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Joel Terrill Freeman

Male 1813 - 1873  (60 years)


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  • Name Joel Terrill Freeman 
    Born 1813  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1873  Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4314  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2016 

    Father James Brigham Freeman,   b. 1763, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1838, Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Mary Polly Moore,   b. Abt 1767, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1835, Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 1788  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3510  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Sego,   b. Abt 1811, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1855, Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Children 
    +1. William Freeman
    +2. John Freeman,   b. 8 May 1850, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1928  (Age 77 years)
     3. Mary Ann Freeman,   b. Apr 1854,   d. 5 Jan 1928, Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F6503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Tye,   b. Abt 1815 
    Married 1858 
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F1066  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Correspondence from Libby Freeman Spieth, quoted by "Dolores1630" on Ancestry.com:

      I'm quite certain that when he (Joel) wasn't farming, he was a traveling salesman. My dad used to talk about him going with his wagon carrying pots, pans, bolts of fabric, nails, etc. and always something special for the ladies like a potato peeler and candy for the kids. He had a regular route when he didn't have crops to tend. In remote areas his visits were really looked forward to.

      After the 1870 Census, Mary and Joel just drop out of sight. Uncle Sam was the one who was left to raise them (the children). I think that is when my gr-grandfather John went to Elk Valley TN. He managed a lumber business for my other gr-grandfather Jasper Newton White (Newt) and that is also how he met my gr-grandmother Teresa Allen. They returned to Whitley.

      [...]

      Joel Freeman contested his father's will. He won one hundred acres in Meadow Creek, NC in 1847. In March of 1848 he sold the acreage to Issac Owens for 130.00. Alfred Franklin White contends that Joel and Mary TYE (2nd wife) were killed in a carriage accident traveling between KY and NC. They both suddenly disappeared. The children of JOEL FREEMAN and MARY TYE are not recognized by the rest of the FREEMAN clan.

      Note [from "Dolores1630" on Ancestry.com]: There is no record or verification of this accident or deaths of Joel and Mary. It's considered to be family legend until verified. Mary and Joel went to NC one day and for whatever reason, never returned. Oldest son, Samuel, from Joel's first marriage, raised the younger children, including my grandfather, John.

      Deed of Conveyance, 1847:

      Whitley CO., KY (Deed Book #3) 24 August 1848: "This deed of conveyance made this 24th day of August 1858. Witnesseth that at the August term of the interlocutory decree of said curcuit cout appointed a commissioner for and on behalf of the AARON FREEMAN, POLLY STEVENS and NANCY PERKINS and the unknown heirs of JAMES FREEMAN deceased to convey to JOEL FREEMAN by Decreased of quit claim a certain tract or parcel of land in complainents bill mentioned in a suit in chancery pending in said court in which said JOEL FREEMAN is complainant and said heirs of the said JAMES FREEMAN deceased are defendants. Now I, ADDISON WILLIAMS commissioner as aforesaid forand on befalf of the said AARON FREEMAN, POLLY STEVENS,NANCY PERKINS and the unknown heirs of the said JAMES FREEMAN deceased for and in consideration of the (premises) and for and in consideration fo the interlocutory decree aforesaid give grant bargain sell (endow) convey and confirm unto the said JOEL FREEMAN and his heirs or assigns a certain tract or parcel of land situate lyning and being in Whitley County on a branch of Meadow Creek containing one hundred acres and is the same land on which said JAMES FREEMAN resided at the time of his death and left by the said JAMES in the possession of the said JOEL FREEMAN as set forth and descibed in the complainant bill herein. The said JOEL FREEMAN to have and to hold to him and his heirs or assigns forever. And the said ADDISON WILLIAMS commissioner as aforesaid for and behalf of the said ARRON FREEMAN, POLLY STEVENS, and NANCY PERKINS and the unknown heirs of the aforesaid JAMES FREEMAN deceased hereby covenant and agree that he will forever warrant and defend a good and sufficient right and title to said land against the claim or claims of themselves and thie heirs and against the claim or claims of all and every other person, persons claim for claimants whatever claiming by through or under them or either of them but (agrees) no to her person or persons but it is distinctly understood that the said WILLIAMS makes this conveyance as a commissioner of the court only and is not to be responsible in any way for the title. In testimony whereof the said parties of thefirst part by ADDISON WILLIAMS commissioner as aforesaid hereunto subscribe above written. Dated 26 August 1847. Signed: AARON FREEMAN, NANCY PERKINS, POLLY STEVENS, The unknown heirs of JAMES FREEMAN, deceased by A. WILLIAMS, commissioner Whitley Conuty Court. 24 March 1848

      JOEL FREEMAN sold one hundred acres on Meadow Creek to ISAAC OWENS for 130.00.

      Application for post-Civil War Presidential pardon?

      The Ancestry.com database Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons, 1865-1867 contains paperwork related to the application by a Joel T. Freeman of Bear Wallow, North Carolina for a pardon and the restoration of his full citizenship by President Andrew Johnson. In it he explains that before the rebellion he was a postmaster and that this was the only role in which he can be held to have supported the Confederacy. We cannot determine from the papers whether this pardon was granted, or whether this is that same individual as our Joel Terrill Freeman.

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] Descendants of James Freeman.

    2. [S61] Descendants of James Freeman., date only.