On the drive home from vacation back to the Tarheel State I was able to swing by take a few hours and explore Granville County and do an initial real world genealogical quest. I’ve written here before about my paternal grandmother’s family, but not much about the Slaughters.
The wife and I stopped at the Granville County Historical Society Museum, as it seemed the logical thing to do. I’d found out on the web that the genealogical society had a meeting the night before, but we didn’t want to leave my parents so soon.
The Granville Historical Society Museum is housed in a former jail, and is a fairly modest two-story museum. We signed the guest book and I dropped $2 into the donation jar. It was filled with the things you’d expect, but I walked right by the first hint of the Slaughter name. The wife called me back to a covered display case focusing on Granville residents in World War I. One of the showcase items was a book featuring men who served in the war and it just so happened to be laying open to a page of “S” surnames.
Chief Mechanic, Battery F, 316th Field Artillery, 81st Division. Born July 25, 1888. Son of J.M. Slaughter. Entered service April 1, 1918, at Camp Jackson, S.C. Went overseas August 5, 1918. Promoted to Chief Mechanic November 19, 1918. Honorably discharged June 17, 1919.
I do not have Clifton in my Family Tree yet, and looking over my charts I’m not sure if I have his father J.M. Slaughter. The father might be John Meldrone Slaughter (May 18th, 1858- Oct. 20, 1892, married to Loujinia Ann (Yancey) Slaughter). I’m just guessing at this right now, because the initials and dates match up.
Either way, this was the only thing of value on display. The entire time we walked around, the man behind the desk at the entrance was regaling some older lady with tales. When we circumnavigated back to that spot, I decided to strike up a conversation for some leads. Unfortunately it turned out the man was a real fine talker, but he was half deaf. When I told him I saw a picture of Slaughter kin in a display, he thought I told him that I had kin in Florida. By the time it took me to untangle his misunderstanding, I knew that I’d get very little of from him. I DID find out that the “gift shop” was located in a separate building, so we made our way over there.
In the Harris Exhibit Hall, there was a craft show going on, and we sped past hand crotched doilies, beaded jewelry and someone who made things from driftwood. We eventually made it to the gift shop, where I hit gold.
The Granville County Genealogical Historical Society 1746, Inc. had four volumes of the “Granville County Cemetery Book” on a rack, and I quickly opened each one to the index. In one of the volumes I found reference to the “Goshen Chapel Community Cemetery (Slaughter Cemetery)” and quickly turned to that page. I was exstatic to find not only a family graveyard, but reference to the first Slaughter to come to the US, Jacob Slaughter.
The book was $25, I was on the drive home from a week-long vacation, I only needed the information on two pages of the book. I quickly rationalized that the $2 donation I’d previously made covered me obtaining the information in the book, and quickly snapped away with the camera on my Nexus One.
I ended up missing some of the information, but all that I captured I’ve transcribed at the bottom of this post.
We followed the directions and about half-way there noticed that at the very end of the directions it mentions that you have to walk a mile into the woods on private property, and olso noted that you had to cross a creek. My wife didn’t have the right shoes and I wasn’t sure I was ready to walk a minimum of two miles, but we forged ahead anyway. We got to the spot where it said and I thought I might as well see if I can’t at least drive to find a trail or other opening, or possibly a farmhouse with a property owner to ask permission from.
We drove down Sunset Rd. running a parallel path to what we would be walking. When the odometer had hit the mile point, there was still nothing but dens woods towards the theoretical direction of the gravesite. I figured i’d drive to the end and lake a right, maybe the property owners house was nearby. As we neared Old Roxboro Rd., there was, right on the corner, a small graveyard.
“Huh, look at that.” I wondered, “Could this be the graveyard, and they’ve added new roads? I pulled in front and saw “SLAUGHTER” chiseled into a headstone! We quickly parked in the driveway of a run down house across the street and I ran to the graveyard. Lots of Slaughters in that ground, and the first stone that I saw was JACOB SLAUGHTER.
What I didn’t know, or figure out until we’d left, is that this was a totally separate Slaughter graveyard. We didn’t make it to the Goshen Chapel Community Cemetery, but this one filled my needs and was right on a street corner to boot.
I’d read that the Daughters of the American Revoltion had paid tribute to Jacob by placing a plaque on some road, but I wasn’t sure what road it was, nor where.
I don’t know if this is a second plaque by the DAR, or that same one mentioned in previous research.
Micheal T. Slaughter is a family member who has done extensive genealogical research and writes the following:
Jacob Schlotterer was born on July 25, 1732 in Bodelshausen, Wurttemberg to Jacob Schlotterer and Anna Barbara Albrecht. Bodelshausen is a very small village just a few miles south of Stuttgart, Germany. He had six brothers and sisters, Hanns Bernhardt (born September 1717), Anna Barbara (born December 1718), Waldburga (born November 10, 1720), Anna Maria (born October 24, 1722), Agnes (born June 1725) and Martin (born April 15, 1727). The older Jacob Schlotterer was born October 12, 1693 and was a tailor. Anna Barbara Albrecht was born October 2, 1690. They were married January 28, 1716.
