Rev. Moses Freeman and Mary Fannie Ball

Rev. Moses Freeman and Mary Fannie Ball has a daughter named...
...Mary Jane Freeman who married Rev. William Rees and they had a son named...
......Green Hill Reese who married Tabitha Jane Freeman and they had a son named...
.........William Hanes Reese who married Nancy Rebecca Lunsford and they had a son named...
............Bailey Bright Reese who married Lillian Vianna Conner and they had a son named...
...............Wilford William Reese who married Geneva Margaret Lamb and they had a daughter named...
..................Eleanor Elaine Reese who married William Avery Huneycutt and they had ME!

Rev. Moses Freeman was born 9/14/1774 in Wilkes County, NC to Aaron Freeman, Sr. (1745-1825) and Mary Bentley (Abt 1745-Bet 1830 and 1833). About 1793 he married Mary Fannie Ball. Mary Fannie Ball was born about 1778 in Wilkes County, NC to Daniel Ball (Abt 1745 - Abt 1794) and Elizabeth Osborne (? - ?).

1800 U.S. Census of Bertie, North Carolina; Roll: 30; Page: 44; Image: 51; Family History Library Film: 337906, "Moses Freeman", living next door to his father and uncles
Name: Moses Freeman
Free White Males 10 to 15: 2
Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
Free White Males 45 and Over : 1
Free White Females 16 to 25 : 1
Free White Females 45 and Over : 1
Number of Slaves: 14
Number of Household Members Under 16 : 2
Number of Household Members Over 25 : 2
Number of Household Members: 6




In 1806, Moses Freeman moved his family to Buncombe County. The county was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke County and Rutherford County. It was named for Edward Buncombe, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who was captured at the Battle of Germantown. In 1808 the western part of Buncombe County became Haywood County. In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to form Yancey County, and in 1838 the southern part of what was left of Buncombe County became Henderson County. In 1851 parts of Buncombe County and Yancey County were combined to form Madison County. Finally, in 1925 the Broad River township of McDowell County was transferred to Buncombe County. It's county seat is Asheville.

He preached his first sermon at B. Gregory's in what is now Madison County, NC on John 11:44. This same year he was involved in the organization of the French Broad Baptist Association.

1810 U.S. Census of Buncombe, North Carolina; Roll 39; Page: 283; Family History Number: 0337912; Image: 00175, "Moses Freeman"
Name: Moses Freeman
Free White Males Under 10: 2
Free White Males 10 to 15: 1
Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
Free White Males 26 to 44: 1
Free White Females Under 10: 2
Free White Females 10 to 15: 2
Free White Females 26 to 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 7
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 10




Moses Freeman was baptised by William Dodson at Little River Baptist Church, Burke County, NC. The coordinates are: Latitude: 35° 58' 53.14" N , Longitude: 81° 13' 14.13" W

In 1812 he and his family moved their membership to Little Ivy Baptist Church, in what is now Madison County, NC. In that same year he was a delegate from Little Ivy Baptist Church to French Broad Baptist Association. He was ordained on 8 Aug 1812 at Little Ivy Baptist Church. The coordinates are: Latitude: 35° 50' 3.48" N , Longitude: 82° 31' 32.81" W

In 1818 he became the pastor and a charter member of the newly formed Bull Creek Baptist Church. He served as this church's pastor until his death in 1859. The Bull Creek Baptist Church is still alive and they have the original (or similar) log church beside the current church and it is kept as a museum for the church history. The coordinates are: Latitude: 35° 49' 18.79" N, Longitude: 82° 34' 38.50" W , Bull Creek Baptist Church, 237 Bull Creek Rd., Mars Hill, Madison County, NC 28754.

On 9 Dec 1828 he purchased 50 acres at Case Bolt's Ford (now known as Casey Bow Branch), Buncombe County (now Madison County), NC. I looked up "Casey Bow Branch" and got these coordinates: Latitude: 35° 47' 29.40" N , Longitude: 82° 40' 28.56" W

1830 U.S. Census of Buncombe, North Carolina, Page: 263; NARA Roll: M19-118; Family History Film: 0018084, "Freeman, Moses, Sr."
Name: Moses Freeman Senior
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 2

In 1834 he began pastoring at Newfound Baptist Church, Buncombe County, NC. There is a Newfound Baptist Church in Leicester but their website did not contain any of the church history so I don't know if this is the same church or not. I didn't find another Newfound Baptist Church.

On 9 Nov 1837, Freeman purchased 50 acres on the west side of Bailey's Branch, Buncombe County (what is now Madison County), NC. The coordinates are: Latitude: 35° 47' 30.01" N , Longitude: 82° 42' 3.96" W

1840 U.S. Census of Sourthern Division, Buncombe County, NC; Roll 178; Page: 354; Image: 364; Family History Library Film: 0018092, "Moses Freeman"
Rev. Moses Freeman - Free White Persons - Males - Under 5:
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 3
Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 1
Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 9
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 3
Persons Employed in Learned Professional Engineers: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total Slaves: 5
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 9



