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The Rolling family had moved to Ohio by 1822, the year their first daughter, Charlotte Rolling was born.
If the Rollings were slaves, they likely moved to Ohio because the state was a passageway to Upper Canada in the Underground Railway.
It is estimated that by 1815, more than 1,000 slaves had travelled to Upper Canada via the Ohio River. If the Rollings were free Blacks, Ohio
would have been attractive because it had fewer restrictions on free Blacks than Virginia. To learn more about their time in Ohio,
Benjamin Rolling Sr. was born in 1797 in Alexandria, Virginia. He married Almira, who was born in 1801 in the United States. It is not known if they were slaves or free Blacks, or why they left Virginia.