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GENEALOGY 
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HISTORY 

OF THE 

FREEMAN FAMILY 

INCLUDING SIX GENERATIONS 

BY 

Mrs. Juliette Freeman Lafferty 
mechanicsburg, ohio 



PASSAIC, N. J. 

A. L. Freeman Printing Co. 
1914 



Allen County Public Library 

900 Webster Street 

PC Box 2270 

Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270 




lETTE FREEMAN LAFFERTY 



PREFACE 



The first history of the Freeman family, written in the year 1894, 
was read before the assemblage at the Freeman family rennion, 
which took place at Foimtain Park, Champaign Co., Ohio, on 
the first clay of September, 1894. That was the first regular re- 
union held by the Freeman family, and they have also been held 
annually to the present time. The history had been written partly 
for that occasion, and partly as a souvenir to be presented to one 
of our cousins, who was so very young when his father died, that 
he knew but little about his ancestors, and he had occasionally 
asked me about them, as I was older than he; therefore, I wrote 
a little history, so he could read it for himself. Since that time 
a number of the family relatives have expressed a desire to obtain 
the history and thereby become more definitely acquainted with 
the existence of their people. Consequently, the author, later, 
undertook the work of revising and enlarging the first history. Then 
the idea presented itself to us, that it might be expedient to pre- 
pare the history for publication, if at any time it should be deemed 
worth while to make of it a printed book, thus giving all an oppor- 
tunity of gaining some knowledge concerning their ancestors, and 
the names, and whereabouts of the relatives as they have descended 
in line through the different generations, also the number of descend- 
ants in the last five generations. The first three generations of 
the SIX, have all passed away, so far as our branch of the Freeman 
famdy is concerned. Besides myself, there is no other one of the 
fourth generation who had the opportunity to learn much of the 
history of our ancestors, even had they taken an interest therein, 
for I was born in my grandparents' house, and my parents always 
lived in part of their home until I was about seventeen years old ; 
with the exception of two and a half years, when 1 was a small 
girl. My grandmother always took delight in giving me the family 
history on her own side, and grandfather's also, as far as she 
knew, and I was fond of hearing about relatives whom I had 
never seen or known of, and I remember a great deal that she 
told me, besides what I knew myself; but f have forgotten many 
items that would have been of interest in our history. 

If we could have known, or dreamed of writing a family history, 
or had such an idea been thought of many years ago, while some 
of the ancestors were yet living, when we could have gained more 
mtormation of them, perhaps the facts and dates of c 



mieht have been presented more clearly, and the work made more 
h^teresting as no doubt, many incidents occurred and facts that 
hav S'forgotten, and cannot be recalled; nevertheless the h tie 
history as set forth in the following pages, is aimed to be truthful^ 
and care has been taken to make .t P'-V'h.ve'aiso endeavor d 
may not fail to understand ,ts meanmg. We have also endeavored 
to show due respect to all, and give due credit to all, so far as 
enabled by personal knowledge of, or reliable mformat,on acquired 
Ld so it'is' our sincere des.re that ,t wdl be pleasmg to a 1 m 
family relations of the present generations, and they that will 
come-after us. It has been our only aim to make >'/= '"^""'^^e 
as Dossible with what information we had in store, and we beg 
pardon for any defects whatsoever, that may P0ss>by occur in 
giving this bit of history. We cannot say that any of the famil) 
who are the subjects in this connection, have ever been kings, 
princes or presidents, or ever occupied high positions among the 
great ones of the world. None have as yet been great discoverers, 
or explorers, or missionaries, or evangelists, or great ministers, 
but we do not know what some of them may become, in future 
Years We have no great warrior's deeds to record, though some 
of them have been soldiers. We have nothing wonderful to relate 
of any as heroes, tliough we doubt not that many of them have 
been more than heroic in many instances, and with strong mrnds, 
and stout hearts, have braved dangers, and thick overshadowing 
clouds and withstood the deep overwhelming storms and disap- 
pointments along their pathway, and with the common events and 
varying struggles of life "adown the sands of time. Yet ife has 
had its attractions, its joys, and pleasures, though not all a bed 
of roses without thorns. Nor can any one expect it so to be. None 
of the Freeman family have been millionaires, so far as we know, 
or possessed great riches, but as a family in general ; they are 
worthy to be called intelligent, industrious, quiet, honorable, honest, 
lawabiding citizens, loyal to their country, and their flag and let 
us hope loyal to their Savior and their God. and let us also hope 
that they will throughout, to the end of the latest generation, 
maintain that loyalty and never fall below that standard. That 
the present and future generations, of this, our family may be 
ever guided by righteousness, truth and justice, while life shall 



last, is our greatest 



ish, and our most fervent prayer. 
J. F. L. 



We commenced the 



of the first history in 1896, and 



we commenccu luc icviaiuii ui lih- ...j. j --- ., , 

then laid it aside for some years, although we have written from 
time to time, of historical events, from information gathered 
through correspondence with some of the older relatives concerning 



our Freeman family. Thus it has been delayed until this time. We 
have now taken up the work again, and shall endeavor to complete 
the same. 

At some time during the early settlement of this country, there 
vi^ere two brothers by the name of Freeman, left the land of their 
birth, and came to America, and settled somewhere in the New 
England .States. From what limited trace was kept of them, it was 
supposed they came from England, and that they were Englishmen, 
and from them descended our ancestors. This is all we know of the 
origin of our Freeman family, and it is what was handed down 
to their descendants, by our great grandfather, Hezekiah Fr 
a native of Newark, New Jersey. 



CHAPTER I. 

Hezekiah Freeman and his wife Abigail, we will constitute the 
first generation. He was the son of Elijah Freeman,, and was 
born at Newark, N. J., about 1750, and at an early age learned the 
trade of shoe-making. He married Miss Abigail Winans of New- 
ark, who was the daughter of well-to-do parents ; they were opposed 
to this union, but they found their son-in-law to be an honest, 
upright, industrious man, one who worked very liard at his trade, 
but lie never became rich in this world's goods 

They lived to a ripe old age, and were well respected by all who 
knew them. I liave often heard my grandmother say that he was 
a worthy and well respected man. 

He was of medium size, and had rather fair complexion, but had 
dark hair and black eyes, which was considered to be the Freeman 
stamp in those days ; tho occasionally one would meet a member 
of tlie family with eyes of another color. Hezekiah's wife was 
tall, well formed and fair. I have been told that she was a very 
good looking woman, with an air of distinction, and an aristocratic 
bearing, earnest, intelligent, industrious, and well respected. I do 
not remember the dates of their deaths. 

They were the parents of twelve children, six sons and six 
daughters, whose nances were as follows : Isaac, Sarah, George 
Warren, Silas, Martha, Hannah, Nancy, John, Stephen, Abigail, 
Hezekiah and Elizabeth. Isaac, the oldest child was born at Newark, 
N. J., about 1773. He married Miss Amy Briggs. We have no 
knowledge of their family, excepting a son, Hial and a daughter, 
Electa. Hial Freeman married a refined, cultured lady whose home 
was near Buffalo, N- Y. He was a stock dealer and used to come 
to Ohio to buy cattle on the Darby plains. 

Electa was quite an intelligent woman, and married a Mr. Drew, 
but we know nothing more of them. 

Sarah Freeman, who was born in Newark, N. I., about 1775. 
married Smith Little, who was of Scotch Irish descent, and had 
very odd and peculiar ways. They were the parents of two sons, 
Henry and Isaac. Isaac Little married Miss Abigail Bowen, near 
Auburn, N. Y.. and they were the parents of four children,— one 
son and three daughters- 
George Warren Freeman married Miss Judith Bowen ; they 
are the grand-parents of the author, and we will speak of them 
later. 

Silas Freeman was born in 1779 near Newark, N. J. He 
married Miss Joanna Ross; they were the parents of five children 



whose names were: Polly, Walter, John, Darius, and Leonard. 
They removed to near Aubnrn, N. Y., where tlie family was reared. 
Martha Freeman was born in 1781 in New Jersey; Patty, 
as she was usually called, married Michael Coughlin, but we have 
no further knowledge of them. 

Hannah Freeman was born in 1783 and married Cephas Shel- 
don; they were the parents of twelve children, but we have no 
record of any except two sons, George and Elon. This large fami- 
ly lived on Freeman Street, near Auburn, N. Y. Elon Sheldon 
was connected with Hial Freeman in the buying and selling of 
cattle. Haimah Sheldon died near Auburn in 1873, aged 90 years, 
survived by all her children. 

Nancy Freeman was born in 1785 and married Stephen Lacy 
of Auburn, N. Y. They removed to Ohio, and lived in Columbus 
some years. I can remember grandfather paying them a visit; 
and later their daughter, Sarepta, who married a Mr. Wilcox, spent 
several weeks at our home. Her husband held some ofhcial posi- 
tion in the West. They were tlie parents of two children, Hen- 
rietta and George. I remember them well, but have no further rec- 
ord of them. 

John Freeman was born in 1787 at Newark, N. J., and reiuoved 
witli his parents to New York; he was a first class musician, anrl 
taught singing schools. He was a member of the Presbyterian 
Church. He married Miss Afehitable, daughter of Esq. Ebenezer 
Bullock of Sennett, N. Y. ; they travelled life's journey together a 
number of years. She died at the age of seventy years leaving no 
children. He married a young wife and they became the parents 
of two children, Florence and William. John Freeman died at the 
age of seventy-nine, leaving his family in good circumstances. 

Stephen Freeman was born about 1789 in New Jersey and 
moved with his parents to Auburn, N. Y., he was a soldier in the 
war of 1812; when his company was ordered out to defend some 
point on Lake Ontario which was thought to be in great danger. 
He hastily donned a wet shirt, taken from the line, and in his ex- 
citement he did not realize the risk he ran in so doing; hut this act 
caused the ruin of a strong man and he fell a victim to dread con- 
sumption. 

Abigail Freeman was born in T791 and removed with her 

parents to Auburn, N. Y. She married Mr. Abner French and 
they were the parents of several boys, whose names I have not 
been able to learn. 

Hezekiah Freeman the eleventh child, was born in 1793. He 

was never married, but lived at the home of his parents near 
Auburn. 



Elizabeth, youngest child of Hezekiah and Abigail Freeman 
was born m 1795 and died at the age of twelve years at Auburn, 

This closes the history of the first generation with the excep- 
tion of George Warren Freeman of whom we will now speak. 



CHAPTER H. 

George Warren, second son and third child of Hezekiah and 
Abigail Freeman, was born near Newark, N. L, Feb. 17, 1777. We 
do not know the exact time that Hezekiah removed with his family 
to Auburn, but suppose it to have been in 1796. Our grand- 
father went to Vermont and New Hampshire when quite a young 
man, where he worked in the pine forests. He was a great worker, 
and loved to fell the timber. At that time his axe was his fortune ; 
he remained there perhaps two years, then going to the home of 
his parents near Auburn, N. Y. This journey he made on foot 
and carried his axe; he purchased a piece of land and after clearing 
a space he built a log cabin. Our grandfather was the namesake 
of General Warren, the distinguished patriot who fell at Bunker 
Hill in the Revolutionary War. George Warren Freeman was 
married to Miss Judith Bowen on Christmas eve, i8or, near Auburn, 
N. Y., at the home of Deacon Monroe. Judith was the oldest 
daughter of John and Sarah Bowen; she was born on Feb. 22, 1779, 
at Cheshire, Mass., where her parents then lived but who later 
rnoved to Warwick, Mass. After she had grown to womanhood, 
the Monroe family with whom. she was living, removed to the 
State of New York. She went with them and remained until her 
marriage. She had a pleasant homie with this good familv, for 
some three or four years. They respected and esteemed her, and 
she had great regard for them. It was while a member of their 
household that she met and became engaged to grandfather. 

The deacon and his wife gave the young couple a handsome 
wedding. I have heard grandmother describe a candle that she 
made to be burnt on the evening of her wedding; if was six candles 
m one and gave six separate lights, but required only one candle- 
stick to hold it. It gave a brilliant light and was considered quite 
an artistic piece of workmanship. 

Soon after their marriage they began housekeeping in the 
new log cabin which had been built on the land which grandfather 
had cleared. There they toiled hard to make a living and get a 
start m the world. Grandfather was of medium height and sturdy 
of build. He was possessed of unusual strength and ability hi"^ 
hair was dark, eyes small and very black, his nose was slightly 
Roman ; his mouth and chin denoted firmness, his complexion was 



fair, and his countenance expressed courage and strength. Grand- 
niotlier has often said she considered him a very handsome man 
Granrlmother was of medinm heiglit, and inchned to stoutness, her 
weiglit at the age of fifty was about two hundred pounds. She had 
blue eyes, very light hair and fair complexion, her countenance 
showed soimdness of mind and strong resolution, but she was not a 
handsome woman— a fact that none knew better than herself. Sho 
had excellent health and possessed more than ordinary strength 
and endurance. I have heard her speak of turning a fifty pound 
cheese alone, there were no factories in those days and no patent 
appliances to lighten the household tasks. 

Grandfather received very little book learning and did not 
possess the inclination fo.- reading that grandmother had. Slie 
was sent to school only a few weeks and was tauglU very little 
more than the alphabet. She coidd not be spared from home 
to attend school ; she began to earn lier living at the age of ten, 
instead of attending school as children of today are required to 
do ; she said she had cried many nights after she had gone to bed 
because she conld not read and she longed to be able to take up 
a book and read as she saw others doing : and she deter- 
mined in her own muid, that she would find a way to gain the 
knowledge she so desired as soon zi she was older and strong 
enough to do the work allotted to her, and study at the same time. 
The opportunity to learn came thru a young lady who was boarding 
with the Monroe family. Grandmother sought and gained her 
assistance in learning how to spell and pronounce words ; then she 
planned a way to fasten her book at the head of the spinning wheel, 
and every time she walked up to it, to roll the thread up on the 
spindle, she would spell and pronounce a word. This took per- 
severance and patience ; very few children of today would under- 
take such a task or have the patience to gain the rudiments of 
an education as she did. I fear the children of today do not 
appreciate the educational advantages as they should. When 
grandmother was a little girl, common schools were maintained 
by subscription and many who were struggling to get a start in the 
world and support a large family thought that they could not afTord 
to pay their share of the subscription, or needed their children at 
home to help with the work, and did not send them to school ; 
.some thought that to be able to read and write was sufficient; 
others thought that girls did not particularly need an education 
There was a saying in pioneer times that it was only necessary to 
send a child to school long enough to learn the alphabet and then 
if they were disposed to learn they would get an education in 
.some way. I have heard of a parent who sent his boy to school 
four weeks to learn grammar and two weeks to learn arithmetic: 
what would the children in the schools of this day and age think 
of that? Parents and children alike were negligent about attending 



and receivmg the benefits of such school arjvantages as were 
provided ; verily the progress of a hundred years has marked a 
wonderful improvement in educational lines. Grandfather had 
no talent for music, but grandmother was a very good singer in 
her flay, and had a clear, strong voice, even when she was seventv 
years old she often sang hymns from her old-fashioned coarse 
print hymn book. Her people were good singers and some were 
good musicians. 



CHAPTER HI. 

We will now give a little sketch of the ancestors of our grand- 
mother. This would not belong to the Freeman history, but the 
two families have inter-married, so that it seems proper to give 
some historical account of the Bowen family. 

Our great grandfather; John Bowen, was born and reared at 
Rehoboth, Mass., and his ancestors were supposed to be of Welsh 
origin. He married Miss Sarah Briggs of Providence, Rhwle 
Island. To this union were born twelve children, ten growing to 
manhood and womanhood. They were: ludith, Sylvanus, Sarah 
Abigail, John, Elias, Martin, Polly, Hannah and Betsev. 

Judith Bowen, the oldest child, was married to George Warren 
Freeman. 

Sylvanus Bowen married Susannah Rice, of Natick, Rhode 
Island ; they were the parents of nine children. Harvey, Cynthia 
Susan and Maria, the names of the others we did not learn. 

Harvey was born in Onondaga Co., N. Y., Feb. 7, 1814; he 
married and was the father of quite a family, several of whom- 
died long ago. He and his sons owned and operated a saw mill 
and grist mill in Michigan. He held the office of Justice of the 
leace at his home in Rollin, Mich. 40 years, at which place his 
death occurred Aug. 11, 1897, at the age of 84. His widow died 
in March, 1900, aged 83 years. They were survived by four sons 
and their families. 

Cynthia Bowen was born March 6, 1816, and was married 
to Dr. George Hewitt; their home was in Genoa N Y He left 
a good practice to seek his fortune in the gold fields in California 
in 1849; lie returned after some years, but failed to gain the fortune 
he sought. They were the parents of two children, both of whom 
died in infancy. Cynthia died in 1902 at the age of 87 years 
at the home of her niece, Mrs. Cora Koon, near Auburn, N. Y. 

Another sister, Maria Bowen, died at the same place in the vear 
1899. 

Susan Bowen was born Aug. 9, 1823. She was reared near 
Sennett, N. Y. ; she married George W. Olmstead and their home 



was near Auburn. Tliey were the parents of six children ; two 
sons and one daughter are deceased. 

Susan Olmstead died March 27, 1907, at the home of her 
daughter, near the city of Auburn, N, Y. Her husband had died 
about 25 years earher. This cousin had been a very interesting 
correspondent with the author for eleven years ; she was a very 
intelligent, christian woman and altho almost 85 years of age, 
her mind was clear and bri,e:ht. Her daughter Cora married Mr. 
J. B. Koon, and has been a widow a number of years, and is the 
mother of two sons; Frank and Archie Koon. They are bot'.i 
married and live on a dairy farm near Auburn, N. Y. 

Herbert Olmstead married Miss Elizabeth Harvey; their home 
is in Auburn. They are the parents of two daughters, Viola and 
Ada, they are both graduates of the City High School. Mr. Olm- 
stead is an artist; and manager of the musical department of the 
Burtis Opera House of Auburn. 

Rice Olmstead married Miss Ida Harvey; their home is in 
Auburn. He is a shipping clerk in a wholesale rubber store; he 
is also a musician, they are the parents of two sons, Floyd and 
Chauncey. 

Abigail, daughter of John and Sarah Bowen married Isaac 
Little, a son of Smith and Sallie Freeman Little, they were the 
parents of four children, Isaac, Betsy, Abigail and Hannah. 

Isaac married and reared a family of three children. Betsy 
married, first a Mr. Geer, and had one son; she married the second 
time a Mr. Baxter; they were the parents of two children, Augustus 
and Nellie. The latter married Mr. Connor; their home was in 
Auburn, N. Y. The mother, Betsey, died at the age of -jj years. 
Abigail married Mr. Snell ; her daughter Lillian married George 
Archer; they were the parents of a son and daughter. Mrs. Snell 
died in 1895 at the age of 75 years. 

Hannah Little married Martin Townsend, they were the par- 
ents of two sons, one died in the service of his country in the Civil 
War. Hannah died many years ago. 

John Bowen, Jr., bom and reared at Warwick, Mass, married 
Polly Freeman, a daughter of Silas and Joanna Freeman, they 
were thi parents of eleven children. 

Elias Bowen, born at Warwick, Mass., 1791. removed with his 
parents to New York State when a boy ; he was educated for 
and entered the ministry^ before he was of age. 

He married Miss 'Abigail Birdseye of Saqunit, N. Y. They 
were the parents of eleven children, seven of them grew to man- 
hood and womanhood. Ann Eliza, the eldest daughter, married 
Rev. L. L. Knox; they are the parents of Dr. Harriet Knox, who 
was a Red Cross nurse at Staten Island, N. Y. 



Harriet Howcn married Rev. W. H- Miller. They were the 
parents of Abigail Miller and Laura M. McLean who live in Iowa. 

Sarah Elizabeth Bowen married Rev. D. W. Thurston. Tliey 
are the parents of three daughters and one son, all are married 
and have homes in Syracuse, N. Y. 

Abigail Bowen married Rev. C. N. Stowers, she died in 1887. 
leaving a son who was a lieutenant on duty at Camp Thomas, and 
also at Chickamauga, his home in later years was in N. Dakota, 
where he was practising law. 

Charles W. Bowen was a teacher, and married Miss Mary 
Cole, their home at that time was at Livonia, N. Y. They were 
the parents of four children, two sons live in Quincy, 111. A 
daughter married George DePuy of Owasco, N. Y. They are 
the parents of two daughters. The father, Charles W., accident- 
ally shot and killed his wife. His death followed in 1885. 

William C. Bowen married Gertrude Goodell, of Conn. He 
was a minister and also President of a Seminary for Girls, at 
Bordentown, N. J., for a number of years. He died in 1891, aged 
59 years. Three children were born to them, a son, and one 
daughter are deceased ; the other daughter, Katherine Isabella, and 
the mother, were living in Middletown, Conn., where Katherine 
taught music. 

