Joseph Perry Free

Born: Dec 01, 1848
Loc: South Shenango, Crawford Co. PA
Died: Feb 10, 1903
Loc: Isle Harbor, Mille Lacs Co. MN
Bur: Canby Cemetery, Yellow Medicine, MN
Father: Richard Free
Mother: Nancy Ann McKay
Married: Aug 28, 1873 at Woodland, Wabasha Co. MN
Spouse: Eva Anna Christian
Children:  Carl C. /Jay Lee /Dora/Maude /Elmer /Eva C. /Anna Claire /Anges Mary

1850 Census: South Shenango Twp. Crawford Co. PA
1860 Census: South Shenango Twp. Crawford Co. PA
1870 Census: West Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co. WI

Joseph Perry Free applied for a Homestead Patent on April 30, 1878. (Section 24, Town 116, Range 45). This was in Freeland township, Lac qui Parle county, Minnesota. He received his final patent on October16, 1884. He built a frame house 16 x 20; a frame stable 14 x 16; and a frame granary 14 x 16. He had 95 acres cleared for cultivation. Joseph was also a blacksmith. Joseph and his family remained on the farm until the death of his wife in 1893. Shortly afterwards, he took his family to Virginia, near Simeon where his son Carl resided. Carl later returned the family to Minnesota.
Source: Jack Moselle