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Elisha Freeman[1]

Male 1701 - 1777  (75 years)


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  • Name Elisha Freeman  [2
    Born 9 Dec 1701  Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Marriage Intention 10 Apr 1725  Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    published Misc 
    Lived in Abt 1726  Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lived in 1761  Liverpool Falls (Milton), Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 28 Feb 1762  Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Proprieter's Clerk 
    Commissioned 6 Jan 1764  [3
    Justice of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas of Queens County 
    Immigrated Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship John's Ancestor 
    Relationship Mayflower (1620) Descendants & Spouses 
    Died 19 May 1777  Liverpool Falls (Milton), Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 20 May 1777  Liverpool Falls (Milton), Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4306  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father Captain Samuel Freeman,   b. 26 Mar 1662, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1743-1744, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Bathsheba Lothrop,   b. 25 Jun 1671, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jan 1749, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 26 May 1693  Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Family ID F1728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Freeman,   b. 4 Oct 1703, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1755, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 7 May 1725  Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    Married:
    • On 10 April 1725 in Eastham, MA, the marriage intention to Lydia Freeman was published.
    Children 
     1. Eunice Freeman,   b. 5 Jun 1727, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Freeman,   b. 4 Apr 1729, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1783, Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +3. Lydia Freeman,   b. 6 Feb 1730, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Judge Simeon Freeman,   b. 28 Feb 1733, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1777, Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     5. Elisha Freeman, Jr.,   b. 12 Feb 1735, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1777  (Age 41 years)
     6. Barnabas Freeman,   b. 21 Jan 1738, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1808, Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     7. Col. Nathaniel Freeman,   b. 5 Mar 1740, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1795, Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     8. Phoebe Freeman,   b. 21 Jun 1742, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1806  (Age 63 years)
     9. Lothrop Freeman,   b. 28 Mar 1744, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 16 Oct 1746  (Age 2 years)
     10. Lothrop Freeman,   b. 16 Oct 1746, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1785, Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     11. Zoeth Freeman,   b. 16 Sep 1749, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1824, Milton, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     12. John Freeman,   b. 16 Sep 1749, Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Patience Freeman,   b. Abt 1751,   d. Yes, date unknown
     14. Hope Freeman,   b. Abt 1752,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Dec 1701 - Eastham, Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Intention - published Misc - 10 Apr 1725 - Eastham, Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 May 1725 - Eastham, Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - Abt 1726 - Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - 1761 - Liverpool Falls (Milton), Queens, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Proprieter's Clerk - 28 Feb 1762 - Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 May 1777 - Liverpool Falls (Milton), Queens, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 May 1777 - Liverpool Falls (Milton), Queens, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • For background on the migration from New England to Nova Scotia see: "The New Englander of Nova Scotia" by Anne Borden Harding, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, taken from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. CXVI, No. 461., January 1962, pg. 3-13.

      From the Freeman Families of Nova Scotia ... (Page 390):

      Elisha Freeman, born 1701, was the great-grandson of Samuel Freeman, immigrant ancestor of the Freeman's of Watertown Massachusetts. In 1725 he married Lydia Freeman, born 1703, the great-granddaughter of Edmond Freeman, immigrant ancestor of the Freeman's of Sandwich, Massachusetts.

      Some historians have inferred that the immigrant ancestors of these two branches of Freeman Families were brothers. The relationship was based on conjecture as no evidence has been found to substantiate that theory. In fact, known records refute the suggestion that they were brothers. The Parish Register of St. Ann Church, Blackfriars, London, England indicates that Samuel Freeman's only surviving brother was named John. The Register of the Parish Church in Pulborough, Sussex County, England shows that Edmond Freeman's two brothers, William and John, both died in England.

      Elisha and Lydia were both born in Eastham, New England, but soon after their marriage removed to that part of Rochester which is now Matapoisett, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, where they became members of The First Congregational Church. They were the parents of twelve children, all born in Rochester, and it was there that Lydia died at the age of fifty two years on 30 Dec. 1755.

      Elisha was fifty-four years old when Lydia died, leaving him with a large family to raise, the youngest about six years old. About two years later, on 23 April 1758, an intention to marry between Elisha Freeman of Rochester, and Mariah Alline of Chilmark was recorded in the Vital Records of Rochester.

      In a proclamation dated 12 October 1758, Governor Lawrence of Nova Scotia offered many inducements for the people in New England to settle in Nova Scotia, and this offer was confirmed by the Council of Nova Scotia on 11 January 1759. That same year a group of men in New England appointed, from among themselves, Captain John Doggett, Samuel Doggett, Elisha Freeman and Thomas Foster as a committee on their behalf to petition for a township in
      that Province, and their petition was approved.

      Probably Elisha and his wife Mariah had made plans and preparations for the removal of themselves and family to Nova Scotia, but Mariah died, and following is the record of her death in the Vital Records of Rochester: Moriah (sic) wife of Elisha Freeman, Esq., of Rochester, Massachusetts, 21 February 1761.

