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The website indicates there is a Freeman link.  My Freeman ancestry shows up in Virginia and NC in the late 1600’s, early 1700’s.  One ancestor, John Freeman of Chowan County, NC is believed to have married Tabitha Hoyter, daughter of Chief Thomas Hoyter, a Chowan Indian.  I have seen some articles indicating a belief that some of the Lost Colonists joined the Chowan Tribe.  I am interested in  learning if any of my Freeman ancestors had a Lost Colony Link.




4.  How is your Y-line DNA line connected to the colonists, the surnames, Native people or the location?  

The Freeman surname is listed on the Lost Colony DNA website as having a possible link.  The Freeman surname shows up in several NC Native populations, including the Lumbee of North Carolina.  I submitted my DNA to the Lumbee DNA website and got a positive 12 marker match although it was to a different surname


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Completing the form below, enter the current generation’s name in line 1 and add each generation on subsequent lines through your oldest ancestor.  You don’t need to provide personal info for living individuals, just a placeholder name.   For living people, don’t include the maiden name of the spouse.



Ancestor’s Birth Name

Birth Date

Death Date

Birth Location

Death Location

Other Residence

Spouses Name with Birth-Death Info




John Clark Freeman



Tyler, TX

Wichita Falls, TX


Jean Levorsen


George Clark Freeman



Athens, GA

Tyler, TX


Wilton Barfield


George Washington Freeman



Jackson Cty., GA

Kaufman Cty, TX




William S. Freeman




Jackson Cty, GA


Beanigbea Perry


Richard Freeman






Elizabeth Haggard


William Freeman



Chowan, NC

Surry, NC




John Freeman



Chowan, NC

Chowan, NC


Tabitha Hoyter


William Freeman



Norfolk, VA

Chowan, NC


Mary Cording


John Freeman




Norfolk, VA












































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John Freeman Sr. was probably born around 1650.   He was in Norfolk Co., Va. by 1673 when he appears in the County records for “being delinquent in nott clearing the highways”.  December 17, 1675 he received a certificate for 50 acres for importing himself into Virginia   (Norfolk County Order Book 1675-1686, p. 11) Then again on 6 June 1676 he received a patent of 400 acres “neare the head of the Western branch of Elizabeth River” joining land surveyed by William  Defnall and Thomas Lovell and running “to the inchaunted ridge”   (N.M. Nugent, Cavaliers and  Pioneers..., II:176).   This grant was due for the transportation of 8 persons into the colony listed as Jane Williams, Jno. Tutte, Cha. Morgan, Mary Cutter, Rich. Reynolds, Edwd. Browne, Mary  Hartly and Jno Freeman. The fact that John listed himself as a headright suggests that he had immigrated to America shortly before as an unmarried young man. (Also see Virginia Land Patent Book 6, p. 609)   This land was near the boundary with Nansemond County and just North of the Great Dismal Swamp.  (This is the same general area where John Barfield and his early descendants lived.) According to the JOHN FREEMAN book by Mosher, John Freeman acquired 400 acres on the  Western Branch of the Elizabeth River in 1676 by using 8 headrights.  Four of these headrights were originally acquired by Jane Rigglesworth in 1652 and two by Jane Yates Rigglesworth Horne in 1658.  She later married Tho Lovell, the surveyor.


            An internet search for Jane Rigglesworth shows that a Thomas Horne acquired 300 acres on the west branch of the Elizabeth river adjacent to Jane Rigglesworth in 1665.  Thomas  left three children—Elizabeth Horne Richason (Richardson?), Thomas Horne, Jr. and HANNAH HORNE.  The internet information indicated that Thomas Horne married “Yates” which was Jane’s maiden name.  Lovell was her third husband so she apparently married Rigglesworth, Horne, and Lovell. The “Map of Freeman and Brown Patents” shown in the John Freeman book shows the land of Thomas Horne and  Peter Rigglesworth being next door to John Freeman’s 400 acres.


            A search of the Yates family indicates that a Mary Yates married a Mr. Horne and had a daughter Hannah Horne.  She was the daughter of a John Yates who came to Virginia in 1636. There was no indication of a Jane Yates Rigglesworth in the family, but she could have been Mary Jane Yates Rigglesworth. .


            It is probable that Hannah Horne was the wife of John Freeman.  She was born around 1659.  This would make her 17 in 1676 when John Freeman used her mother/stepmother’s headrights to acquire the 400 acres on the Elizabeth River coincidentally surveyed by Tho. Lovell.


On February 29, 1683 but recorded in June 1686, John Freeman and wife Hannah sold 50 acres to Thomas Ffargison for 1,400 pounds of tobacco.  In this deed he calls himself a “planter” and spelled his name Ffreeman.

In a nearly illegible deed of Oct. 1687, John Freeman of Lower Norfolk and wife Hannah sold to John Whitehall a part ofthis land for 3,000 pounds of tobacco “in casques “ (witnessed by Moses Spivey, Robert Spivey).   The l7O4 Virginia Quit Rent Rolls show John Freeman with 190 acres in Norfolk. No other Freeman’s were listed.

