William, Elizabeth and Florence Mabel Ethel Freeman
Headstone at Coveney for William, Elizabeth, and
daughter Florence.

William Freeman
1831-1898

William Freeman was born in Cambridgeshire, England, and was the son of John Freeman and his wife Phoebe.

William married Sarah Jane Constable (known as 'Jane') in 1854, and the couple had six children. Sadly, the first and penultimate children only lived a few years each, both dying before the age of 5 years.

By 1858, William has become a publican, with the 1861 census noting him as the Publican at The Cross Keys pub on the High Street of Coveney.

In 1869, at the baptism of his son Arthur, the family have moved a few miles away, and are noted as 'of Foxey'. This would be Foxey Farm, which is situated in the West Fen area of fenland between Coveney and Little Downham.

William is noted on the 1871 census of Coveney, as a 'Farmer of 120 acres, employing 3 men and 4 boys'. His father is living with him as a widower, and his brother John appears to have died, and his land appears to have been added to his holdings.

William's wife Sarah Jane, died in the May of 1872, seemingly just a couple of weeks after the birth of their final child, Tom.

With a family of four surviving children, William re-married to Elizabeth Bell in 1875, and the couple had one child in 1879.

By 1881, he had become a farmer of 60 acres.


Further Details

Born:
1812, Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire, England.

Baptised:
19th June 1831 at Holy Trinity Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

Married:

Children:

Census

Employment

Died:
24th November 1898, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 69 years.

Buried:
29th November 1898 at St. Peter ad Vincula Churchyard, Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England, with his wife and daughter.