Deacon Thomas Freeman

Thomas FREEMAN (1653 – 1716) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Deacon Thomas Freeman was born 16 Sep 1653 in Eastham Mass.  He was the son of John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE.  He married Rebecca SPARROW 31 Dec 1673.   Thomas died 9 Feb 1715/16 in Harwich MA.

Deacon Thomas Freeman Headstone — Brewster Old Burial Ground, Route 6A behind Unitarian Church – Here lyes ye body of Deacon Thomas Freeman —  Findagrave #54176374

Rebecca Sparrow was born 30 Oct 1655 in Eastham MA.  She was the daughter of Jonathan SPARROW and Rebecca BANGS.  She died 15 Feb 1739/40 in Harwich MA at the age of 84.

Rebecca Sparrow Freeman Headstone — Old Burying Ground, Brewster, Barnstable County, Mass

Children of Thomas and Rebecca:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Henry Freeman (twin) 30 Oct 1674 Harwich MA
2. Mercy Freeman (twin) 30 Oct 1674 Harwich, MA Paul Sears
1693 Harwich, Mass
30 Aug 1747 W Brewster MA
3. Thomas Freeman 12 Oct 1676 Harwich, MA Bathsheba Mayo
22 Aug 1706 Eastham, MA
Mary Smith
13 Nov 1707 Eastham, MA
22 Mar 1715/16 Orleans, Barnstable, MA
4. Jonathan Freeman 11 Nov 1678 Eastham, MA Mercy Bradford
12 Oct 1708 Eastham, MA
27 Apr 1714 Harwich, MA
5. Col. Edmund Freeman 11 Oct 1680 Eastham, MA Phebe Watson
Barnstable, Mass
10 Mar 1744/45 Eastham, MA
6. Capt. Joseph Freeman 10 Feb 1681/82 Eastham, MA Lydia Thacher
13 Oct 1709 Barnstable, MA
Mary Watson
9 Sep 1736 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Mar 1756 Eastham, MA
7. Joshua Freeman 7 Mar 1683/84 Harwich, MA bef.
4 Feb 1715/16
8. Hannah Freeman 28 Sep 1687 Harwich, MA 25 Aug 1707 Harwich, MA
9. Prince (Prence) Freeman 3 Jan 1688/89 Harwich, MA Mary Doane
20 Mar 1710/11 Barnstable, MA
14 Apr 1769 Middletown, CT
10. Hatsuld Freeman 27 Mar 1691 Harwich, MA Abigail Hallett (daughter of Jonathan HALLETT)
18 Jun 1719 Barnstable, MA
23 May 1773 Eastham, MA
11. Rebecca FREEMAN 26 Apr 1694 Harwich, MA John WING IV
24 Jul 1723 Harwich,Mass
1 Sep 1761 Harwich MA

Thomas Freeman was a very prominent citizen.  He was one of the petitioners for the town of Harwich’s incorporation, the first town clerk and one of the first selectman of Harwich.  He helped to found the first church in 1700 and was elected deacon 23 Nov 1700.

On Oct. 16, 1700, the church in Harwich consisting of eight persons was gathered and the following men signed the Church Covenant & the Confession of Faith:

Nathll STONE
Joseph PAIN

On the same day, Nathanaell Stone was Ordained Pastor of this Church in Harwich.
On Nov 28  1700, the Church made choice of Mr. Thomas FREEMAN to the office of Deacon.

Rebecca FREEMAN, Patience PAIN, Ruth BANGS, Suzannah GREY, Mary CROSBEY & Hannah SNOW all admitted 22 Jun 1701

On 25 Mar 1716, after the Death of Deacon FREEMAN, Mr. Thomas CROSBEY & Mr. Thomas LINCOLN were chosen by ye Chh, with ye concurrence of their Pastor to Succeed in that office.  

  • At Deacon FREEMAN’s death was seven pounds overplus of ye contributions for ye Sacrament, the one half of which was returned to ye Chh, and the other given by them to his family
Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.

Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.

Harwich is situated on the southside of Cape Cod, with expansive white-sand beaches that run along Nantucket Sound, which is on average 10 degrees warmer than the open Atlantic Ocean on a typical summer day. Those who prefer freshwater will find a score of pristine kettlehole ponds, formed by the glaciers.

Harwich was first settled in 1670 as part of Yarmouth. The town was officially incorporated in 1694 and took its name from a town in England.   The original settlement and first meetinghouse were located in what later became the North Parish, now Brewster.  Early industry involved fishing and farming. The town is considered by some to be the birthplace of the cranberry industry, with the first commercial operation opened in 1846.

Local old-timers refer to those from Harwich as “Hairleggers.” While the origin for this unseemly term is somewhat foggy now, one theory points to the absence of socks on the town baseball team back in the 1800’s.


2. Mercy Freeman

Mercy’s husband Paul Sears was born 15 Jun 1669 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Paul Sears and Deborah Willard. Paul died 14 Feb 1738/39 W. Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.

“Mr Paul Sears” lived on Quivet Neck, and was prominent in the church of the East precinct of Yarmouth, to which he was adm. Jun 23, 1728, and his wife Aug 6, 1727.

4 Aug 1724 – Paul Sears was one of Committee to inform Mr. Taylor of call to ministry;”

5 Oct 1725, one of Committee “to lay out meeting-house floor for pews;

24 Jun 1726, “to receive Mr. Dennis answer;”

16 Mar 1727, On Com. “on ordination of Mr. Dennis.”

I find no record of administration upon the estate of Paul Sears, and he perhaps divided his property before his death, but all early records in Reg. Deeds Barns. have been destroyed by fire.
He is buried by the side of his wife in the old family burying-ground at Bound Brook in West Brewster.

The will of his wife known as “Marcy Paul, dated Dec. 13,1746, was filed Sep. 9, 1747, by Daniel and Edmund Sears, Exrs.; and names, children, Ebenezer, Paul, Thomas, Joshua, Daniel, Edmund, Rebecca Hall, Deborah Howes, Mercy Blackmore and Ann Bangs. The estate was appraised at £ 562 04 02.

