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Eaton County Michigan

EATON COUNTY MEMORIAL REPORT

Daniel S. Freeman was born in Warren county, State of New Jersey, November 9, 1809. He was one of a family of eight children, only two of whom survive him. He came of a good old Methodist family, under whose roof the preachers of the early day found shelter, and his house has always been the home of the itinerant preacher. Though not what school men would call liberally educated, his early training was not neglected. He was for a time a student at the Cazenovia seminary, in the State of New York. He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church when about 19 years old. In 1832, or 1833, he left his eastern home and came west. In the spring of 1835 he married, near Pontiac, Miss Berthany Curl, and immediately removed to Flint with his bride, where they have since resided. During the summer of 1836 the first Methodist Episcopal society was organized in Flint, and Brother Freeman was appointed class leader. That class consisted of nine persons, most of whom have gone to the better land, where they and their old leader have, ere this, exchanged joyful greetings. The following year, 1837, we find his name as a member of the first quarterly conference ever held in this part of the State. We also find that he assisted in organizing the first missionary society and Sunday school, and that he was the first Sunday school superintendent ever appointed or elected in Flint. The school consisted of ten scholars, and was the first organized north of Pontiac. From its first organization to the present time Brother Freeman has been identified with the church in all its struggles, and few men have done more than he towards its wonderful success.

Michigan 1883


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