“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hinesburg in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

Early Black Settlers

Early Black Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 31, 2015
1. Early Black Settlers Marker
First side
(side 1)
On this hill from 1795 to 1865 thrived an African American farming community. The first settlers at the bottom of this road in 1798, from MA, were Samuel Peters, Hannah Lensemen & husband Prince Peters. Prince served in Captain Silas Pierce's MA Line (8th Co, 3rd MA Regiment) for 3 years during the American Revolution. Samuel Peters, 2nd volunteered at the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812. This pioneering community at the bottom of the hill, at least six related families by the end of the Civil War, cleared the land, joined the local Baptist church, had home manufactories, and exercised their voting rights at Freeman Meetings. Their descendants owned land here and contributed to the local economy of this hill until the late 20th century.
(Continued on other side)
(side 2)
(Continued from other side)
Violet and Shubael Clark, from CT, arrived at the top of this hill in 1795. Their farm grew to 175 acres spilling over into Huntington, and one son owned 100 acres nearby. During the 1850s-60s, the home of their daughter, Almira and William Langley, became a place
Early Black Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 31, 2015
2. Early Black Settlers Marker
Second side
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of refuge for those escaping slavery. Three Langley brothers and a cousin fought in the MA 54th Regiment and the SC 33rd during the Civil War. Loudon Langley, born here about 1836, stayed in SC after the war and represented Beaufort at the 1868 Constitutional Convention. He and his brother Lewis are buried there in the National Cemetery. The original Clark settlers expanded to 5 related families just before the Civil War, and many are buried in an abandoned cemetery at the top of this hill.
Erected 2009 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar of 1812War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1795.
Location. 44° 19.258′ N, 73° 4.402′ W. Marker is near Hinesburg, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Hill Road and North Road, on the right when traveling east on Lincoln Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hinesburg VT 05461, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chester Arthur (approx. 1.9 miles away); Huntington Gorge / Deaths at the Huntington Gorge (approx. 6.1 miles away); A Tribute to the Cochran Family of Richmond, VT (approx. 6˝ miles away); Richmond's Fallen Son
Wideview of Early Black Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 31, 2015
3. Wideview of Early Black Settlers Marker
(approx. 6˝ miles away); The Citizens of Richmond (approx. 6˝ miles away); The Round Church / Richmond, Vermont (approx. 6.6 miles away); Edmunds' Birthplace (approx. 7.7 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 8.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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