The Family of Joseph and Elizabeth (Black) Freethy>
Joseph Freethy, son of Joseph Freethy and Elizabeth Banks, was born in 1754 in York, Maine. He settled in Sedgwick in 1763 as one of the earliest settlers. He served in the American Revolutionary War from 1777 through 1780. He was married in 1780 to Elizabeth Black. He died in 1838 at the age of 84.
Elizabeth Black, the daughter of John Black and Abigail Watson, was born in 1763. She was the first child born in Sedgwick Township. Her father was one of the first permanent settlers of Sedgwick, arriving about 1763. Her mother was the sister of Shadrach Watson, who has also one of the first permanent settlers.
In 1787, the proprietors of Sedgwick voted that Elizabeth should have 100 acres of land "for her and her heirs and assigns, because she was the first born in the township) Elizabeth died in 1867 at the age of 104 years.The following is the obituary of Elizabeth Black Freethy, which appeared in The Ellsworth American.
Brooklin, Feb. 27, Mrs. Elizabeth FREETHY, age about 104 years.
Mrs. Freethy linked us far back to the past. She was the first white child born in this town,
then a part of Sedgwick. She lived in the stirring, trying times of the Revolution.
Her husband served during war. She saw the British come into Waskeag, burn every building upon
the point except an old hovel, shoot down the cattle, and commit other outrages. All these
youthful memories were as fresh in her mind as
if they transpired yesterday. She became a hopeful disciple of Christ in the first revival of religion that occurred in this town under Father Merrill. Under his ministry she joined his church, then Congregational, of which she remained a worthy member until it became extinct. The last time I saw her alive she spoke of that revival.
"You can remember that?" I asked her; "Oh, yes," she replied, "I shall never forget that I had long felt myself a lost helpless sinner. It seemed there no pardon, no hope, no Savior for me. I arose one morning feeling all was lost. I was ready to give up in despair. I stepped to the door facing east and put one hand on each sill and looked out. Just then the sun arose, clear, beautiful, bright, and the Son of Righteousness arose too, upon my soul, with healing in His wings. Everything seemed to break forth into a song of praise, and I joined in the song. Oh, I shall never forget how precious Jesus looked to me then, and He is now."
Hers was a quiet, steady, consistent, cheerful piety which led her to make all feel happy about her. Someone said to me the other day, "We children all loved Aunt Lizzie. We loved to go there. She always had a kind word, a gentle smile, a soft hand, a nice piece of bread and cheese for all the children who went to see her."
This fact gives an insight into her real character. She had a green old age, though her head was gray, the skin wrinkled and her limbs feeble and tottery, yet she had a young heart. She loved the children and they loved her. She was the mother of 12 children, 8 of whom are still living. She leaves some 200 living descendants, children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren down to the 5th generation. One of the relatives assured me that he has counted up over 350 of her descendants. She served her generation and now sleeps in Jesus.
Joseph and Elizabeth had the following children:
|1.||James Freethy, Born 5 June 1781.|
|2.||Lucy Freethy, Born 6 August 1783.|
|3.||Betsy Freethy, Born 11 October 1784.|
|4.||Joseph Freethy, Born 4 February 1788.|
|5.||Naby Freethy (probably "Abigail") born 8 May 1780. She died 23 June 1811.|
|6.||Peggy Freethy, born 4 September 1793.|
|7.||Phebe Freethy, born 19 July 1795.|
|8.||Caroline Freethy, born 17 October 1797.|
|9.||Nancy Freethy, born 25 July 1800.|
|10.||Cinthya Freethy, Born 17 April 1803 in Sedgwick. She died 5 July 1810.|
|11.||Alred Freethy, Born 21 July 1805 in Sedgwick.|
|12.||Lewis Freethy, Born 22 March, 1808.|