Richard Church Jr.
1Brief Memoirs and Notices of Prince's Subscribers, NEHGR Vol. 11, p. 154 (Apr 1857).Shows that Richard Church never had a son John Church as suggested at some internet sites.
"CHARLES CHURCH, Esq., Sheriff of the county of Bristol.
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Richard Church was born in 1608, came to Boston in 1630, freeman 1632, carpenter and millwright; was at Wessagusset and Plymouth in 1630, at Eel-river, Eastham, Hingham and Dedham. At the latter place he died, 27 Dec., 1668. He was a Sergeant in the Pequot war. There was cotemporary with him, a Garrett Church, about 3 years younger. They may have been brothers, but no evidence is found to establish the fact. In 1638, "or thereabouts." he was in the employ of Major General Gibbons of Boston.
Richard Church married Elizabeth, dau. of Richard Warren of Plymouth, about 1635. She died on the 4th of March, 1670, at Hingham. Their children were, 1. Elizabeth, m. to Caleb Hobart of Hingham, 20 Jan. 1657, died 1659. 2. BENJAMIN, the warrior, born at Plymouth, 1639; followed for some time the trade of his father; resided in Little Compton, and Bristol; died at the former place, 17 Jan. 1717-18, in the 78th year of his age, where there is a monument to his memory. See Reg. Vol. iv. p. 350; Hist. King Philip's War, edition 1827, p. xvi. He married Alice, dau. of Constant Southworth, 26 Dec. 1667, who died 5 March, 1718/19, in her 73d year. 3. Richard, died at Plymouth; of whom nothing more appears. 4. Nathaniel, of Scituate, 1666, settled in Little Compton; married Sarah Barstow, had seven children; removed to Virginia. 5. Joseph, born at Hingham, settled in Little Compton, wife Mary ----- had seven children. 6. Caleb, of Dedham. See Drake's Book of the Indians, p. 263, 11th edition. He married Joanna, dau. of William Sprague, 1667, by whom he had children, Hannah and Ruth. 7. Abigail, born 22 June, 1647, married Samuel Thaxter, 1666, who died 1667. 8. Deborah, b. 1657, m. John Irish, Jr. They had a dau. Lydia, who m. ----- Gray, who also had a dau. Lydia, who m. ----- Ladd. 9. Lydia, m. a Frenchman and settled in France. Letters and presents were from time to time received from her by her relatives. The name of her husband is not mentioned, but it is stated that they sailed from Newport for France before 1691."
Edmund Freeman Jr.
1Josiah Paine, The Freemans--the Eastham Branch of the Sandwich Family--Major John Freeman, NEHGR Vol. 20, p. 59 (Jan 1866).The next source(2) and another not quoted here show that all the children except Mary were borne by Bennet Hodsoll.
"Edmond Freeman came over from London in the ship Abigail, Capt. Hackwell, in 1635, and with his family went to Lynn; and from thence to Sandwich in 1637, with others from the same place, and commenced the settlement of that township. He soon rose to distinction in the town and colony, and occupied many important positions. He was chosen an Assistant in 1640, and re-elected several years. he died at the ripe old age of 92, in 1682; and his wife Elizabeth, February 14, 1672, aged 76. Between him and Samuel of Watertown there was no known connection.
1. Edmond(sup>1 Freeman, by wife Elizabeth, according to best authority, had: -- (2) Alice2 born in England, in 1618, m. Dea. William Paddy, Nov. 24, 1639. (3) Edmond,2 born in England, 1620, m. Rebecca, dau. of Gov. Prince, April 22, 1646. (4) John,2 born in England, in 1622, m. Mercy, dau. of Gov. Prince, Feb. 14, 1649. (5) Elizabeth, born in England, in 1623, m. John Ellis. (6) Cycella,2 ("probably his daughter,") born in England, in 1631, died young. (7) Mary, "probably born in this country," m. Edward Perry.*
* For authority in regard to the children of Edmond,1 see notice of Edmond Freeman's family, article No. civ. in Barnstable patriot, by the able genalogist, Amos Otis, Esq., of Yarmouth Port, some part of which varies from the account given of them in Freeman's History of Cape Cod."
2Homer Worthington Brainerd, Prence Freeman of East Hampton, Connecticut, The American Genealogist, Vol. 17, pp. 88-89 (1940).
"EDMUND FREEMAN, born about 1570; buried in Pulborough church June 6, 1623; married (date not found) Alice Coles, bapt. (date not found); buried at Reigate, county Surrey, Feb. 14, 1651/2; sister of George Coles of Amberley, county Sussex.
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Children: Edmund, bapt. July 25, 1596, m. Bennett Hodsoll, second Mrs. Elizabeth Perry; William, bapt. 1598?, m. Christian Hodsoll, second Mrs. Jane Gratwick; Alice, bapt. at Pulborough April 15, 1601, m. John Beauchamp; Eleanor, bapt. Aug. 25, 1603 at Pulborough, buried there April 7, 1618; John, bapt. Jan. 24, 1606/7, at Pulborough, was there in 1623, probably emigrated to Sudbury in New England; Elizabeth, bapt. Aug. 27, 1609 at Pulborough, m. John Cuddington.".