From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Howell and Elizabeth Freeman
While unproved, it is probable that Howell FREEMAN was the
son of Bridges FREEMAN. Much of the material used to construct
the family of Howell FREEMAN is based on four decades of research
by Bobbie Jo FREEMAN LANE PINSON and generously shared in Freeman
Chronicles, Issue 2 (Garland, TX 1996).
Howell FREEMAN - b. 1760, Sussex or Brunswick Co., VA;
d. May 4, 1836, Dickson Co., TN. It is believed that Howell was
the son of Bridges FREEMAN and
Elizabeth, but no direct evidence has been located. The earliest
record naming Howell FREEMAN was the will of William REEVES dated
Oct. 15, 1776 in Bute Co., NC, to which Howell was a witness and
Henry FREEMAN (probably his uncle) was co-executor. On Feb. 9,
1778, Howell proved this will. He took the oath of allegiance
of the Bute County Committee of Safety in 1778. Beginning in Mar.
1779, Howell was a Revolutionary soldier (Pvt.) in the infantry
and cavalry from Franklin Co., NC -- serving 3 months as a replacement,
3 months as a volunteer, and as a draftee in Carter's Co. for
12 months to Apr. 25, 1782. He was possibly related to Moses FREEMAN,
who served in the same company from Apr. 25, 1782. The pension
file [W19296] for
Howell gives the names of his Captains during his 12 month enlistment
as SHARP, BREVARD, and BUSH, and states that he was in the Battle
of Brier Creek. After the War, Howell lived (in order) in Franklin
Co., NC; SC (two years); NC; KY; Humphries Co., TN; KY; and Dickson
Co., TN. His application for pension includes: "I was born
in the State of Virginia according to information - and in the
year 1760. My father had my birth recorded in his family Bible,
but the same is lost or destroyed. I have no further record of
my age." On Feb. 20, 1784, Bridges FREEMAN deeded 125 acres
in Franklin Co., NC, to Howell for 50 pounds, with both being
then residents of Johnston Co., NC. The 1784 tax list of Johnston
Co. indicates that Howell owned 175 acres. He was back in Franklin
Co. in 1785 and 1787, but moved to Chatham Co. by 1790. The census
of 1790 of Chatham Co.,
NC, Hillsborough District includes the Howell FREEMAN household.
Howell purchased 99 acres of land on May 5, 1792, and received
a state grant of 150 acres on Mar. 9, 1799. The 1800
census of Chatham Co., NC lists the Howell FFREEMAN household.
The sale of 150 acres of land in Chatham Co., NC, on June 1, 1801,
to Alexander SMITH by Howell and Elizabeth FREEMAN (signed by
their marks), and the sale of 99 acres on Oct. 1, 1801, suggests
the family left Chatham Co., NC in late 1801. The purchase of
200 acres in Wake Co., NC is recorded Nov. 4, 1805, and its sale
is recorded Sep. 9, 1806. He is listed on the Aug. 1807 tax list
as insolvent, and next appears in Logan Co., KY on the tax lists
of Aug. 4, 1808, and Jan. 13, 1809. Howell FREEMAN lived in Humphreys
Co., TN between 1810 and 1811, appears on the tax list of Giles
Co., TN in 1812, returned to KY between about 1813 and 1815, and
settled in Dickson Co., TN in 1816, with a land purchase recorded
there in Jan. 1817. Howell is found in the 1820
census of Dickson Co., NC and the 1830
census of Dickson Co., TN. Various land transaction by Howell
FREEMAN were recorded in Dickson Co., TN between 1826 and 1833.
Howell wrote his will [will
transcription and document
image] on Oct. 15, 1835 (proved Jun. 1836), in which he named
his wife, six children, and three sons-in-law [Dickson Co., TN
Wills, Book A, pp. 126-127]. The initial estate sale for Howell
FREEMAN was on Jul 2, 1836, and various estate papers were filed
in Dickson Co., TN until Apr. 22, 1846. His widow Hannah resided
in Humphrey Co., TN in Dec. 1856, when she applied for her widow's
A memorial marker for
Dickson Co., TN soldiers of the Revolution was dedicated Jul.
4, 1976 at the County Courthouse at Charlotte, TN, and includes
the name of Howell FREEMAN. Married first Elizabeth, second Jan.
