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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

52 Ancestors: #25, Sarah Ann Davis


Amy Johnson Crow of No Story To Small has started a challenge of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
From her blog “The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.”
The focus of my blog post today is Sarah Ann Davis.
Sarah Ann Davis was born on 5 Jun 1838 in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. 1 She was the second born child of Michael Davis and Hulda Rivers Davis. Her older brother, William Alfred, was a mere baby of 3 years 6 months 25 days. William and Sarah Ann would eventually have 7 additional siblings; 4 sisters and three brothers. 2  

At 24 years of age Sarah Ann Davis would take as her husband, William M. “Bill” Freeman, also age 24. They were married sometime in 1860 most likely the latter part of 1860. It’s very clear that their new marriage was interrupted by the Civil War in 1861. Bill enlisted with Co. E, 21st. Regiment, Infantry.3 4

This delayed the start of their family delaying the birth of their first born, a daughter, to 18 July 1864. Together they would raise 8 children; 6 sons and 2 daughters. 5

Their children were:
  • Barzilla Freeman, daughter, born 18 Jul 1864
  • Mical J. Freeman was born on 30 Sep 1866
  • William John Freeman, born 15 Oct 1868
  • James Henry Freeman, born 23 Dec 1869
  • Elisha Randolph Freeman, born 22 May 1872
  • Thomas Benjamin Freeman, born 15 Dec 1874
  • Hulda Jane Freeman, daughter, born 12 Jun 1877
  • Edgar Clarence Freeman was born in Mar 1884
Sarah Ann Davis Freeman died on 16 Feb 1910 at the age of 71 and was buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery in in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Her husband, Bill died 12 years later on 27 July 1922.6

Sarah Ann Davis Freeman is my 2nd Great Aunt.

[1] James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 1995, page 829. Tombstone of Sarah Ann Davis Freeman; 5 June 1838–16 February 1910, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page 94, Line 1, Dwelling/Family 1/1, Household of Michael DAVIS; digital images, ( : viewed 26 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.
[3] 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #21, Page: 102B, Line 51, Dwelling 329, Family 335, Household of William M. FREEMAN; digital images, ( : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.
[4] Johnson Hagood, Memoirs of the War of Succession (Camden, SC 29020: Jim Fox Books, 1997 (Reprint)), page 408.
[5] 1880 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #5, Page 326B; Line 28, Dwelling 288, Family 288, Wm. FREEMAN; digital image, ( : viewed 29 August 2011); citing National Archive Microfilm T9, Roll 1225.
[6] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed 18 July 2012); Memorial page for William Freeman; (9 August 1836–27 July 1922); Find a Grave memorial # 10852213, Citing Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery; Brocks Mill, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.

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