Posted By:William Brackett
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Subject:Re: Sorel family in Pipestone, Berrien county
Post Date:December 05, 2005 at 06:05:24
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10 Feb 1841 The Act of Union, Upper and Lower Canada are united as the Province of Canada. Lower Canada is renamed Canada East (Québec) and Upper Canada is renamed Canada West (Ontario).

Exavia Sorrell was born in Canada East in 1815. He died on 26 Sep 1883 and was 68 years of age. Exavia might be Xavier? In later records he is seen as “Oliver Sorrell”. He married Malvina Brant who was born in New York and was the daughter of Simeon and Sarah (Herrington) Brant. Malvina died on 19 May 1891 and she was born on 25 May 1813. When Malvina died she was 77 years, 11 months and 24 days old. They are buried in the Brant Cemetery in Bainbridge Township, Berrien County, Michigan. The last name on these stones is spelled Sorrell. Exavia’s name on his death record is listed as Oliver but his tombstone is inscribed Exavia.

Their children are reported to be:

Sarah Sorrell              b. abt. 1842
Adelia Sorrell              b. abt. 1844
Alex C. Sorrell       b. 24 Jun 1846 in Michigan d. 1911
Olive Sorrell              b. 1849 in Michigan
Martha Sorrell              b. 1851 in Michigan
Amanda Sorrell       b. 1853 in Michigan
Mary M. Sorrell       b. 1856 in Michigan

No additional information was found on Sarah Sorrell.

Adeliah Sorrell died when she was 13 years of age.

Alex Sorrell married Sarah McIntosh on 13 May 1869 in Berrien County. His name is often seen as Elic and that is how it appears on his marriage record and his tombstone. The 1870 census of Pipestone Township has him listed as “Alexander Sorell”. I belive he said Elic (Aleck) and the census takers assumed Alex or Alexander. Elic and Sarah Sorrell are buried in the Penn Yann cemetery in Bainbridge Township of Berrien County. Dates on his tombstone are 1847-1911. The last name on these stones is spelled Sorell. Included in the 1900 census of Pipestone Township was Elic Sorell who was born in Jun of 1846. It says his father was born in “Canada Eng” and the 1910 census says his father was born in “Canada French”.

The 1850 census of Berrien County, Michigan shows this family in Division 10. All of Berrien County in the 1850 census was Division 10. No townships were listed:

Exa Surrell 34 years of age, farmer, born in Canada
Malvina Surrell 35 years of age, born in New York
Sarah Surrell 8 years of age
Adelia Surrell 6 years of age
Alexander Surrell 4 years aof age
Olive Surrell 2 years of age

The 1860 census of Berrien County shows this family in Pipestone Township:

Exavias Sorrell 45 years of age, farmer, born in Canada East
Malvina Sorrell 47 years of age, born in New York
Aleck C. Sorrell 14 years of age, born in Michigan
Olive Sorrell 12 years of age, born in Michigan
Martha Sorrell 9 years of age, born in Michigan
Amanda Sorrell 7 years of age, born in Michigan
Mary M. Sorrell 4 years of age, born in Michigan

The 1870 census of Berrien County shows this still in Pipestone Township but two separate households:

Xevia Surrell 55 years of age, farmer, born in Canada
Melvina Surrell 57 years of age, born in New York
Martha Surrell 19 years of age, born in Michigan
Amanda Surrell 17 years of age, born in Michigan
Mary Surrell 14 years of age, born in Michigan

Alexander Sorell 24 years of age, farmer, born in Michigan
Sarah Sorell 21 years of age, born in New York

The 1880 census of Berrien County shows this family still in Pipestone Township living in their son-in-law’s household:

Frederick Roberts 35 years of age, born in New York
Olive Roberts 31 years of age, born in Michigan
Ella Roberts 7 years of age, born in Michigan
May Roberts 5 years of age, born in Michigan
Exavia Sorell 65 years of age, born in Canada
Melvina Sorell 67 years of age, born in New York

The History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan was published in Philadelphia in 1880 and contains a reference to this family. On page 245 under the section on Hagar Township you can read “The first couple married were Oliver Sorrell and Malvina Brant.” The date is not given and no county record of this marriage was found.

A Twentieth Century History of Berrien County Michigan, written by Judge Orville W. Coolidge was published in 1906 in Chicago. It contains a biography of E. Sorrell on page 956. This biography is for Elic Sorell and reads: “E. Sorrell, A prominent farmer residing on section 4, Pipestone township, has throughout his entire life resided within the borders on Berrien county. His birth occurred in Pipestone township on the 24th of June, 1846. His father, Exavia Sorrell, was a native of Canada, but at the age of fourteen years he left his native country, and was thereafter engaged in rafting on the St. Joseph river for a time, also assisting in the building of the first pier at St. Joseph. From there he went to Hagar township, Berrien county, and thence to Pipestone township, where he purchased a farm and spent the remainder of his life here, death claiming him when he had reached the age of sixty-seven years. He was well and favorably known to the early pioneers of Berrien county, having been prominently identified with much of the early history of this section and was one of the first to take up abode in Pipestone township. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Melvina Brant, was a native of New York, but came with her parents to Bainbridge township, Berrien county. She lived to the age of seventy-two years ere she was called to the home beyond. Seven children were born to this worthy pioneer couple, Six daughters and one son. E. Sorrell, the only son and third child, remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age, assisting in the work of the old farm. When he started out in life for himself he was the owner of forty acres of land, a part of the farm on which he now resides, but as the years have passed by he has added to his original purchase from time to time until his homestead now consists of ninety-three acres, all of which he has placed under an excellent state of cultivation, and his well tilled fields annually return to him bounteous harvests in return for the care and labor he bestows upon them. The marriage of Mr. Sorrell was celebrated in 1870, when Sarah McIntosh became his wife, she being a native of Van Buren county, Michigan, and a daughter of James McIntosh, one of the honored old settlers of that county. Mr. And Mrs. Sorrell have one daughter, Cora, the wife of Alvin Michael, a farmer of Pipestone township. Mr. Sorrell gives his political support to the Republican party and takes an active part in its work.”

The marriage records of Berrien County include six Sorell/Sorrell entries but do not include parent’s names:

Cora M. Sorell married on 19 Feb 1896 Alvin E. Michael. From other records we see this is the daughter of Elic and Sarah (McIntosh) Sorell.

Emeranz Sorrell married on 02 Sep 1870 Wilford J. Croker. This may have been Amanda Sorell?

Elic Sorrell married on 13 May 1869 Sarah McIntosh. This is the son of Exavia and Malvina (Brant) Sorrell.

Martha Sorrell married on 23 Oct 1870 Andrew J. D. Archer. This is the daughter of Exavia and Malvina (Brant) Sorrell.

Mary M. Sorell married on 26 Jan 1880 James E. Buckman. This is the daughter of Exavia and Malvina (Brant) Sorrell.

Olive Sorell married on 04 Jul 1869 Frank Robberts. This is the daughter of Exavia and Malvina (Brant) Sorrell.