13, 1809, Russellville, Logan Co., KY Tabitha MAY, and third Mar.
4, 1830, in Dickson Co., TN, Hannah DOTY (b. about 1787).
Elizabeth - d. 1806-1808, probably in Logan Co., KY.
Perhaps surnamed BURRELL. It is possible that Howell FREEMAN,
perhaps given his mother's maiden name, did the same for his firstborn
son, continuing the pattern begun by his grandfather. Nothing
further is currently known about her.
Children of Howell and Elizabeth Freeman
- Burrell - b. 1780, Franklin Co., NC; d. about 1847-59, Lamar
Co., TX. Married Mar. 7, 1808, Logan Co., KY, Nancy WILLIAMS
(b. 1791; d. after 1840). Burrell and Nancy were living in Chariton
Co., MO in 1828 when son Andrew Jackson was born. Note that four
children of Burrell married their first cousins, children of
Jeremiah, and that another son married his first cousin once
removed. Children Burrell and nancy FREEMAN: John C. Massie (aka
John Massie FREEMAN) married his first cousin Mary Ann FREEMAN,
daughter of Jeremiah; Sarah married her first cousin Joseph Dennis
FREEMAN, son of Jeremiah; Elizabeth married first Mr. SMITH,
and second Mr. JOHNSON/JOHNSTON; Ebenezer Roger married first
Jane FREEMAN (daughter of Jeremiah FREEMAN), second Mary 'Polly'
HUCHENS, and third Sarah Jane COFFEE; a daughter married Ira
FOSTER; Cornelius; William Young; Permelia married her first
cousin Alford Albert FREEMAN, son of Jeremiah; Andrew Jackson
married first Elizabeth Fitzgerald, second Polly SIMPKINS, and
third his first cousin once removed Nancy Ann Havins RUSHING,
daughter of Mark and Elizabeth (FREEMAN) RUSHING, and granddaughter
of William R. FREEMAN; and three more daughters (b. 1830-1835).
- A daughter - b. about 1782. The 1790 census shows 3 females
in the household, and the 1800 census lists a female age 16-26.
She may have married Willie UNDERWOOD between 1800 and 1808.
- A son - b. say 1784; d. by 1800. The 1790 census indicates
that Howell and Elizabeth had four males under age 16 in their
household, but only three sons appear in the 1800 census.
- William R. - b. Mar. 25, 1786, Franklin
Co., NC; d. Mar. 16, 1871, Pike Co., IL.
- Jeremiah - b. about 1788. Jeremiah served in the War of 1812,
and lived in Pike Co., IL in 1830, and in Washington Co., AR
in 1840. Married Jane CRAWFORD (b. 1795; d. 1866). Named in father's
will. Note that four children of Jeremiah married their first
cousins, children of Burrell. Children of Jeremiah and Jane FREEMAN:
Mary Ann married her first cousin John Massie FREEMAN, son of
Burrell; Joseph Dennis married his first cousin Sarah FREEMAN,
daughter of Burrell; John C. married Matilda (JOHNS) SHOEMAKER;
Jane married her first cousin Ebenezer Roger FREEMAN, son of
Burrell; Jeremiah, Jr.; Alford Albert married his first cousin
Permelia FREEMAN, daughter of Burrell; two daughters probably
died young; Eliza R. married Edward BOYD; Louisa E. married Philoman
H. 'Dock' HIGGINS; Andrew Jackson married Missouri Ann LUCKIE;
and Francis Marion.
- Mary 'Polly' - b. Mar. 10, 1791, Chatham Co., NC; d. 1875.
Married about 1811 Ambrose W. HALLIBURTON (b. 1790; d. 1860),
who served in the Blackhawk War. Children of Mary and Ambrose
HALLIBURTON: Charles Wesley 'Westly' married first Armilda E.
COLLINS, second Juliet OWENS, and third Sophia HOLMAN; Thomas;
Carrol; David; Elizabeth; Ambrose J. married Elizabeth EDWARDS;
Cynthia; and James H. married Frances B. HALLIBURTON.
- Elizabeth - b. Jun. 23, 1793, Chatham Co., NC; d. about 1836,
Pike Co., IL. Married Jun. 13, 1815, in TN, John C. MASSIE (b.
Aug. 11, 1795; d. 1853, Pike Co., IL), son of Thomas
MASSIE and Fannie HUDSON. John served in the War of 1812.
