FREEMAN family, Buckhorn valley/Namaqua area,
Larimer Co., CO about 1873-1885
Does anyone have information on the FREEMAN family
living in the Buckhorn valley, west of Loveland, Larimer
Co., CO from about 1873 to 1885?
The following is information that I have found so far. On
22 September 1873, a Joseph Dean FREEMAN, claimed
160 acres of land in the Buckhorn valley about one mile
above the mouth of the junction of Buckhorn Creek with
the Big Thompson River in Larimer Co., Colorado
Territory. This land was later homesteaded and patented
by Edward James NEVILLE.
Information written in 1927 by Mrs. P. H. BOOTHROYD
(an early resident of the Buckhorn valley) indicated two
Freeman brothers came from Ireland in 1874 with a letter
of introduction to either George or Thomas WELDON.
One of the brothers, Robert Dean FREEMAN, married a
neighbor, Georgia Emma RUTHERFORD CHAMBERS.
She was a widow with a 22 month old son, Arthur Alvin
CHAMBERS. Robert Dean and Georgia Emma were
married on 22 August 1876 in Fort Collins, CO. Both had
listed Namaqua as their residence.
The FREEMAN land was immediately west of land
owned by Emma’s sister and brother-in-law, Celia Ann
and James Almon Rutherford.
A daughter, Cora Elizabeth FREEMAN, was born to them
in 1877 or 1878. Georgia Emma FREEMAN divorced
Robert Dean FREEMAN when he returned to Ireland
(sometime before 1885). Mrs. BOOTHROYD also
mentioned that Douglas FREEMAN, William FREEMAN
and Robert FREEMAN were among those who returned
to Ireland and who later died in Ireland.
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