Daniel Freeman

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Daniel Freeman was born in Preble County, Ohio back in 1826.  When he was young the family moved several times until they settled in Beatrice, Nebraska Territory.  Graduating from a medical institute (sorry I don’t have the name) he practiced medicine in Ottawa, Illinois.

He served in the 17th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.

He was married twice, once to Elizabeth in 1861, it is not known if Elizabeth died or they were divorced.  In any respect, he married Agnes in 1865, his proposal to her was sent via the mail.  He worked as a physician, county corner and county sheriff. 

The Homestead Act went into effect on January 1st, 1863, after President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law on May or 1862.    When January 1st, 1863 Daniel had the county clerk open the office at midnight.  Daniel had two of his neighbors Joseph Graff and Samuel Kilpatrick sign the document as witnesses, making Daniel being recognized as the first person to file a claim under the act.   He died in 1908.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face. Pass it on to someone in need 

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

there is always someone to be first - and now we know the rest of the story - definitely a fun post! He was certainly the early bird to catch the worm! 

Jan 10, 2018 04:21 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James.... another piece of history.... another first to step up to the plate....

Jan 10, 2018 04:28 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A true stumper for a trivia question! Enjoy your day!

Jan 10, 2018 04:46 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Homestead has been a bedrock right for a long time and it is nice to know the first step of that journey.

Jan 10, 2018 08:18 AM #4
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for another history lesson, and information on another first step that was so important to our lives today.

Jan 10, 2018 08:50 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, it's always nice to hear about the first person to do something, very interesting.

Jan 10, 2018 09:07 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I would just like to be the very first at something in my lifetime James Dray 

Jan 10, 2018 11:43 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. I agree with Paul and don't think it will happen for me either.

Jan 10, 2018 12:55 PM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good evening James,

He was at the right place at the right time.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 10, 2018 02:28 PM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There are always those who enjoy being first...Wishing you a great rest of the week.  A

Jan 10, 2018 03:49 PM #10
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I wonder what the fixation on doing something first is called. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 10, 2018 05:10 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow how on earth did you find this bit of history out? Loved it James, the first person to file a Homestead....amazing, Endre

Jan 10, 2018 11:10 PM #12
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