Hello again everyone! I just wanted to drop in and share with you all that I was motivated to try and do some research tonight!
For the first time, I decided to see what I could find on my Freeman side. Freeman comes in to my line via my great-grandmother, Gennett (Nettie) Freeman. She married Emmett Stevenson.
All I knew before tonight was that her dad’s name was Robert Oliver Freeman and, supposedly, her mother’s name is Miranda Jones. No birth dates, no marriage dates. I did know that they came from Anderson County, South Carolina.
So, just for fun I decided to do a little research. I started off by going to Ancestry.com, just like they do on WDYTYA?!
I searched the 1850 Census and found a Robert Freeman, 12 years old, living with his parents, John & Mary Freeman. Could be! So, I looked into the 1860 Census and found Robert O. Freeman, 20, living with his parents, John & Mary Ann Freeman. Voila! This is my Robert! The siblings matched up also so that was cool.
So, now I know that Robert’s dad was John Freeman and his mother was Mary Ann (?). Unfortunately, that was pretty much the end of my line there. So, I turned to Robert and his marriage to Miranda. I found them in the 1880 Census and it lists my great-grandmother, Gennett as their daughter. It also has several siblings listed that I knew somewhat about but now I know are definitely related.
I didn’t try to go any further back with Miranda “Jones” because I really didn’t know where to start. I mean, Jones is a pretty common name! Instead I decided to try to find what I could on those folks I had just discovered. I first searched for Robert O. Freeman and found a record of him living in Alabama in the 1900 Census. He’s still with Miranda and he has three of his sons still living with him. I find him again in the 1910 Census but he is living with his daughter, Macy Stephens, in Mississippi. Miranda is no longer listed so I have to assume that she died somewhere between 1900 and 1910. I found Macy again in the 1920 Census but Robert is no longer with her. There’s a pretty good chance that he died sometime between 1910 and 1920. The good news is that she is still living in Mississippi, the bad news is that there are no Mississippi death records available!
I found one more member of my great-grandmother’s family, Willis, in the Florida Death Index and I found a family tree on Ancestry. I contacted that person to see what they might know but I feel that will be fruitful because she didn’t have his parents listed. She did have his wife and four children listed so maybe I can somehow find that family and see if they can help me out.
So, for a couple of hours of sitting at my computer and looking through Ancestry and Family Search, I think I was able to accumulate a good deal of information and I have a small start on my Freeman side.
I’ll update you all a little more as I find out more!
Happy hunting everyone!