  I don't know where the Hutchinson home was located, but it's possible that it is still standing.

Frederick Zofrin/Sovereign/Sovereen (1714-1806) migrated with his first wife and children in the 1750 time frame from Germany to Morris County, New Jersey, and then with his second wife and all of his surviving children to Norfolk County, Ontario in about 1800.  Almost all of his children continued living in Norfolk county in or near Charlotteville Township. His grandson, Frederick Sovereen married Mary Jane Hutchinson, and bought land in Middleton township and was the founder of Fredericksburg, which is now a village called Delhi.  I don't know if the Frederick Sovereen home is still standing in Delhi.

In about 1834, John Putman (1785-1863) left Steuben County, New York and moved to Norfolk County, Ontario, settling in Fredericksburg.  His daughter, Elizabeth Putman, married Alexander Sovereen, son of Frederick and Mary Jane (Hutchinson) Sovereen.  I don't know if their home is still standing in Norfolk county.

John Kemp (1723-1795) was residing near Saratoga, New York when the Revolutionary War started, and was a Loyalist in Kings Rangers.  After the war, the Kemp and other families migrated to Lennox and Addington County and then to Prince Edward County in Ontario.  John's great-grandson, James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) came to Norfolk County before 1860 and married in 1861 to Mary Jane Sovereen, a daughter of alexander and Elizabeth (Putman) Sovereen, and granddaughter of Frederick and Mary Jane (Hutchinson) Sovereen.  The James Kemp family resided in Middleton township in Norfolk County.  I don't know if the James Kemp home is still standing in Norfolk county.

Perhaps someone who knows more about this county can help me find out if these three homes are still standing.  Whether they are or not, I would love to be able to visit Norfolk county and see the villages and the land that my ancestors worked during their lives, and maybe I can even find some distant cousins there!


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I have been thinking about visiting the small villages of my Hork & Trosster ancestors.

Janice M. Sellers said...

I couldn't narrow it down to one town.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I chose a cluster of 4 Slovak villages fairly close to each other.

Marian B. Wood said...

If I could go back to my paternal grandpa's hometown of Gargzdai, Lithuania, I would look through the Jewish cemeteries in search of his ancestors' gravestones.