Paul Manassa and Peter Dugamus, servants to Paul Sears in Capt Nick Barnes Co., May 12 – Jul 14,1725, and Peter Duganus servant to Paul Sears was in Capt Wm Canaada (Canedy) Co serving against indians in Maine. “he Run”

Marcy Freeman Sears Headstone Sears Cemetery East Dennis, Barnstable Mass74 yrs wife of Paul


Paul Sears Headstone Sears Cemetery East Dennis, Barnstable Mass

Children of Mercy and Paul:

i. Ebenezer Sears b. 15 Aug 1694 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1748 East Hampton, Middlesex, CT; m. 26 May 1720 Yarmouth to Sarah Howes (b. 22 Jan 1700 Yarmouth – d. 1748 East Hampton)  Sarah’s brother Thomas married Ebenzer’s sister Deborah. ‘ sister Sarah married Deborah’s brother Ebenezer.   Their parents were Capt. Ebenezer Howes and Sarah Gorham. His grandparents were  Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE.  Ebenezer and Sarah had eleven children born between 1721 and 1744.

ii. Paul Sears b. 21 Dec 1695 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1771 Rochester, Plymouth, Mass.; m. 30 May 1721 Rochester to Charity Whittredge (b. 1702   Beverly, Essex, Mass. – d. 1765   Rochester) Charity’s parents were William Whitridge ( – 1726) and Mercy Blashfield (1685 – 1750). Paul and Charity had six children born between 1725 and 1741.

iii. Elizabeth Sears b. 27 Aug 1697 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 28 Feb 1729 Yarmouth; m. 10 Feb 1725  Yarmouth to Nathaniel Crosby (b. 1700 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. — d. 1780 Massachusetts)  Nathanie’ls parents were  Simon Crosby (1665 – 1717) and  Mary Nickerson (1669 – 1746). Elizabeth and Nathaniel had one child Moses (b. 1726)

After Elizabeth died, Nathaniel married 9 Mar 1731 Barnstable, Mass to Esther Young (1706 – 1763) and had five more children between 1733 and 1746.

iv. Thomas Sears b. 6 Jun 1699 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 17 Jul 1755 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass; m. 16 May 1734  Plymouth to Elizabeth Bartlett (b. 2 Mar 1707  Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 21 Mar 1752 Plymouth)  Elizabeth’s parents were  Robert Bartlett (1663 – 1718) and   Sarah Cooke (1671 – 1745).  Thomas and Elizabeth had six children born between 1738 and 1748.

A month after Elizabeth’s death, Thomas married 23 Apr 1752 Yarmouth to Mehitable Fish (b. 1731) and had two more children in 1753 and 1755.

The will of Thomas Sears of Plymouth, dated July 2, 1755, was allowed July 17; Jeremiah Howes, Execr; it names wife Mehitable, sons Thomas and Willard, and daus. Bettye, Rebecca, Chloa, Sarah and Mary Sears.

The inventory of widow Mehitable Sears, late of Sandwich, was filed Feb. 6, 1769, by Prince Tupper, Admr, and foots up £ 26 13 8.

v. Rebecca Sears b. 2 Apr 1701 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 10 Mar 1791 Dennis; m. 15 Oct 1719 Yarmouth to Deacon Joseph Hall (b. 6 Aug 1697 Yarmouth – d. 22 Feb 1772 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; Burial: Hall Cemetery, Dennis) Joseph’s parents were Joseph Hall (1663 – 1736) and Hannah Miller (1666 – 1710). Rebecca and Joseph had nine children born between 1723 and 1744.

vi. Mercy Sears b. 7 Feb 1702 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 17 May 1780 New Marlboro, Berkshire, Mass; m. 9 Jan 1725 Rochester, Plymouth, Mass to Joseph Blackmore (b. 4 Sep 1697  Rochester, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 14 Mar 1771 New Marlborough) Joseph’s parents were Peter Blackmer ( – 1717) and Elizabeth [__?__] (1673 -1711). Mercy and Joseph had seven children born between 1726 and 1737.

vii. Deborah Sears b. 11 Mar 1705 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Sep 1781 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass; Burial: Howes Cemetery, Dennis; m. 1723 Yarmouth to Thomas Howes (b. 22 Jan 1699  Yarmouth – d. 12 Nov 1764 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.)  Thomas’ sister Sarah married Deborah’s brother Ebenezer.   Their parents were Capt. Ebenezer Howes and Sarah Gorham. His grandparents were  Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Deborah and Thomas had nine children born between 1724 and 1749.

viii. Ann Sears b. 27 Dec 1706 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1733 Massachusetts; m. 18 Dec 1727 to Ebenezer Bangs (b . 8 Feb 1702 Brewster, Mass. – d. Barnstable, Mass.) Ebenezer’s parents were Edward Bangs (1665 – 1746) and Ruth Allen ( – 1738). Ann and Ebenezer had nine children born between 1728 and 1748.

Their son Barnabas (1728-1808) was a matross  in Capt. Abner Lowell’s artillery company from Jul 15 1776 to Dec 31 1776 serving in Falmouth and Cumberland counties, Maine.   The duty of a matross was to assist the gunners in loading, firing and sponging the guns. They were provided with firelocks, and marched with the store-wagons, acting as guards. In the Continental army a matross ranked as a private of artillery.

ix. Joshua Sears b. 20 Nov 1708 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 27 Sep 1753 Middletown, Middlesex, CT; m. 10 Feb 1732 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass to Rebecca Mayo (b. 10 Oct 1713 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1776 Middletown) Rebecca’s parents were John Mayo (1691 -1756) and Susannah Freeman. Joshua and Rebecca had twelve children born between 1732 and 1751.

Joshua was Constable of Harwich in 1745.  He was a man of large stature, and of great strength and hardihood.
In 1746, he removed to Middletown, CT, and purchased land on the east side of the Conneticut river, in that part of town afterward set off as Chatham.

In Col. Rec. Ct., vol. X, we find the memorial of Rebecca Sears, admx, to the Assembly, setting forth that debts exceeded personal estate by £ 135 16 10, and asking liberty to sell real estate.

