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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 20 July 2010 - Abram Freeman

Abram Freeman, b: about 1825, Jefferson County, New York; d: 21 July 1880 (130 years ago tomorrow), buried in Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay, Onondaga, New York

He was my great-great-granduncle. He and his wife Bonney (AKA Elizabeth, AKA Betsy) had 8 children; the first 2 were the subject of a song I wrote a few years ago - they died as children and were buried in Freeman Cemetery in Jefferson County, New York. Sometime after their death, Abram moved his family to Clay, Onondaga County, where he provided a home for his brother Isaac. The Freeman plot in Pine Plains Cemetery is the final resting place for a number of folks from that branch of the family.

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