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Re: Slaytons..Obion County, Tennessee
Posted by: Clinton Slayton Date: January 24, 2002 at 18:19:58
In Reply to: Slaytons..Obion County, Tennessee by johanna thompson of [an error occurred while processing this directive]

I suspect that this family you seek, headed by Leonard with Hershel as a son,is connected with the Hopkins co KY family of Hershel G Slaton b 1888; it may be a coincidence, but, finding Leonard's full name could be important since these men may not be found with their families as children because of the loss of the 1890 census. Both the 1910 & 1920 census show Leonard b KY. Many families from W KY lived in Obion and Montgomery cos TN, but of course the world was getting mobile by these years.

The use of the female name "Queen" is also evident in this line, as it is in Hopkins co KY. There is a cross naming pattern in Hopkins for Leonard, son of Augie Slaton, but again, this may be a coincidence, but I would like to see these clues followed up.

Julia Mitchel and I recently visited W KY and we suspect that many of the "black" Slayden/Slaytons in Obion and Montgomery cos are connected to the large Middle TN Slayden family, whose descendants migrated to W KY (Graves, Hickman, Fulton, and up to McCracken).

Among the slave-holders were Stokely Westmoreland Slayden, whose descendants moved to Graves co, and Thomas A Slayden, a son of the abovenamed man. Many of these families lived or worked in Obion co TN and Montgomery (Clarksville) TN.
Slave schedules only show first names if at all, so it can be assumed that some of these families may have used the Slayden/Slayton name from this forced association. Still others are almost certainly "blood relatives" through this same forced association.

In Paducah, Alfred and son Boyd Slayden appear in numerous records; Sandy Slayden, a barber, lived in Graves Mayfield) but I suspect later moved to Clarksville.

I too am interested in contact any Slaytons "of color." I would like to see more research activity among these families. I have a website devoted to ALL families with this name, and have much data to share that might help.


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