Garrettson, Freeborn, 1752-1827, American Methodist preacher, b. Maryland. At the time of his conversion to Methodism (1775), he freed his slaves and began his journeys as a preacher. In 1784 he traveled through the South, summoning preachers to the conference at which the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States was organized (see Methodism) and at which he was ordained. He organized congregations in Nova Scotia, New York, and New England. At the request of John Wesley, he wrote The Experience and Travels of Mr. Freeborn Garrettson (1791). His zeal and travels helped greatly in the spread of Methodism in the United States.
Freeborn is a city in Freeborn County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 305 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 305 people (The population grows to 450 persons every summer thanks to the Jewish Chabad summer Yeshiva there named YKM), 131 households, and 88 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,706.2 people per square mile (654.2/km²). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 760.8/sq mi (291.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.02% White, 0.33% Native American, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

There were 131 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,500, and the median income for a family was $47,031. Males had a median income of $32,321 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,149. About 2.4% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.5% of those sixty five or over.

Town Newspaper

Freeborn has a small town newspaper called the Freeborn Frisbee. The paper contains stories of local events, the resisdents and history of Freeborn. It is produced and edited by Bonnie Schuster and appears quarterly.


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