Biography of Granville Freeman
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

GRANVILLE FREEMAN, who resides on his well cultivated farm of 20 acres, in Liberty township, is one of the old settlers of this locality and one of the representative and highly respected citizens. He was born in Randolph County, Indiana, March 25, 1827, and is a son of Daniel and Mary (Wells) Freeman.

The parents of Mr. Freeman were natives of North Carolina and were early settlers in Randolph County, Indiana. When Granville was three months old, his parents removed to Mercer County, and for a short time resided in what is now Fort Recovery, which at that time consisted of three houses. They then settled in the southeastern part of Liberty township, with the early development of whieh locality the family had much to do.

Granville Freeman enjoyed only the meager educational opportunities afforded by the early pioneer schools, mainly subscription ones, and he has always been in sympathy with the great public school movement, which affords such abounding opportunities to the youth of the present day. His father was an educated man and was a pioneer school teacher, so that he had more encouragement than fell to the lot of many of his boyhood companions. The only opening in a business way in his section, was in the line of agriculture, and Mr. Freeman became a practical farmer and has given his attention to agricultural interests all his life. He erected his comfortable residence in 1885.

On February 8, 1854, Mr. Freeman was married to Elizabeth Robison, born in Highland County, Ohio, May 25, 1827, a daughter of Henry and Lydia (Stafford) Robison, the former of whom was born in Delaware. The Robisons were among the early settlers of Highland County, whence they moved to Mercer County in 1853.

Mr. and Mrs. Freeman have had eight children, the four survivors being the following: Jacob N., of Miami County, Indiana, who has six children; Milton J., of Washington township, who has five children; Mary, wife of Edward Herron, of Liberty township, who has three children, and Dora, wife of George Helmer, who has five children. Mr. Freeman has 16 great grandchildren.

In political sentiment, Mr. Freeman is a Republican and he has frequently been elected to responsible offices. He has served for several years as township trustee and has been president of the board, and he has also served as a member of the Board of Education. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic post at Rockford, having given service in the Civil War and he draws $22 per month pension.

Mr. Freeman has been a great hunter in his time and estimates that more than 1,000 deer have fallen before his unerring rifle. He has never encountered bear in Mercer County, but killed several in Paulding County. In one season he remembers trapping 95 mink, selling each pelt for 95 cents apiece, and in another season he caught 187 raccoons. On one hunting expedition, in company with his neighbor, Amos Heins, Mr. Freeman captured 22 foxes in two days.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Freeman are members of the Society of Friends. They are well known throughout Liberty township and are both esteemed by a wide circle of friends. In 1904 they celebrated their half century anniversary of wedded life. The story of their lives as pioneers, if faithfully written, would record varying experiences and no small number of early hardships and dangers. They still remain active members of society, interested in all that concerns the community or the health and happiness of friends, and in their still busy lives, kindly considerate of others and consistent in daily walk and conversation, they exert an influence which will remain long after they have passed away.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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