Absalom Pennington Free Sr

Male22 March 1798–23 July 1882

Brief Life History of Absalom Pennington

When Absalom Pennington Free Sr was born on 22 March 1798, in Burke, North Carolina, United States, his father, Andrew Free, was 24 and his mother, Mary Pennington, was 20. He married Martha Belcher on 1 May 1818, in St. Clair, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in St. Clair, Illinois, United States in 1830. He registered for military service in 1850. He died on 23 July 1882, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Absalom Pennington Free Sr
Elizabeth Strait
Marriage: 2 August 1823
Louisa Free
Emeline Free
John Wesley Free
Hannah Corilla Free
Preston Strait Free Sr
Mary Amanda Free
Telitha Cumi Free
Finley Carroll Free
Sarah Elvira Free
William Oliver Free
Minerva Elizabeth Free
Miranda Free

Sources (81)

  • Absalom P Field, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Absalom Pennington Free - Government record: birth: 22 March 1798; Burke, Elliott, Kentucky, United States
  • Abraham Free, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 August 1823St. Clair, Illinois, United States
  • Children (12)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 2

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 20

    Illinois is the 21st state.

    1820 · Making States Equal

    Age 22

    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname or status name from Middle English fre ‘free’ (Old English frēo), with reference to either tenurial status (‘free born’) or to character (‘noble, generous, open-handed’).

    Irish: variant of Freeman .

    Americanized form of Swiss German and German Frei and Frey .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Absalom Pennington Free & Elizabeth Strait from the booklet "Brief Biographies" compiled by Mary Kaye Christensen Latimer

    Son of Andrew Free and Mary P. Pennington Daughter of Israel Strait or Hannah Thompson Parents of Preston Strait Free Absalom Pennington Free was born 22 March 1798 in North Carolina. Elizabeth …

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