Slaughter - Slauter
by Carl W. Matthews
Submitted for use at this Website on Dec 1999
a biographical account of the life of
FRANCIS (SLAUGHTER) SLAUTER 1795 - 1842
Francis Slauter is a name not often recognized in Navarro County, Texas history, but his
name appears on many early land records of Navarro and several other Central Texas
Counties. Francis Slaughter arrived in Texas December l, 1835 and was named
"Chief Justice" of Robertson's Colony, responsible for filing deeds for land in
more present day Texas Counties than one could imagine. (see
Robertson County was formed in 1837 and organized in 1838. Almost every land
transaction recorded in Robertson County from 1838 until January 1842 bore the official
signature of Francis Slaughter. Those land transactions covered more than a little
of frontier Texas. The deeds recorded by Slauter at the Courthouse at "Old Fort
Franklin" represented the dreams of families who had left the comforts and safety of
homes "Back East" to begin a new life in a raw and savage and unforgiving and
hostile land area which was in Mexican Territory in 1835 and became The Republic of Texas
TEXAS COUNTIES ORIGINALLY PART OF ROBERTSON'S COLONY
l. Brazos l841 Part
2. Dallas l846 Part
3 Limestone 1846
4. Leon 1846
5. Navarro l846
6 Tarrant 1849 From Navarro
7. Ellis 1849 From Navarro
8. Falls 1850 From Limestone
9. Freestone 1851 From Limestone
l0. Johnson 1854 From Hill
ll. Parker 1855 Part from Navarro
12. Palo Pinto 1856 Part from Navarro
13. Hill 1853 From Navarro
14. Johnson 1854 From Hill
15. Hood 1861 From Johnson
Francis Slauter (1795-1842) must have descended from a hardy and adventurous family that
was always seeking new frontiers. He was, also, one of many Slaughters who
bore the name "Francis." The "First" Francis Slaughter wills
identified in America were in Rappahanock Co Virginia in 1656, in Richmond in 1718, in
Culpepper Co in 1766, and in Shenandoah Co in 1776. Some sources mention a Francis
Slaughter living in Isle of Wight. a Coastal County. These dates indicate a constant move
by the Slaughter family from the coast of Virginia to the frontier "over the
mountains" and into the Shenandoah Valley.
SLAUGHTERS IN KENTUCKY
Virginia Wills reveals a Col. Robert Slaughter, who lived in Culpepper Co. Virginia; who
married Mary Smith in 1723, died in 1769, and left his estate to wife Mary, and three
sons, Francis, Robert, and Thomas. A second Col. Robert Slaughter had served
as a Lt. Col. in the French and Indian War and in the Virginia House of Burgess 1772-1775,
quite possibly the son of the first.
The second Col. Robert Slaughter may have been among a group of settlers, many veterans of
the Revolutionary War, who were given grants in The Kentucky Territory. Three
hundred large boats of pioneers landed at the Falls of the Ohio River in 1780, a popular
stopping place located near present day Louisville, Jefferson Co.
Kentucky had but recently opened for settlement and many of the lands
were given to veterans of the French & Indian War.
Military records from Kentucky state that a Robert Slaughter was mustered in September
1793 from the Cavalry unit headed by Capt. John Gordon. Three months later,
September 17, 1793, Robert Slaughter, Esq., was licensed to practice law in Jefferson Co.
This Robert Slaughter would not have been Col. Robert Slaughter for a Colonel
would not have been serving under a Captain.
Some members of the Slaughter Family, apparently, remained in Kentucky. Gabriel Slaughter,
whose relationship has not been established, was elected Governor of Kentucky 1816-1820.
SLAUGHTERS FROM KENTUCKY IN WAR OF 1812
1812 Francis Slaughter, Cpl. Perchal Hickman's Co. 1st Rifle Reg. Kentucky 1812
William B Slaughter, Pvt. Peter Jordan's Co Barbee Reg. Kentucky Militia 1812
Francis T Slaughter, Pvt. Peter Jordan's Co Barbee's Reg. Kentucky Militia 1812
Edmond Slaughter, Pvt. Peter Jordan's Co Barbee Reg.
