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         Father: John SLAVEN
         Mother: WADE 1


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John B. SLAVEN

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1725 - Tyrone Co., Ulster, North Ireland 2 3
    Christening: 
          Death: 18 Jul 1802 - Meadowdale, Highland, Virginia, USA 4 3 5
         Burial: in Slaven Family Burial Grounds, Meadowdale, Highland, Virginia, USA 6

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Military: Military. 3
He worked as a Farmer and weaver. 3
He was Presbyterian. 3
He immigrated about 1740 to ,, New York, USA. 3
He had a residence about 1746 in DE. 3
He had a residence in 1777 in , Bath, Virginia, USA. 3


Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth STUART
       Marriage: 1748 - Staunton, Augusta Co., VA 6 7
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Rueben SLAVEN
                2. Henry SLAVEN 1 3
                3. Comfort SLAVEN
                4. William SLAVEN
                5. Elizabeth SLAVEN 2
                6. Naomi V. SLAVEN 8
                7. John SLAVEN
                8. Isaiah SLAVEN 1 9
                9. Daniel SLAVEN 1
                10. Stuart SLAVEN 1
                11. Sarah SLAVEN 1 3
                12. Priscilla SLAVEN 1 3

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Death Notes:
This is now West Virginia.
Burial Notes:
This is now in West Virginia
General:
John Slaven served at Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.

Slavin name is from the Irish word "Sliabh", and some of their sons assumed the name O'Sliabhan. The next step toward anglicisation of the name was Slieven or Sleven appears in the name of certain mountains in Ireland: Slievenamuck, Slievenance, Slievenaman, and Slievesnaght, the latter meaning "snow mountain". The pioneer ancestor, John, spelled his name Slavin and his children changed the spelling to Slaven. Certain ones of the sons, Isaiah being one of them, added the "s" to make Slavens. The family Bible of John and Elizabeth Stuart Slavin was brought to America by Elizabeth Stuart. It was covered with deer skin killed and tanned on their estate. Bible legend is printed, Edinburg -- Printed by Adrian Watkin, His Majesty's printer -- MDCCXLVI.

Isaiah Slavens was a revolutionary soldier and also a soldier of 1812 War. John Slavin was born in County Tyrone, Province Ulster, Ireland 1723. He was by trade a weaver. With many other Irish and Scotch families, he came to America in 1740 when 17 years of age. John with at least two of his brothers settled near what is Philadelphia, Penn. He moved from there to Augusta County, Va. which is part of this county, Highland Co., Va. Later became Rockingham County, Va. and settled on Cook's Creek near Mt. Clinton, Va. Later he moved to Meadow Dale, Va. He applied for grant patent for this land in 1770 under the rule of George III, King of England. This patent was granted in 1790 under the commonwealth, and signed by Gov. Beverly Randolph. The old house stood just out north from the spring near the mountain. Evidence of the old chimney and rock foundation were still visible in 1921. Several apple trees were standing here too in 1921.

The story was told by Jesse B. Slaven (born 1826) a great grandson of John Slaven, that one of these apple trees was planted by Daniel Slavin (who went to Ohio). He was a son of John Slavin. This apple tree was always known as the "Dan Tree" so Jesse said, and this tree stood until 1956 when the wind blew it down.

John Slavin, born 1723, died 1788, married Elizabeth Stuart, born 1726 in Scotland (who came to America under the Indenture System prior to her marriage) (others say came to Baltimore with members of her family), in 1748 at Staunton, Va. John died in Highland Co. -- or what is now Highland Co., Va.; then Augusta Co., Va.) in 1788 and Elizabeth Stuart Slaven died in 1795. Both are buried in a family burying ground above the Wade Cemetery. The graves are marked.

from an undated typewritten manuscript originally possessed by Harry Fleisher Slaven or Dr. Charles H. Peterson. Contributed by Ruth Willson.

VOLUME I Chapter 1 Ancestors.


The Slavens family in America is of Irish-Scotch descent. The name of the first of our ancestors in America, of whom we have a record, was John Slavin who was born in Tyrone County, Ireland, in the year 1726.

He was a weaver by trade, in Ireland. He came to America when he was seventeen years old and first located in the state of Pennsylvania, but later removed to what is now Highland County, Virginia, and settled about six miles from Monterey and engaged in farming. His was one of the first three families to locate in that section of the state.

