New Freeman Family Branch to Explore – What Will I Find?

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I’ve been concentrating on my Freeman side of the family for a while, partly because it’s a branch I haven’t previously paid much attention to but mainly because I’ve recently reconnected with my cousins (first cousins, once removed) on that side and I want to see what I could unearth for them too.

I feel like I’ve gone as far with them as I can at the moment, but before I move to another branch there is a couple of other Freeman related names that I’d like to research first – Coulton and Redfern.

My 3x Great Grandfather William Freeman (c1816 – 1880) married Sarah Coulton (c1815 – 1888) in the Baptist Chapel in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire in 1841. According to their marriage certificate, Sarah’s father was William Coulton, a labourer and she was resident in Netherseal.

Freeman W (1816) & Coulton Sarah Marriage Cert

A search of the 1841 census found Sarah living with her parents, John and Elizabeth and a sister, Jane, in Chilcote, Derbyshire. I followed this up on the Family Search site and managed to find Sarah’s baptism at St. Matthew’s church in Chilcote along with those of three siblings, John, Catharine and Jane.

I’ve been unable to locate a marriage for John Coulton and Elizabeth ?, so I’m unsure of her surname, but I did find John’s baptism, also at St Matthew’s in Chilcote, on the 7th March 1779. This names his parents as William and Hannah.

Coulton John (1779) baptism

But, I’ve also been unable to find a marriage for William and Hannah, or a baptism for William, so my search will end there for now.

Returning to John Coulton and his wife Elizabeth, I have found civil death references for them; in 1843 and 1847. So there are no more census returns available for them. I will order their death certificates at some point though and look for burials too.

So that’s it for the Coultons at the moment – next up the Redferns!

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