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Thomas English House


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Summary

Located in Paris, this house features Classical design elements and likely operated as a farm house before the area’s residential development. A back addition was added at some point during the house’s history but eventually collapsed3.



Timeline

1866 – Daniel O’Neil is granted all of said lot by John Smith, Sherriff1

1886 - Leonard A. Sovereign purchases property

Leonard A. Sovereign et. Al purchases property from Mary A. Cousin for $6001

1893 - Rebecca Louise McCarthers purchases property

Rebecca Louise McCarthers (formerly McCash) purchases property from Leonard A. Sovereign for $25001

1905 - Thomas Statson English purchases property

Thomas Statson English purchases part of lot [including portion where house is currently located] from Rebecca Louise McCarthers for $3001

c. 1912 - House is constructed

1913 – John Thomas English is granted property

John Thomas English is granted lot by Thomas Statson English for 1.00 etc.1

c. 1930s – Summer kitchen added3

1950 - Leslie E. Cooke is granted property

Leslie E. Cooke and Marian R. Cooke are granted the lot for $1.00 etc.1

1973 - Household Realty [….?] Ltd. purchases property

Household Realty [….?] Ltd. purchases property from Leslie E. and Marian R. Cooke for $5287.881

c. 2011 – Back addition to house disintegrates3


Summary of Inhabitants

Leonard A. Sovereign

Leonard A. Sovereign was born in the County of Norfolk, Ontario on the 29th of December 1825. He was the son of William and Diana (Bloomfield) Sovereign. His father was a farmer born in Pennsylvania on March 28th 1791 and died March 12 1868 and his mother was born in Genessee County N.Y. on December 23rd 1791 and died January 2nd 1867. William settled in Norfolk County in 1799. William and Diana were married on April 25th 1819. William, Diana and eventually Leonard remained in Norfolk until 1834 until they moved to Brant County for the remainder of their lives. Leonard came to Paris in 1876. Like his father, he worked as a farmer for most of his life, was a Justice of the Peace and filed the office of Councillor for South Dumfries. He had three brothers and four sisters: Horace, Jeremiah, David, Levina, Mary, Eliza and Jane2. He died on December 29th 1825.



Architectural Features

This house is a two storey building with several Classical-style details constructed from grey header bond brick. The posterior of the building features white shingle upon gable while the front gable has been updated to clean planking. The building has a natural stone foundation and a rectangular layout. The side facing porch and door detailing suggest the house was initially built to face away from the street3. The roof is a medium gable with a center gable on the porch side. The single chimney is offset right center constructed from concrete blocks. The eaves are cornice boxed plain, a common feature of Classical architecture, with cornice boxed plain without frieze raking. The current front door is located off-centre on the gable façade with a flat structural opening and plain trim surround. It is a single leaf one panel light door. The porch entrance door, which likely operated as the front door in the home’s past, features arched radiating voussoir. The front façade windows are single hung with decorative glass panel and brick arched radiating voussoir on first floor. The left face features single panel picture windows. The posterior face has two single hung windows without decorative panelling and differing sizes. The right face features single hung windows with decorative panel and brick arched radiating voussoirs on both first floor and dormer. The home has a side facing porch with natural stone columns and railings.



Notes

  1. Land Registry Office. July 2018.
  2. Beers, JH & Co. The History of the County of Brant Ontario. 1883.
  3. Zedo, Wendy. Personal Interview. June 2018.


References

  • Land Registry Office. (July 2018.)
  • Beers, JH & Co. (1883.) The History of the County of Brant, Ontario.
  • Zedo, Wendy. (June 2018.) Personal Interview.

Date of Original:
c. 1912
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2018CB009
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Historic Buildings of the County of Brant
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Copyright Date:
2018
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Recommended Citation:
Thomas English House, 2018. County of Brant Public Library. Item No. 2018CB009.
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Thomas English House



Summary

Located in Paris, this house features Classical design elements and likely operated as a farm house before the area’s residential development. A back addition was added at some point during the house’s history but eventually collapsed3.



Timeline

1866 – Daniel O’Neil is granted all of said lot by John Smith, Sherriff1

1886 - Leonard A. Sovereign purchases property

Leonard A. Sovereign et. Al purchases property from Mary A. Cousin for $6001

1893 - Rebecca Louise McCarthers purchases property

Rebecca Louise McCarthers (formerly McCash) purchases property from Leonard A. Sovereign for $25001

1905 - Thomas Statson English purchases property

Thomas Statson English purchases part of lot [including portion where house is currently located] from Rebecca Louise McCarthers for $3001

c. 1912 - House is constructed

1913 – John Thomas English is granted property

John Thomas English is granted lot by Thomas Statson English for 1.00 etc.1

c. 1930s – Summer kitchen added3

1950 - Leslie E. Cooke is granted property

Leslie E. Cooke and Marian R. Cooke are granted the lot for $1.00 etc.1

1973 - Household Realty [….?] Ltd. purchases property

Household Realty [….?] Ltd. purchases property from Leslie E. and Marian R. Cooke for $5287.881

c. 2011 – Back addition to house disintegrates3


Summary of Inhabitants

Leonard A. Sovereign

Leonard A. Sovereign was born in the County of Norfolk, Ontario on the 29th of December 1825. He was the son of William and Diana (Bloomfield) Sovereign. His father was a farmer born in Pennsylvania on March 28th 1791 and died March 12 1868 and his mother was born in Genessee County N.Y. on December 23rd 1791 and died January 2nd 1867. William settled in Norfolk County in 1799. William and Diana were married on April 25th 1819. William, Diana and eventually Leonard remained in Norfolk until 1834 until they moved to Brant County for the remainder of their lives. Leonard came to Paris in 1876. Like his father, he worked as a farmer for most of his life, was a Justice of the Peace and filed the office of Councillor for South Dumfries. He had three brothers and four sisters: Horace, Jeremiah, David, Levina, Mary, Eliza and Jane2. He died on December 29th 1825.



Architectural Features

This house is a two storey building with several Classical-style details constructed from grey header bond brick. The posterior of the building features white shingle upon gable while the front gable has been updated to clean planking. The building has a natural stone foundation and a rectangular layout. The side facing porch and door detailing suggest the house was initially built to face away from the street3. The roof is a medium gable with a center gable on the porch side. The single chimney is offset right center constructed from concrete blocks. The eaves are cornice boxed plain, a common feature of Classical architecture, with cornice boxed plain without frieze raking. The current front door is located off-centre on the gable façade with a flat structural opening and plain trim surround. It is a single leaf one panel light door. The porch entrance door, which likely operated as the front door in the home’s past, features arched radiating voussoir. The front façade windows are single hung with decorative glass panel and brick arched radiating voussoir on first floor. The left face features single panel picture windows. The posterior face has two single hung windows without decorative panelling and differing sizes. The right face features single hung windows with decorative panel and brick arched radiating voussoirs on both first floor and dormer. The home has a side facing porch with natural stone columns and railings.



Notes

  1. Land Registry Office. July 2018.
  2. Beers, JH & Co. The History of the County of Brant Ontario. 1883.
  3. Zedo, Wendy. Personal Interview. June 2018.


References

  • Land Registry Office. (July 2018.)
  • Beers, JH & Co. (1883.) The History of the County of Brant, Ontario.
  • Zedo, Wendy. (June 2018.) Personal Interview.