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Families covered: Freeman (Freman) of Aspenden, Freeman of Bechworth (Betchworth), Freman of Bentley, Freeman of Hamells (Hamells), Freeman of Leigh

The augmented 1568 Visitation identifies the arms of the following family as: "Azure, three lozenges argent, in chief a crescent or".
John Freeman of Bently, Northamptonshire (a 1441)
m. _ Isham of Northamptonshire
1. Lawrance Freman of Bentley & Wallgrave (a 1484)
  m. Ann Frebodye (dau/heir of Thomas Frebodye of Northamptonshire)
  A. Henry Freman of Wallgrave (a temp Henry 8 who r. 1509-1547)
  m. Mary Wintershall (dau of Richard Wintershall of Surrey)
  i. William Freman (d c1568)
a. Henry Freman (dsp)
  ii. Edmond Freman of Honington, Northamptonshire
  m. Elizabeth Marsh (coheir)
  a. Martin Freman of London & Bechworth (Betchworth), Surrey (d 15.09.1617)
m. Elizabeth Lawrance (dau/heir of Matthew Lawrance of London, son of Sir Oliver)
  (1) Sir Ralph Freman or Freeman of Bechworth (Betchworth) (bpt 06.07.1589, d 06.1667, Master of the Requests, MP)
  The augmented 1568 Visitation suggests that Ralphe was the Lord Mayor of London in 1633 but that is confusion with Ralph Freeman of Aspenden (below).
  m. (21.08.1617) Catherine Brett (bur 28.02.1655, dau of William Brett of Wrotherbe (Rotherby))
  (A) Sir George Freeman of East Betchworth (d 1678)
  m. Mary Onslow (dau of Sir Richard Onslow of West Clandon)
  (i) Ralph Freeman of East Betchworth (b c1655, d 08.1686, MP)
  m. (c06.1680) Elizabeth Silvester (dau of Edward Silvester of London)
  (a)+ issue - 2 sons (d unm), daughter
  (B)+ other issue - Ralph, Katherin, Susan
Visitation shows Ralph, George, Katherin & Susan as children of Ralph & Catherine. HoP ("Ralph Freeman") reports that they had 2 sons (1 dvp) and 5 daughters (4 dvp).
  (2) William Freman or Freeman 'of London & Leigh' (Surrey)
  m. Mary Orell (dau/heir of Lewis Orell of Wisbeach in Isle of Ely)
  Shown by Visitation (Surrey, 1662-8, 'Freman') as son of William of Betchworth (son of Martin & Elizabeth) & Mary is ...
  (A) Sir Ralph Freeman of Lee (Leigh) (a 1662)
  m. Margaret Temple (dau of Colonel Thomas Temple of Stow)
  (B) Mary Freeman probably of this generation
  m. Robert Swaine of Leverington Hall
  (3) Eliza Freman or Freeman
  m. Stephen Harvy of London
  (A)+ issue - Martin (b c1627?), Elizabeth (b c1631?)
  (4)+ oher issue - Martin, John, Francis, James
  b.+ other issue - Laurance, Thomas (dsp)
  iii. Lawrance Freman (dsp)
  iv. Ralph Freman of Higham Ferrers
  a.+ issue - Christopher, George of London



It is arguable that the following should have been left in the temporary page where part of it was first placed on 28.10.13. However, the report by VCH (Hertfordshire, vol 3, 'Parishes: Therfield'), which follows the manor of Hoddenhoo, that the arms of Freeman of Aspenden was "Azure three lozenges argent", and the confusion reported above as to who was the Lord Mayor of London, suggests that the following family may have been quite closely connected to the one shown above.
Ralph Freeman of Aspenden (Hertfordshire), Sheriff then Lord Mayor of London (d 16.03.1634)
m. Joan Crouch (dau of John Crouch of Corney Bury) parents of Jane, presumed also of ...
1. Ralph Freeman of Aspenden (d 1665)
m. Mary Hewett (dau of Sir William Hewett of Pishiobury)
  A. Ralph Freeman (Freman) of Aspenden (bpt 29.05.1627, d 17.11.1714, MP)
  m. (10.02.1662) Elizabeth Aubrey (d 1720, dau of Sir John Aubrey, 1st Bart of Llantrithyd)
  i. Ralph Freeman (Freman) of Aspenden Hall & Hamells (Hammells) (bpt 10.06.1666, d 08.06.1742, MP)
m. Elizabeth Catesby (dau/coheir of Thomas Catesby of Ecton)
  a. William Freeman of Aspeden Hall, Hamells & Hoddenhoo (d 1749)
  m. (12.02.1730-1) Katharina Blount (dau of Sir Thomas Pope Blount, 2nd Bart of Tittenhanger)
  (1) Katherine (not Mary) Freeman (d 1759, heir)
  m. (19.05.1755) Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor (b 30.12.1722, d 20.01.1770)
  b. Ralph Freeman of Hamells & Hoddenhoo (a 1749, prebendary of Salisbury)
  c. son
  ii. Elizabeth Freeman (d 22.01.1740-1) apparently of this generation
  m. Robert Elwes of Roxby, Brigg & Throcking (b 1663, d 10.06.1731)
  iii. Mary Freeman (d 22.01.1740-1) probably of this generation
  m. (1702) Charles Adelmare Caesar of Bennington Place (b c1674, d c1741)
  iv.+. other issue - 2 other sons (1 dvp), 5 other daughters
  B. Ann Freeman probably of this generation
  m. (02.07.1660) George Pyke or Pike of Sheene (dsps)
2. Jane Freeman (d 1637)
  m. (10.09.1620) Sir George Sondes, Bart of Lees Court, 1st Earl of Feversham (b 11.1599, d 16.04.1677)

Main source(s):
(1) Visitation (London, 1663-4, 'Freeman'), Visitation (London, 1568+augmentations, 'Freeman'), with input from HoP ("Ralph Freeman" x2)
(2) VCH (Hertfordshire, vol 3, 'Parishes: Braughing' & 'Parishes: Therfield'), HoP (various), with support from Commoners (vol 2, 'Elwes of Great Billing', p465 note)
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