Name: William Slaven
Birth: 06 JUL 1798
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William Slaven, son of John the pioneer, was born July 6, 1798, and was married in 1819 to Margaret Wooddell, daughter of Joseph Wooddell, at Green Bank. She was born June 29, 1800.
They were the parents of six sons and two daughters. Their names were Charles, who died seeking gold in California; William Patrick, James Cooper, Henry, Nathan-- a Confederate soldier killed at Fort Donelson; and Elizabeth, who became Mrs. Osborne of Gilmer County.
William Slaven's second marriage was with Nancy Cline, of Lewis County, and there were five daughters and four sons by this marriage: Mary, Sarah, Caroline, Martha, Lucy, Frank, Lanty, Roland, and Perry. William Slaven's descendants mainly live in Jackson, Wirt, Lewis, and Gilmer Counties, and are reported to be prosperous and good people of that section of West Virginia.
While living in Pocahontas County, William Slaven was a person of marked prominence-- a member of the Virginia Legislature, magistrate, and Assessor. More than sixty years ago he concluded a move to Lewis County. Assisted by John Wooddell, his household effects were carried over Cheat mountain to Lawyer See's near Huttonsville on pack horses, there being only a bridle path at the time. He lived awhile on Leading Creek, Lewis County; thence west to Wirt County, near Burning Springs; and finally to Jackson County, a few miles from Ravenswood. In his new places of residence, after leaving Pocahontas, he was honored with places of trust, served the public as magistrate and deputy sheriff, which at that time meant the full, active duties of sheriff. He leaves the reputation of being always an efficient, trustworthy business man.
Father: John Slaven b: 1725 in Tyrone, Ireland
Mother: Elizabeth Stuart b: 1726
Margaret Wooddell b: 29 JUN 1800
- Jacob Gillespie Slaven b: 26 JAN 1804 in Viriginia