Historic Bramwell, WV - Pioneer's Family

 

George Freeman - Son of John Freeman

The bottom photograph is of George Freeman driving with his wife Annie (Beals) in the back seat with Lee and Wearns Beals. Wearns was Annie's brother and became a dentist in DuBois, Pennsylvania.

The top photograph is of George Freeman who was the son of southern, WV pioneer coal baron John Freeman. The village of Freeman, WV is named after John Freeman. John Freeman's wife has the Isabella Freeman Memorial Bridge named after her and it is located in Freeman.WV. John Freeman was one of the pioneers of the Flat-Top Coal Fields and head of the original firm of Freeman and Jones. He was born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, England on October 29, 1822 and came to the United States around 1850. He was a true pioneer in the southern West Virginia coal fields. John Freeman died at the age of 69 on October 14, 1892, leaving behind a legendary name. His grave site resides in the historic Freeman Oak Hill Cemetery that is located next to the Riverside Baptist Church (formerly known as the Bluestone Baptist Church) in Freeman, WV. John Freeman Grave Marker

George Freeman was the brother of Charles Wesley Freeman, another Bramwell pioneer.* Charles Wesley Freeman, built the Historic Freeman House that was known to be the largest house in Bramwell in 1909.  The house has been remodeled many times over the years and remains as a residence in Bramwell to this day. Below is a link to the George Freeman house in St. Petersburg, PA.

* John Freeman's Great Grandson and the Grandson of George Freeman verified this information in July 2007.

Material furnished by Bob Gallagher

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