William H. Warren, sons John T., Absalom, Robert Napoleon Warren

In 1870 Worth County, Missouri, William 61 and Mary E. 45, have William 24, John 22, Samuel and Amos both 17, Charles 15, Joseph 14, Aelrander 10, Absalom 6, Mary A. 19 Lucy 8, and Ellie 4.

In 1880 Worth County Wm. H. Waren 67 has only Alexander 21 and Ellie 15.

DIED - At the home of his son, Joseph, near Haxtun, Colorado, Thursday, October 22nd, 1891, William H. Warren, aged 79 years, 9 months and ten days. The deceased was born in Woodford County, Kentucky, January 1st, 1812. He moved from there to Clay County, Missouri when 18 years old. While residing in Clay County he was united in matrimony to Miss Mary E. Shadwick and to them were born sixteen children, thirteen of whom are now living: Sarah, wife of P. Harvey in Dawson County, Nebraska; William, Worth County, Missouri; Samuel, R.N. and Joseph, Phillips County, Colorado; Martha, Clay County, Nebraska; Mary, Worth County, Missouri; Amos, Clinton County, Missouri; Alex, Dawson County, Nebraska; Absalom, Clinton County, Missouri; Ella, wife of George Freemire, Worth County, Missouri; and Lucy, wife of Riley Sergent, Custer County, Nebraska. The deceased resided in Clay County, Missouri till 1863 when he removed to Worth County, Missouri, where he lived till a few weeks ago, when he came to this county to make his home with his sons. He had been a faithful and consistent member of the Christian church for fifty years and died as he had lived, a firm believer in the religion which he professed. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from hence forth." "Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." The remains were laid away to rest in the Haxtun cemetery. 

Warren Absalom married Nettie R. Bray May 28, 1889, recorded in Phillips County.

Absalom cash-claimed  a quarter in 33, 8N 48W in 1890. 

FindaGrave # 94861969 has Absolom Warren, born Aug 3, 1863, dying March 14, 1947 buried in Green Hill cemetery, Atchison County, Missouri, sharing a stone with Nettie Roxena (Bray) Warren.

The Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, April 6, 1932


Had Been Continuous Resident of the Haxtun Community Since 1886 and Before Present Division of Counties Was Made

The death of John F. Warren marked the passing of one of the earliest settlers in the Haxtun country, if not the earliest. Mr. Warren came to Haxtun in the year 1886 and in later years of his life it was his boast that he made the first wagon track in this section. His homestead was a couple of miles southwest of Haxtun and for many years was one of the landmarks in this part of the country.

At that time there was no railroad here and Greeley was the county seat. Weld County at that time comprised practically all of Northeastern Colorado. Old Julesburg was the nearest trading post and post office.

In an interview with the Harvest some time ago Mr. Warren stated that there were quite a number of buffalo in this section when he first came and that large herds of antelope were very common.

In 1894 when the drought killed all his crops and took a heavy toll of livestock, Mr. Warren was given a leave of absence from his homestead by the government and went into the Greeley district to work as a farm hand and get enough money to tide himself and his brother, Sam, through a period of distress that was almost unbearable for the early settlers in this region.

When crops were short and the problem of supplying the family table was a serious one he and his brother would hunt antelope and share the meat with their neighbors.

”Uncle Johnny” had been in poor health for a year or more and his condition became serious a month or so ago.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Methodist church in Haxtun and the remains were interred in the Haxtun Cemetery. The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. A.M. Carpenter, who read the following obituary.

John F. Warren was born in Clay County, Missouri, October 19, 1847 and departed this life at Haxtun, Colorado, April 1, 1932, at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 24 days.

He grew to young manhood in Clay County and moved with his family to Worth County, Missouri in 1863. That was then an unsettled country.

Being of a pioneering disposition he came to Colorado in the early days and settled in the Haxtun country, where he made his home continuously from 1886 until the time of his death.

As there was no town or railroad here at that time he was compelled to go to Old Julesburg for his mail and supplies. He endured all the hardships of the early pioneers and helped to make this country what it is today.

He was united in marriage with Mrs. Jane English on May 10, 1902, who preceded him in death October 13, 1918. To this union one daughter, Esther Violet, was born.

He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter, Mrs. Esther Violet Simons and one grandson, besides four brothers and three sisters. The brothers and sister are: R.N. Warren, Haxtun; Joe Warren, Pine Dale, Wyoming; W.H. Warren, Grant City, Missouri; Absalom Warren, Rockport, Missouri; Mrs. Ella Freemyer, Haxtun, Colorado; Mrs. Lucy Sargent, Walworth, Nebraska; Mrs. Mary Wood, Isadova, Missouri and other relatives and friends. “Uncle Johnny,” as he was called, will long be remembered as a familiar figure in Phillips County.

John F. proved up a quarter in 19,  8N 47W in 1899 - Phillips County

Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, March 26, 1941

Pioneer Hurt In Fall Two Weeks Previous

Death came to one of Haxtun's oldest pioneers last Saturday when R.N. "Dick" Warren passed away at a hospital as the result of injuries received in a fall. Mr. Warren, who was 86 years of age, had lived here nearly 55 years.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Haxtun Methodist church, with Rev. R.W. Drummond officiating. Burial was in the Haxtun cemetery. Services were conducted by the I.O.O.F. lodge, of which Mr. Warren was a member.

