From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

                    * Freeman Ancestry Note *

John Freeman and Mary William Freeman and John Freeman and Mary
 Elizabeth Bridges Bridges Freeman and Elizabeth Thomas Freeman and Mary Howell Freeman and Elizabeth Peter Freeman and Faithy William R. Freeman and John Freeman and
Mary Massie Barbara Painter James Howell Freeman and Wilkerson Bell Freeman and
Lucy Jane Hazelrigg Lucilla Margaret Wallace Scott Cyrus Freeman and George Romulus Freeman and
Malinda Margrett Sears Susanna Carpenter Lucy Jane Freeman and Aretus Erastus Freeman and
James Martin Lawson Minnie Elsie Morey Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman Stephen Martin Lawson

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Tintype about 1870Grave photo 1989

James Howell and Lucy Jane (Hazelrigg) Freeman

James Howell FREEMAN - b. Apr. 8, 1820, TN; d. Aug. 25, 1892, Pike Co., IL; bur. there in Hornback Cemetery. Son of William R. FREEMAN and Mary MASSIE. James' birth and marriage date are recorded in his brother George's Family Bible. His grave marker gives his are at death as 72 years 4 months 15 days. The 1850 census of Pike Co., IL, Sep. 19, 1850, gives his age as 30 and occupation as grocery keeper. The 1870 census of El Dara, IL, Jun. 25, 1870, indicates he was using the name Howell, was age 50, employed as a carpenter, unmarried, and had his three youngest sons living with him. A double wedding of bothers and sisters, John HAZELRIGG and Frances FREEMAN, and James FREEMAN and Lucy HAZELRIGG, was held on Jul. 28, 1842, in Pike Co., IL. As yet unconfirmed, it is reported that James was married second on Dec. 2, 1866 in Pike Co., IL to Patsy A. WASSELL, and third on Jun. 18, 1874 in Pike Co., IL to Deborah MINER.

Lucy Jane HAZELRIGG - b. Sep. 11, 1824, Clark Co., KY; d. Jan. 20, 1865, Pike Co., IL. Buried in Hazelrigg Burial Plot [photo] [inscription] in NW 1/4 Sec. 35 Hadley Township, Pike Co., IL. Daughter of Charles HAZELRIGG and Lucinda HOLLOWAY.

Children of James and Lucy Freeman

  1. Charles H. - b. Oct. 11, 1843, Pike Co., IL; d. Sep. 28, 1858, Pike Co., IL; bur. there in Hazelrigg burial plot.
  2. Mary - b. 1846, Pike Co., IL; d. after 1887.
  3. Scott Cyrus - b. Feb. 23, 1848, Pike Co., IL; d. Mar. 21, 1920, Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK.
  4. George - b. about Jan. 1850, Pike Co., IL. George is living at home with his parents in 1870, but has not been located thereafter.
  5. Lucinda - b. 1852, IL. Perhaps living with a relative in 1870.
  6. Sarah - b. 1858, IL. Perhaps living with a relative in 1870.
  7. John H. - b. mid to late 1860, Pike Co., IL; d. 1887, Pike Co., IL; bur. there in Hornback Cemetery (which gives year of birth as 1862). His father, wife, daughter Eva, and Nettie's daughter Ruth are also buried in the Hornback Cemetery. John's widow married second William COULTER, and had children Olive Ann, Ruth Elizabeth, and Reuben. The Pike County History includes the following.

    "Hannah Manetta (Nettie) Hornback, a former well-known Pike county school teacher, was born in Derry township May 3, 1867 <d. Feb. 12, 1909>. On July 13, 1884 she married John H. Freeman, then of Vernon county, Missouri, a son of James H. Freeman and Lucy Jane Hazelrigg. They were married at El Dara by the Reverend L. P. Deatherage, with William Hornback witnessing. They had two children, Eva <1887-1894> and Lloyd Freeman."

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Photo taken 1915Photo taken 1915