Kentucky Militia 1812 William H Slaughter, Cpl. James Ray's Co KY Mounted Vol.
Col Sam South 1812 Francis I Slaughter, Cpl. Peter Dudley's Co, Boswell Reg. KY
Vol. 1812 Francis Slaughter 2nd Cpl Peter Dudley's Co. Ky Mounted Boswell Reg. Ky Vol
Detached 1812 Francis Slaughter, Pvt. Jacob Ellison's Co. Kentucky Mounted
Infantry Col. Richard M Johnson
SLAUGHTERS IN TENNESSEE
Robert Slaughter, Esquire, of Jefferson Co. Kentucky had a license to practice Law thee in
December 1793. Seven months later, July 1794, a Robert Slaughter comes
into the court of Davidson Co. Tennessee (Nashville) and is listed in the returns of the
estate of one Malichiah Sutton. Two years later, March 16, 1796, Robert
Slaughter purchases two hundred acres of land in Davidson Co. from Andrew Lucas.
Davidson Co. records indicate that Robert Slaughter sold his land in July
1796 to Churchwell Hooper for Five Hundred Pounds. He, also, sold a slave boy on July 30,
1796 in Davidson Co. Robert Slaughter died in Davidson Co. July 21, 1806.
BIRTHS, DEATHS,MARRIAGES IN TENNESSEE
1793 Mary Hodge Slaughter born Mother: Sarah Hodge dau. Francis and
Biddy (Mary Elizabeth)) Hodge 1795 - Francis Slaughter born (?)
1798 - Elizabeth Slaughter married Daniel Matthews - February 26 1798 -
William H Slaughter born in Tennessee 1801 - William Slaughter married Peggy Carter
March 2 1806 - Robert Slaughter died in Davidson Co Tenn 1806 - Sarah Slaughter
born. died Maury Co February 22, 1877 1834 - Zeb Slaughter married Sally
Matthews 1835 - Francis Slaughter married Minerva Catherine Matthews 1836 Millie Slaughter
married Mastin (Martin) Matthews
SLAUGHTERS FROM TENNESSEE IN WAR OF 1812
1812 - Abraham Slaughter, Private East Tennessee drafted Militia
1812 - Bernard Slaughter 1st Reg. U S Riflemen Williamson Co ???
1812 - John Slaughter Private, Volunteer Mounted Gunmen
1812 - Martin Slaughter Cpt. East Tennessee Drafted Militia
1812 - Reuben Slaughter Sgt. Volunteer Mounted Gunmen
Other Slaughters were identified as living in Mecklenburg Co. North Carolina in the late
1700's, an area from which many of the families living in Maury Co Tennessee in the
early 1800's had migrated. A Mecklenburg Co NC reference mentions a Capt. Francis
Slaughter whose will was probated in 1718 and who had lived at Isle of Wight. He is
said to have married first Elizabeth Hudson and, second, Margaret Hudson. ?
George Slaughter is identified in Maury Co Tennessee in the 1820 U S Census.
Francis, Andrew, and William are listed in the 1830 Census. Zeb
Slaughter married Sally Matthews in 1834. Millie Slaughter married Mastin Matthews
in 1836. Francis Slaughter married Minerva Catherine Matthews in 1835.
Many Slauter names appear in the ranks of those who served in the War of 1812 and Francis
Slauter's name appears. He was nineteen when he enlisted Sept. 28, 1814 in the
Militia under the command of Robert Evans. He was listed as a blacksmith from
Franklin, Williamson Co. Tennessee. No information has been found regarding his
Three years later, at age twenty-three, he married Miss Gertrude Lowe in Nashville on
September 11, 1817. The first child born to the union of Francis
Slauter and Gertrude Lowe was a daughter whose name was Sarah L. Slauter, born 1819.
Gertrude Lowe Slauter died at some point, possibly at the birth
of Sarah L.
Three more years passed and Francis Slaughter married a second time. His bride
was Lourania Evans, whose father was Daniel Evans, possibly a brother of the commanding
officer under whom Francis had served in the War of 1812. Three children of record
were born to this union. Daniel M. Slauter, born 1825. Lena (Linea) Slauter
was born in 1828 and William W. Slauter in 183l.
