Wesley Newell Freeman
Marshal of Americus Georgia 1870-1872
Retirement Correspondence with the City


Captain Wesley Newell Freeman ~ born 1832 - died 1891
Commander 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment Company "C" ~ 1861-1865
Marshal of Americus Georgia ~ 1870-1872
Founder of Masonic Lodge No. 13 - Americus, Georgia
Founding father and first Postmaster of Bluff Dale TX ~ 1877-1886
Founder of the Masonic Poluxey Lodge No. 393 - Hood County, Texas
Opened first General Store in Bluff Dale w/ S.G. Carter
Helped start the First Methodist Church of Bluff Dale.
Helped bring the railroad through Bluff Dale and Granbury.

.Cane Standing Upright.Gold Crowned Cane Head

Above: The walking cane awarded to Wesley on retirement. The black cane has a gold crown with a pattern of ornamental roses and rope designs ingraved in it.

Cane in Museum Case with Correspondence and Picture

Above: The cane in its' museum case, this framed newspaper correspondence and and Wesley's framed Civil War photo.

Above: On the worn crown end is inscribed:
"Capt. W.N. Freeman"
"from the Americus"
"City Police"
"1872"

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The Freeman's were also presented with an engraved sterling silver serving tray, pitcher, and gobblet set. A picture of those are below.

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The cane is in posession of Olin Knight Freeman's descendants. The silver serving is in possession of Pearl Freeman Graham descendants.

Above: Silver Gobblets, Pitcher, and Tray, awarded to Wesley and his wife from the citizens of Americus, GA. The gobblets and pitcher have "WNF" engraved on them.


Above: Silver Tray. The tray has engraved on it: "W. N. Freeman from the citizens of Americus, GA, Dec. 4th, 1872."

The Sumpter Republican - Correspondence
AMERICUS, GA., Dec. 4, 1872.

Capt. W. N. Freeman, late Marshal of the City of Americus:

DEAR SIR -- On the eve of your departure from our midst to cast your lot among strangers in the far West, we tender to you in the name of a large number of our citizens, the accompanying present as an expression of our esteem and as a testimonial to the honorable and efficient discharge of your official duties. Though the duration of your sojourn with us numbers but a few years, you have won an abiding place in the hearts of our people. You will not, we trust, impute to us any desire to flatter when we assure you that the uniform courtesy, benevolence and uprightness of "your walk and conversation," together with the dignity and unswerving faithfulness with which you have borne and executed the responsible trust submitted to you by our Municipal Authorities, convince us that we are losing a useful citizen, to be which is the highest dignity and privilege of a man; and that your departure will leave in our community a remembrance and regret that shall follow wherever you go.

Accept then, Dear Sir, this beautiful testimonial. Let it be prized by you, not for its intrinsic worth, but for the sentiments that by it we would express. May its brightness typify your fortune; May its beauty forecast a day-dream that you may realize and, may its purity be an acceptable guarantee of the sincerity of our offering; and wherever you may plant your roof-tree and consecrate your fireside, may the smiles and continence of Heaven rest upon you and yours, and prosperity attend you in all of your ways; and among the household gods that you shall there enshrine may a happy assurance of the sincere regard and kindly remembrance of the good people of Americus be not among the least.

N. A. SMITH }
......................} Committee
G. S. FOSTER }

From Captain Wesley Newell Freeman:

Mssgr. G. S. Foster and N. A. Smith:

GENTLEMEN -- In attempting a response I do not feel that I shall be able to do myself justice.

The manifestation of esteem and friendship on the part of the citizens of our city is to me certainly most gratifying, and to say that I feel highly honored and fully appreciate the motives which prompt this action of theirs, gives but a feeble expression my feelings. Indeed, Gentlemen, I have not command of language sufficient to express them, and the more especially do I feel this when I am reminded that this is the first and only instance in the history of our city where a manifestation of character has been tended a retiring Marshal.

Coming but a few years since into your community as an entire stranger, called by a most worthy Mayor and honorable Council to a position of trust and high responsibility, and I may add of honor, if properly filled – I could but feel honored above my merits by that voluntary exhibition of confidence – and that too at a time when our city was noted for the disorder that reigned unchecked within her borders. If such were my feelings then with regard to that, what must they be at this time at the spontaneous renewal – after an interim of two years – of that confidence not by a few partial friends but community at large. I will make no effort to express them. The heart is too full.

I can but feel that there has been too much praise given to my individual efforts in preserving order and quietude in our city. Yet, sirs, while acknowledging a due proportion to myself, I would not detract from the others my just meed. To you, and the good citizens generally, am I indebted, for your hearty concurrence – for cooperation and counsels in my official career – and to the police force who have ably and efficiently discharged their several duties, am I equally indebted, and to your future kindness and consideration would I especially commend them.

For the beautiful service you have seen proper to present me with, as a testimonial of your regard, permit me to thank you, and through you those citizens who have contributed to the same – and also to return my heartfelt thanks for the warm words of cheer which have been given utterance to.

Their Gift, which I now prize above value, I shall soon bear with me to my distant home, and not this alone do I carry with me, for I feel that I take with me that which is of more value, viz: your confidence and esteem. Be assured, sirs, that this token of esteem will ever be highly prized, and the expressions of confidence will ever be retained in memory’s book, mellowing with age and pointed to with exultant pride.

Again thanking you and those associated with you, for high consideration so warmly manifested, I can only add that if any of you should ever visit the "empire of the West," in the language of the great pioneer – "You will find the latch string of the Freeman’s cabin on the outside."

{signed} W. N. FREEMAN

Obituary: Column 3, Page 3, Vol XIX of the Stephenville Empire, Thursday, Jan. 28, 1891, Stephenville, Erath County, Texas:

Capt. W. N. Freeman, a prominent citizen of Bluff Dale, died suddenly of fatty degeration of the heart at home last Monday. He was a well-to-do merchant and farmer, was highly esteemed by all his neighbors and was a devoted husband. He leaves one child and a wife - formerly Miss Julia Gordon, daughter of Messers Lous, Joe, and Fayette Gordon and Mrs. Dr. Holt of Bluff Dale. Capt. Frey who was once in business with him pays a high tribute to the unswerving integrity of Capt. Freeman. The EMPIRE joins his many friends in extending sincerest condolence to the bereaved.

Obituary: Column 2, Page 3, Vol XVIII of the Granbury Graphic, Saturday, Jan. 31, 1891, Granbury, Hood County, Texas:

Capt. W. M. Freeman died at his home near Bluff Dale, on Monday last, from the rupture of a blood vessel, caused by violent coughing. He was buried at Rock Church, with Masonic Honors. Capt. Freeman was a prominent citizen, and his death is much deplored by his many friends.

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[Short Biography] W.N. Freeman

[Cemetery Photos] at Rock Church Cemetery
Granbury, Hood County, Texas and
Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Bluff Dale, Texas

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