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Mary Ann Freeland


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At a Glance

Mary Ann Freeland was the daughter of Joseph Freeland and Lydia Miller Freeland. The Freelands were longtime members of the Eno Meeting of Friends, and their farm still adjoins the Old Quaker Cemetery in Mars Hill, NC in the Mars Hill Community north of Hillsborough, NC [1].


Although Mars Hill, NC is just outside of Hillsborough, NC, the distance would have been too great to walk and the  "Great Road"  (Highway 57) was then only a wagon track and would have been difficult for farm wagons to travel in winter. Consequently, Mary would have boarded in Hillsborough, NC.

Mary died of consumption at the age of fourteen. Her death was noted in The Hillsborough Recorder [2] on 9 August 1848. She is buried in the Old Quaker Cemetery in Mars Hill, NC. The Freelands now have homes on two sides of the old burial ground [1].

Biographical Data

Important Dates

Mary Ann Freeland was born in 1834. She died on July 31, 1848, of disease.

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  1. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).
  2. The Hillsborough Recorder was published from 1820 to 1879 by Dennis Heartt. It was a weekly newspaper.