George W. Slavens, farmer, section 33, owes his nativity to Scioto County, Ohio, where he was born November 23, 1829. While he was a small boy the family removed to Indiana, where they remained about eighteen months, going thence to Vermillion County, Illinois. In 1837 they came to Henry County, Missouri, locating on section 11, Bethlehem Township, and being among the early settlers here. George spent his boyhood days in following the plow, and attending the old log schools, which were then few and far between. He remained with the family till the summer of 1854, subsequently settling on his present farm of 260 acres, all of which is well improved and fenced. Mr. Slavens was united in marriage August 4, 1853, to Miss Nancy J. Parks, of Henry County, Missouri. They had six children, four of whom are living: Mary C., John R., Susan E. and Jessie. Mrs. S.'s death occurred in December, 1867. He was again married August 31, 1873, to Mrs. Agnes J. Nichols, whose maiden name was Parks. They had four children: Edna G., Effie B., Nannie and Charles S.
History of Henry and St. Clair County, Missouri
National Historical Co., St. Joseph, Missouri 1883.