Freeman Cemetery

Located on the John Freeman Oregon donation Land Claim on a steep knoll about 4 3/4 miles West of the Richards Cemetery, 36' by 72,' contains 6 gravestones, plus some small unmarked slabs.

These names appear on 3 sides of a 4', 4 sided monument:

John Freeman, 3 June 1808 to 19 Mar 1894

Highly Freeman, 4 Mar 1806 to 20 Mar 1876

Hezekiah Freeman (son) d 19 July 1864 age 17 yrs, 5 mo, 15 days

The names above appear on three sides of a 4 foot tall, 4 sided monument. there is also another large slab with the same information on Hezekiah Freeman.

Van Buren Simpson son of J. and E. Simpson died May 7, 1866 aged 8 years 5 mo.

Elizabeth Garrison born Feb 25, 1832 died Mar 19, 1901 Inscription on stone " Our Mother hath gone before, to greet us on the blissful shore"

Infant son of J.C. and R. C. McCulloch died May 8, 1868

Emma Howard Wife of J.B. Howard born Feb 20 , 1868 died Jan 20, 1888

There are some small unmarked slabs so there are probably more graves.

THE PLAINDEALER NEWSPAPER (ROSEBURG, OREGON) Jan 1889

"The subject of this sketch [John Freeman] and one of the early settlers in this county, was born in Grason county, West Virginia, June 3 1808. He was married to Miss Hila Campbell in 1828. To them were born ten children, seven of whom now survive. He came to Roseburg in 1853. He crossed the plains twice with an ox team. He has made Douglas county his residence since 1853. Father Freeman, as he is familiarly called, was 80 years old last June. It is quite interesting to listen to his narration of the trying incidents of his early life, particularly while making his two transits of the United States by the slow process with the ox teams during those harassing times while keeping nightly vigils for the savages prowling around to drive off the stock of the patient, toiling emigrants, or murder them when a opportunity offered. Those were time that tried men's souls"

(note spelling is that of newspaper)

The Affidavit of Settler in the Donation Land Claim record dated February 1865 (certificate # 669) states that John Freeman arrived in Oregon on the 26th of September 1853, and that he is a native citizen of the United States and that he was born in the State of Virginia in 1808 and that he resided upon and cultivated the land continuously from the 30th day of October 1853 to the 3rd of December 1857. That he was married to Highley Campbell on the 2nd of March 1828 in Lawrence County Indiana.

 

From newspaper clipping on file at the Oregon Historical Society: Dated March 20,1894.

John Freeman one of the oldest residents of Douglas County died at his home in this city last night aged 85 years. He was a native of Tennessee and came to Oregon in 1853 His remains will be buried wednesday in the cemetery at Ten Mile. He leaves a grown up family to mourn his death". dated March 20, 1894.

The 1880 census of Douglas County Oregon show John Freeman living with his son John A. his age was 72, he is listed as the father . Note : Both of John Freeman's parent were listed as having been born in North Carolina.

The Affidavit of Settler in the Donation Land Claim record dated February 1865 (certificate # 669) states that John Freeman arrived in Oregon on the 26th of September 1853, and that he is a native citizen of the United States and that he was born in the State of Virginia in 1808 and that he resided upon and cultivated the land continuously from the 30th day of October 1853 to the 3rd of December 1857. That he was married to Highley Campbell on the 2nd of March 1828 in Lawrence County Indiana.

The 1880 census of Douglas County Oregon show John Freeman living with his son John A. his age was 72, he is listed as the father . Note : Both of John Freeman's parent were listed as having been born in North Carolina.

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