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Kosciusko County

African American rural settlements documented: 0

Kosciusko County was founded in 1835.  The decennial federal population census for the county records ten or less blacks from 1840 through 1870. The first recorded lone, black resident of the county was Filda Butt, recorded as a servant for a family in Jefferson Township in the 1850 census.

By the 1870 census, two free African American heads of household can be found, living somewhere in Warsaw, Wayne Township. Joseph Campbell, 24, originally from Alabama worked as a farm laborer. Also listed in Warsaw was James Foster, 30, barber, originally from Ohio.  Nancy Foster (22, female, black, Indiana, keeping house), Harrison Foster (1, male, black, Indiana), and Mary Anderson (26, female, black, Michigan, housekeeper) were included in his house. 

Bibliography

Copy of Original 1850 Census, Kosciusko County, Indiana: Schedule I, Free Inhabitants. 2 vols. Warsaw, Indiana: Kosciusko County Historical Society, 198-.

Fawley, Caroline K., comp. 1840 Census of Kosciusko County, Indiana. Index: Head of Household and Alphabetical Index. Pierceton, Indiana: Printed by Author, 198-.

Mayer, Douglas L., comp. An Enumeration of Males above the Age of 21 Years for the Year 1866 Residing in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Warsaw, Indiana: Printed by Author, 1985.

Priser, Marjorie, comp. Enumeration of Voters 1850: Kosciusko County, Indiana. Leesburg, Indiana: Pioneer Publishing, 1987.

Scheuer, Larry, and Cynthia Cochran Scheuer, comp. The Complete 1860 Federal Census of Kosciusko County Indiana. Warsaw, Indiana: Scheuer Publications, 1989.

Scheuer, Larry, and Cynthia Cochran Scheuer, comp. The Complete 1870 Federal Census of Kosciusko County Indiana. Warsaw, Indiana: Scheuer Publications, 1989.

By Andrea Sowle, June 17, 2014