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JOHN HODSOLL (prob. d. bef. 1553) of Ash
m. Anne Unknown (d. aft 1561)
JOHN HODSOLL (d. 1572) of Stansted
m. Anne Unknown (d. 1572)
(d. 1568) m.
EDMUND FREEMAN m. Alice Coles
JOHN HODSOLL (c. 1555 - 1617)
of Cowfold m.
ANNE MAUNDY (d. 1613)
EDMUND FREEMAN (bp. 1596 - 1682) of Billinghurst and Sandwich m.
JOHN HODSOLL (prob. d. bef. 1553) of Ash, Kent
John probably died before 1553, when the Ash parish registers began. [Ref]
In a deed dated 19 Mar 1561, Anne, the widow of John Hodsoll of Ash, relinquished all rights to her husband's real property in Ash, including the Manor of South Ash, and in Kemsing and Stansted to his son William Hodsoll. [Ref]
Children of John Hodsoll:
Parents: John Hodsoll [Ref]
Children of John Hodsoll
JOHN HODSOLL (d. 1572) of Stansted
Parents: John Hodsoll [Ref]
John Hodsoll appears to be the person of that name buried on 2 Oct 1572 in
Stansted. [Ref] He married
Anne Unknown. [Ref] She was
buried on 27 Sep 1572 in Stansted. [Ref]
According to his son John's will, John Hodsoll owned a farm called Baker's in Stansted, Kent. [Ref] He left it to his son Henry, who apparently left it to his brother John.
Children of John Hodsoll and (perhaps) Anne Unknown:
JOHN MAUNDY (d. 1568)
John Maundy was buried on 8 Dec 1568 in All Saints, Barking. He is probably the Unknown Maundy who married Alice Temple (?) and was the father of Anne. [Ref]
Children of John Maundy and Alice Temple:
ALICE TEMPLE (d. 1610)
Alice Temple was buried on 13 Sep 1610 in All Saints, Barking. [Ref] Alice Temple married second, as Alice Maundy, Hugh Pope on 13 Nov 1569 in All Saint's Barking. [Ref] Hugh was buried on 29 Sep 1579 in All Saint's, Barking. [Ref] She married third John Bennett. [Ref] John was buried on 29 Apr 1595 in All Saint's Barking. [Ref]
Hugh Pope, citizen and mercer of London, signed his will on 27 Sep 1579; it was proved on 21 Oct 1579. [Ref] He mentions his five children; a sister and a brother and his "well beloved wife" Alice. [Ref]
John Bennett, citizen and armorer of London, signed his will on 24 Apr 1595; it was proved on 29 Apr 1595. [Ref] He named his friend John Hodsoll, mariner, overseer. [Ref]
Alice Bennett of the parish of All Saints, Barking by the Tower of London, signed her will on 19 Jul 1607; it was proved on 17 Sep 1610. [Ref] She named her daughter Anne Hodsoll, wife of John Hodsoll, and Anne's children Thomas, Elizabeth, John and Clement Hodsoll. [Ref] She also mentioned her brother John Temple and his children, the daughter of Thomas Temple, late of Faversham, Kent; son Peter Pope and his son; daughter-in-law Mary Pope; sister Dade and niece Alice Skelton. [Ref] This suggests that Alice is Alice Temple. [Ref]
Children of Alice Temple and Hugh Pope:
Edmund Freeman married Alice Coles. [Ref]
Children of Edmund Freeman and Alice Coles:
JOHN HODSOLL (c. 1555 - 1617) of Cowfold, Sussex
Parents: John Hodsoll [Ref] and (perhaps) Anne Unknown [Ref]
John Hodsoll was born about 1555, according to his stated age on 10 May 1608. [Ref] He died between 17 and 26 Nov 1617. [Ref] He married first Anne Maundy. [Ref] He married second, as her third husband, Faith Moorer. [Ref] Faith was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Barto) Moorer. [Ref] She was baptised on 28 Sep 1576 in St. Mary Colechurch, London. [Ref] She married first William Bacon. [Ref] She married second Thomas Bareham. [Ref] Administration was granted on the estate of Faith (Moorer) (Bacon) (Bareham) Hodsoll, a resident of Newington, Surrey, on 4 Aug 1641. [Ref]
John Hodsoll was a mariner and a major supplier of planking and other wood products to the Royal Navy. [Ref] He appears to be the John Hodsoll, who is listed as an investor in the Virginia Colony in 1612. [Ref]
John Hodsoll's will mentions property in Ratcliffe, Middlesex. Ratcliffe is in the parish of Stepney.
