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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Thomas Freeman

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


THOMAS FREEMAN, residing on section 19, Ogden Township, became a resident of this locality during the pioneer days. His residence is a fine brick structure, built in 1877, at a cost of $2,600. Our subject is a native of Ohio, and was born in Belmont County, April 11, 1826. His father, James FREEMAN, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in 1801, and departed this life Nov. 4, 1867. The mother of our subject, who in her girlhood was Miss Rebecca OGDEN, was born on St. Valentine's Day, 1804.

The marriage of the parents took place on the 5th of May, 1825, and of this union there were born ten children, eight of whom lived to maturity. The mother departed this life Oct. 5, 1854. Both parents were exemplary in their lives, and worthy members of the Christian Church. The family removed from Ohio to Illinois in the spring of 1830, locating first in Vermilion County. Two years later they changed their place of abode to a point on the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, in this county, where the father of our subject purchased 1,100 acres of land, upon which he continued to live the remainder of his life.

James Freeman commenced life without a cent in his pocket, and at its close had accumulated a large competency. He was a man of much force of character, and one whose judgment was held in high regard. He occupied the minor offices of his township, and was Captain in a company of the State Militia for several years. The first children of the household were Thomas, of our sketch, and Mary (twins). The latter became the wife of David MEAD, and died Oct. 25, 1876. The remaining children were Edmund, Lydia A., Angeline, Yates, Eleazer, Andrew, Rebecca who died when three months old, and Martha when four years old.

Thomas Freeman, on the 16th of August, 1849, was united in marriage with Miss Nancy REDMAN, who was born in Monroe County, Ohio, in the same year as himself, and on the 16th of the month following that of his own birth. Her parents were John and Elizabeth (WRIGHT) REDMAN, natives of Virginia, the former born in 1792, and the latter Dec. 18, 1799. They passed to their long home years ago. The children of the parents of Mrs. Freeman were born as follows: Reuben, Feb. 10, 1820; Mary, Sept. 11, 1821; Sarah, Nov. 15, 1822; Hettie, Dec. 28, 1824; Nancy, March 16, 1826; Rachel and Ruth (twins), Nov. 27, 1828; John, Feb. 10, 1831; Martha, March 4, 1833; Elias, April 21, 1835; Isaac, now deceased, July 22, 1837; Rebecca, July 4, 1840, and Clarinda, Jan. 4, 1844.

The children of Thomas Freeman and his wife are recorded as follows: Mary M. was born July 16, 1850; Edmund R., March 15, 1852; John T., July 25, 1854; James J., May 27, 1858; William H., May 22, 1861, Martha, Aug. 25, 1862. Mr. F. has held the office of School Director, and is at present Township Trustee. In politics he is a Republican. He and his excellent wife are members of the Christian Church. Their children have been carefully trained and well educated, and are following in the footsteps of their honored parents, being useful in the community, and filling their various stations in life with credit and honor. Their names will be found elsewhere in this work.

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