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Thomas Barton Freeney

Thomas Barton Freeney[1, 2]

Male 1884 - 1950  (65 years)

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  • Name Thomas Barton Freeney  [3, 4
    Born 22 Feb 1884  Wicomico County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Education at home after third grade. 
    Hobbies played woodwind instruments in the Tall Cedar Band, which is a branch of the Masons. 
    Graduated Philadelphia College of Optometry - Dr. of Optometry 
    Occupation Delmar, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Owned a jewlery and eyewear store 
    Occupation Delmar, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Telegraph operator for the railroad 
    FindAGrave URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86009794 
    FindAGrave ID 86009794 
    FamilySearch ID LTF5-WYY 
    FamilySearch URL https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LTF5-WYY 
    Died 4 Jan 1950  Delmar, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried St. Stephen's Cemetery, Sussex Co., Delmar, DE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9  Main
    Last Modified 6 Aug 2020 

    Father Thomas Barton Freeny, Sr.,   b. 20 Dec 1850, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1884, Wicomico County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Mother Emily Goslee,   b. 16 Dec 1849, Somerset County, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1923, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1873 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sara Jane Webster,   b. 10 Aug 1887, Quantico, Wicomico, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1954, Salisbury, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 18 Jun 1906  [8, 9
    Children 
    +1. Kathleen Ellen Freeney,   b. 24 Aug 1907, Delmar, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1997, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +2. Sara Marguerite Freeney,   b. 26 Nov 1911, Delmar, Wicomico Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1987, Salisbury, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Photos
    Thomas Barton Freeney and Sarah Jane Webster Freeney
    Thomas Barton Freeney and Sarah Jane Webster Freeney
    Documents
    Freeney Family Tree
    Freeney Family Tree
    By Marguerite Freeney Howard
    Freeney Family Bible - Marriages
    Freeney Family Bible - Marriages
    1) October 15th 1873 by Rev Samuel Thomas - Barton Freeny to Emily Goslee, daughter of John S. and Ann M. Goslee
    2) Married June 18 - 1906 by Rev Zack Webster, Thomas Barton Freeney, Jr. to Sarah J. Webster
    3) Senora A Freeny - Married April 5th 1899 to Isaac S. Brewington by Rev Reginald Potts.
    1930 US Census - Thomas Barton Freeney and Sara Webster Freeney
    1930 US Census - Thomas Barton Freeney and Sara Webster Freeney
    Also in the same household are W.L. Howard his wife Marguerite Freeney and their daughter Cara Lynn
    Albums
    Freeney Family Photos
    Freeney Family Photos (56)
    From the Freeney family bible and from a photo album.
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Feb 1884 - Wicomico County, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Owned a jewlery and eyewear store - - Delmar, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Telegraph operator for the railroad - - Delmar, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jan 1950 - Delmar, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Stephen's Cemetery, Sussex Co., Delmar, DE Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Cir 1905. In graduation gown. (optometry school?)
    Freeney Siblings
    Freeney Siblings
    L to R: 1)Annie 2)Ella May 3)Thomas Barton 4)Fannie 5)John Edgar 6) Leona
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Cir 1900
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Cir. 1941
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    Thomas Barton Freeney
    And the "Tall Cedars" band.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Thomas Barton Freeney, Jr.
    Thomas Barton Freeney, Jr.

    Documents
    Dr. T. Barton Freeney
    Dr. T. Barton Freeney
    "High grade watches, diamonds, jewelry, silverware, cut glass, fountain pens, etc. Fine watch and jewelry repairing a specialty"
    1930 US Census - Thomas Barton Freeney and Sara Webster Freeney
    1930 US Census - Thomas Barton Freeney and Sara Webster Freeney
    Also in the same household are W.L. Howard his wife Marguerite Freeney and their daughter Cara Lynn
    Thomas B. Freeney - 1918 (WWI) Draft Registration (p1)
    Thomas B. Freeney - 1918 (WWI) Draft Registration (p1)
    Permanent Home Address: "East Delmar, Wicomico, Md."
    Age in years: "34"
    Date of birth: "Feb 22, 1884" Race: "White" US Citizen: "Native Born"
    Present Occupation: "Telegraph Operator"
    Employer's name: " P.R.R. Co."
    Place of employment: "Delmar, Del"
    Nearest relative: "Sarah J. Freeney, East Delmar, Wicomico, Md."