Charlotte A. Bowen married Martin Rose Freeman, a farmer, 
near McGrawville, N. Y. They were the parents of a son. with 
whom the mother made her home after the death of her husband 
We do not know that this Mr. Freeman was any relative of ours. 

Angeline Bowen, who was the youngest child of Rev. Elia-^ 
Bowen and wife, died at the age of 21 years, unmarried. 

Rev- Elias Bowen labored in the ministry of the M. E. Church 
for many years, serving as Presiding Elder at different periods 
for twenty-four years in northern N. Y. He was a delegate to 
General Conference seven times; and held every church office 
except Bishop. He was a clear, forcible and logical preacher 
and was regarded as one of the foremost teachers of the higher 
spiritual life. He was a Trustee of the Cazenovia Seminary. N. Y., 
for a period of nineteen years. 

His writings on educational and other subjects were published 
in different periodicals. He was strongly opposed to slavery and 
wrote and published a book on that subject in 1859 at Auburn. 
The book is entitled "Slavery in the M. E. Church." ' Elias Bowen, 
D. D., died at his home in Courtlandtville, N. Y., Oct. 4, 187a, aged 
79 years. 
^ _ Martin, fourth son of John and Sarah B. Bowen, was born 
in 1794, at Warwick, Mass.; he married Miss Sarah Simpson ot 
Utica, N. Y., in 1814. They were the parents of nine children. 



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David, tlie oldest child was born April 15. 1815, near Auburn, 
N. Y. His childhood was spent in Livingston and Ontario Count- 
ies, and he came to Ohio with our grandparents in 1837 when he 
was 22 years old. He maried Sarepta Freeman in 1839; two child- 
ren were born to them, Webster and Jefferson Bowen ; the last 
named died in infancy. 

The mother died Sept. 15, 1841. It was not an easy matter 
for David to get a woman to keep house for him and care for his 
httle boy, so on Dec. 30, 1841, he married Miss Elizabeth A. VVyn- 
ant, a very worthy woman; to this union were born five children, 
all of whom grew up to be well respected and worthy sons and 
daughters. 

David and family lived in a log cabin on grandfather's farm 
whde his first wife was living; he, during this time had purchased a 
piece of land which was all m timber ; the spring following his sec- 
ond marriage, he removed to another farm, where they lived a year 
or two; during this time he cleared a space on his land and built a log 
cabin and moved into it. There they lived until 1859 when he 
made a trade with Ira Freeman for a tract of land known as the 
Goul-Tenny farm of a hundred or more acres. Here the family 
removed and lived for many years. A new frame house was 
erected some years before the d'eatli of the father. David Bowen 
died March 2, 1882, of a complication of diseases. He was a man of 
many excellent qualities and good ideas ; he was strong and could 
take hold and do most anything in an emergency — a very useful 
man in the community; his services were always in demand at 
a raising; buildings were put up by bents; each side in those days 
was framed together, and one bent at a time ; each side was raised 
and at eacli time he would give the call "He-o-heave"— all together 
men -all together-Set it right up men, set it right up— and the 
bent would go up, and in this manner the whole building would be 
raised- "^ 

His wife, Elizabeth A. Bowen, died Aug. 26, 1896 Her death 
was deeply lamented by her children, friends and neighbors- she 
was a woman possessed of many virtues, and whom to know' was 
to love. 

Carlton William, oldest son of David and Elizabeth Bowen 
was born in 1843 and died Sept. 22, 1907, aged 64 years. He was 
a farmer and never married. With his sister Margaret, he lived 
in Mechanicsburg a few years, but they returned to the farm 
where he spent his last days. . ' 

Sarepta^A. Bowen was born June 4, 1846, and was married 
to John R. Moody in Sept. 1868. He is a farmer and stock dealer 
and taught school in his younger days. They are the parents of 
six children ; Edwin. Lulu. Lawrence, Earl, Margaret and I aura 
Moody. (Lawrence and Earl are deceased) 



Edwin married Miss Nona Carpenter in Missouri; they are the 
parents of two children. Earl and Louise. They live on a farm 
northwest of Mechanicsburg. 

Lulu married William MiUice, a farmer, living near Mechan- 
icsburg, they are both graduates of the Mechanicsburg High School 
They are the parents of two bright little daughters, Margaret and 

Margaret was married in Dec. 1903, to Mr. Luther Gaver a 
farmer and school teaclier ; their home is near Mutual, O. They are 
the parents of one son, Kenneth Gaver. 

Laura E. Moody graduated from Mechanicsburg High School ■ 
then after teaching two years, entered the Ohio Wesleyan Uni- 
versity at Delaware, Ohio, and graduated with the class of 1910 
Since then she has been teaching in the High School at Plain City 
Unio. ' 

Serepta Bowen Moody taught school before her marriage she 
is a quiet, amiable woman, an excellent wife and mother. ' 

Margaret Mary and David Ferguson Bowen, were born in Nn^ 
1850. iVIargaret is unmarried and lived at home, kindly carine for 
her mother and brother Carlton rintil they were called from earth ■ 
she now has a home with her sister Sarepta. 

David F. married Miss Nancy Douglas, Sept. 3, 187:! They 
are the parents of four sons, Clinton, Charles, Pearl and David 

Clinton graduated from the Mechanicsburg High School and 
taught several years. He is now engaged in selling farm imple- 
ments He married Miss Maud Teal, of Illinois. To them were 
born wo children, Ida and George,— their mother dying of con- 
siimption when the children were quite small. A few ylars later 
rLT'p " '"'' "°.^'7« ^i'h his family in Fostoria, Ohio, 
them £r ''" """" Freeman; we will speak of 

Pearl Bowen was reared a farmer, but afterward learned tele- 
graphy ; he enlisted in the U. S. service, and was sent to the Ph iin 
pines with his Regiment, the 17th U. S- Regulars. He was given 
a posi ,o„ in a telegraph office. At the expiration of his 'err^ of ser 
r^A MM ^"'[f.'^' returned to the home of his parents He mar- 
ried Miss Nora Weatherhead of Woodstock, Ohio where thevZv 
resKle; they are the parents of two children, Harold and WillFam 
David F. Bowen, Jr., married Miss Delia Gaver thev are the 
paren s of our children,-Catherine, Roland, RuUi', and Cari e 

Crcfnnafi Ohio " "°" ' ^'"'^"' '" ^ =^'^°°' "' ^<='"'"-y "' 

wasm'rrSo'ctZ?"4:vf?oSr°fot:: '^int'' '°T- 

are the parents of two d.igh'ttrs'-Ehzath SNellif'l^Hz^beth 



married Mr. Jonathan Armstrong of Anderson, Ind., a conductor 
on tlie electric street railway; one child was born to them, — Frances, 
wlio (hed at the age of eiglit years. NeUie has always lived at home' 
faithfully caring for her mother thru many years of sufTering. The 
grandparents were sorely grieved over the death of little Frances, 
they now have but one grandchild, Carlos, a bright, lively little 
boy. 

Miranda C. Wood died of dropsy at her home near Mechan- 
icsburg, Ohio, June ii„ 191 1, deeply mourned by all who knew her. 

Hiram ISowen, second son of Martin and Sarah Bowen, was 
born in Cayuga County, New York, and removed with his parents 
to Canadice. He was a wagon maker by trade. He married Miss 
Viletta Rude in 1837. They were the parents of one daughter, Vi- 
letta, tlie mother died and tlie babe was cared for by her grand- 
mother. Hiram married Miss Margaret Morton, to this union were 
born three daughters, Vernelia, Mary Lauretta and Jennie Bowen 
Hiram died at Livonia, N. Y.. in 1856. 

Viletta Dowen married Russell Freeman. More will be said 
concerning her later. 

Lucy, oldest daughter of Martin and Sarah Bowen was born 
near Auburn, N. Y., in Sept. 1819, and moved with her parents 
to near Canadice when quite young. She was married to Thomas 
Saxbe, in March, 1834, he was born in London, England. Lucy 
was fourteen and a half years of age, and rather small for her a<Tc 
at the time of her marriage. Mr. Saxbe was a stone mason, and 
many samples of his work yet remain in Champaign County, Ohio 
where he removed with his family in 1847. His death occurred 
in 1859. To this couple were born nine children,— five only reach- 
ing maturity. Joseph the oldest son married Elizabeth Tucker- to 
them were born five children ; there was only one, Ida, who grew 
to womanliood. The parents are long since flead. ' 

William Saxbe married Elizabeth Bamberger, thev are the 
parents of iiine children; their names are as follows: Ellen Har- 
riet, Alice, Oaks, Laura, Lucy, Thomas, Bart, Ray. 

Ellen married Mr, Pearl Owen of Woodstock; they are the 
parents of four chihlren whose names are Thomas, Bart, William, 
and Nelhe. Mr. Owen is a farmer and a teacher 

Harriett Saxbe married Mr. Horace Sceva. and they are the 
parents of five children ;-Ruth, Paul, Naomie. Eugene and Fran es 
Sceva. Ruth is now married to Mr. Paul Warnecke, their home 
Pal;?L^",f ■ C"''f°""^ .I'l"' '"•-'^"ed Miss Gertrude Malone, 
Portland, Oregon, 191 1; their home is in Tacoma, Wash where 
the family removed some years ago. Alice and Oaks' Saxbe 
died in ,877. of scarlet fever. Laura Saxbe grew to womanhood 
anri was a victim of consumption ; her death occurred some vears 



Lucy Saxbe married Mr. William Van Ness in 1899- he is a 
^""^'^ J.''^''' ^"""^ ■' ""''' '" Mechanicsburg, O. Thomas Saxbe 
married Miss Mable Kennedy; he is a dealer in stock. 

Bart Saxbe married Miss Fay Carev, of Sidney, Ohio, Sent 

14, 1911. ■ ^ • 1 • 

Ray Saxbe, youngest son of William and Elizabeth Saxbe 

was born about the year 1884, and died at Redlands, Cal., of scarlet 

1908; his remains were brought to Mechanicsburg, 



I. and 
died i 



the parents of 



er, in Ap 
Ohio, for interment 

William Saxbe enlisted in Co. I, 66th Regt. O \' 
discharged in 1861 ; he is a farmer. His wife, Elizabeth 
sumnier of 1909, at their home in Mechanicsburg, Ohio ' 

Sarah E Saxbe, oldest daughter of Thomas and Lucy Saxbe 
was born in the State of New York and removed with her paren's 
in 1847 She was married to George W. Freeman in 1867. Mar- 
^uM^J; '',^''«"^' Caroline and another one died during the vears of 
childhood. ^ 

Martin B. Saxbe was born in 1855. He married Miss Bettie 
Moody ; they were the parents of four children ; Harry is a bachelor 
and lives on his own farm near Urbana, Ohio 

Nelhe married Mr. Ray Dennis; they ar 
child, Helen ; they live near Urbana, Ohio. 

Lida died at the age of eighteen years with typhoid fever 

Joseph was born Feb. 21, 1889, at Urbana, Ohio, while his 
father held the office of Sheriff of Champaign Countv. 
^fiss mH' ^^f\^"' '" '895. and a year later Martin married 
Hn I MM "^'- 'r'' ^^"^''y '""'°^"'l '° Columbus where Mar- 

m held the position of captain of the dav guard at the Penitentiary 
Later he returned to his farm near Urbana; two sons were born 
to ATartin and Mane Seaxbe, whose names are Howard and Marvin 

in ,^.T^'^^' ';°"T"' u"'? °^ '^'^°'^^^ ='"d L"^y Saxbe, was born 
w\y M '.''"■';'" ''''"°' °"" y'^"' ^"^ '''^^ married in r877 to 
VV.Iham Moody; they are the parents of five children, nameh- 

tistella who married Kenton Hewling, of Urbana. O. Thev 
have one child, Jeannette; their home is now in Springfield Ohio' 

Merman, who died of membraneous croup, at the aee of four' 

Ralnh is'^e "'7"''^ •''''c ^^"'. ^™''- 'he-v have one child. Mar e 
Kalph is emplovecl in Springfield 

Bettie married Mr. John Scurry, of London, Ohio Thev are 
the parents of one child. Lucille, . v- 10. i ne> are 

Ruth youngest child of Caroline and William Moody died at 
the aee of eight years in Urbana. Ohio ^' 

This family all live in Springfield, Ohio 
reared ne=" T "'"' m"^°^ '^^"''" ^"'^ ^arah Bowen. born and 
rmi.rrMeH . n,°""' ^J.- T"'"^ ^"^^beth Chamberlain. They 
emigrated (o OI„o m 1846; they were the parents of ten children 



Mary E., tlie oldest, married Eliphas Meacliani, of Woodstock, 
Ohio, in 1863; tliey are tlie parents of four children, two died in 
infancy. Ancil Meacham married Lizzie Neece. Tlicy are the par- 
ents of four children: Jared, Claude, Bernice and Burl. This fam- 
ily live in Woodstock, Ohio. 

Lucy Meacham married Guy Coffee; they are the parents of 
two children, Dorcas and Eliphas. Lucy died in 1907, after several 
years of intense sufifering from cancers. 

Mary E. Meacham died in May, igoi. 

Marvin Bowcn was accidentally drowned at the age of three. 

Isabelle died in infancy. 

Myron Bovven enlisted at tlie age of ifi in the 45th Regt. O V. 
L, in Aug., 1862. He was a drummer boy and was taken prisoner 
at Philadelphia, Tenn., 1863, and paroled in 1864, and mustered 
out with his company in June, 1865, going West soon after his re- 
turn. 

Emma J. died at the age of eight years. 

Lucy married Mr. Shannon Bailey, they were the parents of 
seven children; Alta, Lela, Zula, Lotie, Charles, Robert and Ray- 
mond. 

r.-ucy and Shannon Bailey both died some years ago. 

John Chamberlain Bowen died in infancy. 

Alice Bowen married Charles Wallace; they now live in Kala- 
mazoo, Mich. They are the parents of three cliildren, Minnie, Bes- 
sie, and Mack. 

Minnie married Oscar Rape, they are the parents of one child, 
Alice, aged three years. 

William Bowen was a brakeman on the Pennsylvania Railroad 
and was killed at Bradford. O. 

Edwin Bowen died, when a yoimg man, of consumption. 

Carlton Bowen, son of Martin and Sarah Bowen, born and 
reared in Livingston Connty, N. Y., he married Miss Sarah A. 
Piett, they were the parents of three children, Sarah, who married 
Silas Reynolds, and they were the parents of one son, Carlton Rey- 
nolds. 

Minnie married Millard Bearse ; they are the parents of two 
sons, George Bowen, the son, is deceased. 

Caroline, daughter of Martin and Sarah Bowen, born near 
Livoma. N. Y., in Oct. 1829, removed tn Ohio, with her parents 
in 1846. She married Mr. Adam Goul, October 8, 1849; to them 
were born four children,— Ferguson, Christian, William and Sarah 
Goul. 

Ferguson married Miss Emily Redman. They are the parents 
of SIX chddren, four of whom are living. 

Minerva married Samuel Crim. Thev have one child Irene 

Harry married Miss Ada McAdams. They are the patients of 



seven children, five are living, viz ; Geraldine, Roma, Verna, 
Vaughna and Doris. 

Martha Goul married John W. Roberts. They are the parents 
of three children, Thelma, Marvin and Harriett. 

Marion, the youngest child, of Fergtison and Emilv Goul, mar- 
ried Miss Ella Detwiler in Oct., 191 1. 

Ferguson Goul died in Nov., 1905. 

Christian Goul married Miss Elizabeth "Mitchell. They are 
the parents of three children, Maude, who married Warren Tal- 
bot in 1896; to them were born two children, Trella and Marjorie. 
Maude Goul Talbof died in Nov., 1907. 

Adam Goiil married Elizabeth Truett, of London, Ohio. They 
are the parents of one child, Margel Goul. 

Jennie, youngest child of Christian and Elizabeth Goul, mar- 
ried Mr. John Blazer in June, 1909. Thev are the parents of twin 
boys, Floyd and Lloyd, born May 17, 1910. Floyd died in Sept 
1910. ' 

William Goul married Miss Mary Lee in 1884. To them was 
born one child Bertha; the mother died of typhoid fever in 1886; 
ami her babe was cared for by her father's sister until he married 
Miss Katie Diltz in Feb., 1891. The second wife died in 1903 
leaving two sons, Chauncey and Cecil. The father and sons now 
live in Clyde, Ohio. 

Bertha Goul married Rev. William Cundy in 1910 They are 
the parents of one child. 

Sarah Jane, only daughter of Caroline and Adam Goul, mar- 
ned Elijah Lyons. They had no children, but they reared a little 
pirl (named Florence Snay) as their own. Mrs. I^von and her 
foster daughter have both been dead some years. 

Caroline, the mother, died Oct. 24, 1858. Mr. Goul's second 
wife was Miss Martha Stevenson, who proved to be a good mother 
to his httlc children. She has been dead a number of years. In 
Nbv., 1891, he married Miss Nancy Adams. Mr. Goul died Oct 
10, 1910. 

Ferguson Bowen. son of Martin and Sarah Bowen was born 
near Livonia, N. Y., June 21, 1832, and removed to Ohio with his 
parents; he married Miss Roxcillana Gardner in Livonia- they were 
the parents of one child, William, who died when an infant. Fer- 
puson was a Lieutenant in the 134th Regt. O. V. I during the Civil 
War. He died in Jan., 1899, and his wife died May 5, 1905. 

_ Ira F., youngest child of Martin and Sarah Bowen, born at 
Livonia, N. Y., 1835, came to Ohio, 1846, married Miss Maria 
Tucker. They were the parents of three cliildren, John, George 
and Marietta, all are now dead; George married Miss Rachael Mor- 
ns; to them were born two children, Marian and Ralph. 

Marian graduated from Mechanicsburg High School, and 



taught a few terms, then married Mr. Harry Hunter, of Urbana 
m which place they now reside. 

Ralph Bowen i^; a clerk in the employ of a railroad company 
in Port Wayne, Ind., where he and his mother now reside This 
closes the record of the descendants of Martin and Sarah Bowen 
who passed much of the later years of their life at the home of thei; 
son Uavid, \yho generously provided a home, not only for his aeed 
parents but for others of his kindred. ^ 

Polly daughter of John and Sarah Bowen. born at Warwick 
NeT'Vl^?^' rf' "'^"'"^^i" '8-'2. to Oren Fuller in the State of 
nrT I H V •' ^^'^^^"^^ parents of ten children, all but three 

preceded the parents to the sp.rit world. The parents died at their 
home m Umon I 1,, cared for by a daughter, Miss May Fuller 

.700 at'utwi kM'"^'"r' ?^ J",''" "^^ Sarah Bowa, was born 
1799. at Warwick, Mass., died at the age of 16 years 

a., n/1'-'' ^°""?'' ''"''" "^ J°'^" a'"'' Sarah Bowen, died at the 
age of 22 years of consumption. 

Sarah Briggs Bowen died in 1827. in Livingston County N Y 

when about seventy years of age ^ ' 

John Bowen died in 1832, at l,is home in Wayne County N Y 

This closes our history of John Bowen, Sr., and his family and 

descendants, so far as we can gain any knowledge of hem 



CHAPTER IV. 
We will now return to the history of the farm where grand- 
father and grandmother began housekeeping. It was in Cayuga 
County, Brutus Township, New York, and on what was known as 
Freeman street, a road so named because of the number of families 
other nan w'w^^^'i"- P"""."'" '°^^"^'^''P ^^^^ divided and the 
W.M V n '^i SP""^"' ""'^ °^"' grandparents' farm was near 

Sennett \ illage and about four miles front Auburn. Grandfather 

day's\;oTl^' 7l' T' '";' °''^" ''°'' =" ^ ^- =^''- -^d began his 
day s work of ha iling with a team of oxen, often going long dis- 

G andmofb '""' '"" f"'^ ^"' '"^ ^""^ ^y his pefsevfring "^abor 
Grandmother spun wool and flax and wove it into cloth for wear 

nd a!:S'::'r^;'; t"^ =•"" T"? '"^"^^'^ -^" --rle's and fh,: 
nel and yarn, and often wove cloth for her neighbors- of the flax 

Ime'n'IVjreir"'" """' '°\ sewing,_also towels, table "d td 
and wn, J "? "■" '^""^ ^y ^^^'"l' ^"'^ if makes us pause 






and always had her wool and flax; the author has spun a great 

cms made a skein and one hundred and twenty threads made a 
cu . These have al passed away with the progress of time. The 
young people of today know nothing about such work; the world 
moves much more rapidly today. After some years, grandfather 
bu, a new frame house and made other improvements. Seven 
children were born to them while they lived on this farm ; the old- 
est, a daughter died in infancy; the others were Letcy, Russell, 
Warren, Ira, John B, and Noah B. Freeman. 

