|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 1924|
Wilburn FREEMAN was born in Kentucky, November 6, 1844, and departed this life, March 8, 1924, aged eighty years, four months and two days. He moved to Indiana with his parents when quite young and settled near Bedford. When the dark war clouds of 1861 threatened to destroy this country, he enlisted in the service of his country, and was willing to lay down his life if necessary to preserve the Union. He served in COMPANY E, NINETY-SEVENTH REGIMENT INDIANA VOLUNTEERS. The deceased was united in marriage to Mary C. CARMICHAEL some time in the year 1865. To this union were born five children—three boys and two girls. They are: Thomas, deceased; Edward, of Bedford; Ezra, of Wheatland; Mrs. Emma LONG, of Aliceville, and Liddie, deceased. The mother being called home when the above named children were quite small, Mr. FREEMAN married again, this time to Sarah MARTINDALE, on November 11, 1875. To this union were born three daughters—Mrs. Rosa NOEL, of Oolitic; Mrs. E. C. HOLT and Mrs. Ella LAVENDER, of Hobbieville. Besides the above named widow and children the deceased eaves eighteen grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was a loving companion, a kind father and a good neighbor. Uncle Wem, as he was generally called, had been in failing health for some time with kidney trouble and all that loving hands and medical skill could do was done for him, but to no avail, and he gradually grew worse and peacefully fell asleep at 8:50 o’clock on the above mentioned date. He bore his afflictions with great patience. He will be greatly missed from the family circle.
In the last issue of your paper I noticed an account of the death of Wilburn FREEMAN, of Hobbieville. I knew him as a citizen and as a soldier. In civil live a good citizen, neighbor and friend, and he was my comrade in the Civil War. He had lived in Greene County practically all his life. He enlisted as a private in Captain Thomas FLINN company—COMPANY E, NINETY SEVENTH REGIMENT INDIANA INFANTRY VOLUNTEERS—on August 18, 1862; and was with his company and regiment continually until its muster out of service at the close of the war at Washington City, D. C., June 9, 1865. He was in the battles of Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi; Mission Ridge and Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Lost and Kennesaw Mountains, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Griswoldville and Savannah, Georgia, and Bentonville, N. C. He was generally known among his comrades in the regiment as “Wem” FREEMAN, and the government never had a braver or better soldier, nor one who was so universally esteemed, as comrade, by both officers and men of his company and regiment. Whatever duty or danger he was called to meet, he never complained but was always ready and willing to go where ordered, and in the long, hard, tiresome marches was always the quiet, patient and dutiful soldier, as all his comrades know who knew him, and all feel a pang of sorrow who knew of his long fight for life and his painful sufferings, and his passing away, and extend their sincere sympathy to his widow and children and friends in time of their bereavement. J. D.
Thomas Freeman (1795 - 1861)
Sarah Martindale Freeman (1849 - 1927)
Lydia Freeman (1875 - 1893)*
Florence Mahala Freeman Holt (1882 - 1971)*
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Originally Created by: Susan (Haldeman) Fowler
Record added: Nov 22, 2005
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