Rev. Moses and Mary Freeman had 11 children.
1) Elizabeth Freeman (DOB: ? at ? ; DOD: ? at ? ) married John Goforth.
2) Green Hill Freeman (DOB: Abt 1794 at ? ; DOD: Aug, 1867 at ? ) married Rachel Payne.
3) Moses Freeman, Jr. (DOB: Abt 1796 in Flat Creek, Buncombe County, NC; DOD: Aft 1860 at ? ) married Elizabeth Edwards.
4) Tabitha Freeman (DOB: Abt 1797 in Old Buncombe County, NC; DOD: Abt 1850 in Cherokee County, NC) married John Jackson Reese.
5) Lydia Freeman (DOB: 8/17/1799 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: 1/31/1867 in Flat Creek, Buncombe County, NC) married Joshua Judson Roberts.
6) William Freeman (DOB: Abt 1800 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: ? in ? ) married Ann Cathey and/or Nancy Dockery. There is some question whether it was Ann or Nancy or both. I appreciate both theories and if anyone finds definitive proof and documentation, please share!
7) Mary Jane Freeman (DOB: Abt 1801 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: 2/1884 in Big Pine, Madison County, NC) married Rev. William Reese.
8) Alcey Freeman (DOB: Abt 1806 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: ? in ? ) married William Blackwell.
9) Elisha Freeman (DOB: Abt 1809 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: 2/8/1956 in Collinsville, DeKalb County, AL) married Rebecca Ann Coker "Annie".
10) Susan Freeman (DOB: Abt 1811 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: Abt 1860 in DeKalb County, AL) married William Henderson Coker.
11) Lazarus Freeman (DOB: 1815-1820 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD: ? in ?) married Rhoda Freeman.


Mary Fannie Ball Freeman died around 1845. Moses remarried to Elizabeth Jarvis Ball "Betsy" in 1845. Betsy Jarvis had previously been married to Joel Ball who had died about 1843. Joel was the son of Jabez Ball. Betsy and Joel Ball had 7 children: Alsey, Mandy, Noah, Nancy, Merinda, Celia Ann, James Manley. We have a marriage settlement between Moses and Betsy dated 28 Dec 1845.

DEED BOOK 23, PAGE 302, BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. ARCHIVES, DATED DECEMBER 28, 1845
"Agreement between Moses Freeman and Elizabeth (Jarvis) Ball"
"A order of agreement entered into between Moses Freeman and Elizabeth Ball previous to the sollemnizing the rights of matrimony. The conditions is such that the said Moses Freeman takes the following property, vz.: One horse worth $40; 22 head of hogs $32; 5 head cattle $32; 9 head sheep $10; and household and kitchen furniture $60/$174. The above amount of one hundred and seventy four dollars, the property of sd. Elizabeth Ball, and I the sd. Moses Freeman do have and to take the above named property, and hold it subject to the use of sd. Elizabeth Ball or her heirs at her or my death. Given under our hands and seals this 28 of December 1845 in presence of: D.E. Freeman, Jurratt, William Fortner, James Rector. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, April Term, 1846."


In 1848 he began pastoring at Walnut Baptist Church, Buncombe County, NC.

1850 U.S. Census of Buncombe County, North Carolina; Roll M432_622; Page: 268B; Image: 164, Lines 38-41 and next pg Line 1, "Freeman, Moses"
Freeman, Moses, 77 yrs old (DOB would be about 1773), M(ale), W(hite), Bapt. Clergyman, $450 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Freeman, Elizabeth, 50 yrs old (DOB would be about 1800), F, W, Born in NC
Ball, Nancy, 22 yrs old (DOB would be about 1828), F, W, Born in NC
Ball, Marinda (sic), 18 yrs old (DOB would be about 1832), F, W, Born in NC
Ball, Coena (sic, should be Celia), 17 yrs old (DOB would be about 1833), F, W, Born in NC




In 1852, he began pastoring at Bear Creek Baptist Church, Madison County, NC. I found 2 Bear Creek churches. I don't know if these are the same or which one. They are both on Bear Creek Rd. One is a tiny white clapboard church and the other is a tiny brick church.

Rev. Moses Freeman died 18 Jan 1859 in Madison County, NC and he is buried in the Freeman Family Cemetery off Lower Brush Creek Rd. The coordinates are: Latitude: 35° 50' 23.58" N , Longitude: 82° 43' 51.60" W . It's an unmarked cemetery that is not kept up and the graves are now unmarked with the rocks that used to mark them piled under a tree. There is supposedly 5 graves there. It is on private property and there shouldn't be any trespassing. I think Mary Fannie Freeman and Elizabeth Freeman are also buried there and supposedly 2 of his children.

At the time of his death, Rev. Moses Freeman owned a large amount of property, including land and slaves. He died intestate, meaning without a will, and the estate reportedly went into dispute. Madison County, NC probate records for the estate of Rev. Moses Freeman in 1859 named surviving children as: (son) Green H. Freeman; (daughter) Lydia, wife of Joshua Rubalm (sic, should be Roberts); (daughter) Mary, wife of William Rees; (son) Moses Freeman; (daughter) Susan, wife of William Henderson; and (son) Elisha Freeman. Decease children named in the probate record included: (son) William Freeman, married to Ann Cathey, and (daughter) Ailsay (sic, should be Alcey), married to William Blackwell. William Freeman’s heirs were named as children: Lazarus Freeman, Hugh Freeman, Loreno Freeman [HIS GIVEN NAME APPROXIMATED FROM DIFFICULT TO READ CURSIVE DOCUMENT, SO IT MAY ACTUALLY BE SOMETHING OTHER THAN “LORENO”.], and Maria Cornwell [THE WIFE OF RICHARD HENRY CORNWELL, ALSO KNOWN AS “MARY”]. Heirs of Alsey (Freeman) Blackwell were named as: (spouse) William Blackwell; D.A. Blackwell, E.C. Blackwell, N.R. Blackwell, L.L. Blackwell, M.M. Blackwell, and Lydia Blackwell [THE LATTER THREE IDENTIFIED AS UNDER THE AGE OF MAJORITY]. Rev. Moses Freeman’s son, Lazarus, filed a document giving a lawyer in Madison Co., North Carolina Power of Attorney on his behalf to represent him in obtaining his portion of his deceased father’s estate.


For more information on Moses Freeman's parents see my post on Aaron Freeman

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