Francis Slauter had contracted "the virus of excitement" about a land to the
Southwest that offered great promise to those who could dare face the risks, the
uncertainties, and the dangers involved. Francis Slauter had met a tall, handsome
adventurer who made a trip to Texas in 1825. His name....Sterling Clack Robertson.
Robertson was born into a family of adventurers and entrepreneurs who had a hunger for
political power. His father and uncles were the vanguard of settlers in the
area that later became Tennessee. One uncle was Duncan Robertson, Governor of
Tennessee. Another uncle was president of the Merchants Bank in Nashville. A
young politician by the name of Sam Houston had been one of the original incorporators of
The Merchants Bank in Nashville had been responsible for the formation of a group of
merchants, doctors, lawyers, and teachers called The Texas Association, a group desiring
to create an empire in the Mexican province of Texas similar to what the Robertsons and
other had created in Tennessee. Robertson made a visit to Texas in 1825, probably in
company with Robert Leftwich who had been instructed by the Texas Association to obtain a
contract from the Mexican government which would permit the settlement of professional
people in a large area of Texas similar to what Stephen F. Austin had done.
Leftwich, accomplished the task..in his own name... and sold the contract to the Texas
Association for $8,000.00. Political changes in Mexico brought changes in Mexican
laws that restricted migration into Texas for a time, but in 1830 Sterling Clack Robertson
gathered several families and the group traveled by horseback to the area obtained by
Leftwich. The area....north of the El Camino Real (Old San Antonio Road) and between
the Brazos and
Trinity Rivers covered thousand of acres of wilderness. Robertson led his initial
group to a place just east of the Brazos and quite near the "Old San Antonio
Road." He called his new town, Franklin, after a town southeast of Nashville,
Leaving the initial group at Fort Franklin, Robertson returned to Tennessee to recruit
more settlers. Francis Slauter may have been an employee of Robertson in 183l for it was
on March 26, 1831 that he served as a "witness" for an
"indenture" by which Robertson took all but one thousand acres of land from a
4428 acres grant to be received by a settler from the Mexican government.
Three days later, March 29, 1931, Robertson paid passage on the ship, Criterion, for
Francis Slauter and twenty-six others. The trip would entail travel north on the
Tennessee River to Ashland, Kentucky...down the Ohio River...down the Mississippi River to
New Orleans. Schooners..(sailing vessels with two or more masts)...had established regular
schedules to various ports on the Texas coast. Settlers for Robertson's Colony were,
probably, landed at the mouth of the Brazos River and transported upstream to the ferry
landing at the "Old San Antonio Road."
Some question exists as to whether Francis Slauter actually made the trip to Texas in 1831
for his name does not appear in the list presented to the Mexican Authorities at that
time. His son, William M. Slauter, was born in 1831 and Margaret Lowe Slauter may
have had some complications with the deliver of the child, a factor which may have
prompted Francis Slauter to remain in Tennessee. This could well have been the time
when Gertrude Lowe Slauter died.
Gertrude Lowe Slauter died at some point between 183l and June 2, 1835 for it was on that
date that Francis Slauter married "Catherine Matthews" in Mary County,
Tennessee. A note of interest is that Zeb Slaughter married Sally Matthews in 1834 and
Mastin Matthews married Millie Slaughter in 1836..both in Mary Co. Minerva Catherine
Matthews was the daughter of Robert Harvey and Mary Ann Stewart Matthews who had migrated
to Mary County
from Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina c. 1808.
The first record of Francis Slauter being in Texas is found in a list of "new
arrivals" to Robertson's Colony dated "Jany 8, 1836." The report
lists Francis Slauter, aged forty, and from Tennessee. His wife, listed as "
Manerva", is twenty-three. Three children are listed in the report: Daniel M.
Slauter, aged ten; Lena Slauter, aged seven; William Slauter, aged four. The same list
includes R. H. Matthews, age 21, from Tennessee and "family servants."
