at the old homesttead, and his wife Sally Wingate, and several of their descendants, among them their son Nehemiah and his wife Betty. About two miles southeast of Delmar is the site of the residence of the second William Hearne, where he lived, and died, 1756. The burying ground is near the residence, where both he and his wife Elizabeth are buried, and most likely several of their children. The old homestead is now owned and occupied by Mr. Charles Wood, one of his descendants.
Mr. Freney related to me many amusing incidents connected with the earlier ones of the family. He said that his ancestor John Freney paid court to Mary Hearne, who reluctantly decided not to marry him, and he bade her bood-bye, saying then he would emigrate to Georgia,. and mounted his horse and left Mary at once reported to her mother, who told her she was foolish, that she would never do any better; and, without further ado, Mary donned her sunbonnet and shawl, took a near cut across the field, intercepted Mr. Freney as he went around the road, and climbed on the fence just as he came up, when he gallantly offered to take her up behind him, as she was going his way; his horse shied a little and did not readily come up to the fence, when Mary said to him: "Why don't you came up, you old fool, and let your mistress get on ?" whereupon Freney said: "Miss Mary. all you have to do is to say the word and you shall be the mistress," which she did, and the matter was settled.
Mr. Freney also told me that Jonathan Hearne, son of the second William, was a large and stalwart man, who had some very large cherry trees in his yard, and a neighbor named Lecate was in the habit of climbing the trees in fruit time and helping himself without asking permission; Lecate wore a stout leather belt around his body, instead of suspenders, and one day Hearne invited him down out of the tree and deliberately picked him up and hung him by the belt on a very large iron spike in the wall on the porch, with his back to the wall; then he went to the well and got a bucket of water and dashed in Lecate's face and repeated it several times, saying: "Now I suppose you will let my cherries alone."
Joseph, son of Lowder and Lavinia (Cannon) Hearne, born Feb. 18, 1788, died Sept. 2, 1848; married Nancy Calhoun, who was born May 11, 1797, died Dec. 27, 1834: Children: Priscilla
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