Eaton County Michigan EATON COUNTY
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.
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