Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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L. C. Freeman

L. C. FREEMAN, one of the earliest settlers of the southern part of Labette county, Kansas, and now a resident of Elm Grove township, was born in Ohio in 1829. He is a son of L. C. Freeman.

L. C. Freeman, Sr., was born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1794. He followed the occupation of a farmer all his life. He married Susie Harris, and they had the following offspring: E.L.; W.H.; L.C.; Mary; A.M.; G.W.; and H.C.

L. C. Freeman was-reared in Henry county, Indiana. He first came to Kansas in 1858, when it was a territory, and lived in what is now Douglas county. He returned home in 1859, In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, 36th Reg., Ind. Vol. Inf., and served for a period of three years. He was a captain in his regiment, and later became major. He was in the 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland. In 1869 Mr. Freeman again came to Kansas, and settled in Hackberry township, Labette county, four miles east of his present farm. He took up a claim, which he entered in 1872, at Independence, Kansas. He brought lumber from Arkansas, and erected a cabin on the claim, which was 12 by 14 feet in size. Mr. Freeman was one of the first settlers in the southern part of Labette county, and has watched the growth of the county with much interest. He lived on his old farm until 1884, when he bought his present farm in Elm Grove township, which is in the southeast quarter of section 4, township 35, range 19. In 1884 he built a frame house, one and a half stories high, and containing six rooms. Mr. Freeman is a very successful farmer, and has a thorough knowledge of agricultural matters.

Mr. Freeman was united in marriage with Nannie E. Wiles, who was born in Henry county, Indiana, in 1843. They have been blessed with three children, namely: Arthur W.; Anna C.; Carey. Mr. Freeman is a Republican in politics, and has served his county at different times. He was trustee of the township for two years, township clerk for one year, and has been a member of the school board for a number of years. Mr. Freeman is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Religiously, he is a member of the. Presbyterian church. He is a mail who is well liked by all, and his friends in the county are many.