When Lavina Ellen Freeman was born in May 1866, in Woolwich Township, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, her father, John B Freeman, was 65 and her mother, Elizabeth "Eliza" Margarethe Wilhelmine Ernst, was 30. She married Robert Nelson Potter on 1 July 1885, in Berlin, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Maple Grove Township, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States in 1895 and Long Lake Township, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States for about 20 years. She died on 28 August 1929, in Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States.
English: from Middle English freman, fremon ‘freeman, free-born man’ (Old English frēomann, frīgmann), used also occasionally as a personal name. As an African American surname it was in many cases adopted as a name denoting a man freed of slavery. See also Fryman and Free .
Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Ó Saoraidhe (see Seery ).
Americanized form of French Lafrenière (see Lafreniere ).