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Freeman's from Screven Co.,Ga>Leon Co.,Fl.

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Re: Freeman's from Screven Co.,Ga>Leon Co.,Fl.

Posted: 14 Nov 2005 9:01AM GMT
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Deb,
Here's what I have on Job's family. If you can get to a library that has "The History of Screven Conty, Georgia" by Holingsworth, there's more family info there. If not let me know and I can get you a xerox copy of what I found in Thomasville, GA. Anyway Jobs family is as follows:
Stan Freeman
southernbygodsgrace@yahoo.com

The Freeman family outline by the Hollingsworth’s in “The History of Screven Co. Georgia” is a good one, but, there are many Freeman’s who are left out or the researchers just never knew about them. A good look at records for Appling, Wayne, Ware, Thomas, Decatur, Early, Baker, Chatham and other southern GA counties as well as northern Florida counties, ie Jefferson, Leon, Gadsden, all are all worth looking at. Also, this family appears to have had some connections with Edgefield & Barnwell Districts in SC.
This report attempts to cover the Screven Co. Freeman first cousin’s and their families as they moved away from Screven Co. Georgia


Descendants of John Freeman


Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 FREEMAN was born Bef. 1742, and died 1799 in Screven Co. Georgia. He married CHRISTINE ? , Abt. 1764. She was born Abt. 1745, and died in Georgia.

Notes for John Freeman:
John would have been most likely at least 21 when he applied for a King’s grant of land in 1771. He received that grant of land for St. George’s Parish in 1774.

English Crown Grants in St. George Parish in Georgia 1755-1775
Granted on July 5, 1774 Grant Book M, page 33
200 acres bounded on the southwest by Briar Creek.
Freeman, John
100 acres in St. George Parish (became Burke then Screven Co.)

On his application John stated that he had been in the area for about two years and had a wife and four children. Since John was probably at least 21 when he married and giving two years between each child (typically). John should have been at least 29 years old when he applied for land in 1771. That would put his birth year at the latest 1742. He and Christine would have married no later than 1764 or before.
John Freeman operated a ferry across Briar Creek prior to the Revolutionary War.
We are going with the Dixon/Hollingsworth research idea that John’s two eldest sons were Noah & Jacob. Another researcher of Screven Co. families James Reddick believed that Noah & John were sons of another John Freeman. Mr. Reddick’s findings in other genealogy reports have long been disputed or disproved, thus lending some doubts with his work on this Freeman family.

Children of JOHN FREEMAN and CHRISTINE are:
2. i. NOAH2 FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1764; d. 1813, Screven Co. Georgia.
3. ii. JACOB FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1766; d. Abt. 1817.
iii. PRISCILLA FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1768.
4. iv. WILLIAM FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1770; d. Abt. 1815.
5. v. JOHN FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1772; d. Abt. 1815.
vi. RACHEL FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1774; m. DANIEL KEMP.
vii. SARAH FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1776; m. SOLOMON KEMP.
6. viii. BENJAMIN FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1778; d. Abt. 1823.


Generation No. 2

2. NOAH2 FREEMAN (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1764, and died 1813 in Screven Co. Georgia. He married LUCY Abt. 1787. She was born Abt. 1768.

Children of NOAH FREEMAN and LUCY are:
i. JOHN3 FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1788; m. SARAH SMITH.
ii. RACHEL FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1790; m. JOHN A. NESMITH.
iii. SARAH FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1794; m. JACOB OLIVER.
iv. DAVID FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1796.
v. GARRETT FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1798; m. CIVILITY ?.
vi. NOAH FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1800; m. CIVILITY OLIVER.
vii. MARY ANN ELIZABETH FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1802; m. WILLIAM W. OLIVER.


JACOB2 FREEMAN (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1766, and died Abt. 1817. He married JANE ?.
Notes for Jacob Freeman: Jacob received a passport in 1805 to travel to Indian territory. Jacob was a drawer in the 1807 GA land lottery winning a lot in Wilkerson Co. GA. Jacob was living in Hutcherson’s district in Screven Co. at the time. It has been reported that Jacob may have been married twice. His first wife may have been Sarah, but no further evidence can be found at this time. Jacob’s approximate birth year of 1766 shows that he may well have married as early as 1787/88. That would be well before his oldest known child Nancy’s birth in 1794. The children listed below are Jacob’s known children at the time of his death. There may have been others, further research should be done.

