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Freeman Family History

                                                                                  Samuel Edward Freeman______
                                                                                    b 1833, St. James, London, Eng
                                          Edward Henry Freeman
b 1856, Middlesex Co, Eng                                               Henry "Harry" Bell  
Edward John Freeman    
                                                       Louisa Bell     __________
b 1889, Middlesex Co, Eng.                                                                                                                     Louisa Gill               

Michael Augustine Doyle  [See Doyle art gallery]
                                          Mary Doyle                    b. Dublin, Ireland
                                          b. London
Amelia ? ____________
b. Middlesex Co, Eng.

Robert Mapp           [See Mapp family]

                                                                                  John Thomas Mapp
Mary Harriett Reed
                                          James Chapman Mapp       
Maud Mapp                                                      
                                                                                 Mary Catherine Carter

                                                                                  Trique Trottier
                                          Margaut A. Trottier   

Ethel Freeman Johnson (daughter of Edward John) said that the Freemans were French Huguenots and were kicked out of France, that they went to Jersey Isle. (Might have been another of the Channel Islands.  Many Huguenots first went to one of the channel islands before moving on to Ireland or England.)  Also have reports that they were from the Isle of Wight or the Isle of Man, but have not been able to substantiate any of it.

Samuel Edward Freeman

1st generation
The "Edward" Freeman line runs 7 generations! -- Samuel Edward Freeman - Edward Henry Freeman - Edward John "Ted" Freeman - Edward Victor "Eddie" Freeman - Edward Frederick Midgley Freeman - Edward Frederick "Fred" Freeman - Edward Andrew Freeman
At right are 3 Edwards: Eddie, Ted and Edward.

Samuel Edward Freeman was born about 1833 at St. James, Middlesex Co, England. (There is a little residential area near St. James Park called St. James Park, in the west part of London. They often named little neighborhoods after the local church or a nearby park.)

In the 1841 England census Samuel would have been about 8-9 yrs old. The census shows only one Samuel Freeman born in St. James, which might be him --
Goswell Street, Clerkenwell, Middlesex Co:
Elizabeth Freeman - 35, born 1806, Middlesex
Samuel Freeman - 9, born 1833, St. James Clerkenwell
James Freeman - 3, born 1838, Middlesex

The mother, Elizabeth, has no husband with her in the 1841 census. The 1851 census says she was a widow. I don't know where her husband was in 1841, but in 1851 she had another Freeman child born about 1842.

1851 England census, 54 Ramstone St, Goswell Street district, St. Mark, Clerkenwell, Middlesex Co:
Elizabeth Freeman - 46, b abt 1805 Ramby Burwell - head, widow, occ: charwoman
Samuel Freeman - 18, b 1833, b Clerkenwell, Middlesex, Eng. - occ: gas tinker and brass finisher
James Freeman - 13, b 1838, Clerkenwell, Middlesex - occ: Bonand? Way (or Bay?)
Emily Freeman - 9, b 1842, Clerkenwell, Middlesex

Samuel married about 1855 to Louisa Bell who was born (the 1861 census says) in Germany, about 1838.  If she is the daughter of Henry "Harry" Bell and Louisa Gill, then perhaps the 1861 census is wrong about her place of birth.
In 1856, their first child, Edward Henry (named for both grandfathers), was born at Mile End, Middlesex Co, England. Mile End is a little burg about 3k on the east side of London, just on the north edge of Stepney. Maybe the family soon moved a few blocks away because daughter Amelia was born the next year in Stepney.

Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of St. Bartholomew, Bethnal Green, county of Middlesex, Year 1856, p87:
columns: 1. date baptized, 2. Child's name, 3. parent's names,                4. occupation,
        5. abode,              6. baptism performed by
This means:
birth year 1856
baptized, Feb ?
name: Edward Henry, born Jan 15, 1856
parents: Samuel Edward and Louisa Freeman
occupation: tailor
abode: 5 Bartholomew Terrace

In 1861 the Freeman family was living a couple of kilometers west in Shoreditch (NE part of Greater London). In 1861 the Doyle family was also living in Shoreditch, London.  Since Edward Henry Freeman and Mary Doyle married about 1881, it seems reasonable that their families would have liSt. Leonards, Shoreditch ved in the same area. Shoreditch is located right beside Haggerston Park (listed as the birthplace of 2 of Edward Henry's daughters and one of Michael Doyle's daughters in the 1891 census).
St. Leonard's church in Shoreditch
1861 England census, George St, St. Leonard, Hoxton Old Town, Shoreditch, Middlesex Co, England
Samuel E. Freeman - 31, b abt 1830, St. James, Middlesex Co, Eng.- occupation: clothier cutter
Louisa Freeman - 23, b abt 1838, Germany
Edward H. Freeman - 5, b 1856, Mile End, Middlesex, Eng.
Amelia L. Freeman - 4, b 1857, Stepney, Middlesex Co, Eng.

It appears that sometime in the 1860's Louisa died. By 1871 Samuel had remarried to Eliza ? and had a 11-month-old baby. Samuel had the occupation of a clothier cutter (probably a tailor) in all the census records.

1871 England census
, 16 Bevenden St, Hoxton, Shoreditch, London, England
Samuel E. Freeman - 40, b abt 1831, Middlesex, Eng. - occupation: clothier cutter
Eliza Freeman - 30, b abt 1841, Hadley, Middlesex Co, Eng.
Edward H. Freeman - 15, b 1856, Middlesex Co, Eng. - occupation: tobacco moulder out-employ
Amelia L. Freeman - 14, b 1857, Stepney, Middlesex Co, Eng - occupation: artificial florist
Willm C. Freeman - 11 months, b Dalston, Middlesex Co, Eng (just a few blocks north of Shoreditch)

1881 England census, 29 Canterbury Road, St. Jude, Islington, London, Middlesex.
Saml. Freeman - 50, b London, Middlesex, Eng -- occ: clothiers cutter

Eliza Freeman - 40
Wm. Freeman - 10, b London
Walter Freeman - 8, b London

1881 England Census, 31 Penn St., Shoreditch, Hackney, London, England:
Edward H. Freeman - 25, b Mile End - occ: clothiers cutter/tailor
Mary Freeman - 20, b Hoxton, Middlesex, England

Edward Henry Freeman
2nd generation

Edward Henry Freeman was born in 1856, Mile End, E London, England. In 1861, 1871 and 1881 his family was not far away in Shoreditch, Middlesex Co, England, where he met and married Mary Doyle about 1880.
Mary Doyle was born in London in 1858. Her father, Michael Augustine Doyle, born in Dublin, Ireland, was an artist. (See Doyle art gallery.)

1881 England Census, 31 Penn St., Shoreditch, Hackney, London, England:
Edward H. Freeman - 25, b Mile End - occ: clothiers cutter/tailor
Mary Freeman - 20, b Hoxton, Middlesex, England

By 1891 both Edward Freeman and his father-in-law were living in Essex County.

1891 England Census, Essex Co
(civil parish: Wanstead, eccl. parish: St. Margaret, registration district: West Ham, sub district: Leyton) --
Freeman, Edward Henry (head) - 38, b Mile End, London, Wanstead, abt 1853.
Freeman, Mary - 30, b Holton, London abt 1861
Freeman, Mary Amelia (daug) - 9, b Haggerston, London
Freeman, Florence (daug) - 5, b Haggerston, London
Freeman, Edward (son) - 1, b Leytonstone, Essex, Eng.
Doyle, Elizabeth (sis-in-law) - 10, b Haggerston, London
Pictured at right is Edward H. & Mary (Doyle) Freeman

Edward Henry must have died before the 1901 Census --

1901 England Census, 92 Clilfden Rd, Clapton All Saints, Central Hackney, London:
Mary Freeman - 40, b 1841 Homerton - occupation: shirt maker
Mary Freeman - 19, b 1882, Haggerston, London - occ: account book binder server
Florence Freeman - 15, b 1886, Hackney, London - occ: account book print paper
Edward Freeman - 11, b 1890, Leytonston, Essex Co, Eng
Ethel Freeman - 3 - b 1898, Hackney, London

Mary visited her son, Ted in Canada once, sometime after 1914 when he married. So she lived at least until 1914.

Children of Edward H. & Mary (Doyle) Freeman
1. Mary Amelia Freeman, b abt 1882, Haggerston, London. (Edward's sister was Amelia and Mary's mother was Amelia. I wonder if this is the Matilda who moved to Australia?)
Florence A. Freeman, b abt 1886, Hackney, London.  m Arthur Watson; moved to Australia; ch:
. . . . 2a)   Arthur Watson (ch: Suzanne)

3. Edward John "Ted" Freeman, b Nov. 10, 1889, Leytonston, Essex Co, England. Moved to Canada; m Maud Mapp (children: see below)
4. Ethel Freeman, born 1897; born in England; married Alf Mustart.  Lived in England. Ethel's home address in England was: SYA Burnham Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2JR, Essex, England. 
. . . .  2a)   Eileen
. . . .  2b)   Gladys "Buntie" (died of TB, age 21)
5?Matilda Freeman, born in England, m Charlie Davis; moved to Australia; ch:
. . . . 5a?)   Charlie Davis (no children)

I can find no record of a Matilda in the census records, just family stories that sisters of Ted -- Florence & Matilda went to Australia. I wonder if Matilda was Mary Amelia?

Edward John Freeman
3rd generation
 Ted and Maud Freeman
Edward John Freeman "Ted" was born Nov. 10, 1889 northeast of London, in Leytonston, Essex County. His birth certificate says he was born at Newcomen Road, Wanstead, Leyton, Essex County. His father died 1898-1901, before Ted was 11.
The picture at right is supposed to be of him when he was 16.  If so, he would still have been in England.  It looks like he has a Salvation Army hat on, but not a Salvation Army uniform.
     In England, he attended the Church of England when he was young, but he came to Canada about 1909 (age 20) under the auspices of the Salvation Army as a farm boy. He first went out west where he eventually bought some land.

Edward and Maud below
Ted Freeman Maud Mapp     Then, later he went to Montreal, where he met and married Maud Mapp about 1914. She had moved to Montreal as a teenager to work. 
     Maud was born April 29, 1892,  on a farm in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. She had red hair and was the daughter of James Chapman Mapp & Margaret Ann Triquet
. (see picture of them. James was born in Barbados and emigrated to Canada when he was about 19; Margaret was an Irish Protestant, also with red hair.) 

    Edward & Maud Freeman lived in the United States around Lake Placid, then moved to Desoronto, Canada (near Kingston, Eddie was born there); then to Perry Sound, Ont. (Charlie born there in 1919) where Edward worked in a munitions factory during World War II. They were converted at the Salvation Army in Perry Sound in 1921. He soon became the secretary of the Salvation Army Corps in Perry Sound.

    Not too long after he was converted Ted wrote a poem, expressing his new faith in Christ. He surely meant it to be sung to a certain tune, but no one knows which tune.

Flee as a Bird
by Edward J. Freeman

1. Flee as a bird to your mountain,
    Thou who art weary of sin;
    Go to the clear flowing fountain,
    Where you may wash and be clean.
    Fly for th'avenger is near thee;
    Call and the Savior will hear thee;
    He on His bosom will bear thee,
    Thou who art weary of sin,
    O thou, who art weary of sin.
2. Come to the Christ, you will need Him;
    Sinner, let Him be your guide.
    You will not stray from the pathway,
    If He is close by your side.
    Step out in faith; He is with thee.
    Trust in the strength He will give thee
    To overcome what besets thee.
    He'll take your fears all away.
    Yes, He'll take your fears all away.