9 Mar 1732, Ebenr Nickerson deeded to Joshua Sears, for the consideration of £532, “about 36 acres of land with the buildings, &c., eastward of Point of Rocks, Harwich, 3 Lots: First, the eastern-most originally laid out to Capt. Jona. Bangs; —. Second, to successors Mark Snow; –. Third, the westward to Thos. Clark, bounded on Dea. Chillingsworth Foster, Nathaniel Hopkins, John Freeman, and Clark & Cole lot.”.

x. Daniel Sears b. 16 Jul 1710 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 28 Nov 1771 Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.; Burial: Sears Cemetery, East Dennis. m. 13 Jan 1736 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. to Mercy Snow (b. 16 Sep 1713 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 8 May 1790 West Brewster, Mass) Mercy’s parents were Micajah Snow (1669 – 1754) and Mercy Young (1669 – 1753). Daniel and Mercy had seven children born between 1738 and 1752.

Daniel lived in the East precinct of Yarmouth, now East Dennis, and with his wife was admitted to the church there, May 16, 1742. Mar.7 1749, Daniel Sears on committee “to keep boys in order on the Sabbath day,” and again Mar. 22,1750-51. Dec. 16, 1760, appd. on committee to locate school.

His will, dated Nov. 29, 1771, was proved Dec. 5, 1771, by Daniel Sears and Paul Sears, Execrs., and mentions Phebe Sears, Micajah, Daniel, Paul and Enos. Real Estate  £ 578. Personal, £ 179 13 2.

xi. Edmund Sears b. 6 Aug 1712 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 Aug 1796 West Brewster, Barnstable, Mass; Burial: Sears Cemetery, East Dennis, Barnstable;  m. 7 Apr 1743  Yarmouth to Hannah Crowell (b. 9 Sep 1725 Yarmouth – d. 22 Jun 1802 West Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.) Hannah’s parents were Christopher Crowell (1698 – 1781) and Sarah Matthews (1703 -1774) Edmund and Hannah had nine children born between 1744 and 1766.

Edmund Sears and his wife were admitted to the church in East Yarmouth, May 12, 1745. He was a sea captain during many years. It is related of him that at the time of the “Boston Tea Party,” he was unloading his vessel in the vicinity. He went on board the vessels and participated in throwing the tea overboard.

Upon his return to the Cape soon after, though he had been long absent from home, on entering the house he went straight to the “bowfat,” and without saying a word to any one, seized the teapot and caddy, and threw them into the garden with a crash. His astonished wife whispered to the children, “your poor father has come home crazy.” He then proclaimed that from that time henceforth none of his family were to drink tea, or wear any articles of British manufacture. His four sons were in the Revolutionary Army, but nevertheless, when a landing was threatened on the Cape, he mounted his horse and galloped to the spot to offer his services.

He set up the first chaise, and owned the first ingrain carpet in the town. His will, dated June 20, 1796, was witnessed by John Chapman, Peter Sears and Joseph Sears; a codicil bears no date. He mentions wife Hannah; daus. Mary Sears, Elizh. Homer, Jane Hallet, Temperance Clark and Hannah Sears; and sons Christopher, Elkanah, Edmund and Joshua.

xii. Hannah Sears b. 6 Mar 1715 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 9 Nov 1739 Yarmouth; m. 4 Jul 1734  Yarmouth to Thomas Howes (b. 27 Jun 1706 Yarmouth – d. 12 Mar 1771.) Thomas’ parents were Prince Howes (1669 – 1753) and Dorcas Joyce (1674 – 1757) His grandparents were Jeremiah HOWES and Mercy PRENCE. Hannah and Thomas had two childdren Sarah Howes (b. 1735) and Thomas (b. 1737).

After Hannah died, Thomas married 15 Oct 1741 Yarmouth to Bethiah Sears (1718 – 1788) Bethiah’s parents were Joseph Sears (1669 – 1750) and Hannah Hall (1682 – 1753)  Thomas and Bethiah had three more children born between 1743 and 1748.

3. Thomas Freeman

Thomas’ first wife Bathsheba Mayo was born 23 Sep 1683 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Mayo (1652 – 1709) and Elizabeth Wixam (1660 – ). Bathsheba died  in 1706 Eastham, Mass.  Her grandparents were Nathaniel Mayo and Hannah Prence. Hannah later married our ancestor Jonathan SPARROW as his second wife.

Thomas’ second wife Mary Smith was born  24 May 1685 in Durham, Stafford New Hampshire.  Her parents, James Smith and Sarah Davis were killed in King William’s War,  her father in 1690 and her mother in the Oyster  River Massacre  18 Jul 1694 in Durham, New Hampshire. Her grandparents were our ancestors Ensign John DAVIS and Jane PEASLEE  (see their page for more details of the massacre.)  After Thomas died, she married again aft. Mar 1717 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. to Hezekiah Doane (1672 – 1752) Mary died in  1732 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.

The Story of Mary Smith

Most genealogies say Ensign John DAVIS (1621 – 1686) was killed at the Oyster River Massacre,  he actually died a few years earlier, but the actual toll to his family is bad enough; daughter Sarah, son John Jr, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, grandson James and grandson Samuel all killed, two to four grandchildren carried off to Canada, one to live for fifty years as a French nun. Another son and grandson were killed by Indians in 1720 and 1724.

Did Mary escape or was she captured and taken to Canada?   How did she get  Mary get the 150 miles from New Hampshire to Harwich?   Was the attack a treacherous massacre or justified act of war?  I decided to make this post to share what I found out. Oyster River Massacre – 1694

Here’s a romanticized version I found where Thomas was a mariner who had business at Oyster River where he met Mary, fell in love and brought her home to the Cape to be married.  I’m not sure of the author,but,  I’ve updated a little of the florid 19th Century language and omitted incorrect details like their mother scooping babes Samuel and James into her arms since they were actually 11 and 13 years old.

In the days of the French and Indian Wars, the  town of Durham,  [today home to the University of New Hampshire], was called Oyster River. The scattered farmhouses were guarded by six or eight garrison houses. Nothing lay between the settlements and Quebec, but the unbroken wilderness known only to the Indians, the fur traders and the marauding war parties which were sent out against each other by Catholic Canada and Protestant New England.

Mary Smith lived at the Inn which was kept by her father James Smith and her mother Sarah Davis in Oyster River N.H.  The people lived in constant terror of attack. Mary’s father was killed by the Indians, and Mary’s mother took her five children and moved into the garrison house near by with her brother Ensign John Davis.

