William Freeman & Mary Cording

Sally’s five-great-Grandparents &
seven-great-Grandparents:

William Freeman ca 1675 – 1736 | his parents
& Mary Cording ca 1680 – aft 1736 | her parents
of Norfolk Co, Virginia
& Chowan (Gates) County, North Carolina


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


William Freeman, son of John Freeman ca 1650-ca 1711 and Hannah ?
was born about 1675 in Norfolk Co. VA
and died 1736 in Gates Co. (then a part of Chowan Co)

He married Mary Cording
who was the daughter of Thomas Cording and wife Elizabeth.
They lived on Catherine Creek Swamp near Cypress branch
in Chowan Precinct, NC.

14 Oct 1714 Norfolk Co VA – Bk 9[2]-98
Upon the pet: of Wm ffreeman and Mary his wife
Daughter of Thomas Cording deced:
it is ordered the Sherif Sumo: the Executrix of the said Cording
to appear at next Court to answer the said petr:

Children of William Freeman & Mary Cording:
1. Ann Freeman ca 1703 –
married Michael Ward
a. Michael Ward Jr – will proved Feb 1772 Hertford Co, NC
his executors were William Cordin Ward & Jacob Perry
i. Thomas Ward ca 1736 – will Bertie Co 1796

ii. William Cordin Ward
b. James Ward – died 1780 Bertie Co, NC
married Martha Cherry will 1818 Bertie Co
she married 2nd Solomon Freeman
c. Richard Ward sold his Bertie land in 1757
sold his Bertie land in 1757
Possibly removed to Carteret Co
where a Richard Ward patented 60 acres next to his old field in 1760
2. John Freeman ca 1710 – 1777

married Tabitha ?(some say Hoyter)
a. William Freeman ca 1738 Chowan Co – 1802 Surry Co NC
married Sarah Speight
i. Josiah Freeman ca 1762 –
bought 1783 on the N side of the Yadkin 320 acres adj. to Samuel Freeman & Mears
ii. Kiddy [Christian] Freeman
married Mitchell
iii. William Freeman
iv. Polly Freeman
v. Penelope Freeman
married Haines
vi. Manoah [Noah] Freeman
married Surry Co 1 Jan 1790 Nancy Brown
vii. John Freeman
viii. Richard Freeman
ix. David Freeman
x. Tyre Freeman
b. Jacob Freeman
c. John Freeman
d. Zilpah Freeman
married Lewis Outlaw ca 1729 – aft 1800 Gates Co NC
e. Tabitha Freeman
married Mansfield
f. Priscilla Freeman ca 1730 –
married William Hinton d. 1806 Gates Co
i. Sally Hinton
ii. John Hinton
iii. William Hinton
iv. Elizabeth Hinton 1768 – 10 July 1860
married Lewis Thompson ca 1768 –
1. Margaret Louisa Thompson 8 April 1808 – 16 March 1880
married John Taylor Johnstone ca 1800 –
a. Frances Ann Johnstone 6 Nov 1825 Annandale, Madison Co MS – 14 March 1907
married William J. Britton 1823 – 1871
i. Margaret Louise [Maggie] Britton17 May 1844 – aft 1910
living with mother F.A. Britton in 1880
married Rev. Charles C. Parsons
1. Fanny B. Parsons 6 Dec 1878 Sharkley MS –
married Hugh Graeme Thompson 1864 –
a. Hugh Miller Thompson 1907 – 1928
married Annie Mae White
b. Margaret Thompson 1909 Jackson MS –
c. John Thompson 1913 –
d. Fannie Thompson 1915 –
2. Charles C. Parsons 1875 –
married Elizabeth
a. Charles C. Parsons, Jr 1906 –
b. Elizabeth H. Parsons 1908 –
ii. William Britton 1853 –
married Mamie 1858 –
a. William Britton Jr 1880 –
b. Helen S. J. Johnstone 1846 –
g. Richard Freeman
married Christine Hinton
h. Catherine Freeman
i. Sarah Freeman
3. William Freeman ca 1712 – 1781
married Christian Outlaw?
4. Thomas Freeman ca 1715 – aft 1763
married ?
a. Thomas Freeman
b. Sarah Freeman
5. Richard Freeman ca 1718 – 1761
married Ruth ?
a. Amos Freeman
married Sarah Hunter d bef 1786
b. Demsey Freeman
married Sarah ?
c. Mary Freeman
married Thomas Rountree
6. Aaron Freeman ca 1720 – maybe 1740 died single person underage
Bertie Co Deed Bk G 65: John Freeman of Chowan Co to Samuel Freeman; 12 June 1747. 640 A. “inconsideration of Naturall love and Affection…more especially out of full Complying & fulfilling of the Last Will & Testament of my father William Freeman late of Chowan Co… which was proved in due form of Law before Wm. Smith Esq & Cheif Judge of the Province aforesaid… He did bequeath to my two Brothers Aaron & Samuel Freeman & Aaron now being Dec’d before he was of Lawful age & dieing intestate his Inheritance descending to me the Eldest brother…” land a patent to Henry Roads 1 April 1723. By him sold to William Freeman 22 Sept 1733. Wit: Thomas Walton, Thomas Rountree, Jr, Thomas Rountree, Sen. NC Court 31 July 1747. E Hall C J.

