Freeman Reunion


On September 14, 1930, the Freeman family reunion was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Freeman of North Kenova, Ohio. About 75 relatives came with well filled baskets and at noon the table was spread under the tree on the lawn and all enjoyed a sumptuous feast prepared by the ladies. Rev. T. F. Carey, a former pastor, and his wife and Rev. W. S. Billups, present pastor of South Point Baptist Church and his wife were guests at this reunion and everyone was so pleased to welcome them. Also, Mrs. Etta Atkins and son, J.A., of Sedalia, Ohio, former residents of South Point.

In the afternoon a little program was given which everybody enjoyed, prepared by Mrs. Carl C. Freeman. The male quartet was composed of Samuel Chatfield, Eugene Freeman, Leslie Henry and Chester Chatfield. The program was as follows:

Opening Song:
Blest Be Ties that Bind-Entire Union
Rev. T. F. Carey
Mrs. Etta Atkins
Male Quartet:
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Rev. W. S. Billups
Speed Away
Washerwoman’s Song-Mrs. Henry Bowman
Over in Glory Land
Mouse on Pantry Shelf-Rev. T. F. Carey
Mrs. Etta Atkins
Remember Me
Instrumental Music:
Leslie Henry, Conrad Freeman
The Minister’s Vacation-Mrs. T. V. Freeman
Closing Song:
God Be With You-Entire Union

All present enjoyed themselves very much and plan to have a better reunion the coming year.

Those attending: from Ironton: Rev. & Mrs. T. F. Carey, Mrs. Homer Edwards and son, Buster, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Freeman, Chauncey & Chase Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Henry, Armond Imes, Mrs. Bess Dudley and children, Vivian, Freeman and Margaret Ann; Mrs. Margaret Fugitt, Miss Sadie Freeman; from Ashland, Ky: Mrs. Mollie Winters, Harlan Winters, Mrs. Mart Chatfield, Chester Chatfield, Samuel Chatfield; from Portsmouth, Ohio: Mrs. Frank Gibbons, Mrs. Henry Bowman, Betty Jane Bowman; from Sedalia, Ohio: Mrs. Etta Atkins, J.A. Atkins; from Marion, Ohio: Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Schafer and sons, Clarence and Chauncey; from South Point: Rev. & Mrs. W. S. Billups, Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Freeman, Mrs. Parthena McKee, Frank Freeman and Paul Millens, Mrs. J.W. Ross, Anna Katherine Ross; Mr. & Mrs. Creighton Davis and son, Junior; Miss Mary Boswell, Mr. W. C. Freeman.

Large Crowd Present at Annual Affair


On Sept. 27th, the annual meeting of the Freeman family reunion was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Carl C. Freeman of North Kenova, Ohio. About 75 relatives with well filled baskets arrived at the noon hour and enjoyed a real feast prepared by the ladies.

Those attending from Ironton, Ohio, were Mr. & Mrs. Homer Edwards & Buster Edwards, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Jimmie Dudley, Vivian Dudley, Freeman Dudley, Margaret Ann Dudley, Constance Geswein, Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Henry; from Aid, Ohio, Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Schafer, Garland Schafer, Chauncey Schafer; From Portsmouth, Ohio, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bowman, Betty Jane Newman; from Ashland, KY, Mrs. Mollie Winters, Mr. Harlan Winters; from Proctorsville, Ohio, Miss Mary Fulks; from Huntington WV, Mr. & Mrs. William Jordan, Miss Melbadyne Jordan, Miss Maria Jordan, Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Bengle; from South Point, Ohio, Mr. W. C. Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Will Ross, Ann Kathryn Ross, Rev & Mrs. W.S. (Billops?), Mr. & Mrs. Elsie Bowman, Lawrence Bowman; from North Kenova, Ohio, Mr. & Mrs. Carl C. Freeman, Mrs. Dora Marcum, Mrs. Clayton Freeman, Frank Freeman, Mrs. (Parthena?) McKee, Mrs. T.V. Freeman, Bernard Freeman, Milton Freeman, Wendell Freeman, Mrs. Dora C. Freeman, Audra E. Freeman, Florence Freeman, Conrad Freeman and Glendon Freeman.

The following bit of family history was given by Mrs. Dora H. Marcum:

Belonging to the type of Freemans averse to taxing their memory, I have reduced to writing some of the thoughts that readily came to my mind when I was requested to take part in this program. I have never thought much about the Freeman. Do not misconstrue my meaning. I do not mean to say, I do not think much of them for I do, and can truthfully say “I think as much of them as they do of me”. I know a lot about the Freemans and they know a lot about me and that’s that.

The Freeman family has the honor of being among the pioneer families of Lawrence County, Ohio, having settled in Fayette Township, on the Ohio River about one mile from Solida Creek in 1828. My great-grandparents were William and Sarah Parker Freeman. The former died in 1848; the latter in 1860. My Grandfather Freeman was born in Pittsylvania County, Va. and lived in Richmond, April 21, 1811. I learned from him that his father, when a boy moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia with his parents. That the Parkers came from England and settled on the Ohio River at the site known as Parkersburg, WV, named in their honor. Our great-grandfather traveled to this section of the country and became affiliated with the Parker family.

George Parker Freeman, my grandfather, known as Uncle George, lived a very pious life, was a member of the South Point Baptist Church for 50 years, being the eldest deacon in the church at the time of his death in his 81st. year. He had a brother Moses Alfred Freeman, who did service in the Civil War. A horse was shot out from under him at the Second Battle of Bull Run, he was injured in the hip, side and back. He was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, died of his wounds at Washington, was brought to his home and buried on his farm in Fayette Township in 1864.

Grandfather had two sons, who did service in the Civil War, C.H. Freeman, my father, who enlisted at the beginning of the Civil War and served till the close. He was under Phillip H. Sheridan, was wounded at Winchester and Cedar Creek, while in battle. I have heard him give a vivid description of the close-up of the famous ride.

William F. Freeman did service at Murfreesboro, Tenn. And was discharged for disability. He lived to the ripe old age of 84. I am proud to know that our kindred did service in this war. My mind can conceive of no nobler deed than that of giving or offering one’s life for others. This is what the heroes of this war did, at the time in the history of our country’s life, when human beings toiled unpaid. Mothers wept while babies were sold at auctions-black husbands and wives looked their last good-byes and the drops of blood shed by the master’s lash, outweighed a nation’s gold. Our fathers fought that they might be free-four long years of toll and suffering, defeats and victories, hard fought battles and prison pens, too deep for our comprehension.

Our forefathers fought for freedom, from the Mother country. My mind now reverts to events recorded in history’s pages. I remember much from Lexington to Valley Forge that midnight’s despair to Yorkstown’s cloudless day. Our posterity fought, WHERE?”.


People, seldom if ever think of their posterity, without looking back to their ancestors. The Christian male or woman will love their “family tree” and love it in properties to their mortal worth.

There’s striking similarity in the lives of the Freemans. “Uncle George and Uncle Clayton’.
Also, of youthful Eugene.

In the afternoon, the following program was given:

Opening Song—Heist be the Tie (?)
Reading ———Thoughts of Heaven
Mrs. T. V. Freeman
Recitation——–Garland Shafer
Song————–Milton & Bernard Freeman
Paper————-Dora H. Marcum
Closing Hymn-God Be With You

The following officers were chosen for the coming year:

Mrs. Carl C. Freeman — President
Mrs. Dora H. Marcum — V. President
Miss Audra E. Freeman — Secretary