Hill (also seen as Hil) Freeburn was the first
Freeburn family member that we have records for. Perhaps he
was "Scotch-Irish" (see history). He was born,
according to author Paul
Drake, in about 1745. He married a Martha Glynn in
Philadelphia's Christ Church on Thursday, October 27, 1768.
There is no record that he served in the military during the
Revolution and he died in 1808 in Halifax Township in Dauphin
County, Pennsylvania. His will (full
text) set out his bequests to his
various children as follows:
"beloved son John one dollar, or seven
shillings and six pence of lawful Pennsylvania money."
He then gave similar amounts to his other
sons, Thomas and Robert and to his daughter Catherine Irwin.
To his daughter Mary, who married Dan Shaeffer and to his sons
Daniel & James he also left money. They payment to John was to
be made one year after the death of Hill and his wife or upon the
occasion of her remarriage. Upon his death, or that of Martha,
whichever was later, Samuel was to have the "plantation." Mary
was at that time also to have (in addition to the money bequest) the
household furniture. The residuary clause in his will provided that
his son Samuel should receive all of his remaining personal
property, subject to a bequest to Martha of 1/2 of the "rents,
issues and profits" from the entirety of his estate during her
lifetime. (Will signed 18 May 1804, probated 28 March 1808).
According to one source (Travis
"Footprints of the Freeburn Family in America," Hill owned 200
acres of land in 1788, 1791, 1793 but by 1795 he was down to 100
Freeburn children are: