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Alice Freeman

Female Abt 1595 - Aft 1658  (~ 63 years)


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  • Name Alice Freeman  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1595  [5
    Gender Female 
    Alternate death Aft 24 Dec 1658  Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died Aft 24 Dec 1658  New London, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I2968  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2017 

    Father Henry Freeman,   b. Abt 1564,   d. 5 Aug 1606, Cranford St. John, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Mother Margaret Edwards,   b. Bef 25 Sep 1565, Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 23 Aug 1637  (Age > 72 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1589  St. Sepulchre, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F5969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John Tompson,   b. Between 1580 and 1590, of Little Preston, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 7 Nov 1626  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 1613  [5, 7, 8
    Children 
    +1. Bridget Thompson,   b. Bef 10 Sep 1622, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 20 years)
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2017 21:30:33 
    Family ID F340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Robert Parke,   b. Bef 3 Jun 1580, Poslingford, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1655, Mystic, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years) 
    Married Aft 30 May 1644  [3, 9
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2017 21:30:33 
    Family ID F6398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • One of Teresa's four solidly-documented "gateway ancestors".

      "Alice and at least two of her daughters emigrated to New England. She was living in Roxbury, Massachusetts, by 2 April 1640, when a complaint was drawn up against 'Alice Tompson widdow.'" [Randy A. West, citation details below.]

      Descendants of Alice Freeman of particular interest to anyone liable to be looking at the ancestry of people named Nielsen Hayden include Edgar Rice Burroughs, L. Frank Baum, Thomas Pynchon, and Tappan King. Other notable descendants include Katherine Hepburn, Julia Child, Fannie Farmer, Grace Slick, Louis Auchincloss, Dorothea Dix, George B. McClellan, Cyrus McCormick, Charles Dana Gibson, Clarence Almon Torrey, Kingman Brewster Jr., Nelson and David Rockefeller, Archibald MacLeish, Warren G. Harding, Humphrey Bogart, Harriet Monroe, Admiral George Dewey, Spencer W. Kimball, Martha Graham, George F. Kennan, Robert Lansing, and Seth Low. More on Alice Freeman's progeny here.

      To the best of our knowledge, Alice Freeman is the only seventeenth-century immigrant to New England proven to be both descended from an English monarch and an ancestor of the current British royal family. (Corrections welcome.) Thus:

      Aethelred II "Unraed", King of England (~968-1016) = Aelfgifu (~970-~1002)
      Aelfgifu = Uchtred, Earl of Northumbria (~970-1016)
      Ealdgyth of Northumbria = Maldred (~1009-1045)
      Gospatric of Dunbar, Earl of Northumbria (~1044-~1074)
      Gospatric of Dunbar, Earl of Lothian (d. 1138)
      Juliana of Dunbar = Ralph de Merlay (d. 1160)
      Roger de Merlay (d. 1188) = Alice de Stuteville (d. 1219)
      Agnes de Merlay = Richard Gobion (d. 1230)
      Hugh Gobion (d. 1275) = Matilda (d. ~1271)
      Joan Gobion (d. >1312) = John de Morteyn (d. 1296)
      John de Morteyn (d. 1346) = Joan de Rothwell
      Lucy de Morteyn (d. ~1361) = John Giffard (1301-1369)
      Thomas Giffard (~1345-1394) = Elizabeth de Missenden (d. 1367)
      Roger Giffard (~1367-1409) = Isabel Stretley
      Thomas Giffard (1408-1469) = Eleanor Vaux
      John Giffard (~1431-~1506) = Agnes Wynslow
      Thomas Giffard (d. 1511) = Jane Langston (d. 1535)
      Amy Giffard (d.~1488) = Richard Samwell (d. 1519)
      Susanna Samwell (~1511-~1586) = Peter Edwards (~1490-~1550)
      Edward Edwards (~1537-~1592) = Ursula Coles (d. 1606)
      Margaret Edwards (1565-~1637) = Henry Freeman (~1564-1606)
      Alice Freeman (~1595-1658) = John Tompson (d. 1626)
      Dorothy Thompson (1624->1709) = Thomas Parke (1615-1709)
      Dorothy Parke (1652-1704) = Joseph Morgan (1646-1704)
      Margaret Morgan (b. 1686) = Ebenezer Hibbard (1682-1732)
      Keziah Hibbard (b. 1722) = Caleb Bishop (1717-1785)
      Lucy Bishop (1747-1783) = Benejah Strong (1740-1809)
      Dr. Joseph Strong (1770-1812) = Rebecca Young (1779-1862)
      Eleanor Strong (1805-1863) = John Wood (1785-1848)
      Ellen Wood (1831-1877) = Franklin H. Work (1819-1911)
      Frances Ellen Work (1857-1947) = James Boothby Burke Roche (1851-1920)
      Edmund Maurice Burke Roche (1885-1955) = Ruth Sylvia Gill (1908-1993)
      Frances Ruth Burke Roche (1936-2004) = Edward John Spencer (1924-1992)
      Diana Frances Spencer (1961-1997) = Charles, Prince of Wales (1948- )
      William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge (1982- )

      In addition, Alice Freeman's descent to General McClellan:

      John Tompson (d.1626) = Alice Freeman (1595-1658)
      Dorothy Thompson (1624->1709) = Thomas Parke (1615-1709)
      Martha Parke (b. 1646) = Isaac Wheeler
      Martha Wheeler (d. 1745) = John Williams (d. 1702)
      Eunice Williams (1702-1772) = Joseph Gallup (1695-1760)
      Lucy Gallup = James Eldredge
      Eunice Eldredge = James McClellan
      Dr. George McClellan (1796-1847) = Elizabeth Sophia Brinton (1800-1889)
      George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885)

      And to Warren G. Harding:

      Alice Freeman (~1595->1658) = Robert Parke (1580-1655)
      Dorothy Parke (1652-1704) = Joseph Morgan (1646-1704)
      Rev. Joseph Morgan (1671->1738) = Sarah Emmons (~1678->1706)
      Dorothy Morgan (1697->1747) = Henry Van Kirk (1700-~1776)
      Henry Van Kirk (1740-1798)
      William Van Kirk (1763-1826) = Deborah Watters
      Charity Malvina Van Kirk (~1803-1878) = Isaac Haines Dickerson (~1802-1867)
      Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson (1843-1910) = George Tyron Harding (1844-1928)
      Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923)

  • Sources 
    1. [S925] Spencer Miller, "Willie, Denison and Abbott Families of Bishop's Stortford, Co. Herts, England." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 67:46, January 1936.

    2. [S972] Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Mass. by Anna Chesebrough Wildey. New York: T. A. Wright, 1903., first name only.

    3. [S978] American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales by Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984.

    4. [S1362] Denison Genealogies at The Denison Homestead site., first name only.

    5. [S965] Randy A. West, "Alice Freeman, Wife of John Tompson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and of Robert Parke of Connecticut: New Information on Her Parents, Siblings, Children, and First Husband." The American Genealogist 87:209, January-April 2015.

    6. [S1436] Randy A. West, "New Information on the Edwards Ancestry of Alice (Freeman) (Tompson) Parke of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Connecticut." The American Genealogist 88:302, October 2016.

    7. [S966] David L. Greene, "Mary, Wife of the Rev. Richard Blinman of Marshfield, Gloucester, and New London: An Unsolved Problem." The Genealogist (n.s.) 4:173, Fall 1983., "about 1615".

    8. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008., "abt. 1615".

    9. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980.