There are differing opinions on the descendants of Lt. Col. Bridges Freeman that have been passed down and continue to thrive. Perhaps DNA testing will answer the question once and for all. We know that, during his lifetime, Lt. Col. Freeman accumulated considerable amounts of land, the majority of which was along the Chickahominy River in both James City and Charles City Counties. We also know that Bridges Freeman was married to a lady by the name of Bridgett. We can be fairly confident in stating that Bridgett was not the daughter of Bridge's friend and neighbor, Francis Fowler. First of all, the early colonist, Francis Fowler was born about 1601-1602 and would have been too young to be the father of a daughter of marriageable age in 1635. Additionally, in the 150 acres of land granted to Bridges Freeman by West on Dec 1st 1635 it specifically stated "50 acres for the personal adventure of his wife Bridget Freeman." In usage, the term "personal adventure" designates those persons who paid their own way to come to the colony or performed other services such as exploration etc. were entitled to a grant of land. With the close relationship between the Fowlers and Bridges (i.e. land bequeathed to Bridges upon the death of Mrs. Frances (Antonia) Fowler) it may well be that Bridget was, in some way related to Frances or Antonia as a sister, niece or cousin. I have seen pedigree where Frances had a sister named Bridget...but have not seen documentation to support that information. Another possibility that has been brought up is that Bridges may have married the widow Bridget Lowther who leased land next to a parcel owned by Bridges Freeman in 1632. She also, may be a candidate if 1) she was of an age where she could have born children and 2) if she was eligible for head rights and they were not issued when she first arrived. We do not know her maiden name...so she may have been related to Mr. or Mrs. Fowler. Thomas J. Reed has done extensive research on the early Virginia Freeman families and he had found a record for the arrival of an 18-year-old lady named Bridget Prowes who arrived shortly after Bridges brought in his brother Bennett.... another possibility if she was entitled to head rights. As no will has been found for Bridges some assumptions must be made. In my opinion, it would be reasonable that one or more of his children would have inherited some of his vast holdings of land. Another man named Bridges Freeman was a justice in James City County in 1680. It may be that he was a son of Lt. Col. Bridges Freeman. Other men with the Freeman surname acquired land in James City County possibly through inheritance, grant or purchase after the death of the good Col. were Phillip (1661 & 1673/4), Charles (1663), George, (owned 197 acres by 1704) and George, Jr. (1713). Another entry in 1685 eludes to a Freeman "in the Piney Woods, from Chickahominy Gate along Mr. Freeman's land." Unfortunately we do not know his first name. Possible names for sons of Bridges Freeman have been put forth...but we have no evidence to verify this information. Several references to men carrying the Freeman surname surface in Elizabeth City/York and later Gloucester. Christopher Stokes received 300 acres in head rights in Elizabeth City County on July 28, 1635 for importing 6 persons, including a man identified as Mill: Freeman. Could Mill possibly have been an abbreviation for miller...a trade that was followed by many Freeman's who were originally traced to this area of Virginia? In another transaction in March 1636, John Place imported Richard Freeman. Mr. Place received lands in Elizabeth City County. Elizabeth City County is now merged with the city of Hampton. We also find the name of Henry Freeman introduced in York County in 1653 as overseer and witness to the will of Thomas Ray. In a will dated 22 November 1655 we find Robert Freeman - married to the Anne the daughter of Christopher Robin and mentioned in the will of John Robin, late of Gloucester County VA who had considerable holding in Elizabeth City County. The name of Robert Freeman appears again in the Quit Rent Rolls with 135 acres of land in Ware Parish, Gloucester County. Several unique naming patterns emerge from the Freeman families found in this area...especially with the names of Henry & Hamlin Stokes. In our DNA project we currently have two family lines who claim descent from Lt. Col. Bridges Freeman. What we have been able to determine with out a doubt is that these two lines are not related to each other. Based on current available information and documentary evidence of George & George Freeman, Jr. found in James City County in the 1700's I would offer an opinion of the likelihood that the three gentleman tying back through George Freeman have an edge on their claim of descent from Bridges Freeman. There is no doubt that the family who descended from the Elizabeth City/York/Sussex were in the proximate area during the same period of time...but with no hint of ties back to James City/Charles City Counties where the major holding for Bridges Freeman are found it would seem this evidence is not quite as compelling. Our goal is to find a Freeman male...perhaps in England who has documentary evidence that he is descended from Thomas and Frances Bennett Freeman of Bensington. What we know for sure is the several Virginia family lines in our project are not related. Anyone know where the good Colonel is buried??? We could always exhume him!!