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My mother's sister, Minnie Woodard married
William Jackson "Will" Freeman, born 1888, his father was John
in the Big Lick Community on Indian Creek, Pope County. John Henry's father
Mose Wineburg Freeman, (1846) son of Lazarus, son of Isaac Freeman, the
Freeman Descendants of friends and family
from Newton County, Arkansas include: Doyne and Helen Heffley, through their
grandmother Callie Cavin, and Lillie and Alta Lee Heffley, through their
grandfather Uriah (Rye) Freeman, and many other friends and neighbors.
Following is a letter I received this week from a Freeman
descendant asking for information on his ggggrandparents, Isaac and Spicey
Freeman who moved to Arkansas from North Carolina and settled at Tarlton,
Arkansas in the 1830s. Since I already had "The Freeman Connection"
as a future limb on the Woodards family tree, I am including his letter.
Freeman Cousins and other Freeman Friends will be interested in his information
on their North Carolina roots.. (CR)
Email April 16, 1998 from Jerry Freeman --30115 Dover
"Hello Colleen, I found your web page thanks to Patti
Woodard. My ggg grand parents,Isaac and Spicy Freeman moved from Buncombe
County,N.C. in the 1830's settling in Newton county Arkansas,listed in
1850 census.I noticed on your webpage you have a spot for the Freeman connection.I
was wondering if there is a connection between the two.I would appreciate
" I'm also a descendant of Mary Woodard and Job Ramsey."
Sincerly, Jerry Freeman
April 16, 1998--Email from Colleen Haynes Rongey to Jerry
April 16, 1998---Email from Colleen Rongey...
"Hello Jerry...Thanks for your note about the Freemans...The
connection of the Freemans to the Woodards was from Ephraim Woodards daughter
Minnie Woodard married William Jackson Freeman. Minnie was my mother Iva
Another connection between the Freemans is in the Tarlton
Cemetery. The land around the Cemetery was the farm of my grandfather Ephraim
Woodard and the adjoining place was homesteaded (or bought) by Isaac Freemen
when he moved to Newton County in the early 1800s. I did not know until
now when you are telling me he moved from Buncombe Co, NC there. This was
the same county the Woodard's moved from to NC in early 1850s. Our ggggrandfather
who first moved there was Isham Davis Woodard and he settled in Searcy County,
Calf Creek, the adjoining county to Newton Co. Grandpa Eph moved his family
to Bass in Newton Co and the farm is still in our family.
I grew up in Newton Co with all the Freemans and still
see a lot of them since I have been writing some of the history. Am interested
in your connection to Mary Woodard and Job Ramsey. Who was her father, etc? Again,
thanks for your letter. Colleen Rongey
Their children pictured to the left in
Fort Smith, Arkansas: Truman, Lloyd, Grace, Erta and Norma Freeman...about 1930.
Minnie Woodard Freeman and William Jackson Freeman Family in the
Big Lick Community near Indian Creek....
April 18, 1998 Another letter from Jerry Freeman...
"Hi Am I ever glad to here from you, you're the first
person i've found that has a connection to the Freeman's in Arkansas. "
I have William Woodard and Elizabeth ? as Mary Woodard's
parents.That is as far back as i have on Mary and Job Ramsey's parents are
John Ramsey and Elizabeth ?
In case you didn't know Madison County,N.C.was formed in
1851 from Buncombe County,N.C.after 1851 some information con be found in
Madison county on the Woodards,Ramseys,and Freemans.
My gggrandfather Moses,Isaac and Spicy's son,
stayed in what became Madison County,N.C. I know very little of Isaac and
Spicy's family that went to Newton County,do you have any infor mation on
them that you would be willing to share?
If so, thanks if you do, you can email to me or by mail
at my address. Best Regards, Jerry Freeman
April 18, 1998-To Jerry Freeman--
Hello Jerry...Thank you for asking.about the Freemans and
We have little info on the Woodards back in Buncombe Co
NC.. .Our Woodard cousin Connie Fields has the history back in NC and she
will be glad to hear from you. The Ramsey, connection has always been puzzeling
to us, and how Isham Davis Woodard (our first Ark Woodard) came to come
to Ark, etc...
Would love a copy of your data on the early Woodards in
N. Carolina...Am forwarding the history I have collected on the Freemans
in Arkansas. Get back with me on this. Colleen
Colleen Haynes Rongey-529 Stewart Ave, New Orleans, LA
ROSS & KIN by Greenville James Ross 14 Feb 1980-
C-79-92897 Richmond, CA Wife: Vera L.Dean-Ross
Ross & Kin hardcover book of 400 pages covers
ancestors who came to Newton, Pope and Johnson Counties in Arkansas before
1850 and descendants. Mainly Freeman and Standridge families, and offshoots
of their marriages.