July 18, 1694 some 200 Indians led by 20 French Canadians and 2 Catholic Priests burst, without warning, on the sleeping village.  The garrison house of Ensign Davis, Mary’s Uncle, was quickly surrounded. One of the French leaders and a Catholic priest promised safety for him and his household if he surrendered. He took them at their word, realizing all too well, that alone he could not hold out long. The instant he unbolted the door, he was rushed upon by the Indians, tomahawked and scalped, together with is wife and two of their children while the two older girls were seized as captives. When Mary’s mother saw what was happening, she  shouted for her  children to run for their lives out the back door. Somehow, Mary, her sister Sarah, and brother John made their escape and hid in the woods.  [Mary’s brothers James (1681 – 1694) and Samuel (1683 – 1694) were not so lucky.]

Twenty-eight of Mary’s closest relatives met death that morning.  In all, 104 inhabitants were killed and 27 taken captive,  with half the dwellings, including the garrisons, pillaged and burned to the ground. But Mary was not to be taken captive. In a few days Captain Tom Freeman from Cape Cod was heading his lumber schooner in toward Oyster River for a load of sawn boards. He found several frightened, bewildered people who told him of the massacre. He loaded no lumber that trip but began to search along the bank and in the woods for all those he could possibly save.

Among this group was our ancestor Mary Smith. She was taken to Tom Freeman’s father’s home which was in Harwich, Mass. Mary was reared and educated by those fine people and when she grew up she married the youthful sea captain who had rescued her – Captain John Freeman _ Mary Smith Freeman.

From the family Bible – we read in Mary’s own precise handwriting –

Mary Smith born May 24, 1685 Md Tom Freeman November 13, 1707

In a short ten years her husband was dead and she a widow at thirty-three with four little children. The final line of the record reads – My husband Thomas Freeman deceased March 22, 1718.

Mary’s sister Sarah came to Eastham to marry Joshua Harding in 1702. So a more likely scenario is that Mary came to visit, or even live, with Sarah and met Thomas then.

Hezekiah Doane was son of Ephraim Doane and Mercy Knowles. He first married to Hannah Snow, second to Mary Smith Freeman, widow of Thomas Freeman of Harwich. After Mary died, he married Mrs. Sarah Knowles of Eastham in 1744.

Hezekiah Doane appears as a surveyor of highways in Eastham in 1691 and 1692. He early resided in what is now Provincetown, where he was engaged in the whale fishery. He attended church at Truro where some of his children were baptized. On 15 May 1705 he and Samuel Treat, Jr., were admitted inhabitants of Pamet, now Truro, and on 01 Nov 1711, when a church was organized there with Rev. John Avery as pastor, Hezekiah Doane was chosen deacon and ruling elder. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1710 and held the office many years, his name appearing as a Justice on old documents as late as 1736, at which time he was residing in Provincetown.

Thomas Freeman Jr. Gravestone

Here Lyes Ye Body Of Mr Thomas Freeman Who Dec’d March Ye 22d 1716/7 In Ye 41st Year Of His Age
Old Burying Ground Brewster

Children of Thomas and Mary

i. Thomas Freeman b. 13 Sep 1708 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 19 Jan 1766 of smallpox in Eastham; m.  1730  to Dorothy Cole (b. 1705/10)  Dorothy’s parents were Timothy Cole (1679 – ) and Apphia Pepper (1684 – )

The first census of Massachusetts, taken by order of Royal Governor Francis Bernard in 1765, enumerated a population of 678 for the farming and fishing community of Chatham in Barnstable County. In the autumn of 1765,Smallpox appeared in the town in its most virulent form and in a short time became epidemic. It raged throughout December 1765 and January 1766. In all 61 persons were attacked, of whom only 24 recovered. Over sixty per cent of those attacked died. The cases numbered nine per cent of the population. Isolated cases of the disease had previously appeared in the town from time to time among soldiers returning from frontier armies or sailors from the West Indies. Unusual precautions were always taken to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease, and in nearly every case it had been confined to the person or family first attacked.

The smallpox epidemic of 1765-66, according to contemporary reports, began in the family of Deacon Paul Crowell, a prominent citizen. One account stated that it emanated from a bale of cotton imported from the South and sold at a store near the residence of Reuben Rider, who contracted the disease. Another alleged that it was brought in with a package of clothing from the West Indies —garments washed in the house of Deacon Crowell.

Dr. Samuel Lord, the town’s physician, served unstintingly in caring for the sick
before falling victim himself and dying on January 12, 1766. Mr. Thomas Freeman, who lived at Harwich at the head of Pleasant Bay not far from the Chatham line, and was considered skillful in medicine, also caught the disease and died on January 19. Chatham historian C.W. Smith noted in 1917. “His gravestone may still be seen in the field at So. Orleans near where he lived.” The exact location of the gravestone and whether it exists today is not known.

Every known method of combating the disease was employed. Schools were closed, business abandoned, and the community was in a state of fear and consternation. Whole families were almost wiped out. Mr. John Rider and his wife, aged and well-to-do people, were taken away, their maiden daughter Bethiah, their son Zenas and his wife, their son Stephen, his wife and nine of his ten children and the wife of their son Reuben. Deacon Stephen Smith, his wife and two of his daughters died and other families lost two or three members each/

To avoid the danger of spreading the disease, the usual funeral services were omitted, and the bodies of the deceased were taken out by the members of the family and buried in the rear of their respective farms, where many of them lay buried today, their resting places being marked in some cases by substantial slate gravestones.

The plight of the Chatham people elicited sympathy from the neighboring towns of Harwich, Eastham and Yarmouth. Money was raised in several Cape Cod churches for assistance to the bereaved. Mr. John Hawes, of Chatham, was chosen to receive this money, and a committee, consisting of Messrs. John Young and Barnabas Eldredge and 3 selectmen, was designated to distribute these funds. Mr. Eldredge (and later Captain Joseph Doane) was appointed town agent to the General Court of the Colony to solicit additional recompense for the widowed, orphaned and infirm. A petition on behalf of the town, accompanied by written evidence from its selectmen, in 1768, was recognized by Court Statute two years later. This device remitted the sum of £98, s.7, d.9, from Province Tax monies for the year 1769, “for the Relief of Poor Persons and others, who were visited with the Small Pox in said town from the first of November 1765 to the first of August 1766.”

