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FREEMAN FAMILY HISTORY



John Freeman (Senior)



John Freeman (the elder or senior) is the first known Freeman in this line. It is suspected that he was born in Virginia in about 1695. He married Tabitha Hoyter and in was living in Chowan County, North Carolina when his son, John (junior, for clarification) was born.

John Sr. and Tabitha had at least these children who are mentioned in his 1776 will:

John (Jr.)
William
Jacob
Tabitha
Richard
Catherine
Sarah
Priscilla
Tilpah

It is not known exactly when John Sr. died, but if the year for his birth is correct, he would have been about 80 years old when the will was made and so probably died soon after that.

John Freeman (Junior)


John Junior married Elizabeth (surname unknown) and they had at least one child: Aaron (who will be known as Aaron Freeman, Senior). There were probably more than just this one child, and an Isaac Freeman is likely a brother.

Aaron Senior maried Mary Bentley 17 December 1769 and they had at least the following children: Joshua, Jesse, Moses, Thomas, Isaac, Aaron (Junior), James, John, and Matilda. It is believed that Aaron was married prior to this marriage, but proof is not yet found.

According to LeVonda Vickery Smith on the Rowan County website, Aaron Sr. was granted a license to run a tavern on the forks of the Yadkin River in 1774.

Wanda Nelson, another Freeman researcher, has said that Aaron Senior was an "Indian Agent." She says that Aaron left his father's plantation in Chowan County, NC and went to Rowan County where he cleared land and built a dwelling. She further states that he traded with the Cherokee-Catawba Indians, as well as the Creeks, in an area known as The Piedmont.

Aaron died about 1822 and is buried in the Freeman Gap Cemetery in Bundcombe County, North Carolina. Mary died a few years later in 1830 and is probably buried in the same place. There are no markers in existence for either of them. It is believed that many early Freemans were buried here.

Aaron Freeman (Junior)

Aaron Freeman, Junior, married Alabeth Ball, who may have been a Choctaw Indian. Her father was Silas Ball and her mother was surnamed Pendergrass or perhaps Tendergrass. Alabeth was born in about 1778 in North Carolina.

Alabeth attempted to claim land in Choctaw Indian lands in Mississippi about 1830/31.

Her grandson, John H. Bennight, filed an application with the Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Indian affairs (date unknown as yet) for identification as a Mississippi Choctaw.

According to the report, there is conflicting testimony as to which parent of Alabeth had the Choctaw blood, but it appears to be her mother, especially if her name was actually Tendergrass, a more "Indian-sounding" name.

Aaron and Alabeth had at least twelve children: Elizabeth, Sarah, Lavina, Elvira, Mary, Ira, Jane (Jincey), Samuel, Daniel Riley, William Jackson, Rachel and James.

Aaron, his parents and some brothers moved from Rowan Co., NC to Buncombe Co., NC in 1802. Aaron sold 300 acres in Buncombe Co., NC to his brother, Moses, and moved to Crawford Co., MO in the spring of 1840. Aaron and son-in-law Henry Wood explored North Fork Hills in search of a new home. They returned to Meracree colony and loaded the families in ox carts and headed for North Fork. Aaron was known by the nickname "Posey."

Aaron Junior died on 3 November 1861 and is buried in Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Douglas County, Missouri. Alabeth died just four months later and is buried in the same place.

Their daughter, Elizabeth, is my 3X great-grandmother. She was born the 3rd March in 1807 in Bundcombe, NC. She married William Clinton on the 2nd of March in 1834 in Crawford County, MO. They had ten children: Augustus, Aaron, Agnes, Ryel, Eleanor, Alsey, Julia Ann, William, Mary and Jenny (Jincey).

Elizabeth Freeman Clinton



Elizabeth died 20 July 1882 and is buried in Mt. Ararat Cemetery, same as her parents.

My grateful thanks to Geneva McCown Garrett for some of the information contained in the above narrative.

Grateful and sincere thanks also go to Juanita Goulart for this photo of Elizabeth Freeman. The photo was in the possession of Elizabeth's granddaughter, Harriet Dugger and written on the back, it says "Grandmother Clinton."


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