7. Samuel Freeman ca 12 June 1726 Chowan Co – 1796 Surry Co NC
Bertie Co Deed Bk H 146: Samuel Freeman, carpenter, to Peter Evans, carpenter 7 March 1752, 25 pds for 640 A. on Cypress Swamp adj. Coll. William Maule. Wit: Richard Brown, John Smith. Feb Ct. 1755.
Samuel Freeman then moved to Granville Co 1752
His grave was near Siloam on a Knoll overlooking the Yadkin River Valley

married Elizabeth Alexander?

a. Aaron Freeman 11 Sept 1751 Bertie Co – aft 1809 Surry Co NC
married Hillsboro ca 1776 Nancy Hawkins
i. John Freeman [went to TN]
ii. Abner Freeman ca 1783 – 1854 Lincoln Co TN – 33 children
married a Cunningham
married 2nd a Underwood
married 3rd Drucilla Moore
iii. Richard Freeman [said to have gone to St. Louis MO]
iv. James Freeman ca 1780 [in hh of Alexander H Freeman 1850]
v. Elizabeth Freeman
married John Ryser
vi. Rachel Freeman
married John Ryan [moved to Adair Co KY]
vii. Polly Freeman
married William Cunningham [lived Surry Co NC]
viii. Nicholas Freeman ca 1799 – [lived Surry Co NC] school teacher
ix. Alexander Hawkins Freeman ca 1796 – 1858 Surry Co NC
married ca 1818 Sally Mosely
b. Joshua Freeman 14 April 1754 Granville Co – Sept 1832 Knox Co TN
married Lucy King?
i. Elizabeth Freeman 28 Oct 1774 –
married Joseph Kirby
ii. Temperance Freeman 2 Sept 1776 –
married 1st Reuben Grant d 27 Mar 1809
married 2nd Knox Co TN ca 24 Apr 1813 Richard Kearby
iii. Moses Freeman 5 Apr 1780 – nfi
iv. Nancy Freeman 20 Aug 1782 – 4 Nov 1862 Pike Co GA
married 17 Aug 1809 Foster Freeman 1st cousin
v. Mary [Polly] Freeman 10 Nov 1785 – 12 Jan 1858
married Surry Co 16 Nov 1804 Rev. Jeremiah King
vi. Joshua Freeman 10 May 1791 – aft Sept 1832
married 2nd Margaret ?
c. Rachel Freeman 7 April 1755 Granville Co – 11 Nov 1840 Surry Co NC
married 12 Nov 1791 Jeremiah Early
i. Sarah Early 3 Nov 1792 – living 1851 labeled idiot
ii. Asa Early say 1793 – 1833 Stokes Co NC
married 22 April 1821 Polly Kirby
iii. Elizabeth Early 22 May 1794 – living 1851
iv. Sion Early say 1795 – 1851 Wythe Co VA
married 28 Feb 1816 Sally Haines d. 1871
v. Nancy Early 1 April 1796 – living 1851
married 15 July 1818 Joseph Howard said to have moved to MO
d. James Freeman 10 Jan 1757 Granville Co – Sept 1827 Blount Co TN
married Lucy Foster dau of John Foster of Franklin Co
i. John Freeman
ii. Druid J Freeman moved to GA ca 1837
married Blount Co TN 2 May 1820 Betsy Thompson
iii. Eliza Freeman
married Blount Co TN 1822 Rev. J. Doser
iv. Robert Freeman
v. James Freeman 20 Aug 1782 – 4 Nov 1862 Spalding Co GA
married Sarah Bailey
vi. Foster Freeman 5 Mar 1787 – 28 June 1846 near Griffen, Pike Co GA
married Surry Co NC 17 Aug 1809 Nancy Freeman 1st cousin
e. Nancy/Nanny Freeman 13 Jan 1759 Granville Co – TN
married James Badget d. Knox Co TN
i. Abraham Badgett ca 1772 – ca 1862
married Surry Co 13 Dec 1810 Mickey Holser
married 2nd? 8 June 1830 Sophia Hunter
ii. Samuel Badgett dsp left will 15 July 1830 Blount Co TN
iii. James Badgett Jr.
married Knox Co TN 23 Nov 1820 Susanna Harris
iv. Burrell Freeman Badgett
married Surry Co NC 19 Jan 1814 Lucy Forkner
v. Lucy Badgett
married Surry Co NC 29 Dec 1794 Edward Lovill
vi. Elizabeth Badgett
married Surry Co NC 12 March 1801 Robert Cole Carlos lived Blount Co TN
married 2nd William Pryor
vii. Ransom Badgett
married Caswell Co NC 15 Jan 1803 Nancy Carlos
viii. Rebecca Badgett
married Nathaniel Horne d 1835 with will Knox Co TN