In the year 1820 they sold their farm and removed to Ontario 
County, sixty miles west of Auburn, where he purchased another 
farm near the village of Canadice. This farm was largely in tim- 
ber and he and his boys began the work of clearing. It was here 
that the two youngest children, George and Sarepta were born. 

After a few years they built a large frame house and barn 
and had everything in comfortable shape again; about the year 
1830 he journeyed to Ohio, then the far west, with an idea of pur- 
chasing land as he could get more for his money than in the East 
t)ut he returned without buying, and remained on the farm several 
years longer; the children became men and women and all married 
there except the two youngest. In the spring of 1837 he sold his 

wife. Marville and Crt^orge and Sarepta, and David Bowen erand- 
mother ^nephew, started in covered wagons on the long journey 
to the West, bringing some bedding and other household goods 
After four weeks of tiresome travel they stopped for a res' of a 
day or (wo at a farm house in Goshen Township. Champaign Coun- 
fl'.k. 7' "7 ,'"■"'7 ^^/^ ^^'- James Woodward, and when grand- 
father found that the farm was for sale, he began making innuiry 
and soon found that the adjoining farm on the west, owned by a 
Mr. Davis, was for sale also; he looked both farms over and de- 
cided to purchase them. May 13, 1S37. the deed was written 

W^rrJn"^ \°? ra'r ^""^ J^*"'' ""'^ "^""y ^^'oodward to George 
Warren and Julith Freeman, consideration $1,600.00 and May 2,rd 
1837, losiah and Joanna Davis deeded their farm of ,00 acres to 
grandfather and grandmother for $1.10000 cash These farms 
are about two and one-half miles N. W. from Mechanicsburg on 
the Urbana and Ahl ford road, and near what is now known as the 
four corners, or Bowen's crossroads. 

Ira Freeman and wife moved in the double log house on the 

fa.rr-r'^T'^ "m^'V °'"^ l"^' ' ='^°^f distance les, of grand 
fathers and on March 3Tst, 1841, our grandparents conveyed the 
Davis farm to their son, Ira, $i,,oo.oo xvas named as the price in 
the deed, but no money changed hands. About that time grand- 
father made the first payments on two other farms, for his son 



George and daughter, Sarepta. This land joined the Davis farm 
on the West, and was nearly if not all in timber. We do not know 
how many acres each one contained. At this time there was not a 
graveled road m the county. There were some stretches of so-called 
corduroy road— made from young trees laid close together across 
the road, sometimes for quite a distance; the early settlers had 
long distances to travel over these rough thoroughfares. 

The log houses have nearly all disappeared in this section 
except as relics of the past, and these old houses, where the brave 
and true pioneers lived and reared their sturdy sons and daughters, 
have been replaced by more pretentious homes, in keeping with 
the advancement of the country and times. Grandfather's farm pur- 
chased of Mr. Woodward had a double-log house with a new frame 
addition— a long narrow lane led from the barn to a spring of 
never-faihng, almost ice-cold water which had a strong taste of 
sulphur, but not enough to make it disagreeable. A. L Freeman 
says that if this spring could be moved to the vicinity of New York 
It would be worth a fortune to its owner. It supplied water for 
many of the neighbors when wells would fail in a dry season We 
must now speak of the old cider mill that stood across the road 
Irnm the house for forty years or more; farmers would come for 
mdes to make their apples into cider, paving a small price for the 
privilege. Perhaps a few words about the process of making the 
cider m those days, for the benefit of the later generations who 
may be familiar with the modern methods, would be interesting 
The grinding was done by two large cvlinders with large wooden 
cogs that matched into each other and mashed the apples into a 
pomace; by the use of a long sweep pole with a horse hitched to one 
end w'alking round the vat which caught the pomace as it was 
ma 1 ed to a pulp. The next process was to take a square box about 
eight inches high and six feet square without bottom or cover and 
place It on a strong platform with two uprights twelve or four- 
teen inches m diameter and a cross beam at the top through which 
ran two wooden screws six inches thick, by using rve straw to hold 
It they would then fill the box with pomace and' turn the straw 
oyer to hold it in shape, and in this way could build up five or six 
to hirn Z "'" ^^".^'^«^f : 'hen by using a long v^ooden leC- ^ 
to turn the screws, the cider would run in a continuous stream 
through a groove cut in the platform, into a tub from which it was 
dipped and poured into barrels through a funnel. 

But, however great the improvements may be, and let them 
to me as the cider that was made at my grandfather's mill. 

The process of making the cider over will show how the pomace 
was turned into profit. My father built a V-shaped vat and filled 



it with the pomace and by pouring water on it would leach off ba 
rels of vinegar. 

On this farm were also many cherry, apple and peach tre( 
and these were loaded with fruit each year. Not a crop once in 
few years, as we have it in these later times. In a lot back of tl 
old cider niill was a grove of maple trees; it was usually in Marc 
that the trees were tapped and spiles inserted to obtain the sa 
which ran into wooden troughs, then brought in and boiled dow 
to a syrup; this we called maple molasses and was pure and muc 
better than the syrup we get in these davs. In the year i8j 
grandfathers health failed and he was unable to attend to the fan 
work, so he divided the farm and deeded fifty acres to his so, 
VVarren, and he was to provide for him the rest of his life, and pa 
the expenses of sickness, also funeral expenses, all of which he di( 

Ihe remaining fifty acres he deeded to grandmother. Afte 
arranging their property they had not long to live together, grand 
father died July ii, 1845, after an illness of five days with dysen 
tery 111 a severe form; two physicians attended him but coul 
do nothing to prolong his life, his age was 68 years and five month' 
Ihe funeral services were held in the home conducted by Re\ 
I rench a Baptist minister from New Hampshire, who was visitiin 
at the home of liis father-in-law, Dr. Tennev. a near neighbor Hi 
remains were laic to rest on the home farm, near where his young 
est daughter and her little son were buried a few years before 
LTrZ V°""^« ^ "''\ *'"''• ^"' ^^n^^'^her the sad occasion an- 
also remember a Hymn that was sung at the funeral, and will giv 
a copy, it is from Dr. Watts. ^ 

"Life is the time to serve the Lord, 
The time to ensure the great reward ;' 
And while the lamp holds out to burn. 
The vilest sinner may return. 

Life is the hour that God hath given 
To escape from hell and fly to heaven, 
The day of grace, and mortals may 
Secure the blessings of the day. 

The living know that they must die. 
But all the dead, forgotten lie. 
Their memory and their sense is gone. 
Alike unknowing and unknown. 

Their hatred and their love are lost. 
Their envy buried in the dust; 
They have no share in all that's done 
Beneath the'circuit of the sun. 



Then wliat my fhotiglits design to do, 
My hands with all your might pursue: 
Since no device or work is found. 
Nor faith, nor hope, beneath the ground. 

There are no acts of pardon past 
In the cold grave to which we haste: 
But darkness, death, and long despair 
Reign in eternal silence there. 

How important it is to give our love and our thoughts to the 
Savior, who said, "Ask and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall 
find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you ;" and while the lamp 
holds out to burn to accept his pardoning grace, and with our might 
pursue the path which leads to peace. 

In later years grandfather's remains were removed to the 
cemetery at Treacles Creek church. Grandmother lived eight years 
after his death, and occupied the same part of the house in which 
she and grandfather had lived; she thought she would be more 
contented to beep house and do her own cooking; this she did, 
and was always busy with her housework, knitting, sewing, or 
readmg. She remained there four and a half years; then in 
1850 went to live with her son, Ira and family, on the ad- 
joining farm. Not long after, uncle sold his farm' to my father 
and bought a farm farther west, in Union Townsliip. near' Mutual 
and grandmother moved with them; Sept- 3rd, 185T, Uncle Ira's 
wife Delilah, died, and he was left with quite a fainily of children. 
Grandmother felt it her duty to stay and over-see in the interest 
of his household ; this she did until h'er death which occurred Aug. 
1st, 1853, after an illness of five davs. with flux; she seemed to be 
beyond the reach of medical skill from the first, and failed rapidly 
her age was 74 years and five months. Her funeral was held a( 
the home of her son, Ira, conducted by Rev. Waite of Woodstock, 
Ohio, a Universalist minister of noted ability. The text was "Where- 
as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive." Her 
remains were interred in the cemetery at Treacle Creek church 
Neither she nor grandfather joined any church after coming to 
Ohio. Grandmother was very dear to me ; altho having some pecu- 
liar ways, she was, steadfast in her principles of truth, right and 
justice, and was a worthy woman. 

This brings us to the close of the second generation of the 
l-reeman family of whom all have long since passed away The 
(liird generation of the family, consisting of the nine children of 
George Warren Freeman, Sr., have also passed on to the great be- 
yond, but their descendants still live to perpetuate their memory 
and to fill up the places made vacant by their ancestors; and we 



Smr^r^;::;^^;-'^^^" would remember 

Our dearest joys, and nearest friends 
liie partners of our blood,— 
How they divide our wavering minds, 
And leave but half for God! 

The fondness of a creatures love — 
How strong it strikes the sense I ' 
Umber the warm affections move 
Nor can we call them thence," 

E'en now by faith we join our bands 
On the eternal shore. 
And greet the ransomed, happy bands, 
\Mtn those who have gone before; 



CHAPTER V. 
The oldest child of George Warren, and ludith Freemin w-:,s 

She »as mirrie,! ,„ Mr. Willard Sle.en, in 18..2 The,- ,,,„ 

FhV. a'"^' ™k''"'' '^^' ''°'" =•' O'"" Point, Oct , St' ,82. 
Chza Ann, was born at Glean Point, Jan. .8th, ,828 ^^ 

;E£l=Sr- '="--" srSe'"h™s;- 



Calvin Liitlier. the oldest of Aunt Lctcy's children came to visit 
his mother's people in Champaign Connty, Ohio, in 1847, ^nd re- 
mained witli US eight or nine months. While at our home, he, 
with the rest of ns came down with measles which disease was 
epidemic in onr neighhorhood at that time. Cousin Calvin was a 
very sick man and one night his life was despaired of, but in the 
morning he had changed for the better. Grandmother and my 
parents worked faithfully over him all through the night. When 
he recovered he returned to his home. 

Calvin was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in Co. I, 6tli 
Regt. O. V. C. at Warren, Ohio, in 1861. After one year's service 
he was discharged for physical disability. He was never married, 
but made his home with a friend, Mr- G. W. Kennedy, who cared 
for him in his last sickness; his death occurred July 2nd, 1896; his 
age was about 73 years. His remains were laid in the soldiers' 
cemetery at Niles, Trumbull County, Ohio. 

Nancy Emeline was reared in Trumbull County and was mar- 
ried to Josiah A. Rogers, May 14, 1844. They lived near Kirt- 
land, Lake County, Ohio. They were the parents of eiglit chil- 
dren. 

. Letcy, the oldest, was born March 28th, 1845. She was reared 
and educated near Kirtland, Ohio; also spent one year in College 
at Hillsdale, Mich., and taught several terms of school. She was 
married to Benjamin F. Cottrell on July 5, i86g. They are the 
l^arents of one child, Emma Evelyn Cottrell who was reared and 
educated near Mulberry Corners, Geauga County. She also at- 
tended school at Chardon. Emma was married at the home of h°r 
parents, Feb. 3rd, 1902, to Mr. Chauncey R. Pace. They are the 
parents of four children : Marie E., Neva M., Charles F., and 
Glen R. Pace. These young people are engaged in farming near 
Willoughby, O. The mother belongs to the sixth generation of 
Freemans, her children belong to the seventh, the grandmother be- 
ing the oldest one of our fifth generation; the author has never 
met her personally but through some years of correspondence has 
found her to be an intelligent. Christian woman. 

Leona E., second child of Nancy and Josiah Rogers was born 
near Kirtland, Ohio. She was educated there and also attended 
college at Hillsdale, Mich., where she graduated and then taught 
school many years. She is an excellent woman, and has tried to 
fill her mother's place in the home, thus endearing herself to her 
brothers and sisters, who speak of her in terms of the highest praise 
She was married at the home of her parents to Mr. W. S. Hobart, 
by the Rev. George Bronson, pastor of the Congregational church 
at Kirtland. Not long after she became a widow, and remained 
so for many years. Then she married Mr. A. J. McWethy an old 




10 .87^^," "'' '"°";"' °^ °'"= '^''''''' ^"'"^ ]-!laiule„a, born Nov 
J\ '^72,.slie possesse.I a sunny disposition and grew to be a love v 
girl— an ideal woman— in her home life she ,v,= nl i ^ 

rx;::™^s^i-;s:;2~ 'T«-'- 
ST9^"Svr^«:s1SS^ 
TI.e sweet spirit of the mother, Rub,e I!. Aiken was summon 

Lincdn" h""^"' '°" °^ ^'y'^"'^ ^"d Helen Rogers is Charle- 

.anTohio^^Tirerjre'lh p^r '"f t^^' ^7^,^ ^^'ri.ht'of'cSe: 
irir,. t,„„. r. ■' J parents of two chddren —Eleanor Hp-, 

in Ei3^S S^o^^' '^' ^"^ ^-"^"^ ^-"^' '-- Au^^";:.S: 

I,y .rll;:.-' "' """■ "^'"^ '■" P^^""h' Ky. Cl,arles is a n,onlder 
Helen, wife of Wavland Rogers died Tulv ah ,„,, ■ 



and her spirit returned to God. Her remains were laid to rest in 
the cemetery at Kirtiaiul, Ohio. 

X'iroqna, tliird dangliter of Nancy and Josiah Rogers was born 
May I4tli, 1852, near Kirtland, Ohio. She received her education 
in tlie (hstrict scliool ; also at Willonghby and attended one year 
at Hillsdale college in Michigan. She also taught a number of 
\ ears. We have found her to be an interesting correspondent. She 
is unmarried and lives with her sister and brother in Lorain, Ohio. 

Willard Sumner, fifth child of Nancy and Josiah Rogers was 
born Dec. tst, 185C), near Kirtland, attended his home school, also at 
Willougliby and Lebanon, O. He has been an engineer on the 
Nickle Plate K. R. for about thirty years. He was married Jan. 
1 2th, i8()7, to Miss Mary A. Howard of Conneaught, Ohio. Thev 
are the parents of one child, Helen Adena ; she was born May 23rd, 
1899; their home is in Conneaught, O. 

Emma E. Rogers, youngest daughter of Nancy and Josiah 
Rogers, died when a small child. 

Charles Lincoln, youngest child of Nancy and Josiah Rogers, 
was born near Kirtland, Ohio, Oct. 15th, 1865. He received his 
education in the home schools and also attended at Willoughby, O 
He lived for a number of years in Cleveland, where he was em- 
ployed in the electrical works. His health failing he went to Lo- 
rain to live with his sisters. Leona and \ iroqua, he was never mar- 
ried. 

Nancy Rogers, the mother of these children, visited us at tlv: 
old homestead in 1862. We enjoyed her stay among us very much, 
she was of a quiet unassuming disposition, an industrious Chris- 
tian woman who cared well for her household. After a severe ill- 
ness death claimed her. June 7, '879, aged about 53 years. Her hus- 
band, Josiah Rogers, died April ig, 1889. 

Eliza Ann, youngest child of Letcy and Willard Stevens wa< 
reared in Trum'biill County, Ohio, and was never married ; she made 
her home with her sister, Nancy Rogers, and family ; her death oc- 
curred May 14th, 1859. Her age was 31 years. Her sister, who 
faithfully carej for her during all her illness, in writing of her 
death, said, she left this testimony, that she had no fear of deatli 
and was happy in the Savior's love, and said to friends. "We need 
religion to live by, just as much as we need it to die by. 
mains were laid to rest in the family plot in Kirt land 
where Nancy Rogers and her husband and children, who tlicd in 
infancy were interred. 

Out Aunt Letcy Freeman Stevens was si)oken of as an excel- 
lent daughter, a loving sister, wife and mother. 

LIncle Willard Stevens, was a native of ^'ermo^t, he was quite 
a tall man, rather large built but not fleshy; he had very light hair 

3t 



' lier 
Cemele 




an.l blue eyes and fair complexion. In his young manhood he was 
a great worker ni tmiber, and hauled many loads of logs across 
l^ke Uiamplani on the ice. He had a very narrow escape at one 
ttme when the ice began to give way; he sprang from the load and 
quickly unloosed the horses ; as it was, one horse perished and the 
other struggled to safety. Uncle Stevens was quite a pedestrain 
at one time wlien my father was going to drive about sixty miles 
Willi a load of wheat in a sleigh drawn by two horses, Uncle Stev- 
ens set out to walk the distance, I do not know whether there was 
a wager or not but he arrived at their destination one hour ahead 
of the sleigh, about sun-down, having walked the entire distance. 
The sleighing was fine, but the next day before sundown the snow 
hid disappeared. Uncle Stevens paid a visit to our home while 
grandmother was yet living in 1847 or 1848. Ten vears after the 
death of our Aunt Letcy, Mr. Stevens married Margaret Scott of 
1 riimbull County. One daughter was born to them. Orvil Stevens 
1 he family removed to Hillsdale, Mich., some years later where 
Wrvii grew to womanhood and married Mr. Martindale After the 
death of the second wife, Margaret, Uncle Stevens was caretl for 
Dy Ihe daughter, Orvil. the remainder of his life. His death oc- 
curred July 3rd, 1882. His age was nearly 86 years. 

This closes the record of Letcy Freeman Stevens who was the 
oldest of the third generation and her descendants together with 
their married companions down to the present time. 



CHAPTER VI. 

Riissel, oldest son of George Warren and Tudith Freeman wa; 
fKirn near Auburn, N. Y., in 1806. He was about 14 vears old 
uhen his father sold the farm and moved to near Canadice, Ontario 
County. N. Y. When Riissel was about ig vears of age,' he went 
to the home of his sister, Letcy Stevens, who with her husband and 
family had removed to Olean Point, N. Y., and was engaged with 
his brother-in-law in cutting timber and clearing land for farming 
purposes: he had not been there long when he fell ill with tvphus 
lei-er and although everything possible was done for him he passed 
to the great beyond, his death occurred the latter part of 182.S. The 
loss of this oldest son was a severe shock to the parents and family 
1 here being no railroads in those days it was impossible to remnye 
his remains to the liome of his parents, and they were interred near 
Olean Point, where three years later the sister.'Letcv, was also laid 



Warr 
Freeman ■ 
from Aiih 
spring nf 
Canadice; 



CHAPTER VII. 

reenian second son of George Warren and Jnditli 
orn at tlie linme on Freeman street road, four miles 
N. v., on Sept. lotli, l8o8, where lie lived until the 
. when his fatlicr removed to Ontario County, near 
this village was a small lake by the same name, the 
outlet of which ran across one end of grandfather's barn lot. War- 
ren attended the common schools, arithmetic being his favorite 
study, but lie was also fond of reading. At the age of i8 years 
he returned to his old home, and staid with relatives one winter 
and attended the Flemming school. When at home he often spent 
his evenings at the homes of Jones Gilbert and Giles Sisson who 
were willing to instruct any who would come to them after working 
hours. In this way he acquired a better knowledge of business 
while pursuing bis studies, and he ever cherished the memory of 
these instructors. When Warren was 23 years old he became very 
sick from being over-heated while working in the harvest field and 
drinking too much cold water, which caused congestion. His physi- 
cians tolil him his only chance for life was to be salivated, this he 
consented to and recovered slowly, but not fully. He suffered from 
the effects of the Calomel all his life. He was married to Miss 
Susan Maria Sergeant, oldest daughter of Rev. Isaac and Susan 
Sergeant, May lotli, 18.^2. by the Rev. Caleb P.riggs at the Congre- 
gational church near Paid Hill. They returned to the home of the 
bride's parents and enjoyed an excellent dinner with relatives and 
friends. Soon after they went to the home of his parents, living 
in a part of his father's house. It seemed that Warren's father 
needed his help in the management of the farm, and depended on 
him : { the other boys in the family jokingly called him "Governor"). 
\Vhile living there they became the parents of the author of this 
history. A second child was born, and died an infant. After 
living there five years grandfather sold the farm and removed to 
Ohio ; this wc have recorded in a previous chapter. Warren and 
family and his brother John and family following some months 
later; in the meantime a son was born to them. In August the 
two sons and their families started for Ohio making the journey 
in a covered wagon, after traveling three and a half weeks we ar- 
rived at the home of grand-father Freeman, who had bought a 
farm and settled near l\fechanicsburg. This was a very wearisome 
journey and we were glad indeed when we reached our destination. 
On the farm which our grandparents purchased of Mr. Wood- 
ward was a double log cabin with one frame room upstairs that 
was plastered and used as a bedroom. There was also an addition- 



I 







al frame biiildmg tliat added much to the comfort of the family • 
.t also conla.ned a brick oven where many pies, nuddmg and cake<; 
and many a crock of beans were baked. Some time ifter Warren 

