Edmund Freeman

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Edmund Freeman (c. July 25, 1596 - 1682) was one of the founders of Sandwich, Massachusetts and was elected Deputy Governor of Plymouth Colony under Governor William Bradford from 1640 to 1647.[1][2][3]

Edmund Freeman was the son of Edmund and Alice (Coles) Freeman of Reigate, Surrey, England and was baptised July 25, 1596.[4]

Edmund first married Bennett Hodsoll on June 16, 1617, in Cowfold, Sussex[5], she died around 1630 in England. Freeman along with his second wife Elizabeth (Perry) and his family set sail from Plymouth, England on June 4, 1635 aboard The Abigail. During the crossing an epidemic of smallpox broke out on shipboard. They arrived in Boston on October 8, 1635.[6]

Freeman was admitted freeman at Plymouth on January 23, 1637.[7] He was one of the nine founders of Sandwich, Massachusetts.[8] Freeman died in 1682 in Sandwich. He is buried in the Old Town Cemetery in Sandwich along with his second wife Elizabeth.

Through him descends the notorious Lizzie Borden.[9]

References

  1. The History of Ellenwood, Wharton and 20 Allied Families, 1620-1968, Ellenwood, 1969.
  2. Lizzie Andrew Borden Website, Writer's Corner Interviews — William Pavao, Curator for the Lizzie Borden Museum at the Lizzie Borden B&B, in Fall River, MA
  3. History of Old Yarmouth: Comprising the Present Towns of Yarmouth and Dennis, Charles Francis Swift, 1884, page 28
  4. Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, "Abigail"
  5. The History of Ellenwood, Wharton and 20 Allied Families, 1620-1968, Ellenwood, 1969.
  6. Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, "Abigail"
  7. Freeman Surname; Edmund Freeman
  8. The History of Ellenwood, Wharton and 20 Allied Families, 1620-1968, Ellenwood, 1969.
  9. Lizzie Andrew Borden Website, Writer's Corner Interviews — William Pavao, Curator for the Lizzie Borden Museum at the Lizzie Borden B&B, in Fall River, MA
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