|Birth: ||Mar., 1603|
Charles City County
Col. Bridges Freeman was the son of Thomas Freeman, of Oxfordshire, and Frances Bennet-Freeman, who was the daughter of Ralph Bennet and his wife Frances. Col. Bridges was the grandson of John Freeman, born about 1553, and his wife Mae Thomas, born about 1538. Col. Bridges was the sibling of William (1st) 1605, who died in infancy, Henrie, 1606, Elizabeth (Pethouse or Pettus) 1608, William (2nd) 1609, Bennet, 1612, John, 1624, and possibly Robert and James.
Col. Bridges was the husband of Bridget Evelyn Fowler. Their children possibly included; Bridges Freeman Jr., Henry Freeman, James Freeman of New Kent. Bridges Jr., married Elizabeth, the daughter of Capt. James and Catherine Besouth.
As a young man in his twenties he emigrated to the Virginia Colony by 1625, where he married. He was appointed to a position in a joint stock company of the Virginia Company, called the Magazine (or Magine), which was dissolved in 1620. When elected in 1629, he served one session of the House of Burgesses for Pasbyhay country, north along the James River, and in 1632 he served a session for the Chickahominy tract of land. As a Burgess, he rose in rank to Lt. Col. From 1635 to 1655 he amassed about 1550 acres of land in total referred to as the Tomahunn Plantation near the mouth of the Chicahominy River, on the south (Charles City County, VA.). He also owned land that extended east of the Chicahominy, James City, Co. VA, referred to as Freeman's Point. He was reelected in 1647 to the house of Burgesses. He was also appointed to the Governor's Council, in the provisional government of Virgina Colony, for two terms that ended about 1655. Bridges Freeman gave away a portion of his land according to his Last Will and Testament, and died between 1660-1680. One record states that Bridges Freeman was a Justice for James City County in 1680. A possible relative, Thomas Freeman, and some of the Bennet family were murdered by the Powhatan Indians in the Virginia massacre of 1623.
Thomas Freeman (1579 - 1622)
Bridget Fowler Freeman (1605 - 1650)
James Freeman (1630 - 1687)*
Bridges Freeman (1637 - 1687)*
No known marker. Site excavated.
Note: Source; Garland Hopkins, Freeman Forebears, and the studies of Dr. Thomas Reed.
Pasbyhay Original burying Ground
James City County
Plot: Excavation site 44jc298
Maintained by: Genealogist
Originally Created by: Don Giddens
Record added: Jan 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46358612