°ref 'ChrntsbT-'^'^^r^, °^ l,^"'' "" "^ '"' ^--g M- 
!L.;'. , ^"'^' ^"'^ •""'' a fi°"5<^ t'lere and lived in it a 

short t,me. In the year of ,840 he traded his property for co 

nnn h t ""' '""^^^'^^ "^'^ ^^""''-^ 'h^-^-^ ^nt his hea h was so 

fl verVmo eT'to^'l'i"' '^ '^.^ ^f" ^^°^^-- "^^en he and hirfan, 
n> were moved to his parents home at their request • his father 
thought he could assist him as soon as he recovered h trouble 
was malaria and heart disease, manv times he wa thought to be 
dying w„h palpitation. He sold his farm ,0 Thomas DouSass 
whose descendants still own and occupy it iJouglass, 

joined him and this coustitut^rlh^'oUMior' a^-wt^^ h^'th e" 

In 86= hi V ^^, "'"' '°'^ "'<= f^"" '° Benjamin Bunker 
In 1865 he bought a house with a store-room combined in the 

d hf: t^r: t'^^f-^^'^' -^i ■" AprirfoZtg m '! 

sistec of H 'nM ' ■? ''• *"' "]'' '""« ""^ f^""''y ^t ''°'"e con- 
s ste I of the oldest and youngest daughters and two younger sons 

ndd^ehte ':;'"" '""^ ^""^f ""T' '" '^^^ and the oth r s^i' 

Freemin ^T'lsT'w''^ 'P?r'''" "^ ''^^ ^^"'^^ to George W. 
State NY and fh -I .l"""" ^''""'" P^"*^ ^ ^'^'t *« his native 
„,; 1 .i." while there was married to Mrs. Lucy Saxbe who 

lee of°M.'M",°"p !'"'• •'"'^^y ^^'"™^d '° his hom^e in ti;lJb 
lage of Mm ual. Perhaps it would be well to state here that t lie 
price paid or the property in Mtitual was $.,50000 and fath 

her sister Ti.lJpits r .« . "-ui jears. and was then deeded to 

n.t ^J^Z^'l:;t-i^^^^,:, Ejor tje 
widow refused to sign the deeds and therffore led a dower i, 

paid o';:r'ras%;Too'"^^' ^ '-\' "^ '- >■-- ^^^ 

as rep^airfa:? tSonprIJ:rt7"" '"""' "^ ="' '^•^'^^"^"' ^"^'^ 
In the year 1878 Warren Freeman began to fail in health and 



and remained indoors during the winter months. In April he be- 
came nnicli worse and lingered until the 15th of Way, 1879, when 
God called him from a world of suffering and sorrow. The physi- 
cians did not seem to understand the nature of his disease and it 
was by his request that a post-mortem was held. The examina- 
tion revealed cancer of the stomach. His funeral was held in 
the Methodist church in Mutual, conducted by Rev. S. M. Carey, 
assisted by Rev. \Vm. Claybaugh, a Presbyterian minister. The 
remains were interred in the cemetery nearby. The following 
Hvnm was sung by a quartette of old acquaintances who were 
styled the "Old Fogies" they were Nathan Adams. W. II. McFar- 
land, John H. Runyon and H. C. Harper: 



Hark from the tomb a doleful sound. 
Mine ears attend the cry, 
Ye living men come view the ground. 
Where you must shortly lie. 

Princes, this clay must be your bed, 
111 spite of all your towers; 
The tall, the wise, the reverend head. 
Must lie as low as ours. 

Great God! is this our certain doom? 
And are we still secure? 
Still walking downward to the (omb, 
And yet prepared no more ? 

Grant us the power of quickening grace 
To fit our souls to fly ; 
Then, wdien we drop this dving flesh. 
We'll rise above the sky. 

Isaac IValls 



Susan Maria Sergeant, wife of Warren Freeman and mother 
of the writer of this history, was born Oct. 12th, 1805, in Orange 
County, New York. When she was nine years of age, her par- 
ents removed to the vicinity of Newark, N. J. Our maternal 
granilmother was reared within nine miles of New York City, her 
|)arents being Caleb and Esther Johnson. Great grandfather John- 
son was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was wounded at 
the Rattle of Trenton. 

Sergeant was reared near Newark, N. J. Grandfather was a 
tailor by trade, and was also a minister in the Congregational 
church, and labored in the ministry about forty years, (his father 
having been a Presbyterian minister.) Grandfather had some pe- 



^m-^. 



cuHar ideas, he believed a minister should earn his living by the 
sweat of his brow, as other men do who work to earn their daily 
bread, therefore he would never accept any salary for his services 
even tliough frequently urged to do so by his congregation; he 
was a very interesting speaker and quite an intelligent man. Mother 
was converted and joined the Congregational Church at the age 
of fifteen ; she was a member of the church choir, and a teacher 
in the Sabbath school which was something new in those days in 
the churches in America; she had her catechism, which also' con- 
tained the Ten Commandments, and these she began teaching me, 
as soon as I was old enough to spell and pronounce words. This 
book of Catechism, also contained a poem written by John Rogers 
who was burned at the stake— a martyr for his steadfast belief in 
the Bible and for teaching the Christian religion. 

Mother learned tailoring in her father's shop, and worked at 
that four years. She taught school one vear with marked success 
Her parents had removed to Rochester, N. Y., and later to Cana- 
dice, where she met and married father. May 10, 1832 To them 
were born seven children— Juliette, George, Henry H., Susanna M., 
J. Annette and Argus Leroy, and one other, their second child who 
died in infancy. Our mother's last sickness began in the spring of 
1855, aiifl neither food or medicine seemed to do her any good 
and she failed gradually until July 27, the same year, wdien she 
passed peacefully away. The physicians prnnounced her ailment a 
complication of diseases; to me, her death was a great loss, wdien 
she knew she could not recover, she imparted to me her wishes in 
regard to the care and teaching of my younger sisters and brother 
Leroy, who was but si.x years of age, and impressed on me the 
responsibility of looking after brother Henry who was ever a 
frail lad, and my father also whose health was not of the best. 

As our mother died before the art of photography ••-- ■-- 
well known, perhaps a description of her would 
on these pages. 

Her height was five feet and one-half inches. Her weight 
when m good health about 120 pounds. Hair, dark brown will, 
dark blue gray eyes, fair complexion, nose, mouth and chin deli- 
cately formed, her countenance had an expression of worth and 
sincerity, bhe was very industrious and economical. Her fun- 
T?nJr% 'J'^ " 'he Treacle Creek Church, conducted by Rev. 
Timothy Johnson, a Methodist minister, and her remains were laid 
o rest in the cemetery at that place, but later were removed 
to the Mutual cemetery and placed beside those of our father 
this being requested by him. 

As we mentioned, a few pages back, our father was married 
to his second wife, Mrs. Lucy Saxbe in Mav, ,866. with whom 
he lived for thirteen years. She was a woman who had many 



not be out of place 



good qualities, clever, iiulustrioiis, a good iieiglihor, ever ready and 
willing to assist in liomes wliere tliere was sickness. After father's 
death she purchased a home in the village of Mutual. Her young- 
est daughter, Mrs. Caroline Moody and family, living with her 
a part of the time. Later she sold her home and lived among 
her children. After her health failed and she was unahle to go 
about she was cared for by her brother I'erguson's wife, Rox- 
cillana Howen, until her death, which occurred March 23rd, 1891, 
of paralysis. His age was almost "/i years ; funeral services were 
held in the Methodist Church at Mutual, conducted by Rev. H. M 
Cross of the Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member. 
Her remains were laid beside those of her first husband, Thomas 
Sa.xbc in the Mutual Cemetcrv. This closes the record of Warren 
Freeman and his married companions. W'c will now take up the 
history of his descendants. 

I, Juliette, oldest child of Warren and Susan M. I'reeman, was 
born near Canadice \''illage, Ontario County, New York, Feb. 23rd, 
1833. removing with my parents to Ohio when four and a half years 
old. I^ooking back over the years I can recall many scenes along 
the way as we traveled through the country in our covered wagon; 
— my father, and luicle, John Freeman, my mother and Aunt, each 
with a babe in her arms, by brother, George, was three months 
and a cousin, Noah, two months old. We drove for many miles 
along the shores of I^ke Erie ; I can remember how hard the wind 
blew and tlie waves dashing so high frightened me. We spent 
one night at an inn along the Lake shore. I was very glad indeed 
when the long journey was ended and we reached Grandfatlier's 
home on the farm, where most of the years of my childhood were 
spent. There comes to my mind as I write, the places wdiere I 
played as a child and where in later years I had much hard work 
to do, such as cooking for farm hands, drovers and travelers, to- 
gether with milking, butter-making, picking wool and spinning, and 
a Ihonsand other tasks that fell to the lot of farmers' wives and 
daughters in those days Neither can I forget the joys, sorrows 
and anxieties, or the pleasures and happy hours that passed within 
our home circle, nor all the varied scenes of beauty on the old 
home farm : how I wish I had been an artist and could have painted 
a picture of the surrounding scenes at that time for so many changes 
have taken place, that it does not really seem like our old farm 
home today. After a period of twenty-three and a half years 
father rented the farm and removed to the village of Mutual, this 
was in the spring of 18(15. 

I was married to Mr. John Lafferty, Sept. 17, 1866, by Rev. 
David Wnrnock at his home in Urbana, Ohio; we were attended 
by mv brother. H. H. Freeman, Miss Jane Goul. Miss Sarah Jones 
and Nathan Wolfe; after the ceremony we of the wedding party 




returned to my father's home, where an excellent wedding supper 
was awaiting us and our relatives and friends who had been in- 
vited to welcome and extend congratulations to us. 

My husband was born Sept. 28, 1837, at Texas, now Mutual, 
Ohio; he was a son of William and Mary Wilson LafTerty and a 
descendant from a staunch old Methodist family who were pioneers 
in that section; here he was reared and spent his life with the ex- 
ception of one year in the State of Texas and about two years in 
Edgar County, Illinois, where he was teaching school, and three 
years spent in the service of his country, being a member of the 
45th Regt. O. Y. I- After the war was ended he returned to his 
old home and the following winter again took up the profession 
of school teaching and continued in this work together with farm- 
ing until the spring of 1870, when he purchased a half interest in 
the general store in Mutual; later he bought out his partner and 
continued in this business for eleven years; he was also Post- 
master during this time and held the office until the spring of 1885. 
He filled various offices of trust in the village and township, being 
identified with the public -affairs of the community all his life. 
When quite a young man he was converted and became a member 
of the M. E. Church, and ever after as long as his health permitted, 
took a very active part in Christian work; he was a good singer 
and for years was the leader of the church choir, teacher of the 
Men's Bible class, also superintendent of the Sabbath School. 

For many years he suffered with stomach trouble and during 
the five years before his death the trouble increased noticeablv. 
On \ew Year's day, 1892, he was stricken with La Grippe and this 
finally affected his lungs, causing his death on May 12, 1892. aged 
almost 56 years. His remains were laid to rest in the Mutual 
Cemetery, his funeral being conducted by the Rev. I. C Page, and 
the burial service of the G. A. R. was' in charge of William A. 
Brand Post of Urbana ; the Masonic Lodge of Mechanicsburg also 
attended in a body, he being a member for many years. We, 
Juliette and John Lafferty, were the parents of five children, three 
sons and two daughters. Our oldest, William Sherman, was born 
in the village of Mutual, Ohio, August 27, 1867; he was of a bright, 
sunshiny nature but we were not permitted to keep him but five 
short years, typhoid pneumonia, following a severe struggle with 
whooping cough, caused his death, August 17. 1872. His remains 
were laid to rest in the cemetery at Afutual by the side of his bahv 
sister, Fannie, who died nine days previous. 

Our second child, Mary Mildred, was born one-half mile 
East of Mutual, July 12. 1869; she was three years old when we 
lost our other children, and she too was very ill with the same 
disease and was for a time in a serious condition, but God in His 
mercy spared her life and we were not left childless. At the age 
of seven years she was seriously ill for many weeks with typhoid 



fever, and for a time it seemed we would not he permitted to keep 
lier, and while m dehruim she fell from the bed cansing a disloca- 
tion of her left hip; this was the source of weeks of suffering for 
her and anxiety to lis, hut again her life was spared. Then when 
almost restored to health, she again fell a prey to disease; the 
scarlet fever was epidemic in the communitv at that time and in 
some manner was communicated to our chililren, we had a boy 
baby, a year old ; Mary escaped with only a light attack, but our 
baby was not able to withstand the terrible disease, and again we 
were left with only one child in our home. Our daugliter grew to 
womanhood without undergoing any otlier severe illness and has 
been the house-keeper and nurse in our home since her seventeenth 
birthday; as it was that summer that typhoid fever again visited 
our home and left me an invalid for life' She received her school- 
ing in the village of Mutual; was converted and became a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been an active 
worker m Sabbath School, and Epworth League where-ever she 
has resided ; also a worker in \V. C. T. U and missionary societies, 
and has served in various offices in these organizations. 

Fannie Maria, our third child was born June 6th, 1872, in the 
village of Mutual, and died August 8, 1872." 

John Hayes, otir fourth child, was born January 23rd 1876 
and died March I7tli, 1877. after a three weeks' illness with scar- 
let fever. 

Hugh Henry, our youngest child, was born Nov. 3rd, 1877 
in Mutual, Ohio. He was never a robust child, but passed through 
the diseases common to childhood safe, and also through an attack 
of typhoid fever when nine years old. This left his eves in a weak- 
ened condition and compelled him to use glasses at an early age. 
In the spring of 1892 he graduated from the common school- and 
in the late autumn we removed to Mechanicslnirg, Ohio, where 
Henry entered high school, graduating in June, 1895, when less 
than eighteen years of age- He passed the teacher's examination 
that spring, and received a certificate to teach, but his youthful 
api)earance was against him, and he failed to secure a school He 
secured employment in the hardware store of Hunter and Osboni 
and remained with them two years. In Sept., 1897, he began his 
first work as a teacher, being employed to teach the school at 
Nashville, a suburb of Mechanicsburg; he was very successful in 
Ins teaching and was retained for the next year. In 1899 he 
taught the school in Goshen Township, known as Five Points dis- 
trict, and the following September entered the Ohio Wesleyan 
L'Miversity at Delaware, Ohio, remaining through the fall and 
winter terms and again worked in the hardware store through the 
spring season, and in Se|)tember entered upon his fourth year of 
teaching in the Wikl Rose district in Union Township, and the 
following September, 1902, we removed to Delaware Ohio where 



Henry re-entered O. W. U. and remained four years, graduating 
in June with the class of 1906. In the following September we 
returned to Mechanicsburg. Henry going to Harrison Township, 
Champaign County, where he superintended the schools and taught 
tbe first year high school in Spring Hill. In September, 1907 he 
became Principal of the centralized high school at Selma, Clark 
Loiintv Ohio, also having charge of the musical department; he 
taught here one year, and decided to enter the ministry He passed 
the examination and was recommended by the Hoard" of the M F 
Church of Mechanicsburg, and by the Pastor, Rev. J. W. Caddis' 
to the Cincinnati Conference, and at the next session of same was ap- 
pointed to supply the circuit at Gordon, Ohio, twcntv-three mile^ 
r,orthwest of Dayton. The circuit comprised four churches, sit- 
uated at Cordon and Pitsburg m Darke County. West Baltimore 
and West Sonora in Preble County. The parsonage is located ai 
Uordon and we removed there Nov. 7, 1908. 

As evidence of his success this first year, thirty-six new mem- 
bers were added to the churches on the circuit, and at the session 
of Conference m 1909, he was returned to Gordon for another 
year, and the second year twelve members were added to the cir- 
cuit. He attended the annual session of Conference, which was 
held in Cincinnati, the first week in September, 1910. but had de- 
cided not to accept work.as he felt the need of a rest, and redecided 
10 ret-urn to our old home in Mutual, which we had not oc- 
cupied since the fall of 1892, and made our preparations for re- 
moval to that place, shipping our goods, and leaving Gordon, Sat- 
urday morning, September 24th. **** ************ 
The death of the mother of this family occurred two days after 
leaving Gordon, the details of the sad occurrence will he found on 
another page. 

After the death of their mother, Henry Laffertv and his sister 
Marv moved into their house in Mutual, and remained there until 
Ihe holidays; some few weeks before this Henry decided to eo 
South for the wmter. He had planned to be married about this 
lime, and on December 15th. 1910. was united in marriage to Miss 
Udu Lmder of P.tsburg Ohio, by the Rev. S- O. Roval, at h 
home in Dayton, Ohio. The bride was an attractive and popular 
school teacher in Montgomery County, for several years, and re- 
.\\' .'^".,^^"^^''0" ^i Brookville, and attended summer schools 
on Bn fn7" Vn' ""-[T^Ohio, besides taking a course in a D^- 
ton Business College; this business course was abruptly terminated 
by an inter-urban electric car wreck in the northern edge of Day- 
Z\ n f "T \'[ ''f' ''"'' desp^W^d of, and it was thought 
she would lose her left arm, which had been crushed in the ' 



for 

finally recovered as if by miracle! 



weeks she suffered in the Miami Valley Hospital, but 



Her niotlier dying when she was less than two years old, Lulu 
was reared as her own, by her Aunt, Mrs. U. A. Snyder. She 
is an earnest and efifective Christian worker, also active in the 
work of the W. C. T. U. The bride and groom, together with his 
sister, Mary, left Ohio, January 2, 191 1, going to St George, Ga., 
where he was appointed pastor of the M. E. Church ; another 
point, Crawford, Fla., ten miles east, was also on this charge. 
From Cincinnati we went direct to Cliattanooga, Tenn., stopping 
a night and a day, we visited Lookout Mountain and the Univer- 
sity buildings, then continuing our jotirney to Atlanta, where we 
spent twenty-four hours; here we called on our mother's cousin, 
Charles Sergeant and daughter, he is eighty years of age, but still 
active in business, being cashier in the office of the Southern R. R., 
a position he has held many years. 

Resuming our journey we reached Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 6th, 
and from there we went 28 miles west to St. George, Ga., here we 
spent about eight months in a successful pastorate, and re- 
turned to Ohio, to prepare for a trip to New York and Boston, 
Henry having secured an appointment to preach at North Dana 
and North Prescott, Mass , while attending Theological school in 
Boston, going to and from the latter place each week, a distance 
of ninety-three miles. On our way to Massachusetts we had the 
pleasure of a visit with our uncles in New Jersey. The events of 
the past year serve to show us that this was a most opportune 
time for our visit. Our Aunt, Annette Gove, accompanied us East, 
as far as Paterson, to visit her two brothers. 

The past summer all three have passed over to the othet 
shore. Thus, four of the children of Warren Freeman have an- 
swered the last summons in less than two years. 

Hugh Henry and Lulu LafTerty are the parents of a daughter, 
Marjorie Ruth, who was born Feb. i8th, 191 2, at the Methodist 

This closes the record of the family of the writer, 
parsonage in North Dana, Mass. 

To return to my own personal history, in appearance I was 
not robust, having some severe spells of illness, both while young 
and later when in a home of my own, but with no serious results 
until the summer of 1886. when as I have mentioned before, I was 
stricken with typhoid fever and was not out of my bed for si.xty 
days ; and it was a month later before I could be dressed and sit 
up in an easy chair. The fever left me with some muscular ail- 
ment and I never fully regained the proper use nf my limbs, neither 
could I put on or adjust my clothing alone, or dress my hair, and 
during these twenty-four years I have had to use either a cane 
or crutch, sometimes both, to aid me in walking, and hav- 
required the assistance of my daughter in many ways all these 
vears. 



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In 1897 while we were living in Mechanicsburg, I sufifered a 
severe attack of malaria fever, but since then have had nothing 
more serious than la grippe ; for inany years I have not been able 
to walk any distance or to stand for any length of time, and could 
not sit at a table or desk and write as others do, but have done all 
my writing, both in correspondence and history by holding a board 
across my knees on which I could place my writing material Since 
my marriage my home has been in Mutual, twenty-three and one- 
half years; three years in the country, eleven in Mechanicsburg, 
four in the city of Delaware, and two years in Gordon, Ohio- I 
was converted and became a member of the M. E. Church in 
Mutual when a young woman and taught a class of young girls 
m the Sabbath School at that time; for many years I did not have 
the privilege of attending church services, but since mv residence 
m the parsonage at Gordon, I have often enjoyed attendance at 
Divine worship; the distance between the church and parsonage 
being but a few steps, I can easily walk there, when the weather is 
not too cold for me to be out, and I am very grateful to our 
Heavenly Father who has bestowed this blessing on me. 
(Written the summer of 1910, at Gordon, Ohio.) 
We will close this record of the writer of the Freeman liis- 
tor\ with the obituary, as read at her funeral, which occurred Sen- 
leniher 28tli, 1910, in the M. E. Church, at Mutual, Ohio conduct- 
ed by Rev. Herbert Killinder. The remains were interred in the 
family lot in the cemetery near the church bv the side of her hus- 
band and three children. 