John apparently died between May 15, 1710 and May 18, 1711 because he was granted administration of the estate of William Wallis and guardianship of Hanna Wallis, age 6, who was then bound over to Andrew Taylor due to the death of John and Hanna Freeman.  They apparently died intestate although no probate record survives. Under the law of primogeniture, all his lands passed to his eldest son, William. The deeds made by William in 1711 identify the younger sons. John Sr. appears to have left these children:

          i.    William, probably born ca. l680/85; died 1736; married Mary Cording 

ii.         John, probably born ca. l685, obtained 50 acres from his brother William in 1711; died 1732; married Mary 

         iii.  Thomas, obtained 50 acres from his brother in Norfolk Co, in l7ll. He settled in the Borough of Norfolk, and made a will there on 29 Nov. 1761, proven Jan. 1762 leaving all property to his son Samuel, with 5 shillings apiece to the other children who are not named.



WILLIAM FREEMAN Sr. was probably born in the 1680’s. He was a brother of John Freeman, who can be shown to have come from Norfolk Co., VA. In Norfolk, Va. We find two deeds which prove William’s parentage:

“this Indenture made the Second Day of October . . . 1711 . between William Freeman of the County of Norfolk. . .and John freman of the said county...Wittness. . .that the said Wm. Freeman for and        in  consideration of the brotherly Love and affection that he bears unto thee said John freman hath. . .granted. . .unto the said John freman. . .once Certaine messuage tenement and plantation together with about fifty acres of Land. . .now in the Tenure and occupation of the said John freman and is bounded on the land of Thomas Willoughby and on the Land of Thomas Wooden and is part of a Tract of four hundred acres granted unto my father John freman

Decd: Dated the Sixth day of June 1676. . .

(Signed) William (W) ffreman

Mary (M) ffreman

Witness: Jno: Ferebee”

“This Indenture made this Second Day of October . . . 1711. between William freman of the county of Norfolk and Thomas freman of the Same county. . .Witnesseth that the Said Wm. freman for. . . the brotherly Love and affection that he bears unto the said Thomas freman hath Given.. .unto the said Thomas freman fifty Acres of Land. . .bounded on the land of Jno. Freman and the Land of Wm. freeman, and is Part of a Pattent of four hundred Acres granted unto my father Jno freeman Decd. . .”

William also apparently kept another part of the land. The will of William Perkins of Norfolk 11 Nov. 1721, mentions land bought of William Freeman.

William married Mary Cording, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Cording as evidenced by a Court action dated October 14, 1714 “Upon the petition of Wm. ffreeman and Mary his wife Daughter of Thomas Cording deced: it is ordered the sherif Sum: the Executrix of the said Cording to appear at next Court to answer the said petr:”

In Chowan Precinct of Albemarle Co.,N.C. we first find William on l0 July 1718, when Thomas Garrett Sr. and wife Bethia of Chowan sold for 80 pds. to William Freeman of the same 250 acres on the south side of  Katherine Creek Swamp (witnessed by Thomas Garrett Jr., Michael  Ward, John Goodwin) . William Freeman and Wife Mary sold 100 acres  of this land to Michael Ward on ll July 1718. Michael Ward also came from Norfolk, and it is my unproven suspicion that he was a brother‑in‑law of William Freeman.

March 17, 1719 in Norfolk County, Va., a deed was recorded in which  “William Ffreeman of Chowan in North Carolina and with full consent of Mary his wife for 28 pounds actual money sold to William Perkins 60 acres joyning upon the land of ffrancis Hodges and also of Thomas ffreeman upon a Runn commonly called fforgissons Runn...part of a patent fformerly granted to John ffreemman deced ffather of ye said Willm ffreeman.”

Also in Chowan on 25 March l725 William Freeman purchased from Epaproditus Brinkley l50 acres on the south Side of Catherine Creek at Poplar Neck (witnessed by Jno. Goodwin, Jno. Freeman).

In Bertie Co. on 22 Sept. 1733 William Freeman received an assignment from Henry Rodes of a grant of 640 acres on the west side of Cypress Swamp (witnessed by John Parker, Thomas Wallis). The deed mistakenly transcribes his name as Thomas Freeman, but this is the land William bequeathed to his youngest sons and later deeds show that it was indeed William who made the purchase.

William Freeman made a will in Chowan on 7 Feb. 1736, proven l5 Aug. l737, witnessed by Walter Droughan, John Freeman juner and Thomas Rowntree Senr . and appointing as executors his wife Mary and son John. He left the following children:


i.          John, born ca. 1705/l0


ii.         William II. , probably born ca. 1705/l0 and left the plantation whereon he then lived by his        father.   This land was apparently in the area     set off from Chowan into Gates Co. in 1778. He     married Christian (Kiddy) Outlaw.



iii.       Thomas, Probably born ca. l710/15.   Appears in    Chowan deeds through 1744, then moved to Bertie   where he purchased land on Barbeque Swamp from John Freeman in 1748.


        iv.     Richard, probably born ca. 1715/20 and left the

                home place by his father’s will. He made a will

                in Chowan on 13 July l761, proven July 1761,

                appointing his brother William, son Amos and

                friend Timothy Walton executors.   Left a widow

                Ruth and three children.


         v.     Aaron, probably born ca. 1720/25. He and his

                brother Samuel were left their father’s 640 acre                   tract on Cypress Swamp in Bertie Co. However, a

                deed of 12 June 1747 shows that Aaron was by then                 “Dec’d before was of Lawfull age” .

        vi.     Samuel, probably born ca. 1720/30. In Bertie on

               l2 June 1747 John Freeman of Chowan “Fulfilling                   of the Last will & Testament of my Father

               William Freeman” deeded him the whole of                          the 640  acre tract on Cypress swamp.   Samuel                     Freeman, carpenter, sold this land to Peter                        Evans on 7 March 1752 (witnessed by Richard                        Brown, John Smith).


