?FREEMAN family, Buckhorn valley/Namaqua area, Larimer Co., CO about 1873-1885
Does anyone have information on the FREEMAN family living in the Buckhorn valley, west of Loveland, Larimer Co., CO from about 1873 to 1885?
The following is information that I have found so far. On 22 September 1873, a Joseph Dean FREEMAN, claimed 160 acres of land in the Buckhorn valley about one mile above the mouth of the junction of Buckhorn Creek with the Big Thompson River in Larimer Co., Colorado Territory. This land was later homesteaded and patented by Edward James NEVILLE.
Information written in 1927 by Mrs. P. H. BOOTHROYD (an early resident of the Buckhorn valley) indicated two Freeman brothers came from Ireland in 1874 with a letter of introduction to either George or Thomas WELDON.
One of the brothers, Robert Dean FREEMAN, married a neighbor, Georgia Emma RUTHERFORD CHAMBERS. She was a widow with a 22 month old son, Arthur Alvin CHAMBERS. Robert Dean and Georgia Emma were married on 22 August 1876 in Fort Collins, CO. Both had listed Namaqua as their residence.
The FREEMAN land was immediately west of land owned by Emma’s sister and brother-in-law, Celia Ann and James Almon Rutherford.
A daughter, Cora Elizabeth FREEMAN, was born to them in 1877 or 1878. Georgia Emma FREEMAN divorced Robert Dean FREEMAN when he returned to Ireland (sometime before 1885). Mrs. BOOTHROYD also mentioned that Douglas FREEMAN, William FREEMAN and Robert FREEMAN were among those who returned to Ireland and who later died in Ireland.