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Freeman History

  Freeman Generations starting with those who knew slavery:  William Freeman

Zero Generation 1790-1840

Freeman is an English name.(Holly Ingraham, Peoples names: a cross-reference to the proper use of over 40,000 personal and Familial names in over 100 cultures.

Soundex Code:  Freeman:  F655  Parnell: P654   Boykin: B250   Cannon: C555  Gibson: G125  Byrd:  B630  Coleman:  C455

Mary Augusta Freeman's ancestors:                                                                              Grandmother- Octavia Byrd Gibson Pannell- born in Danville, Virginia.  Born about 1850, died in 1935 in Princeton, N.J. at Stony Brook.

Remembrances of Maryann Boykin Hood Shanklin: March 1, 1999

Two children that I remember were Mary Gibson and Ellen Pannell. Mary was the mother of Mary Coleman, who worked for the New York Telephone as a long distance operator.  Dorothy Quarles, a licensed practical nurse at Elmhurst hospital on Long Island, Cecil Gibson was a NY "beatnik", who Maryfrances saw in Washington Square on a Sunday morning doing his soapbox thing (The year of the NY World Fair). Lawrence Gibson worked  the NY post office, and John operated the 125th St. ballroom in New York and Kenneth was a practicing dentist in Harlem at the corner of 137th and St. Nicolas Avenue.

All of the above are dead. Dorothy  Coleman , John Gibson, Lawrence Gibson, and Kenneth Gibson have children and grandchildren in NY and South Carolina.  There was a family named Royale living in Queens related to us, Ernest is the one I remember- he was older than me, and married someone who worked with him in the original Broadway "Porgy and Bess" and with Richard Harrison in "De Lawd".  The children of Mary Coleman can be reached through Olga and/or Ernestine.

Grandfather-William Freeman was born in Massachusetts. He died in 1939 at age 69.  He had a brother, Phillip, and two sisters- one sister lived not far from Princeton.  

The third wife of Alexander DuBois, the great grandfather of W. E. B. Du Bois was Elizabeth Freeman of New Bedford Massachusetts. She persuaded Du Bois's grandfather to invite him for a visit.   Elizabeth Freeman was nearly 70 years old, Susan Ridley Sedgewick painted a miniature portrait of her in watercolor on ivory. Sedgewick was the young wife of Theodore Sedgewick, Jr., whose father had represented Freeman in her claim for freedom from slavery under the Bill of Rights and the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780.

(Census 1790-1840 lists the name of the head of household)

First Generation 1850-1870. (Census  lists name, age, sex, color, occupation, birthplace, value of free person's estate)

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