224. John Slover was
born in 1755 in Augusta Dist., VA. He died on 3 May 1813 in South Union, Logan
Co., KY. He was buried on 4 May 1813 in South Union, Logan Co., KY. He has
reference number 3M86-9L. Extracted from the Selover - Slover family history
1682 - 1941 Was taken captive by the Indians 1764, when his father was killed
by the Indians. When about 20, he came back to Ft. Pitt, where he met relatives
and was persuaded to remain. The family has a story that he had married an Indian
girl and had a family that he hesitated to leave, but was finally persuaded to
return to civilization. He served in the Revolution, his service being recorded
in the Penn. Archives.- Capt. Chas. Reed's Co., 4th Batt., Washington Co. Militia,
1782 and Capt. Chas. Reed's Class Rolls, Chester Co. Militia, 1781. The Sandusky
Expedition under Col. Wm. Crawford: guide, John Slover. Several versions
of the story of John's second capture and escape have been printed but the authentic
one surely, is the one dictated by John Slover himself, to Hugh Brackenridge
and printed for the purpose of presenting it to Congress, asking for help in
subduing the Indians on the Ohio Frontier. W.M. Slover of Silvis, Ill. and the
compiler were both fortunate enough to secure copies of the 1867 re-print of
the Nashville edition, of which only 500 copies were made. The story in brief
- while serving as a guide for Col. Wm. Crawford's ill-fated expedition against
the Indians, John Slover and several others were captured. One by one, they were
killed after brutal torture, leaving John for the last. After days of torture,
he was tied to a stake and a fire started. A sudden, heavy rainstorm came up
and put out the fire and his death was saved for the next day. That night he
was gaurded closely, but toward dawn the Indians fell asleep and John managed
to get loose. He chose the best horse in the meadow, took a rug for protection
and rode away. With nothing but the rug for saddle and clothing, the flies and
mosquitoes nearly drove him crazy, as his body was a mass of pulp from the torture.
When the horse dropped dead, he continued on foot and after several days, without
food, he reached Wheeling and had to coax a boatman to take him across the river,
as he looked like a negro. Jas. A. Slover in his letter to Mrs. Hight, told
of talking to the man who had washed John Slover after his death, and saw the
terrible scars on his body from his torture. John and his family moved to
Red Banks, New Henderson, Ky., and the Busero, Indians, where he joined the Shaker
Family, there. "Shaker's of Ohio", contains some account of him. He
left that Family about 1812, moving with some of them to South Union, Logan Co.,
Ky., where he died in 1833. His grave was located by Thomas Henderson Slover,
who wanted to put up a memorial to him. This was refused by the Family on the
grounds that every member was to be treated alike. Leonard Slover, lately tried
to locate the grave, but the land had been bought by a land company and the graveyard
had been cleared away. Harper's Magazine, July 1857, contains a very interesting
account of the customs of the Shakers,- who did not believe in marriage. Persons
already married had to give up their marriage, - the women living in one large
house and the men in another. Their religious ceremonies consisted of dancing
to hymns made up as they danced. Their life was communistic: all lived from the
same wealth, earned by the Family. As there were no marriages, recruits were
often found in orphan children adopted by the Family. This religion has practically
died out, although one Family still exists at new Lebanaon, Columbia Co., N.Y.
We do not know about all the children of John Slover, except that his brother,
Abraham, stated that there were seven.
The following information was found 15 May 2001 at:
A BALLAD OF THE OLDEN TIME
The following quaint old ballad, illustrative of the songs of the olden time,
contains a very fair account of the Crawford campaign. Much of the early history
of this region might be obtained from the verses and songs of the pioneers, but
unfortunately, many of them have entirely disappeared and are beyond the reach
of the antiquarian. The following is from an admirable collection of these ballads
entitled "South Western Pennsylvania in Song and Story;" compiled and
published by Frank Cowen , Esq., of Greensburgh, Pa.
Come all you good peop'e wherever you be,
Pray draw near awhile and listen to me;
A story I'll tell you which happened of late,
Concerning brave Crawford's most cruel defeat.
A bold hearted company, as we do hear,
Equipped themselves, being all volunteer;
Their number four hundred and eighty and nine;
To take the Sandusky town was their design.
