French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #15 Abraham Sorrell

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Abraham Sorrell is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as Abram Sorell on Page 198 (left-stamped), Line 23, Household 58, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 19 to 22:

  • Thomas Nooning
  • Lydia Dakin
  • Anna Dakin
  • Judath Dakin
  • Abram Sorrell

Abraham is obviously staying with another family as a farm laborer. His Civil War Pension File mentions that he was living at his parent’s house and would be gone for several days for work, but would be leaving his changing clothes at his parents’ house. His family, father Mitchel Sorrell and mother Sophie Royer, were also living in Ferrisburgh in 1850.

Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Sorell, Abram
Last Name:Sorrell
First & Middle Name:Abram or Abraham
Original Surname in Québec:Sorel
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:Pierre Chorel & Annie (?). Their son Hilaire, born abt 1695 in Saint-Sernin Parish, Carcassonne, Aude, France, was married to Geneviève Brault Pominville on 23 Jul 1715 at Québec's Notre-Dame Church. He died in Montréal on March 19, 1736.
Status:Was either born in Québec and came with parents or was born in Ferrisburgh,Vermont
Parents' Name:Michel Sorel & Sophie Royer
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:6 Nov 1827, Marieville, Rouville, Québec, Canada
Spouse:Eliza Sears
Marriage Date & Place:28 Jan 1849, Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Other Spouses:2) Eliza Carpenter (1856) 3) Fanny Whittier (1861) — Both marriages were illegal as he was never widowed nor divorced.
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:About 1833, place unknown
Baptismal Date & Place:Unknown
Death Date & Place:12 May 1864, Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Burial Date & Place:Unmarked grave in Wilderness, Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Naturalization Date & Place:N/A
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:No
Military:Civil War—5th Vermont Inf., 2nd New Hampshire Inf.
Life Before Ferrisburgh:He came to Vermont as an infant or was born in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. He lived in Ferrisburgh with his parents until at least 1860. He left his wife Eliza Sears after a few months of marriage in 1850.
Life After Ferrisburgh:Lived in Ferrisburgh, Vergennes and New Hampshire. More information on the life of Abraham Sorrell may be found here.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850 and 1860 US Census, NARA Civil War Pension File, Vermont Vital Records and Généalogie Québec (Quebec parish records).

Last Updated: May 17, 2017

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