JOHN FREEMAN was likely born around 1705/10, eldest son of William Freeman Sr. By his father’s will, 1736. John inherited “the plantation where on he now lives and also my negro woman called Rose.” John appears in a number of Chowan deeds but must be distinguished from a cousin of the same name, who early moved to Bertie.

John married Tabitha Hoyter, daughter of Thomas Hoyter, Chiefman of the Chowan Indians around 1733.  Her identity is surmised from the fact that Thomas Hoyter signed as second grantor (dower witness) to a deed dated August 3, 1733 in which John Freeman purchased 200 acres on Catherine Creek Swamp, being part of Chowan town for 120 pounds current money (witnessed by Rt. Hicks. Edwd. Howcutt, James Craven).   John Freeman of Chowan and wife Tabitha sold half of this land to Thomas Freeman on 8 Aug. 1737 (witnessed by Richd. Talent, Thos. Rountree). As eldest son of William, John made a series of releases to carry out the provisions of his father’s will. On 18 Aug. 1741 he conveyed 75 acres “known by the name of the Popular Neck” on the South Side of Catherine Creek to William Freeman, “brother of the said John” (witnessed by Thos. Wallon, John Wallon, Richard Bond) . On 20 July 1743 John Freeman and wife Tabitha conveyed to Richard Freeman per Father’s will, 150 acres on the South side of Catherine Creek, bought by Wm. Freeman from Thos. Garrett.   Brother Thomas apparently worked out an exchange of his inheritance with his brother William, and John made a deed confirming this on l6 Jan. 1744 (witnessed by Thos. Rountree Senr. , Richd. Freeman).

On March 26, 1733 and again on March 29, 1735, John was paid by the Vestry of St. Paul’s Parish for serving as a reader, and in 1748 his neighbors successfully petitioned for his appointment to that position.  In 1750 he was elected a Vestryman of the parish, serving in that capacity during much of the building of the church at Edenton.  This Church still stands today.

Our John also appears in the Bertie deeds. There on l2 June 1747 John Freeman of Chowan Co. made a deed to his brother Samuel Freeman, “Fulfilling of the Last will & Testament of my Father William Freeman late of Chowan County”.

In 1748 John Freeman served as Constable.  In 1754, James Bennet and John Robins, Chowan Indians, and John Freeman, Planter, sold 200 acres of Chowan tribal land for 20 pounds to Richard Freeman beginning at Blanchard’s line, Bennets Creek.  This deed gives additional evidence that Tabitha was Chowan Indian since John was listed as a Co-Grantor with the chiefs of the tribe without any explanation.  If he had married into the tribe, he became a member since they were a matrilineal tribe. Tribal membership and land ownership passed through the wife or mother.

In the early 1750’s John began to provide for his sons. On 30 July 1762 John Freeman Sr. of Chowan with wife Tabitha sold for 40 pounds to John Freeman Jr. 300 acres on Juniper Swamp (witnessed by James Bond, Thomas Garret, Jacob Freeman). It was perhaps John Jr. who was the John Freeman who on l5 Sept. 1762 sld 1OO acres on Juniper Branch to Jacob Freeman (witnessed by Edward Garrett, Thomas Garrett John Freeman).

John Freeman Sr. made a will in Chowan on 13 April 1776, Proven June 1777, witnessed by Thos. Garrett Junr.,Thomas. Garrett Sener and Joel (X) Britt.   Executors were son Richard and Everard Garrett. John named his wife Tabitha and the following children:

     i.    William born ca. 1735/40

       ii.   Jacob. He was a resident of Hertford Co. on 14

             Jan. 1771 when be sold land on Catherine Creek

             in Chowan to Robt. Sumner.


      iii.    John Jr., probably born ca. 1740. He had a wife

            Sarah by 21 Nov. 1777 when he sold 150 acres on

            Gabrils branch to Richard Freeman (witnessed by

            Thos. Garrett, James Freeman, Thos. Hofler).


iv.       Zilpah, mar. Lewis Outlaw.


vi.       Tabitha, mar. Mr. Mansfield.


vii.     Priscilla, mar. William  Hinton.



       vii.    Richard.   Estate administered Chowan 19 Feb.

  1787 by Kedar Hinton. Left an orphan son James.        Married Christian Hinton Sept., 1778

viii.    Catherine.

                ix.   Sarah.


WILLIAM FREEMAN, was likely born around 1735/40 and appears in Rowan in 1774 and Surry in 1778. I believe that he first established a household in Hertford Co.  N.C.  adjacent to Chowan Co. where most records are lost, and is the man referred to there as William Freeman Jr. in the 1760’s, to distinguish him from his uncle.  While the Hertford deeds are lost, in Chowan we find that on 13 Oct. 1760 Hardy Griffin of Chowan sold for 30 pounds to William Freeman of Hertford a tract of 150 acres near Gabrils Branch (witnessed by Everard Garret, John Freeman, Jacob Freeman).  On 19 Nov. 1770 William Freeman Junr. of Hertford Co. sold this tract to John Freeman Junr. of Chowan Co. (witnessed by. Johnathan Nichols, Henry Hill, John Freeman Senr.) .    William may have remained a few years in Hertford after this before removing west.