In seventeen hundred eighty and two,
The twenty-sixth of May, I tell unto you,
They crossed the Ohio, as I understand,
Where brave Colonel Crawford, he gave the command.
With courage undaunted away they did steer,
Through the Indian country without dread or fear,
Where Nicholson, Slover, and Jonathon Zane
Conducted them to the Sandusky plain.
Now brave Colonel Crawford, an officer bold,
On the fifth day of June did the Indians behold.
On the plains of Sandusky; at three the same day,
Both armies did meet in battle array.
The Indians on horseback - Girty gave the command-
On the side of the plains, they bold'y did stand;
Our men like brave heroes upon them did-fire,
Until backward the Indians were forced to retire.
Our rifles did rattle and bullets did fly;
And some of our men on the ground there did lie;
And some being wounded, to comrades they said,
"Fight on, brother soldiers, and be not dismayed!"
Then brave Colonel Williamson, as I understand,
He wanted two hundred men at his command;
If the same had been granted, I make no great doubt,
But he soon would have put the Indians to rout.
For this brave commander, like a hero so bold,
Behaved with courage, like David of old,
Who with the Philistiens he used to war,
And returned safe home without receiving a scar.
There was brave Major Brinton, the first in command,
In the front of the battle he boldly did stand;
With courage and conduct, his part did maintain,
Though bullets like hail in great showers they came.
And as this brave hero was giving command;
The rifle balls rattled on every hand,
He received a ball, but his life di not yield;
He remained with the wounded men out on the field.
Brave Biggs and brave Ogle received each a ball;
On the plains of Sandusky, it was their lot to fall;
And not these alone, but several men
Had the honor to die on the Sandusky plain.
There was brave Captain Munn like a hero of old,
Likewise Captain Ross, who was another as bold,
Received each a ball, but did not expire,
Though into the camp they were forced to retire.
There was brave Captain Hogland, I must not go past;
He fought many battles his country to save;
On the plains of Sandusky, he received a wound-
Not being able to go, he was left on the ground.
There were Sherrard and Rogers with Paull of renown;
They marched with Crawford to the Sandusky town.
Where they bravely did fight till the battle was done,
And without a scar they returned safe home.
Out officers all so bravely did fight,
And likewise out men, two days and a night,
Until a reinforcement of Indians there came,
Which caused us to leave the Sandusky plain.
Then said our commander, "Since we have lost ground-
By superior numbers they do us surround-
We'll gather the wounded men, and let us save
All that's able to go, and the rest we must leave."
There was brave Colonel Crawford upon the retreat,
Likewise Major Harrison and brave Doctor Knight,
With Slover, the pilot, and several men,
Were unfortunately taken on the Sandusky plain.
Well, now they have taken these men of renown,
And dragged them away to the Sandusky town,
And there in their council condemned for to be
Burnt at the stake by cruel Girty.
Like young Disbolians, they this act did pursue,
And Girty, the head of this infernal crew-
This renegade whiteman was a stander-by,
While there in the fire their bodies did fry.
The scalps from their heads while alive they did tear;
Their bodies with red-hot irons they did sear;
They bravely expired without ever a groan,
Which might melt the heart that was harder than stone.
After our heroes were burnt at the stake,
Brave Knight and brave Slover, they make their escape;
And with Heaven's assistance, they brought us the news,
So none need the truth of these tidings refuse.
Now, from East unto West, let it be understood-
Let every one arise to revenge Crawford's blood,
And likewise the blood of these men of renown,
That were taken and burnt at the Sandusky town.
225. Nelly was born about 1757. She has reference
number 3M86-BR. Children were:
Eunice Slover was born in 1779 in PA. She died after 1814. She has reference
Jane (Jiney) Slover was born about 1780 in VA. She died after 1815. She
has reference number 8GQR-KL.
Nelly S Slover was born in 1781 in PA, USA. She died after 1831. She has
reference number 8GQR-LR.
Slover was born about 1784 in PA. He died in 1858. He has reference number
Preston Slover was born about 1788 in PA. He has reference number 3M86-QT.
FROM GEDCOM 2 DATE LIVING IN 1840
James Slover was born about 1794 in Pa Or Ky. He died between 1826 and 1828.
He has reference number 3M86-R1.