Robert Napoleon Warren was born near Liberty, in Clay County, Missouri, December 1, 1854. He was the member of a family of 13 children. He departed this life March 22, 1941 at the age of 86 years, three months and 21 days. When eight years of age, he moved with his family to Worth County, near Grant City, Missouri. There he grew to manhood.

Being of pioneer spirit, Mr. Warren came west in the early days, arriving at Haxtun in May, 1886. Three brothers, John, Sam and Joe Warren had preceded him to this territory. R.N. Warren filed on a homestead on the Frenchman Creek near Haxtun in 1887, and lived there continuously until a few months ago.

Like other pioneers of that day, Mr. Warren encountered many hardships when he first settled here, before the town was built and before the railroad came through. He possessed a wealth of interesting experiences as one of the fearless men who helped build the west and blaze new trails for others to follow.

On October 11, 1891 Mr. Warren was married to Emma Alice Baldwin, who survives him. Seven children were born to them, two daughters, Mrs. Cassie Wood and Alice Warren preceded their father in death. Surviving children are Robert F. Warren of Denver, Mary E. Watson of Haxtun; Gladys E. Watson of Phoenix, Arizona; William A. and Virgil I. Warren of Haxtun. He also leaves 19 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Joe Warren of Pinedale, Wyoming and Absalom Warren of Rockport, Missouri, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Freemyer of Denver.

Mr. Warren had been in poor health for the past 15 years. He was seriously injured March 17 when he fell on the basement steps at his home, and failed to recover. Mr. Warren will be missed by his family and a host of friends in the community.

Robert N proved up a quarter in 29 and 32, 8N 47W in 1895.

Samuel T. Warren proved up a quarter in 9, 7N 44W in 1890, (possibly this one isn't a son of William)  and Samuel Warren one in 31 and 32, 8N 47W in 1896. 

Charles Freemyer

Worth County Missouri

Ellie had married George W. Freemyer in Missouri, and they're in Phillips County in 1900, George W. 39, Ellee 35, with Charles G. 6, William B. 5, and Mary M. 1. 

George proved up a quarter in 12, 8N 48W in 1906.

George's mother  America Freemyer is with them in 1910 and 1920, and she filed for homestead in 12, 9N 45W - that's north of Holyoke - in 1908.


George FREEMYER, longtime Phillips county resident hanged himself at his home near Haxtun Tuesday morning. Despondency over financial troubles was the cause for his rash act.

Mr. Freemyer had made arrangements Monday with a Haxtun bank to carry him over until after harvest in his farming operations. He had been a prosperous farmer until the time of depression, and was financially comfortable until 1920. He was hit hard by the stringent times, and remarked to his wife Monday night, after he returned from Haxtun, that his debts were getting the best of him. Little was thought of the remark at the time, however.

Early Tuesday morning, while the boys were doing the chores, he went out to an out house, and secured a small piece of rope. There he tied the rope around a rafter, put the noose around his neck, and stepped off a ledge.

He was discovered hanging but a few minutes later, but he was dead when found.

Mr. Freemyer was a man of about 60 years of age. He had always been of a happy disposition, and his many friends were greatly shocked to hear of his tragic death. He was well known all over Phillips county.

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, 18 Mar 1926 

In 1940 Haxtun are Ella Freemyer, 75 and divorced daughter Goldye N., 33, a seamstress.

July 1940 "Goldie Adamson and Walter Davis were married in Sidney, Neb.":

"grandmother Francis America Freemyer..Bill Jones
my mother died in a house fire in Nov 1967 and dad remarried "

Thomas J. Freemyer, age 47, died at his home in Ash, N.C. Sept. 18, 2009 after suffering from a long illness.
Tommy was born Feb. 16, 1962 in Haxtun, Colo., to Loretta Hampton Freemyer, and Gerald D. Freemyer.
He moved with them to Dallas in 1968. After graduating from Bryan Adams high school, he joined the Army, and went on to be in the 82nd Ranger Airborne out of Ft. Bragg, N.C. He also was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and was in Germany during the Gulf War. He went on to make a career of the service reaching the rank of sergeant, but received a medical discharge after being injured while paratrooping when the wind caught his parachute, dragging him and pulling his shoulders out of the sockets and hurting his knees.
He leaves to mourn his mother, Loretta Freemyer Jennings; stepfather, Morris Jennings; brothers, Gary Freemyer and Steven Freemyer; sister, Debra Gomez; his caretaker, Mike Baines; step brothers, Russell Jennings and Scott Jennings; step sister, Marla Williams; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Among survivors are an aunt, Bernita Greeley of Imperial, and uncle, Bill Hampton of Mesquite, Texas.
Preceding him in death were his father, Gerald Freemyer; older brother, Bobbie Freemyer; and infant niece, Angela Freemyer.
Services will be held in Ash, N.C. at a later date.