Clark and Sloat Families
The information below was researched and complied by Tracey Holmes Marcelo. If you have additions or corrections, contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Sloat was born between 1807 and 1809 in Niagara, Ontario, and died 05 Jan 1884 in Charlotteville, Norfolk Co. Ontario.1 His parentage has not been conclusively established.
In 1828, a militia census was taken and two John Sloats are enumerated.
One was a "John Sloat" age 19 in the 3rd Company of Middlesex County, bounded by the areas of Yarmouth, Westminister, Dorchester S., and Delaware. At age 19, this John is close in age to ours and would have been born around 1809. However, he appears to be the John Sloat, son of Abraham Sloat who lived in Middlesex County around this time. This John married in Westminster twp. Middlesex Co. on 3 July 1838 to Esther (or Hester) Hart and was still living in Middlesex Co. in Adelaide twp. in the 1851 census. This couple moved to Sanilac Co. Michigan in 1852. 2
The other was listed as "John Slate" or "John
Slote" age 21 in the 9th Company of Captain George Book on the
"nominal list of men between the ages of Nineteen and Thirty Nine
Inclusive enrolled in the Fourth Regiment of Lincoln Militia
This militia likely consisted of Grimsby, Caistor, Clinton, and
areas of Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada. Also in this 9th Company was
"Christopher Slate" or "Christopher Slote" age 23. This
Christopher lived in Clinton in the 1830s and married Hannah Gee.
Perhaps he is
a brother to the John in the list. Other surnames in this list include
(Jee), Comfort, Servos (Service), Smith, and others.2 (continued)
Our John Sloat was married at least three times and had at least 4 children:
(1) Nancy Decker (widow of John Rogers), married 03 Oct 18323, with whom he had a daughter:
1. Catherine Sloat who was born 16 Jan 1834 in Ontario, Canada (St. Catherine's?), and died 24 Apr 1920 in Michigan. She married Nelson Clark Abt. Jun 1851 in Canada, son of ? and Anna Smith. He was born 27 Jun 1824 in Ontario, Canada (Gainsborough?), and died 05 Feb 1902 in Ingham Co. Michigan.4
(2) Sarah Underhill (widow of Archibald Green), married 17 November 1859.5 No known children.
(3) Margaret Sterling (widow of Matthew Cooper), married about 1866, with whom he had three sons6:
1. Nelson Sloat was born 17 Jul 1867 in Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada, and died 18 Oct 1918 in Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario. He married (1) Melinda Smith 24 Dec 1894 in Haldimand Co, Ontario, daughter of David Smith and Annie Arnold. She was born 02 Oct 1869 in Dunnville or Brentwood, Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada, and died 18 Jun 1903 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario. He married (2) Amelia Lemon 23 Mar 1904 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario. He married (3) Mary Elizabeth Dalton 13 Jun 1909 in Norfolk Co. Ontario. She was born around 1880.7
2. Wesley Sloat was born 18 Jul 1868 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and died after 1940. He married (1) Sarah Ann Bent 29 Jan 1890 in Walsh?, Ontario. She was born around 1870 in Charlottesville, Norfolk Co. Ontario, and died 09 Apr 1898 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario. He married (2) Amelia Emily? Martin Morton 1 Jul 1900 in Port Dover, Norfolk Co. Ontario. She was born 16 Oct 1866 in Devonshire, England.8
3. Ruben (Reuben) Sloat was born in 1872 in Brant Co. Ontario. He married Sarah Bye 09 Sept 1903 in Norfolk Co. Ontario. His death date is unknown.9
(Note: The names of John's sons deserve special note because John's daughter, Catherine Sloat, was married to a "Nelson" Clark and they also had sons named Wesley and Reuben.)
In 1916, these brothers visited Catherine Sloat Clark at her home in Ingham County Michigan. The local newspaper, The Ingham Democrat, mentioned the visits in its social pages:Visit of Wesley and Reuben Sloat, 12 Oct 1916
Details about John Sloat's wives and children follow:
John Sloat and Nancy Decker
On 03 Oct 1832 in Niagara District, Ontario, Canada, John Sloat married Nancy Rogers, the widow of John Rogers and the daughter of Thomas Decker and his wife Mary Comfort. Nancy was born about 1795. She married John Rogers sometime before 25 Feb 1812, at which time they lived in Louth, Lincoln Co. Ontario.10
Because her father, Thomas Decker (sometimes spelled Dykker), was a member of Butler's Rangers, he was eligible for land from the Crown. Thomas died sometime before 1797 and his wife, Mary (who had married Jacob Servos by July 1797) petitioned the land board and requested land benefits for her and her Decker children. 400 acres were granted to three of their children11:
As a result of the grant, on 1 June 1818, Nancy received 200 acres
in Wainfleet township, Welland Co. Ontario. The land was in concession
spanned the south parts of lots 33, 34, and 35.12 John
Nancy sold this property to Andrew Moore on 14 August 1821.13
Nancy and John Rogers had at least two children:
Between the years of 1820 and 1824, John Rogers and Nancy were party
several land transactions and were said to be residents of Gainsborough
of the deed records.16
I have not located any death or burial information about Nancy's husband, John Rogers.17
Because John Rogers, Jr. was born about April 1826, I assume John Rogers died sometime between 1825 and 1832. Nancy married John Sloat in October 1832.
