I've been doing some research on the Severns family and I have some unanswered questions...
My line is through Katie, Lewellyn, Simon, Benjamin.I have Benjamin born in VA Oct 3, 1797.Married Rebecca Butler Feb 21, 1818 Knox Co, OH.Simon was born Oct 13, 1820 Knox Co, OH.He married Catherine Schaefer March 24, 1842 Holmes Co, OH.Lewellyn was born 4th child May 5, 1848 Knox Co, OH.He married Clara Jobes Feb 4, 1875 and Katie was born January 27, 1876 Van Wert Co, OH.
1)I found 1850 Census Kelluck Twp, Holmes Co, OH Simon and Catherine.Both are listed as age 30.Index listed name as Siverns but looks like it could be Soverns.I know it is the correct one because of Lewellen age 2.Children listed are S.R (Samantha Rebecca) age 7, Merriamn age 6 and Lewellen and age 2.
I found 1850 Census Jefferson Twp, Knox Co, OH Wilson Soverns and wife Sarah A. living next door to Stambaugh.This is a brother to Simon.Nearby I have Benjamin Soverns age 50 born in VA.See next....
Benjamin Soverns age 50 M bp. VA Agnes age 42 F bp. VA Calita age 25 F bp. OH Philip age 12 M bp. OH Mary Ann age 9F bp. OH William age 7M bp. OH Malipa age 5F bp. OH Samuel age 4M bp. OH Emiline age 2F bp. OH James W age 1M bp. OH
What I am thinking is that Agnes is a second wife.Calita would have been born in about 1825.Agnes would have been only 17.Philip was born in about 1838.Rebecca Butler Severns died in 1832.Because of this and the difference in age between Calita and Philip I would guess that Calita was a full sister to Simon and that Philip and the rest of the children in this group would be from the union of Benjamin and Agnes.Can anyone confirm/deny this?
I found Agnes in the 1860 Census Jefferson Twp, Knox Co, OH without Benjamin.This would be correct because we have that he died in 1855.Here's the info...
Agnes Severns age 44 F bp. Scotland Philip age 22 M bp. OH Wm age 16 M bp. OH Samuel age 13 M bp. OH Emeline age 11 F bp. OH
John Shrimples (I think)age 29 M bp. OH Mary A. age 19 F bp. OH Benj A age 1M bp. OH
Notice that Agnes is now born in Scotland.But it is the same children.There are a few younger ones missing, probably died.The Mary A. Shrimples, I think, is Agnes daughter.She is the same age as the Mary Ann from the previous census and the baby's name is Benjamin, probably after her father.
Wilson was not in the same township in 1860.
2) From some other source I also have another brother, George Monroe Severns born 1823.I couldn't find in the 1850 census index.Do you have any information on him?
3) In 1850 Census Brown Township, Knox Co OH I found two more Soverns families with head of household born in VA.See below...
George Severns age 41 M bp. VA Louisa age 34 F bp. VA Asa age 14 M bp. OH James age 12 M bp. OH John F. age 10 M bp. OH Charles age 8M bp. OH Jane age 6F bp. OH George C. age 3M bp. OH Louisa age 3/12 F bp. OH
Stephen Soverns age 46 M bp. VA Mary age 36 F bp. VA Joseph age 19 M bp. OH Walter age 17 M bp. OH Sarah age 15 F bp. OH Lorana age 12 F bp. OH Mary E age 10 F bp. OH Merilla age 6F bp. OH Abram age 1M bp. OH
I would guess that these are brothers to Benjamin.Can anyone confirm/deny?
4) 1860 Census Perry Twp, Allen Co, OH as has Simon and family with last name spelled Severns.See below....
Simon Severns age 37 M bp. OH(like how he only aged 7 years in 10) C age 40 F bp. MD S.R. age 17 F bp. OH M age 16 M bp. OH L age 12 M bp. OH J.B. age 10 M bp. OH F.P. age 5M bp. OH S.D. age 4M bp. OH
1870 Census Perry Twp, Allen Co, OH has the following (name is still spelled Severns)....
Severns Lewellyn age 22 M bp. OH Meriman age 26 M bp. OH
Severns Simon age 50 M bp. OH Catharine age 50 F bp. Maryland John B age 20 M bp. OH Frank P age 17 M bp. OH Samantha Rage 27 F bp. OH Ridmour Alvantta age 5F bp. OH
Notice how Samatha is listed last before the 5 yr old with a different name.Would you guess that Alvantta is Samatha's child?Samantha's name is listed as Severns.Did she divorce the father or have the child out of wedlock and the name is the father's?