John Freke and his wife Mary (Clarke) Freke and their daughter Mary, of Boston, Massachusetts.
John FREKE / FREAKE, Esquire , born 1631, baptized 3 Jul 1631, Hinton, St. Mary, Dorsetshire, England, son of Thomas & Mary (DODINGTON) FREKE of Hinton, Dorset, England (See Chapter 5). John died 4 May 1675, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, from explosion on a ship. Burial in the Freke Family Tomb, Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
John married Elizabeth CLARKE 28 May 1661, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. She was born 22 May 1642, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, daughter of Major Thomas and Mary CLARKE, a wealthy merchant and mill owner, as well as a leader in public affairs in Massachusetts. Elizabeth died 3 Feb 1713, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Burial in the Freke Family Tomb, Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth’s father was a selectman in Boston and a representative to the General Court of the colony. He also held a place of authority as a active member in the Artillery Company of Massachusetts. In Major Thomas’ will (He died 1682/83), he left one thousand pounds to Elizabeth’s eldest son upon his reaching age twenty-one.
After the death of John, Elizabeth married 2nd to Colonel Elisha HUTCHINSON 12 Sep 1677, Dorchester, Massachusetts.. He was a merchant and part owner of the salt works in Boston. He was a public official and military officer. He led an expedition against the Indians in 1691/92 and was chosen commander of the fortification in Boston Harbor in 1702. Elisha was buried in the Freke Family Tomb, Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, with his wife and her 1st husband. There is a portrait of him at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She had three Hutchinson children. She was known as a Pious woman.
John lived in Boston’s North End.
In 1658, John FREAKE arrived in Massachusetts, where he was an attorney and a merchant in Boston, Massachusetts. According to "A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New-England" by John FARMER, page 112, John FREAKE arrived at Boston, Massachusetts in 1665. (Note: It is my belief that he had come to Boston and then returned to England on business and then arrived back in Boston in 1665.)
In 1666 he was a petitioner to uphold the King's unpopular commissioners in Boston. By doing this, he was in a direct challenge to the authority of the Puritan government of the colony.
From 1671-72, John FREAKE was Constable. (Town Officials of Colonial Boston, 1634-1775, by Seybolt) He was also a juryman.
John and his very good friend, Captain Samuel SCARLETT, jointly purchased waterfront property at the “Sea or Harbor of Boston.” including “the Ware-Houses Edifices, buildings shops Sellers, rent and Rents” belonging to it.
In 1671/72 John and Captain Scarlett were granted permission to maintain a wharf in front of their property for twenty years, and they were to be compensated by the city five shillings per year for maintaining the causeway. Their joint business holdings eventually included a dock, wharf, warehouses, dwelling houses and a barge.
John signed a petition in 1673 to have letters of reprisal issued after seven armed merchant ships were lost during the third Anglo-Dutch War (1672-1674). The General Court denied their request because of his and other merchants’ opposition to local authority in 1666. One of John's shallop (barcque) "Philip", which was co-owned with Samuel SHRIMPTON, was captured by pirates in 1674, Captain John RHOADE by name and two Dutchmen. He did get “the barcque Philip” back.
The 4th of May, 1675, John and Captain Samuel SCARLETT, went aboard one of his ships, which had just arrived from Virginia. While they were in the cabin an explosion occurred on the deck, killing John instantly, and Captain Scarlett the following day. Here is a record of the accident as written in the diary of Samuel SEWALL (1652-1730): “Tuesday, May 4 Cpt Scarlet, Mr. Smith, Mr. Freak killed by ablow of powder on Ship board. Mr. Freak killed outright.” As recorded by Rev. Simon BRADSTREET: “Mr. Freak and Capt. Scarlett of Boston were killed by ye blowing up of ye deck of a ship by ye Carelessness of some aboard. There were diverse others that wr very dangerously wounded and some of yem after dyed.” Captain SCARLETT lived long enough to write a will, in which he named John FREAKE, Jr. as a beneficiary.