Records for a John or J. L. Rogers and "wife" of Stamford are found in the records of Rev. William Leeming, as follows18:
BAPTISMS SOLEMNIZED IN YE CHAPELRY OF CHIPPAWA, IN YE TOWNSHIPS OF
STAMFORD AND WILLOUGHBY, IN YE COUNTY OF LINCOLN AND DISTRICT OF NIAGARA,
Baptized at Waterloo
1823 Nov. 14. Charles Rogers, son J. L. ?? and ?? Rogers, Stamford,
Baptized at Waterloo
July 31. Mary, dau. John and ?? Rogers, Stamford
11. COPY OF REGISTER OF BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES AND BURIALS,
1820 TO 1837, BY REV. WM. LEEMING.
NOTE.-The original register Is kept by the Rector of Trinity
Church, Chippawa, from which register I have written this copy
of records. February, 1893. Geo. A. Bull, M.A., Rector of Stamford.
BURIALS IN YE CHAPELRY OF CHIPPEWA*, IN YE TOWNSHIPS OF STAMFORD
AND WILLOUGHBY IN YE COUNTY OF LINCOLN AND DISTRICT OF NIAGARA,
Charles Rogers, Stamford, Nov. 15, aged 2 weeks. baptized at Chippewa Church.
Sarah Rogers, Stamford, April 11, aged 6 years.
Because the mother of the children is not named in these baptism and burial records, it is unclear as to whether this John Rogers and wife are John Rogers and Nancy. (However, further research indicates that these children and the J. Rogers is NOT the John Rogers who was married to Nancy.)
I have not found John and Nancy in any records of Stamford. However, Rev. William Leeming who performed these services, was the same person who performed the marriage service of John Sloat and Nancy (Decker) Rogers in the Chippewa church19:
MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY ME, W. LEEMING, MINISTER OF CHIPPAWA,
By banns, John Sloat and Nancy Rogers, of Gainsborough, married Oct. 3rd, 1832.
John Sloat and Nancy had a daughter, Catherine Sloat on 16 January 1834. Family stories say that Catherine was born in St. Catherine's, Ontario.20
Between 1838 and 1847, John Sloat lived in Pelham township, Welland Co. Ontario on land that was owned by George Campbell. John was assessed in the tax assessment lists for the property between those years.21 George Campbell, the owner of the land, was married to Nancy Decker's sister, Laney Magdalene Decker.22 The land was in concession 7, lot 10. In the assessment list of 1847, Nelson Clark, who went on to marry Catherine Sloat in 1851, also appears. A summary of the tax assessments follows:
1838 Pelham twp. Welland Co. assessment:
#31 Sloat, John lot 10, conc 7 total: 20 pounds
1839 Pelham twp. Welland Co. assessment:
#25 “Hote”, John with George Campbell; lot 10, con 7 total: 8 pounds
1840 Pelham twp. assessment:
#16 Sloat, John; lot P-10, conc 7 total: 20 pounds
1841 Pelham twp. assessment:
#35 Sloat, John; lot 10, conc 7 total: 17 pounds
1842 Pelham twp. assessment:
#27 Slout, John; lot NW P-10, conc 7; total: 21 pounds
1843 Pelham twp. assessment:
#31 Sloat, John; lot P-10, conc 7; total: 27 pounds
1844 Pelham twp. assessment:
#35 Sloat, John; lot NWP-10, conc 7; total: 28 pounds
1845 Pelham twp. Assessment:
#9 Slote, John; (no lot or concession listed); total: 31 pounds
(listed between Philip Metler of lot 11, 12, 16 con 6; and Abijah Blanchard no lot listed—Geo. Campbell is listed on a different page.)
1846 Pelham twp. assessment:
#11 Sloat, John; no lot or conc. listed; total: 12
(listed between Jacob Tice of lot 16, con 7; and Abijah Blanchard no lot listed—Geo. Campbell is listed on a different page.)
