F2/3.[2][3]William Richard(?) Freemantle   =   Phyllis Pitt
                       (1827 - 1868)                              (1830 - 1898)
 
William Freemantle was the only child of Richard (2nd) Freemantle* and his first wife, Patience Freemantle nee Ford.  He was born on 10th November, 1827 in Grahamstown and his mother died when he was three months old, on 16.2.1828. (See the Baptist Church records in Grahamstown, where he was baptised).  It is understandable in these circumstances that tracing his childhood history has proved impossible and, even later, there are few recorded facts available.  His father, Richard, seems to have remained in the Grahamstown district until at least 1832, when he signed as witness to the marriage of his half-sister, Eliza* to Thomas Derbyshire* on 9.7.1832, but was in Port Elizabeth when he married his second wife, Elizabeth Anna (Hannah) Hall on 18.12.1837.  At that time William would have been ten years old.  It is not known whether William remained with his father or was taken in as a baby to someone's home. Perhaps the Ford family were able to help care for him and he may have remained with them.  Alternatively, it is possible that he was with his Uncle Samuel, who had extended this kind of assistance to his stepmother and her children, who joined him in about 1823/5 and until she remarried, when he 'adopted' her eldest son, George.  It would appear that Samuel Freemantle lived in Grahamstown until 1867 except for about three years spent at Manley Mission, assisting with the erection of buildings there.
 
It is presumed that William Freemantle's marriage took place in about 1848, at the age of twenty-one, when he married Phyllis Pitt, the daughter of John Pitt* and Sarah Pitt nee Roberts*,  possibly in Burgersdorp, because their children all seem to have been born there.
 
On 3.7.1857, William Freemantle bought a plot of land in Burgersdorp (No: 148 - for eight hundred and fifty pounds).  He was a farmer and a blacksmith and family tradition has it that he was so strong that he 'could lift an ox above his head !'  Be that as it may, he was undoubtedly a man of considerable physical strength, as that seems to have been the characteristic most remembered by those who knew him.
 
Phyllis and William had six children, as listed here.  He died on 19th.December, 1868, aged 41, in Burgersdorp