Children of JACOB FREEMAN and JANE are:
i. BRITTAN3 FREEMAN
ii. NANCY FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1794; m. JOHN B. MILLS. Notes for Nancy Freeman & husbandJohn Mills. They moved to Decatur Co. GA by 1830. They had a plantation there and John had died by 1850. Nancy and some of her family are chronicled in a short Civil War era dairy by an Ingraham relative. It is not known at this time if Nancy and John ever had any children. Nancy’s age is calculated using the 1850 census.
7. iii. JACOB FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1795.
JOHN FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1796; m. ELIZABETH CAULEY.
Notes for John Freeman: Reportedly moved to Wilkinson Co. GA. There is a possiblity that this John is confused with his cousin John Freeman # 10 b.c 1796, son of William & Sarah Freeman.

8. v. THOMAS H. FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1797.
9. vi. JAMES FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1798.
CHANA FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1799; m. JOHN F. STANTON. Notes for Chana or Charity Freeman:
This couple moved to Newton Co. GA. (per 1850 census) Their son Jacob F. Stanton spent some time in the household of his Aunt Nancy Freeman Mills in Decatur Co. GA at the beginning of the Civil War. (See dairy)
viii. MAHALA FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1800- died a minor per Hollingsworth research & Screven Co. GA probate records.
ix. LOUSIA FREEMAN, b. Abt. 1802.


WILLIAM2 FREEMAN (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1770, and died Abt. 1815. He married SARAH ?.
Notes for William & Sarah Freeman: William and Sarah would have married about 1790/95. A William Freeman was a winner in the 1807 GA land lottery, he received a lot in Wilkerson Co. GA. He was living in Williamson’s district in Screven Co. during that time.
In 1816 Sarah divided her deceased husband William’s land between their children, 1/9th share each. Several of them then sold their shares of the land to Job Herrington Jr. of Screven Co. The given names Job, Abigail and Eleanor are all found in Job Herrington’s family. These two facts would indicate that Sarah Freeman (widow of William) may very well have been a member of the Herrington family.

Children of WILLIAM FREEMAN and SARAH are:
10. i. JOHN3 FREEMAN b. abt. 1794-d. bef. 1870 Jefferson Co. FL. Married Mary ?.
Note: There is a marriage in Richmond Co. GA for a John Freeman and a Mary Shermon in 1822.
ii. ABIGAIL FREEMAN, m. DALY GREENE.
iii. SARAH FREEMAN, m. LEWIS LEWIS.
11. iv. JOB FREEMAN, b. 1800, Screven Co. Georgia; d. 1867, Leon Co. FL.

v. NANCY (Anne?) FREEMAN b. abt. 1802 , m. JOHN CHESSON.
RACHEL FREEMAN b. abt. 1804

WILLIAM FREEMAN b. abt. 1806, m. SARAH BUTLER.

Notes for William Freeman: A William J. Freeman received a lot in the 1821 GA land lottery in Monroe Co. jointly with his sister Eleanor Freeman. He also was living in Bufords district in Screven Co. at the time. He qualified as an orphan in that lottery.

ELEANOR FREEMAN b. abt. 1808, m. LODOWICK ANDREWS.

Notes for Eleanor Freeman: Eleanor received a lot of land in the 1821 GA land lottery in Monroe Co. GA, jointly with her brother William Freeman. She qualified as an orphan for the lottery. She lived in Bufords district Screven Co. at the time.

ix. MARY FREEMAN, m. DICKSON WILLIAMS.


5. JOHN2 FREEMAN (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1772, and died Abt. 1815. He married ELIZABETH KEMP. Notes for John Freeman: A John Freeman Jr. received a lot in the 1807 GA land lottery in Wilkinson Co. GA. John was living in Hutcherson’s district in Screven Co. at the time.

Child of JOHN FREEMAN and ELIZABETH KEMP is:
12 i. JESSE3 FREEMANb. Abt. 1794. Married ?
Sons of Jesse:
i. John F. Freeman b.c. 1820 married Elizabeth Meads in 1845.
ii. Jesse Freeman b.c. 1822

Notes for Jesse Freeman Sr.:
Jesse Sr. died while John F. & Jesse jr. were minors. Their
Grandfather John mentions them in his will. There was a mention
in some research that these two brothers having moved to
Monticello-Jefferson Co. FL. Further research is needed.


6. BENJAMIN2 FREEMAN (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1778, and died Abt. 1823. He married FERRABEE ? abt. 1798.

Children of BENJAMIN FREEMAN and FERRABEE are:
i. BRYANT3 FREEMAN.
ii. SARAH FREEMAN.
13. iii. CUYLER FREEMAN.
iv. MARY FREEMAN.
v. JOHN C. FREEMAN.
vi. ELIZER FREEMAN.
vii. RACHEL FREEMAN.


