Lydia the wife of Abraham Sovain was born about 1750. Abraham did not appear to arrive in North America with a wife. There are few details on Lydia. Based on verbal information passed to me by Betty Keatley, her grandfather, John was part Native America. Since Abraham’s root point clearly back to France, it would seem possible that Lydia was Native American. I would like to find a direct female decendant who will do mtDNA testing.
Abraham Sovain and Lydia had nine children: Mary “Polly”, Catharine “Kate”, Susannah, Elizabeth, Henri, Nancy Ann, Abraham, and Lydia.
Sometime after Abraham’s death, Lydia mover to Blacksburg VA with the younger children. Lydia executed her husband’s will by her mark.
In 1821 Lydia made her will showing that after the death of Abraham she had operated a grocery store in Blacksburg, apparently with success, for she left among other property tow lots in that town which she had purchased after his death. Lydia was assisted in the management of the store by her daughter Nancy.
Lydia died on 20 June 1828, Montgomery County, Virginia.