William Dickerson Freeman

Male 1839 - 1918

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William Dickerson Freeman was born 8 April 1839, Lawrence Co., OH (son of David Parker Freeman and Nancy Martin); died 17 July 1918, Janesville, Greenwood Co., KS.


    from Lawrencecountyohio.com website:
    Civil War Obituary
    William Dickerson Freeman
    Submitted by Bobbi Mann
    William Dickerson Freeman, Co. B, 112th. Volunteer Infantry, Stark County, Illinois. Enlisted at Bradford on Aug. 12, 1862

    William was born April 8, 1839 in Lawrence County, Ohio and died July 17, 1918 in Janesville, Greenwood County, Kansas. (Left Lawrence County when he was 18 to settle in Bradford, Stark County, Illinois.) He was the son of David Parker and Nancy Martin Freeman and the grandson of William and Sarah Parker Freeman who settled in Lawrence County in the late 1820s. He was a brother of James Freeman who served with Company A ,188th. Ohio Volunteer Infantry and Moses Alfred Freeman who served with Company H, 6th. Reg. Ohio Cavalry Volunteers.

    William was 23 years of age 6'1 1/2" high, fair complexion, hazel eyes, auburn hair and a farmer when he enlisted. ______________________________________________________________________________

    Nov. 17th. 1892

    Personally appeared before me, Lynis Brocock, a Notary Public for said Stark County, State of Illinois, Francis J.Liggett, aged 48 years of Bradford, Stark County, Illinois, who first being sworn on his oath deposes and says: ______________________________________________________________________________

    I was a Private in Company B, 112th. Regiment Illinois Volunteers and was well acquainted with William D. Freeman, the above named claimant who was a Private in the same company. I was well acquainted with the claimant William D. Freeman for some five years before the breaking out of the late Civil War. Freeman and myself enlisted together and at the same time in the said Company B, 112th. Illinois Volunteers.

    On the morning of the 18th. Of Sept. 1863, William D. Freeman, myself and two other boys of the same Company were captured by the enemy while in action in line of duty at Cleveland, Tennessee, after our capture we were taken by the enemy to Dalton, GA, thence to Atlanta and then to Richmond, VA and on the 27th of September 1863 we were imprisoned on Belle Island. Remaining there until the 10th. Day of March 1864. During our stay on the Island, all through the hard winter we were compelled to sleep on the bare sand with not even a straw under us and not a blanket, overcoat or anything else to cover ourselves with. To keep from freezing eighteen of us slept together, lying huddled up together "spoon fashion" to increase the animal heat that we might live at all.

    William D. Freeman during all my acquaintance with him up to that time, had been a hearty, robust man having no ailments whatever. During the month of January of our stay on the Island he complained heavily of Rheumatism in his back and hips, brought on as unvarying behavior by the extreme exposure we had to undergo in sleeping on the ground in a more than half frozen condition. We were taken from the Island to Andersonville in Georgia, getting there on the 18th.Day of March 1864. Here again we were compelled to sleep on the bare cold ground. Freeman continued to suffer much with the Rheumatism contracted on the Island.

    Soon after our imprisonment in Andersonville, Freeman, myself and another prisoner by the name of Stacy plotted to make our escape. On the 24th. Day of May 1864, we put our plot into execution and escaped. We hid ourselves in swamps, were chased by bloodhounds and were hunted down like wild beasts. Stacy was recaptured in about 3 or 4 days and taken back to Andersonville. Freeman and myself kept in hiding the best we could and kept on traveling toward the Union lines-meeting with many discouragement's and hair breath escapes. After about twenty days of suffering, untold hunger and fatigue, we reached Sherman's Army and the Etowah River in Georgia. We were delayed much during the day of our escape, on account of Freeman being unable to travel having the Rheumatism so severe in his back and hips, when we got into our lines we were each given a furlough for 30 days. We went home together, went back to the service together, remained together when discharged at the same and together, went home together and lived until 1878 when Freeman went to Kansas to live.

    Francis J. Liggett

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  David Parker Freeman was born 20 Jul 1802, Virginia (son of William Freeman and Sarah Parker); died 02 Jun 1887, Lawrence County, Ohio.

    David — Nancy Martin. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Nancy Martin
    1. James N. Freeman was born 25 Oct 1834, Lawrence County, Ohio; died 28 Feb 1904, Lawrence County, Ohio.
    2. 1. William Dickerson Freeman was born 8 April 1839, Lawrence Co., OH; died 17 July 1918, Janesville, Greenwood Co., KS.
    3. Moses Alfred Freeman was born Dec 1841, Lawrence County, Ohio; died 31 Dec 1906, Central City, Cabell County, WV; was buried Spring Hill Cemetery, Cabell County, WV.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Freeman was born Abt 1775, Va; died 1848, South Point, Lawrence C., Oh.


    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?".

    William — Sarah Parker. Sarah was born 1780, Virginia; died 1860, Lawrence County, Ohio. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Sarah Parker was born 1780, Virginia; died 1860, Lawrence County, Ohio.
    1. 2. David Parker Freeman was born 20 Jul 1802, Virginia; died 02 Jun 1887, Lawrence County, Ohio.
    2. George Parker Freeman was born 21 Apr 1811, Pittsylvania Co, Va; died 23 Sep 1891, Lawrence Ohio.
    3. Moses Alfred Freeman was born 23 Apr 1816, Franklin County, Va; died 23 Jan 1864, General Hospital, Washington, D.C.; was buried 26 Jan 1864, Lawrence County, Ohio.