FLEMING: Alvin Smith self-emancipates.

Alvin Smith self-emancipated from Fleming County slaveholder Richard Willet in 1863. Though he connected with the network of the Underground Railroad in Brown County, OH right away, he chose to head south and join the Union Army. Settled in Akron, died in 1948, five days short of his 105th birthday. Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Feb 5, 2018