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The collection of maps we have are of varied sources. Be patient while viewing the very old maps. They are better than having nothing to show for those time periods. I have drawn some very good close-up maps to give you details for close-up viewing of our specific subject, the general area of the two cemeteries in Freeport Township. Then we go to Google Earth for a spread of Freeport Township, Ohio.
This research document is a chapter extracted from its parent book, "The Descendants of Godfrey Augustus Speck and Sarah Townsend." After working through the first eight chapters of the parent book, I thought I should make special mention of the burial place of my fourth great grandparents, since there were some unusual facts surrounding the cemetery.
Added to that were questions that seemed only to be answered with, "It is thought that..." "Historians have said..." "No one has found a list..." As I did my research for the main book, I began to save small bits of information about the cemetery. When it was time to make the mention of the burial place, I pulled out my notes thinking a small paragraph ought to cover it. This is not a story of my fourth-great grandparents; it is a research documentary of Freeport Township, Ohio, including land owners where the two cemeteries existed. The intent of this documentary is to solve questions concerning the two Quaker cemeteries there.
An avid researcher cannot ever be satisfied to touch anything without looking into it. As I worked through the notes I began to 'meet' people I had already met (in earlier research) on the east coast in state and county histories, or men who had fought in the Revolutionary War in America who were awarded land out in Ohio for payment of their time in military service, or people who were members of the Society of Friends when I was looking for my fourth great grandmother's parents. I found owners of the land which was the site of the cemetery which caused me to need the help of others who, perhaps, had already walked down these roads.
The Internet is a wonder! I thought I was all alone in my search, but by word of mouth, message boards, genealogy sites, regular surface mail and e-mail I gradually accumulated correspondence with thirty-four cousins who were researching their own lines of this same family as I was doing. We have been able to reconstruct the first three generations of the first immigrant almost totally, and a good start on the fourth generation.
This document presents real information and records from many sources, for the purpose of recognizing and outlining a specific series of events at a certain point in time. The collected information and the author's narrative have not before been widely published together in the same document. Further, this document presents a portion of a community's people, some of their land and tax records, maps and photos, and old history to reveal unknown facts and to solve some perceived problems of old research.
The author is careful to use the word "perceived" because what is already known really makes sense, but upon examination, the questions begin. As it turned out, being able to use old and new procedures for searching old history and documents has provided a large benefit for the descendants of those in the old history, as well as current researchers and members of the communities named. We owe a debt of gratitude to these early pioneers who prepared the way before us.
This is a dissertation for the genealogical descendants and community residents whose lives have intertwined through history. The story is not over. Many facts are still hidden, but can be left for another family or another researcher to pick up where this story ends.