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Samuel Freeman, Sr.

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Blackfriars, London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
Death: circa 1646 (46-54)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Freeman and Priscilla Freeman
Ex-husband of Apphia Prence (Quicke)
Father of Henry Freeman; Apphia Freeman and Deacon Samuel Freeman Jr.
Brother of John I Freeman; John II Freeman; John III Freeman; Priscilla Freeman and John IV Freeman

Managed by: Aníbal F. Montealegre García
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About Samuel Freeman, Sr.

Samuel Freeman

b. ca. 1600-01 Blackfriars, London England

d. between 22 July 1640 and 12 December 1646

m. 14 July 1624 St Ann's Church, Blackfriars, London England

Apphia Quicke (Par: William & Elizabeth (Hodges) Quicke)

b. probably London, England

d. unknown

Children - Two (2)

1. Henry Freeman

b. ca. 1625 Blackfriars, London, England

d. 12 November 1672 Watertown, New England

2. Samuel Freeman, Jr.

b. 11 May 1638 Watertown, New England

d. 25 Nov. 1712 Eastham, Barnstable Co. Mass

Samuel was born probably about 1600-01 in Blackfriars, London, England. He married in 1624 to Apphia, eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hodges) Quicke. Their first child, Henry, was born about 1625-26.

Samuel became a member of the Honorable Artillery Company of London on April 3, 1627. The company was incorporated by King Henry VIII on 25 August 1537 as the Fraternity or Guild of St. George "for the practice of military training and to increase the defense of the Realm".

Soon after his marriage he must have removed to Malling in the County of Kent, for later in new England in a a legal document he describes himself as being from that place. In a letter dated 1 March 1630, Samuel authorized Thomas Wartren, Francis Webbe and Job Weale to be his attorneys. he stated at that time that he inteded to leave for new England and wished them to collect for him debts, rent, etc. in London and suburbs during his absence.

Charles E. Banks, in his book "The Winthrop Fleet of 1630" compiled a list of persons who are believed to have come to ne England with this fleet. he used data obtained from various souces to determine the names. Samuel Freeman, his wife Apphia (Quicke) Freeman and their son henry are on this list. Also listed was William Clarke and his wife Elizabeth (Quicke) Clarke, sister of Apphia Freeman.

An entry from the Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. I, page 81 states that at a "Court of assistants holden at Boston 9 november 1630", "Mr. Clarke is prohibited cohabitation and frequent keeping company with Mrs. Freeman under paine of punishment as the Court shall thinke meete to inflict". "Mr. Clarke and Mr. Freeman both bound thmselves in XXL apeece that Mr. Clarke shall make his personal appearance att the nexte Court, to be holden in March nexte, and in the meane tyme to carry himselfe in good behavior towards all people and especially towards Mrs. Freeman concerning whome there is a stronge suspicion of incontinency."

Mr. Clarke, who was made a freeman 18 May 1631, returned to England with his wife Elizabeth sometime between that date and 1636, and was living in London in 1640. it would seem from the above evidence that Samuel and apphia Freeman did indeed arrive in New England with Winthrop's Fleet. John Winthrop in his "new England" states that "Mr. Freeman's house in Watertown was burned 11 February 1631".

Samuel was required to return to England to settle a law-suit brought against him in connection with a piece of property inherited from his father that contained two conduit water heads and conduit pipes. Robert Edmonds submitted a report to the Building Commissioners, and as a result Samuel was committed to Fleet Prison. From there he wrote a letter 11 November 1634 to the Commissioners stating the true facts, and ashed that he be released from prison without paying any fees. In addition, that he be recompensed by Edmonds for the damage and disgrace caused by the suit. Upon investigation it was found that Edmonds had misinformed the Commissioners, and Samuel was set free.

After an extended time in England Samuel returned to New England, but the date of his return is unknown. It was probably no later than July 1637 as he appeared in court on 5 december 1637, and his second child, Samuel Jr., was born 11 May 1638. He received six acres in a division of land at Watertown 9 April 1638, and was admitted a freeman 27 May 1639. Records show that Samuel Freeman "now of Watertown" issued a power of attorney 22 July 1640, and received additional land up to 1646.

The fact that Samuel issued a power of attorney in 1640 might have indicated his intentions to return to England in the near future. It seems likely Apphia did not accompany Samuel on his trips to England, and it is possible they were estranged for many years, as the dates of birth of their two children would seem to indicate.

A deed to William Page dated 15 October 1646 shows the property conveyed, as bounded by that of "Mrs. Freeman on the west". This does not prove that Samuel was deceased by that date, for he and Apphia divorced, and the property mentioned may have been a part of the divorce settlement. No record of their divorce has been found, but in the files of the Supreme Court of Suffolk County, Massachusetts is the divorce case of Hallsall vs. Hallsall (File no. 257) The papers are dated 1655 and 1656 and the case of "Mrs. Freeman, sometimes of Watertown" is cited as a precedent.

Samuel was deceased by 12 December 1646, for on that date his eldest son, Henry, describes himself in a legal document as "son of Samuel Freeman, Deceased". There is no positive evidence for the tradition of his death in England.


The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 by Charles E Banks

American Genealogies Vol. 1, pgs: 73-80 and 171-179

Freeman Families of Nova Scotia by Viva E. Freeman

T.B. Smith; Freeman Genealogy

Parish Registers, St. Ann's Church, Blackfriars, London, England

Watertown Records: Book I, pgs: 28,38 & 72; Book II, pg: 21


This is from one source:

Samuel Freeman1,2

b. circa 1600, d. before 16 October 1646
    Samuel Freeman was born circa 1600 in St. Ann Blackfriars, London, London, England, He was the son of John and Priscilla (Angelo) Freeman.1,3 He married Apphia Quick, daughter of William Quick, on 14 July 1624 in St. Ann Blackfriars, London, London, England.1,2 Samuel Freeman and Apphia Quick were divorced circa 1644.1 Samuel Freeman died before 16 October 1646 in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony.1
    Samuel Freeman and Apphia Quick immigrated, arriving 1630. Their son Henry traveled with them.1 Samuel Freeman became a freeman on 22 May 1639.3

Children of Samuel Freeman and Apphia Quick

Henry Freeman4,2,1 b. c 1625, d. 12 Nov 1672

Samuel Freeman3 b. 11 May 1638, d. date unknown


1.] The Great Migration.

2. Early VR Middlesex Co. MA (published), Watertown Genealogies.

3. Great Migration Online, online

4. Mary Beth Wheeler, "Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler", Jul. 20, 2002, unverified.

Born about 1600, probably in London, son of John and Priscilla (Angelo) Freeman. Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1630 & settled in Watertown. Died in Watertown after 1644 (from his appearance in the Watertown land inventories) and before 15 October 1646. Married at St. Ann Blackfriars, London, 14 July 1624 Apphia Quick; she was daughter of William Quick. They were divorced about 1644, and she married (2) before 8 December 1662 THOMAS PRENCE, as his third of four wives, and she died before 1 August 1668. Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.

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Samuel Freeman, Sr.'s Timeline

September 3, 1595
London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
Age 30
Blackfriars, London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
Age 34
Watertown, MA
Age 36
Of Watertown,Middlesex,MA
May 11, 1638
Age 42
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 50
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
November 22, 1932
Age 51
November 30, 1932
Age 51