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Samuel Freeman, of the "Winthrop Fleet"[1]

Male 1600 - 1639  (39 years)


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  • Name Samuel Freeman  [2
    Suffix of the "Winthrop Fleet" 
    Born 1600  Mawlyn, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 22 Jun 1630  America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 1639  Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4376  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father John Freeman,   b. Abt 1570, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1622, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Priscilla Angelo,   d. Feb 1631, Blackfriars, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 3 Sep 1595  St. Ann's Church, Blackfriars, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Family ID F1752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Apphia Quicke, of the "Winthrop Fleet",   b. Abt 1602, Malwyn, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1668, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1624  St. Ann's Church, Blackfriars, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Freeman,   b. 11 Mar 1638, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1712, Eastham, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jul 1624 - St. Ann's Church, Blackfriars, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - 22 Jun 1630 - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1639 - Northamptonshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Notes from Glen C. Bodie:

      From The Freeman Families of Nova Scotia ... (Pages 395-398):

      Samuel Freeman, eldest surviving son of John and Priscilla (Angelo) Freeman, was born probably about 1600-01 in Blackfriars, London, England, and is the immigrant ancestor for the following Freeman Family line of descent in America.


      Samuel married in 1624 to Apphia, eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hodges) Quicke, and their first child, Henry, was born about 1625-26. Apphia’s father was a grocer and apothecary in London and owned several houses, one of which he bequeathed to Apphia. He was one of the Adventurers of Virginia and the Summer Isles (Bermuda), and stated in his will, dated 26 October 1614 and proved 21 January 1614-15, that his part of land in those places and the money he had invested for that purpose, was to be divided equally among his three daughters, Apphia, Elizabeth and Debora.


      Samuel became a member of the Honorable Artillery Company of London 3 April 1627. This company was incorporated by King Henry VIII on 25 August 1537 as the Fraternity or Guild of St. George for "the practice of military training and to increase the defense of the Realm".


      Soon after his marriage he must have removed to Malling in the County of Kent, for later in New England in a legal document he describes himself as being from that place. In a letter dated 1 March 1630, Samuel authorized Thomas Warren, Francis Webbe and Job Weale to be his attorneys. He stated at that time that he intended to leave for New England and wished them to collect for him debts, rent, etc. in London and suburbs during his absence.


      In 1629 a group of twelve men joined together for the purpose of establishing a permanent settlement in New England. One of these men was John Winthrop, who was chosen to be the leader of the expedition. These promoters spread the word of their plans for emigration and their desire to recruit passengers for the voyage. Their campaign was most successful and from their list of applicants they chose those artisans and tradesmen necessary in establishing a new colony. The letter Samuel Freeman wrote in 1630 indicates he was probably one of the applicants for the journey.


      This group of men purchased a ship for the use of themselves, their families and their personal property, which they renamed the "Arabella". In addition ten ships were chartered for service in the spring. The names of the ships were: Talbot, Ambrose, Jewel, Mayflower, Whale, Success, Charles, Hopewell, William and Francis and Trial. These eleven ships were called "The Winthrop Fleet". From available records it can be inferred only the first seven were used for passengers, and the last four to transport freight and livestock.


      It was planned that four ships would leave London 1 March 1630 and rendezvous at the Isle of Wight with the other seven ships that would take on passengers and supplies at Southampton. Due to various delays, the four ships didn't leave London until 6 April and upon arrival at Isle of Wight learned the other ships would not be ready to sail for another two or three weeks. Deciding not to wait, the ships "Arabella", "Talbot", "Ambrose" and "Jewell" finally set sail for New England on 6 April 1630, and the other ships followed later. The first ship to arrive was the "Arabella" on 12 June 1630, followed by the "Jewell" on the eighteenth. The other nine ships arrived during the first week in July. Except for Winthrop himself, his three sons, and three other persons casually mentioned by him in his log of the voyage, there is no known list of emigrants who came in the Winthrop Fleet.


      Charles E. Banks, in his book "The Winthrop Fleet of 1630", compiled a list of persons who are believed to have come to New England with this fleet. He used data obtained from various sources to determine the names selected. Samuel Freeman, his wife Apphia (Quicke) Freeman and their son Henry are on this list. Also listed was William Clarke and his wife Elizabeth (Quicke) Clarke, sister of Apphia Freeman.


      One of the sources from which Mr. Banks based his selection of the previous names was an entry from the Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. I, page 81, which stated that at a "Court of assistants holden at Boston 9 November 1630", "Mr. Clarke is prohibited co-habitation and frequent keeping company with Mrs. Freeman under paine of punishment as the Court shall thinke meete to inflict". "Mr. Clarke and Mr. Freeman both bound themselves in XXL apeice that Mr. Clarke shall make his personal appearance att the nexte Court, to be holden in March nexte, and in the meane tyme tocarry himselfe in good behavior towards all people and especially towards Mrs. Freeman concerning whome there is a stronge suspicion of incontinency".