OBITUARY 



Juliette Freeman, daughter of Warren and Maria Freeman 
was born near Canadice, N. Y., February 23. 1833. She came to 
Uhio with her parents when four years old, and with the exception 
.of a short residence in Mechanicsburg, almost all of her child- 
hoo<l %yas spent, two miles north of that place on the farm near 
bowen s cross roads. 

She attended school at Treacles creek and also attended a 
^select school taught by Robert Wilson in Mechanicsburg 
" On the death of her mother in 1855 the care of the home rested 
largely on her, she being the oldest of a family of si.x children In 
the spring of 1865 her father left the farm and they removed to 
Mutual, here she was united in marriage to John LafTerty of Mu- 
tual, September 17th, 1866. To them were born five children 
I three of whom died in infancy. Nearly all of her married life was 



spent in Mutual. Slie was bereft of her husband, May 12, 1892. 
In the following December, slie, with her son, Henry and daugh- 
ter, Mary, removed to Meclianicsburg, Ohio, where they made their 
home almost ten years. 

In the fall of 1901, they removed to Delaware, Ohio, where 
they lived four years while the son was a student in the Univer- 
sity. In 1906 they returned to Mechanicsburg. where they lived 
while the son was away teaching. The last two years have been 
spent in the pastorate of Gordon circuit and there Mrs- LafFerty 
made many friends. The parsonage life was a source of constant 
enjoyment to her, being located near the church, she often had 
the privilege of attendance at the services. At the expiration of 
these two years the family decided to return to their old home at 
Mutual for a temporary rest. They shipped their household goods 
and were on their way home when death overtook the mother, 
September 26th. 1910. They had stopped at the home of G. W. 
Freeman, her oldest brother, near Dialton, to rest over the Sab- 
bath. Acute pneimionia did its fatal work in only a few hours. 

She enjoyed the long drive through Darke and Miami Coun- 
ties on Saturday, and on the Sabbath day she seemed as well as 
usual with the exception of what seemed to be an ordinary cold. 
No thought of any serious condition came to us, cruel death came 
unsuspected. The opinion of the physician was that death could 
not have been averted. Rut this is not death — she is only sleeping: 
it is only a translation to a higher life- She has gone to meet the 
loved ones on the other shore, who have been waiting for her ; we 
have faith to believe we can still have her spiritual presence with us. 
There remain to mourn the loss of this sister three brothers, 
G. \V. Freeman of Dialton. Ohio; H. H. Freeman of Paterson. 
N. J., and A. L. Freeman, of Passaic, N. J., and two sisters, Mrs 
Susie McAtlams of Salina, Kansas, and Mrs. Annette Gove, of 
I^Techanicsburg. During the later years of her life the deceased 
has shown a great interest in the amiual unions of the Freeman 
family — and for several years she has been laboring to gather the 
details for a complete family history. It was almost finished. In 
all her life she has show^n the greatest care and thoroughness in 
whatever she has undertaken to do She did her work slowly but 
when it was done it was thoroughly done. 

Mother, we bid you good-bye. Your memory will ever be sacred 
to us. You have done your part in sacrifice ; you have shared the 
fatnily devotions in all tliese years. Thou hast been faithful imto 
death and now we know thou hast received a crown of life. In 
our fleshly weakness we weep for thee ; but in our faith we glory 
in the reward that is yours. 

"O, death where is thy sting? O grave where is thv vie 
tory"!— We have faith to believe that "Behind a frowning provi- 
dence. He hides a smiling face." 



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We claim the Holy Comforter, we claim tlie promises of Christ, 
we await the great family reunion in that Heaven which is not 
far away when Jesus is near. 

(H. H. L.) 



Francena, second child of Warren and Susan M. Freeman, 
was born near Canadice N. Y., December 6, 1834, and died in in- 
fancy. 

George Warren, oldest son of Warren and Susan M. Free- 
man, was born May 9, 1837, near Canadice, N. Y., removed to Ohio 
with his parents when about four months old.. He received his edu- 
cation in the district scliool, and attended school a short time in 
Mechanicsburg, and taught the school in his home district one 
term; but he has been a farmer nearly all his life, and with the ex- 
ception of about eight years spent near Xenia, 111-, has always lived 

He was married to Miss Priscilla Polock, December i6th, 1858, 
in Urbana, Ohio, by the Rev. M. Dustin.. 

To them were born five children, Ida May. Effie Maria, 
Chase Lmcoln, Warren Ross and Charles Freeman. 

Ida M. was born November 25, 1859, iirGoshen Township, two 
and a half miles north of Mechanicsburg, removing with her par- 
ents to Clay County, III., at the age of eight vears, where they 
lived until May, 1875, when the family returned to Ohio and resid- 
ed on a farm near Mutual. 

Ida M. was married to Mr. George Middleton, March 17th, 
1880. They resided in Champaign County for about eight years', 
being engaged in farming; they removed to Colchester, 111-, in'i888! 
returning to Ohio in 1894, Mr. Middleton opened a meat market 
in Urbana. There they have resided ever since with the excep- 
tion of two years on their own farm two miles nortli of that citv. 
To them were born three children, the oldest, fames \''ernon, was 
born near Kennard, Ohio, October 22nd, 188"^; he attended the 
public school in Urbana, and assisted his father in the meat market ; 
he also worked at house painting, and later he became interested 
in automoiles and became so proficient in handling them thar 
he was employed as a chauffeur, and it was while driving the car 
for a party of young people that he met his death, October i8tli, 
1904, while running at a good speed on a public road in Clarke 
County, they ran into an open bridge that was unguarded and 
displayed no signal to warn travelers of the danger; the car plung- 
e<l over the embankment and was wrecked ; the occupants all re- 
ceiving injuries, but X'ernon was found to be fatally hurt. He 
was taken from the wreck in an unconscious state and died in about 
twenty minutes. 



He was a member of Comnany D, ^nl Regiment O. N. G.. 
liolding the office of Corporal ; his body was clotlied in his uni- 
form and tiie casket draped in tlie Stars and Stripes; tlie funeral 
was held in the First M. E- Church of Urbana, the Company be- 
ing present in a body, commanded by Captain Leonard; services 
were conducted by Rev. Abrams. 

The death of this young man was a sad blow to his parents 
and frien<ls and cast a gloom over the entire cnmnumity. 

\\'arren Thomas, second son of Ida and George Middleton, 
was born near Mingo, Ohio, August i6, 1887. He began assist- 
ing in his father's meat market, wdien a small lad, and after his 
school days were ended became a meat cutter. Warren was mar- 
ried to Miss Edna Fraze at the honrc of her parents in Ridgeville, 
Ind., February 20, 1907. They began house-keeping in Urbana! 
but a few months later removed to Ridgeville, wdiere Warren be- 
came a partner with his father-in-law in the undertaking business, 
after completing a course in a school of embalming and passing 
the examinations successfully. His wife is a milliner and conducts 
a shop in Ridgeville- They are the parents of one child, George 
Elbert, born November 22, 1907. 

Clela Zenobia, youngest child of Ida and George Middleton, 
was born November 13th, 1893, at Colchester, Illinois. When she 
was less than a year old her parents returned to Ohio, settling 
m Urbana. Clela attended the public school ; graduating from the 
grades she became a student in Urbana High School. From her 
early childhood she has shown a marked talent for music and has 
■ spent nuich time and effort along this line; her ability being rec- 
ognized by teachers and friends. She has assisted in many enter- 
tainments in her home city, where her services are much appre- 
ciated. 

Effie Maria, second child of George W. and Rriscilla Free- 
man, was born August 8. 1861, in Goshen Town,ship, on the ol.l 
Freeman farm. When she was but three weeks old her parents 
remove<l to the Harrett farm, west of Mutual, wbere thev lemaiup.! 
one year, then returning to the old home farm. At the'age of six 
years she removed with the parents to Clay Countv. Illinois where 
they resided some years, when thev returned to Ohio. Effie was 
married November 4th, 1877. in S|>ringfield, Ohio, to Mr. Jacob 
E. Knaub. who was a native of Clark County, his parents' home 
being in the vicinity of Springfield. They have always lived in 
Champaign County. Thev now own and occupy a good farm near 
I'.ris, ()]iio. This home they have acquired through their own ef- 
forts and industry and represents years of toil and sacrifice; Ihev 
enjoy the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends. Thev are 
m'J;''/;."' "f f7^^'l\"el\ters, Adaline Gertrude. Sarah Rebecca, 
Mary Alice, and Effie IMiriam Knaub. 



Adaline G. was born March 1st, 1879. She received a good 
common school education, and has been an active, energetic worker 
m the Concord M. E. Church and Sabbath School for a number 
of years. She was married to Mr. Franklin Zimmerman, April 
,^oth, 1903, at the Methodist parsonage in Urbana, Ohio, by the 
Kev. E. H. Cherrington ; this worthy couple reside near Eris and 
are farmers. 

Sarah R., second child of Effie and J. E. Knaub, was born 
near Mutual, O., March 24th, 1881. She was diligent in school, 
but was never strong enough to pursue her studies very far. She 
is industrious and an excellent house-keeper. She was married 
October 6th, 1908, at the home of her parents, to Mr. Marion A 
Frantz of Spring Hill, Ohio, by the Rev Mr. Briggs. They occupv 
and operate a farm near Eris, O., and are faithful menibers of 
the Concord M. E. Church. 

Mary Alice, third daughter of Effie and ]. E. Knaub was 
born near Mount Tabor, July sth, 1884. She received her educa- 
tion in the district schools, and like her sisters is very industrious 
and energetic, and a good house-keeper. Alice was married at her 
parents' home. November 15th, 1905. to Mr. John N. Miller of th" 
vicinity of Eris, by Rev. J. F. McColm, they live on a large 
farm near Piqua, Ohio. They are the parents of one child, Mar- 
garet Ethel, born July 2nd, iqo8, near Eris, Oliio. She is the 
only grandchild of Effi'e and J. E. Knaub. 

Effie Miriam, youngest child of Effie and ]. E. Knaub, was 
born February 12th, 1892, in Urbana, Ohio, and when in her four- 
teenth year, on Thanksgiving morning, November 30th, 190s. after 
some months' of suffering with Brights' disease," God called her 
to her Heavenly home. Effie had a joyous, sunny disposition, was 
studious in school, and greatly beloved by teachers and school- 
mates, and idolized by parents and sisters and her early death 
cast a gloom over the neighborhood. Her remains were laid to 
rest in the Concord Cemetery. 

Chase Lincoln, oldest son of Georee W. and Priscilla Free- 
man, was born at the old home farm in Goshen Township, Ian- 
nary 28th, 1864. He removed to Clay Countv, Illinois, with' the 
family at the age of three years and returning "to Ohio, at the age 
of twelve years, he worked on the farm uii.til he grew to man- 
hood. He was ntarried Seoten'iber loth, 188=;. to Miss Emma 
E. Lyons of near Mutual. Soon after his marriage. Chase began 
work in the Wood>vard Flour Mill on Buck Creek and later work- 
ed at milling in Urbana some time going: from there to a farm 
near Dialton, Ohio. From this place he removed to Clermont 
County, where he operated a farm, for a time, removing from 
thence to a suburb of Cincinnati, where he followed black-smithing 
and later became a worker in cement; after a time he returned 



with his family (o Urbana, beconiinp a contnr.nr f 

To these parents were born five ihildre r f°'-,«"ient work. 

bert Brvan, Leah ManV R„ ", ^^^ '^'^""ren ■ James Warren, Her- 

J^mes^V was bom in ,SS6^'' ^«' ^^g"^ Leroy. 
cement bnsiness ami has workeT /vit'ir^ ^f^f '' ' ''^ '^^"'<^'' "''^ 
condnctor on one of tl" e^rk t le c^Mi fe'"' r"' ""^ ^'=° ^ 

-ch^dS^;^;;:;--i^.-^™FJ^^'''- 

l'>een,an died Se, embe ';,!, u,'!, T„°^ m'^'^ ^- ^^''^l ^."m. 
Urbana, Ohio, where e ha/ ' I -* ^' "''^ ^''" Sanatorium in 
'licitis. His fnneral serve erX'l T 7""'!°"^ ^"^ ^I^"-'" 

<.e auspices of, he Lrrl,ana Lodge O o'l""'?/ ;''^■5•l^. '-!" 

;-a■-K.:;,^^^i^r:,x:7^- 

Leah M nnl , ^ In.sband and father. 

bon,n«^£uon^O;K78^ "^^Ltl '"""^ '^-"-"' ^^ 
Cmcmnati. When she wns tuL, " P"^"'^ ^^6""^ living in 

- hard fall on a stone step s.Hkiri ^T "^ ''^^^ =''^ ^^«'ved 
nn.ch that it has caused 1 ?mS's^ffV",'r, "^'.'"j"""^ '' ^ 
I'^r for life; she was very brLve hro F => V' ""de a cripple of 
f.nally becan,e able to wall by the akj!,; ''"" 'f '""^' ^u, 

.0 atten.lscl.ol and has becom^;'::bS ^pLrm?;^ ^^ ''' 

born^ra!i„::?f i °-,r^^T?^;Z^" ''^'' -^^^ Arg^s\.was 
Etnma Freeman, are .low with their fatherT^'°"l "' "^'''"^ ^"^ 

^^'arren Ross, second so of Geo ^^ '",^^" ''"" ^exas. 
was born October 4th, .865 and d^erl f t the 1 "'"'!^ ^''"^'"' 
near Xenja, 111., when near^five yets „/ J "' °' '"^ f^""^^^' 

spent in Champaign a^rH^^n cj unl's't""' "^ '^''''^''™'' ''-' 
o Miss Cora E. Morrison o H.rH r '"^^ "'""^^' '" '889 
I'ved for a time, then removed f^w"- ^°""'y' 0'"'°' ^^''ere they 
thereto Elk Rapids Mi 'Can ate""" A^a' u'"'"',' ^°'"^ f^- 
to Frankfort, Mich, and from there to Tem '"^' from thence 
Uiarles has been a section boss for n>nr T*^'"P^^^"". same state. 
Arm Arbor R. R. and is a "erv woX " "'-'"'^ ^'"" °" tl>'^ 

of the officers of the road as well as ll ' 'T^'"^ "^^ ^«Pcct 

sr pS jr """""■ "" -" »".i. ",;t str;r.s 

removed will, |,er p,re„|, |„ QM "" ,1 """'« ?' "~ Vork bill 



r^3^^L^;s:r^S-ir"£i3:2£ 

Louise, in :gZ i MansVield Ohfn W T T /^' '"'^ ^'^"-^''^ 
in Imperial Penn a ho ,V : "'^' ^"^ ^^'"^''y '^^^''^ r«i<l<^'l 

n„.':^rt.rs"j,';r ,r.8io°rcurc:;;i,f ;;'' "s '■"'"- 
"f f ;J™;"tcr:s *i,r7',;x,£i";iif i 

.he iSiS;*.,°H':;v;tr'.tap.'' ™'"°'"' " ■" •»™"" ■" 
o..Ji's.;r':;^;i£";;&„t^-,-»C'^si.::,-- 

George Washington, third son of George W and '^arah F 

fimSmmm 



cemetery near. The young wife and children returned to Spring 

S?ic Sol"^^ ^"" '-''^ ^"" --- ^- chHdren no. 'att^f^'uf; 

Sarah Dilsa, youngest daughter of George \V and Sarah F 

a he to r., L"r ""^ '" "l" ^'^'^''^' ^-^f^"^'^' removing wiU her 
ater d,e f ^°""'-'', '^''"" ^'"■'^" >'"^= of ^g^ : a few years 

Mr \vm c^' ''"'°''"' '° ^"'1°"- She was married in 807 ,o 

stricken Jit t' nhod fZJZ '""i"^' ""^ y"""^ '"'^''^'"rf was 

'899. aged ahourr ears S ra^mad If/r l'"' ''"' ^^^^ '^"^' 

then removed to the village of N H? . " ?" ^ f^""' 

soon after. Sarah was stricken with ll„»c i c- , , '^^'"''^'e; 

.3.1. .9.0 her spirit ,oo',:^itT flight o' ZLT It'V''''^' 

S^'piS^" ndXtn^;;^-:!rirf ;^ ^' l?-''^ - ^-^^ 
'" ;viih:;:\St'^^^^^^r'-' "^^^'^^'"'' ^^"^ 

Freen,an. w s ho n Arrv'T,8s"'V^ ^""^^^ ^'- ^"^ ^^^^^ E. 
"'Other die.l, and a vear later his ^V' '" ''T °'^ ^^''^^" ^is 
Dialton, and here W ler g ew ,0 ma "Jd "'h "' ''' '^'""^r.^" 
cemher 26th. iqo, to ATisfVl?. "l^.' '"="^''- "e was married De- 
Rev. J. L. dalh^-^.^he" so^fa'j; Son' "ffe'""' °,''°' "^^ 

Penn wher/t,: ^n;n;'h:rfi;= i^^^e:'^,,:: 5^ei^' 

a:sli££----'Sr^^ 

n.a,tonr;^:rl^.^:^roiuro;;:£l'%s:i- ';if- ^'-vau, of 
oft;v---^£'ft=SS?r 

spent on the farm nea! Saltan. '"' '^"^ ^'■^"^'^" '-= been 



Henry Harrison, second son of Warren and Susan Af Fr.» 

vtkVtU worT'/°'' "" "',"""''• "^ ^^^^ "-- ahle to do rm 
work, but worked some w,th carpenter's tools ahout the home A 

lon^Oh oT"'-'"'"l""^ '^^^ ''^'^"'"^ '''""S^^ and gong ,0 Ham- 
ton, Ohio, he secured employment in the steel works afte? a 

eres he went to Cincinnati to become traveline salesman or, 
Eas't a'd r''r '""i""'""^ bouse; he traveled in1le Test and 

Enuitab e SilL At f ' '"'"■ PK-'chasmg an interest in the 

Lqu table Silk Manufacturing establishment in the city reman 
eH m this business for si.xteen years. Then he sold I ii ntere t 
and started in the hotel business. In February loo, 1,1 , 

"lict^li :r;T;NTtT'"N^^/tl'\^ been em-ploi as a'n 

H. Freema,/\,: :rt«l d.isTi e Mai" .TJ^T/ a'^ftr:"^'-,, ""'"''. 

several months; duration with hea'rt trolibre ' l/e ya , arlv ;' 

nace h, t'f ' '"' '"'""' ""= ^'^'^ ^' ^is home and m rn en took 
place m teh cemeter}' near Paterson mermcnt took 

.-.. bS°",:„,"%"-,S'f' 5 »' ""™ ""J S..,.n JI. Fr„„,.„. 



severr'frir'nr "[ ""' ''?'^ ^''""-^- ''^= P^'^'^^^ "'™"gh some 
se\ere trials of s.ckness ami sorrow, but has been permitted to 

fh em al cu.zcns ,n the.r respective communities.*^ She has beeu 
ue« as a soldier, cnhstiug August i.sh, 1862, in the i nth Reet 

years were spent in Mingo. Here he received 1 , ' ''°>'''°°^ 

public school, also attendine a NonLT I 1 ' ^'J"'^^""" '" "le 

the summer; he began "cluing at le aee oTeill ."''"1" ''"""^ 
two years, and in 1882, became a c erk in f .Ir ^ , '" ' ''" '^^'S'^' 
wood, where he remained two vears tL^' ?°°''' '^^"'^ '" R'^''" 
sas, he occupied a similar poi on wl'""c'°H^ W ^'^'°"' ^'■^"- 
years later going to Saliua, where he held H ^^'>;"™°P : two 
clerk in the John A. Nelson Dry GooSs 'sto e 'h"°" °^'^"'' 

October, ,854. He .as re-electLrind'^^^Vjrr'srnd J^L^^'"^ 



m- 



November, 1898, he began work for the H. D. Lee Mercantile Co., 
wholesale grocery house, as cashier. In Jan. 1899, resigned his 
position and accepted tliat of Cashier of the Farmers' National 
Banl< of Salina. Jn 1903 he organized and was made president of 
tlie Assaria State bank. In December, 1905, resiging his position 
as Cashier of tlie Farmers' Bank, also that of president of the 
Assaria bank, he organized and was made president of the Salina 
Connty State Bank, with a capitol of $35,cxx), the snccess of which 
was satisfactory to the stock-holders and ofikials bnt later it con- 
solidated with the National Bank of America and Charlie was 
made first vice-president. He is also president of a small bank 
at Smolan, Kansas, also holding positions of trust in the city, and 
was a member of the board of trustees of Kansas Wesleyan Uni- 
versity for years; a member of the M. E- Church, being president 
of the financial board nf same. He is level-headed and far-sighted, 
a kind and thoughtful son, brother and friend. . He was married 
to Miss Elizabeth Jane Alexander, at the home of her parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. A. K. Moody, near Mechanicsburg, Ohio, November 
i8th. 1886, and a few days later journeyed to Salina, Kansas, where 
they have smce resided. To this tmion have been born five chil- 
dren. 

