Town Marshal William Berry Freeman

Town Marshal William Berry Freeman

Donalsonville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 1901

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William Berry Freeman

Town Marshal William Freeman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for violating a town ordinance four months earlier.

As he attempted to make the arrest the man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Marshal Freeman in the head. He then shot and wounded another man who had accompanied Marshal Freeman.

Five years later the suspect walked into the Seminole County Jail and gave himself up. On June 2, 1906, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years. He was pardoned in 1909.

Marshal Freeman had served with the Donalsonville Police Department for approximately three months. He was survived by his son.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1909

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Marshall Freeman was my great grandfather. His son was my grandfather. His son, William A Freeman, was left alone at the age of 16–his mother died in childbirth 14 years earlier. My grandfather came to Oklahoma, married and had 6 children. My father was the third child. Grandfather was a quiet man and did not have many requirements to be happy. This article helps me understand my grandfather.

Linda Freeman Redeker
Great granddaughter

May 16, 2019

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