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  • ID: I647471225
  • Name: John SLACK
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: Slack
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 Nov 1834 in Kanawha Co., VA 1
  • Death: 27 Dec 1916 in Kanawha Co., WV
  • Note:
    History of Charleston and Kanawha County, West Virginia and Representati
    ve
    Citizens
    W.S. Laidley
    Richmond Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, ILL.
    1911
    p. 436-438
    JOHN SLACK who is now living in Charleston, was born November 1st, 1834, i
    nElk District, this County, which was then a part of the State of Virgini
    a. His parents were Greenbury and Amelia (Triplett) Slack.
    The Slack family of West Virginia is of German origin. At an early day Phi
    lip Slack and wife came to Elk District from Pennsylvania, and here pass
    ed the rest of their lives.
    Of their children no record has been preserved, save of their son John, t
    he grandfather of our subiect, who was already a young man when he left P
    ennsylvania. He resided for some time on Elk River, but later moved to w
    hat is now known as Slack Branch of Blue Creek in the same district.
    This region was then quite a wilderness. He was a man of much native abil
    ity, became one of the early iustices of the peace of Kanawha County, ser
    ving under the old Constitution of Virginia in operation prior to 1850-;
    1. He acquired a small farm on Elk River, which property is now owned by o
    ne of his granddaughters, Mary Wingfield. He was a staunch supporter of t
    he Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a personal friend of Rev. Mr. Bascu
    m, afterwards Bishop Bascum of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; w
    ho was recommended by Henry Clay to be Chaplain of the United States Cong
    ress and
    was appointed. By virtue of the office of iustice of the peace he became t
    he high sheriff of Kana-wha County at some period early in the forties a
    nd lived to the age of eighty years. He rnar-ned Comfort Samuels and the
    ir children were Greenbury, John, Benjamin, Polly, Nancy and Martha. Pol
    ly died in
    Charleston in middle life the wife of John Atkinson. She was surviv
    ed by a son and daughter. The son died young and the daughter became t
    he wife of the Rev. j. B. Feather. of the Methodist Church.
    John Slack (2nd) was horn in Kanawba County and in early manhood ca
    me to Charles-ton. He was deputy sheriff under his father and became t
    he purchaser of the office of sheriff as was the custom of that day; a
    nd later in the year 1863 being regularly elected sheriff. The first sher
    iff elected under the
    Constitution of 1850-51 was J H. Fry; Slack being the second sheriff. W
    as elected for two terms, two years each. Also prior to the war he carri
    ed on salt manufacturing as a business, and also steam-boating, being capt
    ain. He married Sarah Porter and they reared a family. He was county a
    nd circuit court clerk of Kanawha County for several years, commencing wi
    th the date June 20th, 1863.
    Benjamin Slack was a teacher and farmer. He married twice, first to Mart
    ha Phillips and secondly to a Miss King, and had children by both wive
    s. Nancy Slack married Charles Bryant, a carpenter; they resided in Charl
    eston and were survived by children.
    Martha Slack married Edward High and lived to advanced age in Kanawha Coun
    ty, and they left children.
    Greenbury Slack, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Elk Dis
    trict, Kanawha County, W. Va., in i8jo, and died at Charleston, W. Va
    ., in 1874. He was identified with public matters both in the county and s
    tate for many years. After the Constitution of 1850-5i became effecti
    ve he was elected a justice of the peace. At the time the State of Virgin
    ia seceded he was an earnest supporter of the Union; and was later a memb
    er of the Consti-tutional Convention that brought about the ad-missi
    on of West Virginia to statehood in 1863. He also took an active part in t
    he organization of the state government at Wheeling called the restored go
    vernment of Virginia. Afterwards he was elected to the West Virginia Senat
    e, and was also at one time collector of tolls on the river for the Stat
    e. Atways a strong anti-slavery man, he
    naturally allied himself with the Republican party; and a




    Father: Greenbury SLACK b: 3 Dec 1807 in Kanawha Co., VA
    Mother: Amelia Hedgman TRIPLETT b: 5 Apr 1812 in Greenbrier Co., VA

    Marriage 1 Harriett YOUNG b: 30 Mar 1839 in Kanawha Co., VA
    • Married: 20 Feb 1866 in Kanawha Co., WV
    Children
    1. Has No Children Nellie Amelia SLACK b: 25 Jul 1867 in Kanawha Co., WV
    2. Has No Children Norman Hedgeman SLACK b: Abt 1869 in Kanawha Co., WV
    3. Has Children Elizabeth SLACK b: 20 Aug 1872 in Kanawha Co., WV
    4. Has No Children John Mark SLACK b: 14 Dec 1876 in Kanawha Co., WV
    5. Has No Children Charles Marshall SLACK b: 11 Dec 1879 in Kanawha Co., WV

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