I suspect that William may have married in Hertford.  In any case, it appears clear that our William was the son of John Freeman. The latter’s will, 1776, gave his son William five shillings only.   This fits with the fact that our William had already moved west.   Likely his father had provided for him by givinq him some slaves at an earlier date.

William was perhaps in Rowan Co. N.C. on l2 Aug. 1774, when a William Freeman witnessed a gift of a slave from William Frohock to his brother Thomas Frohock. We first find him in the Surry Co.deeds on 8 Aug, 1778, when Samuel Freeman sold for 200 pounds to William Freeman 1OO acres at the mouth of Tararat Creek on Yadkin River (witnessed by Alexr. Hawkins, Alen Gentry, John Ham). On 24 Oct, l782 William received a grant of 167 acres on Yadkin below the mouth of Tararat River.

The Surry Co, deeds also show that on l5 Oct. 1783 William Freeman received a Power of attorney from John Garret of Chowan Co, to dispose of certain lands in Surry Co. (witnessed by Aaron Freeman, John (X) Legett).   This deed has some significance towards establishing William’s origin, as the Garret and Freeman families were associated back in Chowan Co. When William made the sale under this power of attorney, Sammuel Haggard was one of the witnesses to the deed.


During the Revolution William provided at least Patriotic Service.   One original voucher is preserved to William Freeman from Salisbury District, dated 26 Aug. 1783.   The names of the auditors (Bruce and Hunter) are those for the Upper Board, covering Guilford and Surry Counties.   Thus this was apparently our William. The l790 Census lists William Freeman in Surry Co. with a household of 4 white males over l6, 2 under l6, 3 white females and 3 slaves.   The tax list for the same year shows him in Capt. Lovell’s District, for 270 acres and 2 white Polls, adjacent to Noah Freeman, for l Poll.   The taxes of this period are incomplete, but we find William again in 1781 (Capt. Scott’s: 270 acres, 2 white Polls), and 1799 (Capt. Scott’s: 270 acres, 2 white polls). Richard Freeman was not found on these tax lists, but was probably under age 2l in 1791 and perhaps had already left for Georgia by 1795, although the second, unnamed Poll in William’s household in this year also could be him.

William Freeman made a will in Surry on 25 March 1802, proven  May 18O2, witnessed by Edward Smith, Lydia Smith and Jonathan Allen, and appointing James Howard and Nathan Haynes as executors.  The original of this will does not survive but photostats of the recorded copy exist. In the will William left his land to his wife Sarah for life, then to go to his son Tyre, evidently the youngest son.    After making various other bequests, William directed “Then all the Property or remaining Part of My Estate I leave to be equally divided between Noah, John, Richard and David.” None of these are found on the Census or in the deeds in Surry Co, except David, and it would appear that these were William’s eldest sons, who had already been provided for, and the first three of whom had already left Surry. I think the circumstantial evidence is good that Noah and Richard are the same two we find in Oglethorpe Co., Georgia in 1796.    

From the estate file we find that sales of William’s estate were made on 11 June 1802. The purchasers include Sarah, David and Tyre Freeman.  A first accounting of the estate was made on 7 April 1806, and another account on 18 March 1808. In 1808 a balance was due to the heirs of 246 pounds/15/‑, but no record of the distribution is preserved.

Several items of interest can be noted in the account.

First, there are several references to expenses of a lawsuit against  John Mitchell and wife at Salisbury in 1803‑4 ‑ referring to Salisbury District Superior Court. As Kiddy Mitchell was one of the heirs I hoped that this might refer to an informative lawsuit giving the other heirs’ residences.   However, the case does not appear in the Minutes or Equity Minutes of Salisbury District Court, and thus likely never came to trial. I did locate an entry in the Appearance Docket for Sept. 1803:


John Mitchell et ux vs. Nathan Haynes. Detinue. Genl. issue & Stat, Lim, release, Martin Armstrong & Jno. Armstrong Bail.

Unfortunately the Trial Dockets of this period, which might provide further information, do not survive.  “Detinue” refers to a form of action at common law to recover a specific article of personal property detained by the defendant ‑ so the suit likely involved an attempt by the Mitchells to have the executor release Kiddy’s inheritance.

The accounts also record “paid Printer for Advertisement” . No newspapers are known to have been published in Salisbury at this time, and I suspect that this refers to a notice which was published in the Raleigh Register , issue of 2 Nov. 1802. This merely states that Nathan Haynes had qualified as executor of William Freeman, and requests all persons owing debts to the estate to pay up. No estate was found for widow Sarah Freeman.

William Freeman left the following children;

   i.      Noah, Probably born about 1765/69.   As AMenoah@               Freeman he married in Surry, bond 1 Jan. 1790 Nancy            Brown,   with Thomas Childress and   John Brown               bondsmen. Noah was taxed in Surry in 1790, but had            apparently left by 1791. I believe he was the                 Noah Freeman taxed in Oglethorpe Co. Ga. in 1796,              and the Noah who left a will in Greene Co. Ga. in             1809.

    ii.     John,probably born about l769, married, bond 9 Aug.                 1796 Elizabeth Isbell, with Joshua Freeman bondsman.               Apparently left Surry by 1799.   I suspect he may

             also have gone to Georgia where there were a large

             number of John Freemans.


    iii.    Richard, born ca. 177O/74.    This would be our

            Richard in Oglethorpe Co. Ga. in 1796 along with Noah.


     iv.     David, Probably born ca. 1774.


