Christopher Freeman is your first cousin 10 times removed’s husband’s great nephew’s wife’s great nephew’s wife’s second great aunt’s 1st husband.

You [CAA] →
Gerald Lee Abernathy your father→
Lee Abernathy his father→
Benjamin Franklin Abernethy his father→
William Pinkney (Willie P.) Abernethy his father→
Benjamin Logan (Logan Benjamin) Abernethy his father→
Turner T. Abernethy his father→
Robert Abernathy his father→
David Abernathy, Sr. his father→
Mary Howell Abernathy his mother→
Mary “Molly” Harwell her mother→
Thomas Coleman, of Essex Co. & St. Stephen’s Parish her father→
Elizabeth Brown his sister→
Anne Fargeson her daughter→
Samuel Ferguson her husband→
James Samuel Ferguson, II his brother→
Agnes Stedman his daughter→
John STEADMAN her son→
Hannah MC FADDEN his wife→
Robert McFadden her brother→
Henry Erwin McFadden his son→
Samuel Edgar McFadden his son→
Mary Florence Mc Fadden (McKnight) his wife→
Robert D. McKnight her father→
John McKnight his father→
Robert McKnight his father→
Margaret McKnight Freeman his sister→
Christopher Freeman

Source: Geni – Christopher Freeman (1748-1803)

Family History Content from MaryJaneFreeman55

Source: Public Family History Content from MaryJaneFreeman55


Agricultural and frontier historians agree that Scots-Irish settlers in the New World tended to carry on the same settlement patterns, livestock practices and cultural attitudes that they had held in Scotland and transplanted to northern Ireland.

John Solomon Otto has described the clachan settlement of Ireland in this way: “Clachans were clusters of related farm families that communally worked a piece of ground. They continuously cultivated the best lands, or “infields,” maintaining soil fertility by manuring. On the poorer lands or “outfields,” they practiced shifting cultivation, cropping temporary fields that were returned to fallow pasture when yields declined. Beyond the outfields lay the unclaimed wastes that served as common grazing land for livestock.”

When the Scots-Irishmen came to York County, did their settlements closely resemble the “clachans” of northern Ireland?. Only partially. The land that would become York County, South Carolina was much more fertile and the population more sparsely settled than that of northern Ireland. The first settlers here, naturally seeking the best land possible, were far more scattered–sometimes a mile or more separated homesteads. But the settlers usually came south from Virginia or Pennsylvania with kinsman and tended to settle as near them as possible. Neighbors helped each other clear the land for crops, building houses, and harvesting crops.

It was the early practice to fence the crops and let the animals graze freely. Bottomlands along creeks became the York County version of “infields”. The “outfields” were the forested upland areas that had to be cleared for crops which when worn out became pasturelands.

Many early plats have notations such as “old field” with some saying “Indian old field.” Occasionally a corner of a survey might be a “lick,” or “stony lick.” These were naturally-occuring salt licks which attracted deer and cattle. If there were no natural licks, the farmers put out salt in order to keep their animals tame.

Because the cattle roamed the countryside, it was important to brand the animals. Nicking the ears in a special pattern was practiced, just as in northern Ireland. Each fall there were roundups for branding the calves and to cull the surplus animals. The farmers often drove the surplus to market or hired drovers to drive them as far away as Philadelphia.

Unlike the situation in northern Ireland, the hated English people and the detested Anglican Church were far enough away from the Scots-Irish Presbyterians of York County to not disturb them to any degree but the English form of government, which was head-quartered in Charleston, was imposed on the area. The county, with the sheriff as chief officer, was English in origin. The court’s judges and the justices of the peace were appointed by the Royal Governor. It was an alien system to the Scots-Irish who hated it–especially the power of the sheriff to collect taxes.

Source: March 1990

Encyclopedia of Alabama: St. Clair County

St. Clair County was created from portions of Shelby County by the Alabama Territorial General Assembly on November 20, 1818. Two years later, part of St. Clair County was used to create Jefferson County. Then, in 1836, a portion of St. Clair was divided to establish Cherokee and DeKalb counties. After the Civil War, a northeast section of the county was used to create Etowah County, resulting in St. Clair’s present boundaries. The county was named in honor of General Arthur St. Clair who traveled to America from Scotland as an ensign in the British Navy. St. Clair settled in Pennsylvania and became a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and president of the Continental Congress. Most of St. Clair County’s early settlers came from Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Some of the county’s earliest settlements and towns were Ashville, Odenville, Riverside, and Springville.

Hot Day

7 July 2010
One very hot day.
Dave and I delivered groceries to Mom; then headed back home.
Stopped at a few thrift/antique stores along the way.
Since getting in the AC, and starting to cool off, have been reading messages, and adding/correcting more items on my websites (someone set in havoc by my previous computer dying); as well as blogs, and misc. stuff.
Need to get things sorted out with this new laptop, get it behaving the way I want it; so I will be able to create a backup set of RECOVERY disks — then get Dave to set it for dual-boot (Windows 7 and Linux).
My head is pounding, so I won’t do much more for now.
How has your week been?
Would love to hear from my readers.
— Cathy

(Take two…)
Attempted this post just but a few minutes ago — stepped away from the keyboard — came back the automatic Windows 7 update had re-started my computer. [growl!]
I lost all the text I had written (now have settings a bit different, to prevent this problem from occurring again) — I hate having to re-write things when software/OS updates cause me to lose them.
Now, where was I?
Ahhh, heck — I think I’ll do something else and come back to this post. There are things needing to be added, set-up; and yet to be test-driven on this computer.
I promise to return – soon.
“And to continue…”
— Cathy

National Governors Association

Alabama Governor Joseph Forney Johnston
Born: March 23, 1843
Died: August 8, 1913
Birth State: North Carolina
Party: Democrat
Family: Married Theresa Virginia Hooper; three children

Periods in Office: From: December 1, 1896
To: December 1, 1900

State Web Site

Higher Office(s) Served: Senator

War(s) Served: Civil War

JOSEPH FORNEY JOHNSTON, Alabama’s 30th governor, was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina, on March 23, 1843, to Dr. William and Nancy Johnston. He was educated in public schools, and moved in 1860 to Talladega, Alabama, where he attended high school. In 1861, Johnston enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private, served as captain of the 12th North Carolina Infantry, and was wounded in four battles.