Arthur Marion, the oldest, was born December 6, 1887, 'n 
Salina; after graduating from High School he entered the law 
department of the State University at Lawrence, Kansas, and grad- 
uated June 7th, 191 1. He has occupied a position with the Citizens 
State Bank at Abilene, Kansas, until recently, when he became 
Cashier of the Farmers' State Bank at Bennington, Kansas. 

Robert Alexander, the second son, was born in Salina, and 
died of cholera infantum, July 10, 1891, aged about two years. 

James Hendrix, third son of C F. and Elizabeth McAdams 
was born 1892, in Salina and graduated from the Salina High 
School with the class of 191 1. He has a position in the bank with 
his father. 

IVIargaret Frances, born in 1899, and Laura Elizabeth, born 
1901, m Salina, Kansas, are the young daughters of C. F. and Eliza- 
beth McAdams; they are both srong and healthy. They are pupils 
in the city schools and are doing well in their studies. They also 
study music, and often assist in entertainments, both in school and 
church. 

Jeannette Gertrude, oldest daughter of Susanna and F. M. 
McAdams was born June 12, 1866, in Mutual, Ohio, removed to 
Mingo with her parents when a small child, where she grew to 
womanhood. She was married to Lincoln N. Crain. October 29th, 
1881 ; they are the parents of three children: Floyd Mahlin, Ella 
Irene, and Edith Vaughn This family lived on a farm near Mingo 
until October, 1900, when they removed to Salina, Kansas, where 



tliey still live; they own their own home and are industrious and 
respected^ Mr. Grain is employed in a wholesale meat packing 
house. He attends strictly to business and has many friends ■ Net- 
r? 'i\F°°'^ ''''^^ ^"^ mother; an ideal home-maker. The son 
I'loyd M., is a plumber and while working in Denver Col was 
married to Miss Mamie Killgallon at the Catholic parsonage in 
that city, June 22, 1907, then going to Brush, where he was in bus- 
iness. 

Floyd M. Crain xyas again married, April 28th, 191 1, to Miss 
Kose Cook, m Nebraska; their home is at Scott's Bluff, Neb 

L la Irene, oldest daughter of Nettie and L. N. Crain attended 
the pubhc schools in Salina, finishing in the High School; she was 
married to Mr. Arthur Smithcrs, December n. 1907; they operat- 
ed a large farm for two years, but arc now living in Salina, Mr 
Smithers IS in bu.siness with his father and brother in the Salina 
Electric Street and Interurban Company. These voung people are 
the parents of three children. Retta Gertrude. Ernest Hugh, and 
Kenneth Emery Smithers. 

Edith Vaughn, the youngest child of Nettie and Lincoln Crain 
was born near Mingo, Ohio, in 1898, removing with her parents to 
Sahna. when very young, she is a student in the citv schools 

Laura E.. second daughter of Susanna and F. M. McAdams 
wa.. born in Mutual, Ohio, April s, 1868. She grew to womanhood 
m lier native state; going to Beloit, Kansas, in 188=1 she clerked 
m the same store with her brother, Charlie, for one year, then 
going wjth him to Salina, they clerked in the Nelson store two 
vears. Then the store was sold, and the new firm removed to 
Washington, Iowa. Laura went with them and clerked for five 
months, but returning to Salina she took a similar position in a 
notion store and remained one year. She was married to William 
J. Gattell. November ,9th. i8qo, at her mother's home in Salina- 
some time later they removed I0 Kiowa. Kansas, where Mr. Cat- 
ell was m the drug business, and Laura was proprietor of a mil- 
inery store for several years, when they returned to Salina, where 
her husband held the nositim, of cashier of the Salina Gountv State 
Bank. They removed to Denver. Col., in 1908, where they own 
and manage a large apartment house. They are the parents of 
one child. Gertrude Reed Cattell, who was born in Salina She" 
now attending Manual Training School; she is interested in a 
and has done some very good work in water color and oils- she 
IS also a musician. ' 

Eva Maria, third child of Susanna and F M MrAd:,m.: , 
born in Mutual, Ohio, Mav r, ,869. She was married to 7 Irve 
Swart^ of Richwood. Ohio. December 12th. 1886, and a few n'lonths 
later they removed to Salina. Kansas, where thev lived with the 
Zm Tm %'''°'' time st^ent at Gypsum City. Kansas', until le 
death of Mrs. Swartz. which occurred July ,5th, 1809. after many 



months of suffering with tuberculosis, Eva was an amiable, Chris- 
tian woman, devoted to her family; after the death of her baby 
boy, Jerome Irvel, in April, 1897, her health failed rapidly; she 
was very patient during her sickness, her only regret at leaving 
this world being the parting with her husband and little girls Ame- 
lia May, and Ruth Varner, and the many friends. After his wife's 
death Mr. Swartz kept the girls in their home, employing a house- 
keeper for a few years. Since then the girls have kept house while 
attending school. Amelia's school days ended when she was in the 
junior year in High School; she then devoted all her spare time to 
her music, for which she has a talent; she is also quite clever at 
needlework. She was married June 14, 1910, to Mr. Edwin B. Ives, 
who is the proprietor of a store in Salina, near the University 
grounds ; he carries a line of goods in demand by the students. 
They are the parents of a son, Howard Lowell, born April nth, 
191 1, in Salina. 

Ruth Varner Swartz graduated from the Salina High School 
in the class of 1909. She lives at home and keeps house for her 
father; her friends speak very highly of her capabilities in that 
line. She is also fond of music, and sings in the church and 
Chautauqua chorus. 

Carrie A., daughter of S. M. and F. M. McAdams, was born 
in Mingo in 1871 ; she moved with her mother to Salina. Kan., in 
1887. She clerked in a dry goods store two years, married Clar- 
ence L Wight, at the home of her mother, October .-^ist, 1894, and 
soon after moved to Denver, where Mr. Wight had a good posi- 
tion with a real estate company ; after about two years they re- 
lumed to Salina, and bought a home, but in 1908, they returned to 
Denver, moving some months later. Mr. Wight is secretary for 
the Denver, Laramie and N. W. R. R. Land and Investment Com- 
pany. They are the parents of one daughter, Miriam Louise, born 
February 15th, 1903. She is attending the public school also 
studying music. 

Lydia C. fifth daughter of S. M. and F. M. McAdams. was 
horn in Mingo, Ohio, in 187.^. She was married to Samuel Hoover, 
February 25. 1891, at the home of her mother in Salina. They 
have spent all their married life here, except a short residence in 
Kansas City; they own a good home in Salina, Mr. Hoover is pro- 
prietor and manager of a wholesale produce house; They are the 
parents of four children, J. Harold, was born in 1892, graduating 
wrth the class of iqii. from the Salina High School, and has a 
position with a cold storage and ice company in Salina. 

Helen Tanet was born in 1894, and is a junior in High School, 
she assists her father in the office during vacations. 

Mildred Blanche, born in 1896, is entering her second year in 
High School, and Warren Freeman Hoover, named for his great- 
grandfaher. was born in 1899. I" school he is still in the grades. 



The mother of this little family is a small, but very energetic, in- 
dustrious woman, and finds time to work in the W. C. T. U and 
the missionary societies of the U. E. Church, and she, as well as 
her sisters, are interested in Woman's Club work. 

Susie Maye, youngest daughter of S. M. and F. M. McAdams, 
was born February 15, 1875, and removed to Kansas at the age of 
twelve years. She completed her education in Salina, and was 
appointed deputy county treasurer, serving four years under her 
brother, Charlie. She was married December 14th, 1898, to Mr. 
Charles Benjamin, of the firm of Rosenwald and Benjamin of 
Salina. Maye was more than ordinary attractive, intelligent, cap- 
able, very sociable, sincere and of a sunny disposition. She was 
quite an active worker in a woman's club in the city. On August 
14th, 1903, Maye Benjamin was called to her heavenly home, af- 
ter an illness of a few short weeks with acute Brights' disease, — 
no children were born to this couple. 

Howard D, son of Susanna and F. M. McAdams, was born 
in Mingo, Ohio, in August, t88o. He was seven years old when the 
family removed to Kansas ; here he grew to manhood ; he is a 
pharmacist and after clerking for five years in M. B. Palmer's 
drug store, became a partner with his employer in the Opera House 
Pharmacy of Salina. 

Ralph T, son of Susanna and F. M. McAdams was born near 
Richwood, Ohio, in October, 1882. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools of Salina; at the age of sixteen he began clerking in the 
National Bank of America in Salina and remained there three years, 
then became book-keeper in the Fanners Bank, rsigning to accept 
the same position in the Salina County State Bank; here he re- 
mained until his health failed in 1907- On the advise of his phy- 
sician he went to New Mexico, where he remained a few months, 
and then returned to his home improved, but after a short time he 
decided to go to Georgetown, Colorado, there he secured a position 
with a mining company ; later he became a resident of Boulder ; 
his health gradually improved and he is now a member and man- 
ager of the Boulder Paint, Paper and Mercantile Company. Ralph 
is a member of the city band and is quite a good vocalist. He was 
married to Miss Hazel Burkholder, October 28th, 1911, at the 
home of the bride's mother in Georgetown, Col. 

Frank M., youngest child of Susanna and F. M. McAdams, 
was born October ist, 1885, and was just one year old when his 
father died. A year later his mother sold her home in Richwood 
and with her six youngest children, removed to Salina, Kansas. 
Frank received his education in the city schools, and was also a 
student in St. John's Military Academy, at Salina. At the age of 
nineteen years he was employed as a clerk in the office of the dis- 
trict foreman for the Union Pacific R. R. Company He is now 



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employed as secretary in the office of an extensive dealer and ship- 
per of live stock, much of it being imported. 

Judith Annette, sixth child of Warren and Susan M. Free- 
man, was born August 20th, 1845, o" the old home farm north of 
Mechaniesburg, wfiere she grew ba womanhood, attending the 
district school. She possessed a bright and lively disposition, and 
was energetic and courageous, and was endowed with a taste for 
music; having a good voice, she often took a leading part in 
the singing in the church services and Sabbath school at Treacle's 
Creek. She was married to Mr. Charles M. Gove, October 31st, 
1865, by the Rev. L. F. Van Cleve at the parsonage of the M. E. 
Church in Urbana, Ohio. They began house-keeping on Mr. 
Gove's farm a short distance east of Mutual, where they toiled 
hard in the years that followed, and although sickness assailed 
them, and their home was visited several times by the angel of 
death, they succeeded quite well, and filially became the owners 
of two more adjoining farms. Later they sold a part of the first 
one. Sometime about the year 1890, Mr. Gove went into dairying, 
hauling milk to Mechaniesburg, where he retailed it to customers 
over the town; he remained in this business about twelve years; 
at the same time directing the farm work. His health failing, he 
sold out the dairy business ; while the farm work was carried on 
by his sons. Mr Gove did not regain his health; the last three 
years of his life his mind was affected and he became a great care 
to his family ; the responsibility being very heavy on the faithful 
wife, who was untiring in her efforts to keep him comfortable, 
patiently enduring the tedious and arduous care, until God reliev- 
ed his sufferings, September 3rd, 1908; his age was seventy-two 
years. He was a man possessed with many excellent traits of 
character, a true friend to the needy ; strong, active, always enter- 
ing energetically into whatsoever he undertook. A native of New 
Hampshire, but reared in Ohio, he was a soldier, being a member 
of the 66th Regiment O. V. I. His funeral occurred September 
6th, interment taking place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechan- 
iesburg. Seven children were born to this couple, Clara Maude, 
Emma Susanna, Edgar Clifford, Warren Freeman, Frederick 
Charles, Ernest Hiram, Thurman Harrison. 

Qara M. was born August 22, 1866. She received her edu- 
cation in the district school, attending High School in Mechan- 
iesburg and also a Normal School in Urbana, during the summer, 
and spent one term in the State Normal at Ada, Ohio, and taught 
school successfully for about three years. She also studied music 
and before her marriage served as organist in the M. F Church 
and Sabbath School at Mutual, of which church she was a mem- 
ber. Clara was married December 16, 1891, to Mr. Warren Rutan 
at the home of her parents, by the Rev. I. C. Page. They began 
house-keeping in Mechaniesburg where Mr. Rutan was employed 



at blacksmith work. A year later they removed to a farm near 
Fountain Park, after fanning a few years they removed to South 
Charleston, Ohio, and engaged in creamery work, but is now em- 
ployed in carpenter and concrete work. They are the parents of 
four children. 

Howard Hazel, the oldest son, was born September 22, 1892. 
He graduated from the South Charleston High School in May, 
191 1, winning honors and a scholarship in Ohio Wesleyan Univer- 
sity in which institution he is now a student- 
Charles William, second son of Clara and Warren Rutan, was 
born June 25111, 1897. He is a student in High School. 

Mary Annette, the third child, was horn September 23rd, 
1900. She is still in tlie grades in school, and is also studying 
music. 

Margaret Evelyn, youngest child of Clara and Warren Ru- 
tan, was born October 3rd, 1903. These children are all cjuick to 
learn, and have musical ability, often taking part in entertainments 
in church and school, and are all strong and healthy; Clara, the 
mother, although not strong, is very energetic, and industrious, 
and has been president of and an earnest worker in the W. C. T. U , 
for several years. 

Emma S., second daughter of Annette and Charles Gove, was 
born Afarch i6th, 1869. Emma was a strong, robust child and as 
she grew to womanhood became her mother's dependence in the 
duties of the home ; industrious, and quick to learn in school, and 
a general favorite, of a sunny disposition, a handsome fun-loving 
girl, her life was suddenly cut short in the bloom of youth, after an 
illness of ten days with inflammation of the bowels, her spirit 
returned to God. who gave it, on September 21st, 1884 She was 
fifteen and a half years of age. 

Edgar C, twin brother of Emma, died Jan. 23, 1877, of scar- 
let fever, aged seven. 

Warren F. was born August 15, 1871, and he, too, died of 
that dread disease, scarlet fever, January 14th, 1877. 

Frederick C, fifth child of Annette and Charles Gove, was 
born October 4th, 1875. He grew to manhood on the farm, at- 
tending district school, also High School in Mechanicsburg, grad- 
uating in the class of 1895. He then took a course in dairying at 
the Ohio State University ; after graduation he secured a position 
as manager of a creamery at Marietta, Ohio, going from there 
to Illinois, and later to Kansas, returning to Ohio a year later; soon 
after this he went to Oregonia, Ohio, where he had charge of one 
of French Brothers' creameries; here he made the acquaintance 
of the estimable young lady wlio afterward became liis wife. He 
was married May 23rd, 1906, to Miss Elizabeth Z. Sherwood, at 
the home of the bride's mother. In August of the same year they 
removed to ^fechanicsburg, where he engaged in the lumber busi- 



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ness with his brother, Ernest. In August, 1907, they removed to 
Bethel, Ohio, where he again entered the employ of French Bros-, 
in a creamery. They removed to Russelville, Brown County, Ohio, 
in the Autumn, 191 L They are the parents of one daughter, Dor- 
othy, who was born May 5th. 1907, in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. 

Tlie sixth child of Annette and Charles Gove was Ernest 
H., born September .3, 188.. He received his education in the 
.hstrict school and when very young began to work and •"^'n^'ge /he 
farm with the advice of his mother, after his father s heal h failed. 
Ernest was married. May 24, 1905, to Miss Dessa Beard, by the 
Rev O M. Sellers, at his residence m Dayton, Ohio. Af er a 
wedding journey to Kentucky, the young couple began house_keep- 
ing on his father's farm, where they lived one year. Then Ernest 
bought a sawmill in Mechanicsburg and removed to that place 
he was ahvavs a very energetic, industrious boy, and loved to work 
with horses and machinery. In October, 1906, he was stricken with 
typhoid fever and died N,ov. ist, 1906, aged twenty-five years. 
The loss of this son was a very severe shock to the mother on 
whom the burden of sorrow and the care of the stncken. husband 
and father was pressing so heavily. To the young wife was e 
the memory of a kind, worthy and appreciative husband. Ernest 
was converted an.l joined the M.E. Church when about nineteem 
His funeral was held in the M. E. Church in Mechanicsburg and 
he was laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery. 

Dessa widow of Ernest H. Gove, was married June 27th, 1912, 
to Mr. Howard L. Newman of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, where they 
now reside. 

Thurman H-, youngest child of Annette and Charles Gove 
was born Marcr 23, 1888. He grew to manhood on the farm 
attending school where he was very quick to learn ; he entered the 
Urbana Business College in .908; after completing the course, he 
entered Ohio State University^ where he took a fon conrs in 
dairying. He is of a jovial disposition and full of life and Mm 
possessing unusual musical talent, both vocal and instrumental, ana 
has appeared in public entertainments many times. 

He was married February 26th, 1911, to Miss Leah Madden, 
a winsome voung lady of the neighborhood, at the M. E- Parson- 
aee in Urbana, Ohio, by the Rev. M. LeSourd, af er a short wed- 



ding journey, they returned 



to the home farm, where they began 



house-keeping; his mother making her home with them. 

They are the parents of a young daughter, Mildred, who was 
bom July 3rd, 1912- 



OBITUARY 

Annette Freeman Govb 

n,,^^"^''','''^ ^^ '^"^ "''"' ="" ■'' '^^^" but that his fellows were 
made the happ.er , no flower yet bloomed but the air around was 
laden with its perfume ; no sun ever shone but that the whole world 
in some way felt the healing of its beams; so no life ever fills its 

f Z"7l ^^" :°"' '--"g -- 'astiug good with the race. The 
rU>- . i"'"' ' ^''T""" ^°^'"' '''^'''^' began August 20th, 1845, 

New TJr ->""' 1' '^''- ^," September, rgi.^ she jou'rneyed 
her brotherriV ^ T '^'"' ""■'' "^°""^^ ^"-'^ P'^^^antly with 

her brothers Henry and Leroy, and their families, returning home 

reid in'tih °"i^'-"'";'f- -^''^ ^"""■^'■♦<''' La GrippeSvhich 
resulted in tuberculosis. The most striking of her charac eristics 

rhem ." 'rV'^Iu'"'' •^"'"^ ^"^ ^'"Idren^; and herdevo, on' o 
them was tvpif.ed by a continual forgetfulness of self, and a zeal 
for the welfare of her familv that never wavered until her life 
b7 the^Rerp- "^^f"""'^' -"--> =^' her late home,' conducted 
vL H ^4 ,, Clemens, under whose pastorate she was con- 

Ohio in"thew'T %'"T''er of the M. E. Church at Mutual, 
Uhio in the winter of 1877. Her remains were laid to rest in 
Maple Grove Cemetery, Afechanicsburg, Ohio 



M F™n ''^'k''''"I'\^'o''J°""S"' '"" °f ^^'^^^e" and Susan 
NL Freeman, was born July 8th, ,849, on the old home farm. He 

ch^ls'Tero'v w™'[' r^ '"''^"^1 ^''' ^^""''°" '" 'be district 
iTrll'r^ ^ twelve years of age when the Civil War be- 

DaHotii ?'T. '°, ""'"J "^u^"*" ^°™t^y^en enlisting aroused his 
patnotism, and he longed to become a soldier. And when the i^4fh 
Re^.ment were on parade in Mechanicsburg, M'ay 2nd iSf4 Jre 
H^hT k ^° '", '^' r' °f "•"' be was so eager to go that ather 
Had o buy a dr,™ for him to play, to satisfv and keep hin^ f om 

n,87oh7,7f^."'f T".' ?"' -^'"^ '" "bnois, returning in .86^ 
1 is Ether H T ' ^'T"' ^°'"^ '° ^^^^ York City to assist 

i£^.fer t:\S^?:rlsS ^L-^orN:-s-- 

E rPick^tt'Kili:^' "r' "'^^f ■ ^'r^^-^ ^ ^^^^^bter of F. M. an'd 
educated in St. Vincent's Seminary at' Birkenhead, England ' Sh: 







house-keep.ng m ^^ -^V.^ci y' Some years later they bought 
then reu.rn,ng to New York Uty^^^^^ ^^. ^^^^ ^^^^^^ but cont,n- 
property m ^^^^f'"''^;-^^^^^. finally selling out and estabhshmg 

„.. bora .. i;""r^ „f'NfrVork Ca,' "d P.Sk, N J, 

Eloise, born July 31st, lyuj, « August iqo7; he 

The ™Sh.,, Fl»a., is . -^ry en.vBelic. i~Ja,i„o,». c.pabl, l.tU. 
woman. 

was born January i». lo/y. ric wnrk-ed in the 

N " He was married the second t,me, February 15th, I9'2. to 



Miss Ethelyn L- Snyder, of Pate 



N. J. Tliey reside 



Maude Ethel, only daughter of Argus L., and Marie I Free- 
man, was born December 23rd, 1880. She was educated in the 
i assaic schools, and is an efficient pianist and vocalist Ethel was 
married to Albert H. Goble of Newark, N. J„ June 6, 1905, at the 
homie of her father m Passaic. After her marriage. Ethel and her 
husband remained m her father's home for some months when 
they rernoved to Arlington, N. J. Mr. Goble is connected 'with a 
wholesale grocery Iiouse in New York City^ In August iqoq 
Ethel came to Ohio with her father, to attend the annual re- 
unionof the Freeman families and to visit her father's people at 
his boyhood home_ She is a charming little woman, a lover of 
nature, and was delighted with the country, and her visit, though 
short, was mutually enjoyed. This couple are the parents of two 
children, Albert Leroy, born March, 1906, and Marie Ethelbert 
born March, 1907. Thev now live at Westfield, N. I 

Warren K., youngest son of Argus L. and Marie I. Freeman 
was born August i, 1S84; he was reared and educated in Passaic 
He IS a printer and a member of the firm, with his father and 
brother Ernest. He was married to Miss Edna Ingersol Tomp- 
kins, of Passaic, Mlay 21st, 1908. They are the paren'ts of two 
httle daughters. Dorothy Isabella, born May 27, 1909 and Mar- 
lorie Emily born July 9, 19,,. Warren is a member' of Rescue 
Hook and I adder Company and has rendered efficient service- 

Argus L. Freeman was married October 24, 1905, in Brook- 
lyn, N. y., to Mrs. Mary Jermaine Ainsworth, a widow, who has 
two children, a son and daughter, the latter is married I0 Mr 
Ernest Woodworth and they are the parents of three children 
and live m Brooklyn, N. Y. Leroy was a member of the Rescue 
Hook and Ladder Company for twenty years and served as treas- 
urer durine: all that time, being re-elected each year. 