Scott Cyrus and Malinda Margaret (Sears) Freeman

Scott Cyrus FREEMAN - b. Feb. 23, 1848, Pike Co., IL; d. Mar. 21, 1920, Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK; bur. there in Greenhill Cemetery [photo] (block 30 lot 28). Son of James Howell FREEMAN and Lucy Jane HAZELRIGG. The cemetery records and death certificate give cause of Cyrus' death as TB. He lived also at Nevada, Vernon Co., MO, and worked as a carpenter. The Freeman family was enumerated twice in the 1880 census of Vernon Co., MO, once on Saturday, June 12th, and again on Monday, June 14th. There are interesting differences in the two listing, suggesting that Scott provided the details on the 12th, and Malinda provided them on the 14th. A notice in the Nevada Daily Mail, Jul. 14, 1897 indicates the family left there to live at Neosho, Newton Co., MO, having rented a hotel there. By the time of the 1900 census of Muscogee, Indian Territory, they had moved there, being enumerated as the household of Scott C. Freeman, Commercial Traveler, wife Malinda M., and children Anna, Leland, Pansy, Ollie, Nellie, and Melvin. In various locations, he is known as Cyrus S., S. Cyrus, Scott C., S.C., and Silas FREEMAN. Among the homes he built was that of his son-in-law and daughter, Ben and Lizzie Marshall, at Broken Arrow, OK. Scott resided at Eldara, IL at the time of his marriage. Married Nov. 3, 1870, Scott Co., IL (License No. 3370), by Rev. John H. TAYLOR (Scott's uncle, by marriage to aunt Millie Ann HAZELRIGG), with witnesses Maggie HAMILTON and David HOLDER.

Malinda Margrett SEARS - b. Dec. 13, 1853, La Plata, Macon Co., MO; d. Jan. 31, 1948, Chouteau, Mayes Co., OK; bur. Feb. 4, 1948, Greenhill Cemetery [photo], Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK. Her birth date is given as noted on her death certificate and a notarized statement she signed January 30, 1941, but her grave marker indicates she lived 1854-1947, and the 1900 census indicates she was born in Oct. 1852. The same Census states she was the mother of 10 children, 8 then living - probably should have been 10 living children, 2 deceased. Malinda was living at Winchester, IL at the time of her marriage. She was living in Chouteau on Dec. 13, 1937, ('84 years old') with son Richard. Daughter of Chesly SEARS and Elizabeth C. McCLANAHAN.

Muskogee City Directories

1903     Freeman, S C (wf Malinda)        contractor      res 515 Callahan
1916     Freeman, Cyrus S (Malinda M)     trav sals       ren 605 E Broadway
1917     Freeman, S Cyrus (Melinda)                       r   605 E Broadway
1918     Freeman, S Cyrus (Melinda)                       r   605 E Broadway
1919     Not available
1936     Freeman, Malinda M (wid S C)                     r   615 Emporia
1938     No listing for Malinda Freeman

Note: Malinda Freeman's residence in 1936 is the same as that of Wm E Freeman, salesman for Terminix Co of Okla (relationship not known).

Children of Scott and Malinda Freeman

  1. Lucy Jane - b. Sep. 12, 1871, Eldara, Pike Co., IL; d. May 13, 1951, Seattle, WA. Lucy was first married on Apr. 10, 1890, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO, to James T. GRAY, a railroad worker of Parsons, Labette Co., KS. In History of Labette County, Kansas, by Nelson Case (Topeka: 1893), it is noted that a J. G. GRAY was a trustee of the Parsons Building and Loan, and that C. M. FENTRISS signed a petition to form Breese School District No. 25 on Feb. 15, 1869 (p. 196). James T. GRAY, whose parents have not yet been identified, was the father of Lucy's first child, Clyde Fentress LAWSON. Since Clyde has always been known by the LAWSON surname, information concerning him and his family is included in the LAWSON family narrative. Family sources report that James and Lucy were separated following a violent argument. The Nevada Daily Mail of Aug. 14, 1893 gives the following (abstracted) information regarding their divorce:

    James T. Gray vs Lucy Gray - before marriage was Miss Lucy Freeman, she is now living with her father, Silas<sic> Freeman at Muskogee, Indian Territory. Petition alleges desertion: they were married in 1890 and in Nov. 1891, while husband was away from home, she sent word for him not to come home. When he did return, she refused to let him see their child and refused to live with him.
    The uncontested divorce decree was granted on the grounds of desertion on Dec. 6, 1893 at Nevada, MO. Lucy married second James Martin LAWSON.
  2. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Belle - b. Jan. 6, 1874, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Jul. 10, 1910 in OK. Married Benjamin B. MARSHALL (b. Feb. 13, 1866; d. Aug. 8, 1940), and they were living at Clarkesville, IT in May 1897. Their daughter Miss Ruth MARSHALL, student was living at the home of Benjamin and his second wife in 1916 (Muskogee City Directory). Lizzie's death date, as noted above, is from a Family Record prepared by sister Lucy Jane while their mother was still living. However, the postcard quoted below indicates that Lizzie's husband Benjamin Marshall married her sister Anna on Oct. 21, 1908. It appears that the Family Record entry is in error. Children of Lizzie and Benjamin MARSHALL: Elizabeth married Mr. HOLSEY; Ruth; Benjamin, Jr. married; George; Gertrude; Beauregard married; and Haskell.
  3. Charles Albert - b. Jan. 18, 1876, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Feb. 29, 1936, probably in OK. The Polk's Business Directory of 1901-2 for Muskogee, OK, lists the Roessler-Freeman Shoe Co., Julius ROESSLER, president, and Charles A. FREEMAN, treasurer. The 1903 Muskogee City Directory as Chas (wf Augusta B), mgr Roessler-Freeman Shoe Co, res 509 W Court. The only other Freemans in the 1903 directory are his parents, sister Anna, and brother Leland.
  4. Anna May - b. Sep. 15, 1878, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Sep. 5, 1935. Listed in the 1903 Muskogee City Directory as a saleslady at W. H. Woodward, residing with her parents. Listed in the 1916 Muskogee City Directory as wife of Benjamin B. MARSHALL, oil leases, residing at 516 North E. See sister Lizzie for children of Benjamin MARSHALL. Sister Lucy, to whom the postcard below is addressed, lived at the address given from early fall 1908 until early 1909. Married Oct. 21, 1908, Benjamin B. MARSHALL (b. Feb. 13, 1866; d. Aug. 8, 1940), widower of her sister Lizzie.

