Thomas Clark Sovereign

Thomas Clark Sovereign

Male 1829 - 1900  (70 years)    Has 4 ancestors and 34 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Thomas Clark Sovereign 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 23 Sep 1829  Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Jun 1900  Howard County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried New Oregon Cemetery, Howard County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I253336  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2001 

    Father Richard S. Sovereign,   b. 1798,   d. 1870  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F103244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ruby Mitchell,   b. 1833, New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1857, Weston, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1850  Kane County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Emeline Laura Sovereign,   b. Abt 1851, Kane County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. James Richard Sovereign,   b. 30 May 1854, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, Keller, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2001 
    Family ID F101763  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriet Cordelia Ingalls,   b. 6 Aug 1835, Cuba, Allegeny County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1901, Cresco, Howard County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 9 May 1865  Howard County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ruby H. Sovereign,   b. Abt 1866,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Darius M. Sovereign,   b. 20 Sep 1867, Cresco, Howard County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1919, Great Falls, Cascade County, MT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     3. Mary Carrie Sovereign,   b. Abt 1873,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Rosa Sovereign,   b. Abt 1876,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +5. Warren 'Ward' Courtland Sovereign,   b. 1879,   d. 1946  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2001 
    Family ID F102382  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Shortly after the 1850 census, the family moved to Cassville, WI, and later to Missouri, where his wife died. After his wife died, he moved to Elgin, IL, with his two children, Emeline L. and James R., and left his children in the care of family members. Thomas was then employed by the government as a scout, guide, and special messenger of orders and dispatches. He later moved to New Oregon, IA, where he married Harriet Mitchell, the sister-in-law of Ruby and widow of Ruby's brother, John Riley Mitchell. His daughter Emeline then joined him.

      His obituary stated he was the second son of Richard S. and Elizabeth E. Soveriegn. There were 3 son and 3 daughters; only two of whom survive him, George P. Sovereign of St. Cloud, MN, and Joshua Sovereign of Woodland, CA. In 1845, the family moved to the U.S. and settled on a farm near Elgin, IL, where he married Miss Ruby Mitchell. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Cassville, WA, and later to Weston, MO, where his wife died, leaving two children, Emeline L. and James R., both of whom survive. Following his wife's death, he returned to Elgin, IL, and placed his son in the care of his parents and his daughter in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stephens. For five years, he worked in the West.

      During the Rebellion, he "was given charge of government stock and supply trains and was otherwise employed as a scout and guide in the transporting the regular and voluntary soldiers from San Pedro, Cal. to the rio Grande river. Later he was assigned a position in the United States mint as a compliment for efficient service, he being required to withdraw from the transport service owing to bronchial affections contracted by inhaling the alkali dust during his long journesy over the deserts." Acting on the advice of his physician, he sailed to New York and returned to Illinois in the latter part of the winter of 1864. After regaining his health, he and his brother, George P., purchased a large collection of choice horses and began a second overland trip to California. During late June, the expedition was halted at Box Elder Springs, WY (near Ft. Laramie) when the company was attacked by Sioux Indians. Nearly all the horses were seized and Thomas was seriously wounded. After recovering at Ft. Laramie, he returned to Ft. Kearney, NE, where he aided army officers with information concerning Indian movements.

      He moved to New Oregon, IA, and on May 9, 1865, he was married to Mrs. Harriet Mitchell, widow of Riley Mitchell, who had five children. Three of her children survived him: Mrs. Philbrick residing in Hancock County, IA, Myron O. and William R. Mitchell, who lived in Howard County. Thomas and Harriet had 5 children together: Ruby H., Darius M., Carrie, Rosa, and Warren C., all of whom survived him. He farmed near Cresco until his death. His death record at the Howard County courthouse stated he was farmer who had died of heart disease.


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