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Ancestors of Donald Lee Freeman

Generation No. 3

      4. Claude Braxton Freeman, born April 11, 1900 in Randolph County, N.C.; died March 11, 1969 in Zephyr Hills, FL.. He was the son of 8. Wiley S. Freeman and 9. Cornelia A. Graves. He married 5. Lillian Virginia Carter in Alexandria, VA..

      5. Lillian Virginia Carter, born March 06, 1905 in Alexandria, VA; died February 11, 1981 in Alexandria, VA.. She was the daughter of 10. John Benjamin Carter and 11. Jane Posey.

Notes for Claude Braxton Freeman:
      Claude was enlisted in the USMC in 1921, and served in Central America and the Caribbean. He served for one enlistment before leaving the Marines. In civilian life he worked as a mechanic, electrician, bricklayer, and various other jobs.
      Claude often disappeared for periods of months after marrying Lillian. According to son Ralph this was because he was away working at the Rock Island Arsenal. Later Claude worked as a civilian armorer at Fort Belvoir, VA. He was given an award for developing a practice round for the M-16 rifle. He also received an award for developing a faster method of changing the oil in 90mm artillery piece. His method took ninety minutes whereas the old method took four hours. The newspaper article in the official army newspaper used to hang over his work table in his work shop. He worked at Fort Meyer and Fort Belvoir.
      Claude also worked as a gunsmith, having a repair shop in the basement of his self-built home in Springfield, VA, and later in his and Lillian's home in Zephyr Hills, Fl. He would repair and modify weapons for the law enforcement, military, and civilian gun owners in the area. On several occasions he built sporting rifles from scratch for customers. His grandsons Donald and Dale used to sit in his shop and watch him make springs, screws, gun barrels, and carve the wooden stocks for the rifles. He had lathes and drill presses for forming all the gun parts he needed. He even did the engraving work on the gun receivers and stocks. He usually had a dog with him, and the dog would lay in the shop waiting for attention from Claude. Claude loved dogs, and they all seemed to love him. He rarely was without a dog during his life.
      Ralph says that his father played either the banjo or the guitar on a country western or bluegrass radio show in North Carolina as a teen. As a boy, Ralph remembers Claude coming home and turning on the radio, listening to his favorite shows all evening, and finishing the night listening to country music until the small hours of the morning.
      When Jerrell and Margaret were divorced, Claude and Lillian did all they could to help Margaret, baby sitting the children and having them down to Florida for visits when they moved from Virginia to Florida. Grandsons Donald and Dale spent a lot of hours with Claude, and they spent the summer with Claude and Lillian in 1968 in Florida.

More About Claude Braxton Freeman:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetary, Alexandria, VA.
Religion: Methodist
Social Security Number: 225-12-1493

Notes for Lillian Virginia Carter:
      Lillian had problems with her legs, and for much of her middle and later life was greatly restricted in her ability to walk. She also had a very inactive thyroid gland which made it difficult for her to lose weight. Unfortunately for Lillian, the thyroid gland problem was only diagnosed by a nuclear medicine scan late in her life, and she finally lost weight just before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She did well on chemotherapy, not losing her hair or being very ill, but the chemotherapy was too late to stop the cancer which finally killed her.
      After Claude's death she moved back to Alexandria, VA. She chose to live in apartments near Peggy (Margaret Freeman) Knight so she could help by baby sitting her grandchildren and help prepare dinner each night while Margaret and her second husband both worked. Later, when she got too ill, Margaret took care of her, taking her to all her medical appointments and helping her buy her medicines. When Lillian died in her hospital bed, Margaret and her daughter-in-law Hazel Freeman were present.
      Unbeknownst to her grandchildren, her son Jerrell (their father) also came to visit her late in the evenings (per Ralph Freeman). On the day of her death, her grandsons Donald and Dale were called from work at the U. S. Postal Service, and her granddaughters were called from home, but they all arrived after Lillian had died.
      Lillian used to visit her son Ralph in North Carolina and her brother Emmett in Orange whenever she could get someone to drive her. Her grandson Donald used to drive her for her visits on weekends and they became close during the last years of her life.
      Donald once asked his grandmother why she never learned to drive. She, and Claude confirmed it, said that Claude once put her behind the wheel of his car when they were living in Springfield in the 1950's. Lillian said she was doing fine, and they were driving down Old Keene Mill Road (in those days it was a rural road, not the six lane boulevard it is today) when she suddenly and for no apparent reason made a sharp left turn into the woods. That was the end of her driving lessons. Claude never again took a chance on teaching her.
      On some documents found such as her W-2 forms from S. Kann Sons Co in Arlington she is listed as Mrs. Lillian C. Freeman. (1951 W-2 Form)

