SLAVENS, George Washington - 1829-1907

Clinton, MO, July 1907 - Buried Yesterday - The funeral of George Slavens, who died Tuesday night of old age, was conducted Wednesday by Rev. A. N. Lindsey, after which the body was laid to rest in Bethlehem Cemetery. Uncle George was one of Henry County's pioneer residents. - G. W. Slavens, who for some time has been in poor health, died at his home on East Ohio street Tuesday evening July 23, 1907, at 7:15. A native of Ohio and was born in Scioto County, November 23, 1829 and came to Henry County in 1837 and located in Bethlehem township, where he owned one of the best farms in the county. A few years ago he moved to Clinton and bought a neat cottage on East Ohio street. Married three times, and a devoted and heart-broken wife, with five children, by his first two wives, survive him. A member of the Christian church and a man among men. Funeral at Bethlehem. Mr. Slavens came to Missouri with his parents when he was nine years old. In 1851, he, with his father and a number of others, went to California in search of gold but were unsuccessful. On returning home, he homesteaded some land and added to this from time to time until he owned one of the most pleasant and comfortable homes in Henry County. On August 4, 1853, he married Miss Nancy Jane Parks but, in a few years, death claimed her and he was left with six little ones. He had to taste the bitter cup so often in life. Two of these children, Willie and May, died in childhood and John R. died in California and left a wife and two children; the oldest, Mrs. Mary C. Ballard, lives in Washington, Mrs. Susan Crews in Liberty and Mrs. Jessie Parks in Henry County. Seven years later he married Mrs. Agnes Jane Nichols on August 31, 1873. She brought with her one son, James P. Nichols, who lives with his family near Brownington. This union had four children; Mrs. Edna G. Brown, who lives near Clinton; Effie B., who died at 16; Mrs. Nannie Brown and Chas. S. Slavens of Clinton. When the youngest of these was five weeks old, the mother was taken away. Mr. Slaven's widowed mother lived with him and one could see him going to her room three times a day to see if she was warm and comfortable. He was married March 1, 1885 to Mrs. Sallie Brown. They, with her three boys, Harry, Frank and Allie, and the four that were there always had a joyous welcome for the older children when they visited the dear old home and today ten children mingle their tears together for the loss of him who found great pleasure in making for them a pleasant and comfortable home.

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