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John Fletcher Freeman

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I am an attorney, CPA, and retired Judge from Dallas, Texas where  we lived for 50 years before moving to "The End of the Road" in northern Minnesota.  I am a direct lineal descendant of  the John Freeman who married Tabitha Hoyter and lived in Chowan Indian Town from circa 1718 to 1760

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Reply AletaB
11:42 PM on May 8, 2012 
Hi John,
No, I do not have access to a copy of the letter you mentioned, but I will keep searching. I have been researching lately and run across Tabitha's name frequently. I will pay more attention to where I found it and pass it on to you. I think that whomever Tabitha married is also related to either the Pearis's or the Jone's.
What type of info are you looking for about Christian? Her husband, Freeman Jones', Revolutionary War Pension, verifies her as his wife as documented by the DAR. His DAR # is A062128.
This does not prove that her mother is half Chowan, but I will keep looking for evidence of that.
I have heard this story all my life w/o names so I can believe that it is true. I am very excited to have found that it is actually based on events that took place. Another part of my family lore is that the mother of Elizabeth was white, but left after living with the NA tribe for several years, she just could not adapt. I have not seen anything about this anywhere! Apparently, Chief Thomas Hoyter kept records as well and there may be some information in existence..
Are the letters you are referring to those by Jesse Pepper? They are referred to here with a note that states "Letter, Jesse Pepper, Peppers Ferry, New River, Montgomery County, Va., undated in author's collections"(
va/The%20Burk%20Family%20History.htm) , but with no reference to the author's name. I have not had any luck locating them as of yet, but I will not give up!
Reply Tina Freeman Orr
6:26 AM on June 7, 2011 
Hi I too am a direct descendant of John Freeman and Tabitha Hoyter. I am very interested in the dna testing on this line I was wondering I know it has to be a male for the Freeman side I was curious since I am female would I able to do the Hoyter side?
Reply Chester Freeman
12:19 PM on November 24, 2010 
HI Fletcher
Good to hear from you, I live in Cullman AL. next to Winston County where Hezekiah, and Betsy Ann Kilgo Moved from Walton Co Ga.
Several of his descendants setteled here in this area. I have known about you through Neal Freeman.
I do not have any Information about Richard Freeman Marriage.
I am learning much through the Community
Reply Regina Wilson
10:26 PM on July 21, 2010 
My information on John and Tabitha is based on and also google research. I realize I may be assuming too much, as this could be erroneous information.
Reply Regina Wilson
9:51 PM on July 20, 2010 

I believe I am a descendant of John Freeman and Tabitha Hoyter, please send me any information you have to [email protected] Caveat, I am working on a public family tree on, if you do not want the information you send to me shared or shared verbatim, please make that clear in you email. I want to be respectful of your research.
Reply Darryl Sauer
6:05 PM on July 20, 2010 

I am a retired Marine Corps Officer. I have a passion for solving problems. Since your E-mail I have ckecked all my info on Tabitha. From an article I know the following: In some Algonquian tribes the title of King (Cheif)was hereditary. Succesion of rules was determined by the mother's family, so that the rule passed from the Kingnot to his own children but to his sister's children.
When an outsider married an Indian women he was given land to support their children.
Source. " First on the land: The North Carolina Indians" by Ruth Y Wetmore

In 1733 John and Tabitha Married. This statement is supported.

On 03 Aug 1733 Thomas Hoyter King was the grantor of 200 arces to John Freeman who married Tabitha. No sales price was given.

They lived on this land from 1733 to thier death.

I believe these facts are a solution.

Reply Darryl Sauer
3:11 PM on July 19, 2010 
To order the subject article you call 919 733 7442 cost $4.95

Reply Darryl Sauer
3:22 PM on July 18, 2010 

You need to read " North Carolina Historical Review" Volume LXXXIII-Number 2-April 2006 published an article titled " Indians and the Law in Eastern North Carolina. 1684-1760". Many of the Chowanoke court Battles are discussed. The Chowanoke had great sucess with the English court system. To stop the Indians from using the court system the English passed a new law that no Indian could trsify against a white person in court.