Dr. Samuel Tibbets was a cofounder and trustee of the Eleutherian College in Lancaster, Indiana, which was one of the earliest educational opportunities for women and African-Americans before the Civil War.  He was an abolitionist and president of Neil's Creek Anti-Slavery Society, 1839-1845. His son, John Henry Tibbets, was an Underground Railroad conductor. John's document, "The Reminiscences of Slavery Times", is a rare first hand account of his adventures. The Tibbets family brought their underground railroad methods from Clermont County, Ohio, where they cofounded the abolitionist "Lindale Baptist Church".  Many of the photos on this website were taken at the Eleutherian College in Lancaster, Indiana.

Dedication of John and Sarah Tibbets, Sept 2006

Photos from June 2004 Commemoration
On June 19, 2004, a historical marker was dedicated at the Eleutherian College commemorating its role in the antislavery movement. Here are photos from that day, including anti-slavery related locations in Madison and Lancaster, Indiana, and Cincinatti, Lindale, New Richmond and the Rankin house in Ohio.

"The Reminiscences of Slavery Times"
Complete letter by John Tibbets
Maps of Indiana/Ohio Area
Short History of John and Sarah Tibbets
from the Eleutherian "College Hill Gazette"
John Tibbets Dedication for abolitionist achievements on the Underground Railroad
Read the Resolution denouncing the Fugitive Slave Law, Nov 15, 1850
Read an artical from 1853 about the Eleutherian College
Not withstanding three houses have been burned down in order to break it up, and any amount of slander and falsehood has been circulated in regard to it, yet the number of its friends is constantly and rapidly increasing.

John Tibbets Dedication for abolitionist achievements on the Underground Railroad

Tibbets Family Tree, PDF (needs some work)
Tibbets Family Tree, txt