    Thomas B. Freeney - 1918 (WWI) Draft Registration (p2)
    Thomas B. Freeney - 1918 (WWI) Draft Registration (p2)
    Freeney Family Bible - Deaths
    Freeney Family Bible - Deaths
    1) Barton Freeny departed this life Jan 30 - 1884
    2) Emily (Goslee) Freeney departed this life Aug 10 1923
    3) Fannie Freeney Phillips departed this life May 9th 1944
    4) John Edgar Freeney departed this life Mar 21st 1947
    5) Thomas Barton Freeney Jr departed this life Jan 4 1950
    6) Leona Freeney Boston departed this life June 19 1950
    7) Annie Freeney Brewington departed this life Feb 3 1973
    8) Mae Freeney Culver departed this life Feb 13, 1976

    Thomas Barton Freeney - Obituary
    Thomas Barton Freeney - Obituary
    The Evening Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, 06 Jan 1950, Fri, Page 36 "Services Are Held For Dr. Freeny Special to The Evening Sun Salisbury, Jan. 6. Funeral services for Dr. T. Barton Freeny, 65. Delmar (Md.) optometrist and jeweler, are being held today at his late home in Delmar. Dr. Freeny, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday, was a director of the Bank of Delmar and former Delmar town treasurer. Survivors include his widow, the former Miss Sarah Webster, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Herget, Baltimore, and Mrs. W. L. Howard, Salisbury. There are four grandchildren and three sisters; Mrs. James B. Culver, Baltimore; Mrs. I. S. Brewington, Salisbury, and Mrs. H. L. Boston, Oklahoma City. A brother, J. Edgar Freeny, died two years ago in Los Angeles"
    Thomas B. Freeney - Found Dead
    Thomas B. Freeney - Found Dead
    The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, 05 Jan 1950, Thu, Page 12

    "Dr. Thomas B. Freeney, Of Delmar, Found Dead DELMAR, Jan. 5 ( Special). Dr. Thomas Barton Freeney, 67, optometrist of East Street, was found dead yesterday afternoon on the farm of Edward Nichols near town. Dr. Freeney was subject to heart attacks and was stricken while digging in a field. A former president of the State Optometrist Association, he also was a former employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad but was engaged in his present business for many years. He was a member of Delmar Lodge 201, AF and AM, and was a director of the Bank of Delmar. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Sarah Webster Freeney; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Howard of Salisbury and Mrs. Charles Edward Herget of Baltimore; four grandchildren and several sisters."

    Headstones
    Thomas and Sara
    Thomas and Sara
    Thomas Barton Freeney and Sara Webster Freeney
    Freeney
    Freeney

    Videos
    Lynn Howard Howell - Photos with audio narration
    Lynn Howard Howell - Photos with audio narration
    Recorded in November 2002, Lynn Howard Howell describes photos taken cir 1939 in Maryland of herself, her parents, William Lawrence Howard, M.D., and Marguerite Freeney Howard, her aunt Kathleen Freeney, and her grandparents Thomas Barton Freeney and Sarah Webster Freeney.

  • Notes 
    • Born one month after the death of his father. 

      WL Howard in 2002 told this story about his father in law, Thomas Barton Freeney:

      Barton was truly an amazing man. He was the youngest in the family.  He never knew his father because he died only a month before Barton was born.  He was brought up by his mother and sisters in Delmar, MD.  He was very self motivated.

