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African-American Pioneers
Henry County, IN

These biographies have been copied from the local newspapers of the 1890s (New Castle Courier and New Castle Democrat) and other sources such as census records, family files, and public records. UEB 2000

Boston White
New Castle Courier -1891
    Boston White was born in Parquotank County, North Carolina about the year 1798, (census Records indicate 1814). He says he remembers the war of 1812 very distinctly and thinks he was about thirteen or fourteen years old at that time. He was born a slave and did not become free until about 1854 or 1855, when he was brought to Henry County, Indiana by M. M. and F. T. White, heirs of Mordicai Morris, his last master. He was married at the age of eighteen, and was the father of eight children. All were born slaves. Three of his children are now living (1891), Rebecca, Ward and Henrietta, one in Michigan, one in Indianapolis and one in Raysville. He lived with his first wife for over twenty years until her death. He was married a second time about a year after the death of his first wife. His second wife lived from ten to fifteen years, when she died and about ten years thereafter, he was married to Ruth Means of Knightstown, who is yet living (1891). He is left in his old age without means of support, except as the heirs of his last master may chose to help him. He is now entirely blind, but says his general health is good and thinks if he could see he could do some labor yet. He has a vivid memory remembrance of the habits of the old slave masters and takes pleasure in reciting incidents of the days of slavery.-Editor's note: Mr. Boston White died on 21 May 1893 and is buried in the Raysville Friends cemetery at Raysville, IN.

Phyllis Prince Lambert
New Castle Courier- 1891
    Phyllis "Phebe" Prince Lambert was born in New Jersey about 1786 and has been a resident of Henry County, Indiana for over fifty years. She was married in Pennsylvania to Charles Lambert a master carpenter by trade, who settled in Raysville, Indiana many years ago, where Mrs. Lambert still resided. She was chief cook at Fairchild's Boarding School in Pennsylvania for about six years. Her vision and hearing are remarkably good for someone of her age. She says she could do manual labor yet if not for the loss of the grip in her hands and she can go on short errands and goes fishing in Blue River with remarkable success. This writer has known the subject of the sketch since 1847 at which time she had the appearance of being advanced beyond middle life. She or her friends not having any records we do not know that the above dates are reliable.
Editor's note: Mrs. Phyllis "Phebe" Lambert was admitted to the Henry County Home on 3 May 1893 because of her frail state of health. She passed away on 8 Sep 1894 at the advanced age of 108 years. She is most likely buried in the old pauper's burial grounds located somewhere on the property where the Henry County Asylum still stands today.

Rev. Daniel Winslow
U. E. Bush 2000
    Daniel Winslow was born in North Carolina about 1810, the son of Peter and Millie Winslow. Peter Winslow was the first African-American landowner in Henry County, purchasing eighty acres of land in West half of the Northeast quarter of section twenty-eight in township fifteen, North of range eleven East in Dudley Township on 26 Jun 1827. Peter and Millie Winslow had four known children, sons, Joseph, Nathan and Daniel, (the subject of this article,) and a daughter Sarah Winslow. Daniel Winslow's wife name was Mary and their family consisted of Elizabeth Jane, John Wesley, Priscilla D., Paul D., Quincy, Sara J., George C., Lydia and Mary Winslow. Daniel Winslow was a circuit rider Preacher of the African Methodist Episcopal Church by occupation He first started preaching in Rush county at the Beech African-American settlement about 1840 and helped organize the AME churches in the five county area of Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Rush and Wayne in Indiana. In Randolph County he preached at Greenville, Snowhill and Cabin Creek, all early Africa-American settlements. He was a preacher for the Connersville, Indiana AME Church. On 28 may 1844, Peter Winslow and his wife Millie deeded to Jeremiah Felton, Thomas Moss, John Barnes, Samuel Bundy and Daniel White, all Trustees of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, one-half acre of land for the building of a AME Church. It was located about one-half mile Northwest of Straughn, Indiana. Daniel Winslow and Willis R. Revels were the preachers in this church. On 27 November 1844, Rev Willis R. Revels married Henry Winslow and Mary Elliot and on 8 Feb 1849, Daniel Winslow married John Winslow and Sylvia Lytle, presumably in the AME Church at Straughn. In 1848, the Dublin, Indiana AME Church was organized. The Reverand Daniel Winslow was Pastor. Sometime around 1850 the Straughn AME Church was closed. In 1860, Daniel Winslow helped organize the Hiram, No. #7, F & M Masonic Lodge in Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana with Daniel D. Winslow as Worshipful Master. In August 1865 He helped organize the St. James #2 Chapter of the Masonic Lodge in Outland Hall in Richmond, IN. During the Civil War, Daniel Winslow had three sons enlist in the Union Army, John Wesley, Paul D. and Quincy Winslow. His son John Wesley Winslow enlisted in 54th. Regiment, Mass., Colored Infantry in the spring of 1863 and was killed in the storming of Fort Wagner. Daniel Winslow died on 10 Jul 1876 after preaching his last sermon at his church in Dublin, Indiana. Daniel Winslows obituary was published in the New Castle Mercury on 3 July 1876, it follows:

The Obituary of Rev. Daniel Winslow
New Castle, Indiana, July 3, 1876
    We regret to hear of the death of Rev. Daniel Winslow (colored) which occurred at Dublin, Indiana sometime over a week ago. Mr. Winslow has been a minister in the colored Methodist Episcopal Church for at least thirty-five years had just finished a sermon in the colored church at Dublin, Indiana, and feeling very much exhausted, repaired to the house of a friend where he sank rapidly and died almost without pain. He was of that build which marks the victim of apoplexy, to which disease he doubtless fell prey. Mr. Winslow was for thirty years or more a resident of this County. He was a man of much native sense and strength of character, and had he been an educated man, he would have stood among the foremost of his race. Like all men of similar training, he was extremely fond of high sounding phrases and soaring metaphors. Those who have been familiar with him will never forget his "Eagle nest" sermon, which was, to his mind, the crowning work of his life. He preached it on most great occasions and whenever he wished to produce a sensation. Mr. Winslow was very fond of the mysterious, and had advanced far up the ladder of Masonry, as it is known among the colored people, and was recognized as the leading Mason among the colored people of this section of the state. At the time of his death he was Presiding Elder over a large district embracing many congregations. He was the father of a large family, and one or more of his sons fell in the Union Army during the Rebellion.

Winslow Cemetery
    Peter Winslow along with many of his relatives and African-American friends and neighbors, are all buried in the old Winslow Cemetery just Northwest of Straughn, IN. The cemetery has been completely obliterated, destroyed and no visible evidence remains of the old AME church or the cemetery. (I have seen two stones, but they contained only the letters J. C. L. on one and "Mother" on the other.) The cemetery was still there in the late fifties, I have had several people show me where it once was. It was known then as, "An old Indian burial grounds."

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