William John and Addie Rosalie (Smyth) Sovern




My great-grandfather, William John Sovern, was born in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN,  3 Sep 1861, but left home at the tender age of 13 to make his way in the world.  While still a very young man he traveled to Oregon, where he led a colorful life as a stage driver, gold prospector, ranch owner, and in his later years, a streetcar conductor.  He married Addie Rosalie Smyth (b. 23 Dec 1861, Noble Co., OH, d. 20 Feb 1931, Portland, Oregon) in Prineville, Oregon, on  4 Nov 1888.   They had 4 children: Mary, Tom, Pearl, and Grace. William died in Portland, Oregon, on 11 Mar 1949 at age 88.


Submitted by: Patsy Skeels


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