Focusing on generations (9-11) of the Mayflower Ancestry a few individuals need proof, but moving beyond the neat record keeping of more established eastern communities, many of my ancestors tirelessly migrated throughout the western frontier of America.

Daniel Azro Freeman9 (David8 (Vina Waterman) John7, Daniel (Ann Ford)6, James (Elizabeth Bartlett)5, Ichabod4, Benjamin3, Robert2 (Mary Warren), Richard Warren1) was born 22 May 1826 in Norwich, Windsor, Vermont;[1] died after 1890 and before 1900 in Lincoln County, Washington.[2] He married MARY ANN DEWEY, daughter of John and Mary (?) Dewey after 1850 and before 1853.[3] She was born prob. Sep 1833 in Quebec, Canada;[4] died 29 Dec 1876 in Dayton, Waupaca, Wisconsin.[5]

Azro’s wife, Mary Ann Dewey needs further identification to be proven. A family of Dewey’s lived nearby Westville in Fort Covington. The 1850 US Census household of John Dewey reads as such:

John Dewey, M, 46, Ireland

Mary Dewey, M, 44, Ireland

Mary Dewey, F, 18, Canada

Lucy Dewey, F, 16, Canada

John Dewey, M, 14, Canada

Jeremiah Dewey, M, 12, Canada

Ephrem Dewey, M, 10, Canada

An equally viable match for the family of Mary Ann Dewey also lives in Fort Covington:

Roswell Dewey, M, 41, Vermont

Agnes, F, 40, Scotland

(first 5 children born in Canada, last 3 in New York)

Catherine, F, 17,

Mary, F, 16,

Roswell Dewey, M, 14

William, M, 10

John, M, 8

Agnes, F, 5

Ellin, F, 3

Wilber, M, 1

I had found sometime ago that Azro’s brother John Waterman Freeman married Elvira Dewey, who died in Westville in 1884. Thus there is a high probability that Mary Ann and Elvira are sisters. John and Elvira are found in the 1850, 1870, and 1880 living together. Elvira in the 1880 Census, born about 1827 in Canada, lists her parents as father born in Vermont, mother born in New York so it could be Roswell Dewey. In 1850, Elvira was living with John under the household of John’s Father, David. Roswell Dewey’s family does not appear in Fort Covington in the 1860 US Census or thereafter. John widowed Elvira and is living in the Waverly Township in the 1900 US Census.

[1] In his adult life Daniel had switched his name around to Azro Daniel Freeman (alternately spelled Azrow). “Birth Record of Daniel Azro Freeman, 3rd son of David Freeman & wife”, Norwich, Windsor, Vermont. Norwich Town Clerk.

[2] Daniel Azro Freemans’ last record is the 1890 Veterans Census which locates him in Lincoln County, Washington. Unconfirmed sources indicate his burial in No. Yakima, Washington around 1895.

[3] Estimate based on birth of first child, Leonard Clerington Freeman (1853).

[4] Margrette Elizabeth Freeman, Family Group Sheet.

[5] Mary Ann (Dewey) Freeman is buried in Parfreyville Cemetery in Dayton, Waupaca, Wisconsin. Her grave reads “Marey A, Wife of A.D. Freeman died 29 Dec 1876, Aged 43 years & 3 months” putting her birth to approximately Sep 1833. See http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119788107&ref=acom

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Wallace Ephraim Freeman10 (Daniel Azro9, David8 (Vina Waterman) John7, Daniel (Ann Ford)6, James (Elizabeth Bartlett)5, Ichabod4, Benjamin3, Robert2 (Mary Warren), Richard Warren1) was born 09 Mar 1857 in prob. Portage County, Wisconsin;[1] died 28 Mar 1927 in Hanford, Kings County, California.[2] He married Maria Elizabeth Williams on 5 Feb 1890 in Spokane Falls, Spokane County, Washington;[3]  “Elizabeth Williams” was born about 1862; died 27 Jan 1951 in Madera, Madera, California. [4]

Two records that I found today suggest Elizabeth Williams, i.e. Lizzie Williams was born 1872 in Illinois. Lizzie is listed in the 1892 Lincoln County, Census probably Harrington with said birth year and place. Four years later in the birth record of James Wallace Freeman (Yakima County Auditor, Birth Returns, 1891-1907, Washington State Digital Archives), Lizzie Williams reports the same information. I begin to search the 1880 US Census with this information and have 4 strong matches.

Match 1:  Elizabeth Williams, 8 years, born in Illinois, living in Mckansboro, Hamilton, Illinois in the household of John Williams, born 1840 Ohio and Emma Williams born 1845 England

Match 2: Elizabeth M Williams, 8 years, born in IL,  living in Bedford, Wayne, Illinois in the household of John N Williams born 1838 Kentucky and Annie A Williams born 1845 in Pennsylvania

Match 3: Maria E Williams 9 years, born in IL, living in Harristown, Macon, Illinois in the household of James H Pearson, born 1839 in Illinois and Martha A (Williams) Pearson born 1851 in Indiana

Match 4: Maria E Williams, 5 years, born in IL, living in Hunter, Edgar, Illinois in the household of Daniel H Williams, born 1840 in Illinois and Clara (White) Williams born 1843 in Illinois

While searching the 1892 Census, I came across Wallace’s sister, Florence living with William F Williams born about 1860 in Illinois. Once again we may find that two siblings marry into the same family. Doing an ancestry.com search, William F Williams came from the North Henderson Township in Mercer County, Illinois, son of Calvin D and Mahala (Brown) Williams. However, Calvin and Mahala did not have a child named Elizabeth, Lizzie, or Maria. A child was named Lilly and born in 1866.

The last known record of Lizzie (Williams) Freeman is her divorce  from 1909 to Wallace Freeman. (Superior Court, Lincoln County, Washington). It first of all identifies Lizzie Freeman as living in Lincoln County, Washington in that time period. Wallace Freeman received his summons in Fresno County, California where he resided. In 1898, Wallace had “without any right or reason” left the plaintiff (Lizzie) in the province of British Columbia and failed to provide child support.” Wallace refused to show up and by default, the court granted her divorce. The defendant had a right to the three children since no arrangements had been made. A search of the 1910 US Census found no Lizzie Freeman or Williams that match the suggested birth information, but as the divorce record suggests she could be found in British Columbia from between after 1896 and  before circa 1907/8.

[1] Without a birth record, most of Wallace’s later appearances in documents suggest the year of 1857 in Wisconsin.

[2] Death certificate of Wallace E Freeman, no. 1583, (dated 31 March 1927, died 28 March 1927), California State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, privately held in Fletcher Family Archives.

[3] Marriage Certificate of Wallace E. Freeman and Marie Elizabeth Willaims, 5 February 1890, Spokane Falls, Spokane County, Washington, Copy in Possession of Author. See also Erna Chandler Club, Family Records of Washington Pioneers, (Daughters of The American Revolution Genealogical Reports Committee, Washington, 1958), 314.

[4] Margrette Elizabeth Freeman, Family Group Sheet.

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Jake Fletcher, “Research on Azro and Wallace Freeman,” Travelogues of a Genealogist, posted 24 Oct 2014.

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