After Elizabeth's death, John married Mary SHAW (b. 1807; d.
1853) [see MASSIE for children of John and Mary]. The MASSIE
family lived in Sangamon Co., IL from 1828 to about 1833. Children
of Elizabeth and John MASSIE: Evaline; Perry died as infant;
Hudson died as infant; George Washington died as infant; Thomas
M. married Harriet (MITCHELL) MASSIE, widow of brother Sylvanus;
Sylvanus F. married Harriet MITCHELL; John C. died as infant;
Elizabeth O.; possibly William married Mary; Amanda Melvina married
James C. BOOTHE; and Rebecca A. died at age 17.
'Patsy' - b. Aug. 24, 1797, SC; d. after 1850, Dickson Co., TN. Living
in Dickson Co., TN in 1850. Married Jan. 13, 1820, Dickson Co., TN
Abraham SELF (b. Sep. 15, 1799, Person Co., NC; d. after 1850, Dickson
Co., TN). Abraham's sister Susan SELF married Hugh McCLERKIN. The
children of Martha and Abraham listed here are all found in the SELF
household in the 1850 census as ages 12 to 22 years. Children of Martha
and Abraham SELF: William Vanhook married Elvira Hendrix; Sarah Ann M.
married first George B. LEWIS, and second Robert DILLAHAY; Elizabeth
married Ezekal N. PARRISH; Tabitha J. married first John Frank FOSTER,
and second Thomas JAMES; Susannah married Francis GWALTNEY; Martha Ann
married Samuel Jarvis ROBERTSON; Rosannah Mariah 'Rosy' married James
Washington PRICHARD; Dilla Margaret 'Dilly' married Abner PARRISH; and
Samuel Jarvis married Emily Frances GWALTNEY.
William R. and Mary (Massie) Freeman
William R. FREEMAN - b. Mar. 25, 1786, Franklin Co.,
NC; d. Mar. 16, 1871, Pike Co., IL; bur. Taylor-Martin
Cemetery, Derry Twp., Pike Co., IL [photo].
Son of Howell FREEMAN and Elizabeth. Family
sources give William's middle name as Ronald or Roland. An extensive
George W. Freeman Bible Record
covering 4 generations from the parents of William and Mary to
their grandchildren is in the files of the DAR. He was appointed
overseer of the road from Palmyra to Vernon in Dickson Co., TN,
in Oct. 1818. The Handbook of Dickson County, located at
the DAR Library in Washington, DC, states that William R. Freeman
served in the War of 1812 from Nov. 1814 to May 1815. An early
settler of Derry Township, Pike Co., IL, William was buried there
in the Taylor-Martin Cemetery. The inventory of his estate consisted
soley of Notes and Account receivable as follows: John W. Hazelrig
<husband of daughter Frances> $254.31; Syl Freeman <son
Sylvanus> $434.72; Martha Ann Jones <daughter who married
Rev. Thomas Jones> $219.21; J L Freeman $736.54; Jordan L.
Freeman <son and administrator of estate> $107.28; James
H. Freeman <son> $352.89; and C. M. Freeman <son Cavil
M.> $267.51; for a total estate of $2,372.46. [The full name
and relationship of the J L Freeman mentioned is uncertain at
present.] William and Mary married Jul. 12, 1807 in KY.
Mary MASSIE - b. June 14, 1789, KY; b. Sep. 16, 1867,
Pike Co., IL; bur. Taylor-Martin
Cemetery, Derry Twp., Pike Co., IL [photo].
Daughter of Thomas MASSIE and Frances
In matters of the Estate
October Term, 1871
William R. Freeman,
PETITION OF Jordan L. Freeman
TO HON. R. M. Atkinson, JUDGE OF THE COUNTY
COURT OF PIKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS:
The Petition of the undersigned respectfully
represents that Wm. R. Freeman, late of the County of Pike
aforesaid, departed this life at his home in said County,
on or about the 16th day of March, 1871; leaving no last
will and testament, so far as your Petitioner knows or believes.
And this Petitioner further shows that the said Wm. R.
Freeman died seized of an Estate consisting of personal
Estate; said personal Estate estimated to be worth about
Eight hundred Dollars; and that said deceased left surviving
him Elizabeth Rushing, J. L. Freeman, Wm. P. Freeman, James H.
