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Maria Ellen Fooks[1]

Female 1839 - 1905  (66 years)


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  • Name Maria Ellen Fooks 
    Born 5 Mar 1839  Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Story Elijah Freeney on his Freeny and Hearn ancestors  [3
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/76083524 
    FindAGrave ID 76083524 
    FamilySearch ID LVJ9-GF4 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LVJ9-GF4 
    Died 5 Nov 1905  [2, 4
    Buried Hearn-Freeney Cemetery, Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I8620  Main
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2020 

    Father James Minos Fooks,   b. 5 Aug 1808, Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1863, Worcester County, Maryland, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Maria Fooks,   b. 13 Feb 1813, Sussex, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1893, Sussex, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1834  Worcester, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elijah Freeny,   b. 17 Aug 1823, Wicomico County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1907  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1861  Worcester, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. John Minos Freeny,   b. 3 Nov 1861, Delmar, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1862  (Age 0 years)
     2. Rosalie L. Freeny,   b. 24 May 1863, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930  (Age 66 years)
     3. Matilda M Freeny,   b. 5 Oct 1865, Delmar, Wicomico, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1940, Delmar, Sussex, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +4. Mary Elizabeth Freeny,   b. 28 Aug 1866, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +5. James William Freeny,   b. 25 Nov 1868, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1951, Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +6. Henry Benjamin Freeny,   b. 27 Jul 1870, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1924, Salisbury, Wicomico, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     7. Elijah Freeny, Jr,   b. 12 Oct 1872, , , DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1873  (Age 1 years)
     8. Thomas Albert Freeny,   b. 13 Sep 1874, Delmar, , Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1874  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Elijah Edwin Freeny,   b. 21 Mar 1876, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F3250  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Hearn - Freeny Cemetery Plot Map
    Hearn - Freeny Cemetery Plot Map
    ** Click on a plot to see details about the individual **

    Very nice plot map by Robert M. Freeny, Jr of the small Hearn - Freeny private cemetery located near Delmar, MD.

  • Notes 
    • Headstone inscription: Maria Ellen, Wife of Elijah Freeney and daughter of James Minor and Maria Fooks born March 5 1839 died Nov 2 1905 [4]

    Story:
    • From Hearne History:

      Mr. Elijah Freney, who lived on a farm adjoining and south of Delmar, but in Somerset Co., Md., married Mary Ellen Fooks. who is a descendant of Thomas Hearne, the youngest son of William Hearne, the merchant. I made them a visit May, 1895, when they had just received a copy of the History, which stated that Mary Hearne, daughter of the second William, married Freney. Mr. Elijah Freney at once said to me: "Those were my great-grandparents, and it was John Freney who married Mary Hearne, and the land here that I own, where we now are, is the land first taken up in America by William Hearne, and named by him 'St. Kitt's' for the place from which he came, St. Christopher's, and also a tract called 'Stains,' for which his son Thomas afterwards obtained grants from England." Those old grants (the originals on parchment, with the old English wax seals) be got out and showed me: they surely have a very old and quaint appearance, and have been inserted in history. The wills of William and Thomas Hearne devise these two tracts of land to their children. and Mr. Freney took me around and showed me the entire tracts, and also the graves of all the older members of the family. Mr. Freney's residence is on the tract "St. Kitt's," and about a quarter of a mile from it is the site of the residence of the merchant William, and very near to it is the first burying ground, where are buried the merchant William and his wife Mary, and their son Thomas, who lived and died at the old homesttead, and his wife Sally Wingate, and several of their descendants, among them their son Nehemiah and his wife Betty. About two miles southeast of Delmar is the site of the residence of the second William Hearne, where he lived, and died, 1756. The burying ground is near the residence, where both he and his wife Elizabeth are buried, and most likely several of their children. The old homestead is now owned and occupied by Mr. Charles Wood, one of his descendants.

      Mr. Freney related to me many amusing incidents connected with the earlier ones of the family. He said that his ancestor John Freney paid court to Mary Hearne, who reluctantly decided not to marry him, and he bade her bood-bye, saying then he would emigrate to Georgia,. and mounted his horse and left Mary at once reported to her mother, who told her she was foolish, that she would never do any better; and, without further ado, Mary donned her sunbonnet and shawl, took a near cut across the field, intercepted Mr. Freney as he went around the road, and climbed on the fence just as he came up, when he gallantly offered to take her up behind him, as she was going his way; his horse shied a little and did not readily come up to the fence, when Mary said to him: "Why don't you came up, you old fool, and let your mistress get on ?" whereupon Freney said: "Miss Mary. all you have to do is to say the word and you shall be the mistress," which she did, and the matter was settled.

      Mr. Freney also told me that Jonathan Hearne, son of the second William, was a large and stalwart man, who had some very large cherry trees in his yard, and a neighbor named Lecate was in the habit of climbing the trees in fruit time and helping himself without asking permission; Lecate wore a stout leather belt around his body, instead of suspenders, and one day Hearne invited him down out of the tree and deliberately picked him up and hung him by the belt on a very large iron spike in the wall on the porch, with his back to the wall; then he went to the well and got a bucket of water and dashed in Lecate's face and repeated it several times, saying: "Now I suppose you will let my cherries alone."

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

    2. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 16 Mar 2020), entry for Maria Ellen Fooks, person ID LVJ9-GF4.
      ;Contributor: ericbriancragun1, eric.cragun@gmail.com

    3. [S899] Hearne History, William T. Hearne, (pub 1907 with 1912 addendum transcribed and available on the web: http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/index.html), From Hearne History:  Mr. Elijah Freney, who lived on a farm adjoining and south of Delmar, but in Somerset Co., Md., married Mary Ellen Fooks. who is a descendant of Thomas Hearne, the youngest son of William Hearne, the merchant. I made them a visit M.

    4. [S1656] Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/76083524/maria-ellen-freeney.

    5. [S1701] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 16 Mar 2020), entry for Maria Ellen Fooks, person ID LVJ9-GF4.
      ;Contributor: C. W. Smith