Generation No. 3

7. JACOB3 FREEMAN (JACOB2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1795. He married CLARISSA ?.

Children of JACOB FREEMAN and CLARISSA are:
THOMAS HARRIS4 FREEMAN.

Notes for Thomas Harris Freeman: Doughtery Co. GA wills p. 77 THOMAS H FREEMAN /s/ 3-13-1863 pr July 1864.
Wife: Martha H
"my children" not named
Mentions Jacob Freeman
Ex: Wife Martha H
Wit: R H Towns, James J Mayo, E W Jenkins


ii. WILLIAM B. FREEMAN.
iii. SARAH FREEMAN.
iv. JOHN FREEMAN.
v. CHANY FREEMAN.


THOMAS H.3 FREEMAN (JACOB2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1797. He married ORPHA MARTIN January 1823 in Henry Co. AL.
From the “History of Henry Co. AL (contributed to this report by Pat Simmers, Cressent City, FL)
1822 - The first County seat was in Richmond, Henry County Alabama.
1826 - The first Courthouse was built in Columbia Henry County Alabama
1833 - Courthouse Built in Abbeville, Henry County Alabama
Ca 1828 - The next legislature appointed commissioners: Moses Kirkland, Joel T. McClendon, Sion Smith, Moses Weems and Andrew Gamble.
The county was reduced in size by the establishment of Covington and Pike on December 21, 1821, Coffee, Geneva and parts of Dale came from Covington County; Dale, December 22, 1824; Barbour, December 18, 1832; Houston, February 9, 1903. Present boundaries - Eastern, Chattahoochee River; Northern, Barbour County; Western, Barbour and Dale Counties; Southern, Houston County. The area 565 square miles.
The county roads were in poor condition the ones leading to Richmond from every direction were almost impassible, travel only by horseback could be made without difficulty. This location better known as Wiggins Springs is now known as Wiggins Church, constituted in 1859. Dissatisfaction arose as to the location. It was decided to move it to Columbia in 1826. The log court house and jail built in 1820 fell within the limits of Dale County, the court house was sold and moved, the site bought by Stephen Wiggins June 26, 1829 Agreement between Thomas H. Freeman, Timothy Pittman, Ira Atkins. Deed Book A. B. p. 23 Duties as Tax Assessor and Tax Collector.


Records indicate that Thomas and his brothers John, James, and Jacob were in the Decatur Co. area between 1823-1827.
John is on the 1824 Tax List for Decatur Co.GA
1827 Thomas Co. GA records have Thomas H. Freeman giving Thomas Hall a power of attorney to sell land Thomas H. Freeman has in Early Co. It states that Thomas H. is a resident of Henry Co. AL. An 1827 indenture in Thomas Co. GA records shows Thomas Hall acting in behalf of Thomas H. Freeman (then of Decatur Co. GA) sells land to Ignatious Hall of Thomas Co. GA.
Thomas H. Freeman in the 1827 GA land lottery wins a lot in Troup Co. GA , Sec. 3 District 4, Lot 212. Thomas was living in Capt. Ferrell’s district in Decatur Co. GA.at the time.

1830 Decatur census Thomas H. Freeman two of his brothers and their families are also enumurated.
Thomas H. Freeman
1 male 0-5 born between 1825-1830
1 male 5-10 born between 1820-1825
1 male 10-15 born between 1815-1820 (perhaps a son from a previous marriage?)
1 male 30-40 (Thomas H.)
2 females 0-5
1 female 20-30 (Orpha Martin, wife)
2 slaves 1 male & 1 female ages 24-36

According to Screven Co. researcher and descendant of James Freeman (brother of Thomas H.)
Chad Oliphant -Thomas H. Freeman died about 1839 in Decatur CO. GA. There should be a administration of some sort (guardianship or probate) to show more about his death in Decatur Co. GA records, or possibly the record could show up in a adjoining county, Early or Thomas.

1839 marriage record for Nancy Freeman to Bartlett Sadler.

1840 Decatur Co. GA census

Orpha Freeman
1 male 5-10 born 1830-35 ( not in 1830 census )
1 male 10-15 born 1825-1830 (in 1830)
1 male 15-20 born 1820-1825 (in 1830)
1 female 0-5 born 1835-1840 (not in 1830 census)
1 female 10-15 born 1825-1830 (in 1830)
1 female 30-40 (Orpha Martin)
Notice that two children in 1830 census are not in the 1840. One male born 1815-1820 and one female born 1825-1830. But Nancy Freeman Sadler and her husband are in the next household. That takes care of the daughter.
Not sure who or where the 1815-1820 male is in 1840, yet! He would be 20-30 years old in 1840.
There are two children in the 1840 who were born after 1830.
So……there are seven children total in both census’s.


