Major John FREEMAN

Male 1625 - 1719  (94 years)


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  • Name John FREEMAN  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • 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.... [1]
    Prefix Major 
    Born 1625  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Gender Male 
    Baptism Between 28 Jan 1626 and 1627  Billingshurst, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5
    Death 19 Oct 1719  [1
    Died 28 Oct 1719  Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5
    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.
    Person ID I23357  Main Tree
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2016 

    Father Edmond FREEMAN,   d. Between 21 Jun and 02 Nov 1682, Sandwich, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Bennett HODSOLL,   d. Between 14 Feb 1675 and 1676 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 16 Jun 1617  Cowfold, co. Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F12413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mercy PRENCE,   b. Bef 28 Sep 1631, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1711, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1649  [1, 3, 5
    Children 
     1. John FREEMAN,   b. 02 Feb 1650, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. young Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +2. John FREEMAN,   b. Dec 1651, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1721, Harwich, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)  [Birth]
     3. Thomas FREEMAN,   b. Sep 1653, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 09 Feb 1715 and 1716  (Age ~ 61 years)  [Birth]
     4. Patience FREEMAN,   b. Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1745  [Birth]
     5. William FREEMAN,   b. Abt 1660, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1686  (Age ~ 26 years)  [Birth]
     6. Edmund FREEMAN,   b. Jun 1657, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1718  (Age ~ 60 years)  [Natural]
    +7. Mercy FREEMAN,   b. Jul 1659, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1744  (Age ~ 84 years)  [Birth]
     8. Hannah FREEMAN,   b. Abt 1664, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1743  (Age ~ 79 years)  [Birth]
     9. Prence FREEMAN,   b. Between 03 Feb 1665 and 1666, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. young Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +10. Nathaniel FREEMAN,   b. 20 Mar 1669, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jan 1760  (Age 90 years)  [Birth]
     11. Bennet FREEMAN,   b. 07 Mar 1670/71, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1716  (Age 45 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F05433  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1625 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Between 28 Jan 1626 and 1627 - Billingshurst, Sussex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Oct 1719 - Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3601] Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy Vol. 1, Leonard H. Smith Jr.

    2. [S02658] Mayflower Increasings 2nd Edition by Susan E. Roser.

    3. [S02362] Genealogical Records: Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s: Mayflower Planters, Cape Code Series Vol. II, Merchant Adventurers of England.

    4. [S02366] Genealogies of Mayflower Families, 1500's-1800's by genealogy.com.

    5. [S02018] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines Volume II by Mary Walton Ferris.

    6. [S03927] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2010, Vol. 164 April.