1718 Chowan Co. Deed Book B #1 p607 Thomas Garrett. Sr of Chowan Prect. and Bethia his wife to William Freeman of the same Prect. 10 July 1718 80 £ sterling 250 acres on the south side of Katherine Creek swamp joining Walter Draughan near ye fork of a branch known as Cypress branch, Michael Brinkley and the sd creek swamp all houses, Orchards etc. part of a patent for 500 acres dated 15 May 1697
Wit: Thomas Garrett, Jr; Michael Ward; John Goodwin Rec. 11 Nov 1718

1718 Chowan Co. Deed Book B #1 p608 William Freeman of Chowan Prect. & Mary his wife to Michael Ward (res. not given) 11 July 1718 40 Pounds sterling 100 acres more or less on the south side of Katherine Creek swamp near Hickory Neck, joining a branch, the sd Freeman, the said Ward, & Walter Draughan part of a patent for 500 acres dated 15 May 1697
Wit: Thomas Garrett, Jr; John Goodwin; Thomas Garrett, Sr. Rec. 11 Nov 1718

1733 8-3-1733 Thomas Hyter, King et al Chief man of the Chowan Indians,
200 ac to Michael Ward on Catherine Creek
Wit: John Freeman, Robert Hicks, (NCReg 2-609)

1740 3-1-1740 Michael Ward of Chowan and Ann his wife to William Bly of Bertie a tract of 100 ac on the south side of Catherin Creek to a mulberry tree standing in the place where Michael Ward and Wm Freeman did live adjacent to Walter Draughn.
Wit: John Parker, John Champion.

4 thoughts on “William Freeman & Mary Cording”

  1. I have been reviewing my “Freeman” family line to make sure I am not making mistakes by adding the wrong people *grin*. Here is my line:
    John ❤️ Freeman – Chowanoc Native (1710 – 1777)
    (7th great-grandfather)

    Jacob ❤️ Freeman (1750 – 1809)
    Son of John ❤️ Freeman – Chowanoc Native

    Samuel ❤️ Freeman (1770 – 1847)
    Son of Jacob ❤️ Freeman

    Samuel Beasley ❤️ Freeman (1820 – 1879)
    Son of Samuel ❤️ Freeman

    John “Jake” “J. J.” Jacob ❤️ Freeman (1849 – 1915)
    Son of Samuel Beasley ❤️ Freeman

    Mary Celestia❤️ Freeman (1873 – 1944)
    Daughter of John “Jake” “J. J.” Jacob ❤️ Freeman

    Lee “Frank” Franklin ❤️ Strickland (1896 – 1963)
    Son of Mary Celestia❤️ Freeman

    Lexia Christine ❤️ Strickland (1924 – 2014)
    Daughter of Lee “Frank” Franklin ❤️ Strickland

    Leo Eugene ❤️❤️❤️ Gillott (1945 – 1992)
    Son of Lexia Christine ❤️ Strickland

    Jeanne Lynne Gillott
    You are the daughter of Leo Eugene ❤️❤️❤️ Gillott

    I hope I am on the right track.

  2. Hello My Name is Mitchell Freeman- I came across your blog by pure Accident, I’m looking for cousins. Samuel Freeman was my 5th Great Grandfather, William his father was my 6th Great Grandfather. Here is my Line from my tree at Ancestry.com. Hope to hear from Somebody soon.
    Thank You.

    William Freeman (1694 – 1786)
    6th great-grandfather

    Samuel Freeman (1715 – 1796)
    Son of William Freeman

    Aaron Freeman (1751 – 1830)
    Son of Samuel Freeman

    Abner R. Freeman (1796 – 1856)
    Son of Aaron Freeman

    Daniel F Freeman (1818 – 1861)
    Son of Abner R. Freeman

    William H Freeman (1854 – 1936)
    Son of Daniel F Freeman

    James Preston Freeman (1891 – 1975)
    Son of William H Freeman

    JAMES PRESTON FREEMAN (1920 – 1987)
    Son of James Preston Freeman

    MITCHELL P. FREEMAN
    You are the son of JAMES PRESTON FREEMAN

  3. Hi Sally,
    We are related through William. I’m descended through William son, Samuel, his son Aaron, and Aarons son the prolific Abner. Delighted to meet you!
    ~Patrick

  4. Hi! Just found this blog. I believe I may have one, or probably more, relatives listed here. I am a Wynns from KY. Originally from Bertie County, NC. Trying to figure it all out. I see the names Freeman, Ward, and Outlaw all from my Family Tree around the same time and place. The early records from VA and NC are not very good or have been destroyed. It is difficult to verify things. Thanks for posting this!!

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