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Thomas Freeman

Birthplace: Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died in North Harwick, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Brewster, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. John Freeman, Sr. and Mercy Freeman
Husband of Rebecca Freeman (Sparrow)
Father of Henery Freeman; Edmund Freeman; Mercy Sears; Thomas Freeman, Jr.; Jonathan Freeman and 6 others
Brother of Rev. John Freeman, Jr.; Patience Paine; Lt. Edmund Freeman; Mercy Knowles (Freeman); William Freeman, of Eastham and 6 others

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About Deacon Thomas Freeman

'Thomas Freeman (1653 - 1716)

Deacon Thomas Freeman

Born Sep 1653 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts

Son of John Freeman Sr and Mercy (Prence) Freeman

Brother of John Freeman, John Freeman Jr, Patience (Freeman) Paine,

Edmund Freeman, Mercy (Freeman) Knowles, William Freeman I,

Hannah (Freeman) Mayo, Prince Freeman, Nathaniel Freeman,

Bennett (Freeman) Paine, Jonathan Freeman and Temperance Freeman

Husband of Rebecca (Sparrow) Freeman —

married 31 Dec 1673 in Eastham, Massachusetts

Father of Mercy (Freeman) Sears, Thomas Freeman, Jonathan Freeman,

Edmund Freeman, Joseph Freeman, Joshua Freeman, Hannah Freeman,

Prince Freeman, Hatsel Freeman and Rebecca (Freeman) Wing

Died 9 Feb 1716 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts

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Freeman-1191 created 14 Sep 2010 | Last modified 9 Jul 2016

Categories: Mayflower Family Member | Eastham, Massachusetts | Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

Thomas Freeman was related to a passenger on the Mayflower and born before 1700.


Thomas was born at Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, in September 1653,

the son of John Freeman and Mercy Prence.[1] [2] [3] [4]

Thomas was one of the eight founders of the church at Harwich

(now Brewster) and served as its first deacon.[5] [6]

Thomas Freeman married Rebecca Sparrow on December 31, 1673,

at Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. [7][8] They had ten children [9] [4]:

Mercy Freeman, b. Oct. 1674, d. Aug. 30, 1747, m. Paul Sears

Thomas Freeman, b. Oct. 11, 1676, d. March 22, 1716/17, m1. Aug. 2, 1705 Bathsheba Mayo,

m2. Oct. 17, 1707 Mary Smith.

Jonathan Freeman , b. Nov. 11, 1678, d. April 27, 1714, m. Mercy Bradford.

Edmund Freeman, b. Oct. 12, 1680, d. March 10, 1745/6, m. Phebe Watson

Joseph Freeman, b. Feb. 10. 1682, m1. Lydia Thatcher, m2. Mary (widow of Nathaniel Freeman)

Joshua Freeman, b. March 7, 1684

Hannah Freeman, b. Sept. 28, 1687, d. young

Prince/Prence Freeman, b. Jan. 34, 1689/90. m. Mary Doane

Hatsal/Hodsell/Hatsel Freeman, b. March 27, 1691, d. May 23, 1734, m. Abigail Hallett

Rebecca Freeman, April 21 1694

Will of Deacon Thomas Freeman

The will of Deacon Thomas Freeman [10]

Thomas wrote his Will on February 4, 1715/16, when his son Thomas was sick.

(His son died about a month later).

The Will was entered into probate on April 20, 1717, so he died between those dates.

The Inventory of Thomas Freeman's estate was taken on April 26, 1717,

by John Sparrow and John Mulford. Son Thomas and wife Rebecca Freeman

were appointed Executor and Executrix in Thomas's Will.

The witnesses to his Will were Edward Snow, Dorcas Paine and Nath'll Freeman.

Thomas made bequests to:

sons Thomas, Joseph, Prince, Hatsell, Edmond brother John Freeman wife Rebecka daughters Mercy, Rebecka He died on 9 February 1715/16 in Harwich, Massachusetts. [11]

Wife Rebecca (Sparrow) Freeman outlived Thomas by many years and died on February 7, 1740.[12]


↑ Homer Worthington Brainard, "Prence Freeman of Easthampton, Mass." TAG 17:87-95, at 95 ↑ Page 260 - Freeman ↑ Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Applications for Membership. Microfilm. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ↑ 4.0 4.1 Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Volumes 1 & 2. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992. ↑ Homer Worthington Brainard, "Prence Freeman of Easthampton, Mass." TAG 17:87-95, at 95 ↑ Brainard, Homer Worthington. The American Genealogist XVII. p. 2:89 ↑ Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. ↑ TAG 17:87-95, at 95 ↑ TAG 17:87-95, at 95 ↑ “Barnstable, MA: Probate Records 1685–1789.” Records of Barnstable, Mass. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Vol. 3, Pages 268-271, citing 3:410 ff ↑ Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook). ↑ TAG 17:87-95, at 95 See also:

The American Genealogist. (TAG) New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)

'Plymouth & Cape Cod, MA Genealogy

Entries: 14133 Updated: 2015-05-03 19:41:05 UTC (Sun) Contact: Harry Hadaway

ID: I2773

Name: Thomas Freeman

Sex: M

Birth: SEP 1653 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA 1

Reference Number: 4363

LDS Baptism: 30 APR 1932 2 CONL: 30 APR 1932 Endowment: 07 JUN 1933 SLAKE 2 Sealing Child: 15 MAR 1943 SLAKE 2

Death: 09 FEB 1717 in Brewster, Barnstable, MA 3

Father: John Freeman Major b: BEF 28 JAN 1627 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England c: 28 JAN 1627 in

Billingshurst, Sussex, England

Mother: Mercy Prence b: ABT 1631 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA

Marriage 1 Rebecca Sparrow b: 30 OCT 1655 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA

Married: 31 DEC 1673 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA

Sealing Spouse: 25 FEB 1955 in SLAKE


Mercy Freeman b: 30 OCT 1674 in Harwich, Barnstable, MA
Thomas Freeman b: 11 OCT 1676 in Harwich, Barnstable, MA
Edmund Freeman b: 12 OCT 1680 in Harwich, Barnstable, MA
Hatsuld Freeman b: 27 MAR 1691 in Harwich, Barnstable, MA
Jonathan Freeman b: 11 NOV 1678 in Harwich, Barnstable, MA
Joseph Freeman
Prence Freeman


Title: Mayflower Marriages from the files of George Ernest Boman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Decendants by Susan E Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: Ordinance Index (TM) Repository: Name: Family History Library84150 USA Title: The Freemans - The Eastham Branch of the Sandwich Family - Major John Freeman by Josiah Paine, Harwich, MA, Inc. is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. If you have a problem with a particular entry, please contact the submitter of said entry. You have full control over your GEDCOM. You can change or remove it at any time. RootsWeb is funded and supported by and our loyal RootsWeb community. Learn more.

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From: History of Barnstable County, Massachusetts; edited by Simeon L. Deyo. 1890. New York: H. W. Blake & Co.; page 897

"Thomas Freeman, son of Major John Freeman of Eastham, born in 1653, married Rebecca, daughter of Jonathan Sparrow, December 31, 1673, and not long after settled upon land here, which he had of his father. He was a very prominent man in the settlement, was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of the town, and in 1700 one of the founders of the first church. He was the first town clerk whose name appears upon the first book of Harwich records, and one of the first selectmen of the town. He died February 9, 1715-16. His wife, Rebecca, died in 1740, aged eighty-five years. He was the first deacon of the church. He had ten children. His sons, Thomas, Edmund and Joseph, were prominent men."


1. Edmond FREEMAN b: 30 Oct 1674 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

2. Henery FREEMAN b: 30 Oct 1674 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

3. Thomas Jr. FREEMAN b: 12 Oct 1676 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

4. Jonathan FREEMAN b: 11 Nov 1678 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts

5. Edmund FREEMAN b: 11 Oct 1680 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts

6. Joseph FREEMAN b: 11 Feb 1682-1783 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts

7. Joshua FREEMAN b: 7 Mar 1684 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

8. Hannah FREEMAN b: 28 Sep 1687 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

9. Prince FREEMAN b: 3 Jan 1689 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

10. Hatsuld FREEMAN b: 27 Mar 1691 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

11. Rebecca FREEMAN b: 26 Apr 1694 in Horwick, Barnstable, Mass.

12. Mercy FREEMAN b: 30 Oct 1674 in Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts

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Deacon Thomas Freeman's Timeline

September 16, 1653
Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
October 30, 1674
Age 21
Harwich, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
October 30, 1674
Age 21
Harwich, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
October 30, 1674
Age 21
Horwick, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
October 12, 1676
Age 23
Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 11, 1678
Age 25
Harwich, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
February 11, 1682
Age 28
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
March 7, 1684
Age 30
Harwick, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
September 28, 1687
Age 34
Eastham, Barnstable County, Plymouth Colony