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: