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Major John Freeman[1]

Male 1626 - 1719  (93 years)


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  • Name John Freeman  [2
    Prefix Major 
    Born 28 Jan 1626  Pulborough, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 28 Jan 1626  Billingshurst, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    FamilySearch ID LT4G-TFZ 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LT4G-TFZ 
    Died 28 Oct 1719  Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4311  Main
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2020 

    Father Edumund Freeman, of the "Abigail",   b. 25 Jul 1596, Pulborough, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1682, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Bennett Hodsoll,   b. 1596,   d. 12 Apr 1630, Pulborough, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1617  Cowfold, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1725  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mercy Prence,   b. 4 Jan 1631, Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1711, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1650  Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Nathaniel Freeman,   b. 20 Mar 1669, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1760, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1718  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jan 1626 - Pulborough, Sussex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 28 Jan 1626 - Billingshurst, Sussex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Feb 1650 - Eastham, Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Oct 1719 - Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From Brewster Genealogy: Mentioned in the records as "among the early settlers, with Govenor Prence." "Was many years prominent in public affairs, and has to this day been regarded as one of the fathers of Eastham." "He was deputy from 1654, eight yrs; selectman from 1663, ten yrs.; assistant in the Government from 1666, several yrs, and Dec 7, 1692, was appointed to the Bench of the Court of Common Pleas.  Was deacon of Eastham church many yrs. and was somewhat conspicuous in the military, doing service in the Indian wars. Through life he was a large land holder."

      From Lee Murrah's Freeman Family Page:

      Edmund and Bennett's son John was active in civic affairs and is frequently mentioned in public records. He served as a soldier, first as Lieutenant, then as Captain, and later as Major and took an active part in the Indian Wars. He was a major in the expedition against Indians at Saconet in 1677. He served as a member Council of War from 1667-76. He served as captain in the fight against Indians at Taunton in 1675. He was a major of Barnstable Troop in 1685 and Deputy at Eastham for eight years. He served as a selectman for ten years starting in 1663. John was assistant in the Government in 1666. On 7th Dec. 1692, he was appointed to the Bench of the Court of Common Pleas. For many years he was a Deacon of the Eastham Curuch.

      John married Mercy Mary Prence, daughter of Governor Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster. Patience was the daughter of Elder William Brewster, the spiritual leader of the Mayflower. [5, 6]

  • 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=I9952.

    3. [S1028] Michael MacKay, http://www.magma.ca/~mmackay/wc01/wc01_491.html.

    4. [S946] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society), http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/great_migration/p.asp#THOMAS_PRENCE.

    5. [S1029] Lee Murrah, Lee Murrah, (http://www.murrah.com/gen/index.htm), From Lee Murrah's Freeman Family Page:.

    6. [S1673] Brewster Genealogy, Emma C. Brewster Jones, (Digital copy - Intternet Archive https://ia600306.us.archive.org/6/items/brewstergenealog001jone/brewstergenealog001jone.pdf), p. 22-23.