Among the original and good people of this county may be classed the Sloan family, to which Mr. James Sloan belongs. The old stock came from Scotland and Ireland, and settled in what is now Franklin county, near the Maryland line.
The great-grandmother was captured by the Indians and taken to the Indian village of Kittanning. She was kept a prisoner for two years and a half. When on a hunting expedition with the Indians one evening the party came upon a trail; one of the number asked where that trail led to, when one of the Indians said it led to a white settlement,- Fort Wyoming. This was the first chance during these many months to escape. During the night this white woman left the hunting-camp and took the path through the dense woods to the white settlement. She traveled for three nights, hiding herself during the daytime; after great suffering she at last reached Fort Wyoming, and returned to her home. The grandfather, Robert Sloan, was born and lived in Franklin county, dying at the age of seventy-eight.
The father of James Sloan, John, came with his wife, Elizabeth to Westmoreland county in the fall of 1797, and settled in Salem township, on land owned now by ex-Superintendent H.M. Jones. John Sloan and Elizabeth Steel were married in 1795 or 1796. The land through the southern part of the county was owned by one James Campbell, from whom John Steel bought a mill and divided with his brother-in-law, John Sloan. There were three sons and two daughters born to John and Elizabeth Sloan, viz: Robert, John, James, Mary, and Eliza.
Robert Sloan, by trade a wheelwright, bachelor, died near Clarksburg. John S., a farmer, married Jane Christy, lived on farm adjoining old homestead; died 1878. Mary, married Charles McLaughlin, lived near Latrobe; had four children, three still living. Eliza, married James McKelvy, farmer, near Clarksburg, Indiana Co., Pa.; still living. James Sloan, whose portrait is here given, was born in Salem township on May 14, 1806;
remained on the old farm fifty years. Married, June 15, 1827, to Miss Margaret Alcorn. Moved in the spring of 1856 to the farm he now lived on in Washington township. Mr. Sloan has five children living,- John, Eliza, William, Nancy, and James. Among his grandchildren is A.M. Sloan, Esq., of the Greensburg bar. Mr. Sloan has filled important positions in the county and in the church. He is a clear and steady-headed man.
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