Friends of Hastings Cemetery

William and Caroline Freeman & family

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This grand polished pink obelisk was presumably meant to be a family plot as William and Caroline had several children and grandchildren but only these two are recorded there.

William was born in Udimore c. 1834 and his wife in Beckley c. 1835 (both in Sussex).  He was the licensee of first, the Warrior Gate (Kellys Directory 1867) in St Leonards, and then the Norman Hotel (now the Norman Arms in Norman Rd). The 1891Census gives his occupation as Licensed Victualler, his address as the Norman Hotel, employing 4 staff, including his son-in-law as a barman.  He has two other children, one 24 and the other 13. After his death in Februay 1892, aged 57, his estate was valued at £6359 8s 2d and his son-in-law (surname Wright) took over the hotel, buying it outright for £3000 in 1909.

In the 1901 Census his two sons are listed as living on their own

1891 Census - address - 1 Norman Road

Surname   First name(s)   Rel   Status   Sex   Age   Occupation                       Where Born

FREEMAN   William         Head   M         M     57   Licensed Victualler(Em'er)    Sussex - Udimore

FREEMAN   Caroline        Wife    M         F     56                                          Sussex - Beckley

WRIGHT   Caroline         Dau     M         F     27                                               St Leonards    

FREEMAN   John             Son     S          M    24   Licensd Victuallers Son(Em'ee)  St Leonards

FREEMAN   Albert           Son     S          M    13   Scholar                                    Hastings      

WRIGHT   James            S/law  M          M    30   Barman(Em'ee)             London - Newington

WRIGHT   William       Grnson    -          M      5                                               St Leonards   

WRIGHT   John           Grnson    -          M      4                                               St Leonards

PHILLIPS  Thomas        Servnt   S          M    19   Barman(Em'ee)               Middlesex - London

KENNARD   Samuel       Servnt   S          M    25   Potman                                     Hastings

DANN        Harriett       Servnt   -           F    14   General Domestic                     St Leonards


means.  Caroline died in September 1896, aged 63.