      This attack on Apphia’s reputation doesn't appear to have carried much weight as she was later married to Governor Prence as his third wife.


      Mr. William Clarke, who was made a freeman 18 May 1631, returned to England with his wife Elizabeth sometime between that date and 1636, and was living in London in 1640. It would seem from the above evidence that Samuel and Apphia Freeman did indeed arrive in New England with Winthrop’s Fleet. John Winthrop in his "New England" states that "Mr. Freeman’s house in Watertown was burned 11 February 1631".


      Later, Samuel was required to return to England to settle a law-suit brought against him in connection with the piece of property inherited from his father that contained two conduit water heads and conduit pipes. Robert Edmonds submitted a report to the Building Commissioners, and as a result Samuel was committed to Fleet Prison. From there he wrote a letter 11 November 1634 to the Commissioners stating the true facts, and asked that he be released from prison without paying any fees. In addition, that he be recompensed by Edmonds for the damage and disgrace caused by the suit. Upon investigation it was found that Edmonds had misinformed the Commissioners, and Samuel was set free.


      After an extended time in England Samuel returned to New England, but the date of his return is unknown. It was probably no later than July 1637 as he appeared in court on 5 December 1637, and his second child, Samuel Jr., was born 11 May 1638; He received six acres in a division of land at Watertown 9 April 1638, and was admitted a freeman 27 May 1639. Records show that Samuel Freeman "now of Watertown" issued a power of attorney 22 July 1640, and received additional land up to 1646.


      The fact that Samuel issued a power of attorney in 1640 might have indicated his intentions to return to England in the near future. It seems likely Apphia did not accompany Samuel on his trips to England, and it is possible they were estranged for many years, as the dates of birth of their two children would seem to indicate.


      A deed to William Page dated 15 October 1646 shows the property conveyed, as bounded by that of "Mrs. Freeman on the west". This does not prove that Samuel was deceased by that date, for he and Apphia divorced, and the property mentioned could have been a part of the divorce settlement. No record of their divorce has been found, but in the files of the Supreme Court of Suffolk County, Massachusetts is the divorce case of Hallsall vs. Hallsall (File no.257). The papers are dated 1655 and 1656, and the case of "Mrs. Freeman, sometimes of Watertown" is cited as a precedent. We are certain that Samuel was deceased by 12 December 1646, for on that date his eldest son, Henry, describes himself in a legal document as "son of Samuel Freeman, Deceased". There is no positive evidence for the tradition of his death in England.


      Sometime after October 1646, but before 8 December 1662, Apphia married Governor Thomas Prence, as his third wife, and removed to Eastham to live, accompanied by her son Samuel Freeman Jr., who married Mercy Southworth in 1658. In a deed dated 20 January 1671-72 Governor Prence mentions Samuel Jr., as "my beloved sonne-in-law, Samuel Freeman of Eastham". Mercy Southworth was the niece of Mary Collier, his second wife, and Samuel Freeman was the son of Apphia (Quicke) Freeman, his third wife. Governor Prence may have used the words "my beloved sonne-in-law" as an expression of affection for both Samuel and Mercy, and to simplify his rather confusing relationship to both.


      Other notes:
      Came over in 1630 accompanying Gov. Winthrop with a fleet of 14 vessels and 840 passengers . (Or 11 vessels and 1700 passengers - according to another version). Arrived in Salem Jun 12, 1630 and applied for admission as freeman. He owned 1/7 part of the township, being a proprietor. Samuel belonged to a family of 8 or 10 sons. He died in England while on a business visit to his native land, soon after the birth of his son Samuel. On February 11th 1630 or 1631 Samuel Freeman's house was burned.

      From Savage:
      SAMUEL, Watertown 1630, came, probably in the fleet with Winthrop by wife Mary, perhaps daughter of William Collier, had Henry, bef. ment. and Samuel, b. 11 May 1638. He requested admission as a freeman. 19 Oct. 1630, having prefix of respect in the rec. but was not sw before 22 May 1639; and soon after went home, leaving his family but died in short time, if any faith may be given to tradition that his widow married Thomas Prence, who had been, and was after, Gov. of Plymouth.

      Notes from: 'John & Susan Simmonds and some of their descendants with related ancestral lines':

      "He emigrated with Governor Winthrop in a fleet of eleven vessels arriving in Salem on June 22, 1630. He arrived with his wife Apphia and son Henry. He settled in Watertown, MA where as a proprietor he owned one-seventh of the township." [7]

  • Sources 
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