From the best information I have in relation to the origin of the Slavens name it originated from the Irish word Sliabh, meaning "mountain". The earliest form of the spelling of our name was Sliabhan, and some of their sons assume the name O'Sliabhan. The first step toward the anglicization of the name Sleiven or Sleven, appears in the name of certain mountains in Ireland to wit; Sleivenamuck, Sleivenance and Sleivenaght, the latter meaning "snow-mountain". Our pioneer ancestor, John, spelled his name Slavin and some of his children changed it to Slaven. Certain of them, Isaiah being of the number, added "S" making the name Slavens. Some of the descendants now living in Virginia and West Virginia of the fifth and sixth generations have changed the spelling of the name back to Slavin, while members of the same family spell it Slaven.

Our first ancestor John Slavin was married to Elizabeth Stuart in the year 1748. She was a native of Scotland but came to America from England under the Indenture System which I understand to mean that some young women were given passage on ships from Europe to America, with the understanding that whoever should marry one of them should, before such marriage, pay the amount of the passage fee of the young woman to the owner of the ship on which she was a passenger. Hence our ancestor John had to virtually pay for his wife before he could marry her.

John and Elizabeth Stuart Slavin were the parents of ten children of whom their son Isaiah was born in Rockingham County,Virginia; June 12th, 1762. Evidently John Slavin had moved from Highland County to Rockingham County, Virginia some time prior to the last named date. Isaiah Slavens, who was my great-grandfather was a surveyor, farmer and horse trader. He was a Continental soldier in the Revolutionary War from October 1780 to June 1782 and was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He was also a Federal soldier in the War of 1812. After these wars he drew a pension for disability, from the United States government and his pension papers were drawn in the name of Isaiah Slavens. He was married January 2nd, 1786 to Patsy Stuart, a cousin.

It is said that he brought his wife horseback from Baltimore, Maryland, where he made frequent trips to sell or trade horses. From this it would appear that Patsy Stuart was probably a resident of Baltimore at the time of their marriage. There is no record of the date of the death of Patsy Stuart Slavens, but Isaiah was married, date not given, to Mrs. Leaton. To these marriages were born 17 children of which, of the first marriage the second son, my grandfather; William Stuart was born September 15, 1789. At some time between the date of their marriage and the last named date, Isaiah and Patsy Stuart Slavens removed from Rockingham County to Greenbriar County, Virginia, now West Virginia, where William Stuart was born on the date before stated. Later, Isaiah Slavens and family removed from Greenbriar County, Virginia to Montgomery County, Kentucky, locating near Mount Sterling where he lived until the year 1827 when he removed to Indiana and located on a farm in Putnam County about five miles from Greencastle, near Brick Chapel, a Methodist Church, where he died in 1848 and was buried there.

My grandfather, William Stuart Slavens was married five times. He first married Ann Hendricks (born Sept. 5, 1789) July 26, 1808. They had three children. The oldest child James Hervey, my father, was born July 30, 1809 in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Father had two sisters. Aunt Sarah, who was born August 20, 1811 and died September 11, 1818; and Aunt Isabelle who was born March 19, 1814. She was married, date unknown, to William Sanders. I know nothing of her subsequent history or the date of her death.

Grandmother Ann Hendricks Slavens died November 11, 1815 and Grandfather married Mary Riggs November 28, 1816, who lived but a few months after their marriage, and on August 25, 1818 he was married to Elizabeth Ellsbury. They were the parents of ten children, two sons and eight daughters. There is no record of the date of the death of his third wife, but there is an entry of his marriages to Mrs. Thomas and to Mrs. Myers, both widows, his fourth and fifth wives respectively. The dates of marriage are not given.

When Father's mother died November 9, 1815 he was only a few months over six years old, and at the time of Grandfather Slavens second marriage he was a little over seven. His first stepmother only lived a short time, probably less than a year after her marriage,and I never heard Father speak of her. At the time Grandfather married Elizabeth Ellsbury his third wife, Father was 9 years old, and she lived for many years and raised a large family. I have heard Father say she was a good woman, and I am sure he thought a great deal of her and that she treated him well. His oldest sister, Sarah, died September 11, 1818, about two weeks after their father's third marriage when she was seven years old. Father's mother, Ann Hendricks Slavens, was related to the Hendricks family of Indiana, the most prominent member of which Thomas A. Hendricks, became Vice President of the United States. I have heard Father and Mr. H. D. Matthews, a lawyer of Buffalo, Missouri and a relative of Thomas A. Hendricks, converse in regard to their relationship to the Vice President, who I think was a second cousin of my grandmother Slavens.

