Edward Coleman Freeman

In researching the Speedwell Stock Farm, I came across this in the Lebanon County Historical Society’s 15th annual report, from 1913:

In Memoriam
Edward Coleman Freeman was born at Washington, D. C. on the eighth day of April 1856, and died at Cornwall, Penna., on the fifth day of May 1912.

He was a son of the late Col. William G. Freeman, U. S. Army, and Margaret C. Freeman, a daughter of Thos. Bird Coleman, dec’d. who in his lifetime was the owner of Cornwall Furnace and the large estate connected with it.

He was President of the Cornwall Iron Company and Cornwall Turnpike Company, and a Director of the Cornwall Railroad Company, Robesonia Iron Company Limited, and the Valley National Bank of Lebanon at the time of his death. He had also served as President of the Board of Directors of Cornwall School District, and held the office of Postmaster at Cornwall, for a number of years.

He was also the representative of his family’s interest in the Cornwall Ore Bank Company. Mr. Freeman took great pleasure in gunning and out door exercise up to a few years before his death, and he was the owner of a kennel of some of the most noted hunting dogs in the country.

He was also interested in farming and the raising of trotting horses at the Speedwell Stock Farm of the Cornwall Estate, and had on his “Fairview Farm” near Bismarck, a choice herd of Registered Guernsey Cattle.

He was unmarried and left surviving him, of his immediate family, two sisters, Miss I. C. Freeman and Mrs. B. H. Buckingham, and William C. Freeman, a nephew.

“Peace to his ashes.”

[28 years later, Dawn’s grandparents purchased Speedwell Forge from Mrs. Buckingham.]