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Settles, Joseph

Joseph Settles was a slave on the Wilson Farm in Mays Lick, KY. [Mays Lick is nine miles from Maysville, KY]. In 1863, he escaped with his wife, baby daughter, and brother-in-law, who was overseer on the Wilson Farm.

Settles located his friend John Greiner in Ripley, OH, and his family lived with Greiner for two years. Less than a week after their arrival in Ohio, Settles returned to Kentucky and led eight other slaves to freedom.

For more see Beyond the River, by A. Hagedorn.

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