The Author and publisher, James Ross said when he wrote
the book, additions to this book will never end, but my time on earth is
limited. Thus, I must publish what I have gathered and leave it to each
of you to add to it as life goes on, and to help in the search for the
immigrant who got off the boat or the one who met him at the boat.
(Note: I called the family to see about purchasing
one of these great history books Mr. Ross and his wife Vera Dean Ross published
in 1980, and, alas, none are remaining to purchase. Therefore, I'm writing
the parts of the book relating directly to my friends and family at Lurton,
and thank the Ross Family for their work on this book, and to Dewey Freeman,
son of John, son of Lazarus, son of Isaac, for the loan of the book. After
reading through the book last night, I came up with some interesting observations.
The ancestors of many Lurton people we knew are in these two families.
(Dewey Freeman another ggggrandson of Isaac Freeman,
heard of my interest in the history of Lurton, and loaned me a family book
from his relatives, the Freeman's and the Standridge's. Written in 1980,
it is a hard cover book of 397 pages. I read through the names in the book
and was interested to see the family lineage of many of my Lurton friends
James Wesley Ross, Sr. (1823-186_)
The Common ancestor of the Standridge and Freeman
family. His father was Dr. Josh Holland who met his mother, a Ross girl,
when he was teaching in an Indian School in the south. John Wesley Ross
was born of this union. Something happened to his parents. He was raised
by another family and was believed to come to Arkansas from Tennessee as
a scout on the Trail of Tears (1838). He was around 17 years of age. Family
story is that he left his family and came to this isolated area of Arkansas
because he was always blamed for all that went wrong where he lived before
because he was a half breed Indian.
About 1840 James Wesley Ross married Rhoda Ann
Standridge who was born in Tennessee on 8 May 1824. On 22 Feb 1859
he bought a homestead for $46.50 in Richland Township in Newton County,
near the Richland Cemetery.
Rhoda Ann Standridge was the daughter of Martin (Mart)
Standridge and Catherine (Meek) . They had seven children:
Martin Clinton Tarlton "Tal" Ross 1842-1910
(Note: Could this possibly be where the community of Tarleton and the
cemetery got its name? CR)
Alexander "Lec" "Coon" Ross 1844-1922
John Wesley Ross, Jr. 1848-1926
James E. Ross
Rhoda Jane Ross
Martin Tarlton Ross (1842-1910) was discharged from
the union army at Ft. Smith Arkansas on 10 Aug 1865 and returned to his
home on Richland Creek in Newton County where he married Mary Susan Felikins
in 1866. He married a second time and lived in the Indian nation at Talequah
in the 1890s. Even though his grandmother Rosie Meek Standridge was reported
to have been a full blood Indian, he may never have registered since his
name has not been found on any of the Cherokee Rolls.
The Freeman's common Arkansas ancestor is Isaac
Freeman, b 1787 NC d 1855. In 1845 he first moved from Buncombe County,
NC and settled 2 miles north of Lurton near Tarleton Cemetery. by the use
of slaves he brought with him from NC, he proved and received title to his
land. Records show he bought additional land from the government. Row 1,
Plot 8 of Tarleton Cemetery contains a Freeman colored woman believed to
have been the first burial in the cemetery which was about 1865. Tradition
around Lurton says the slave was helping him put out a fire they were using
to clear ground. She drank cold spring water after being overheated and
died of a heat stroke, they buried her in Tarleton Cemetery and began the
Cemetery. She is reported to have been one of Isaac Freeman's slaves he
brought with him from North Carolina,not wanting to leave them behind, along
with her child.
Isaac Freeman's wife, Spicy was
born in VA in 1787. In 1860 she lived with her son Levi after Isaac died
Their children : Levi Freeman 1807-1873, Lazarus Freeman
1815-1888- Isaac Freeman 1820-Joshua Freeman 1822- Asa Freeman 1827-Catherine
When they moved from North Carolina to Arkansas, Isaac
Freeman purchased SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Sec 12, 40 acres, $50.00,
Township 13 North of Range 20 West on 18 Nov 1851, Certificate No 5598.
Isaac Freeman (1787-1855)m.Spicy Freeman, b VA 1787 reported to have come to Ark about 1845 by way of Tennessee,
Ky and Mo. He settled on land in Richland Township of Newton County, Ark,
two miles north of present day Lurton, Ark, in the area of the Tarleton
Cemetery. It is said that by the use of slaves that he had brought with
him from North Carolina, he proved and received title to his land. (Note;
the first person buried in the Tarlton Cemetery is thought to be a woman
freed slave who came to Arkansas with the Freemans along with her daughter,
because they did not want to be left in Carolina. A brush fire broke out
when they were clearling the newground at the back of the (now Woodards)
land and she got too hot from the work, drank cold water from the spring
and died. A marker is on the grave in the southeast corner of the Tarlton
Cemetery "Freeman Colored Woman".
