My name is Jakob Vos, and I have been researching the family name of Seubring, from which the family name of Sobering is also originating.
The name of Sobering comes from the city of Groningen, in the Dutch province of Groningen. The pedigree of Seubring can be found on my homepage, http://members.home.nl/jvos
behind the 'Seubring' link. For information on Sobering, choose Albert Sobringe.
It is not exactly clear to me how the name of Sobering travelled to the United States of America and Canada.
The information I have is incomplete, but I do know that a Klaus Sobering (dutch name: Klaas) emigrated to Long Island, USA, his dad (I do not know who his dad was) moved there around 1900.
Rudolph Sobering (dutch name: Roelof) also emigrated to the USA, I do not know when he did.
Heinrich Sobering (dutch name: Hendrik) went to Canada around 1900.
This is all the information I have to my availability at the present. Could you provide me with more information, when available to you? I would appreciate it very much to hear from you. Thank you.