|Birth: ||Jun., 1847|
|Death: ||Mar. 19, 1913|
Wiley Francis Freeman was born ca. 1847, most likely in Lauderdale County, Alabama. He is believed to have been the son of Isom (d. bef. 1850?) and Mary Jones (ca. 1805-1874) Freeman.
Wiley possibly had one brother, William Freeman (ca. 1832-bef. 1854?) who was married to a girl named Sarah C. (ca. 1836-aft. 1880?). What became of William, listed as a "miller" in the 1850 census is a total mystery; he probably died, as we believe Sarah C. Freeman married Robert Lindsay (ca. 1835-aft. 1880) in 1855.
On November 10, 1866 Wiley and Sarah Frances Wesson (1848-1894) were married in Lawrence County, Tennessee. They were soon back in Lauderdale where their first child, William Joseph Freeman was born. Wiley's and Sarah's children were:
1. William Joseph (1869-1910). Married Martha Josephine "Josie" Campbell.
2. Mary Betty (1871-1909). Married David Jones.
3. Daniel Allen (1873-1934). Married Mary Ellen Thomas. They later moved to Texas.
4. Amanda (1875-1942). Married JB Thomas.
5. Miles (1879-1962). Married: 1. Dora Kershaw 2. Henrietta Hunt.
6. Georgia (1882-). Married a man named Harris.
7. Hattie (1884-1945). Married Perry H. Weatherford.
8. Nannie (1886-1949). Married Will Hall.
9. Ben F. (1888-1919). Married a woman named Maude.
Wiley and Sarah were members at Stony Point Christian Church/Church of Christ and then Poplar Street (now Wood Ave.). Wiley's mother Mary was baptized by Christian Church Elder WH Wharton of Franklin Co., AL in 1838 and was a "charter member" of the Bethabara Christian Church (now Bethel Berry Church of Christ) near Rawhide (now Cloverdale) in 1869. From her obituary, it seems as if Sarah Freeman either "professed religion" late in life, at 28 years old, or else, grew up in another Christian communion and converted to become a member of the Christian Church/Church of Christ in 1877.
From at least 1899 to 1900 Wiley worked as a wagon builder for the Florence Wagon Company (1889-1941): two sons, Miles and Dan also worked at the Wagon Factory.
While employed at the Wagon Works, Wiley also started the subscription that resulted in the City Board of Education building the Brandon School, which they then opted to name after the late Charles M. Brandon (1859-1898), a Florence industrialist and philanthropist keenly interested in education. At the Monday night, October 2, 1899 dedication ceremony, Wiley gave a speech, sharing the stage with such local luminaries as Miss Maude Lindsay, Superintendent Henry C. Gilbert, Dr. Kernachan, and Mayor John B. Weakley, who also gave speeches.
Wiley Francis Freeman died 19 March, 1913, according to his death certificate, of chronic nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys). He died at the home of his son Miles on Spring Street and was buried with his wife, Sarah Wesson Freeman, and several of their Freeman, Wesson and Ijams relatives in the Simmons Cemetery, just off Cloverdale Road. (bio by: Lee Freeman)
Mary H. Jones Freeman (1805 - 1874)
Sarah Frances Wesson Freeman (1849 - 1894)
William Joseph Freeman (1869 - 1910)*
Created by: Bobbie Nicole Huggins
Record added: Apr 27, 2012
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