      When Barton was in 3rd grade his teacher gave him an undeserved beating that was so bad his mother decided he would never go back to school.  So he stayed home, and as he grew up took good care of his mother.  When he was old enough, he worked for the railroad in Delmar, eventually becoming a telegraph operator. 

      In his spare time Barton worked for a local jewler repairing watches. He was so talented that he was encouraged by his employer to attend an "Horology" school in Philadelphia so he would learn the 'science of watch repair' and jewelry making. 

      Barton managed his schedule at the railroad so as to work the early shifts, and then on school days, took the train to Philadelphia in the afternoon to attend classes.  In Philadelphia his instructors recognized his talents and encouraged him to attend Optometry school.  Armed with his Horology and Optometry degrees, he opened his own watch repair and optometrist shop in Delmar, MD which became very sucessful.

      Barton played woodwind instruments (clarinet) in the Tall Cedar Band, which is a branch of the Masons. Also played the accordion.

      His WWII draft registration card was completed April 25, 1942 as follows: Thomas Barton Freeney, 202 East St, Delmar, Wicomico Co, Md. (P.O. Del). No telephone, age 58, born Wicomico County Feb 22 1884, Md. Contact: Mrs. Sarah W. Freeney. Employers name "self", Optometrist, 202 East St., Delmar, Wicomico, MD (P.O. Del), Physical: White, Height 6' 180 lbs, gray eyes, gray hair, light complexion.

      His WWI draft registration card lists his occupation as a Telegraph Operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in Delmar, Delaware.

      His estate was reported in The Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland 14 Feb 1951, p9 Administration Accounts "In estate of Thomas B. Freeney, Delmar; Dr. W. Lawrence Howard, Salisbury, administrator.  Total estate $72,859.85. For distribution: $59,193.22" [10, 11, 12, 13]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

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

    3. [S477] Marguerite Freeney Howard, Marguerite Freeney Howard, Goslee Chart.

    4. [S1512] Freeny (Freeney) Family Bible, Thomas B. Freeny Sr & Emily Goslee Freeny, (Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues. New York, American Bilble Society, 1873. In our archives - received June 2008. Also contained photos, postcards, cloth pieces, and a wrapped lock of hair between the pages. All in my files.).

    5. [S1373] Draft Registration Card, 22 Feb 1884.

    6. [S1512] Freeny (Freeney) Family Bible, Thomas B. Freeny Sr & Emily Goslee Freeny, (Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues. New York, American Bilble Society, 1873. In our archives - received June 2008. Also contained photos, postcards, cloth pieces, and a wrapped lock of hair between the pages. All in my files.), "Son of J B Freeney and Emily Freeney was born February 22nd, 1884".

    7. [S1512] Freeny (Freeney) Family Bible, Thomas B. Freeny Sr & Emily Goslee Freeny, (Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues. New York, American Bilble Society, 1873. In our archives - received June 2008. Also contained photos, postcards, cloth pieces, and a wrapped lock of hair between the pages. All in my files.), "Thomas Barton Freeney, Jr. departed this life on Jan 4th, 1950".

    8. [S477] Marguerite Freeney Howard, Marguerite Freeney Howard, DAR Application.

    9. [S1512] Freeny (Freeney) Family Bible, Thomas B. Freeny Sr & Emily Goslee Freeny, (Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of the original tongues. New York, American Bilble Society, 1873. In our archives - received June 2008. Also contained photos, postcards, cloth pieces, and a wrapped lock of hair between the pages. All in my files.), "Married June 18 - 1906 by Rev Zack Webster. Thomas Barton Freeney Jr to Sarah J. Webster".

    10. [S503] WL Howard MD - Interview, "Played the clarinet".

    11. [S1373] Draft Registration Card, WWII Draft Card 1942.

    12. [S1373] Draft Registration Card, WWI draft registration card Sept 1918.

    13. [S507] Salisbury Daily Times, The Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland 14 Feb 1951, p9.