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 Samuel Barkshire was born in about 1798, in Kentucky. He was a cooper by trade, and ran a safe house for fugitive slaves, many from Boone County. ​ In 1840, he appears on the  Dearborn County, IN census; his household has 10 free “people of color”. ​ In 1850, Samuel’s household consists of Samuel, his wife, Frances, and 7 young adults and children who are listed as “Barkshire”,​ but may be other freed slaves, not his birth family.  ​ Samuel Barkshire was born in about 1798, in Kentucky. He was a cooper by trade, and ran a safe house for fugitive slaves, many from Boone County. ​ In 1840, he appears on the  Dearborn County, IN census; his household has 10 free “people of color”. ​ In 1850, Samuel’s household consists of Samuel, his wife, Frances, and 7 young adults and children who are listed as “Barkshire”,​ but may be other freed slaves, not his birth family.  ​
  
-Several of the children are listed as “black”,​ while Samuel, ​Francis, and others of child-bearing age are “mulatto”. ​ There is also an elderly man, Thomas James, 93 years of age, black, born in Maryland who is in the Barkshire home at this time.  He is listed as a pauper, and may have been freed when he became too old to work, as he cannot be found on any other census records in the area. +Several of the children are listed as “black”,​ while Samuel, ​Frances, and others of child-bearing age are “mulatto”. ​ There is also an elderly man, Thomas James, 93 years of age, black, born in Maryland who is in the Barkshire home at this time.  He is listed as a pauper, and may have been freed when he became too old to work, as he cannot be found on any other census records in the area. 
  
 The Barkshire family helped abolitionist [[Laura Smith Haviland]] in her attempt to free the wife and children of escaped Boone County slave, [[John "​Felix"​ White]]. ​ Samuel was most likely the same Sam Barkshire who purchased land as a free man of color in the Hathaway Road area of Boone County in 1833.  Because of the placement of this property, he was possibly helping slaves to freedom even while living in a slaveholding state. The Barkshire family helped abolitionist [[Laura Smith Haviland]] in her attempt to free the wife and children of escaped Boone County slave, [[John "​Felix"​ White]]. ​ Samuel was most likely the same Sam Barkshire who purchased land as a free man of color in the Hathaway Road area of Boone County in 1833.  Because of the placement of this property, he was possibly helping slaves to freedom even while living in a slaveholding state.
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