    Postcard postmarked: Muskogee, OKLA Nov 8, 1908
    Addressed to: Mrs. James Lawson 1613 9th Ave Seattle Wash.
    Picture: View of Hyde Park, Muskogee, Okla.
    Message: Lucy, why did you not answer my letter. Papa & the folks have moved to Cal. No Los Angeles. Ben and I were married Oct 21st you should see how nice my house looks. I never was happy until now Lucy and I am truly happy. How are you all. I do hope well. I'll write when I hear from you. Mrs. Anna M. Marshall Box 1051.
  5. Richard - b. about 1880, MO. Married Sally. Lived at Choteau, OK. Living in OK in May 1951. Dick was the informant for the information on the Death Certificates of both parents.
  6. Ada Pearl - b. Mar. 29, 1881, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Apr. 9, 1882, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO.
  7. Leland Clyde - b. Jan. 29, 1883, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO. Listed in 1900 Census as a Grocery Salesman. Listed in the 1903 Muskogee City Directory as cashier at Knight's, boarding at 515 Callahan, the home of his parents.
  8. Pansy Maude - b. Feb. 20, 1887, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Sep. 10, 1941, Oklahoma City, OK. Pansy married first Mar. 18, 1908 Joseph Daniel McCARTHY (b. Jan. 24, 1877, Chicago, Cook Co., IL; d. Jun. 1, 1928, Golden, Jefferson Co., CO; bur. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, CO), son of William F. McCARTHY and Mary BARRY/BERRY. Joseph was a plummer at Muskogee, OK. Pansy divorced him, and married second Oct. 13, 1928 Elmo GARRISON. Pansy and Elmo are buried in Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, OK. Children of Pansy and Joseph: Eugene died in infancy; Helen Margaret married William Clyde DUNN; and Joseph Daniel McCarthy, Jr. married Mary Ivan STEELE.
  9. Ollie - b. Jun. 14, 1889, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Nov. 9, 1933, Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK; bur. there in Greenhill Cemetery. The 1916 Muskogee City Directory lists: Schindleman, Max (Ollie) clk Kirschner's, rms 605 E Broadway <home of Ollie's parents>. Married Max SCHINDLEMAN. Ollie married second Cerle N. PIERCE (d. Sep. 17, 1940); her grave marker reads Ollie Freeman Pierce. Children of Ollie and Max: William 'Bill' (changed his name to Harry Ellman), Jack, Nell (possibly the "Baby Nell" buried in the Freeman plot in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK with no dates given).
  10. Orville - b. Sep. 7, 1890, Nevada, Vernon Co., MO; d. Jun. 28, 1891.
  11. Nellie - b. Jun. 7, 1892, Muscogee, Creek Nation, Indian Territory; d. Dec. 6, 1912, Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK; bur. there in Greenhill Cemetery. Her grave marker is indistinct as to the day of death, and states that she was age 21. Her birth month and year are given in the 1880 census as Jun. 1893. Nellie's grave marker is inscribed "Our Darling Nell" and "Gone but not forgotten." Unmarried.
  12. Melvin C. - b. Mar. 22, 1895, Muscogee, Creek Nation, Indian Territory. Listed in the Muskogee, OK City Directories of 1916 through 1918 as unmarried, and residing at 605 E Broadway, the home of his parents. Listed in the 1936 Directory as unmarried, a pharmacist, residing at 221 1/2 N 2nd. Living in OK in May 1951. Family sources relate that Maelvin had a daughter Virginia, who was a musician.

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