|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1840|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 1912|
Husband of Belle Emily (Kelly) Freeland (1844-1903). Son of John R. Freeland and Ann H. (Hance) Freeland. Father of Carrie (Freeland) Garrett, Lillian and Floy (Freeland) West.
From "The Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties Iowa," originally published in 1886:
J. W. FREELAND, the oldest practicing attorney now living in Corydon, is a native of Owen County, Indiana, born in August, 1840, a son of John R. and Anna (Hance) Freeland, natives of Maryland. The mother died when our subject was a child, the father living to the advanced age of eighty-five years.
The early educational advantages of Mr. Freeland were such as the common schools of his native town afforded. He afterward attended the county seminary of his native county for one year.
In 1857, at the age of seventeen years, he left his native county, coming to Corydon for the purpose of receiving instruction of W. E. Taylor, then one of the prominent lawyers of Wayne County, Iowa. He remained a student in his office till the fall of 1859 when he was admitted to the bar, J. S. Townsend being at that time presiding judge. After being admitted to the bar he became associated with Mr. Taylor, under the firm name of Taylor & Freeland. In 1862, the former entered the army, when Mr. Freeland practiced alone for several years. He then formed a partnership with J. N. McClanahan, with whom he practiced several years, when he was again alone for two or three years. E. E. Clark was then associated with him two years, and in 1879 the present law firm of Freeland & Miles was formed.
As will be seen, Mr. Freeland has spent all his professional life in Corydon. Coming here when but a boy and when Wayne County was in its infancy, he has witnessed its remarkable growth and the changes which have taken place in the past thirty years. Probably no man is more widely known in Wayne County than Mr. Freeland. He has always been a close student of his profession, and, aided
by a sound judgment and clear reasoning powers, has gained the head of his profession, and his opinions on matters of law are regarded as authoritative.
Before the office of County Judge was abolished Mr. Freeland served one term in that capacity, being elected in 1860. In politics he has always affiliated with the Democratic party.
Mr. Freeland was married in January, 1861, to Miss Belle Kelley, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of B. H. Kelley. They have three children -- Carrie B., wife of J. S. Garrett; Lillie and Floy.
Belle Emily Kelly Freeland (1844 - 1903)
Carrie Freeland Garrett (1863 - 1940)*
Lillian Freeland Selby (1867 - 1947)*
Infant Daughter Freeland (1872 - 1872)*
Floy Freeland West (1877 - 1949)*
Created by: Calcat
Record added: Sep 15, 2009
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