One of the most prominent families on Little Sandy for the past sixty five years are the descendants of one William Slaven, who came there in 1843 or 1844.

Prior to his removal to Jackson County, Slaven had served as sheriff of Randolph County, and had represented Lewis County in the House of Delegates at Richmond. He was a magistrate, or Justice of the Peace, for many years, and a prominent buyer and shipper of cattle in Randolph, Barbour, Harrison, Lewis and adjoining counties.

He was a son of Jacob Slaven, a soldier in the Revolution. Of his brothers and sisters, there were -
Jacob and John, who lived in the eastern part of the state.
Nancy, who married and went to Ohio.
Margaret, who married Stewart Wooddell, at one time sheriff of Pocahontas County. Joe Wooddell, the newspaperman, was their son.

William Slaven was almost ninety two when he died, in 1889 or 1890. He was twice married, his first wife being Margaret Wooddell. After her death, he was again married, to Nancy, daughter of Old Johnny Cline.

William and Margaret Slaven’s children were:

Charles was a forty-niner, went to California and disappeared.
John W. married Mary Cline, John Cline’s daughter. He was born in 1825 and lived on Little Sandy for many years.
William W. married Fidelia, daughter of Robert Warth, and lived on Little Sandy.
James Slaven married Emmeline, daughter of James Somerville.
Margaret Slaven married Andrew Somerville, and lived on the head of the left fork of Sandy.
Nathan Slaven was in the Confederate Army, and was wounded at Fort Donelson and died.
Henry Slaven was also in the Confederate Army, and lost a leg at the Winchester fight. He married Sarah Flinn, and lived on the Nesselrode place.
Elizabeth M. Slaven married Joseph Yeager Springston.

The children of the second family were:

Francis was a chaplain in the Confederate Army, married in Ohio.
Mary married first Jake Gough, and second a Bell.
Roland married Lucy Davenport.
Harriet married Harry Wilkeson, and lived near Cottageville.
"Carline" married George, son of Bill McFee.
Martha married a Cawthorne and went to Michigan.
Sarah married Tom Ingram and lived on Pond Creek.
Lucy married Dave Pickens, and lived on Sandy.

History of Mill Creek and Sandy Valley and Its Early Settlement,
compiled by John A House, 1906.
Jackson County (WV) Pioneers Project