Some of these charges doubtless included the expense of demolishing houses to erase contagion. The executor of theestate of Hezekiah Eldredge, for example, charged off the following items: ‘House and Barn taken down of Necessity by reason of the Small Pox and appraised at £17.”

ii. James Freeman b. 9 Oct 1710 Orleans, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1740 Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass; m. his first cousin Mary Freeman (b. May 1721 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass) Mary’s parents were Prince Freeman and Mary Doane (See below) After Thomas died, Mary married 2 Feb 1745 in Eastham to Isaac Smith (b. 1721 in Harwich – d. East Hampton, Middlesex, Mass)

iii. Bathsheba Freeman b. 2 Mar 1713 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. d. 1725 Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. Major Samuel Freeman b. 8 Aug 1715 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 Apr 1783 Liverpool, Queens, Nova Scotia; m1. 1735 to Margaret Smith (b. 1715 – d. 1755) Samuel and Margaret had six children born between 1736 and 1754.

m2. 27 Oct 1755 in Trinity Church, Newport, RI to Mary Mayo (b. 13 Aug 1725 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1 Oct 1811 Port Medway, Queens, Nova Scotia) Mary’s parents were Judah Mayo (1691 – 1761) and Mary Hamilton (1699 – 1736) Mary first married Joseph Doane. On 2 Dec 1761 Thomas Hamilton was appointed guardian of Hezekiah and Mary, the two surviving children from her first marriage. Samuel and Mary had nine more children between 1756 and 1767.

Following the Expulsion of the Acadians during the French and Indian War (1754–1763), Liverpool was founded by New England Planters (commercially organized settlers) as a fishing port in 1759, and was named after Liverpool in England – which also lies along its own Mersey River.

Liverpool was at first sympathetic to the cause of the American Revolution, but after repeated attacks by American privateers on local shipping interests and one direct attack on the town itself, Liverpool citizens turned against the rebellion. Ports on either side of Liverpool – Port Medway and Port Mouton – were almost continuously at the service of the Americans throughout the war.

On April 24, 1778, the HMS Blonde ran aground the French ship Duc de Choiseul in Liverpool Harbor. There was an exchange of cannon fire for over three hours. A number of the French crew were killed, drowned and wounded. The 100 remaining French crew were taken prisoner. The arms that were on the wrecked ship continued to attract American privateers over the following month. Consequently, on May 1, American privateers raided Liverpool, ravaging and pillaging a number of the houses and stores. Three weeks later, on May 21, the same privateers returned and tried to tow the wreck of the Duc de Choiseul out to sea. Cannon fire was exchanged by the British militia and the American privateers. The privateers continued to fire at the town for almost an hour.

After suffering three years of similar sporadic raids, the people of Liverpool, on June 2, 1779 built a battery for the artillery and on October 31 launched their own privateer vessel named Lucy to bring battle to their adversaries.

The most dramatic privateer raid occurred on September 13, 1780, when two American privateers captured the fort in the town and took some of the men prisoners. Simeon Perkins engineered the capture of one of the privateer captains, and arranged for the recovery of the fort and the release of the prisoners. Within a few hours “every thing [was] restored to its former Situation without any Blood Shed.” Liverpool was not bothered by privateers for the remainder of the war.

The town grew with the arrival of American colonial refugees known as Loyalists in 1783 Samuel died a month before the Loyalists arrived. From Simeon Perkins Diary:

[1783] 4 Apr. Fri. : Samuel Freeman, Esq. died in night. *… 16 Apr. Wed. : Capt. Joseph Freeman is taken ill. 5 May Mon. : A sloop arrives from New York, bound to Halifax. They report that 570 families of refugees are sailed from New York for this province, Port Roseway (Shelburne), I suppose. They say the cessation (of hostilities) took place the 3rd of April. 7 May Wed. : Two small schooners from Halifax with people for Roseway came in here in the night.

Another Freeman, Elisha Freeman wiki (b 9 Dec 1701, Eastham, Barnstable, MA, d 19 May 1775, Milton, Liverpool Falls, Queens County) was also a Nova Scotia Planter. His parents were Samuel Freeman (1662 – 1744) and Bathsheba Lothrop (1671) He married Lydia Freeman 7 May 1725, Plymouth or Barnstable MA, daughter of Nathaniel Freeman and Mary Howland. His grandparents were Samuel Freeman and Mercy Southworth and his great grandparents were Samuel Freeman and Apphia Quicke Apphia divorced Samuel and later married our ancestor Gov. Thomas PRENCE.

Elisha Freeman went to Liverpool, Nova Scotia around 1760. Freeman owned a sawmill there.  Through the years the family expanded their timberland holdings and lumbering industry and became one of the most prominent families in Liverpool Township.  He was the first town clerk for Liverpool and also served as a justice of the peace. In 1764, he was named a justice in the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Queen’s County. Freeman was also named a judge of probate in the same year. He resigned his seat in the provincial assembly in October 1767 due to age.

I don’t think Thomas Prence’s son-in-law [and Samuel’s great grandfather] John FREEMAN is closely related to Samuel Freman.  On the other hand Elisha’s in-laws, Nathaniel Freeman and Mary Howland were Samuel Freeman’s great uncle and great aunt.

4. Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan’s wife Mercy Bradford was born 20 Dec 1681 Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Major John Bradford (b. 20 Feb 1652 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 8 Dec 1736 Kingston, Plymouth, Mass.) and Mercy Warren (b. 23 Sep 1653 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. – d. Mar 1747 Kingston, Plymouth, Mass.)

After Jonathan died, she married second Isaac Cushman Jr. (1676 -1727) and had four more children born between 1718 and 1722. Isaac’s parents were Isaac Cushman Sr and Rebecca Harlow.  His grandparents were Thomas CUSHMAN Sr. and Mary ALLERTON.   Isaac and his first wife Sarah Warner Gibbs (1683 – 1716) had six previous children born between 1705 and 1715. Mercy died 27 Jun 1738 Plymouth, Mass.

Mercy’s father Major John Bradford was the eldest of ten children of Maj. William Bradford and his wife Alice Richards. He was the grandson of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower.

John married Mercy Warren on Jan. 6, 1673/74 in Plymouth. She was the daughter of Joseph and Priscilla (Faunce) Warren, and the granddaughter of Richard Warren of the Mayflower. John and Mercy shared common ancestors as do we in Alexander CARPENTER and Priscilla DILLON, who were the father and mother-in-law of Gov. William Bradford.

