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John Freeland
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Birth: Sep. 28, 1746
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: unknown
Columbia County
New York, USA

His extracted baptismal record on the LDS Mormon site says that he was baptized 28 Sep 1746 at Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and that he was the son of Thomas Freeland. Not listed there is the fact that his mother was Mary Nutt, or McNutt.

He married Mrs. Mary (Mellen) Gibbs, widow of Phineas Gibbs in 1769. She had married Phineas Gibbs June 1, 1757 and had three daughters and a son William by him. The first son of John and Mary was Phineas Freeland, named in honor of her first deceased husband. The second son was John Freeland, Jr. and the third son was Leonard Freeland. Leonard had not been used as a name in the Freeland family to this point but it was used in the Mellen family.

John owned or worked in a store in Massachusetts and rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Revolutionary War. His father-in-law, Thomas Mellen, played a big role in the war in Massachusetts.

Later in life John and Mary moved to Claverack where John evidentally had another store at Hollowville. He is found on the U. S. Census of 1810 at Claverack, Columbia County, New York in a listing right near the names of Leonard Freeland, his youngest son, and his son-in-law Aaron Gifford who was married to John's daughter Sophia Freeland. Both Leonard and Sophia had married at Claverack at the Dutch Reformed Church - Sophia in 1800 and Leonard in 1806 (to Maria Van Deusen, daughter of John J. Van Deusen and Fytje -Sophia- Hallenbeck).

There is no reference to the death of John Freeland, the last known entry for him being the U. S. Census of 1810. His wife Mrs. Mary Mellen Gibbs Freeland died at the age of 84 in Claverack in 1826. It is likely that John also died at Claverack. 
Family links: 
  Mary Mellen Freeland (1741 - 1826)
  Phineas Freeland (1772 - 1825)*
  Sophia Freeland Gifford (1783 - ____)*
  Leonard Freeland (1786 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Barbara Doxey
Record added: Sep 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77217356


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