In 1723, Charles Alexander became Duke of Wurttemberg. He had become Catholic and tried to force people to go to the Catholic churches. A Jewish financier loaned him the money to hire soldiers to carry out his wishes. Charles Alexander died in 1737, and in 1738 the financier was tried and hanged. The duke’s son, Charles Eugene became old enough to rule in 1744. He was no better than his father. Many Germans, especially Lutherans, decided to go to America for religious freedom.
In 1749, Jacob Schlotterer and his brother, Martin, left their village to come to America. Some other Schlotterers also left at the same time. They were Jacob (born April 28, 1726, son of Jacob and Ursula), Mattheis (born December 25, 1722, son of Michael and Agnes), and Johann Conradt (born August 23, 1726, son of Matthies and Anna Barbara). They went down the Rhine River to Rotterdam (in what is now the Netherlands) and boarded the ship Chesterfield. The captain was Thomas Coatam. The ship sailed to Cowes, England for supplies and then left for America. The Schlotterers arrived in Philadelphia. On Saturday, September 2, 1749, they went to the courthouse and took an oath of allegiance to George II, King of England. They also signed a passenger list. The Pennsylvania Gazette (a newspaper published by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia) on September 7, 1749, recorded the arrival of the Chesterfield. Jacob settled in Germantown, which is now within the city limits of Philadelphia. He then got married and started raising a family. The area was getting crowded, so he and his family moved south, as many other German immigrants were doing.
On November 9, 1757, Jacob Schlotterer bought 640 acres of land on both sides of Shelton Creek in St. John’s Parish, Granville County from John Carteret, Earl of Granville. Jacob lived on the southern half of this one square mile tract until he died in 1824. The Daughters of the American Revolution have erected a marker on Rural Paved Road 1309 near Berea not far from his farm in memory of his service during the Revolutionary War.
Jacob Schlotterer probably married in Pennsylvania, although no record has been found so far. Many marriages from that period of time were not recorded. There is a marriage record in Christ Church in Philadelphia for Jacob Slaughter and Mary Hoffman on March 17, 1761, that may be his second marriage, since there is no proof so far that he actually moved to North Carolina before taking the State Oath on May 22, 1778.
And thanks to Google I was able to find the following in “The State Records of North Carolina, Volume 22”:
There are a number of other Slaughter graves, photos below:
The Woodmen of the World tombstones are odd, as I’d never heard of the group. Looked them up at http://www.woodmen.org/, seems to be a community group for charity and getting a discount on insurance.
So, between now and my next trip I’ll have gathered more information. I plan on taking a whirlwind tour of gravesites and maybe a few living relatives.
I have very few photos of Slaughter prior to my grandfather, so I’ll be keen to track anything down that I can.
The following transcribed text from “Granville County Cemetery Book”, but much of this information is also at http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/gran/cem178.htm
Goshen Chapel Community CemeteryTombstones1. Evans, Abraham b. 16 Feb 1829 d. 9 Dec. 1906
2. Evans, Jane b. 1820 d. 1836
3. Thorp, Sarah Age 99 yrs d. 15 Nov. 1920w/o Isaac Thorp
4. Donkin, Howvell b. 14 Jun 1832 d. 31 May 1875s/o Charles & Henrietta Donkin
5. CAS b 186? d. 18 Dec. 1921(Woods Funeral Home marker)
6. Slaughter, S.P. b. 24 May 1871 d. 1 Jan 1911
7. Slaughter, Catherine Age 70 yrs d. 1904Carved Fieldstones
8. ST b. 1832 d. 24 Nov. 1922
9. ECD d. 1873
10. Duncan, C.H. b. 1799 d. 8 Nov. 1871Cut by SM Slaughter
11. Duncan, S.H. d. 27 Aug. 1876
12. Reagan, N.E. d. 22 Sep(?) 1876
13. Beaver, J.W. b. 25 Nov. 1905
14 Ragan, E. d. Jun. 1891
15. MS d. 1882
16. BF & KIM d. 20 Aug 1846
17. DUN d. 1854
18. Slaughter, JacobHis memorial stone is located in the Slaughter Cemetary at the intersection of Allensville and Sunset roads.
19. Slaughter Abraham (missing information, I didn’t get this part in the photo)
20. (missing information, I didn’t get this part in the photo)
21. Slaughter, Infants/o William Albert & Roxie Huff Slaughter
22. Humphries, Jasper
According to Mrs. Patricia Slaughter, Mrs.Lillian Adcock and Mrs. Gertrude Huff Humphries, the cemetary was called Goshen Chapel Community Cemetary and was located on what was called Mill Hill Rd. Blacks are said to be buried there also. – Kitty B. Humphries, May 1980.
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