      v.     Josiah, Probably born ca. 1774/80.   He may be the

             Josiah Freeman later found in Jasper Co., Ga.


     vi.     Kiddy (nickname for Christian?), married John



     yii.    William Jr., Born 1774/90. He was not a Purchaser

             at his father’s estate sale, and thus might be the               William found in Oglethorpe Co., Ga.

  viii.   Polly.

      ix.    Penelope, mar. (Nathan?) Haynes.


       x.    Tyre, probably born   about 1790, inherited his

             father’s lands.  He married in Surry Co., bond 8

             Mar. 1808 Elizabeth Stoe, with Joshua Freeman



RICHARD FREEMAN was apparently born around 1770‑75 (he was aged 50‑60 in 1830), and was clearly in Oglethorpe Co., Ga. in 1796. I suspect he had arrived in Georgia very shortly before 1796.  Oglethorpe marriage records show that Richard Freeman and Elizabeth Haygood were married on 3 May 1797.As we will see below, her surname was actually Haggard.

From Oglethorpe Richard soon moved to adjacent Greene Co. The early deeds there show that on 22 Aug. 1801 Lewis Pierce of Oglethorpe Co. sold for $2OO to Richard Freeman of Greene Co. 150 acres in Greene on the waters of Little River (witnessed by Geo.Tuggle J.P., Jesse Lacey J.P.).

Very soon thereafter Richard moved to Franklin Co., following his father‑in‑law, Samuel Haggard.   He first appears on the Franklin taxes in 1803, the list of that year proving his move, as it lists him with 100 acres on South River in Franklin Co. plus 75 acres on Little River in Greene Co. Richard may have been living on his father‑in‑law’s land at this time. The latter soon moved to Jackson Co., and on 22 Oct 1803 Samuel Haggard Sr. of Jackson Co. sold for $50 to Richard Freeman of Franklin Co. 1OO acres on the waters of Broad River. In 1809 James Rylee of Franklin sold to Richard Freeman of the same for $3OO 177 acres in Franklin on the waters of Blacks Creek, adjoining Nahan Freeman (witnessed by John Cleghorn, Geo. Christian J.P.). We now turn to the clues that helped establish Richard’s origin. We know that Richard married in Oglethorpe Co, in 1797, which must have been soon after his arrival ‑ suggesting that he and his wife’s family might have had a common origin.   His Father‑in‑Law was Samuel Haggard, who, according to Maddox’ married first Nancy Hix and second, in 1807, Ruth Ayres. Samuel Haggard made a will in Jackson Co., Ga. on 30 Aug. 1810, proven 3 June l8ll, appointing Jesse Bennett and Thomas Perry executors. It was witnessed by Solomon Stevens and Reves Bruzel.   This will names wife Ruth, elder children John, James, Samuel Jr, Johnathan, George and Susannah Haggard, Patsy Smith, Elizabeth “Freemond” , Anna Hix, Sarah Brown, Frances Hardy and Sarah(?) Cook, and younger children Frank and Alford.

Now this Samuel Haggard can be shown to have come from Surry Co., N.C. where he appears on the 1790 Census.   He sold land in Surry in 1794, which probably dates his move to Georgia. We then find one later Surry deed, proving the move: on 3 Nov. 1803 Samuel Haggard, of Jackson Co., Georgia sold for $50 to John Ayres of Surry Co., N.C. a tract of 250 acres on the South Side of Yadkin River, “known by the name of Freeman’s Cabbin” (witnessed by B. Grant, William Burch).

Richard Freeman’s wife thus belonged to a family which had moved from Surry Co., N.C. shortly before his marriage, and further had some sort of association with the Freeman’s there.

This leaves us to suspect that Richard might also have come from Surry. We then find in Surry that one William Freeman had a son Richard, of our Richard’s age, who had apparently removed from Surry to Georgia before his father made his will in 1802.

RICHARD FREEMAN left a will dated January l8, 1841 in

Franklin County, Georgia in which he named children Elizabeth,

Francis, James, John, Nathanial, Richard, Jr., Sarah, and,

William. This will also  mentions his wife Elizabeth. Note that two of the children were named William and Sarah ‑ the same as Richard’s parents.  Could the “S” stand for Samuel ‑ the name of William’s other grandfather?

The 1820 Franklin County, Georgia Tax Digest shows R.  Freeman, Richard Freeman, John Freeman, Henry H. Freeman and Hartwell Freeman all owning land on Black’S Creek.


From the Franklin Co. records it appears clear that William S.Freeman was indeed Richard’s son. If born in 1806, William would first have become taxable in 1827 or l828. Yearly Franklin tax digests have been published for 1798-1839, and these show only one William, first appearing in l828. In that year we find in Capt. Hudson’S District:

Richard Freman

and for John Freman: Poll

and for William Freman; Poll


In 1833 our man is first listed as William S. Freeman, again appearing adjacent to Richard Freeman. John Freeman was apparently William’s next older brother.   The index to Franklin Co. deeds show that William S. Freeman purchased land from John Freeman ca. 1835‑7, and sold land to John Freeman ca. 1841‑47.Richard Freeman (Jr?) sold land to John at the same time. These last deeds  might have to do with settling the estate of Richard Sr.

T. C. Hardman, in his letters. indicated that there was a “Dickey” Freeman who was a brother of Wm. S. Freeman.

JACKSON COUNTY, GEORGIA MARRIAGE RECORDS shows William Freeman marrying “ Ma Ny Ma” Perry on September 5, 1827. She was     probably the daughter of Thomas Perry, who was a witness     to the will of Samuel Haggard, William’s maternal grandfather.


