GENEALOGICAL AND PERSONAL AIEAIOIRS.
this took the hardest kind of work, the most in¬ tense application, and executive ability of the highest order. When he could have taken his east and lain back on his oars, work had become to him as a cloak not easily cast off, and he could not, and had no desire, to break the habits which stern necessity had forged for him In the days of his early manhood. The calm e([uipoise of his mind was never disturbed. That strength of character which remained unbroken through all the varying fortunes of his life, remained un¬ shaken when the great day of trial came, and the peace of death fell upon a singularly blameless career. 'Tlis life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the w-orld 'This was a man.' "
DR. EDWARD JACOB FREE.MAN, who for many years was engaged in the practice of medicine in Northampton county, but is now su¬ perintending private business Interests, was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, December i8, 1851, his parents being Dr. George W. and Alatilda (Seip) Freeman. His paternal grandparents were Jacob and Susan (Butz) Freeman, The village of Freemansburg was named in honor of the family. The family had Its origin in Eng¬ land, and representatives of the name emigrated to this country in the early part of the seven¬ teenth century, and they owned considerable land in Bethlehem and Lower Saucon township.
Dr. George W. Freeman was born in 1832. He obtained his early education in the public schools of Freemansburg and of Bethlehem, and afterward continued his studies In a private school conducted by Professor Vandeveer, at Easton, Pennsylvania, wdiere he prepared for col¬ lege. In 1849 li«^^ entered the Lliiversity of Penn¬ sylvania, but previous to this time he read medi¬ cine under the direction of Dr. C. C. Field of Easton, who was his preceptor for threee years. He was graduated from the University of Penn¬ sylvania, in 1852, and then returned to Freemans¬ burg, where he entered upon the practice of his chosen profession, being thus engaged up to the time of his death, which occurred Alay 16, 1898. He was prominently connected with the North¬
ampton County Aledical Society. He married Alatilda Seip, a daughter of Edward .Sdp, of PZaston, and their marriage was blessed with four children, of whom Edward Jacobs is the eldest. Alary Pollen, the .second, is the wife of G. W. Bachman, and they have five children: Estella, Jennie, Ralph, I^ura and Roland. Walter S., who is a practicing physician of Philadelphia, married Jane L'nangst, and they have four chil¬ dren : PTigeue, Alalxd, Edith and (ieorge. Emma .Adelia, the youngest child of George W. and Alatilda (Seip) Freeman, died in infancy.
Dr. Edward J. PTeeman, who was born in Easton, December 18, 1851, attended the public schools in his early youth, and afterward became a student In the Swartz private academy at South Bethlehem. He next entered Lehigh University at Bethlehem, where he remained for a year and a half, and in the winter of i8(x) he matriculated in the University of Pennsylvania as a student in the medical department, and was graduated with honors in the class of 1873. Having thus become well prepared for the responsible duties of his profession, he tcok up his abode in Free¬ mansburg, and associated himself In practice with his father, being thus engaged until 1877. The business relation between them was then dis¬ solved, and Dr. Freeman of this review began practicing alone. He continued the work of ministering to the needs of suffering humanity until 1898, when he put aside the cares of the medical profession in order to give his super¬ vision to his investments and private business interests.
Dr. Freeman is an active worker in the Re¬ formed church and has been closely identified with its progress and development. The only secret order with which he is connected is Huldah Lodge, No. 364, Knights of Pythias, He married Aliss Emily J. Knecht, a daughter of John Knecht, of Shimersville, now deceased. Her mother bore the maiden name of EHza Rdgcl, and by her marriage had four children, namely: I. Arabella, who married Dr. J. J. Detweiler, by whom she has six children—Pdizabeth, William, Fred. Albert, John and Edith. 2. Emily, the wife of Dr. E. J. I-'reeman, 3. Howard, who married