John Hodsoll, gentleman of Cowfold, signed his will on 1 Aug 1617; he added a codicil on 17 Nov and it was proved on 26 Nov. [Ref] He mentions his wife Faith; his son-in-law William Scates and his wife Elizabeth; godson John Scates, the son of his daughter Elizabeth; daughter Anne Sheffield, the wife of Thomas Sheffield, and her children; daughter Bennett Freeman, the wife of Edmond Freeman; daughters Katherine and Christian Hodsoll; sister Joan Whiteacre; brother-in-law Richard Moorer; his wife's daughter Faith Bacon; son John Hodsoll; nephew John Hodsoll, the son of his late brother Robert Hodsoll; his brother Thomas Hodsoll and his children. He left his daughter Elizabeth an orchard in the manor of Barking in Essex. He left his son John a farm called Bakers in Stansted, Kent, that had belonged to his deceased father John Hodsoll and, after him, to his deceased brother Henry Hodsoll. The executors were to be his brother John Gratwick and his son-in-law Thomas Sheffield. He left small bequest for the poor in the parishes of Ash and Stansted in Kent. [Ref]
Children of John Hodsoll and Anne Maundy:
Children of John Hodsoll and Faith Moorer:
ANNE MAUNDY (d. 1613)
Parents: John Maundy and Alice Temple (?) [Ref]
Anne Maundy was buried on 15 Sep 1613 in All Saints, Barking. [Ref] married John Hodsoll. [Ref]
EDMUND FREEMAN (bp. 1596 - 1682) of Billinghurst and Sandwich
Parents: Edmund Freeman and Alice Coles [Ref]
Edmund Freeman was baptised on 25 Jul 1596 in Pulborough, Sussex. [Ref] He died in 1682, age 92, in Sandwich. [Ref] He married first Bennett Hodsoll on 16 Jun 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex. [Ref] "Edmundus Freiman and Elizabetha Raynier" were married by license on 10 Aug 1632 in Shipley, Sussex. [Ref] [Shipley adjoins Billinghurst.] Elizabeth was born about 1600. She died on 14 Feb 1676, age 76 in Sandwich. [Ref does not give the location][Ref says the year is 1675 and does not give her age]
Edmund Freeman came to New England in the Abigail in 1635, he gave his age as 45. [Ref][Ref] He brought his children Alice, age 17, Elizabeth, age 12, Edmund, age 15 and John, age 8. [Ref] He went first to Lynn and then to Sandwich in 1637. [Ref] Mr Edmund Freeman was one of the ten original proprietors of Sandwich on 3 Apr 1637. [Ref] Mr Edmund Freeman, Sr is in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref]
Edmund was allocated 42 acres of meadow on 16 Apr 1640 in Sandwich. [Ref] On 13 (8) 1660 Edmund was granted about 60 acres of upland; in return he was to give some of his land back to the town. [Ref] On 18 Mar 1669 the town exchanged seven acres of land with Mr Edmund Freeman, Sr for land at 'Larance Hole', or thereabouts. [Ref] On 10 May 1670, the town sold this land to Thomas Burges, Sr and Edmund and Richard Bourne were appointed to lay out this land. [Ref]
Edmund frequently held important public offices. Edmund and John Vincent were the two first deputies from Sandwich. He was appointed a deputy again on 20 Apr 1669, 19 May 1671 and 18 May 1681. [Ref] On 17 Jun 1641 Edmund Freeman, gentleman, was an Assistant. [Ref] He was an Assistant 1640-6. [Ref] On 18 May 1660, 21 (3) 1674, 12 May 1679, 18 May 1680 and 18 May 1681 Edmund was appointed Selectman. [Ref] On 20 Jan 1664 and 14 Aug 1679 Edmund Freeman was appointed a rater. [Ref]
Edmund did other important tasks for the town. At a 7 Nov 1652 town meeting, Edmund Freeman, Edward Perry, George Allen, Daniel Wing, John Ellis and Thomas Tobey were appointed to take care of all of the dead fish [including whales] that the Indians cut up in town. [Ref] On 20 May 1655 he pledged one pound for the building of a meeting house in Sandwich. [Ref] On 17 Jul 1657 he agreed to pay one pound towards the minister. [Ref] On 28 Oct 1658 Mr Freeman was one of seven men chosen to lay out the bounds of each inhabitant's land for the Plymouth Court. [Ref] In 1659 Mr. Edmund Freeman and Richard Bourne were authorised to view land in Manomet and confirm it to Thomas Burges. [Ref] On 13 (9) 1660 Edmund was appointed to lay out an acre of land that had been granted to James Skiffe. [Ref] On 15 May 1663 Mr Freeman was appointed to help lay out land for Richard Smith. [Ref] On 11 May 1665 Edmund Freeman was appointed to a committee to agree with Mr Thomas Dexter, Jr about grinding the townsmen's corn. [Ref] On 1 Mar 1666 Mr Freeman was part of a committee to finish bounding land for the Court. [Ref] On 15 (5) 1671 Edmund was one of four people appointed to go with James Skiffe and look at upland and meadow that James wanted to exchange with the town. [Ref] On 