Later documents report that the Slauters and Robert Harvey Matthews, brother of
Minerva Catherine, arrived at Fort Franklin on December 1, 1935.
The first child born to Francis and Minerva Catherine Slauter was Robert Francis Slauter,
born in 1836 in Texas. The second child, Mary Ann Slauter, was born in Tennessee,
perhaps on a trip to visit Catherine's father, Robert Matthews, who died in 1839.
Their third and last child was Louise Slauter, born in 1842, shortly before Francis
Slauter completed his will.
Robertson's Colony must have been very small in 1835. Fifteen years later the 1850
Census registered a total population of "nine hundred thirty-four...six hundred forty
whites...two hundred four blacks." Regardless of size, Francis Slauter was quickly
recognized as a man with outstanding abilities and was, in a short time, made Chief
Justice of the Colony. Slauter, as Chief Justice, was responsible for recording land
transactions, probates of wills, and other matters of judicial and legal importance.
The office of "Chief Justice" was a prestigious position in the community, but
it, apparently, failed to provide financial support to meet the needs of the Slauter
family. Francis Slauter and his brother-in-law, Robert Harvey Matthews, engaged
themselves in some type of retail store. The store sold corn for $1.00 a barrel...
"Texas Money". The partnership, apparently, did a generous
"credit" business. Accounts listed amounts from fifty cents to forty-one
dollars and included many names that were prominent in Navarro County a century later.
James D. Matthews owed $41.00. James D. Matthews had married Martha Patricia (Patty)
Matthews, his First Cousin and sister of Robert Harvey Matthews and Minerva Catherine
Matthews Slauter. James D, son of Joseph Matthews of Maury Co Tenn.,
had arrived at Fort Franklin at some point prior to January 1837 when he ran for
and won the position of County Coroner...24 to 23. Other with accounts included:
J F Galloway another Mary Co, Tennessee native W M Cook whose families lived at
Franklin and some settled in the Spring Hill area of Navarro county. James W Hill
relative of Dr. George Washington Hill L B Prendergast whose name was later found in
Navarro County George W. Morgan from Mary Co. Tennessee, whose relatives
were killed by Indians in 1838 north of present day Marlin, Texas M I Treadwell who lived
at Spring Hill and is remembered by Treadwell Branch that ran through the town James
Graham who settled south of Dawson and whose grandson, James R.Graham, built a large home
west of Dawson and opened "Graham's Park" to the public Thomas Flint whose
descendents lived in Dawson for many years.
Francis Slauter lived only six years after coming to Fort Franklin, but he was to acquire
several parcels of land during that time. He receive a grant for 4428 acres of land
on July 29,184l. He owned l77 acres of land adjacent to three improved "Town
Lots" in the Town of Franklin. He owned another 4602 acres of land. He
had purchased 723 acres of land from Jesse Webb and another ll07 from the Jesse B Atkinson
Headright. He held title to several Town Lots in Franklin in addition to the three
where he resided and he held a "Quit Claim" deed to one half the Town Lots
in the Town of San Augustine, Texas. His land holding included ll,067 acres and
numerous "Town Lots" in two towns.
Francis Slauter was forty-seven when he began to write his very detailed will that covered
seven handwritten pages. Francis Slauter was seriously ill and he was, apparently,
knowledgeable of his condition. His will was signed on February 4, 1842 and
witnessed by H R Persons, L B Prendegast, and Samuel S McMurry. He died at some
point between February 4, 1842 and sometime in August when the will was filed for probate.
The preamble of his will was typical of many wills written in the 1800's and filled with
beautiful, almost poetic language.
"REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, Robertson County: To all to whom these presents shall come.
Know that I, Francis Slauter, a citizen of said County and resident of the Town of
Franklin, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last will and
testament and direct the following disposition to be made of the worldly estate which it
has pleased God to entrust me with, (viz)."
Francis Slauter, judging him from his will, was a thoughtful and caring individual who
made detailed preparation for every eventuality. He must have had some training as a
lawyer for much of his will appears to bear the expressions of a legal mind.
His initial Article was to name an Executor and he named "my friend George W.
Hill," Dr. George Washington Hill, born 1814 in Warren County, Tennessee.
Some members of Dr. Hill's family may have arrived in Texas as early as 1830, but
George Washington Hill remained in Tennessee where he attended a college in Wilson,
Tennessee. He was to have studied medicine at Translyvania University in Kentucky,
but no records of his having attended exist. He performed "services" for
Robertson's Colony in 1835 for which he was paid Twenty-five cents. He served
1838-1839 as a representative from Robertson County to the Texas legislature and as
Secretary of War & Marine for The Republic of Texas under Presidents Sam Houston and
Anson Jones until the Republic was admitted to the United States in 1845.
Francis Slauter placed much confidence in Dr. Hill. So well respected was Dr. Hill
that he was often named as executor on wills drafted in the county. Francis
Slauter mention again and again in his will that "The Executor shall act as he sees
fit." Dr. Hill eventually "Saw Fit" to marry Francis Slauter's widow.
Dr. Hill and Minerva Catherine Matthews Slauter married November 17, 1847 and they
lived together until his death in 1860. They had no children of their own, but Dr.
Hill, apparently, served well in his role as father to the children of Francis Slauter.
Dr.Hill referred in his will to Robert Slauter as "a dutiful
Slauter stated precisely the names of his heirs. The daughter by his first wife,
Gertrude Lowe, Sarah L. Rankin who had become Mrs. John M. Rankin.
Children by his second wife, Lourania Evans....Daniel M Slauter,
Linea Slauter, and William W. Slauter. Children by his second wife, Minerva
Catherine Matthews were Robert Francis Slauter and Mary Ann Slauter. He was careful
to make provision for other children "as may hereafter be born in lawful wedlock of
my wife Catherine Slauter." The concluding article of his will stated, "I
hereby declare and name _______ Slauter, infant lately born of my wife Katherine M.
Slauter, one of my heirs." That unnamed child, a girl, was later named Louise
Slauter's will made provision for Catherine to remain in "reasonable possession, use
and enjoyment of the three improved lots" located in the Town of Franklin "which
I now reside." She was to "enjoy" the improvements on those lots and
the Labor of Land (l77 acres) adjoining which Slauter referred to as "My Farm."
She would be entitled to any additional six hundred forty acres contained in his
estate. She would, as well, receive "two milch cows, four sows and pigs, and
sufficient pork or large hogs..or aplentyful supply of meat for one year."
Catherine would receive the household and kitchen furniture.
Slauter instructed that "My Negro woman, Viney, together with her present and future
increase of children shall remain in possession of my wife Katherine free of charge for
the term of four years." The provision carried two conditions: One, she would
relinquish possession should she cease to become a widow, and, Two.".the negroes
could not be ill treated." He stipulated that "They...the negroes...be
well treated with respect."
The Executor was instructed to use the assets of
the estate to provide his heirs with a "Good English education."
Daniel M. Slauter was twice given special mention in the will. Despite the fact that
Daniel was seventeen at the time, Francis Slauter, apparently, had concern for his son's
future. Daniel was to receive his choice of his Father's horses and his Father's
bridle and saddle. He was, as well, to receive a "small rifle gun."
Daniel must have had a hearing difficulty, possibly existing throughout his life.
Francis Slauter instructed the Executor to use assets from the estate for any
treatment that might restore Daniel's hearing.
One Article in the will mentioned that Francis Slauter was to receive a portion of the
estate of George Hodge, then deceased, and formerly of Davidson Co. Tennessee (Nashville).
Whatever portion he was to receive was to be upon the death of Elizabeth Hodge.
He instructed the Executor to appropriate whatever was received from that source to
"the common benefit of the heirs in this will mentioned." Who were George
and Elizabeth Hodge. They may have been the maternal grandparents of Francis Slauter.
Francis Slauter was concerned as to where his children would live following his death and
stated his wishes for each child. Sarah L.Slauter had married John M. Rankin June
20, 1833 in Mary County, Tennessee , came to Texas at some point , and eventually settled
in San Augustine Co. Sons Daniel M. Slauter and William W. Slauter were to
live with either of three relatives: William H. Slauter, brother of Francis; John M.
Rankin, his son-in-law; or William D. Thomson, a relative who relationship is unknown.
William D Thompson was listed as one of three hundred settlers brought to Texas by
Robertson. Alexander Thompson was said to have been a partner of Robertson.
Whoever took the two boys were to become their Guardian until the boys read
the age of majority.
Slauter's will instructed that Linea (Lena) Slauter...then ten years of age...was to
receive the Guardianship of Henry Smith of Monroe Co. Tennessee, a county located
approximately one hundred fifty miles east of Maury County, Tennessee. Who was Henry
Smith? William H Smith was one of the signers of the petition presented to the
Mexican government verifying the character of Francis Slaughter. The Executor was
instructed to use estate funds to "take any minor heirs to the United States should
such become necessary." His children born by Minerva Catherine were to remain
in her care.
Francis Slauter died April 25, 1842. His will was filed for Probate in August 1842 and
confirmed on December 26, 1842. Alexander Patrick, J L McMurry, and Edwin LeRoy
Patton were appointed by the court to inventory the estate and they made their report to
the court on November 5, 1842. H Persons was serving as Chief Justice when the
probate was finalized. Their report included the lands and Town Lots previously
identified and named "Viney, the negro slave; her daughter, Caroline; and a three
year old negro girl whose name was Adoline."
The inventory, also, included $600.32 due the estate from various "accounts
receivable" both personal and from the partnership between Francis Slauter and Robert
Harvey Matthews. The amount would not be substantial by modern standards, but would
have purchased more than Twelve hundred acres of land in that day.
Francis Slauter was buried in Robertson County, but none of the graves registration lists
bear his name. A stone marker was, without doubt, placed over his grave, but many of
the old stones have weathered to illegibility and those individuals who remembered
the location of the grave have long since gone to Glory.
Family history relates that Minerva and her three children moved into the home of her
brother, Robert Harve Matthews and lived there until her marriage to Dr. Hill George
Washington Hill on November 17, 1847.. Dr. Hill was heavily involved with the
Republic of Texas until 1845 when the Republic of Texas became the 37th State of the
United States. The date of their move to the area of Western Navarro County is
not known, but, based on their marriage and the fact that Dr. Hill was named Postmaster at
Spring Hill in 1848, it would appear that the move was made at some point in the fall of
1847 or early in 1848. The first burial in the cemetery located just north of
Dr. Hill's cabin was in August 1848.
Dr. George Washington Hill, for whom Hill County, Texas was named, opened a Trading Post
at the Indian Spring south of Richland Creek and was named the first Postmaster at
Spring Hill, Texas in 1848. Dr. Hill died May 29, 1860 and was buried on two acres
of land which he owned and which he, in his will, designated as a public cemetery.
Minerva Catherine Matthews Slauter Hill died April 24, 1871.
ROBERT FRANCIS (Slaughter) SLAUTER.b. August l, 1836 d. August 6, 1883..continued to live
at Spring Hill and is buried at the
Spring Hill Cemetery. Robert Francis Slaughter
was married three times and all three wives, apparently, died in childbirth and are buried
at Spring Hill Cemetery. The markers above their graves are legible, but provide no
clues as to the maiden names. Navarro Co. records reveal that Robert F Slaughter married
Susan I Fullerton 17 March 1872. She was a daughter of Henry II (born in
Ireland) and Nancy Walker Fullerton and a sister of Mary Jane Fullerton who had married
William Clay Garner.
Robert Francis Slauter, son of Francis Slauter & Minerva Catherine Matthews Slauter,
fathered the following children.
By L M Slaughter 1842-1864
Robert Frank Slaughter, 1859-187 buried at
Spring Hill Cemetery.
Bobbie Anna Slaughter, born 1864-1884 buried
Spring Hill Cemetery
married 3rd cousin, William Newton Matthews, Feb 10, 1883
Ottma Slaughter Matthews, their son born at Spring Hill, Texas on?.
