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Free'd or Runaway?

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Free'd or Runaway?

Posted: 1484861890000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wallace or Wallis
I'm looking for slave by the name of Reuben Wallace. He was born in 1790 and kidnapped from Guinea and brought to Virginia. However, by 1840, he is listed in the US census in Barren County Kentucky as free. How would I find out how he gained his freedom?

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