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Edmund P. FREED was born January 27, 1819 in Pluckley, Kent Co., England, and died 1905 in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. He married Lovina SUMNER on October 17, 1843.

In 1842 Edmund came to Canada and settled in Beamsville where he was apprenticed to his cousin James. In the 1851 census, Edmund was a Baptist, bricklayer in Beamsville. Lovina died in 1883 at the age of 60-5-20 (obit, Christian Messenger). Lovina had a sister Jane who was born about 1826 and who was living with the Freed's in 1851

Obituary for Edmund Freed, Beamsville Express Thursday, Feb. 23, 1905: (shortened): Edmund FREED - on Wed. the 15th inst at his home 1 mile south of Beamsville, Edmund P. Freed died at age 86. He was born in the parish of Pluckly, County of Kent, England on 27 Jan 1819, coming to America in 1827 with his father, mother, five sisters and five brothers, landing at New York City. Soon after, his father moved to Utica NY and about eight years after, Mr. Freed came to Beamsville and was apprenticed to his cousin, James FREED, master mason & builder, who about this time built the brick house on Mountain Street. In 1843 he married Miss Lovina SUMNER... five children - four girls and 1 boy. His wife died about 20 years ago, since which time the eldest daughter, Martha, has kept hthe home for her father... funeral was held on Friday afternoon last from his late home, where a short service was held by Rev. C.J. McLEAN, pastor of the Baptist church, interment was in Mount Osborne cemetery. The late Mr. Freed leaves him surviving two daughters and one son, Martha at home, Mrs. Susan HIGH of the city of Toronto and Rev. William FREED of the Baptist Church at Algonquin, Ontario.

Children of Edmund & Lovina:

Martha J., b. November 05, 1844. In the 1901, census, unmarried, living with her widowed father

William Judson, b. December 28, 1849, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada; d. March 20, 1926 in Culross where he had lived for only 4 months (death reg # 9074). He married (1) Rebecca J. ZIMMERMAN on October 15, 1872 in Clinton twp., Lincoln Co, d/o James & Prudence. Rebecca died in Woodstock of measles in 1880 at the age of 28 years. She is buried in Beamsville. William married (2) Ann Eliza ELLIS 1882 in Fenelon Falls, daughter of Thomas & Eliza. Ann was a widow when she married William (surname = WRAY). In 1872 William was a mason in Clinton twp and in 1882 he was a Baptist minister in Fenelon Falls. The witnesses at his first marriage were Albert TERRYBERRY & Jane CAMERON of Clinton twp (reg # 1017-73)

Children of William & Rebecca: Maud born about 1876, James born about 1878 and Kate born about 1879. 

  • James FREED married Edith Evelyn BULIVER and in 1910 they had a daughter Bethel Mae - her birth reg:  30111-10 (Middlesex Co): FREED, Bethel Mae, f, b. 4 March 1910, father - James Edmund FREED, baker; mother - Edith Evelyn BULIVER; infm - father, of 136 Horton St. in London; parents married - 30 March 1907 at Culloden

Susan, b. Abt. 1852, Clinton twp., Lincoln Co., Ontario; m. Valentine HIGH, May 02, 1876, Clinton twp., Lincoln Co., Ontario. In 1905 they were living in Toronto. Susan was Valentine's second wife and in 1876 he was living in Clinton twp., occup = agent, Baptist. Valentine may have been one of many children born to Daniel & Margaret HIGH, Mennonites who were living in Clinton twp in 1851.

Catherine, d. Bef. 1905. She married John POCOCK, a mason, before 1872 which is when son Edmund was born (birth reg # 14511-72) on April 8 in Clinton twp. By 1905 Edmund was living in St. Catharines as was his brother Lloyd S. POCOCK. Lloyd married Lavina Maud SANGUINE in St. Catharines on 12 Nov 1910. Lavina was age 24, of St. Catharines, d/o William SANGUINE & Elizabeth CHRISTIAN. Witnesses were R.C. ANSELL & Birdie SANGUINE, both of St. Catharines (marr reg # 14989-10). Lloyd was age 29, occupation was assembler, and he was living in Toronto.

In the 1871 census, John & Catherine are living in St. Catharines (they were both 24 years old). John was born in England & Catherine was born in Ontario. They had one child, Emily age 1.

Caroline, b. Abt. 1863; d. Bef. 1905.

Edmund Freed in the 1871 census


[Christian Messenger]

FREED: At Beamsville June 14 1883 , Lovina , beloved wife of Mr Edmund Freed ,
aged 60 yrs 5 months 20 days.
Deceased was born in Beamsville December 25 1822 . She was brought to trust in
the Lord Jesus Christ while in Hartford , about the year 1838 , and was
baptized by the pastor of Hartford Baptist Church. In 1843 she was united in
marriage to Mr E. Freed. She was of a quiet and retiring disposition. Her piety
was undemonstrative , but , as a member of the Beamsville Church for over 40
years , she was noted for consistency. She spent the evening on June 14th in
visiting her brother , Mr Cyrus Sumner , about four miles from Beamsville. She
returned home about nine o'clock , and retired to bed as usual. During the
night her husband awoke and found her spirit had fled. Heart disease was , no
doubt , the cause of her death. The last sermon she ever heard was preached by
her son , the Rev. William  Freed of Port Rowan , on the Sunday evening before
her death. She leaves her husband , one son and four daughters to mourn her
loss. A funeral semon was preached by her pastor from Proverbs 27:1


[Christian Messenger]

FREED : At her home in Woodstock on May 31st , Rebecca Jane , wife of william
Freed , student , after an illness of three weeks.
The deceased was born in Clinton near Beamsville and till moving to Woodstock
over a year ago always resided near the same place. When her husband felt it
his duty to go to Woodstock to study for the ministry , she nobly set aside
present interests and pleasure , and devoted herself with energy and good will
to aid him in carrying out his plans.

She was baptized in the spring of 1869 by Rev. R.B. Montgomery then pastor of
the Beamsville Church and was united in marriage in Oct 1871.
She was a true help meet , patient , skillful , quiet and devoted.Her Christian
experience marked no change. From the first she had a simple childlike , even
faith in the person of the Redeemer ; which would help others rather than call
for their help.
Our bereaved brother was called home from his field of labor ( Manilla ) to
watch by her bedside for several days with mingled hopes and fears till the
end. During this time he received much kindness from