The 1850 census had a column on the slave schedule as "Fugitive from State," meaning was the slave escaped.
In the 41 pages of the 1850 Lincoln County schedule, Mulattos are listed as "fugitives," with about four exceptions, and those four were listed as such before being crossed off as such.
And no blacks were listed as such.
Other forums seem to think this is merely black and white, but It makes me think there was something else going on than just slaves escaping, at least in Lincoln Co, Ky -- perhaps a law, but more likely cultural.
I have completely unfounded theories but wondering if anyone knows why Mulattos were the fugitives. It seems the county just decided to list them as such.
Maybe the white owners not wanting to admit that blacks would desire freedom, so listed fugitives as mulatto? Or allowed them to "Escape.
Slave Census Page with one slave "unmarked" as fugituve"