Biography of Miss Elizabeth Freeman


Freeman, Miss Elizabeth, East Hamburg, p. o. Orchard Park.-The late Elisha Freeman was born in Easton, Washington county, N. Y., May 22, 1794. He was a carpenter and joiner, and went to Saratoga county with his brother when a young man and from there to East Hamburg, locating one-quarter of a mile south of Friends' meeting house; he went back and forth to the old home on foot nine journeys. He married twice; first, to Abigail Smith on April 29, 1820, and they had two children, Anna and Philenda. Mrs. Freeman's native place was Cayuga county, and she died February 5, 1825; on April 6, 1826, he married Mary Varney of Vermont, formerly of the State of Maine, and they had five children; Amos, Elizabeth (as above), Elias H., Lewis (who died in his third year), and Mary V. Mr. Freeman was truly one of the solid Friends of that organization and was a man of excellent principles. His influence was felt for good far and wide, with both white and the red men of the forest; Big Kettle and Red Jacket were among his friends. He died August 30, 1865, and his widow January 4, 1890. His father, Stephen Freeman, was born January 24, 1759, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The ancestor of the Freeman family was born in England; his will bears date of July 19, 1725, in New London, Conn. Amos Freeman was born on the old homestead, January 15, 1827, and held it in possession at the time of his death, April 16, 1897. He was educated in the district schools and attended one term at an academy in an adjoining town. He was a man held in high esteem in the community where he lived, as one of good judgment, very successful in adjusting differences between neighbors, and trusted as a man of integrity in all the relations of life. Hs was appraiser of land for the Erie County Savings Bank, and was sought as a surveyor and to draw deeds, contracts, wills, etc. He married Mary Thorn of Monroe aounty, December 27, 1862; they had two sons, Elisha and Joseph T. Elias H. Freeman was born on the old homestead, July 29, 1832, and was educated in the district schools, arid is one of the town's successful farmers. He was married twice; first, in March, 1857, to Melinda Kelsey of Cattaraugus county; she died in September, 1862, and he married, May 17, 1864, Mary J. Rowland, and they have three daughters, M. Louise, Margaret M. and Josephine E. M. Louise married Mason H. Holmwood; Margaret M. married Stephen W. Stickney, and they have two sons, Howard F. and D. John. Mrs. Freeman's father, Solomon Howland, was born in Dutchess county, August 20, 1813; he married Margaret B. Cornell, and they had three children: Mary J. (as above), William H. and Byron. They came to Monroe county in 1844; ancestry of family is English and German.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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