13 (4) 167? all the men of the town were ordered to kill 12 black birds or pay a fine. The birds were to be brought before William Swift, Edmund Freeman, John Jenens and Stephen Wing. [Ref] On 22 (5) 1672 Mr Edmund Freeman, Sr, Thomas Burges, Sr, Micah Blackwell and William Newland were sent to confirm the township of Sandwich with the Oneshatenket Sachem of Monemet. [Ref] On 7 Aug 1673 James Skiffe, Edmund Freeman and Thomas Tobey were appointed to lay out land for John Smith. [Ref] On 12 (12) 1673 the town empowered Edmund, Thomas Dexter, Sr and Edward Perry to act on the town's behalf concerning Skawton Neck at the Court and to defend the town's claim against the Indians. [Ref] On 6 Apr 1678 the town decided that the Skawton Neck was to be improved for ten years by the townsmen in the eastern part of the town. Edmund Freeman, Edward Perry and Joseph Halloway were put in charge of chosing the people to do this. [Ref] On 18 May 1680 Mr Edmund Freeman was appointed to help account for the black birds killed on behalf of the town. [Ref] On 16 Aug 1681 Mr Edmund Freeman, Sr and Benjamin Nye were to view a parcel of land for Thomas Bornin. [Ref] On 16 Jan 1682 Mr Edmund Freeman, Jr was to see the minister paid. [Ref]
In 1638 Edmund was fined in Sandwich for not ringing his swine. [Ref] On 1 Mar 1641 Edmund Freeman was presented to the grand jury for lending an Indian a gun. [Ref] Ralph Allen, Sr. and his wife, William Allen, Richard Kirby, Peter Gaunt, Rose Newland, Edmund Freeman, Sr. Goodwife Turner and widow Knott were all presented to the Court for disobeying an 8 Jun 1651 order to attend public worship. [Ref]
In 1655 Thomas Tupper, James Skiffe, Thomas Tobey, William Swift, Edmund Freeman and Nathaniel Fish were among the 19 Sandwich residents who signed a letter entreating Mr Leveridge to continue at Sandwich. [Ref]
Mr Beauchampe, London merchant, was his brother-in-law. [Ref]
Children of Edmund Freeman and Bennett Hodsoll:
Children of Edmund Freeman and Elizabeth Raynier:
BENNETT HODSOLL (bp. 1596 - 1630)
Parents: John Hodsoll and Anne Maundy
Bennett Hodsoll was baptised on 23 Aug 1596 in All Saints, Barking. [Ref] She was buried on 12 Apr 1630 in Pulborough, Sussex. [Ref] She married Edmund Freeman 16 Jun 1617 in Cowfold, Sussex. [Ref]
MAJ. JOHN FREEMAN (bp. 1627 - 1719) of Eastham
Parents: Edmund Freeman and Bennett Hodsoll
Maj. John Freeman was baptised on 28 Jan 1626/7 in Billinghurst. He died on 28 Oct 1719 in Eastham, age 97. [Ref] He married Mercy Prence [Ref] on 14 Feb 1649/50 in Eastham. [Ref][Ref says 13 Feb 1649] [Ref says 13 Feb 1649 (O.S.)]
John Freeman is in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref]
On 10 Jan 1664 the town of Sandwich agreed to view land that they might exchange for land owned by Lieutenant John Freeman. [Ref]
John was admitted freeman on 5 Jun 1651. [Ref] He was an inhabitant of Eastham on 22 May 1655. [Ref] He was deputy to the General Court from Eastham in 1653 and in 1662 - 1666. [Ref] He was Assistant to the Governor 1667 - 1692. [Ref] He was Deacon of the First Church in Eastham for many years. In 1685 he was appointed major. [Ref]
Children of John Freeman:
THOMAS FREEMAN (1653 - 1716) of Eastham
Parents: John Freeman and Mercy Prence
Thomas Freeman was born in Sep 1653 in Eastham. [Ref] He died on 9 Feb 1715/6 in Harwich. He married Rebecca Sparrow on 31 Dec 1673 in Eastham, MA. [Ref]
Thomas was an inhabitant of Eastham before 1675. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Freeman and Rebecca Sparrow. All of the births execept Rebecca's are in Eastham and given by Hamlin [Ref].
MERCY FREEMAN (1674 - 1747)
Parents: Thomas Freeman and Rebecca Sparrow [Ref][Ref][Ref, p. 55]
Mercy Freeman was born in 10 Oct 1674 [Ref does not give the day] in Eastham. [Ref] She died on 30 Aug 1747 in West Brewster. [Ref says Yarmouth][Ref, p. 55] She married Paul Sears [Ref][Ref] in 1693 in Harwich. [Ref, p. 55] Paul and Mercy are buried in the old family burying ground at Bound Brook in West Brewster. [Ref, p. 56] This Cemetery is now called the Sears Cemetery and it is located in East Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Click here to see a photo of her gravestone.
Mercy signed her will on 13 Dec 1746; it was proved on 9 Sep 1747. [Ref, p. 57] She names her children Ebenezer, Paul, Thomas, Joshua, Daniel, Edmund, Rebecca Hall, Deborah Howes, Mercy Blackmore and Ann Bangs. [Ref, p. 57] Her estate amounted to about £562. [Ref, p. 57]
The inscription on her gravestone says: 74 yrs wife of Paul.
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