Freeman, Martha A. Jones, Frances Hazelrig, Sylvanus Freeman,
George W. Freeman, Cavil M. Freeman, his children as his
heirs; that your Petitioner, (being one of the hiers at
law of said deceased, and) believing that said Estate should
be immediately administered for the management of said property,
and the collection of the assets, by virtue of his right
under the Statute, would therefore pray your honor to grant
Letters of Administration to him on his complying with
the Statute in such case made and provided.
Sworn to and subscribed before me
/s/ Jordan L. Freeman
24th day of Oct., 1871
W. B. Mine(?), Clerk
Children of William and Mary Freeman
- Jordan Lewis - b. Oct. 1, 1808, KY; d. Jun. 7, 1882, Pike
Co., IL. (Taylor-Martin Cemetery record has 1806 as birth year.)
Resided at Perryville, Decatur Co., TN in 1840, and probably
married there. Married May 31, 1829 to Sarah 'Sally' SHIPMAN
(b. Dec. 3, 1810, Pike Co., IL). Son-in-law George W. SHIELDS
was the son of William M. SHIELDS and Lydia SELBY. In the following,
from the Pike County History, the full name of son William
is William Carroll, and of daughter Martha is Martha Esther..
"The Freemans were early settlers in Derry township. Jordan
L. Freeman and his wife Sarah Shipman, are both buried in the
Taylor-Martin cemetery in Section 27, Derry township, three miles
southeast of El Dara. He was born October 1, 1808; she December
3, 1810. His father, William R. Freeman, was born March 25, 1786;
his mother, Mary Massie, June 14, 1789. Jordan Freeman's paternal
grandfather, Howell Freeman, was born in 1760; his maternal grandfather,
Thomas Massie of Virginia, soldier of the Revolution, was born
December 26, 1759.
"The children of Jordan L. Freeman and Sarah Shipman
were William C., who married Sarah Wilson; Nancy, who married
Solomon P. Hornback; Mary Jane, who married John W. Thomas; John
R., who married Sophia L. Davis; Isaac S., who married Mary A.
Husband; Elizabeth, who married Reuben W. Hornback; Sarah, who
married Robert N. Wright; Martha E., who married George W. Shields;
and Eliza E., who married Francis Marion Reeve."
- Thomas M. - b. Oct. 18, 1810, prob. in KY; d. Aug. 20, 1830,
prob. in TN or IL. Apparently, he did not marry.
- Elizabeth - b. Nov. 20, 1812, Dickson Co., TN; d. May 4,
1896, VanZandt Co., TX; bur. Rocky Point Cemetery. Married Mar.
14, 1830, Mark RUSHING (b. Sep. 29, 1809, Stewart Co., TN; d.
May 25, 1883, VanZandt Co., TX; bur. Rocky Point Cemetery), son
of William and Jane (NICHOLS) RUSHING. Children of Elizabeth
and Mark RUSHING: a daughter died young; Nancy Ann Havins married
first William Carroll HAVINS, and second her first cousin once
removed Andrew Jackson FREEMAN, son of Burrell and Nancy (WILLIAMS)
FREEMAN; S. Elizabeth married first E. C. HICKS, and second Josiah
Hardin SANDERS; William P. married Hannah COOKE; Martha E. married
first John Alexander ALLRED, and second S. L. MARTIN; John Calvin
married Margaret Mainla ALLRED; and James W. 'King' married Lucinda
- John R. - b. July 10, 1814, TN; d. June 18, 1833, TN. Married
- Martha Anne - b. Sep. 21, 1816, TN;
d. Jan. 9, 1895, ElDara, Pike Co., IL. Married May 12, 1833,
Pike Co., IL, Rev. Thomas JONES (b. Dec. 6, 1808, IN; d. Oct.
15, 1865, Pike Co., IL), son of Reuben and Hester (McCONNELL)
JONES. Martha, Thomas and there son John Amos are buried in Taylor
Martin Cemetery, Pike Co., IL. Children of Martha and Thomas
JONES: William [photo]
married first Elizabeth ROSEBERRY, and second Mary J. PURCELL;
Mary Jane married Sgt. Pine DEXTER, whose name is reportedly
a division of the surname POINDEXTER; John Amos; James Newton;
Thomas Jefferson [photo]
married first Rachel Elizabeth DOLBEARE, and second Lyde OWNBY
Franklin; Joseph Henry; and Sarah Frances married Mr. CHASE.
