From Clinton Slayton and Julia O Mitchel:
Re: various versions of W John Slayton's books with names similar to the subject headings
We have examined the papers of Richard W Slatten at the Library of Virginia and consulted with librarians at the Virginia Historical Society, and came to the following conclusions:
there are no publicly available source documents that back up the dates and birthplaces assigned by W John Slayton in any of the first three generations presented in his books, usually published as Volume II;
there are no publicly available source documents that back up a marriage of William Slaton (various spellings) to Mary RODES, and Edgar MacDonald states in writing that he never published anything about such a marriage;
the version of W John's book donated to the L of VA by Edgar MacDonald shows John Slatton (d ca 1814) as a son of Abraham. This conjecture may have been based on musings by Richard Slatten in one private correspondence that this was a possibility. But this suspected John appears ONLY in a 1766 Albemarle co VA document regarding a man name William who is clearly an older man, considering the context of the document. It is anybody's guess as to the relationship between this John and either William or Abraham, but a more prudent way to present this would be to start with John, and stick with the only provable family record, the orphan Tyre Slatton left by Abraham.
The books published by W John Slayton as "Volume I" may contain only records and are thus can be somewhat useful as a collection, however, the above statements show that W John Slayton's Volume II "books" were sold or distributed in various versions to fit the ephemeral theory in W John's head at the time. As such, they do not represent an accurate family picture, cannot and should not be used as documented source material. Unfortunately, under pseudonyms, this material was posted onto the Internet and has been copied and reposted by trusting souls.
This does not suggest that all the material in W John's books is made up, because a considerable amount was supplied by myself, George R Slayton, Herman Slaton, and others. Howver, the list of issue ascribed to William and Mary (RODES) gives the impression of certainty and completion, but is not based on anything that W John Slayton cares to cite. The problem is that the "root" information shows a degree of detail that is not available in any format that we were able to find in Virginia, which suggests that W John is in possession of birth or baptism records, or family records such as a Bible, that are unknown to any research facility in Virginia and are not cataloged in LDS or other research libraries. The counties (parishes) that are shown in W John's earliest records are considered "Burned" counties for such records as St Paul's in Hanover co and Fredericksville in Albermarle, where W John shows birth dates and places around and before 1750.
We have requested the sources for these dates and places from W John Slayton in the past, with no response. This material is, in our opinion, hopelessly compromised.
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