John inherited Gov. William Bradford’s precious manuscript, “Of Plimouth Plantation,” one of the most important documents of early American history. He passed it down to his son Samuel. At some point, the work was loaned to Rev. Thomas Prince who was using it as a reference for his own book that he was writing. He kept it in his library in Boston’s Old South Church. The British, who occupied the Old South Church during the Revolution, then got hold of it. Later it turned up in the Bishop of London’s palace and was only returned to the state of Massachusetts, after some negotiation, in 1897.

Major Bradford was prominent in civic affairs. He was not only a military leader, but served as representative to the First General Court at Boston and helped to incorporate Plymouth as a separate town.

Major John Bradford Homestead. 50 Landing Road in Kingston, Massachusetts was built in 1714. The Jones River Village Historical Society is located in the house. The house served as the Bradford’s homestead for sixty-two years and was lived in continuously until it was purchased by the Jones River Village Club, predecessor to the current historical society, in 1921.

Maj. Bradford’s home in Kingston, built in 1675, is still standing and open to the public today. According to tradition, the Indians attempted to burn John’s house during King Philip’s War. The Major discovered the fire. He spied an Indian on Abrams Hill waving a blanket and shouting to his fellows, and shot him. But on approach, he could not find the body. After the war, the Indian met Bradford and showed him the scars of his wound.

Jonathan Freeman Headstone — Old Burying Ground, Brewster, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Findagrave #47024642

Mercy Bradford Cushman Headstone — Hillcrest Cemetery, Plympton, Plymouth, Mass.

Children of Jonathan and Mercy:

i. Jonathan Freeman b. 26 Mar 1709 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 13 Jul 1748 Halifax, Plymouth, Mass; m. 19 Dec 1728  Plymouth to Sarah Rider (b. 25 Dec 1712 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 19 Jan 1800 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.) Sarah’s parents were John Rider (1663 -1735) and Mary [__?__] (1685 -1766)

After Jonathan died, Sarah married 31 Jan 1751 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass to Edward Curtis (1707 -1795)

ii. Mercy Freeman b. 24 Apr 1711 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1760 Plympton, Plymouth, Mass; m. 12 Jun 1728 Plympton to Thomas Waterman (b. Oct 1707 Plympton, Plymouth – d. 22 Aug 1789 Plympton) Thomas’ parents were Robert Waterman (1682 – 1750) and  Mary Cushman (1682 – 1723). Mercy and Thomas had seven children born between 1733 and 1748.

After Mercy died, Thomas married 5 Jan 1763 Plympton to Joanna Paddock (1719 – 18 Aug 1764) and again 1 Aug 1765 Kingston, Plymouth, Mass to Lydia Faunce ( 1714 – 1784)

iii. Bradford Freeman b. 15 Aug 1713 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 9 Nov 1758 Harwich ; m. 4 Sep 1734  Kingston, Plymouth, Mass to Sarah Church (b. 26 Feb 1718 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. -d. 17 Oct 1758 Plympton, Plymouth, Mass.) Sarah’s parents were Charles Church (1684 – 1726) and Mary Pope ( 1686 – 1736). Bradford and Sarah had six children born between 1737 and 1757.

iv. Ichabod Freeman b. 2 Aug 1714 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 Jan 1782 Columbia, CT; m. Anne Hutchinson (b. 17 Jan 1727/28 Lebanon, New London, CT – 10 Feb 1792  Columbia, Tolland, CT) Anne’s parents were Eleazer Hutchinson (1704 – ) and Jemima Wright ( 1707 – )

5. Edmund Freeman

Edmund’s wife Phebe Watson was born in 1681 Plymouth, Mass. Phebe’s sister Mary married Edmond’s brother Joseph. Their parents were Elhanah Watson (1656 -1690) and Mercy Hodges (~1656 – 1721). Her mother was the daughter of our ancestor William HEDGE.  Phebe died in 1647.

Mercy was still under age when both her parents died and on 4 July 1673 the court at Plymouth Colony; authorized Lt. Thomas Howes of Yarmouth, son of our ancestor Thomas HOWES as Guardian of “Marcye Hedge” [Mercy Hedges].   Her father Elkanah died in a shipwreck off the shore of Boston on Feb 8, 1690. According to Savage, he was drowned in company with the second Edward Doty and his son John, by shipwreck. on the Gurnet’s Nose, in a passage from his Boston home.  After Elkanah died, her mother Mercy married Edmund’s uncle John Freeman as his second wife.  Phebe died before 22 Mar 1748/49 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass

Boston News-Letter (MA), March 20, 1746, p. 1:

On the 10th instant died at Harwich, Edmund Freeman, Esq; aged about 66. He was Colonel of a Regiment in the County of Barnstable ; and representatives for the town of Harwich

Col. Edmund Freeman Headstone Old Burying Ground Brewster, Barnstable Mass.

Children of Edmund and Phebe:

i. Watson Freeman b. 24 Sep 1704 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 17 Feb 1757 Harwich; m. 30 Jan 1724 Harwich to Sarah Gray (b. 18 Feb 1704  Harwich – d. 21 Aug 1783  Harwich).   Sarah’s sister Anna married Watson’s cousin Thacher (See below) Their parents were John Gray (1671 – 1732) and Susanna Clark (1674 – 1732). Watson and Sarah had six children born between 1725 and 1738. After Watson died, Sarah married 7 Jul 1757 to Chilingsworth Foster.

ii. Capt. Joshua Freeman b. May 1706 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 23 Sep 1770 Portland, Maine; m. 17 Sep 1728 Ispwich, Essex, Mass. to Patience Rogers (b. 4 Sep 1710 – d. 31 Dec 1769  Portland, Maine); Patience’s parents were Daniel Rogers (1667 – ) and Sarah Appleton (1671 – 1755). Joshua and Patience had four children born between 1731 and 1743.

iii. Hannah Freeman b. 28 Feb 1709 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Dec 1730 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 27 Nov 1729  Harwich to Isaac Lothrop (b. 13 Feb 1707  Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 26 Apr 1750 Plymouth) Isaac’s parents were  Isaac Lothrop (1673 – 1743) and  Elizabeth Barnes (1677 – 1757)

Hannah died four days after her only child Freeman Lothrop was born. The next year, Isaac married 9 Sep 1731 Plymouth to Priscilla Thomas (1706 – 1796) and had five more children.  Priscilla had first married  John Watson (1678 – 1731).