There is a painting of John and one of his wife Elizabeth, with their youngest daughter, Mary, in the Art Museum in Worchester, Massachusetts. John had dark brown hair and eyes and fair skin with good color.
John's last name was spelled FREAK FREAKE and FRECKE and FREAKES on public records.
On 3 Feb 1713, From Samuel SEWALL’s diary: “Febr. 3 Madam Elisa. HUTCHISON dies about 9. mane; Suddenly. Febr. 5th Mr. Bridge give Madam HUTCHISON a Great Character, as to her Piety and Charity, Exact Walk. Febr. 7 Madam HUTCHISON is buried; Bearer, Cooke, Sewall, Addington, Townsend; Bromfield, Belcher; came to the South burying place. Col. HUTCHISON by reason of his Sore Toe was fain to ride in the Coach. Mr. Edward HUTCHISON, and Madam WOOLCOT were the principal Mourners; Son and Daughter by FREAK, and HUTCHISON.”
(Note: You will have noticed that the name takes spelling changes. From the original you will find spellings of FREAKE, FREAKES, FREAKS, FREEKS, FREEK, FRAKE, FRAKES, etc. This change not only took place in the United States, but also in England. Sometimes the spelling change would take place because the one bearing the name could not write and so the person recording the name would spell it like it sounded to them. You can find census records of the same person spelled several different ways. Even recorded as FRANKS at times. I myself have had my name recorded as FRANKS many times and would have to have it corrected.)
Children of John and Elizabeth (CLARKE) FREAKE, Esquire:
1. Mary FREAKE, born 25 Mar 1662, Boston, Massachusetts, America.
Mary died young.
2. Elizabeth FREAKE, born 13 Jun 1663, Boston, Massachusetts.
3. Clark FREAKE, born 11 Oct 1666, Boston, Massachusetts, America.
Clark died young.
4. John FREAKE, Jr., born 8 Jan 1668, Boston, Massachusetts, America.
(See #4 following)
5. Jane FREAKE, born 26 Oct 1669, Boston, Massachusetts, America.
6. Methitable FREAKE, born 29 Nov 1672, Boston, Massachusetts, America. (Twin of Thomas)
Methitable died young.
7. Thomas FREAKE, born. 29 Nov 1672, Boston, Massachusetts, America. (Twin of Methitable)
Thomas died young.
8. Mary FREAKE, born 6 May 1674, Boston, Massachusetts, America.
(See #8 following)
Children of Elisha and Elizabeth (CLARKE)(FREKE) HUTCHISON:
9. Edward HUTCHISON, born 18 Jun 1678, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Edward died 14 Mar 1752, Boston.
(Note: This is President Franklin Delano ROOSEVELT's line.)
10. Mehetable / Methitable HUTCHISON, born 6 Feb 1679, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Died young.
11. Elisha HUTCHINSON, born 16 May 1681, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Died young.
12. Clarke HUTCHISON, born 3 Jul 1683, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Died young.
13. Samuel HUTCHISON, born 25 Oct 1685, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Died young.
John Freke, Jr.
Boston, Massachusetts, New England
New York State
John FREKE/FREAKE, Jr. , born 8 Jan 1668, Boston, Massachusetts, America, son of John and Elizabeth (CLARKE) FREKE. His death date is unknown, other than he died after his mother‘s death, which was in 1713. All of his brothers had already died.
Little is known of John's wife, only that she was Dutch.
John was in the will of his father's best friend, Captain Samuel SCARLETT. The will is as follows:
"Capt. Scarlett, the husband of Mary Ellis Scarlett, was killed at Sea by the "blowing up of the great cabin, :May 4, 1684." His will gives property consisting of a farm at Mystic, Massachusetts, lands at the Merrimac, Massachusetts, an estate in New York, and a dwelling, warehouses, shops, bakehouse, wharves, barge, lighters, etc., all in Boston, Massachusetts, to his wife Mary while she lives and afterwards it was to be divided between Freegrace Bendall, Hopefor Bendall, Mary Scarlett, Tamaszin Scarlett, Betty Scarlett, Jane Scarlett, his brother John Scarlett, Love Prout and John Freke, Jr.; his wife and brother John Scarlett to be executors. Donations to Harvard College and the society for "decayed" seaman were added; also legcies to the Second Church in Boston, and the poor of his native town of Kerzey in Suffolk County, England.”
