There have been a number of queries about Jarvis Freeman and descendants on this board as well as the RootsWeb Freeman board.They are confusing because there were two Jarvis Freemans born in New England around the 1790's or early 1800's.The parents of neither one have been determined with any certainty.If any of you can add to or correct the information below, please join in.
JARVIS FREEMAN #1
Birth: ca. 1794-1798 in Massachusetts, estimated from census records. In a Freeman board posting, Don Freeman reported that Jarvis was born May 12, 1796 in New Marlborough, Mass., to Silas and Althea Freeman. The IGI has an undocumented record that says he was born in 1799 in New Marlborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts.I have not found any vital records to substantiate either of these statements.
War of 1812 Pension records: Jarvis Freeman, born in MA, served in Steven’s Company of Massachusetts Regulars
Married to Olive Gleason (b. ca. 1806 in New Marlborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts) 1824 Nov 26 in Hillsdale, Columbia, New York.IGI undocumented record.
1834 in Berkshire County, Mass.He was the defendant in a case brought by Silas Beckley.Silas Freeman was called as a witness. (Octavius Pickering.Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, vol. 15, p. 469 (available on Google Books).Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., 1865)This proves that Jarvis Freeman was living in Berkshire County in 1834.
Removed from Mass. to Michigan between about 1835 and 1839, based on birth dates of children estimated from censuses.
Death: after 27 Jul 1870 and probably before 1880 as determined by census records
1850 Federal Census, Series: M432Roll: 363Page: 99
Michigan, Tuscola County, Tuscola, taken 29 July
Freeman, Jarvis 52 Farmer b. MA
Freeman, Olive 42 MA
Freeman, Ira son 18 MA
Freeman, Spencer son 15 OH [birthplace given as MA in 1860]
Freeman, Henry son 11 MI
Freeman, Olive dau 8 MI
Freeman, George son 4 MI
Freeman, Wallace 1-9/12 MI
Davis, Lonza [Alonzo] W. Davis, 29, NY
Lucy Davis, 23, MA (see below for proof that Lucy was a daughter of Jarvis Freeman.)
1860 Federal census, Series: M653Roll: 562Page: 655
Michigan, Tuscola County, Tuscola, taken 29 July
Freeman, Jarvis, 64, MA
Freeman, Olive, 52
Freeman, Ira, 28
Freeman, Henry, 21
Freeman, Olive, 18
Freeman, George, 14
Freeman, Bub, 10(this must have been a nickname for Wallace)
Lee, Mark J., 28
Lee, Louisa, 24 and two children.Was Louisa a daughter of Jarvis?
Living two houses away:
Freeman, Spencer, 24, Mass.
Freeman, Mary, 17
Freeman, Henry, 6 mos.
[Alonzo and Lucy Davis were living nearby in Tuscola.]
1870 Federal Census, Series: M593Roll: 705Page: 160-161, taken 18 June
Michigan, Tuscola County, Tuscola
Freeman, Henry, 29
Freeman, Harriet E., 28
Lee, Mark J., 37
Lee, Louisa, 34 and 7 children.
Davis, Alonzo W., 49
Davis, Lucy A., 44 and two children
Freeman, Olive, 63
Freeman, Olive P., 28
Freeman, Ira, 38
Freeman, Virginia, 20 and two children
1870 Federal Census, Series: M593Roll: 394Page: 462, taken 27 July 1870
Iowa, Hardin County, Jackson, Eldora PO
Freeman, George 24 farmer MI
Freeman, Julia A. 21 keeping house Canada
Freeman, Arthur 2/12 IA
Freeman, Jarvis 76 Farmer MA
Freeman, Wallace son 20 MI
[note by Cindy Clark in her database on RootsWeb/WorldConnect*: In 1870 Jarvis is living with son Wallace near son George in Iowa while his wife Olive is living in Michigan with her daughters Lucy A. Davis [see 1880 entry for proof that Lucy Davis was a daughter] and Olive F. Freeman, why? Are they divorced?]
1880 Federal Census, Series T9, roll 600, p. 170
Michigan, Osceola, Sylvan
Freeman, W. B. (Wallace B.), age 30, born in Michigan, parents both born Mass.
Freeman, Euretha (niece) age 5
Davis, Lucy A., (sister), age 58
Davis, John P., (nephew), age 16
Freeman, Olive, (mother), age 73, born Mass., parents both born Mass.
