Freeman family page
Miriam Florence Le Claire, nee Freeman (1899-1991)
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Origins of surname
A free man in Medieval times was somebody who was not simply a vassal of a Lord of the Manor (effectively a slave) but someone who owned or rented a smallholding, a small fishing boat or was otherwise capable of working for himself to support his family. Someone who had recently acquired such a status may well have become known as, for example, Thomas Freeman, and the name would have continued with his descendants.
The name was introduced to Jersey in the 1840s, but it was the 1870s before the first family, that of Robert and Julia Ellen Newberry, became established.
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Freeman family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Elizabeth Freeman wife of William Ambrose Case of 1 Hampton Place, Parade - 9 May 1945, D/Y/A/113
- George Freeman, 6 Aquila Road, St Helier - 17 September 1936, D/Y/A/99
- Maria Freeman, widow - 20 February 1868, D/Y/A/34