      It has been written that Elisha removed to Liverpool soon after the death of his wife. Lydia died in 1755, and Elisha didn't remove to Liverpool until 1761, a period of about six years, which scarcely qualifies as soon. Therefore, the written statement is true, but applies to his second wife, Mariah.

      In May 1761, Captain John Doggett, one of the committee of four was instructed by the government of Nova Scotia to hire a ship for the purpose of removing twenty families from New England to the new township in Nova Scotia. Perhaps it was on that ship that Elisha and his children made the voyage to their new home. In the same year, Governor Lawrence issued a warrant of survey, and appointed John and Samuel Doggett, Nathan Torrey, Nathan Tupper and Elisha Freeman as a committee to lay out the lands for the township which was to be named Liverpool.

      Elisha was one of the original proprietors of Liverpool Township, as were his four oldest sons. In December 1761 his son, Barnabas returned to Rochester where he married Thankful Dennis, and subsequently both returned to Liverpool to make their home.

      Elisha was a merchant and the owner of a saw mill. He was also the town clerk of Liverpool, and the first entry in the original book of records is in his handwriting, dated 29 February 1762. He signed the book, Elisha Freeman, Proprietor's Clerk.

      He was a Justice of Peace for Liverpool Township, and a Lieutenant in the Militia in 1762. In 1764 he was one of the first Justices of the Interior Court of Common Pleas for Queens County, and was also the Judge of Probate. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly for Liverpool Township from 1765 to 1767.

      Elisha spent his final years with his daughter Lydia and her husband, Timothy Burbank. He died 19 May 1777 at the age of seventy five years, and was buried, according to Simeon Perkins, on 20 May 1777.

      This is a copy of the Will of Elisha Freeman, Liverpool, 1777 from PANS film 20112, p. 48-49.
      (All in same hand including signatures.)

      In the name of God amen the fourth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy four I Elisha Freeman of Liverpool in the County of Queens County (sic) in Nova Scotia, Gentleman being far advanced in years but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to god for the same Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to Die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say .......

      First of all I give and Recommend (?) My Soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body I Recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Like and Decent manner at the discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the General Redemption I shall Receive the Same again by the might (sic) power of God as touching Such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me for this life I give devise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form -

      1. I give and bequeath to my two Grandsons Elkanah and Elisha Freeman sons to my son Elisha Freeman deceased the South Easterly (?) half of my Dwelling house as though it were an Intestate Estate Letter according to Law

      2. I give to my Daughter Mary Freeman the one Half of the North Westerly half of my Dwelling House with all my household furniture and one thirty acre Lot of Land in Letter No. B ... as Blackpoint so called with one half of three Town Lots Late Executed by Law .... Also my Great Bible

      (no number) I Give to my son Zoheth Freeman two thirds parts of my Right in Lands in Liverpool (viz) one share The other half of the North Westerly half of my Dwelling house with the other half of the three Town Lots of Land and the rest of my lands in Liverpool my barn my Right in the Sawmill my Books and what else I have to be Equally Divided amongst all my children and appoint and ordain my son Simeon Freeman Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament
      etc.

      Signed Sealed and Delivered by the said Elisha Freeman in the presence of:

      Benjamin Godfrey
      Seth Drew (?)
      John Masters (?)

      Proved by R Millard.

      From "Early Liverpool and Its Diarist", p. 11 (references PANS, Mss. Docs. vol. 164, p. 105.):

      "...Elisha Freeman and John Doggett were commissioned as justices of the peace for the township of Liverpool on May 23, 1760..."

      Glen C. Bodie notes:

      He was a Pioneer of Queens. Elisha was descended from the Samuel Freeman line and his wife, Lydia, from the Edmund Freeman line. "Freeman Genealogy" mentions two other daughters, Patience and Hope, but gives no information about them, and does not mention daughters Joan, Eunice, and Mary. [8, 9, 10, 11]

    Lived in:
    • He removed with nine of his children from Rochester to Liverpool.

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S986] Glen C. Bodie, Glen C. Bodie, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gcbodie&id=I9903 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S1237] Early Liverpool and Its Diarist, Fergusson, Charles Bruce, (Halifax, N.S.: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1961, 54 pgs Online version: HeritageQuest), p. 19 references PANS, Mss. Docs. vol. 164, pp. 233-235 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S995] Richard Medders, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=medders_family&id=I68585 (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S986] Glen C. Bodie, Glen C. Bodie, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gcbodie&id=I9983 (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S990] Freeman Families of Nova Scotia, Viva E. Freeman, (2 v. 1535 pages), p. 398, 399 (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S986] Glen C. Bodie, Glen C. Bodie, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gcbodie&id=I9904 (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S991] Simeon Perkins, (As referenced on the web site of Glen Bodie), Ch 3 & 4 (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S667] The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, http://homepages.rootsweb.com/%7Edownhome/newenglander.html (Reliability: 0).

    10. [S1030] The New Englander of Nova Scotia, Anne Borden Harding.

    11. [S1237] Early Liverpool and Its Diarist, Fergusson, Charles Bruce, (Halifax, N.S.: Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1961, 54 pgs Online version: HeritageQuest), p. 11 (Reliability: 0).