I would like to make contact with anyone who is either a descendant of Chester Freeman or has any genealogical data about him and his family.
Chester Freeman was born in 1807 in Cayuga County, NY, but lived most of his life (from 1812 on) in Orleans County, NY. I am particularly interested in finding any records of a son named William Freeman. Here is the problem:
1850 US census: William Freeman, age 7 months
1860 US census: William Freeman, age 10 years
Later censuses show that he was in various locations in Michigan in 1870, 1890, and 1900.
1855 NY census: William Freeman, age 13 years
1865 NY census: William Freeman, age 24 years
The History of Orleans County (p. 112) says that William Freeman served in the 4th heavy artillery and was killed at Reams' Station, VA on August 23, 1864.
My questions are: were there two William Freemans in one family? Why does one appear in the U.S. censuses and the other in the state censuses? If the one who was 13 years old in 1855, therefore 22 or 23 in 1864, was killed in the Civil War, then who was the William Freeman who was living at home, age 24 in the 1865 state census?
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