Mrs. Mary J. Ainsworth Freeman died December 21st. igio 
at the tamilv home m Passaic of dropsy and paralysis 

Argus Leroy Freeman departed this life luly 14th, 1912, aged 
63 years, 6 days. His health had been gradually failing for a year 
or more^ and a few days before Christmas, 1911, he suffered a 
stroke of paralysis; this deprived him of the use of his right side 
for some time, and all his business responsibility had to be laid 
aside, or given over to his sons. After some months of treatment 
he became able to write and also to walk about enough to go to his 
office and to attend divine service in the Methodist Church near 
his home, and this privilege he greatly enjoyed ; but, although 
seemmgly regaining the use of his limb, he suffered much and in 
lune (or Ju y ) was again Stricken and gangrene having set in 
the left foot, he was removed to the General Hospital in Paterson 
July loth, for an operation in the hope of prolonging his life- he 



seemed to rally from this operation, but in a few hou s extreme 
weakness came upon him and on the morning of the 14th his soul 
passed to the great beyoud. His remains were laid to rest in 
Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, N. J., July 17th. Thus one by 
one our dear ones are joining thostt who have gone before. 



CHAPTER VIII. 
Ira, third son of George Warren and Judith B. Freeman, wa^ 
born at the old home on Freeman street, near ^''^'"'":2,-2colm- 
vember i6th, ,8.0. He removed with his parents t° ""f'^'T.Co"" 
tv when ten years of age, and there grew to manhood. He was 
a fa mer and was married February 28th. 1837. to Miss Marville 
WilZ 'arSpringwater, N. Y -d the following Apr, removed 
with his father and family .0 Champaign County, Oh", where thes 
settled two and one-half miles from MeChanicsburg^ Ira and 
amilv o cupfed one of the farms purchased by grandfather until 
the spring of .8.0. There were born to this couple six children^ 
Russel Letcy, Marville Amelia, Hannah and two -ns^-^^ ^led 
in infancy; the youngest was buried in J'^, =7,^ ."f ^^ "'^Jeals 
mother who died January ist, 1847, aged about thirty-seven year5_ 

manager. To this union were born two children Ira Daniel and 
Mary Jane. In .850. Uncle Ira sold his farm and bought another 
one near Texas, now Mutual. He built a new house fn^' '^7;^^;; 
occupvine it when Aunt Delilah was stricken -'llj^ '>,Ph°'d f^;"^ 
She died September :5th, i8si, aged 41 years. The ^^^b^J wa 
left with si.x motherless children. Grandmother PM^eeman moved 
o hi ome, and a eirl was hired to do the work. Two years la e 
erandmothe'r died then Uncle Ira sold his f-- '■ -"^^^J ^ ^^^ 
for his children. He went to Illinois on a visit. He was marriea 
February ;2""8S4, to Miss Sarah Starrett. He bought another 
farm near my father's and there, with his new wife and six child en, 
began house-keepine. To this union was born one f°"- barren. 
In^ August, .8S9 this wife Sarah, died after 55,^"^^' X 1 ,hen 
ness, with consumption, followine pneumonia The '^'"ebters then 
kent house and cared for the family, until their father marnea 
Miss Elizabeth D. Jones, of Delaware. Ohio. . The wedding cere^ 
monv was performed at her parents' hnnre in the above named 
Xce The bride was a milliner and had been conducting a si J 
b Mutual. Ira and Lizzie Freeman were the parents of five chil- 



dren, Margaret Helen, Cliarles Tlinmas, Emma Rosetta, Sarah 
Melissa and Mary Stella. The oldest, was born in Oliio, the other 
four, in Iowa, where the family removed, three years after his last 
marriage. He sold his Ohio farm, and on September 15th, 1863, 
started for their new home in the West. Not one of the family 
have ever returned to Ohio and few of those who made the jour- 
ney are alive today- This parting with our Uncle and family 
made us all feel bad ; to father it was especially sad, as Uncle 
Ira was his only living brother, and at that time Iowa seemed 
much farther away than now, and travelling more difficult. They 
lived in Mahaska Comity three or four years, then removed to 
near Rome, Henry County. Ira Freeman died at his home in 
Iowa, September 24th, 1879, ^S^'' almost sixty-nine years. His 
wife, Elizabeth D. Freeman, died February 7th, igii, aged seven- 
ty-eight years, lacking a few weeks. She sufifered many weeks 
with dropsy of the liver. She was tenderly cared for by her 
daughters and her sister, Miss Helen Jones, who has made her 
home in Iowa for some years. 

Russell, son of Ira and Marville Freeman, was born March 
7th, 1839, near Mechanicsbitrg, Ohio. He was reared on the 
farm. He enlisted in the 66th Regt., O. V. I, October 14th, 1861. 
The regiment was drilled at Cainp McArthur, Urbana, Ohio, until 
ordered to the front, January i6th, 1862. While in camp, Russel 
was married to Miss Viletta P.owen, of Livonia, N. Y., oldest daugh- 
ter of Hiram Bowen, she was an orphan and came to Ohio to 
live with her grand-parents. He served his country until attacked 
with typhoid. He was in the hospital, and very seriously ill for 
some time ; his father moved him honie as soon as he could stand 
the journey and there he suffered a relapse but finally recovered, 
with the exception of a fever sore from which he suffered all his 
life. He was discharged for physical disability in the spring of 
1863. and removed to Iowa with his father and family the follow- 
ing September, where they settled near Rome. Russel and Vi- 
letta Freeman were the parents of seven children : Mary Lovetta, 
Francis Carpenter, Hiram Rowen, Ira Grant, Charles Harvey, Lil- 
lian Maude and John Russel. 

Mary L was born in January, 1864, in Iowa, where she grew 
to womanhood and was married in Septetnber, 1884, to Mr. Mar- 
ion Wymer, they are the parents of five children : Leona L., Fran- 
cis F., Ralph, Dewey, and Alonzo Wymer. 

Francis C, oldest son of Russel and Viletta Freeman, was 
born September 30, 1866, in Iowa. He married Miss Mary Pen- 
eel. To them were born three children, Gerald, Nina and John 
Russel. The wife died in March, 1896, at their home in Rome, 
Iowa ; from the shock cattsed by an operation for a tumor in her 
side. The children were cared for by their grandmother, Viletta, 
until her death. Their father, who was a large, strong man, was 



in childhood; Eva May '^.^'f V^^J^,, McGlashen, a farmer- They 
Granville, Iowa. Sie---f,,:'^Xd and Robert and ar, tnfant. 
^This'faa^'el a^Manteno llHnoi. in ,80.^^^^^ ^ ^^,„,,,, f 



D>„"""'':,k',""" "' 1'°'" °™"*" <>"•. ■»«. "nd di,d 

in t J''^l ''^"^^\'' '^'^"■y A., graduated from the I'lainville schools 
uass ot twentv two. She was married to Mr Charles Merrill 

wi^r^ceiSfrPla^'lr™'-^' ''^ *'" ^^^^ ^^ "• '-'<^'" ^h 

Merrill, who ,s a prosperous farmer and stockman. TI ev beeai, 
house-keeping near Plainville ^ ^^ 

.''Tr.r g':,d "„rr -'* ■^'^' '•"- >«■ '"H-trr.-: 



,nre She was a very industrious woman- 

May their oldest child, was born November 22 1883. Sh^ 

■-"•5 '"""^' s,v %,:7;,;'6S-;8;"',«..v"rrs: «... 
;rMt,VML;^^'c;:xrih»'o, . .a™., - ;,--, e,«d^ . 

'"'St 0"'toi"°.rH"i,n ..d .,ol,„ p. H.d..md «. b<.„ 
S," l,er home Ste also tecelv.J m,m,ci»- .n none and plays 

bris:,f:;:';r.i^S"."Ss-KircS."iSs^^ 



farmer and has always followed that occupation. He married Miss 
nlt,7,^'f ^fP'^"-','" '895. They resided in Henry Countv, Iowa, 
1, nf^^' "'';^" ""-y 7'"'^^<^'1 to Oklahoma. They are ihe par- 

To °dL;7; iSJcT ^ ^"^'^ ''-'■ '''''''■ '-' °''-' --^ ^ '°- 

and Ii:"e':nrc«s'" '""'™"'' '^"^---^-^. -'^" -P-.ed. 
Emma R., second daughter of Ira and Elizaheth Freeman 

reared°?n He' '/"'' .'^^^\ '" ^'''^'''^=' ^"""'^^ I°"'='' ^"^ was 
u^, n, • ^ c?""'-'' '"''"^ ''^'' ''^''■^"'^ removed when she 

«as quite young. She was married to Daniel Collins in i88r He 
was a WKlower his first wife being Letcy, a half sister of Emma 

r , 1° '!",', "'""P'*^ ''■'"^ ''°'"" "^<^^'^" children. 

Lionel E., Milo D., Harry Leroy, Ira F (deceased^ FUie 
Jane. Elizabeth Marie, Helen Ruth t^leceased), hisie 

lowa'^'''' ^^"""^ ""^ °" ^ ^^'"'' f"'"" '^''"' "■'•=^' °f Fairfield. 
XI ?'^'^ J- Collins was married January 18, iqt2 to Earl WelU 
The father. Daniel Collins, died April ,7th ,9,2 ' ''■ 

Sarah M., third daughter of Ira and Elizabeth I.-reeman, wa. 
?, ■ "sQQ -l-;- '^7'' ""' ^°""' ^°^^^- ^larned. Aug. W Hen- 
rheZ>h.r r yy'y.;''''^ "'I P^^^"t^ of one child, Mayo Llovd. 
Ste world r' ^^ 'T' I'^^o. a«I tl^e baby followed her to the 
better uorld a few months later. Sadie was a good woman anH 
was deeply mourned bv her family and friends ' 

the parents of four children. Ralph F.. Bertha Gladvs Marie 
St^ ml^rn'ed tJ £ ' i^i'^^i^/"^ ^'"' ^^'"-^ ^ ^ ^ O.lahom:; 
This record of Ira Freeman and his descendants may not be 
01 LMIitvT''^""' r'"-'''' '^ '""^^ °"^- familieTo'wng to 
Xo ,:. ' i "e.l a""h "w1 ""^ "' -"^^ -^"""^^^ generations 
the death of Vl^ , " '" '"'"^ instances, and who since 

..ve;'t£u;V';:';re^;rie.?:.- "" '^^' '■" *°"^'^ -"" "^- ->- 



CHAPTER IX. 
John Bowen, fourth son of George Warren and Judith Free- 
"ubur7 N T V °'h ''T" °"/— " street, four miles from 
tario County al th!'' ''"'v'^'-^- R^"""-"' with his parents to On- 
He was all and hr f ^ 'ff " J'f '• ^^'^^^^ '^^ ^^^^^ ^ ■^='"l'°°d. 
He uas tall and broad shouldered, but never very fleshy He had 



April. '>}'■ » ":L":;Uo."ik. .5 S«.r. lir... rreed.e- 

voune woman, an excellent noubc R-jcf rhildren were born 

lork^ lace making and embro.denng Tw^ ^^^^^^ ,,,,,, 

tothem: Lydia Ann, was born m 1833, and died t y^^^^_^ ^^^^ 

Beside the four grown people there were t^^o uam . 

and some household goods belonging to «ch f^"^ X- ^" |^^ ,„4 

the hotel where we had ^^PPed or the night 1 ^^^P^-.^^ 

cian in the town was secured, and thev S^^^ '^^[ J ,,,^ 

S:S"Ld — el;: X?^'to\;eitn.e, she cared for him 
""" uL;rjo\rwas°'married. March 8th ,838, to Miss Huldah 

Bay, at the\ome of her ^-^^-^.^^^^^^^1^::^^ b'est Mm- 

a rlpver industrious woman, and belonged to one 01 uic uc 

T I in the vicinity They began house-keeping m part of the 

SiSr;»r^s:s.7=™Hi:>i 

consumption. They had removed to the home ? !"% I'J^^ \^,^,'i, 



was moved to graiulfatlier Freemap's where his mother cared for 
him and tlie oldest son, Noah, nntil his wife was able to wait on 
him. Jolin B. Freeman died April 7, 1839, and was laid to rest by 
the side of his first wife in the cenietery at Mechanicsburg. Uncle 
was a very kind-hearted, sensible man, quiet and patient. Me made 
an agreement with Uncle Ira, to take his son Noah and rear him 
as his own, and to teach him to work on the farm while growing 
up, helping him to choose an occupation for himself when he was 
old enough ; Aunt Huldah and the baby returned to her parents 
home where she remained until John was ten years old, when she 
was married to Timothy Johnson, a Methodist preacher, a widower 
with two sons. 

Noah B. was reared in Goshen Township; received his educa- 
tion in the district school, and at the age of eighteen decided to be 
a miller and secured work in a mill operated by Mr. Shaw When 
he was of age he took a Western trip, going as far as Wisconsin ■ 
when he returned he again secured work in a flour mill In i860 
he again went West and when the Civil War begun lie was in 
Illinois, and enlisted October 15th, 1861, in Co. F, 64th Regt- Illi- 
nois Volunteers in General Dodge's Division, l6th Army Corps, 
commanded by General Hurlburt. They were sent to Mississippi 
and there among the swamps he was sick with fever, and sent to 
Cairo to the hospital and from there to Cincinnati, where he was 
very near death's door, but finally recovered enough to be moved 
home to my father's. He was very much reduced and looked like 
a ghost of his former self. He remained with relatives about 
four months, then returned to his regiment and served until the 
close of the war. He then returned to the West. He was married 
in RIonroe County, Iowa, January 1st, 1870, to Miss Marv -\ 
Gearien. They moved about a great deal, living in different sec- 
tions of Iowa, ^ issouri, Arkansas and Kansas, where he worked 
at mil ing. He died suddenly of heart failure at the home of his 
daughter, Cora ,n Galena, Kansas, December 29th. 1907. Noah and 
Mary A Freeman were the parents of three children. The oldest 
Mary Elizabeth, was born October 9th, 1871. .She married Roberi 
J:.. Carey: a daughter was born to them, Pearl Belle. When she 
was entering womanhood her health began to fail and on the ad- 
yic 01 her physician they removed to Phoenix, Arizona honin- 
the change o climate would prove a benefit, but their fond hopes 

AnHl w /' "'• r^'^""' ^"''"^'"■^ f^^^d =»"'• her death occurred 
Ap'.l yth ,903. Her age was about sixteen years. Her mother 
Mr afarl«\l^ had married the second time, on June 8th, 1896 
mdo tfen ,1 r,f"°''^;i'^=' ""r^' '^'^ ^""^ '" ^eadville Colo- 
of the H " , . .^ ^'"'•' '°"' "^'"'"^ ♦°^^"^- Aft'^'- 'he death 
dlr of fl ^ ".5--'' ''""'"'^ '■" Pheonix, where the mother 

died of the same disease, tuberculosis, May 3rd, 1905 Mary 




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Snodgrass was a Christian woman, very active and fearless She 
had made several baloons ascensions at Joplm ami ^ansas C.tj-^ Mo 
Cora Belle, second daughter of Noah and Mary A. t-.ecman, 
was born January 4, 1873. She married George I., l^^t^r- l-^' '^ 
-I Ccrman and a barber by occupation, they formerly hved 111 
Kansas City, but have lived in Galena, Kans, for some years. Cora 

" '' Th"'yming«t daughter of Noah and Mary Freeman is Robie 
losephine she was born October 6th, 1879. m Arkansas. She was 
married July Qtl'. '?Q7, to Mr. Walter O. Downen, of Sarcoroe, 
Missouri. He is a barber by occupation. 

John Hugh, only son of John B, and Huldah S iTeeman, was 
born February 25th, .839, his father dying when John was but six 
weeks old. His early childhood was spent in the home of hi, 
grandfather Bay, who was deeply interested '". l^->-/-.^''"g ^mj 
much that has been useful and helpful in makm- of him a good 
citizen and neighbor. His step-father was a farmer as well as a 
preacher and taught the lad to manage a farm, as he grew to .nan- 
hood. He received a good education and taught school bu h be- 
fore and after his marriage, while operating the farm. 1-ie ..as 
always been very active, laboring on the farm for niany years ; re- 
tiring at the age of seveuty-two. He was married April 3rd, ;859; 
to Uks Emeline a .laughter of James and Abigail Romine high > 
respected citizens of Treacle Creek, Gosfjen township. They are 
the parents of five daughters, Emma Josephine, Huldah. Mary 
Klsie, Rebecca Ann and Ethel Gail. 

Josephine, the oldest was born May 17th, iSrxi; and died of 
tuberculosis at the age of sixteen years. She possessed a ^very 
lovable disposition and was sincerely mourned by all who ..neu 

""" Huldah was born September 15th, 1861, on the old Bay iarm; 
she received a fair education; is intelligent, industrious; a very 
sociable and worthy woman. She is un-married ; always living at 
home; lovingly caring for her mother, through months of suffer- 
ing and has given a large share of her time and attention to as- 
sisting her sisters and their children, and often lends a helping 
hand to neighbors and friends. The greater part of her life has 
been spent on the farm. , o^, „u„ 

Mary Elsie, third daughter, was born July 24th, 1863, she 
was married in 1882. to Mr. Granville Black. They are the par- 
ents of four children, Albert Eli, Mable, Cora Emebne and Wil- 
liam Granville. , , r wi \ 
Mr Black is a farmer, and owner of three farms near Wood- 
stock,' Ohio ; he is a very industrious, kindly man with much busi- 
ness ability. Elsie is very sociable, industrious, a faithful wife 
and mother. 