I think it was in 1821 or 1822 that Grandfather Slavens and family removed from Kentucky to Missouri. I know that Father always regretted having to leave their home near Mount Sterling in Montgomery County, Kentucky not only on account of separating from his grandparents and other relatives but also, he and his sister Isabelle would be deprived of the good school privileges they had enjoyed since they were old enough to attend school. Father at that time was 12 or 13 years old and most of the education he obtained in school was in Kentucky. Grandfather's object in emigrating to Missouri was in order to obtain a home as he could purchase land in Missouri much cheaper than in Kentucky. I do not know whether he had acquired a home in Kentucky, but probably he had not as land was comparatively high in price. I think this too was the reason Great Grandfather Isaiah Slavens removed from Kentucky to Indiana in 1824.

Grandfather on his removal to Missouri settled in the north part of Montgomery County in that state, where later, the settlement in which he located became the village of Middletown. That was a newly settled section of Missouri at that time and very little of the country was in cultivation. I do not know whether there was any improvement on the land Grandfather bought or not, but I am sure he made most, if not all of the improvement, after he purchased it.

Biography of Rev. James Hervey Slavens, M.D. and an autobiography by Luther J. Slavens, November 1929.

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         Father: John SLAVEN
         Mother: Elizabeth WARWICK 1

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         Mother: Elizabeth WARWICK 1

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         Father: Stuart SLAVEN 1
         Mother: Isabella JOHNSTON 1

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Naomi V. SLAVEN

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 31 Jan 1757 - Rockingham Co., VA 1 3
    Christening: 
          Death: in , Bath, Virginia, USA 11 12
         Burial: in Slaven Cemetery, Meadowdale, Highland, Virginia, USA 13


Parents
         Father: John B. SLAVEN
         Mother: Elizabeth STUART

Spouses and Children
1. *John GALFORD 1 
       Marriage: Pocahontas Co., W. VA 1
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Parents
         Father: Stuart SLAVEN 1
         Mother: Isabella JOHNSTON 1

Spouses and Children
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Parents
         Father: John SLAVEN
         Mother: Elizabeth WARWICK 1

Spouses and Children
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Priscilla SLAVEN

      Sex: F

Individual Information
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          Death: 
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Events

Notes
She had a residence in , Pike, Ohio, USA. 1


Parents
         Father: John B. SLAVEN
         Mother: Elizabeth STUART

Spouses and Children
1. *John WOODDELL 1 
       Marriage: 
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Sources


1 Rev. William T. Price, History of Pocohontas Co., W. VA.

2 Alva Cass Ingram, History of the Ingram Family (self published).

3 Chalkley, History of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1752. (URL: http://appalachian_home.tripod.com/slaven_stuart.htm).

4 Kindred Konnections Inc, Submitter for d4193233: Susan DEHART, P. O. Box 121105, Clermont, Florida 34712 USA (URL: http://www.kindredkonnections.com).

5 Lois M. Bozarth, Davis-Bozarth (Location: Original email in possession of Ronna Dumas).

6 Laverne Edward Olney, The Olney Connection (URL: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=olney&id=I4218).

7 Kindred Konnections Inc, Submitter for peterso1: William Banks Peterson Jr., 2675 Spring Drive, Smyrna, Georga 30080 (URL: http://www.kindredkonnections.com).

8 Barr Wilson, Descendants of John Wilson (np), Naomi V. Ingram.

9 Cecil D. McDonald Jr, Augusta Co., VA Marriages 1700 - 1799 (URL: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/augusta/vitals/marriages/1700-99.txt), 22 Feb 1786 Slaven, Isaiah Stuart, Patty.

10 Slaven.net (URL: http://www.slavens.net).

11 Barr Wilson, Descendants of John Wilson (np).

12 Martha Neighbors, "Slaven Family Burial Group," database, Find-A-Grave(http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2167841).

13 Martha Neighbors, "Slaven Family Burial Group," database, Find-A-Grave(http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2167841 : accessed 14 Jul 2008).


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