Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Former slave Lewis McCulley buried at Plainfield (1920)

Source: Plainfield Messenger (Plainfield, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, May 20, 1920 - page 1, column 6:

Lewis McCulley, colored, aged one hundred and seven years, the oldest resident of the county, died at the home of his son, Lewis, Jr., Sunday, from an illness of chicken pox, and general debility.

There is some uncertainty about the age of the aged man, but research has verified the belief that he was one hundred seven years old at the time of his death, as an approximated age at the time of his emancipation from slavery, during the Civil War, was more than fifty.

He was a slave in Randolph County, North Carolina, his old master being Joseph McCulley and his young master Robert McCulley, from whom he took the name, McCulley.

He is survived by two sons, Alexandria and Lewis, and a step-son, Frank Jackson of Indianapolis.

Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Williamson, pastor of the A.M.E. Church, followed by burial at Sugar Grove.

1 comment:

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