Why is every mulatto slave in Lincoln. KY listed as a fugitive on the 1850 Slave schedule?

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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"

in Genealogy Help by Doug Hendy G2G Crew (410 points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith
Sometimes I have found seemingly odd Census entries. Perhaps if they handwriting was the same for all, it was the Census-taker's doing, for whatever reason.
I would wonder if that column was being used for something else after the fact.
I agree with Kathy. I've seen on other censuses that numbers and/or checkmarks were put on the records that do not seem to have anything to do with the question at the top of the page. Perhaps the county wanted to count the number of mulattos for whatever reason. It would be interesting to know the reason if someone would know.
That was my impression too. It almost looked like the checks were added as an afterthought, as the count of mulattoes shows up at the bottom. I'd guess they used those marks to help them count. I would find it hard to believe that only mulattoes on the census were ones who fit that column. That would be really Twilight Zone weird.

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