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This genealogy identifies many Slade families who descend from William Slade of Swansea, Massachusetts. William, reputedly the son of Edward S. Slade of Wales, is first mentioned as of Newport, Rhode Island in 1659. By 1680, he was in Swansea, Massachusetts, in that part later known as Somerset. He was a large land owner and operated Slade’s Ferry across the Taunton River. Ownership of the ferry remained in the family until 1876. While many of the descendants of William remained in Massachusetts, others removed to Troy, New York and later westward. A good genealogy of this family is found in these books; The Slade-Babcock Genealogy, 1970 and Ancestral Lines: 206 Families in England, 2003. both authored by Carl Boyer, III, Newhall, CA. Also in Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1912

We have attempted to identify as many descendants as possible and included them in this dataset. We have not intentionally included details about any living person, only their names are shown. 

Several family groups are represented in this dataset.  Some are suspected to be related due to close geographic location.  Others are known to be related due to DNA test results, even though the physical link has not yet been proven.   We have identified several  "end of line" brick walls for whom we have not yet identified their parents.  You may find them linked under the "end of line" tab on the menu bar above.

Much of the information contained herein has been gleaned from public records, historical books, land and tax records, wills, census, family bibles, letters, documents, recolections of old timers and correspondence with other researchers.  This database is an ongoing project. Information will be continually added and updated as it becomes available. Readers are encouraged to contact the us with updates and changes to their family information so that the underlying database is kept current.

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The Slade Surname DNA Project provides an opportunity to verify which branch you belong to and to confirm suppositions of conventional research methods. This study has been instrumental in proving several connections in this dataset.

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