|Death: ||May 6, 1829|
Casper Freeman was the only son of Henrich & Anna Catharine Freyman, born on the family homestead in Bern Twp., Berks Co., PA about 1757.
Casper is mentioned in the will of his father, dated 20 Aug 1774, as being one of the children "yet underage". It specifies that "the Place shall be the Mother's 'til the sixteenth of November, one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight after which the Place shall be Casper Freyman's." This date must have some significance and may be the date that Casper comes of age.
Casper married Christina Schmidt, d/o Adam and Maria (Schauer) Schmidt, on the 10 Nov 1778.
Casper Freyman was one of 61 men from Bern Twp who protested the 1779 Supply Tax, signing an agreement dated Sep. 20, 1780 in protest.
Casper was named as one of the Trustees of the "United Lutheran U Calvinist Church" (Belleman's Union) on a Warrant Receipt from the Treasury Office of Pennsylvania, dated 14 Aug 1809, for 162 acres, 55 perches of land in Bern Township, Berks County, purchased for the sum of $371.66. See "Salem Belleman's Union Church 1746 - 1976" by Milton Blatt, page 38.
"On the 14 Aug 1813, the Reformed and Lutheran congregations of Belleman's Church gathered and agreed to build a Union church. Six men were appointed to plan and collect money for the work as follows: Nicholas Klein; Casper Freeman; Peter Ludwig; Valentine Mogel; Philip Klein; Martin Wertman." See "Salem Belleman's Union Church 1746 - 1976" by Milton Blatt, pages 43, 44, 44a & 44b.
"Caspar Freeman, a Revolutionary War Soldier, died on May 6th, aged 78 years, in Upper Bern Township." (Reading Adler, 26 Jun 1829 ed) The age listed would have put his birth before the known marriage date for his parents. He also would not have been "under age" when his father's Will was signed, therefore, it may have been printed in error.
It seems quite likely that since Casper was a Trustee at Belleman's Church while it still was operating out of the original log structure, that he would be buried in the Salem Cemetery at the church. Burial records do not exist for the time period of his death. The stone adopted as "his" is located just to the left of the marker for the original log structure. To the left of "his" stone is one assumed to be for his son George who predeceased him in 1826. Both stones are similar in design and size. George's wife Elizabeth is the next stone to the left. Hers is the only one still readable. Until definitive proof is found that Casper is buried elsewhere, or that someone else is buried in this grave, this stone marker will be shown as the symbolic resting place for him.
Casper and Christina had 12 children, all living to maturity to start families of their own. Catharine w/o Jacob Lengel; John; George; Margaret w/o ? Umbehocker; Elizabeth w/o Henry Marx; Susan w/o Henry Lamb; Adam; Mericha/Maria w/o Benjamin Wertz; Peter; Mary Magdelena w/o Thomas W. Brooks; Sarah w/o Henry Marx and Jacob. George, Margaret and Elizabeth predeceased Casper, but all left issue which are named in his Estate records. His daughter Sarah married her sister Elizabeth's husband, Henry Marx, after Elizabeth died.
Catharina Freeman Lengel (1779 - 1853)*
Johannes Freeman (1781 - 1860)*
George Freeman (1783 - 1826)*
Adam Freeman (1793 - 1850)*
Jacob Freeman (1803 - 1903)*
Created by: James R. Freeman
Record added: Mar 09, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106410052