Child of THOMAS FREEMAN and ORPHA MARTIN is:
i. NANCY4 FREEMAN, b. 1824; m. BARTLETT SADLER, 1839, Decatur Co. GA.


9. JAMES3 FREEMAN (JACOB2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1798. He married HANNAH OLIVER in Laurens Co. GA.

Children of JAMES FREEMAN and HANNAH OLIVER are:
i. JAMES4 FREEMAN.
ii. JACOB FREEMAN.
iii. BENJAMIN FREEMAN.
iv. ELIZA FREEMAN.


10. JOHN3 FREEMAN (WILLIAM2, JOHN1) He married MARY.

Children of JOHN FREEMAN and MARY are:
i. AMANDA4 FREEMAN.
ii. MAHALA FREEMAN.
iii. JOHN FREEMAN.
iv. JERMIAH FREEMAN.


JOB3 FREEMAN (WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born 1800 in Screven Co. Georgia, and died 1867 in Leon Co. FL. He married REBECCA RAWLS 1823 in Wayne Co. GA. She was born Abt. 1800 in GA, and died 1855 in Leon Co. FL.

Notes for Job Freeman: Job or Joby is listed as an heir or recipiant of land from his father and mother’s estate in 1816 Screven Co. court records, along with his siblings. Job would have been a minor then. In 1821 he is listed as a drawer in the land lottery, receiving a lot in Houston Co. GA. He had to be at least 18 to draw in that lottery. Job then married Rebecca Rawls in Wayne Co. 1823. He moved his family to Jefferson Co. FL about 1827. His wife’s brother’s Seaborn, Cotton and Laban Rawls all moved to the same area. Job’s brother John and his wife Mary later joined Job in Jefferson Co. FL by 1840. It is speculated that Job’s brother William and his spouse Sarah Butler moved to the area by 1850 , that cannot be collaborated with the current avalible information.
In 1845 Job voted in the Florida statehood election, he also served as a election clerk in that election. In the 1850 US census Job is living in Leon Co. FL. Rebecca died in 1855 and Job remarried Mary McDonald in 1858.

Children of JOB FREEMAN and REBECCA RAWLS are:
i. WILLIAM4 FREEMAN.
ii. SEABORN FREEMAN.
iii. JOSEPH FREEMAN.
iv. HARRIETT FREEMAN m. Allen Gray.
v. JULIA FREEMAN.


CUYLER3 FREEMAN (BENJAMIN2, JOHN1) He married ABIGIL ?.
Notes for Cuyler Freeman.
The surname Cuyler can be found in Effingham Co. GA records as well as the Savannah, GA area in the late 1790’s and early 1800’s.
Jeremiah Cuyler was an attorney practicing in Savannah. His brother Telamon Cuyler lived in Effingham Co. GA, they were originally from Connetticutt, they moved to GA after the revolution.
Cuyler Freeman was named as an heir to Benjamin Freeman’s will proved in 1823 in Screven Co. GA records.
A Ciler Framan is listed in the drawers for Appling Co. GA in the 1827 Georgia land lottery. He was living in Collins District and received a lot in Lee Co. GA. Some of Cuyler’s first cousin’s and uncles got land in Appling Co. GA during the 1820 GA land lottery. This may the reason Cuyler was in the area.
Cuyler moved to Thomas Co. GA by 1830. He then moved his family to Early Co. GA by 1840.
1850 Early Co. census
Freeman Cuyler 50 M Farmer 500 Ga
Freeman Abygill 45 F Ga
Freeman Cuyler 21 M None Ga
Freeman Sarah 24 F Ga
Freeman Hiram 20 M None Ga
Freeman John 18 M None Ga
Freeman Bryant 16 M None Ga
Freeman Margret 11 F Ga


Children of CUYLER FREEMAN and ABIGIL are:
i. CUYLER4 FREEMAN.
ii. SARAH FREEMAN.
iii. HIRAM FREEMAN.
iv. JOHN FREEMAN.
v. BRYANT FREEMAN.
MARGARET FREEMAN.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Deb Freeman 8 Nov 2005 5:44PM GMT 
southernbygod... 14 Nov 2005 4:01PM GMT 
Stan Freeman 14 Nov 2005 8:31PM GMT 
Deb 14 Nov 2005 8:57PM GMT 
JoanRichardsH... 17 Nov 2005 4:49AM GMT 
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