Major John FREEMAN

Male 1625 - 1719  (94 years)


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  1. 1.  Major John FREEMAN was born 1625, England (son of Edmond FREEMAN and Bennett HODSOLL); died 28 Oct 1719, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptism: Between 28 Jan 1626 and 1627, Billingshurst, Sussex, England
    • Death: 19 Oct 1719

    Notes:

    Excerpt from Genealogical REcords: Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s "Mayflower Planters Cape Code Series Vol. II": He came to New England with his father in 1635, when about 8 years old. He was prominent in the affairs of Eastham, being one of the planters of the town, and a deacon in the church for many years. He was a major of militia and saw service in the Indian wars, and was a member of the Bench of the Court of Common Pleas. His estate, consisting of land holdings, became extensive.

    Name:
    He was the youngest son of Edmund Freeman, the Sandwich settler, and was born in England. He came over with his father's family when a lad, in the ship Abigail, Captain Hackwell, in 1635. upon his marriage with Mercy, Gov. Prence's daughter by wife wife Patience Brewster, Feb. 13, 1649-50, he removed from Sandwich to that part of Nausett called Namskecket, now within the limits of Orleans and located, having paid his part of the purchase money. He was admitted a freeman in 1651, and the same year was one of the Grand jury from Eastham. In 1652, he was chosen to represent Eastham in the Old Colony court, and also elected in 1654, '56, '62, '63, '64, '65 and '66. He was chosen an assistant to the governor in 1666-7 in place of Mr. William Collier of Duxbury, and re-elected at every yearly election thereafter, until 1692. He was elected a selectman several years, but not as often as has been reported by some who have written concerning him. He was early connected with the militia. In 1665, he was the ensign of the company at Eastham, and in October, 1659, confirmed as lieutenant of the "troop of horse" by the colonial court. This was the only company of mounted soldiers in the Colon at this date. command was given to Capt. William Bradford of Plymouth....

    He was one of the Council of War, and it seems, had seen some of the dangers of camp life during the war with King Philip. In a letter from Taunton, under date of June 8, 1675, to Gov. Josiah Winslow, to whom he was an assistant, he writes: "this morning three of our men are slain close by one of our court of guard; houses are burned in our sight; our men are picked off at every bush. The design of the enemy is not to face the army, but to fall on us as they have advantage." Tow of the men who fell as above mentioned were from Eastham, viz; Samuel Atkins and John Knowles....

    John married Mercy PRENCE 14 Feb 1649. Mercy (daughter of Gov. Thomas PRENCE and Patience BREWSTER) was born Bef 28 Sep 1631, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 28 Sep 1711, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. John FREEMAN was born 02 Feb 1650, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died , young.
    2. John FREEMAN was born Dec 1651, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 27 Jul 1721, Harwich, Massachusetts.
    3. Thomas FREEMAN was born Sep 1653, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died Between 09 Feb 1715 and 1716.
    4. Patience FREEMAN was born , Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 15 Feb 1745.
    5. William FREEMAN was born Abt 1660, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 1686.
    6. Edmund FREEMAN was born Jun 1657, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 11 Feb 1718.
    7. Mercy FREEMAN was born Jul 1659, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 1744.
    8. Hannah FREEMAN was born Abt 1664, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 15 Feb 1743.
    9. Prence FREEMAN was born Between 03 Feb 1665 and 1666, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died , young.
    10. Nathaniel FREEMAN was born 20 Mar 1669, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; died 04 Jan 1760.
    11. Bennet FREEMAN was born 07 Mar 1670/71, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; died 30 May 1716.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Edmond FREEMAN died Between 21 Jun and 02 Nov 1682, Sandwich, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Son of Edmond and Alice (Coles) Freeman
    • Baptism: 25 Jul 1596, St. Mary's Church, Pulborough

    Edmond married Bennett HODSOLL 16 Jun 1617, Cowfold, co. Sussex. Bennett died Between 14 Feb 1675 and 1676; was buried 12 Apr 1630, Pulborough, Sussex, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Bennett HODSOLL died Between 14 Feb 1675 and 1676; was buried 12 Apr 1630, Pulborough, Sussex, England.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Daughter of John and Anne (Maundy) Hodsoll
    • Baptism: 23 Aug 1596

    Children:
    1. Nathaniel FREEMAN died Abt 12 Sep 1629.
    2. Bennett FREEMAN died Between 28 Nov 1633 and 13 Jan 1634.
    3. 1. Major John FREEMAN was born 1625, England; died 28 Oct 1719, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
    4. Elizabeth FREEMAN
    5. Edmond FREEMAN died 29 Mar 1673, Sandwich, Massachusetts.
    6. Alice FREEMAN died 24 Apr 1651, Plymouth, Massachusetts.