From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

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 his brother-in-law who was the 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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NKAA Source: Beyond the river: the untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad

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“Settles, Joseph,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 30, 2020,

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