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Frederick J. Loudin

FREDERICK J. LOUDIN* is a native of Charlestown, Portage County, Ohio. His grandparents on his father's side were natives of Africa, and were stolen and brought to America in a slave ship.

They were held as slaves in the State of Connecticut up to the time of the abolition of the slave system; but under the law which was enacted before emancipation in that State their children were born free, excepting the oldest (an uncle of F. J. Loudin's), who was born before the passage of this act.

On his mother's side, his grandfather's father was a Scotchman, by the name of Morie Clark. His great grandmother was a native African, named Diana Tatcher. They lived at New Millford, Connecticut, where Mr. Loudin's grandfather, Clark, was born. He served in the Federal army in the war of 1812.

His great-grandfather on his mother's side was an English sea-captain. His grandmother, who lived in Vermont, was bound to a Mrs. Tuttle, who endeavoured to enslave her, but failed.

Though living in a free State, Mr. Loudin was, from his earliest recollection, under the hateful shadow of slavery. The Northern States, though they had had the vitality to throw off the slave system earlier in their history, had still fostered the cruel prejudice in which the colored people were held everywhere as the representatives of an enslaved race. In some respects, this ostracism was even more complete and unchristian in the free than in the slave States.

* Became manager and director of the company in 1882.


This brief biography of Frederick J. Loudin was transcribed by Jeff Farmer from J. B. T. Marsh, The Story of the Jubilee Singers, 1892.