        THE 1832 GOLD LOTTERY OF GEORGIA by Lucas shows that William S. Freeman of Franklin County, Davids Militia District acquired land lot No. 493 in District l3 of Section 1N. The preface indicates that all citizens of Georgia were eligible for the lottery and there was no requirement that the land be occupied or farmed. CHEROKEE LAND LOTTERY 1832 by Smith p. 258, shows that William S. Freeman, Davis’s Franklin was awarded l60 acres in the 145th District Third Section of Cherokee County, later to become Murray County.


THE 1840 CENSUS OF GEORGIA shows William Freeman on Page l of Jackson County as age 30‑40, wife age 30‑40, 3 sons under age l0, and 3 daughters under age l0.


Immediately next to William Freeman is Thomas Perry, aqe 20‑30 who is probably William’s brother‑in‑law and on the same page is Thomas Perry, age 70‑80 who is probably William’s father‑in‑law.



            THE 1850 GEORGIA CENSUS P. 67 of 45th subdivision shows   William S. Freeman , age 42 and wife Benigma, age 43, with the following  children, all of whom were born in Georgia:        

            Mary A.    Age 17

         George W.  Age l6

         Josephine  Age 8

            Cynthia    Age 8

            Gideon     Age 9

            Granby     Age 6


 THE 1860 CENSUS OF JACKSON COUNTY, GEORGIA transcribed by Boyd, visitation number l081, gives the following information:


                  FREEMAN, William S.          55 M Farmer

                     Benigby                   57 F

                     Sydney J.                 22 F

                     Gideon H.                 l8 M Farm labor

                     Granby H.                 l8 M Farm Labor

                     John W.   (Mcginnis?)      5 M

                     George W. (McGinnis?)      4 N

                     Sarah J. (McGinnis?)       l F




THE 1870 CENSUS FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA, COUNTY OF JACKSON, P.O. of Harmony Grove (later Commerce), Page 9 of the Georgia Census, and visitation number 7676 gives the following information:

            Wm. S. Freeman            63    WM    Farmer

            Demasna (?)               66    WF

            L. Ginnis John            16    WM     Farm Labor

            George                    12    WM     At Home

            Sarah                     10    WF     At Home


According to correspondence with a Mr. T. C. Hardman of Commerce, Georgia, who knew W. S, Freeman when Hardman was a child, Wm. S. lived 1 mile west of Black’s Creek Church and both he and Beanigbea are buried in the Black’s Creek Cemetary which is 4 miles S.E. of Commerce, in Madison County, Georgia.  Wm. S. Freeman died January l, 1879 at the age of 72 and Beanigbea died May 28, 1879 at the  age of 74 as shown on their tombstones.  According to Mr. Hardman’s letters, Wm. S. was called “Captain Billy” and Beanigbea  was called “Nigby.”   He described Wm. S. as a large man who wore his pants up to his armpits and “had a fiery Irish temper and the self important feeling of the English.” One daughter, Josephine, born June l, 1835, married W. B. (Billy) Barnett and had 2 sons and a daughter.  Mr. Hardman said that Wm. S. raised three McGinnis children: J. W. (Billy), G.N. (George),and Sally when their parents died at an early age. They could have been grandchildren per Mr. Hardman. The 1850 census shows 2 McGinnis families as neighbors of Wm.S. Freeman. His daughter, Cynthia shown on the 1850 census as age 8, probably was their mother and possibly married James A. McGinnis who is shown as a l0 year old neighbor on the 1850 census.


The 1880 and 1900 Jackson County census confirms Mr. Hardman as they show:


12 June 1880


Barnett W. B. w m 51   Farmer        Ga.      Ga.     Ga.     

Sydney J      w f 41    Wife         ‘”                     

Sarah B       w f 10                                       

George H      w m  6                                      

John M        w m  5                              


        CENSUS OF JACKSON CO. GEORGIA         AUGUST 5, 1900


Barnett Wm B w m Sept 1823 76 31     Ga.      Ga.     Ga.   

Sydney J     w f June 1838 61 31                  

John M.      w m Oct  1873 26  s?                 




            There is no later reference to Gideon H. Freeman or Granby H. Freeman after 1860.   Due to their age in 1860, 18 and 16, they probably were killed in the Civil War.


GEORGE WASHINGTON FREEMAN was born Feb. 29, 1836 in Jackson County Georgia where he lived until at least 1850 since he is shown on the 1850 Census.

THE 1860 PONTOTOC COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI CENSUS for the New Albany Post Office shows George W. Freeman, age 25, living with the Wm. D, Sloan family as an overseer. Living nearby was Simon Freeman age 53, born in Georgia, and his children: Richard, Benj. Z., Cornelia N., Matilda, Frances O., Hartwell, Andrew J., and Thomas H., all of whom were born in Mississippi.

War Department records show that George W. Freeman enlisted  May l5, 1861 at New Albany, Mississippi, as a private of Co. K, 21st Regiment Mississippi infantry C.S.A. known as “Brandon’s Battalion Mississippi infantry” and the “New Albany Gray’s.”

