Name: William Slaven
Birth: 6 JUL 1798
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William Slaven, son of John the pioneer, was born July 6, 1798, and wa s married in 1819 to Margaret Wooddell, daughter of Joseph Wooddell, a t Green Bank. She was born June 29, 1800.
They were the parents of six sons and two daughters. Their names wer e Charles, who died seeking gold in California; William Patrick, Jame s Cooper, Henry, Nathan-- a Confederate soldier killed at Fort Donelso n; 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. Will iam Slaven's descendants mainly live in Jackson, Wirt, Lewis, and Gilm er Counties, and are reported to be prosperous and good people of tha t section of West Virginia.
While living in Pocahontas County, William Slaven was a person of mark ed prominence-- a member of the Virginia Legislature, magistrate, an d Assessor. More than sixty years ago he concluded a move to Lewis Cou nty. Assisted by John Wooddell, his household effects were carried ove r Cheat mountain to Lawyer See's near Huttonsville on pack horses, the re being only a bridle path at the time. He lived awhile on Leading Cr eek, Lewis County; thence west to Wirt County, near Burning Springs; a nd finally to Jackson County, a few miles from Ravenswood. In his ne w places of residence, after leaving Pocahontas, he was honored with p laces of trust, served the public as magistrate and deputy sheriff, wh ich at that time meant the full, active duties of sheriff. He leaves t he 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