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FREEMAN BLAKESLEE, P.O. Bloomfield, was born in 1818 in this township; son of Elkanah Blakeslee, who came from Genesee County, N.Y., about 1817, having previously been married to Cynthia Edfton, of Vermont. Here he took up 400 acres of land, which he cleared and developed into a farm. After rearing a family of four boys and two girls he died in 1874, his wife having preceded him in 1811. Our subject was united in marriage March, 1857, with Mary Ann Woodward, a native of Chester County, Penn., and purchased the farm they now occupy, comprising 200 acres of well-improved land. By this union were born the following named children: Mrs. Cynthia Jane Emerson, Eveline, Elmira and Mary E. (deceased). Mr. Blakeslee is liberal in his political views, supporting the men and measures which he believes secure the best interests of the people. He is a friend of the cause of education. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.