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need connection from son to parents please

I live in Canada.  My relative was George Freeborn.


He was born approximately 1847 in Ireland.

He married Margaret Coulter in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on 17 Apr, 1869.


I have successfully traced Margaret along with her siblings and parents Andrew and Isabel Coulter to Donegal through their ship immigration record.


However, I am having trouble connecting George Freeborn to his parents.  His marriage certificate lists them as James and Jane Freeborn.


There is a James Freeborn and Jane Coulter listed as having been married 25 July, 1841 at St. John's Church, Inver Parish (Doorin Point), County Donegal.


I believe these are his parents but can't find proof that it is the correct connection.

First and foremost, I would be ever so grateful if that link could be confirmed.

Additionally, if there is any other further history on these family lines that is available further into the past, that would be appreciated although not necessary if difficult.


I would really like to figure out George most of all.


Thank you!


Thursday 28th March 2013, 03:23AM

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  • Hi,

    I'm not sure that this will help but I found loads of Freeborns in an area called Drumhome near Ballyshannon in the parish of Kilbarron.

    And this in the 1901 Census in Inver -

    You might also contact the Donegal Library Service as they might have some extra info in their local studies collection -

    I wish you good luck in your research.

    Kind regards,



    Thursday 28th March 2013, 08:55PM
  • Here also is the same family Elmer found for you in 1911.

    In addition to trying to make contact in Donegal, you may want to try to track the children in the 1901/1911 censuses as several of them likely immigrated.   You might find some other family researchers with more info. I found Jane's marriage record (which mentions the parents) in Worcestor, MA:

    I saw several other Worcester records that look like they could be some of the others.   Also in Worcester was another family from Tullyvoos with parents named John Freeborn and Eliza Colvin.  I saw this tree online.

    Also just checked and there are many posts about the Freeborns from Doorin Point on the forums.  Here is one thread that seems to mention your line.





    Friday 29th March 2013, 04:20AM
  • Hi Sollie, I know this post was written some time ago, but you are researching one of the same family lines that I am. I am descended from Elizabeth Jane Freeborn (1800-1866) and James Maxwell (1790-1868) of Point (Dooran). My main tree is on Ancestry, but I do have others on familysearch and FtDna. Please can we compare notes? I believe I did find a record linking George in Canada, to George in Point. His brother also came to Hamilton, and a sister too. I look forward to hearing from you. Best, Lori



    Lori MacGregor

    Monday 21st October 2019, 11:38PM
  • An inscription on a Headstone in the Old Abbey Burial Ground in Donegal Town reads

    In Loving Memory of Thomas Freeborn 1848-1935

    His daughter Eliza Ann Hannah 1880-1949

    And deceased members of the Freeborn family


    Thomas Freeborn of Townalary was on the selection list as a cess payer for jury service April 1839


    From the Londonderry Sentinel April 28, 1904 April 21 at Parish Church Donegal by Rev WEB Chapman James eldest son of Mr Richard Freeborn Drummeny to Maggie Jane (Ciss) eldest daughter of Mr Thomas Robinson Main Street Donegal



    Elizabeth Freeborn is listed in 1870 and 1894 as the Donegal Town Workhouse Matron


    Arthur Freeborne is listed in Drumlaght Donegal during the Griffith’s Valuation


    In 1888 the idea for a new bridge for Donegal Town was first advocate at the presentment session for Tyrhugh Barony held in the courthouse Donegal Town. One of the cess or rate payers present was Arthur Freeborn of Townalary


    Ballyshannon Herald December 1, 1837 at the fair of Ballintra on Friday last Mr Freeborn was severely beaten at a short distance from his own house, by a party of men. Two of them have been committed to stand their trial at the ensuing quarter sessions of the peace. There cannot be more inoffensive man than Mr Freeborn – he is much respected by all who know him.


    Asdee West

    Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 09:57AM