New Albany Daily Ledger 16 Dec 1897

Undertaker Disturbed.

He is not Allowed to Bury a White woman in Fairview, Neither can He Bury Her in the Colored Cemetery.

Mr. George Shrader, the undertaker is in a serious quandary. Mrs. Mary Lancaster, white, died last evening at her home near the Fairgrounds, of Dropsay. The husband of deceased is a Negro. It was the wish of her family that she be buried in Fairview Cemetery. When Mr. Shrader spoke to the regents about it he was informed that the interment could not be made at Fairview, as deceased was married to a Negro, and the law prohibited the burying of such persons in white cemeteries. After this the undertaker went to the colored cemetery and was informed by Alex. Mitchem, the sexton, that the body could not be buried in his cemetery because she was a white woman. The funeral will take place from the colored Baptist church Friday afternoon, but up to this hour it is not known where the deceased will be buried. The case is without a precedent in this section and undertaker Shrader is much disturbed.

[West Haven Cemetery Records show that Edward Lancaster [deed #61] purchased this lot and paid for it 13 Jan 1898. Shown as being buried in this lot are:

Lottie Mae Skaggs Durrett, age 72, died 4-18-95 [the dates for the 1900痴 were written this way but the 1800 dates were written like the one for Mrs. Lancaster]

Mr. Lancaster

Mrs. Lancaster, buried 1-11-1898


Some Census Records.

1870 Page 257 1 Ward New Albany Township 10 Jun

HH 225/236

Lancaster, James, 38, m, b, Laborer, 500, b KY

Harriett, 32, f, b, Keeps house, b KY

Edward, 13, m, b, at home, b KY

Alice, 5, f, b, at home, b KY

Catherine, 1/12, f, b, b IN

Lancaster, Mary, 35, f, b, Washer woman, b KY [relationship not stated and she is listed as black. Is the the Mary in the obituary?]

Matt, 13, m, b, at home, b KY

Scott, Griffey, 5, m, b, b KY


1900 New Albany Township

HH 142/143 at 1532 Char___ St.,

Lancaster, James, head, b, m, born May 1835, 65 yrs, wid, b KY, father b KY, mother b KY, day laborer, pg 305


1900 Census New Albany Township page 311, 1413South Street, living alone:

Edward Lancaster, h, b, m, b Mar 1859, 41, wid, b IN, fath b KY, moth b KY, laborer, rr



The 1920 Census Floyd county, Indiana shows

Skaggs, Lottie 62 f B Ky IN Floyd 5-Wd; New Albany

She is living with her son, Bert Skaggs in this census.

According to age and death date this is a different Lottie, unless the death date or age on the census was incorrect.


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