Web Site Introduction
by Alan Cole Freeman
|This work is dedicated
to my father, Kenneth Allen Freeman. In
1980 he asked me if I'd like to help him work on our
family genealogy. At that time I dared to even try to
spell it correctly, and honestly didn't give it much of a
second thought. At that time, genealogy to me meant my
immediate grandparents and I thought I knew what I needed
to know about them.
Then one Summer morning in 1998, nearly 20 years later, it hit me like a ton of bricks: How wonderful and exciting the history of my family really is. Thanks Dad, for the persistance. It's ashamed that I've missed 20 years of time that I could have been working on such a wonderful pasttime, no pun intended.
This work is also dedicated "In Loving Memory" of my mother, Dora Leopal Cole, or Lee Cole Spence, as she was known in later life. She, my grandfather Robert Marvin Cole, Sr., and my grandmother Mary Cole, gave me the love, compassion, education, and understanding that I needed to become a good husband, father, and son.
My father Kenneth, and our cousin Clyde Newell Freeman, Jr. , spent nearly 30 years collecting and compiling genealogical data on our ancestors. They traveled all over the South, the East, the West, to England, to Israel, and spent endless hours in libraries, archives, writing letters, and walking through grave yards, some thick with brush, undergrowth, and chiggers, trying to find yet another clue that might get them over the next hump and on their way to solving this massive puzzle. They did an excellent job. I feel honored and priviledged to have their data and hard work to try to expand on.
As with all genealogy, except for Adam and Eve, this is a work in progress. All information presented here is only as correct as occasional verification will allow. We always welcome corrections. We have included some of our notes in this work, so that it can be used by others to further the research. We always will welcome contributions. One of our pages, by-the-way, is titled from "Adam-to-Freeman". This page is as accurate as current available genealogical data can support; some which may be in question.
I want to thank all who have contributed to this work. There are so many to remember that I will only mention a few: Ken Freeman, Clyde Freeman, Aubrey Cole, Arline Sudberry, Cathy Kruckleburg, Madge Hahn, Sarah Hyman, Herbert Hill, James Hill, Kim Ivey, Bettye Brown, Sue Hall, Dorothy Wolfe, Thomas Cole, Edith Corley, Susan Gwilliam, Suzanne Ammons, Dorthy Hall, Anna Dattalo, Dawn Smith, Pete DeVolpi, Rita Kay Freeman, Glenda Freeman, and Stanley T. Freeman; and of course, not necessarily in that order!
I also want to thank a
few orginizations for making data available to all of us:
I'd like to point out that I have met over a dozen cousins over the Internet since my research began. Each has been so wonderful and kind with their help. I am proud and humbled to be a small part of their lineage.
In 1999 I authored and published a bound book titled "Gabriel and Lucy Freeman's Descendants". It was over 300 pages of stories, trees, genealogy reports, pictures, wills, and data. Believe me, I only brushed the surface of some of the data that I have been given priviledge to or have collected. I plan to add to that data by publishing a new VOLUME in a couple of years.
My ultimate dream is that by sharing the information, it will be there generations from now for our childrens' childrens' children. I plan to file copies with the Library of Congress for archival purposes, and I plan to also share a few copies with some of the major genealogical research libraries.
Again, I am thankful for the help with this work, as it came from many people. We hope you enjoy this data as much as we have, and we hope it helps you find a lost ancestor.