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This is not my direct line, so these are not my uncles. I host a website for all families with a name like this.
William Justice "Silver Bill" Slaydon came to the LA/TX border area from VA, where it is thought that he contracted more than one marriage and possibly some more irregular liasons in the bayou. One of his sons married Harriet Magee, said to be from the most notorious family band of miscreants along the border. He was called Silver Bill because of his hair. He is described variously in census as "blacksmith" and "miller."
His descendants lived in Sanger TX, DeRidder LA, and generally what is now the Beauregard Parish and Newton co TX. Several books about Newton, as well as some about MS, mention this family because Arch Slaydon, a descendant, was fortunately a story-teller, probably a skill he honed as a barber. His descendants Sam and Leland Slaydon, are still found in these areas. The MS branch operated a grocery store for many years, through Cullen and Carlos Slaydon, if I remember right.
This family group is virtually the ONLY group that spells the name SLAYDON. I believe they are directly related to the large SLAYDEN group that settled in mid and west TN. Unfortunately, the "early" (b before 1840) individuals who settled west of the MS river, are very hard to tie back because they left VA so many years before good records were kept in the "West." Another researcher has published this line as connected back but I consider this guesswork.
It seems plausible that the woman living with him in the 1850 census, Mary b 1788, is his mother. It is also likely that the birthplaces that look like LA are supposed to be VA for many of them. He seems to be married to a Nancy, possibly two Marys, and an Arena. The family got mixed up with the Burge's and several murders are reported among this group. A Salome Slaydon married a Burge, while the Salina Slaydon you mention looks very much like a daughter of Howell Slaydon. Please check the boards for Mr Gosnell. He is a direct descendant of Howell and tells me that this branch moved to Vernon Parish LA. My attempts to invite him to my site indicate that his provider has some sort of firewall that disallows his from participating. He can send to me but not receive excpet through these boards.
There are several descendants on my site who are anxious to view these pictures. If you wish to extend your Watson research into the Slatons, I will be happy to invite you to the site. You may not be aware that Dorothy Lamour, the film star, descends from James A & Mary (Watson) Slaton. Their son, Samuel Watson Slaton, was Dorothy's grandfather. She was born a Slaton but used a variant of her stepfather's name, Lambour, to form her "stage name."
There is a persistent theme among the records that these Watsons were mixed up with the Creek Indians, and Dorothy Lamour never doubted that there was some Native American in her background, but she has passed away and I have not been able to pursue whether this is from the paternal (Watson-Slaton) side or the maternal (Carmen Laporte).
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