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The Things we do for Love – Two Mysterious Marriages

I’ve gone about as far as I can at the moment with my Freeman ancestry, but I realised the other day that I hadn’t looked much at Mary Elizabeth Redfern’s genealogy. She is my 2x Great Grandmother who married George Frederick Freeman in 1875. From her marriage certificate I knew her father was Charles Redfern, a carrier, living in Overseal, Derbyshire. I found Charles fairly … Continue reading The Things we do for Love – Two Mysterious Marriages

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An Unexpected Family Birthplace Mystery Solved!

When I found my 3x Great Grandfather William Freeman in the 1851 census, I was surprised to see that his eldest son, John, was born in Stockport, Cheshire. The family had no connections there and their ancestry seemed well rooted in the Netherseal/Overseal area of South Derbyshire. I’d not been able to find a marriage for William and his wife Elizabeth around the Derbyshire area, … Continue reading An Unexpected Family Birthplace Mystery Solved!

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He’s Football Crazy, He’s Football Mad…..

A professional footballer in the family…   Following my 2x Great-Uncle Charles Redfearn Freeman forwards in the census returns I was surprised to find him in 1911, lodging with the Skinner family in Fulham & his occupation noted as footballer. In fact, Charles was one of five footballers lodging with the Skinners at this time, all playing for Chelsea FC. It piqued my curiosity so … Continue reading He’s Football Crazy, He’s Football Mad…..


William Carey Freeman (1848-1875)

  The sad death of my 2x Great-uncle, William Carey Freeman following an accident in a coal pit. I’d noticed he had died at a young age from the BMD records  and had decided to search for an inquest report in the local papers rather than ordering the death certificate. It sounds like an awful, but avoidable accident, the poor man died six months afterwards at … Continue reading William Carey Freeman (1848-1875)

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A Second Marriage…

This is a follow-up from an earlier post where I’d found a previously unknown second marriage for my Great-Grandfather William Frederick Freeman. William remarried in 1940, following the death of his first wife in 1935. His new wife was Nellie Hackett, a widow, aged 58. I couldn’t decipher Nellie’s maiden name to start with, but a quick search in the 1891 Census for her family revealed … Continue reading A Second Marriage…

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Three New Death Certificates……..

I’m trying hard not to get distracted by the side branches in my family tree at the moment and am concentrating on my direct Freeman ancestors. I have lots of gaps in my tree and haven’t as yet got very far back in time with them. They hail mostly from south Derbyshire, around Overseal and Burton-on-Trent and were mostly Methodists. I started by ordering three … Continue reading Three New Death Certificates……..

Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully organising Myself Part II

Following on from my failure to keep myself organised – the second certificate I ordered was a marriage certificate for my other Great-Grandfather on my paternal line,William Frederick Freeman. The son of George Frederick Freeman, William married Elizabeth Ann Wood on Christmas day 1902. This certificate confirms their marriage date, which I hadn’t known before and also that Elizabeth’s father was Mark Wood, who had … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully organising Myself Part II

Motivation Monday – New Freeman Research

I recently received an email from a distant cousin. We’d been in touch briefly a few years ago and he has been continuing his research into the Freeman family. We’ve never been able to prove our Freeman branches are on the same tree, but it piqued my interest enough to revisit my own research. I’d only got back as far as my 3x great-grandfather William … Continue reading Motivation Monday – New Freeman Research