So Far, Best Ancestor Name- Freelove Frisbee

My 4x Great Grandmother, Freelove Frisbee was born 16 April 1782 in Caanan, NY. This is the date given in the book, The Frisbee-Frisbie genealogy; Edward Frisbye of Branford. I have not found any original evidence of her birth so I don’t know the accuracy of this date. She was born to Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder her father was a farmer and judge. They moved to Delhi, NY and the home she grew up in is a museum now. Her mom died in 1804 and of all things, her dad remarried a woman name Freelove.

She married Jabez Bostwick 4 October 1801 in Delhi, again only reference is the book. They had 4 children: Marcus 1802-1880, Adeline 1807-1849, Eliza 1818-1904, and Jabez 1821-1860. They had a farm in Hamden, NY, and her husband was active in the community among them was a judge and a state representative. He would have to spend time in Albany which would then leave Freelove to manage the farm. In 1849 her daughter Adeline died and 2 of her 7 orphaned children came to live with Freelove. The others lived with other family. Her husband was a member of the Temperance Society the County Bible Society, was a superintendent for the housing for the poor and they were part of the Baptist community. Freelove was most likely active in some of these activities also.

Freelove would be enumerated on the 1790 and 1800 US censuses with her father Gideon Frisbee and on the 1810. 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses with her husband Jabez Bostwick. The 1850 US census with Jabez and 2 grandchildren and the 1855 NY census with Jabez and 1 grandchild. The NY census verifies that Freelove was born in Columbia County in which the town Canaan is located.

1855 NY census

Freelove was also in the 1860 US census but with her son Marcus and his family as her husband Jabez died in 1856. I haven’t been able to find her in the 1865 NY census and I have looked at her 2 children that were still living, her grandchildren, Frisbees living in the area, and have scoured the census in Delaware county.

Freelove Frisbee Bostwick died 6 April 1867 in Hamden, NY. There was a little notice in the paper when she died.

Delaware Gazette, April 10, 1867

She is buried in the Bostwick cemetery in Hamden and I was able to visit the grave. Unfortunately it is a state of disrepair, the stone is broken in several pieces but most of the engraving is still readable.

FREELOVE
consort of
Jabez Bostwick
Died
April 6, 1867
Aged 84yrs 11 m 12 d

Freelove Bostwick grave, personal photo

I just became a member of the Frisbee Family Association and I found there was another family historian with a more recently published genealogy book. Perhaps this has more references and there is one volume dedicated to the women born into the family.

The name Freelove easily gets the most double takes with friends and family. It has a totally different meaning now but there were a lot of females named this before and during the time she was alive. It is thought to be a Puritan name and there is a reference to it in a letter from John Cook to his young daughter Freelove. He was in a cell and was about to be executed for treason in 1660. An excerpt of the letter describing the name:

My Dear Sweet Child,
Let thy name, Freelove, put thee in mind of the free love of
God in giving thee to me and thy dear mother, and know that
thou art the child of one whom God counted worthy to suffer
for his sake……

 

References

The Frisbee-Frisbie genealogy; Edward Frisbye of Branford, … Frisbee, Edward S. (Edward Selah), 1837-1920.

United States Census, 1790,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHKG-RWM : accessed 12 March 2017), Gideon Frisby, Harpersfield, Montgomery, New York, United States; citing p. 108, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 6; FHL microfilm 568,146.

United States Census, 1800,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHRZ-7P2 : accessed 12 March 2017), Gideon Frisbie, Delhi, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 1324, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 22; FHL microfilm 193,710.

United States Census, 1810,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH23-WSG : accessed 12 March 2017), Jabez Bostwick, Delhi, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 423, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 26; FHL microfilm 181,380.

United States Census, 1820,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHL8-8GT : accessed 12 March 2017), Jabez Bostwick, Delhi, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 52, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 65; FHL microfilm 193,720.

United States Census, 1830,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5Q-QVZ : 18 August 2015), Jabez Bostwick, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; citing 92, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 89; FHL microfilm 17,149.

United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHTQ-PF1 : 24 August 2015), Jabez Bostwick, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; citing p. 298, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 274; FHL microfilm 17,183.

United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCY3-9RW : 9 November 2014), Jabez Bostwich, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; citing family 2060, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

New York State Census, 1855,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K631-W55 : 19 November 2014), Marcus L Bostwick, Hamden, Delaware, New York, United States; count clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 832,848.

“United States Census, 1860”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC77-BFP : 30 December 2015), Marcus L Bostwick, 1860.

Delaware Gazette , Delhi, NY, April 10, 1867 Page 2.

Robertson Geoffrey The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold pub 2005.


6 thoughts on “So Far, Best Ancestor Name- Freelove Frisbee

  1. Ah, so glad you explained the meaning! I had images of your hippie ancestors living in a commune, playing Frisbee! Is there a connection between the Frisbee surname and the toy?

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    1. Yes. There was a William Frisbie (note spelling) who had a pie company started in 1871 in Connecticut and the children would take the pie tins and throw them. It spread to the Yale campus where the students there called it Frisbie-ing. After WWII a pilot who is a non related person developed a flying disc and sold the rights to wham-o who had to change the spelling to frisbee in 1957. The pie tins still sell to collectors. The Frisby/bie/bee family spell the name 3 different ways.

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