Isaac was Justice of the Court of Common Pleas He possessed a
large estate, and transacted extensive business in the mercantile line.

iv. Edmund Freeman b. 28 Nov 1710 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1775 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 7 Oct 1731  Harwich to Mary Clark (b. 17 Apr 1712 Harwich –  d. 1797 Harwich) Mary’s brother Nathaniel married Edmund’s cousin Lydia (See below) Their parents were Scotto Clark (1680 – 1742) and Mary Haskell (1684 – 1741). Edmund and Mary had seven children born between 1732 and 1761, the last Seth born 25 Oct 1761 when Mary was 49 years old.

6. Capt. Joseph Freeman

Joseph’s first wife Lydia Thacher was born 11 Feb 1683/84 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Thacher (1639 – 1713) and Lydia Gorham (1661 – 1744). Her maternal grandparents were John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND. Lydia died 3 Sep 1724 Harwich, Mass.

Joseph’s second wife Mary Watson was born about 1688. Mary’s sister Phebe married Joseph’s brother Edmund.  Their parents were Elhanah Watson (1656 – ) and Mercy Hodges (1650 – 1721).   (See above for the parent’s shipwreck story.)  Mary first married Nathaniel Freeman (1683 – 1735) and had five children born between 1712 and 1721.  He was Joseph’s first cousin, his parents were John Freeman and Sarah Merrick and grandparents John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE.  Nathaniel’s step mother Mercy Hedge, was the daughter of William HEDGEyet another example of how the early settlers of Cape Cod were a close knit group.

Joseph was Selectman, Justice of the Peace and Captain of the Train Band.

Children of Joseph and Lydia:

Joseph Freeman’s children viz: Thatcher, Elizebeth, Joseph, Lidea, Rebekka, & Thomas baptized at Harwich 8 Mar 1723/4.

i. Thacher Freeman b. 3 Dec 1710 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 15 Aug 1784 Becket, Berkshire, Mass; m. 27 Jan 1732  Harwich to Anna Gray (b. 30 Nov 1714 Harwich – d. 30 Nov 1797 Becket) Anna’s sister Sarh married Thacher’s cousin Watson (See above) Their parents were John Gray (1671 – 1732) and Susanna Clark (1674 – 1732). Thacher and Anna had ten children born between 1733 and 1756.

ii. Elizabeth Freeman b. 14 Dec 1712 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 8 Feb 1792 Harwich; m. 1754 as his third wife to Ebenezer Perry (b. 1706  Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. d. 1775) Hardwick, Worcester, Mass Ebenezer’s parents were Samuel Perry (1667 – 1751) and Elizabeth Taber (1671 – 1749).  Ebenezer first married Abigail Fessendan Presbury (1703 – 1749) and had eight children born between 1729 and 1743. Second, he married Abigail Hammond (1717 – 1753).

iii. Joseph Freeman b. 15 Mar 1715 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1717

iv. Lydia Freeman b. 22 Oct 1717 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1 Sep 1761 Harwich; m. 22 Sep 1743 Harwich to Nathaniel Clark (b. 19 Jun 1719 Harwich – d. 18 Mar 1761 Harwich) Nathaniel first married 26 Oct 1739 to Mary North. Nathaniel’s sister Mary married Lydia’s cousin Edmond (See above). Their parents were Scotto Clark (1680 – 1742) and Mary Haskell (1684 – 1741). Lydia and Nathaniel had six children born between 1744 and 1756.

v. Rebecca Freeman b. 23 Apr 1720 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 15 Jan 1801 Carmel, Putnam, New York; m. 4 Oct 1744 Harwich to Jonathan Hopkins (b. 12 Feb 1720 Harwich – d. Dutchess, New York) Jonathan’s parents were Joseph Hopkins (1688 – 1771) and Mary Mayo (1694 – 1771). Rebecca and Jonathan had nine children born between 1745 and 1761.

About 1755 Joseph, Rebecca and family removed to “The Oblong” now Putnam County, New York. On Aug 1, 1755 they were dismissed from the First Church of Harwich to the pastoral care of Rev. Mr. James Kniblow in Oblong.

vi. Thomas Freeman b. 23 Mar 1722 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1753; Different sources have Thomas marrying Susannah Latham (1728 – 1753), Mary Gillen “Gilliam, Galyean” (1725 – 1789) or Esther Ryder (1735 – 1802)

8. Hannah Freeman

Hannah Freeman Headstone — Died at Age 20 — Old Burying Ground, Brewster, Barnstable County, Mass.

9. Prince (Prence) Freeman

Prince’s wife Mary Doane was born 15 Nov 1691 Eastham, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Doane (1669 – 1757) and Mary Godfrey (1672 – 1722). Mary died 2 Jul 1725 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT.

Children of Prince and Mary:

i. Nathaniel Freeman b. 9 Mar 1713 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 16 Sep 1791 Middle Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. 19 Feb 1737 Eastham, Barnstable, Mas. to Martha Brown (b. 8 Jul 1720  Eastham – d. 31 Mar 1803 Middle Haddam) Martha’s parents were Samuel Brown (1690 – 1739) and Lydia Fish (1692 – 1734)

ii. Priscilla Freeman b. 6 Mar 1714 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Feb 1776 Mass; m. 11 Mar 1738   Harwich to Seth Winslow (b. 1715 Harwich – d. 12 Aug 1754 Harwich) Seth’s parents were
Kenelm Winslow (1668 – 1729) and   Bethiah Hall   (1672 – 1745).  Seth first married 15 Jan 1736 Harwich to Thankful Sears (1718 – 1737) and had one son Nathaniel Winslow (b. 29 Jun 1736 Note – 5 months after marriage) Priscilla and Seth had at least three children born between 1739 and 1753.

iii. Hatsuld Freeman b. 17 May 1716 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Jul 1739 Eastham Barnstable, Mass

iv. Hannah Freeman b. 31 May 1719 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 16 Oct 1735 Harwich to Samuel Knowles (b. 6 Oct 1715 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1769  Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada) Samuel’s parents were Samuel Knowles Sr. (1682 – 1750) and Bethia Brown (1685 – ). Hannah and Samuel had four children born between 1736 and 1742.

