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DeKalb County

African American rural settlements documented: 0

Federal population census data identifies the following number of blacks in DeKalb County: 7 in 1840, 10 in 1850, 15 in 1860, and 4 in 1870. 

Additional research pertaining to blacks in the county may be done at Willennar Genealogy Center in Auburn, Indiana. Currently, the private collection of the late county historian John Martin Smith is being digitized and cataloged by Willennar staff, and it includes some items pertaining to African Americans in DeKalb County, after 1870. 


U.S. Census, 1840: Population Schedules of the Sixth Census of the United States. Accessed: 6/30/14.

U.S. Census, 1850: Population Schedules of the Seventh Census of the United States. Accessed: 6/30/14. 

U.S. Census, 1860: Population Schedules of the Eighth Census of the United States.  Accessed: 6/30/14.

U.S. Census, 1870: Population Schedules of the Ninth Census of the United States. Accessed: 6/30/14.

By Andrea Sowle, June 30, 2014