Person:John Freeman (3)

Maj John Freeman
m. 16 Jun 1617
  1. Alice Freeman1619 - 1651
  2. Edmund Freeman, Jr1620 - bef 1703/04
  3. Bennett Freeman1622 - bef 1633/34
  4. Elizabeth Freeman1624 - aft 1692
  5. Maj John Freeman1626/27 - 1719
  6. Nathaniel Freeman1629 - 1629
  • HMaj John Freeman1626/27 - 1719
  • WMercy Prence1631 - 1711
m. 13 Feb 1649/50
  1. John Freeman1650/1 - bef 1651
  2. John Freeman1651 - 1721
  3. Thomas Freeman1653 - 1715
  4. Patience Freemanabt 1655 - 1745/46
  5. Lt. Edmund Freeman1657 - 1717
  6. Mercy Freeman1659 - 1737
  7. William Freeman1662 - Bef 1687
  8. Hannah Freemanabt 1664 - 1743/44
  9. Prince Freeman1665 -
  10. Nathaniel Freeman1669 - 1760
  11. Bennett Freeman1670/71 - 1716
  12. Jonathan FreemanAbt 1673 -
  13. Temperance FreemanAbt 1675 -
Facts and Events
Name Maj John Freeman
Gender Male
Christening[2] 28 Jan 1626/27 Billingshurst, Sussex, England
Marriage 13 Feb 1649/50 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesto Mercy Prence
Burial[3] 1719 Cove Cemetery, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Ancestral File Number 93W2-33
Death[4] 28 Oct 1719 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesor Rochester?

John was a deputy from Eastham to Plymouth General Court 1654, 1656, 1661, 1662, 1663, 1664, 1665; assistant (or councillor) 1666-1686 and 1689-1691; Judge, Court of Common Pleas 1692; Lieutenant, 1659; Captain, against the Indians at Tauton, 1675; Major, Barnstable troops, June 2, 1685; Member Council of War, 1658.

Source:Early settlers of Eastham, Book I-II, p. 513

John Freeman, youngest son of Edmund Freeman, the Sandwich settler, was b. England and came over as a boy in the "Abigail" in 1635. He m. 13 Feb. 1649-50, Mercy Prence and moved to Eastham, was a freeman in 1651, in Oct. 1659 was lieut. of "troop of horse", later captain of militia company. In 1685 commissioned major of the Barnstable County Regiment when Plymouth Colony split into three counties, Maj. John Walley for Bristol county, Maj. William Bradford for Plymouth county. This was the highest rank for a commanding officer at the time.

Abstract of will published in Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 5:143

Will of "Maj'or John Freeman of Eastham" dated 1 Jun 1716, codicil 16 Jun 1718, probated 10 Nov 1719, mentions "my Eldest son John Freeman", "my son Edmond Freeman", "my youngest son Nathaniel Freeman", "my Grandson William Freeman" [son of his deceased son William], "my son John Mayo" [married to his daughter Hannah], "my Daughter Mercy Knowles", "my Daughter Hannah Mayo", "my Daughter Patience Paine", "my son John Paine" [married to deceased daughter Bennet], "my Daughter Rebeckah Freeman Widow of Thomas Freeman", "my Grandaughter Lydia Godfree" [daughter of deceased son William], "after my Death I Give To my Negroes Toby and Bess Their Freedom and I Desire you my Children To put Them into such a way as they may not Want".

Petition of heirs dated 10 Nov 1719 mentions "Mrs Mercy Knowles mrs Patience Paine and mrs Hannah Mayo all Daughters of Major John Freeman Late of Eastham Decea'd"

Agreement of heirs dated 6 Jan 1719/20 mentions "Mercy ye Wife of Sam'll Knowles", "Patience The widow and Relict of Samuel Paine Deceased", "Hannah The Wife of John Mayo", "John Paine", "his son Edmond Freeman Deceased".

  1.   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ancestral File (R) (8). (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).
  2. Brainard, Homer Worthington, "Prence Freeman of East Hampton, Connecticut", in The American Genealogist. (New Haven, Connecticut: D.L. Jacobus), 17:92.

    Children of Edmund Freeman: John, bp. Billingshurst 28 Jan 1626/27.

  3. Maj John Freeman, in Find A Grave.
  4. Gravestone (See Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 8:2): HERE LYES THE BODY OF MAJOR JOHN FREEMAN DECd OCTOBER Ye 28th 1719 IN Ye 98th YEAR OF HIS AGE.