(Zerviah,  widow of  Joshua Harding,  a Liverpool  proprietor,  marr. Prince Knowles, s.o. Samuel Knowles of Liverpool Feb. 4, 1762.)

v. Mary Freeman b. May 1721 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m1. her cousin James Freeman (b. 9 Oct 1710 Orleans, Barnstable, Mass – d. 1740  Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass) James’ parents were Thomas Freeman and Mary Smith (See above) ; m2. 2 Feb 1745 Eastham to Isaac Smith (b. 1721 Harwich – d. East Hampton, Middlesex, Mass)

vi. Susannah Freeman b. May 1723 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 Oct 1749 Rochester, Mass; m. 24 Sep 1747  Middle Haddam, Middlesex, CT to William Taylor (b. 1719  Middle Haddam, Middlesex, CT)

vii. Barnabas Freeman b. 20 Feb 1724 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1799 Middle Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. Achsah [__?__]

viii. Keziah Freeman b. Oct 1726 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 17 Mar 1814 Chatham, Middlesex, CT; m1. 1745   Harwich to Timothy Baker (1726 – );

m2. 3 Mar 1748 Chatham, Middlesex, CT to Johnson Pelton (b. 1714 Canterbury, Windham, CT – d. 13 Dec 1804 Portland, Middlesex, CT) Johnson’s parents were John Pelton (1682 – 1735) and Jemima Johnson (1678 -1735) Keziah and Johnson had six children born between 1754 and 1770

Johnson died in 1804 in what was then Chatham, Ct. Which later became Portland. Chatham had originally separated from Middletown.

ix. Capt. Moses Freeman b. 11 Nov 1730 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1782 lost at sea; m. 28 Aug 1755 Middletown, Middlesex, CT to Susannah Brooks (b. 1 Aug 1732 Haddam, Middlesex, CT – d. 12 Feb 1783 Haddam). Susannah’s parents were Abraham Brooks (1703 – 1782) and Martha Porter (1710 – ) Moses and Susannah had seven children born between 1756 and 1769.

x. Elizabeth Freeman b. 15 Oct 1733 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 25 Jul 1751  Middle Haddam, Middlesex, CT to Isaac Merrick (b. 1728  Middle Haddam)

10. Hatsuld Freeman

I can’t find Hatsuld in any baby name site, but there were Hatsulds in every generations of the Freeman family.  He is called “Hatsul” in Harwich church records.

Hatsuld’s wife Abigail Hallett was born 15 Nov 1698 Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan HALLETT and Abigail DEXTER. Abigail died 9 Dec 1796 Harwich, Mass.

Hatsuld Freeman Gravestone — Old Burying Ground , Brewster, Barnstable County, Mass; Plot: Map#99

Children of  Hatsuld and Abigail:

Hatsul Freeman’s wife admited 12 May 1723 & baptized at ye  same time, Hatsul Freeman’s son Daved also baptized 12 May 1723;  Abigail baptized 2 Jun 1723

i. David Freeman b. 18 Jul 1720 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Jul 1796 – Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; m. Thankful Blossom of Yarmouth, perhaps late in life.

In Memory of Mr David Freeman who departed this life July 3rd 1796 Aged 76 years,11 months & 15 days

ii. Abigail Freeman b. 26 May 1723 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 Apr 1807 – Barre, Worcester, Mass; m. Ebenezer Childs (b. 10 Apr 1723 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass) Ebenezer’s parents were Ebenezer Childs Sr. (1690 – 1756) and Hope Huckins (1689 – 1721). He first married Hannah Crocker (1718 – 1755) and had four children born between 1747 and 1754. Abigail and Ebenezer had four more children born between 1757 and 1763.

iii. Jonathan Freeman b. 1 May 1725 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 27 Jun 1776 Harwich

iv. Sarah Freeman b. 10 Dec 1727 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 31 Dec 1770 – Harwich; m. 15 Nov 1758 – Harwich to John Freeman (b. 29 Jul 1729 Harwich – d. 20 Oct 1813 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.) John’s parents were Benjamin Freeman (1685 – 1758) and Temperance Dimmock (1689 – 1773) His grandparents were John Freeman and Sarah Merrick and his great grandparents were John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE.

John first married 23 Oct 1755 to Thankful Foster (1733 – 1759) Sarah and John had five children born between 1760 and 1770.

v. Betty Freeman b. 11 Mar 1730 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Nov 1823; m. 15 Aug 1754  Harwich to Benjamin Chipman (b. 7 Nov 1726 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 17 Mar 1811) Benjamin’s parents were John Chipman (1697 – 1757) and Hannah Fessenden (1701 – 1746) Betty and Benjamin had eight children born between 1755 and 1774.

Betty was baptized as Betty, not Elizabeth.

vi. Hatsuld Freeman b. 4 Jun 1732 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1732 Harwich

vii. Mary Freeman b. 27 Mar 1735 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 3 May 1757 to Seth Perry

viii. Seth Freeman b. 1737 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Harwich

ix. Jerusha Freeman b. 1739  Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1 Oct 1826 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass; m. 6 May 1764 Harwich to Capt. Reuben Clark (b. 1 Aug 1735 in Harwich – d. 23 Dec 1814 in Brewster) Reuben’s parents were  Scotto Clark (1709 – 1795) and   Thankfull Crosby (1714 – 1802). Jerusha and Reuben had five children born between 1765 and 1775.

Lt. Reuben Clark, Benjamin Berry’s (Harwich) co., Maj. Zenas Winslow’s regt.; service, 7 days, on an alarm at Bedford and Falmouth Sept. 7, 1778. Roll sworn to in Barnstable Co.

“‘Sacred to the memory of Reuben Clark, who departed this life Dec 23 1814 in the 80th year of age. He lived much beloved, and died much lamented. The righteous have hope in death.'”

11. Rebecca FREEMAN (See John WING IV‘s page)


Dr. Samuel Lord and the Smallpox Epidemic of 1756/66 at Chatham, Massachusetts by Fred B. Rogers, M.D., Philadelphia 1967

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