Albert EI,, was born October sth, 1883, near Woodstock • he 
was very studious as a boy, graduating from High School in Mech- 
amcsburg m 1901 ; he lias at different times been a student at Ox- 
terbru, College ni Westervillc, and Oxford, Ohio; and the O S U 
at Columbus. He taught district schools several years, and was 
siipenntendent of the school at Thackery one vear, and at Cable 
nlr\v"'°,\^''?' ll ■' "°"' °'^':"Pyi"& one of' his father's farms! 
near \\ oodstock. He was married to Miss Edna Hill of Mingo 
■ O Nov. 2, ,904 They are the parents of one child, Mary Louife! 
horn January 19th, igio. in Cable Ohio 

Mable Pdack was l,orn October 14th, 1892, near Woodstock 
Uino: she IS very mdustrious, and a good honse-keeiKr ; she is verv 
socable an.l talented in nu.sic. She was married to Mr. Ottowav 
Brush rt 't "• "'°?- ^''^y "^^ °" '^^^ f^""^^'= f=>"^^ near 
Int 1 I.Vt, , "^.'''f "^'^ P"'="'= °f *^° <^W'dren, Elsie Qiar- 
lotte, and Thelnia Rhodes- 

Cora E. Black was born January 27th, 1897. She is now a 
semor m the Woodstock High School, and is also studying music 
whde ass,stn,g her mother in the home. ^ ^ ' 

Wilham G. Pdack was born March 21st, 1907 He is a stronf^ 
healthy boy. full of life an,l activity. ^ 

wlRMfonr'^ca,^ I'reeniau was born September 7, 1864, and died 

was boln' S'^^r"^' ' cl'' "' J"''" "■ •^"'' ^^'"'■'''^^ ^'''"^^"' 

lr.,hZ ■ • • >>, '^'"= ^''''' '° ^^'"'"^"liood on the farm; 

feutT ^ f™'" "", ^'^'^''■^'"csburg High School in ,900, she at- 

uS one "' "' ■^'•■"^ ^°'''"^' ""'^"^"y ^' Ada^ Ohio, and 

aught one year m the country. She was n.arried June 4tli, .902, 
to Mr. Charles Bowcn, son of David Eerguson Bowen He is a 

vhicirthe " '"" '°'r ""' 'f '''^ fafher-in-law on the est 
e ed i \hr';,?rr''-'"''""^/'"'«' "'^'^ °"'" f-- ^harle 
a d e vel ' l7 K^?""^"' °f f'e regular U. S. armv in 1898 
ed to t o I S ff /" ,"'' I''""P"i"e f^'-"''^- He return- 

Phvsica di abili 't/'' "'"' '.'''^"'"^^i^"^- ^"^ ^vas discharged for 
physical d.sabdity Tins couple are the parents of tAvo children 

"or" ^rguTtU'-^or ""- ^^^-"'^- -■ ">«3. and Ag^s! 
John H. Freeman is the owner of the old Bay farm and with 

o! I.,, l.,„b,„J ,„ ,87,, li„d „ „„ ,,„„■'„, ,,„ ,„^ j2'_ „tre 



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she was tenderly cared for until her death, which occurred May 
5th, 1884; her age was about 68 years. Her remains were laid 
to rest in the family lot in beautiful Maple Grove Cemetery at 
Mechanicsburg, Ohio. 



CHAPTER X. 
Noah Beaman Freeman, St.i soil of George Warren and Ju- 
dith Freeman, was born at fh? old home on Freeman street, four 
miles from Auburn, N. Y., in June, 1816. He was four years of 
age when the family removed to Ontario County, N. Y., where he 
grew to manhood, and obtained his education in the schools of the 
neighborhood. He was gifted in masic, the fife bemg his favorite 
instrument, and in the company of militia of which he was a mem- 
ber he was the fifer; his brothers Ira and John were drummers 
in the same company, and they spent many pleasant hours playing 
martial music together at home. Noah B. was married to Miss 
Fannie Robison in March, 1836, at the home of the bride s parents, 
near Canadice, N. Y., where they began house-keeping and here 
their little daughter, Jane Elizabeth, was born, February 10, :837- 
The following spring they were making preparation to move to 
Ohio with his parents and brothers when he became very ill anc^ 
died under distressing circumstances. Uncle Noah was very fond 
of wrestling and was considered the champion wrestler in the 
neighborhood. Among the young men of his acquaintance there 
was one who said Noah Freeman should not go away and say that 
he was the best man in their town. They had their goods all pack- 
ed in the wagon ready to start to Ohio in a day or two, when this 
young man, Coe Haines, by name, challenged Uncle Noah for a 
■farewell contest. He consented and repairing to the barn they 
began and threw each other time after time, neither one being will- 
ing to be out-done ; thev became so interested that they spent the 
greater part of the day wrestling. They were so evenly matched 
that one could not gain much advantage over the other ; but they 
finally quit; Haines claiming he had not been out-classed. It was 
late in March, and the weather was chill and damp that day; Uncle 
Noah was not careful to guard against cooling off too quickly, and 
he was seized with a hard chill, inflammation of the throat nd 
lungs quickly followed. Everything that human hearts and liands 
could do, was done for him. His father stood over him almost 
day and night, but all to no purpose; after terrible suffering, he 
died the 5th of April, 1837. Grandfather had already sold the farm 
and the new owner had moved in, so they were compelled to start 
for Ohio as soon after the funeral as possible. The sad ending 
of this young life was a great disappointment to the family, as they 



had planned on all settlii 



each other after arriving 



tie sorrowing young wife decided to remain with her own parents 
t '^k!^ °:"5:!""^r"'-^ ?ff"-' '-■ ^ "o-^ -itl, ,hem and' wonui 



gladly have provide 
months old 



tor her and little Jane, 



was hnt two 



A few years later, the 
an Englishman: a cooper 
■vhere Jane grew to wom 



ndow married Mr. Zephaniah Bradley 

ly trade, they removed to Michigan, 

and fp„„l,. =.1 I '''°°''' ^'^"^ received a good education, 

and tatight school some years m Michigan. A correspondence be- 



Mn tn f", '"f ;'"' "'^ '"'"■■^^' ""=^ °f I'er coming to 
Oh,o to vis.t her father's people in September, iSsT. She was 
a beanttful, attractive, ymmg woman and made many friends She 
attended a select school in Mechanicsbnrg that winter mak nP h.r 
home at my father's, and in the snriu. nJl^ZLTuZ^ ^1' 
ammation and was hi 



the spring passed the teachers' e.\ 
- ,,:,■, , '° '^^^'' 'he Spring and Snmmer school 

wh^ w , r T,"' ^-^^yj^.^^^^f"!; on the last day they lield 
Id n' H "".^".^•^h.b.fon, the mothers of the neighbor- 
hood prepared a p,cn,c dmner and all the e.xercises were held in 

tarr^arried' ln\fT^ ''"'?r" -r'^'"= "^^ ^'"''^ '=^^' -ho^l. She 
n IlT nl u ^f"'" ^- ^^>'°''' D«- '6th, I8s8, at a hotel 
his first'w'if I^'- \'''' ^'" ^'- °"^""' "'y b-'her George and 
h s f^rst wife Pnsolla were married at the same time and place 
Mr. Taylor s home was in Mechanicsbnrg and there the vounir 
conple began honse-keeping. He was a cooper and vorked in f 
tre lorn 'two' M '"TI'"^. '? "^^ ^°""^^>-- ^o this couple 
vl borTi,, rL 1''"' ^'"y'* ^'^''^"^ =>"'• F^""ie- The son 
Nas born m i860 and was never well, he died at the age of eight 
n-OMths. The famdy nwved back to the village and Mr Tavb 

Sa wit'h h" '""' ""^'l °- ""■ '•' '' ' ■""• going to Vir 
ginia uith h,s reg.nient, he was discharged for physical disability 

S;K.^m,'!„^' "r"' ^'-h., where J^n^'s mother' [l 



M?%Zr "V"^ ?^n'' wh^^-^ JamesworkedVlmopTring Ji'th 
"" l'!'\?:J:'Z /:"/ r^ ^ P°It Samia, Canada, i^ ,86. 
ving her little daughter Fannie to the care of her 



1863. 



grandmother Some time later James Taylor ma ried aeain H 
lH'.!L.r?r'!"<^: '"r^^"- '\V: ^8. >.896, where he and ^fs fam" 



His wiodow, with her son and daughter 



had lived for several years. 
reside in Oregon. 

.ar?-:^eS^*Sb^feS„-iJ-J^>--as^^ 
Her parents removed ,0 Michigan when she^^as a baby, 'and whe i 
she was sevn years old her father retnoved to Kansas.' Th re '; 

-oMr'^TorrDeWif'U-" ^'''''^ '^' '^79. she -was marred 
o Mr. John J. De Witt, of Kansas, in 1905 removing to California 
hirty miles south-west of Sacramento, in the San J^oaquTn Va iev' 
vhere they own and occupy a fruit ranch one and onlhalf S 



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from Acampo. They are the parents of three childm,, Rosa Eiiza- 
beth Irene Edith, and Frances Edna. ^ ^, , , , /,„,„ 

Rosa, the oldest, was born Jan. 7, 1880. She graduated from 
the common school at Yates Center, Kansas, and '^"f ' °" ^ ^^^^^ 
Pursuing her studies in music, for wh,ch she has quue a talent at 
Emporia, Kansas. She was married to Mr^ Bradley S^ Grover 
a school teacher, who was a student for three years m Kansas 
It^t Normal University at Emporia, Kansas. Mr. Grove^ was 
Principal of the Acampo school m 1907. In 1908 they removea 
fo Red Bluff, Calif, to' accept a similar pos fon m the school at 
that place. Mr. Grover is a fine man and is loved as a son by 
his w'f;^ P--/^^^^,,, ^^ hter of Fannie and John J. De Witt, 
was born in ',882, in Kansas. She graduated from the common 
TchoolTn Yates Center, but owing to poor health, could not pursue 
her studies any further. She lives at home w.th her parents. 

Frances E.. youngest daughter of Fannie and John J Ue \Vitt 
was born June 25, 1889, in Kansas. She attended h,gh school 
nYate Center was a member of the class of I9<^^ bu, removed 
with her paren to Cahf. while in the Junior year. She attended 
rSusinesr College at Stockton, Calif. (Normal epartmen ) one 
Year Her eyes began troubling her and she had to gwe up 
olege work.' She is very stuLus, and -qu.te a reader^ Sh 
was married in June, 19.0, to Mr. R^y H^ Haw ley, - >;aju^^^ 
mail carrier on route No. 2. Acampo, Cahf. ^hey live near her 
Barents home. Mr. Hawley is a fme christian gentleman. 
"The remains of Jane Freeman Taylor and those o J-er son 
are interred in the Treacle Creek cemetery. Her mother, ^tr5 
Fannf Bradley, reared a large family. .She died at the home of 
her son, George Bradley, at Macomb, Mich., at the age of seventy- 

'''' This'closes the record of Noah Beaman Freeman, Senior, and 
family. 



Chapter XI. 
George, youngest son of George Warren Freeman was born 

^Ki when he was of age, his father helped him to purchase some t,n - 
b 1 nd hich he proceeded to clear and cnlt.vate and af er con • 
nletine a new hewed-log house, he married on September 20 1845. 
Miss Pleasv McCarty, a daughter of Samuel McCarty and wife 
Jloneers in the Treacle Creek neighborhood, and whose farm joined 



that of our grandfather on the north. The wedding occurred at 
the home of the bride in the prescence of quite a company of 
relatives. The ceremony was performed by Esquire Noah Davis. 
Perhaps a description of the costumes worn by the bridal party 
would be of interest to the younger generations. The bride, with 
her blue eyes and rosy cheeks, was very fair in her dress of white 
with pink ribbon sash and wearing on her head a white lace cap 
with pmk ribbon trimmings and ties. All brides and married ladies 
wore such caps, in those days, it being considered a mark of good 
taste, on all s|)ecial occasions. The groom wore a suit of dark blue 
broadcloth, cut in spike tail fashion and adorned with brass buttons 
wh'le vest and gloves. The bride's sister Susan, whose dress was 
also .vhite, was the only attendant. They began house-keeping in 
the new home, where they worked hard, to get their farm cleared, 
and then plowing among the stumps as was a common thing in 
those days. Their oldest son, John Veach, was born October 12th, 
1846. The father was very proud of his little sou, and as soon as 
he was old enough, often carried him to the field where he was at 
work. In the spring of 1851, wishing to farm on a larger scale, 
he rented a hundred acre farm, that my father had purchased 
of Uncle Ira a short time before, and moved there, renting his own 
land. He worked very hard, and late in August he was stricken 
with Typhoid fever. The young wife was unable to care for him 
properly alone, and they decided to move him to her father's 
home, since her youngest sister Betsv, was ill with the same 
disease, and none of the family could leave home to assist Aunt 
Pleasy. After making the change, he had every care and medical 
attention, but their efforts were fruitless; his soul passed to the 
great beyond September 15, 1851. His age was thirty-one years 
fifteen days. Uncle George was a noble, upright, young man and 
his death was deeply deplored. The grief stricken young wife 
remained at the home of her father and it was there that the 
second son, George Leonard, was born, Nov. 20, 1851. The 
children were reared in the home of their grandfather McCarty 
their mother never returned to the home prepared by her husband' 
remaining in the home of her girlhood until after the death of 
her parents, when she and her sister Susan bought the two farms 
where grandfather Freeman settled, when he came to Ohio, both of 
which my father owned later. Aunt Pleasy and her sons and her 
sister Susan who had never married, moved into the old house 
on our old farm where the sisters lived, building a new house some 
years later, and here they spent the vears of old age, together with 
the oldest son. John V., who never married. He faithfully cared 
for his mother, and after her death lived alone until they sold 
the farm; then going to Meclianicsburg, he made his home with 
his Aunt Betsy McCarty. Since her death he has had a home 



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with his brother and family at North Lewisburg, Ohio. A 
of the old home farm is now owned and occupied bv John R. Mo 
whose wife, Sarepta, was David Bowen's oldest daughter, 
spent the years of old age, together with the oldest son, John 
who never married. He faithfully cared for his mother, and a 
her death lived alone until they sold the farm ; then going toMecl 
icsbuug he made his home with his Aunt Betsey McCarty S 
her death he has had a home with his brother and family 'at X. 
LewLsburg, Ohio, A part of the old home farm is now owned 
occupied by John R. Moody whose wife, Sarepta was David l!ow 
oldest daughter. 

George Leonard FreenUan was married to Miss Sarah E Mo 
Feruary 19th, 1874. They began housekeeping, and remained 
fifteen or more years, on the farm once owned and occupied 
Uncle Ira near our old home. Thev are the narents of eisriu r 
dren: IMarmn Llovd, Merrill Wood, Maria E.. Metta. John I 
Carrie Jennie and Benjamin Harrison, (twins) and Alice Plea- 

Marion Floyd was born March 28, 1S7':,. He is an unf 
taker and has been associated with his father in that business 
North Lewisbure. Ohio, for a number of venrs He is an ind 
trious. caDahle citizen in his home village. He married Mis, P; 
me R. MohK Nov. 12. igoi. They are the parents of one ch 
Leonard Mohr, born September 10, 1002. 

Merrill W. was born March 2=;, 1877, died December i<;t i."- 

Maria E. was born Tan. 19th, 1880, graduated from Nn 
Lewishure Hiph School in the class of 1899. She was man 
to Mr. Paul Hollingsworth. Feb. 9. 1904. Thev reside on 
farm near N. Lewisburg. They are the parents of two childi 
Clarence, born April 30, 1905, and Madge Elizabeth, born Ai 
2nd, 1907. 

Metta was born February ist. 1885. She graduated from 
North Lewisburg high school in the class of 1904 Then clerk 
and working in the telephone exchange until her marriage to ^ 
Oliver Morgan, Nov. q, 1907, by Rev. W. L. Guard in Urbn 
Their home was at New Madison. Ohio, for a time then tl 
removed to Marysville. Mr. Morean is a cigar maker' Thev 
the parents of two children, Harold Eugene and Charles Mar 
Morgan. 

John Lee was born March 1st. 1887, on the farm. He atten. 
district .school and removed with his narents to N Lewisburg wh. 
he erew to manhood, and was emploved in a bakery learning > 
trade. He was married to Miss Esta M. Landis, October 2^ 
1908. Thev live in Columbus, Ohio. 

Carrie T. and her twin brother. Beniamin H., were born Tanu, 
28 1889. They received their education in the North Lewisbii 
schools. They are intelligent, industrious and have been taki 



care of themselves for 



years. Carrie has been employed in 



the telephone exchange, also clerked in the post office and business 
lionses. Harry spent the time in Indiana where he was employed in 
an automobde factory, later going to Texas where he remained a 
year, returning to his parents' home in 1911. He is now engaged in 
farm work. 

Alice P., youngest child of George L. and Sarah Freeman, was 
born in N. Lewisburg, November 15, 1892. She graduated from 
high school in her home village in the class of 191 1, and lives at 
home. 

The father of this family, after selling his interest in the farm, 
removed to Mechanicsburg, where he was associated withh J. J. 
Mauk in the furniture and undertaking business, removing from 
there to North Lewisburg, he and his son Floyd, entered the same 
business. They own a good home, he is a respected citizen, his 
wife is an excellent woman, a faithful wife and mother. Aunt 
Pleasy Freeman died June 20, 1893, aged seventy-three years, of 
creeping paralysis. She was a quiet, industrious woman, a kind 
friend and neighbor, and a devoted mother. 



CHAPTER XII. 

Sarepta, youngest child of George Warren Freeman, Senior, 
was born May 24, 1822, near Canadice, New York, removing to 
Ohio with her parents in 1837, at the age of fifteen years. Slie 
was married to David Bowen in 1839, in Urbana, Ohio. The 
bride was a handsome girl both in form and feature, her com- 
plexion was fair, she had blue eyes and brown hair. The young 
couple began liousc-keeping in part of granfather's house, and 
David was employed on the farm; some time later grandfather 
helped them to buy a piece of land, which was no doubt all in 
timber, as it was a part of the same tract purchased by George 
Freeman, Junior, our uncle. To this couple were born two chil- 
dren; Webster was born in 1840 on the old Freeman farm. He 
was reared and received his education in this same neighborhood. 

Jefferson, the second child was born in June, 1841, and died 
at the age of three months. The young mother was seized with 
the sickness known then as nursing sore mouth. The medical treat- 
ment seemed to cause the sores to heal too quickly and the disease 
affected the lungs and terminated in hasty consumption. Under 
these conditions the babe did not thrive, and preceded the mother 
to the better world only a week. 

Sarepta F. Bowen died September 15, 1841, at the age oi 
nineteen years. 

Webster Bowen enlisted in Company I., 66th Regt. O. V. I., 
in October, 1861, and left Camp McArthur, Urbana, Ohio, with 



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the Regiment, Jan. 16, 1862, going to Virginia. After servin, 
a year, he became ill and was sent to a hospital and was discharge 
for physical disability in 1863. After a few months spent at honi 
he began to improve, and becoming stronger, he went to Indian 
to visit some friends and while there he met the young lady wh 
afterward became his wife. He was married to iSIiss Sara 
Johnston at the home of the bride's mother in Pendleton, Ind 
Dec. 27th, 1863. They left for Ohio the same evening.. On ar 
riving at the home of his father the next day, the bridal part 
found beside the family, a number of invited guests, to welcom 
and do them honor. The young people of the neighborhood gav 
them a serenade in.the evening, the instruments consisting of belh 
horns, tin-pans, horse-fiddles, and anything that would make 
noise, that being the customary way of serenading a wedding part 
in those days. 

My father invited the bride and groom and a few others t 
dinner on New Yer' day, which was the following Sabbath. Th 
weather was fine, but on Saturday a warm rain began to fal 
during the night the weather changed and when we arose Sabbat 
morning everything was frozen stiff. Cousin Webster and hi 
bride walked to our home, which was only a short distance from hi 
father's, and on arriving, the bride found her fingers were badl 
frosted. The frost was drawn out with cold water, but she suffere 
from it for some time. That was a memorable day, and wer 
down in history as "The Cold New Years". The cold was ger 
eral all over the country, even affecting the Southern States, ou 
soldier boys made mention of it in their letters home. In a shoi 
time Webster and wife returned to Pendleton and began house 
keeping, later they removed to Ohio, and lived on his father's fan 
for a time, then returning to Pendleton where he remained unt 
his death, which occurred Feb. 14th, 1871. at the age of thirt 
years. This couple are the parents of three children, Omer, Ma 
vina Maria, and Emma Theresa. The son, Omer Bowen, marric 
Miss Mattie Bryant of Pendleton. They are the parents of thre 
children, Mary, William Carlton, (deceased) and Robert Ralpl 
Omer, the father, is a farmer, living near Pendleton. 

Malvina M. Bowen married Mr. Charles Brough of Pendletoi 
He is a worker in cement. They are the parents of eight children 
Lawrence Henry, Nettie Hazel, Littie Merle, Jessie Verne, Leon 
Jane, Audrey Marie, Ruth, and Hilda Mae, (deceased). 

Nettie H. Brough married Mr. Frank Goldsmith, a clerk, ( 
Anderson, Ind. They are' the parents of two children, Esthf 
Merle, and Horace Merril. 

Lettie Merle Brough married Robert Hill, who is deceasei 



two cliiUlren were born to tl>e,n, Robert, (deceased) and Richard 
who w.tli the mother now reside .n Detroit, M.ch. 

S;r/7oi2t^'da^5.ero/&ster and Sarah Bowen 

.ndU^lha,. Donald Denni.^_^^ Mr. Jesse McWiliia.s a n.ch- 

'"^^l^ii^R'Siis: is a student n, H.gh School ,n her home city. 
Pendleton. 



FINIS. 
This history of the Freeman family including six generations, 
was lef nnfinished as many of its readers know, by the summons 
from her ea thl to her heavenly home, of the Author.-onr dea> 
Mo her-Mrs Juliette Freeman Lafferty. We know >" .-any re- 
sne ts we havi been unable to giye deta Is and descr.pt.ons with 
uch thoroughness as she would have delighted to give. 

It has been a difficult task, to obtain a record of so many dif 
ferenSmilies and their descendants up to the r-sent -e and 
we hope that all who read it will take into consideration these faces.