- William P. - b. Apr. 7, 1818, TN; d. Apr. 1, 1907. William
has not been located in the 1850 Census, but there is a Sarah
FREEMAN household in Pike Co., IL, including a John T. MORTON,
age 15, as a laborer, and children: James P., William M., Jordan
L. and Edwin F. FREEMAN. Married Jan 11, 1843, Pike Co., IL Sarah
MORTON (b. Dec. 3, 1810), whose surname has also been reported
to be MASTON. Children: James P.; William M.; Jordan L. married
Hannah M. WILKE; and Edwin died young.
- James Howell - b. Apr.
8, 1820, TN; d. Aug. 25, 1892, Pike Co., IL; bur. there in Hornback
- Mary Ann - b. June 8, 1822, TN; d. Aug. 23, 1832, IL.
- Frances - b. Jun. 6, 1824, TN; d. Jun. 30, 1912, Eldara,
Pike Co., IL. Married Jul. 28, 1842, Eldara, Pike Co., IL, John
William HAZELRIGG (b. Jan. 24, 1821, Clark Co., KY, d. Feb. 15,
1893, Marceline, Linn Co., MO), son of Charles HAZELRIGG and
Lucinda HOLLOWAY. Refer to HAZELRIGG
line for children.
- Pleasant M. - b. July 29, 1826, TN; d. Aug. 1850, CA. Apparently,
he did not marry.
- George W. - b. Apr. 17, 1828, Perry Co., TN; d. Oct. 2, 1896,
Willows, CA; bur. there. George served in the 1st Regt., IL Vol.
as a Corp. during the Mexican War. An extensive George
W. Freeman Bible Record covering 4 generations from George's
grandparents to his children is in the files of the DAR. Married
Mar. 19, 1857, Yolo Co., CA, Mary Lydia BLACK (b. May 2, 1840,
IL; d. Apr. 16, 1899, Willows, CA), the daughter of Thomas G.
BLACK (1809-1868) and Margaret MORRISON (1819-1902). Children
of George and Mary FREEMAN: Frank married first Emma ALDERSON,
and second Edna WEST; Emma married John Frank SERSANOUS; William
Valentine married first Harriet 'Hattie' WILSON, and second Cora
M. BRYANT; and Ada L. married Gustave A. HOFFMAN.
- Sylvanus - b. Nov. 17, 1829, TN; d. Jan. 3, 1900. Living
with father in 1850, with occupation of blacksmith. Married Dec.
21, 1851, IL, Caroline J. F. LIPPINCOTT (b. 1832, OH), probably
the daughter of Samuel and Mary LIPPINCOTT of Pike Co., IL. Children
of Sylvanus and Caroline FREEMAN: Don C. married Nancy C. CHALK;
William R.; David A.; Margaret A.; and Sylvanus.
- Cavil M. - b. Apr. 12, 1832, IL; d. Oct. 4, 1874, Linn Co.,
MO. Cavil was living with father in 1850. Married on Feb. 22,
1858 in Linne Co., MO to Maggie WILKINSON (b. May16, 1842, Linn
Co. MO; d. Jan. 17, 1918, Linn Co. MO), daughter of Henry WILKINSON
and Susannah HINES. A well digger by occupation, Cavil died when
a piece of heavy equipment fell on him while digging a well.
His widow married second Mr. CANADA. Children of Cavil and Maggie
FREEMAN: William H.; Laura C. married John A. CONNELY (3 ch.);
Rolla; Lula May married George Wilmot CROZIER (4 ch.); Joel Harvey
married Ida McDONALD (4 ch.); Robert G.; and David G.
Research note: A John L. FREEMAN married Nov. 25, 1845, Pike
Co., IL, Mary A. BARNEY (b. Dec. 1824, OH; d. Apr. 24, 1863,
bur. Taylor Martin Cemetery, Pike Co., IL). In the 1850 census,
John (age 35, b. KY) is a 'farmer,' his household also including
(1850) Hezekiah FREEMAN (age 37, b. KY) and William UPPINGHOUSE
(age 11, b. IA). Children: Emily (age 4, b. MO); Sophronia (age
2, b. MO); Viola died young; and Frances M. died young.