John received his inheritance of the estate in New York, which started the Frakes migration west from Boston, Massachusetts.
Son of John FREAKE, Jr.:
4-1. Philip Edward FREAKE/FRAKE, born circa 1690, New York. His name Philip was for the ship that was owned by his grandfather. His name Edward was for his father's 1/2 brother, Edward HUTCHINSON.
Philip married a Dutch woman, her name unknown. They were Quaker by religion. Philip moved to Pennsylvania.
Sons of Philip Edward FRAKE:
4-1-1. John FRAKE , born born circa 1725, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (later becoming Bedford County, Pennsylvania and eventually Huntington County, Pennsylvania).
John married Catron ___?___ .
(See Chapter 11 in the files section of the Frakes-Frake-Freke Yahoo Group.)
4-1-2. Nathan FRAKE, Sr., born circa 1727, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (later becoming Bedford County, Pennsylvania and eventually Huntington County, Pennsylvania).
(See Chapter 22 in the files section of the Frakes-Frake-Freke Yahoo Group.)
4-1-3. Phoebe FRAKE, , born circa 1730, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (later becoming Bedford County, Pennsylvania and eventually Huntington County, Pennsylvania).
4-1-4. Henry FRAKE, Sr., born circa 1735, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (later becoming Bedford County, Pennsylvania and eventually Huntington County, Pennsylvania).
(See Chapter 27 in the files section of the Frakes-Frake-Freke Yahoo Group.)
4-1-5. Robert FRAKE, born circa 1736, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (later becoming Bedford County, Pennsylvania and eventually Huntington County, Pennsylvania).
Robert married Mary DAWSON.
(See Chapter 75 in the files section of the Frakes-Frake-Freke Yahoo Group.)
Mary FREKE/FREAKE , born 6 May 1674, Boston, Massachusetts, America. She died 1752.
Mary married Josiah/Josias WALCOTT 6 May 1694.
He was born on 21 July 1658 at Windsor, Connecticut, son of Henry, Esq. and Sarah (NEWBERRY) WOLCOTT. He died Wednesday, 9 February 1729 at Salem, Massachusetts, age 70 years, 6 months and 18 days. Josiah's 1st wife was Penelope CURWIN.
Josiah was a merchant and selectman in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a representative to the General Court of Massachusetts. He was a judge of the inferior court.
They had nine children. Mary outlived them all.
In 1690, Mary was given two tracts of land of two thousand acres each in central Massachusetts by her cousin Thomas FREKE (See Chapter 6, #1 of the Freke-Frake-Frakes Genealogy) of Hannington, Wiltshire, England. Mary’s grandson, Josiah WOLCOTT (1733-1796) settled on the land and inherited the bulk of Mary’s estate. He also had the portraits of John FREAKE and Mary (CLARKE) FREAKE, which are now in a museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Children of Josiah and Mary (FREKE) WALCOTT:
8-1. Freke WALCOTT, born 26 Mar 1696 and died 7 Jul 1696.
8-2. Thomas WALCOTT, born 23 Jun 1697 and died 13 Sep 1697.
8-3. Mehitable WALCOTT, born 3 Aug 1698 and died 6 Jul 1721.
8-4. Josiah WALCOTT, born 11 Jul 1700 and died 31 Jul 1700.
8-5. John WALCOTT, born 12 Sep 1702.
8-6. Elizabeth WALCOTT, born 1 Apr 1705 and died 24 Jan 1716.
8-7. Mary WALCOTT, born 13 Jul 1706 and died 29 Jul 1706.
8-8. Sarah WALCOTT, born 29 Nov 1708 and died 2 Sep 1720.
8-9. Freke WALCOTT, born Oct 1712. She died 17 Jan 1746.
Freke married Edward KITCHEN, Esq. He was born 1700.