John Freeman Jr.
1William Richard Cutter, ed., William Richard Cutter, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of her People . . ., Vol.2, pp. 853-4 (1914).URL = http://books.google.com/books?id=1M8UAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA854&lpg=PA854&dq=%22John+Freeman%22+%22Mercy+Watson%22&source=bl&ots=QwBIb_NNvm&sig=qzioOwPSqx-9KS1ZLubJXeXwEJM&hl=en&ei=95OES4r-AYXStgPkieXCDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CA4Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22John%20Freeman%22%20%22Mercy%20Watson%22&f=false.
"(III) John (2), son of Major John (1) Freeman, was born in Eastham, Massachusetts, in December, 1651, died July 17, 1721, aged seventy years. He lived in the part of Harwich, now called Brewster, Massachusetts, and was one of the eight original members of the Harwich church. October 17, 1700. He married (first) Sarah, born August 1, 1654, died April 21, 1696, daughter of William Merrick. He married (second) Mrs. Mercy Watson, widow of Elkanah Watson, who was drowned at sea in 1690. She died September 27, 1721, aged sixty-three, and Nathaniel Freeman was appointed administrator of her estate, October 4 , 1721. Savage wrote: "Tradition exults in saying that three of her daughters married three of Mr. F's sons." Mr. Freeman had no children by his second wife, Mercy. One of Captain Watson's daughters by his wife Mercy, however, did marry a son of Thomas Freeman, and two daughters married sons of John Freeman by wife Sarah; this is all foundation there is for Savage's statement. John Freeman's will was dated April 2, 1721, and proved August 10, 1721. he mentioned his wife "Mercy; sons Jno., Nathl., and Benj.; my drs. Sarah Snow. Pate. Crosby, Susanna Mayo, and Elizabeth Freeman; the children of my dr. Mercy Foster dec.; the male chl. of my dr. Mary Berry dec.," and a "daughter of Berry, Sarah Gray; and a son of Edward Gray, late of Yarm., dec." Children by first wife: John, born September 3, 1764, died in 1764, in Eastham; Sarah, September 1676; John, mentioned below; Rebecca, January 28, 1680-81, probably died young; Nathaniel, March 17, 1682-3; Benjamin, July, 1685; Mercy, August 3, 1687; Patience, Susannah, Elizabeth, Mary.
(IV) John (3), son of John (2) Freeman, was born in Eastham, Massachusetts, in July 1678. He was one of the original members of the Harwich church, October 17, 1700, and his wife was admitted to the church, September 14, 1701.They lived in the part of Harwich, now Brewster, and in 1723 he sold his estate there, being called "of Rochester" in the deed of conveyance. He and his wife were dismissed to the Rochester church in 1728. He married, about 1701, Mercy, daughter of Elkanah Watson, of Plymouth. Children; Elkanah, born October 28, 1702, in Harwich, died January 21, 1713-14; Sarah, January 26, 1704; Mercy, April 24, 1707, in Harwich; John, mentioned below; Phebe, November 28, 1711; Thankful, October 6, 1714; Elkanah, February 6, 1716-17; Mary, October 13, 1719; Eli, April 27, 1722; Elisha, May 21, 1724; Hannah, baptized January 17, 1728, in Harwich.
(V) Deacon John (4) Freeman, son of John (3) Freeman, was born in Harwich, Massachusetts, August 3, 1709, died January 24, 1804, aged ninety-four years. ...."
1Lydia B. (Phinney) Brownson and Maclean W. McLean, Richard Handy of Sandwich, Mass. (ca. 1645-1719), NEHGR Vol. 125, p. 131 (Apr. 1971).
"3. JOHN2 HANDY (Richard1), born about 1678; no date of death or probate found but he was living in March 1729/1730.
He married 14 Nov. 1704 KEZIAH4 WING (May. Des. 30:101) we can find no date of birth or death for her. She was a daughter of Nathaniel3 and Sarah (Hatch) Wing of Sandwich.
Children (births of all five of record to "John & Keziah", Sandwich Town Records):
12. i. CORNELIUS3, b. 9 May 1705.
13. ii. ZACCHEUS, b. 16 Jan. 1708.
14. iii. JOHN, b. 24 Jan. 1714.
iv. THANKFUL, b. 27 Feb. 1716; d., probably at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, after 15 March 1760. She mar. (as his second wife), 5 Dec. 1751 SEALED LANDERS, bapt. Sandwich Church, 3 March 1722/3, a pioneer settler of Yarmouth, N.S. (see THE REGISTER July 1970, 124:217). At least three children.
v. JONATHAN, b. 6 Oct. 1719. we believe that it was this Jonathan3 Handy who married about 1745 SARAH4 NYE, daughter of Timothy3 & Mary (Freeman); born Sandwich 21 Nov. 1725, died after 9 Nov. 1752.".