|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1907|
Hutson Ben Buford
d. July 20, 1907
African Buried With Honor - Former slave and one colored resident of Westville, died, Saturday, July 20.
Westville's entire colored population mourned this week in the death of Ben Buford Hutson, a relic of the slave days in the south.
He was born in Kentucky and was held by the Buford family, a part of the aristocracy of that section. He was carefully trained and was in many respects an exemplary member of his class, retaining to the close of a long life a diction of language and a probity and dignity of character which reflected credit on Mareo (or Marec) and Misses Buford.
Ben's heart never left the south, though he came north about the time of the civil war.
For some years he filled position of butler in a Chicago family coming to this vicinity with the Dunlaps at the time the moved to a farm a few miles southwest of Michigan City in the edge of Porter county. The Dunlaps were war refugees from Kentucky and in what was then almost a wilderness they cased to be erected a residence of more than ordinary pretentions. Few private houses in the larger cities were more spacious and ornate in decoration, though financial troubles intervened before the plans were fully consummated.
Ben Buford was a part of the debris. He married and led a precarious existence in the vicinity since.
Eight Square Cemetery
Chesterton (Porter County)
Created by: Bev
Record added: Aug 08, 2004
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