IN THE NEWS
FRANK SLAVIN, PUGLIST
When your boxing days are over, how are you going to make a living? In 1930, the answer for Jack Slavin, a brother of the famed bare knuckles champion Frank "Paddy" Slavin, it was in selling a baldness cure. Check out Jack's "before and after" photos-- they don't look like the same man! (Literally!)Doing it the hard way!
Check out this interesting hundred year old letter showing what it was like to do genealogy back in the days before computers and the internet!
Victorian trade card advertising for Slaven's California Fruit Salt and other remedies. Numerous scans so it's a tad slow to load.
If your digestion's okay but you're bothered with "female weakness" then this elixir is the one for you-- it's infallible! Ad was taken from an 1888 Evansville, Indiana newspaper.
Gooch's Mexican Syrup used a letter from John Slavens of Etna Furnace, Ohio, in this newspaper ad from January 1877. Anyone know if John's wife or daughter eventually succumbed to tuberculosis?
Nearly a hundred years ago a descendant of "John of Tyrone" (John Slaven of Highland County, Virginia) had pretty much the same kind of questions about John and his ancestors as what we do today-- Protestant or Catholic, hero, commoner... Reuben Alexander Slaven Wade pondered poetically about his ancestor in his book of verse, California Songs, published in 1910. "Come out of the silence, old John of Tyrone..."
Both sides of a fanciful ad card for William Slevin's Sample Room, a "first-class bar" in Utica, New York. The card is thought to date from the late 1860's. Thanks to Andrew Fine for permission to use the scans.
John Daniel Slavin, Portrait Artist.
Newspaper story on John Slavin, a famed portrait artist in the 1940's, who had fallen on hard times by the end of the 60's. For a sample of Slavin's work, see this page (but not if female nudity offends you). Also check out this photo of Slavin at a portrait unveiling.
The Slavens Chapel, that used to stand near Hawk Point, Lincoln County, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Ray Slavens.
1920's era lineage card for James M. Slavens of Kansas City. Wouldn't genealogy be so much easier if all our ancestors came with their own lineage card? Scan courtesy of Ray Slavens.
A couple advertising cards/blotters from about the 1950's advertising Ball Band footwear, stamped by the Slaven Store Co. of Ravenswood, West Virginia. Les Shockley of the Jackson County WVGenWeb site tells me the store was good place to buy men's clothing until it closed in the early 1970's.
Transcriptions of news items involving Slaven, Slavin, and Slevin family members, taken from the Brooklyn Eagle and New York Herald between 1850 and 1900.
From the BBC, a story of a brave mountaineering lad who saved his father while on a climb.
UK football (soccer) player Bernie Slaven.
If you've ever entered "Slaven" and "Ireland" or "Scotland" in a search engine, you've no doubt found many references to famous football (soccer to us Americans) player Bernie Slaven (photo), who was born in Scotland but gained fame playing for Middlesbrough and and other Irish teams "on the basis of the ubiquitous Irish Granny." After a notable career, like many American athletes, Slaven went into broadcasting. Slaven also has considered politics.
During the 19th century, The Boston Pilot ran notices from Irish immigrants trying to re-establish ties with missing family members. Here are five notices from the 1850s.
Story from the Hutchinson (Kansas) News, May 3, 1932, concerning the murder of J.O. Slavens, aka J.O. Smith. He was a son of Samuel Slavens, who was hung for his part in the Andrews Raid.
Copy of a private acts of the first session of the twentieth general assembly of the State of Tennessee in 1833 for the adoption of Polly Ann Martin by Daniel Slavens of Claiborne County.
1819 Madison County, Kentucky sale book
Images of a listing of the receipts of an estate sale in February 1819 in Madison County, Kentucky, where a John Slaven was one of the buyers. This is very likely the "John Slavin of Garrard County, Kentucky" as they are neighboring counties. The entire document is reproduced; John's name appears on pages 3 and 5. Thanks to Wayne and Teresa Long for providing the copies of the document. Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
For your listening pleasure...
The Reverend E.L. Slavens not only ministered his flock at chirches in the Kansas City area, he traveled the country with his "healing ministry" and also wrote and recorded a number of gospel records. Following the link to hear samples of his music. (Thanks to kind soul who did the transfers from the old 78 r.p.m. records!)
And on the stage...
Frank, a descendant of Isaiah Slavens through his son Benjamin, first came to my attention in 1995 in the penultimate Far Side cartoon, where Gary Larson gave credits for the popular cartoon series: "Animals were played by Frank Slavens and..." Frank and wife Kate are well known for their book on raising reptiles and amphibians in captivity. The link is to Frank and Kate's website, which has information on the book, their efforts to save the endangered Western pond turtle, a Cameroon art project, and more.
From Isaiah Slavens's Revolutionary War Pension file.
Story from an 1883 issue of the Casey (Iowa) Vindicator involving a Stuart Slaven, a $15 debt, a coat, and a pistol...
Back in the days before the Internet, people had to take pen in hand to share genealogical information with their distant cousins. Here are letters from Mary L. Slavens of Washington, D.C. in 1945, mainly concerning the James Hervey Slavens family, and from her sister Irene Donohoe, also of Washington, from 1962 concerning the John Slavin and Isaiah Slavens families and a second letter concerning William Stuart and James Hervey Slavens.
Ellen Vandiver has shared three turn-of-the-century letters from James Henry Slavens, a grandson of Isaiah Slavens. He was living in Missouri and Oklahoma at that time, writing to his daughter and family, Elmer and Minnie Slavens Chase. James's headstone is pictured in the Cemetery section. Apologies to Ellen for misattributing her donation earlier!
John Caster has shared a letter from Clinton Peters, husband of Elizabeth Slavens (daughter of Charles and Margaret (McClure) Slavens of Pike County, Ohio) to his daughter Harriet. Peters, a private in Co. E of the 33rd Ohio Infantry, had been been in the Union army not quite two months when the letter was written in April 1864. He was killed less than a month later at Resaca, Georgia, and is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Thanks to John for the letter.
Information from Emigrants from Ireland to America, 1735-43 concerning the forced emigration of prisoners to the American colonies. Includes information on three Slevin men so emigrated.
Do you have something to share that doesn't fit the categories of the other pages? I'd be glad to add it here!