Lost Creek Community Grove
Shortly after Indiana became a State in 1816, Free People of Color began to migrate to it. Indiana was a State heavily populated with Indians (Native Americans), which was a hindrance to white settlers, but not to the freemen who settled in the area known as The Lost Creek Settlement, of Vigo County, Indiana.
The majority of these freemen were mixed-race descendants of one of the Southeastern Native American Tribes. Indiana began it's own Indian Removal in 1838. Many of the pioneer settlers self-identified themselves as blacks, because Indians could either be "shot on sight", or "force marched" to Oklahoma.
All of the black ancestors of these pioneers had been freemen, for at least 50 years, prior to the American Revolution of 1776. All of these pioneer settlers had been farmers and land owners in their home states, and continued that tradition in Lost Creek.
Descendants of these settlers, who have verified their Native American ancestry via DNA testing, are the families of: Allen, Anderson, Bass, Batton, Cooper, Harris, Manuel, Norton, Russell, Shepard, Tyler, and Underwood.
Community Events Calendar
Lost Creek's Native American Roots
Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
Lost Creek Settlement Families
The Lost Creek Settlement History
Details the arrival of the core families who settled in the Lost Creek Settlement
The Anderson Family
History of the Anderson Family from 1712 in Virginia to their settlement in Lost Creek
The Bass Family
The Bass family, the first mixed race family in America. Their history from the arrival of John Smith in 1607, to the arrival of Jethro Bass in Vigo County
The Underwood Settlement
The history of the combined Underwood, Russell, and Batton families who founded and settled the Underwood Settlement in southern Vigo County.
The Cooper Family
One of the first families to settle in Lost Creek.
The Russell Family
History of the descendants of George Russell, who settled in the Lost Creek Settlement.
The Roberts Family
History of the descendants of Ishmael Roberts, who settled in the Lost Creek Settlement.
The Shepard Family
History of the descendants of Thomas F. Shepard and Elizabeth Bass.
The Stewart Family
History of the Stewart Family, a mix of Scotish and African slaves, who migrated to Lost Creek.
The Walden Family
History of the Walden Family.
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