(This entry proves that Lucy Davis was the sister of Wallace Freeman and daughter of Olive (and Jarvis) Freeman.)
1. Children Lucy A Freeman b: 1827 in Massachusetts
2. Children Ira Freeman b: Jun 1832 in Massachusetts
3. Children Spencer Freeman b: 1835 [In 1850 he was listed as born in Ohio, but in 1860 he was listed as born in Massachusetts].
4. Henry Freeman b: Bet 1839 and 1841 in Michigan
5. Olive P Freeman b: 1842 in Michigan
6. George William Freeman b: Apr 1846 in Michigan
7. Wallace B Freeman b: 1850 in Michigan
* Clark, Cindy. Ambers Seas Family Tree. 7 Dec 2006.
JARVIS FREEMAN #2
Jarvis Freeman, b. ca. 1800 in VT(based on 1850 census) In my book, “Freeman Families of New England in the 17th and 18th Centuries”, I suggested that he may have been the son of Otis Freeman (1767-after 1850) and Theoda Capron Freeman, but no proof has been found.He was described as “of Swanton” in the record of his marriage in Highgate, a village close to Swanton. Otis and Theoda Freeman were the only Freeman family in that area who were of an age to have been the parents of Jarvis Freeman.
Residence in 1816 in Swanton, Franklin, Vermont.
Married (1) on 2 December 1816 in Highgate, Franklin, Vermont to Lovina Percy. Her name is given as Louisa Pircey in the Vermont vital records.Basil Percy wrote in 2001 “The Percy family lived in Franklin County,Vermont from about 1798. Lovina [was the child] of Salmon Percy. Lovina Percy Freeman [was] named inSalmon Percy's will, probated in 1835”
Resided in Swanton, Franklin, Vermont until between 1820 and 1840.Not listed in 1830 census.
War of 1812 Service Records: Jarvis Freeman served in 4th Regiment (Williams’) of the Vermont Militia
1820 Federal census – Series M33, Roll 127, page 230
Jarvis Freeman, Vermont, Franklin, Swanton
Household: 000010 10100 (one male age 26-45; one female age < 10, one female age 16-26
1840 Federal census
Jarvis Freeman, New York, Wayne, Arcadia.Household 2 males <5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50
1850 Federal census – Series M432, Roll 612, page 99
Jarvis Freeman, age 50, b. Vermont. Residence: New York, Wayne, Arcadia.Living in the household of Selah Austin on 18 Oct 1850.No other members of the 1840 household appear.Basil Percy wrote in 2001 “I am especially puzzled by Jarvis and Lovina Freeman, as the 1850 Censusappearsto indicate some type of breakup in that family.”
1 Sep 1848 – U.S. Federal Land Records database – Jarvis Freeman of Dane County, Wisconsin, purchased land there
(My guess is that this Jarvis Freeman is the eldest son of the Jarvis Freeman who appeared in New York in the 1840 and 1850 census.)
1860 Federal census – Series M653, Roll 1413, p. 360
Jarvis Freeman, Wisconsin, Jefferson, Lake Miles, age 53, born New York
Charlotte, age 50, born New York.(The Freeman-Wheeler database on Rootsweb/WorldConnect shows the marriage of Charlotte Baker to Jarvis Freeman)
Lovina or Lavina, age 26, b. New York.If the idea that this Jarvis Freeman was the son of the one who lived in Vermont and New York, then this Lovina was likely named after his mother
Hannah, age 14, b. Wisconsin
Sarah, age 10, b. Wisconsin
The birthplaces of the children indicates that the family must have moved to Wiscconsin no later than 1846, when Hannah was born.The land record shows them there in 1848.
1870 Federal census – Series M593, Roll 1719, p. 323
Jarvis Freeman – Wisconsin, Jefferson, Sumner, age 63, born New York
Lydia Freeman, age 55, born Mass.
1880 Federal census – Series T9, roll 1430, p. 154
Jarvis Freeman – Wisconsin, Jefferson, Fort Atkinson, age 73, born New York
Lydia Freeman, age 65, born Mass.
[According to the History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass., Volume 1, p. 540, Frederic Cyrus Strong married on 20 April 1857 Marian Freeman of Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Jarvis Freeman and Lavinia Percy. No other information has been found to confirm this information.]