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Bennett Freeman (Hodsoll)

Also Known As: "Katherine Bennett"
Birthplace: Stepney, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Pulborough, Sussex, England
Place of Burial: Pulborough, Sussex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John "of Cowford" Hodsoll and Anne Hodsoll
Wife of Edmund Freeman and Edmund Freeman, II
Mother of Elizabeth Ellis; Alice Paddy; Edmund E. Freeman, Jr.; Thomas Freeman; Bennett Freeman and 6 others
Sister of Anne Hodsoll; Thomas Hodsoll; Clement Hodsoll; Elizabeth Printup; Anne Sheffield and 7 others

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About Bennett Freeman

Bennett Hodsoll was baptized 23 August 1596 and was buried 12 April 1630 in Pulborough, Sussex, England.

Parents: She was the daughter of John Hodsoll and Anne (Maundy) Hodsoll.


  1. Edmond Freeman 16 June 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex, England as his first wife. He married Elizabeth second and immigrated with her.

6 Children of Edmund Freeman and Bennett Hodsoll:

  1. Alice Freeman was born in England in 1618. [Ref] She married Dea. William Paddy of Plymouth on 28 Nov 1639. [Ref]
  2. Edmund Freeman was born in England in 1620. [Ref] He married Rebecca, the daughter of Gov. William Prence, on 14 Feb 1649 in Sandwich. [Ref gives the year][Ref][Ref does not give the location] He married second Margaret Perry on 18 Jul 1651 in Sandwich. [Ref] He settled in Sandwich. [Ref] Edmund Freeman, Jr is in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref] On 20 May 1655 he pledged ten shillings for the building of a meeting house in Sandwich. [Ref] On 5 Nov 1657 he was one of five people appointed to make a rate of £24 14 shillings to pay Plymouth for the purchase of 'Manounscate' and to pay for catching wolves. [Ref] On 24 4 1658 he was a rater. [Ref] On 10-5-1672 he was a grandjury man for Sandwich. [Ref] By 13 (10) 1659 he had paid ten shillings toward the construction of the meeting house. [Ref] On 16 Feb 1662 Edmund was one of two men appointed to go to Plymouth to represent Sandwich in its dispute over fish with Barnstable. [Ref] On 15 May 1663 he was appointed grandjuryman. [Ref] On 15 May 1668 he was appointed selectman. [Ref] On 22 (12) 1675 Edmund was one of the men appointed to go with Daniel Wing to view a piece of meadow and to make an exchange for the town. [Ref] He was appointed grand juryman on 21 May 1678. On 21 May 1678 he was appointed Selectman. [Ref] Edmund had the following children born in Sandwich: Margaret (2 Oct 1652), Edmund III (5 Oct 1655), Alice ('Eales') (29 Mar 1658), Rachel (4 Sep 165[?], Sarah (6 Feb 1662, m. Richard Launders 6 Jan 1695/6), Deborah (9 Au 1665). [Ref]
  3. Bennett Freeman [Ref]
  4. Elizabeth Freeman was baptised on 11 Apr 1624 in Billinghurst. [Ref][Ref] She died after 24 Jun 1692 in Rochester. [Ref] She married John Ellis. [Ref][Ref] At the court held on 20 Aug 1644, John Ellis was accused of fornication with his later wife Elizabeth Freeman. John was publicly whipped. [Ref]
  5. Maj. John Freeman was baptised on 28 Jan 1626/7 in Billinghurst. [Ref] He died on 28 Oct 1719 in Eastham. He married Mercy Prence.
  6. Nathaniel Freeman [Ref]


  • removed nicknames on 6 Sep 2013: 611 Elizabeth /Beauchamp/, Elizabeth /Gravely/Bennette/
  • The New England Historical & Genealogical Register has published corrected, updated, information about Bennett Hodsoll. (Volume 164, April 2010, pages 104-111 - "English Ancestry o Bennett Hodsoll, First Wife of Edmond Freeman of Sandwich, Massachusetts"). Please see Doc attached
  • The Dau. of John and Faith ( ) (Bacon) Hodsall does not seem correct. This source does not list any Anne as being Edmond Freeman's wife.
  • Plymouth Colony, its history & people, 1620-1691 By Eugene Aubrey Stratton Pg.294



  • Bush, Richard L., "English Ancestry of Bennett Hodsoll, first wife of Edmond Freeman of Sandwich, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 164, 2010, 104-111.
  • Pierce, Josiah, "The Freemans - the Eastham Branch of the Sandwich Family - Maj. John Freeman," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 20, 1866, 59 - 61. Errata: 353 - 4. : Freeman Edmond II - baptized 25 Jul 1596, died at age 86, body was interred at Old Town Cemetery, in Sandwich Plymouth colony. Will on 21 Jun 1682 in Sandwich, Inventory of estate in Sandwich taken on 4 Oct 1682, amount unknown, probated 2 Nov 1682. He married first Bennett Hodsoll in 1617, who died in England in 1630 and then he married Elizabeth Perry in 1632. She is on this voyage. Edmond III and Alice on this voyage are both children of Edmond II and Bennett.

Birth: Aug. 26, 1600, England Death: Apr. 12, 1630, England

Parents were John Hodsoll and Anne Maundy Hodsoll.

She was born in Pulborough, Sussex, England and also died there.

Married Edmund Freeman, June 16, 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex, England.

Children of Edmund Freeman and Bennett Hodsoll Freeman:

Alice Freeman, 1618-? Edmund Freeman, 1620-1673 John Freeman, 1621-1719 Elizabeth Freeman, 1623-?

Family links:

 John Hodsoll (____ - 1617)
 Anne Maundy Hodsoll (____ - 1613)

 Edmond Freeman (1596 - 1682)

 Alice Freeman Paddy (1619 - 1651)*
 Edmond Freeman (1620 - ____)*
 John Freeman (1622 - 1719)*
 Elizabeth Freeman Ellis (1623 - 1692)*

 Anne Hodsoll (1580 - 1581)*
 Elizabeth Hodsoll Printup (1588 - 1625)*
 John Hodsoll (1589 - 1628)*
 Katherine Hodsoll Norwood (1592 - 1637)*
 Margaret Hodsoll (1597 - 1597)*
 Bennett Hodsoll Freeman (1600 - 1630)
 Christian Hodsoll Freeman (1602 - 1635)*
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Burial: St Mary’s Churchyard Pulborough Horsham District West Sussex, England

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Bennett Freeman's Timeline

August 23, 1596
London, Middlesex, England
August 23, 1596
London, Middlesex, England
August 25, 1596
All Hallows, Barking, Middlesex, England
August 25, 1596
All Hallows, Barking, Middlesex, England
August 25, 1596
All Hallows, Barking, Middlesex, England
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All Hallows, Barking, Middlesex, England
August 25, 1596
All Hallows,Berking,London,England
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August 26, 1596
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