m. 16 Jun 1617
m. 13 Feb 1649/50
Facts and Events
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.
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".