1850 Census, Arkansas-Isaac Freeman, 63, b. NC
Spicy Freeman, 63, b. VA
Asa Freeman, 23 b. NC
Catherine Freeman, 12, b. Tennessee.
Other children of Isaac and Spicy Freeman:
Isaac, Jr. 1820
Catherine 1838--Levi, Lazarus and Joshua had families of their own in 1850
No wife for Levi was listed in any census. One source
says that his wife was an Indian, and that the enumerators did not list
Levi Freeman family was counted in the 1850 census as:
Levi Freeman, 35, B NC
Mose W, 10-Edmond 7.
by 1860 they added another child: Frances age 5-born in Arkansas
b. son of Isaac and Spicy Freeman, b Buncomb NC Died in Pope Co. buried
in Rushing Cemetery north of Dover. Lazarus Freeman married first Rhoda
Freeman. Descendants reported Lazarus and Rhoda Freeman were cousins, but
no parents were reported for Rhoda. Lazarus served in the Civil war from
5 Feb, 1864 until 8 Aug 1865. His wife, Rhoda died before he arrived home
from the Civil War. (Information furnished by Charles Harris of Ft. Douglas
who stated he was present when "Rhody" Freeman died and helped
Lazarus & Rhoda Freeman children:Isaac, Mahaly "Tee",
Jobe Henry, Mary, Mose Wineburg, William Riley, Aaron,
Mose Wineburg Freeman, b 1846, son of Lazarus &
Rhoda (Freeman) sources say he was buried in Sugar
Hollow at the foot of Ledford Mountain. At one time Mose W. Freeman lived
down Piney from Treat, Ark. Another time he lived on the Treat-Dillion
Road on or beyond the Waterman Mountain. At one time he may have lived
in the Big Lick Community on Indian Creek.
(1st) m Minerva "Nervie" Ann (Hobbs) Freeman
and had the following children:
John Henry Freeman, 1868-1919-(father
of William Jackson "Will" Freeman)
Isaac, Rhoda, Rachael, Celia, Lulu, others.
John Henry Freeman
m, Rebecca "Becky" Elizabeth Dunlap on 9 Sept, 1886. They
lived in the Big Lick Community on Indian Creek, Plpe Co, Ark,
Their children: William Jackson "Will" Freeman
(1888-) Martha Jane, Julie, Nettie, George Washington "Wash",
Jessie James, (1895), Louis, Rachel, Mose.
William Jackson "Will" Freeman (1888-) son
of John Henry and Elizabeth, m. Minnie Woodard in 1908.
Their children: Truman Freeman, m Adelia Brown in 1927
and they had Mildred Louanne, William Doyle. They divorced and Truman married
Henrietta. They had one child: Wayne Freeman.
Lloyd Freeman, Gracie, Erta Mae Freeman, m. Orel Carrol,
Norma, J. H.
Uriah "Rye" Freeman (1857-1935)
Son of Joshua and Spicy Freeman, m. Permelia Angelina Moore on 1
Rye and Angeline living in
Pleasant Hill Township in 1900 census:
Ollie M. Freeman, b nov Ark 1884
Spicy L. Freeman, b Sept 1887m. Johnny Bryant
William Freeman b. Dec, 1889
Docia Freeman, b Apr 1892
Bailey M Freeman, Nov 1897
Andrew Freeman, 1898-1978
George Freeman m. Pernie
Ollie Freeman b. 1884- m Brother
Dan Hefley Their Children:
Berry Hefley, m. Gladys Burdine
Hettie Hefley, m Lee Hicks
Alta Lee Hefley, m Herbert Hampton
Wilburn Hefley, m six times.
Lillie Hefley m.Earl Vanderpool
Devoe Hefley, m. Bonnie, d 1994
Andrew J. Freeman, b 29 Nov
1898 at Lurton in Newton Co, d 28 Nov 1978, buried Cowell Cemetery. M.
Bessie Norton, daughter of Jeff Norton, merchant at Deer, Ark. their
Garland Freeman, Dover, Burl Doy, Pelsor, Carl E, Pelsor.
Lela Lusso, Fairbanks, Alaska, Violet Ruth, b 1922, d 11 Oct 1933, buried
at Cowell Cemetery
(These folks were were friends and neighbors to all of
us in Southeastern Newton County in the early days. The Freeman-Woodard
Connection is a Newton County legend. Colleen Haynes Rongey)
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