The company muster roll for March and April, shows him, “Absent Sick at Richmond, Va.”; roll for November and December, 1862 shows him present; rolls for July l to October 31, 1863 show  him “Absent detailed at hospital in Richmond, Va.”; roll for January and February, 1864 “Absent at home on furlough”; March l to June 30, 1864, “absent detached service in hospital at Richmond” , and the roll for July and August, 1864 shows him present. No record of the capture, parole or later record of him has been found.

He lost three fingers during the war.

In 1865 he married Jane Wilkenson.


       Freeman George   37 m w Farming   8OO      700      Ga.

            “ Jane     39 f w   K. H                     

            “ Sintha   22 f w At Home     (sister)       

            “ Marion   2l m w                        


ASintha@ was probably George Washington Freeman=s sister Cynthia.

George W. Freeman married Rosa Cox December 25, 1878.   Rosa Cox was born December 13, 1858 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. She was the daughter of U. R. Cox and Hanna Cox.

George Washington Freeman and Rosa Cox Freeman were living in  Mississippi when Wm. S. Freeman died back in Georgia.  They returned to Georgia to settle Wm. S. Freeman’s estate and while there, George Clark Freeman was born prematurely in Athens. He was so small that his cradle was a shoebox and everyone predicted he would die.  Years later he revisited Georgia to prove them wrong.



       George W. Freeman 45  m Farmer       Ga.   Ga.      Ga.

       Rose R.           21  f  K. H.       Miss. Miss.    Miss.

       George C.       6/l2  m              Ga.   Ga.      Miss.

       Mary Ann E. Cox   l8  f            Miss.   Miss.    Miss.          Bill Turner       15   m (black)   Miss.   Miss.    Miss.           


            Apparently George W. Freeman moved to Texas in l880 as the 1900 Van Zandt County, Texas census show all of his children other than George Clark as being born in Texas beginning with Fount in February 1881.


              Rosa Cox passed away February 15, 1891 at age 32 and is buried in the College Mound Presbyterian Cemetery in Kaufman County, Texas.  George Washington and Rosa lived in  Abner, Kaufman County, at the time of Rosa’s death. After her death, George Washington married Mary Ann Elizabeth Cox, sister of Rosa. In 1894, George Washington Freeman moved to the Wise Community in Van Zandt County.


         CENSUS OF VAN ZANDT CO. TEXAS    JUNE 5, 1900


    G. W. Freeman  w m Feb 1833 67 21 Ga.      Ga.      Ga.    

    Lizzie         w f Aug 1862 37 21 Miss.    Miss.   Miss.     

    G. Clark       w m Feb 1879 20 s  Ga.        Ga.   Miss.      

    Fount W.       w m Feb 1881 19 s Texas                  

    Pink           w f Sept 1885 14 s                     

    Knox           w m sept 1889 10 s                      

    Pearl          w f July 1894 5 s                      

    Fred           w m May  1896 4 s                              Birdie J       w f Dec  1859 7/12                  



    Walter P. Freeman w m Apr 1881 19 Miss.    Ga.     Miss.     

    Clyde Hope        w m Dec 1888 ll Tex.            

    J. A. King (Border) w m Mar 1879 21 Miss.          Ga.


George Washington Freeman died on February 14, 1917 at age 81 and was buried in Cana Baptist cemetery, Van Zandt County, Texas near his third wife, Elizabeth.

George and Rosa had George Clark, William Fountain, Texas Trimmer, Effie (Pink) and Samuel Knox.


George and Elizabeth had J. Dewitt, Pearl, Fred, Birdie Jane, Isaac Newton, and possibly Pete who was born in 1881, the same year as Fount.


     The Clyde Hope shown on the 1900 census was Rosa’s son born prior to her marriage to G.W.



Knox Freeman had six children: Buster, Bill, S. K., George, and twin girls ‑ Joyce and Loyce (Burgess) .

Fount Freeman had three children:   Francis (Lucas), Howard, and Tiny (Stanford) .

Pink Freeman had three children: Lois, Jack, and Jessie.

Texas Trimmer Freeman had one child, Gladys.


GEORGE CLARK FREEMAN was born on November 10 of either 1879 or 1881.  His death certificate shows 1881, but the 1880 census record shows that he was 6 to 12 months old at the time of the census.  1879 would coincide with the year in which both Wm. S. and Beanigbea died at which time George Washington Freeman was settling their estates, and is 11 months after G.W. and Rosa Cox were married.

GEORGE CLARK FREEMAN and Wilton Barfield were married January 2, 1901 and had five children: Rosa Izora born November 14, 1901, Cora Joe born March l2, 1904; Helen Fletcher, born September 26, 1915 in Tyler, Texas; Hula Velita, born October 29, 1907 at Stone Point, Texas; and John Clark born November 30,1919 in Tyler, Texas.  George died November 24, 1955 at the age of 76, and Wilton died March 7, 1967 at age 85. Both are buried in Tyler Texas where they lived. George was a shop foreman for the Cotton Belt Railroad where he worked for 40 years.

Hula married Willis Daniel Clyborne and had one son, Willis  Dan Clyborne born August 20, 1928.  She subsequently married  Haynes George Schuler. Dan married Jerry Ann Kanehl on November 21, 1953.   Jerry was born February 28, 1935.  They have two daughters: Christie Ann, born December 6,1956 and Cynthia Lynne, born August 22, 1960.  Hula died September 28, 1998 at the age of 90 and is buried in Tyler, Texas. Dan died December 29, 2003 and is buried in Tyler, Texas next to his mother and grandparents.