More About Lillian Virginia Carter:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetary, Alexandria, Va.
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Medical Information: severe knee joint problems, with at least one operation on both knees in the early 60's. Inactive thyroid diagnosed by nuclear medicine scan in the early 1970's. Developed pancreatic cancer in 1978
Social Security Number: 578-24-2345

More About Claude Freeman and Lillian Carter:
Marriage: Alexandria, VA.
Children of Claude Freeman and Lillian Carter are:
  2 i.   Jerrell Allen Freeman, born June 27, 1934 in Riverdale, Md; married (1) Karen; married (2) Margaret Ann Trice February 06, 1954 in Rockville, MD..
  ii.   Ralph Harrison Freeman1, born May 12, 1925 in Alexandria, VA; married Hazel Mae Cumberland January 11, 1947 in Hyattesville, MD; born June 30, 1926 in Arlington, Va..
  More About Ralph Freeman and Hazel Cumberland:
Marriage: January 11, 1947, Hyattesville, MD.

      6. Bernard Richard Trice, born November 27, 1903 in Washington, D.C.; died March 12, 1963 in Alexandria, VA.. He was the son of 12. Emmet Lee Trice and 13. Marie Philamina Thompson. He married 7. Mary Henrietta Bradhurst February 14, 1927 in Baltimore Cathedral.

      7. Mary Henrietta Bradhurst, born December 11, 1907 in Elizabeth, N.J.; died November 06, 1976 in Lakeland, FL.. She was the daughter of 14. William Joseph Bradhurst, Sr. and 15. Suzanne Gates.

More About Bernard Richard Trice:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetary, Alexandria, VA.

  Notes for Mary Henrietta Bradhurst:
Mary Trice died in Lakeland, Florida in November 1976. She was remarried and known as Mary Terry. She married William Terry, a neighbor of her daughter Margaret (Peggy) who lived at 406 Monroe Street in Alexandria at that time.

More About Mary Henrietta Bradhurst:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, VA.
Social Security Number: 229-05-1987

More About Bernard Trice and Mary Bradhurst:
Marriage: February 14, 1927, Baltimore Cathedral
Children of Bernard Trice and Mary Bradhurst are:
  3 i.   Margaret Ann Trice, born August 31, 1934 in Washington, D.C; married (1) Jerrell Allen Freeman February 06, 1954 in Rockville, MD.; met (2) Wiliam Lee Knight Abt. 1962 in Alexandria, VA..
  ii.   Bernard Emmett Trice, born September 14, 1941.
  iii.   Madeleine Elizabeth Trice, born August 11, 1928 in Washington, D.C; married Ralph Leon Lester; born in West Virginia.
  iv.   Shirley Marie Trice, born September 07, 1933 in Washington, D.C; married Edward Austel Gailliot May 08, 1954 in St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA.
  More About Edward Gailliot and Shirley Trice:
Marriage: May 08, 1954, St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA.

  v.   Richard Linwood Trice, born September 12, 1935 in Colonial Beach, Virginia; died in Alexandria, VA.
  More About Richard Linwood Trice:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetary, Alexandria, VA.

  vi.   Mary Jean Trice, born October 23, 1929 in Washington, D.C.; died November 04, 1991 in Fairfax County, Virginia; married Owen Talbert; born in Fairfax County, Virginia; died Abt. May 1991 in Fairfax County, Virginia.
  More About Mary Jean Trice:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetary, Alexandria, VA.

  More About Owen Talbert:
Burial: Mount Comfort Cemetary, Alexandria, VA.

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