3. He will protect thee forever,
    Wipe every falling tear;
    He will forsake thee, O never,
    Sheltered so tenderly there.
    Haste then, the hours are flying;
    Spend not the moment in sighing;
    Cease from your sorrow and crying.
    The Savior will wipe every tear.
    The Saviour will wipe every tear.

    When the munitions factory closed Ted moved to Bracebridge, then to Chatham where he was a painter. In 1938 they moved to Windsor.  While in Windsor he and Maud attended the Salvation Army, Windsor Citadel. (See picture of the 3 Edward Freemans in their Salvation Army uniforms above.)  Six of their children also attended that church: Ed, Charlie, Bob, Ruth, Dorothy & May.  Ted played the tuba in the band.  Years after his death many of the band members at the church were his family:

Son, Ed - played soprano cornet
   Edward (son of Ed) - played euphonium
   Doug (son of Ed) - played baritone
   Fred (son of Edward) - played trombone
   Mark (son of Edward) - played cornet
Son, Charlie - played Eb alto horn, 1st chair
   Chuck (son of Charlie) - played baritone
   Victor (son of Charlie) - played cornet
   Keith Paylor (son-in-law of Charlie) - played _____
Son-in-law, Henry Douglas (husband of Ruth) - played euphonium
   Keith Douglas (son of Henry) - played tuba
Son, Bob - played Eb alto horn
   Michael (son of Bob) - played cornet
   Roger (son of Bob) - played trombone
(If you know of more, please let me know. I thought there were more Freemans in that band, but we can't remember.)

Ted & Maud had a dog named Spot when they were old. Ted died 1961 in Windsor, Ontario, of cancer and was buried in Memorial Cemetery in Windsor. Maud died about 1962-3 of cancer of the throat.

     Below is a picture of Edward and Maud's family at their 40th anniversary in 1954:

(All are Freemans unless last name included)
Back row (standing) L to R: Charlie, Jack Smith, Violet, Bob, George Laliberte, Edward Sr "Ted", George, Jimmy Logan, Edward III, Ed Preswick, Doug, Ethel, Keith, Edward Jr. "Eddie"
Sitting: Ann, Margaret, Dorothy, Florence, Maud, May, Jean, Ruth, Bea
Children: Victor (on Ann's lap), Beth Laliberte, Elaine Laliberte, Diane, Roger, Michael, Tim Johnson, Kim Johnson, Sharon (standing), Paul Logan,  Wendy Logan (standing), Barry Preswick, Donna Preswick, Chuck, Larry (standing)

Children of Edward and Maud (Mapp) Freeman:
1.     Edward Victor, b 1 Apr 1915 in Mont Tremblant, Ontario, Canada; m Beeatrice Midgley
2.     Florence Maude, b 29 Apr 1917 in Desaronto, Ontartio; m George LaLiberte
3.     Charles Fredrick, b 3 Jan 1919 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada; m Anne Davies
4.     Ethel, b abt 1921 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada; m Ron Johnson
5.     Ruth Elaine, b abt 1923 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada; m Henry Douglas
6.     Robert John, b 26 May 1924 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada; m Violet Webster
7.     May Victoria, b abt 1926 in Bracebridge, Ontario; m James Logan
8.     Daisy Jean,  b abt 1928 in Bracebridge, Ontario; m Ed Preswick
9.     Margaret, b May 12, 1930; m Jack Smith
10.   William George, b 28 Oct 1932 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada; m Mary Lou ?
11.   Dorothy, b 1933; m Charles Christmas
12.   Donald Keith, b Oct 4, 1935; m Barbara "Roxie" ?

Ted, Ed, Edward

Edward and Florence's wedding, Aug. 7, 1954.
Lily Midgley (Bea's mom), Ed, Bea, Flo, Edward, Maud, Ted Freeman
In front of Ed and Bea's house at 701 Norfolk, Windsor, Ontario

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