Rev. John Freeman, Jr.

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John Freeman, Jr.

Birthplace: Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Harwich, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Major John Freeman, Sr. and Mercy Freeman (Prence)
Husband of Sarah Freeman and Mercy Watson (Hedges)
Father of Nathaniel John Freeman; John Freeman; Benjamin Freeman; Mercy Foster (Freeman); Patience Crosby and 9 others
Brother of Deacon Thomas Freeman; Patience Paine; Lt. Edmund Freeman; Mercy Knowles (Freeman); William Freeman, of Eastham and 5 others

Occupation: Clergy
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About Rev. John Freeman, Jr.

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

"John Freeman, jr., born in 1651, was the son of Major John Freeman of Eastham, and settled on the east side of Sauquatuckett river upon his father's land. The precise spot where he built his house is not pointed out, but there is evidence that it was on the north side of the lower road, about north of the Freeman house, now occupied by Anthony F. Brier and near the cemetery. Mr. Freeman took but little interest in town affairs. He was a large landholder and a highly respected citizen. He was twice married, and had four sons and seven daughters. He was one of the eight who formed the first church in 1700. He died July 27, 1721. His first wife, Sarah, died April 21, 1696; his second wife, Mercy, died September 27, 1721, aged sixty-three. But few of the descendants of Mr. Freeman in the male line reside in the town."

Mayflower Disclaimer

Before setting down this possible lineage I must include the following excerpt from the May, 1993 issue of The Journal of the Surry County Genealogical Association, page 26.


In the SCGA Journal of November, 1992, page 23, a notation was printed regarding a Mayflower lineage. According to Caroline Lewis Kardell, Historian of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the lineages cited are completely false. She says, "John Freeman and Mercy Prence and their descendants are completely covered in the Freeman Genealogy by Frederick Freeman, Boston, 1875 ...... John, Jr. did not have a son William. John Sr's son William remained on Cape Cod during his very short life. William's son William remained on Cape Cod and had a family of 11 children, all of whom married on Cape Cod, long after your supposed Freemans were in North Carolina. None of this family went to North Carolina."

In a letter written almost 50 years ago to an inquirer about the Freeman lineage, Mr. Axel Christensen, then Historian General of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, said .... "although our Society does not accept tradition, it is also true that in tracking them down one frequently finds that there is some basis for fact and a new line can be established." So let's keep searching!

Indeed, we are sorry we quoted apparently erroneous information. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused anyone.

Parents: John Freeman 1627-1719 Mercy Prence 1631-1711

Great Grandson to Mayflower Passenger William Brewster. Source: Records of the Mayflower Society, Plymouth MA.

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Rev. John Freeman, Jr.'s Timeline

December 2, 1651
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
May 9, 1674
Age 23
September 3, 1674
Age 23
Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
September 1676
Age 25
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
July 1678
Age 27
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
January 28, 1680
Age 29
Eastham, Plymouth, MA
July 17, 1685
Age 34
Eastham, Plymouth County, Plymouth Colony
August 3, 1687
Age 36
Eastham, Barnstable County, Dominion of New England