Westfield in Hamilton County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rhodes Family Incident
In 1837, an enslaved family of three escaped from Missouri; settled six miles north of here 1839 with name Rhodes. In 1844, Singleton Vaughn arrived at their home to claim them; family resisted until neighbors arrived. Vaughn agreed to take family to Noblesville for trial. In route, a crowd stopped Vaughn, demanding the family be taken to Westfield.
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Urged on by the crowd, driver of wagon carrying family sped to Westfield; family escaped before wagon reached town. Vaughn sued some in crowd, for interfering with his right to reclaim slaves. In Vaughn v. Williams, 1845, jury found defendants not guilty, finding Rhodes family had been freed when a previous owner moved them to Illinois, a free state.
Erected 2008 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Town of Westfield. (Marker Number 29.2008.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 40° 3′ N, 86° 7.791′ W. Marker is in Westfield, Indiana, in Hamilton County Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the Asa Bales Park parking lot, across street from Westfield High School, and about 0.3 miles east of US Route 31. Marker is in this post office area: Westfield IN 46074, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. L. Evans Building (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Noblesville Commercial Historic District (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hamilton County (Indiana) Honor Roll (approx. 6.1 miles away); Lacy Block (approx. 6.1 miles away); Craycraft Block (approx. 6.1 miles away); Bachman Building (approx. 6.2 miles away); Sowerwine Building (approx. 6.2 miles away); Corner Drug Store (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Vaughn v. Williams. (Submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,615 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 21, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.