Pollard Freeman (1796-1858) was the son of Watertowns
Richard Freeman. His brother was Dolphin Freeman. Pollard
was baptized in Waterburys Episcopal church shortly
after his birth. His father died when Pollard was 19;
Samuel Nettleton became his legal guardian, while Samuel
Hickcox, cousin to Nettleton, became Dolphins guardian.
Pollard inherited a number of items from his father, including
a blue coat, a linen shirt, and a sugar bowl, as well
as a portion of the family farm, located on Echo Lake
Road in Watertown.
Pollard married Esther Stephevens on April 17, 1825. Esther
was from New York, where she was born in 1797. The 1830
census shows Pollard as the head of his household, with
two young boys and two women, presumably his wife and
his mother. Esther became a member of Watertown's Congregational
Church in 1836. In 1850, Pollard was a laborer, and his
real estate was valued at $1000. He died on December 4,
Pollard and Esther had three children: Henry, born in
1826; George, born in 1829; and Emeline, born in 1833.
George died in 1857, when he was 28.
Henry married Augusta Jackson on October 9, 1850 in nearby
Woodbury. Augusta, born in 1828, was originally from New
York. By 1860, her family had moved to Watertown. Her
mother, Julia, lived with her, while her brother William
and his family lived next door. Henry's mother and sister,
Esther and Emeline, were also neighbors. The extended
family lived in separate houses on the Freeman farm.
Emeline later married George Jackson, Augusta's brother,
and had two children: George, born in 1869, and Alice,
born in 1872. Emeline and her husband may have died in
the 1870s: in 1880 their children were living with Emeline's
Henry and Augusta had nine children. The first two, twins,
died in infancy in 1851. Their other children were George,
born 1852; Julia, born 1854; Pollard, born 1856; Robert,
born 1858; Augusta, born 1860; Frederick, born 1861; and
Lot, born in 1863.
In 1880, Henry was working as a laborer while Augusta
kept house. Their son Robert, also a laborer, still lived
at home. Pollard was a servant in the household of Merritt
Heminway. Frederick and Augusta both worked for Alfred
Scovill. Frederick was a laborer on Scovill's farm, and
Augusta was a servant.
By 1900, Henry was dead, and Augusta lived on Woodruff
Avenue, near Hillcrest Avenue, with her sons Frederick,
who worked as a coachman, and Pollard, who was a laborer.
Also living with Augusta were her daughter, Augusta, and
grandchildren Pollard Jr, Robert and Augusta. Lot worked
as a janitor for the Taft School, a prep school for boys,
and lived on Highland Avenue, near Middlebury Road.
Lot Freeman married a woman from Georgia named Fannie
(1884-1967). In the 1920s, Lot worked as a chauffeur and
Fannie was a servant at Taft. They had a son named Augustus
(1905-1995), who worked as a resident orderly at Taft
and later was employed by The Stevens Company. By the
1960s, Augustus and his mother had both moved to Waterbury.