Rapidly the pioneers of Putnam county are passing away. The death of Dr. John Slavens occurred Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Allen, due to the general decline incident to his extreme age.
Of the old settlers of Putnam county none was better known than Dr. Slavens.
Dr. Slavens was born March 1, 1811 and came to this county in 1826 and joined with the other pioneers in clearing the forests and making this county what it is today. He attended school in Kentucky before coming to this county and obtained a good education for that time and when he came here engaged in teaching for several years. In 1838 be began the practice of medicine after having read with Dr. A.C. Stevenson of Greencastle. When he had equipped himself sufficiently he began the practice of his profession at Portland Mills but stlll pursued his studies until 1848 when he was graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville.
He was a member of the Christian church from the time he moved to this state and lived a Christian Iife. In 1842 he was married to Sarah Warden and to that union was born six children, all of whom survive him except one.
The funeral occurred Thursday at 11 o’clock at Brick Chapel conducted by Elder Ed Lane of Bainbridge.
Greencastle (Indiana) Star and Democrat, October 6, 1905.