Helen graduated from Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College, and Tyler Commercial College and worked for Employer’s Insurance  before marrying Charles Adrien Doh on June 17, 1939. Charles was the son of a French father and English mother who were language  professors in Odessa, Russia where he was born September l2,1911. Charles was a Petroleum Engineer with Schlumberger.  Helen and Charles had no children.  Helen died October 24, 1990 and is buried in Tyler Memorial Park in Tyler, Texas. Charles died July 29, 2002 and his ashes were scattered over the “Flower Gardens” coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cora married Leander Calvin Stedman, a petroleum landman, on June 22, 1956 in Rusk, Texas.  He was born August 24, 1900 in Versailles, Kentucky and died May 13, 1957 in Tyler, Texas.

Izora married William O. Williams, was divorced shortly thereafter, and had no children.

Izora died December 25, 1979 at age 78, and Cora died April 4, 1984 at age 80.   Both are buried in Tyler Memorial Park in Tyler next to Wilton Barfield Freeman, George Clark Freeman, and Helen Freeman Doh.

JOHN CLARK FREEMAN,born November 30, 1919 in Tyler, Texas graduated from Tyler High School. In 1943 he received a B.A. in geology from T.C.U. in Fort Worth, Texas. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and was a B‑25 combat pilot and second lieutenant in Corsica and the Italian campaign. Following the war he attended Stanford University where he received an M.A. from the School of Geology and met the daughter of the Dean, Jean Marguerite Levorsen, whom he married on September 8, 1946. From 1947 to 1956 he was a geologist for Magnolia Petroleum in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Hobbs, New Mexico; and Wichita Falls, Texas. From 1956 to 1963 he was manager of exploration for A. R. Dillard, Inc. of Wichita Falls, and in 1963 he opened his own office as an Independent Petroleum Geologist. He died November 13, 2004 and his ashes were strewn over Burntside Lake near Ely, Minnesota.

John Clark Freeman and Jean Marguerite Levorsen had four son’s:  John Fletcher born February ll, 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Alan James born March 29, 1949 in Hobbs, New Mexico; Richard Scott born January 15, 1955 in Wichita Falls, Texas; and Philip Bruce born  September 15, 1956 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Fletcher, Alan, Richard, and Bruce all grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas where they attended Fain Elementary School, Barwise Junior High School, and Rider High School. All were excellent students.  Fletcher was a member of the Rider High School swim team, and Richard and Bruce were on the Rider Tennis Teams.

John Fletcher Freeman graduated from high school in 1966 following which he attended SMU on a full academic scholarship for four years where he earned a BBA in Accounting in 1970.   He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at SMU. He married Pamela Deyanne Griffith on June l2, 1970.   He then attended SMU Law School where  he received a Juris Doctorate in 1973. While in Law School he passed the CPA examination and received his license as a CPA. Upon graduation he was employed by Haskins & Sells, CPA’S as a tax accountant for two years. He and Pam had a son, Fletcher Christian Freeman, born December 25, 1973.   April 15, 1976 he started his own private practice of law and accounting.  In 1978 he was the Republican candidate for Dallas County Probate Judge but was narrowly defeated by the Democratic incumbent.  In 1981 he was appointed Dallas County Justice of the Peace, Precinct l, Place 2 and was re‑elected in 1982, 1986,1990,1994, and 1998 by landslide victories.  A daughter, Carolyn Catherine, was born July 18, 1988. In 1998 Fletcher and Pam opened The Mantel House Restaurant in Ely, Minnesota. Pam and Carolyn moved to Ely at that time.  Fletcher completed his Judicial career in 2002 and moved to Ely on January 1, 2003.

Alan graduated from high school in 1967 following which he attended Trinity University for one year before transferring to SMU where he too joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated in  1971 with a BBA in accounting. He then went to work for Arthur Young and Company and became licensed as a CPA. He married Mary Lu Whitcomb on May 4, 1974. In 1974 he left Arthur Young to attend the University of Minnesota where he earned a MBA degree. He returned to Dallas for a short period of time before he moved back to Wichita Falls where he eventually started his own CPA firm in partnership with Jerry Tillery called Tillery and Freeman.  He later merged with King and formed King and Freeman, LLP.. He has two children: Eric Scott Freeman, born March ll, 1977, and Lara Michelle Freeman,  born March 13, 1979.

Richard graduated from Rider High school in 1973 and Bruce graduated in 1975. Both attended the University of Texas, were members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and received degrees in Petroleum Land Management.

Richard graduated from UT in 1977, moved to Houston, and attended South Texas School of Law at night while working as an independent petroleum landman. Richard moved to Ely Minnesota in 1989 and married Monica Boudreaux on June 9, 1990.  A son, Michael Aaron was born, December 1, 1993 and another son Jeremy Scott was born March 15,1996.

Bruce graduated in 1979 and went to work for Texas Oil & Gas as a petroleum landman in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He married Cindy Monroe in Wichita Falls on December 29, 1984. In April,1985 Bruce went to work for Shreveport Oil and Gas Company, and later for SONAT who transferred him to Tyler, Texas in 1990.   Bruce and Cindy have a daughter, Emily Jean, born November 27, 1986 on Thanksgiving Day, and a son, Patrick Bruce, born in 1989.  Bruce died of Lou Gehrig’s disease (A.L.S.) on July 17, 1997 at the age of 40.  He was cremated and his ashes strewn on Burntside Lake in Minnesota.


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