Elisha Freeman (1701 - 1777)

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Birthplace: Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Liverpool, Queens, Nova Scotia, Canada
Managed by: Jason Peter Herbert
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About Elisha Freeman

Ref:

Vital Records of Rochester, Mass

history of Queens County, by James F, More

Records of First Congregational Church, Rochester, Mass

Freeman Families of Nova Scotia by Viva E. Freeman

T.B. Smith; Freeman Genealogy

Diary of Simeon Perkins

Elisha Freeman, born 1701 was the great-grandson of Samuel Freeman, immigrant ancestor of the "Freeman's of Watertown, Massachusetts". In 1725 he married Lydia Freeman, born 1703, the great-granddaughter of Edmond Freeman immigrant ancestor of the "Freeman's of Sandwich, Massachusetts".

Elisha and Lydia were both born in Eastham, New England but soon after their marriage removed to that part of Rochester which is now Matapoisett, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, where they became members of the First Congregation Church. They were the parents of twelve children, all born in Rochester, and it was there that Lydia died at the age of fifty-two years on 30 Dec. 1755.

Elisha was fifty-four years old when Lydia died, leaving him with a large family to raise, the youngest about six years old. About two years later, on 23 April 1758, an intention to marry between Elisha Freeman of Rochester, and Mariah Alline of Chilmark was recorded in the Vital Records of Rochester.

In a proclamation dated 12 October 1758, Governor Lawrence of Nova Scotia offerd many inducements for the people in New England to settle in Nova Scotia, and this offer was confirmed by the Council of Nova Scotia on 11 January 1759. That same year a group of men in New England appointed, from among themselves, Captain John Doggett, Samuel Doggett, Elisha Freeman and Thomas Foster as a committee on their behalf to petition for a township in that Province, and their petition was approved.

Probably Elisha and his wife Mariah had made plans and preparations for the removal of themselves and family to Nova Scotia, but Mariah died, and following is the record of her death in the Vital Records of Rochester: Moriah (sic) wife of Elisha Freeman, Esq., of Rochester, Massachusetts, 21 February 1761.

It has been written that Elisha removed to Liverpool "soon after the death of his wife". Lydia died in 1755, and Elisha didn't remove to Liverpool until 1761, a period of about six years, which scarcely qualifies as "soon". Therefor, the written statement is ture, but applies to his second wife, Mariah.

In May 1761, Captain John Doggett, one of the committe of four was instructed by government of Nova Scotia to hire a ship for the purpose of removing twenty families from New England to the new township in Nova Scotia. Perhaps it was on that ship that Elisha and his children made the voyage to their new home. In the same year, Governor Lawrence issued a warrant of survey, and appointed John and Samuel Doggett, Nathan Torrey, Nathan Tupper and Elisha Freeman as a committee to lay out the lands for the township which was to be named Liverpool.

Elisha was one of the original proprietors of Liverpool Township, as were his four oldest sons. In December 1761 his son, Barnabas returned to Rochester where he married Thankful Dennis, and subsequently both returned to Liverpool to make their home.

Elisha was a merchant and the owner of a saw mill. He was also the town clerk of Liverpool, and the firs entry in the original book of records is in his handwriting, dated 29 February 1762. He signed the book, Elisha Freeman, Proprietor's Clerk.

He was a Justice of Peace for Liverpool Township, and a Lieutenant in the Militia in 1762. In 1764 he was one of the first Justices of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Queens county, and was also the Judge of Probate. he was a member of the Legislative Assembly for Liverpool Township from 1765 to 1767.

Elisha spent his final years with his daughter Lydia and her husband, Timothy Burbank. He died 19 May 1777 at the age of seventy-five years, and was buried, according to Simeon Perkins, on 20 May 1777.

Elisha and Lydia Freemans twelve (12) Children were all born in Rochester, Mass.

Eunice - June 5, 1727

Mary - April 4, 1729

Lydia - February 6, 1730

Simeon - February 28, 1732/33

Elisha - February 12, 1734/35

Barnabas - January 21 1737/38

Nathaniel - March 5, 1739/40

Phoebe - June 21, 1742

Lothrop - March 28, 1744

Lothrop II - October 16, 1746

Zoeth (twin) - September 16, 1749

John (twin) - September 16, 1749

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Elisha Freeman's Timeline

1701
December 9, 1701
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
1725
May 7, 1725
Age 23
Eastham, Barnstable, MA
1727
June 5, 1727
Age 25
Rochester, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
1729
April 4, 1729
Age 27
Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1730
February 6, 1730
Age 28
Rochester, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
1732
February 28, 1732
Age 30
Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1735
February 28, 1735
Age 33
Rochester, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
1737
January 21, 1737
Age 35
Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1739
March 5, 1739
Age 37
Rochester, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
1742
June 21, 1742
Age 40
Rochester, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA