Frederick Sowers


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1. Elizabeth Beecher

2. Mary Brewer

Frederick Sowers 3

  • Born: 18 Apr 1799, , Frederick, MD 3
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Beecher on 7 Dec 1824
  • Marriage (2): Mary Brewer on 14 Mar 1833 in , Washington, MD 1 2
  • Died: 12 Apr 1840, Clear Spring, Washington, MD at age 40 3
  • Buried: Clear Spring: St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran, Washington, MD

   FamilySearch ID: LC3B-XWV.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence: Moved to Canton with his father, Jacob, and brother, Eli in 1809 in Canton, Stark, OH. 4

2. Newspaper: The Torch Light: Frederick Sowers ran ad seeking an apprentice tanner, 12 Nov 1829, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 5 Ad: "Wanted Immediately, An Apprentice to the Tanning and Currving business. A boy from 16 to 18 years of age would be preferred. Any wishing to learn the above businesses, would do well to call on the subscriber, 1 mile west of Clear-Spring. Fred'k. Sowers."

3. Newspaper: Republican Banner: Married on Thursday last, by the Rev. Mr. Winter, Mr. Frederick Sowers, of Clear Spring, to Miss Mary Brewer, of this county., 23 Mar 1833, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 1

4. Obituary: Hagerstown Herald Mail: obituary of Frederick Sowers on 17 Apr 1840 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 6

5. Newspaper: Hagerstown Herald-Mail: Trustee's Sale of Estate of Frederick Sowers, 13 Nov 1845, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 7 TRUSTEE'S SALE
By virtue of a decree of Washington County Court sitting as a Court of Equity, I will sell at public sale, on Saturday the 6th day of December next, before the Tavern of Danial Flora in the town of Clearspring, the following property, lately owned by Frederick Sowers, deceased, viz: a House and Lot in said town, the house is a comfortable brick story and a half high, on the lot by a small stable. Well of excellent water, and a choice selection of fruit, also a TAN YARD adjoining the first named lot, on this lot is a Tan House, Bark Mill, and all necessary improvements for the purpose of carrying on the Tanning business, ---also one vacant lot in said town adjoining the above lot---also, all the interest of said Sowers in and to a TRACT OF MOUNTAIN LAND, near the said town, containing about 150 ACRES; all the above property is sold subject to the dower right of the widow of Frederick Sowers in the same. Terms of sale as prescribed by the decree, are one-third of the whole amount of purchase money to be paid in hand on the day of sale, or on the ratification thereof, and the balance in two equal annual payments, with interest thereon from the day of sale, on the payment of the whole purchase money, the Trustee will execute deeds to the purchase is, notes with approved security will be required for the detected payments. Persons wishing to purchase can view the property at any time previous to the day of sale, and all necessary information will be given by applying to PETER BREWER, Trustee.

6. Book: HIstory of Stark County, Ohio, 1881. 4
Jacob Sowers, grandfather of Percy Sowers, an attorney of this city of today, came in the year 1809, to Canton, from Maryland, and brought with him his two sons, Frederick and Eli. The old gentleman intended to make some investments in his own name, but not finding things in all respects to his taste, and, concluding to defer the matter to some future time, returned East, leaving his two sons here. Frederick was bound to George Cribs to learn the trade of a potter. He liked neither his master, nor the trade, left without ceremony, and went back to his native State, where afterward he became a highly successful Baptist minister, but contracting a severe cold from immersing in the winter season, he died from the effects of it. Eli, the other son, was apprenticed to Alexander Cameron, to make of himself a practical carpenter. He served out his time, married a daughter of George Dunbar, and, for many years, carried on this business extensively and successfully, until, with the acquisition of a competency, advancing years admonished him to retire from active business. He was elected one of the Associate Judges of the county, and filled the position with credit and for a number of years. The Judge often spoke of the great eclipse of 1811, when he, with others, was engaged in shingling the old Kaufmann House, corner of Ninth and Market Streets. The sun gradually disappeared, darkness soon enveloped everything about them, and the men, one and all, precipitately abandoned the roof with the impression (bred of want of knowledge and considerable superstition) that the world was coming to an end, or that some other dreadful calamity was immediately impending. The sun, however, soon brightened up again and the world still stands.

Frederick married Elizabeth Beecher, daughter of Samuel Beecher and Barbara Winterode, on 7 Dec 1824. (Elizabeth Beecher was born on 17 Apr 1794 in Germany Twp., Adams, PA 8 9 10 11, christened on 29 May 1794 in Littlestown: Christ Reformed Church, Adams, PA,8 9 11 died on 23 Sep 1832 in Clear Spring, Washington, MD 10 and was buried in Clear Spring: St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran, Washington, MD 10.)

Frederick next married Mary Brewer on 14 Mar 1833 in , Washington, MD.1 2 (Mary Brewer was born in 1795 in La Plata, Charles, MD, United States,12 died on 8 Jan 1872 in Clear Spring, Washington, MD 12 and was buried in Clear Spring: St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran, Washington, MD 12.)


1 Marriages and Deaths, 1830-1837, Washington County, Maryland: Recorded in the Republican Banner (1962. 386 pages.), 23 Mar 1833.

2, Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850.

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4 History of Stark County : with an outline sketch of Ohio (Chicago: Baskin & Battey, 1881, 1022 pgs.), Page 306, Jacob Sowers father of Frederick and Eli Sowers.

5 The Torch Light, Hagerstown, Maryland (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Published 1851 to 1863.), 12 Nov 1829, page 4.

6 The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland., 17 Apr 1840, obituaryof Frederick Sowers.

7 The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland., 13 Nov 1845, Trustee Sale of Estate of Frederick Sowers.

8 Adams County Church Records of the 18th Century (Family Line Publications, Westminister, MD 21157. No year.), Page 81.

9 Christ Reformed Church, Littlestown, Adams, Pennsylvania.

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11 William J. Hinke, Church Record of The Conewago Or Christ Church Congregation Near Littlestown Adams County Pennsylvania 1747-1871 (Online in Books), Page 29.

12 Find A Grave,

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