Biography of Leonard W. Freeborn
Madison County, NY Biographies





Freeborn, Leonard W., a substantial farmer and almost lifelong resident of the town of Cazenovia, was born here May 27, 1819, a son of Stephen and Lucy (White) Freeborn. His mother's father, Joseph White, fought with the Continental army during the war of the Revolution, and later moved from Connecticut to this vicinity, bringing his household goods and family with an ox team. He died in Cazenovia in 1820. Stephen Freeborn had five brothers, David, Gideon, Noel, who was killed in the war of 1812, Christopher and Jonathan. They came originally from Rhode Island, where their progenitors had settled on coming from England. They were among the earliest settlers in Cazenovia, Gideon Freeborn having driven the ox team for John Lincklaen when he first penetrated the wilderness. Stephen Freeborn built a log house about two miles north of the present village of New Woodstock, and cleared large tracts of land in the vicinity, not only for himself, but by contract for others. He lived on his farm of fifty acres in Cazenovia until 1830, and then removed to a farm of some 100 acres near Erieville in Nelson, where he lived until his death in 1852. Leonard W. Freeborn was the third son and eighth child of Stephen Freeborn's family, in which were eleven children. During his youth he, like the others, was obliged to contribute to the support of the family by hard work at farming, and clearing timber lands. His father was not a man, however, to neglect the education of his family, and he found time to attend the district schools and also the Eaton village school one term. He has been engaged in farming all his life, but having a Yankee shrewdness and business ability has also engaged extensively in business enterprises of various kinds. For a number of years he was quite extensively engaged in buying and shipping to outside markets butter and cheese, often handling over $100,000 worth of these products in a single year. He also bought pork, dried apples and other farm products, acquiring by industry, frugality and the exercise of his native ability, a goodly competence. His first farm was in the town of De Ruyter, where he lived about fifteen years. In 1866 he bought 180 acres of the farm on which he now resides, and has since added to his possessions by purchase until he now owns some 700 acres, divided into three farms. Mr. Freeborn has always been a Whig or a Republican, and has held several minor town offices. He cast his first vote for "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." He married, in 1847. Ruby Louisa Morse, daughter of Gershom Morse of Nelson, and nine children were born to them: Mary Louisa, wife of Edward S. Damon; bank L., John C., Etta, wife of Deacon L. H. Slocum; Gardner Morse. Emmett Dayton, Dora Lucy, wife of J. A. Loyster, and Ella Josephine, all of Cazenovia. George Roselle, their seventh child, died in infancy.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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