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John Freeny[1]

Male 1718 - 1786  (68 years)


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  • Name John Freeny  [2
    Born 1718  Delmar, Somerset Co., Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Story Elijah Freeney on his Freeny and Hearn ancestors  [3
    FamilySearch ID LH6Z-C8R 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LH6Z-C8R 
    Died 1786  Sussex, Worcester, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I8574  Main
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2020 

    Father Peter Freeny,   b. betweeen 1690 - 1705, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1764, Worcester Co., Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Inchlee,   b. 1696, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Worcester Co., Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1714  Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Hearne,   b. 1721, Delmar, Somerset Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sussex, Worcester, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Joshua Freeny, Rev. War,   b. Abt 1739, Sussex Co., DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1828  (Age ~ 89 years)
     2. William Freeny, Rev. War,   b. Abt 1741,   d. 27 Sep 1786  (Age ~ 45 years)
     3. John Freeny,   b. 1745, Sussex, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1830  (Age 85 years)
    +4. Elijah Freeny, Rev. War.,   b. Abt 1745, Sussex Co., DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1798, Hancock Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     5. Thomas Freeny,   b. Abt 1747,   d. 1828, Worcester, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     6. Sarah Freeny,   b. Abt 1749,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. Levinia Freeny,   b. Abt 1751,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Anne Freeny,   b. Abt 1753,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Mary Freeny,   b. Abt 1755,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Elizabeth Freeny,   b. Abt 1757,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Documents
    John Freeney Personal Property Disposition
    John Freeney Personal Property Disposition
    "Disposition of personal property by will"

    Jerry McGinty notes: "This is Levina's father's distribution of personal property. It shows his children including Levina who married Nubold Moore and two other daughters that married Ellegood and Morris. The sons are there too."
    Histories
    Hearn / Harn Family History
    Hearn / Harn Family History
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F3242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1786 - Sussex, Worcester, Delaware Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From the Will of John Freeny 4 Sept 1786:

      "..bequeath to my son Joshua Freeny all my lands on the South side of the West line that is in Maryland State except part of a tract called Watermelon..." [4, 5]

    Story:
    • From Hearne History:

      Mr. Elijah Freney, who lived on a farm adjoining and south of Delmar, but in Somerset Co., Md., married Mary Ellen Fooks. who is a descendant of Thomas Hearne, the youngest son of William Hearne, the merchant. I made them a visit May, 1895, when they had just received a copy of the History, which stated that Mary Hearne, daughter of the second William, married Freney. Mr. Elijah Freney at once said to me: "Those were my great-grandparents, and it was John Freney who married Mary Hearne, and the land here that I own, where we now are, is the land first taken up in America by William Hearne, and named by him 'St. Kitt's' for the place from which he came, St. Christopher's, and also a tract called 'Stains,' for which his son Thomas afterwards obtained grants from England." Those old grants (the originals on parchment, with the old English wax seals) be got out and showed me: they surely have a very old and quaint appearance, and have been inserted in history. The wills of William and Thomas Hearne devise these two tracts of land to their children. and Mr. Freney took me around and showed me the entire tracts, and also the graves of all the older members of the family. Mr. Freney's residence is on the tract "St. Kitt's," and about a quarter of a mile from it is the site of the residence of the merchant William, and very near to it is the first burying ground, where are buried the merchant William and his wife Mary, and their son Thomas, who lived and died at the old homesttead, and his wife Sally Wingate, and several of their descendants, among them their son Nehemiah and his wife Betty. About two miles southeast of Delmar is the site of the residence of the second William Hearne, where he lived, and died, 1756. The burying ground is near the residence, where both he and his wife Elizabeth are buried, and most likely several of their children. The old homestead is now owned and occupied by Mr. Charles Wood, one of his descendants.

      Mr. Freney related to me many amusing incidents connected with the earlier ones of the family. He said that his ancestor John Freney paid court to Mary Hearne, who reluctantly decided not to marry him, and he bade her bood-bye, saying then he would emigrate to Georgia,. and mounted his horse and left Mary at once reported to her mother, who told her she was foolish, that she would never do any better; and, without further ado, Mary donned her sunbonnet and shawl, took a near cut across the field, intercepted Mr. Freney as he went around the road, and climbed on the fence just as he came up, when he gallantly offered to take her up behind him, as she was going his way; his horse shied a little and did not readily come up to the fence, when Mary said to him: "Why don't you came up, you old fool, and let your mistress get on ?" whereupon Freney said: "Miss Mary. all you have to do is to say the word and you shall be the mistress," which she did, and the matter was settled.

      Mr. Freney also told me that Jonathan Hearne, son of the second William, was a large and stalwart man, who had some very large cherry trees in his yard, and a neighbor named Lecate was in the habit of climbing the trees in fruit time and helping himself without asking permission; Lecate wore a stout leather belt around his body, instead of suspenders, and one day Hearne invited him down out of the tree and deliberately picked him up and hung him by the belt on a very large iron spike in the wall on the porch, with his back to the wall; then he went to the well and got a bucket of water and dashed in Lecate's face and repeated it several times, saying: "Now I suppose you will let my cherries alone."

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1514] Charles Freeny, III, Charles Freeny, III, (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/f/r/e/Charles-C-Freeny/index.html cfreeny@worldnet.att.net).

    3. [S899] Hearne History, William T. Hearne, (pub 1907 with 1912 addendum transcribed and available on the web: http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/index.html), From Hearne History:  Mr. Elijah Freney, who lived on a farm adjoining and south of Delmar, but in Somerset Co., Md., married Mary Ellen Fooks. who is a descendant of Thomas Hearne, the youngest son of William Hearne, the merchant. I made them a visit M.

    4. [S1516] Peter Freeny AHDIA, Ellis Freeny, (Ellis Freeny, Oklahoma City, OK), http://www.joesue.com/Books/PeterFreeny/023.htm.

    5. [S899] Hearne History, William T. Hearne, (pub 1907 with 1912 addendum transcribed and available on the web: http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/index.html), http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/hh195m.html.