1847 Pelham twp. assessment:
#13 Clark, Nelson; no lot or conc. listed; total: 8
#14 Sloat, John; lot P-10, conc 7; total: 23
(They are between John Anderson lot 10, con 6 and Nelson Sanderson no lot listed)
During the years of 1848 and 1849, John Sloat and George Campbell no longer appear on the list, but Nelson does. George Campbell deeded the land to his daughter Amanda Campbell in 1852.23
As mentioned on the pages for Nelson Clark, because 1847 through 1849 was several years before Nelson's marriage to Catherine Sloat, it raises the question as to what Nelson's relationship to the Sloats and Deckers was during this time. According to the book, Roots and Ramblings by John Luman Klink, Nelson Clark was "1st married [to] Catherine's sister. She died early."24
Because John Sloat and Nancy Decker married only 2 years before Catherine was born, the possibility of an older Sloat sister is somewhat slim. However, because Nancy Decker had previously been married to John Rogers between 1812 and 1826, I believe that if Nelson was "first married to Catherine's sister," it was likely a Rogers girl and therefore Catherine's half-sister. (See the Nelson Clark page for more information about his first wife, Clarrissa.)
John Sloat and family and his son-in-law Nelson
have not been located in the 1851 census of Canada.
Nancy died sometime after Catherine's birth in 1834 and before John's marriage to Sarah Underhill in 1859.
John Sloat and Sarah Underhill
On 17 November 1859, John Sloat married another widow, Sarah Underhill, the widow of Archibald Green. Their marriage took place in Norfolk Co. Ontario, not far from Brant Co., where John resided and where his daughter Catherine and her husband Nelson Clark settled in 1856.25
Norfolk Co. marriage register:
John Sloat b. Niagara, residence Brant
Sarah Green b. NY, residence Townsend
17 Nov 1859
by B.W. Rogers
wit. Moses and Nancy Barber of Boston (Norfolk Co. Ontario)
In the 1851 census with husband Archibald Green, Sarah was listed as
"50" years old.27 Although John's age in 1861 isn't
consistent with his supposed birth year of 1809, both censuses
that John and Sarah were older than 30 when they married.
Also worth noting, John Sloat is listed as a Methodist consistently throughout the censuses and on his death certificate. Sarah was a Baptist.
Sarah Underhill Green Sloat is believed to have died between 1861 and 1866.
John Sloat and Margaret Sterling
Around 1865 or 1866, John Sloat married another widow, Margaret Sterling, who was the widow of Matthew Cooper.28 She was born 20 April 1833 in England29and lived in Townsend, Norfolk Co. with her husband and children, John Cooper and Mary Cooper in the 1851 census.30
In 1871, John, Margaret, the Cooper children, and John and Margaret's sons Nelson and Wesley were living in Brantford twp, Brant Co. Ontario.31
John Sloat age 59 b. Ontario English Origin Farmer Married Over 20 and unable to write
Margret age 39 b. England English Origin Married
John Cooper 21 b. Ontario Farmer
Mary Jane 19
Mercy Maria 17
Matthew N 11
Nelson Sloat age 3
Wesley age 1
Polly Miller age 50 b. Ontario Widowed
In 1881, John Sloat and his family were living in Charlotteville, Norfolk Co. Ontario.32
John SLOAT M Male 70 O <Ontario> Farmer
Margret H. SLOAT M Female English 49 Yorkshire, <Yorkshire, England>
Nelson SLOAT Male 13 O <Ontario>
Wesly SLOAT Male 11 O <Ontario>
William (Ruben) SLOAT Male 9 O <Ontario>
Minus (Matthew) COOPER Male 22 Q <Quebec> Farmer
This photo is belived to be John Sloat and Margaret Sterling:
The photo is in posession of Rebecca Welsh Havill.
John Sloat died 05 January 1884 in Norfolk Co. Ontario. His death certificate listed the cause of death as "Inflammation of the lungs and old age" and listed his age as 74 years 9 months.33
His widow, Margaret Sloat, died 06 Apr 1903 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario.34
02 Feb 1827
From the Sackett's Harbor Advertiser
Loss of the Lady of the Lake
The fact of this melancholy disaster is now beyond a doubt. As near as we can learn, there were twelve persons on board, viz. Capt. John Rogers, four men, (names unknown) and seven passengers. Among the passengers, were Mr. Morris Homan of Adams, Jefferson county, and his son's (Webb Homan) wife with two children. In addition to these invaluable losses, Captain Rogers had about $1500 in cash on board. Capt. Rogers was a man well known and highly respected in this place and in Oswego, where he formerly lived. He has left a wife and two or three children (living in New Haven, Oswego county) to deplore his melancholy fate.
From Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835., (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006), (From material originally compiled by William A. D. Eardeley, now held by the Brooklyn Historical Society.)
Letters of Administration, Oswego Co. page 59.
Estate of John Rogers, late of town Scriba, died intestate. Granted to Adocia Rogers of town of Scriba, aforesaid as administrix. Seal 22 March 1827.