Rev. Ishmael Moultrie, Charleston County, South Carolina
Submitter: Yvette Hinton, great-great-grand niece
(From the Moultrie Family Photo Collection)

Rev. Ishmael Moultrie (1842-1892) was born a slave on Edisto Island, S.C. There are no records of his parents as yet; however, he had a brother named Jacob K. Moultrie, the submitter's paternal great-great-grandfather.

Rev. Ishmael Moultrie organized low country island Blacks in the period after slavery. As a result of his hard work and dedication, he became the first untrained minister to be ordained by the First Negro Presbytery of
Catawba in 1866.

Moultrie built his first church from palmetto trees in Edisto Island. Between 1866 and 1869, he organized churches on John's Island Wadama Island, St Andrews, Salem, and Saint Paul.

He was also an educator and taught many students to read the Bible and write English. He worked with the Society for the Propagation of Gospels and many of black students under his teachings became Salem's leaders and preachers.

Moultrie was on the Committee of Freedmen of Edisto Island, S.C. and wrote a letter to General O.O. Howard about the conditions of black people after the Civil War. This document can be found in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

With his knowledge, Rev. Moultrie started a private school where he continued to teach many students. Four of his students went to Brainerd Institute. He continued to minister and teach for 26 years until his death in 1892.

 

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