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Rev. John Freeman

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Death: July 17, 1721 (70)
Harwich, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. John Freeman, Sr. and Mercy Freeman
Husband of Sarah Freeman; Sarah Freeman and Mercy Watson (Hedges)
Father of Benjamin Freeman, Sr; Nathaniel John Freeman; John Freeman; Benjamin Freeman; Mercy Foster (Freeman) and 10 others
Brother of Deacon Thomas Freeman; Lt. Edmund Freeman; Mercy Knowles (Freeman); William Freeman, of Eastham; Prence Freeman and 6 others

Occupation: Clergy
Managed by: Private User
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About Rev. John Freeman

The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, Barbara Lambert Merrick, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth MA, 2014, p. 156

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.

'Plymouth & Cape Cod, MA Genealogy

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ID: I2741

Name: John Freeman

Sex: M Birth: DEC 1651 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA 1 2

Reference Number: 2969

LDS Baptism: 03 JUN 1933 3

CONL: 03 JUN 1933

Endowment: 31 AUG 1933 SLAKE 3

Sealing Child: 30 APR 1971 LOGAN 3

Death: 27 JUL 1721 in Harwich, Barnstable, MA 2

Title: Mayflower Marriages from the files of George Ernest Boman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Decendants by Susan E Title: Mayflower Births & Deaths, Volume II, By Susan Roser Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: Ordinance Index (TM) Repository: Name: Family History Library84150 USA Title: Mayflower Marriages from the files of George Ernest Boman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Decendants by Susan E. Roser: 1990, 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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In MyHeritage Family Trees

John Freeman 1651 - 1721 Birth: Dec 1651

 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage: Marriage to: Sarah Freeman (born Merrick) Dec 18 1672

 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA

Death: July 27 1721

 Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA

Burial: Old Burying Ground Brewster Massachustts Family members Parents: John (Major) Freeman 1627 - 1719 Mercy Brerwster Freeman (born Prence) 1631 - 1711 Wife: Sarah Freeman (born Merrick) 1654 - 1696 Siblings: Mercy Knowles (born Freeman) 1651 - 1745 Edmund Freeman 1657 - 1719 Prince Freeman 1665 - 1666 Bennett Paine (born Freeman) 1671 - 1716 Thomas (Deacon) Freeman 1653 - 1716 Hannah Mayo (born Freeman) 1664 - 1744 Nathaniel Freeman, Sr. 1669 - 1760 Children: William Freeman 1673 - 1736 Sarah Snow (born Freeman) 1676 - 1739 Benjamin Freeman 1678 - 1767 Patience Crosby (born Freeman) 1682 - 1731 Mercy (Marcy) Foster (born Freeman) 1687 - 1720 Mary Berry (born Freeman) 1693 - 1719 John Freeman 1674 - ? John Nathaniel Freeman III 1678 - 1767 Rebecca Freeman 1680 - 1721 Nathaniel Freeman 1683 - 1735 Susannah Mayo (born Freeman) 1691 - 1736

Died young.

The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Part 1, Generations 1 through 4, Barbara Lambert Merrick, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth MA, 2014, p. 156

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Rev. John Freeman'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
Age 34