By Susan Isabelle Fullerton Slaughter 1853-1878
James H. (Jim) Slaughter 1873-1934 Buried at
Cousin Jim married Katherine Ruth (Cousin Kate)Matthews, a cousin in 1898. They had no
children. He was raised by his Mother's sister, Sarah Jane Fullerton who
married William Clay Garner. Willie R. Slauter b. May 28, 1876 d. March 11, 1877
Henry Bell Slaughter 1879-1897. His father died when he was five and he went to live with
Mary Ann Slauter Wheelock who was called "Aunt Puss" who had married George
Ripley Wheelock. Henry Bell died Oct 17,1897 without issue. His will directed that
his property be given to "Mrs. Mary Simmes" and "Jas. H Slauter."
Mary Ann Wheelock's husband had died and she had become Mrs. Dan G. Simms by 1897 .
OTTMA SLAUGHTER MATTHEWS b. January l, 1884, became the only descendent of Robert
Francis Slauter. His mother, Bobbie Anna Slaughter, died shortly after his birth and his
Father, Cousin Will, carried him to Maury County, Tenn. where he lived with his
Grandparents,"W R H Matthews, Southport, Tennessee" until Cousin Will remarried.
Ottma Slaughter Matthews married Flora Elouise Bankston and lived his life in Western
Navarro Co. Texas as a successful farmer. Their children:
Bobbie Kenneth Matthews b. 1933
Billie Sue Matthews b. 1935 m. Cecil Sanders
James Herman Matthews b. 194l
Henry Newton Matthews b. 1945
MARY ANN SLAUGHTER b. April 7, 1838 Tennessee d. l9l0
Married First..John Ripley Wheelock b. 18l9 d. 1889
Married Second Dan G. Simms (1864-1946) after the death of John Ripley Wheelock and
before 1897. They had no children.
Mary Ann, named for her maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Stewart Matthews, was called
"Aunt Puss." She had lived at Spring Hill from the time she was
eight or nine years of age, but the family must have returned to Frankin for visits with
relatives, Some members of the Slauter and Hill families remained in Franklin and it
was probably on one of those visits that Mary Ann, not yet twenty, caught the eye of John
Ripley Wheelock who was almost forty. Despite the age differences the two fell in
love and were married in 1858. Their children and their families were:
Mary Olivia Wheelock b. l862 d. 1910
Married: W W Turner
s. Cliff Turner
s. Leonard Turner
d. Lizzie Turner
d. Sadie Turner
d. Pauline Turner
s. Wilmer Turner
s. Torrence Turner
Annette Wheelock b. 1864
Married: John R Smith Dawson Dry Goods Merchant
d. Verna Smith
d. Beuna Smith
d. Annie Smith
d. Joycie Smith
s. William Smith
s. Georgia Smith c1888 m. Dave Berry
Beuna Wheelock b. 1869 d. 1899
Married: Albert Berry
d. Carrie Annette Berry m. Mr. Foster
d. Mary Jane m. Mr. Hutchinson
d. M Hollis (Holly) Hutchinson RN JD Dallas TX
d. Theressa Berry
d. Mary Berry
John Ripley Wheelock b. 187l
Married: Lillian Ellura Wilkes
d. Theressa Ermadine Wheelock b. 1903
Married: Barney Wells 1920
s. Raymond Douglas Wells b. 1921
Married: Janet Woodall 1940
d. Cheryl Wells 194l
s. Gerald Wells l941
s. Weldon Earl Wells b. 1924
Married: Puselle Henley 1946
s. Weldon Earl Wells, Jr. l947
d. Ann Elizabeth Wells 1955
s. Johnnie Russell Wells 1956
Robert Harvey Wheelock b. 1874 d. 1880
LOUISE SLAUGHTER b. l842 d. August 2, 1867
Louise Slaughter was married c. 1857 to Robert A Younger (March 16, 1833) and had one
child, Medora Younger, b. 1858.
A Warranty Deed given by "R H Matthews" dated Sept 25, 1860, granted to " R
A Younger" "a certain lot of land." The "lot"covered
approximately three acres and Younger constructed "a large brick storehouse."
Robert A Younger joined the Confederate Army and was killed at some point during
the Civil War. Louise died in l867.
Medora Younger married F. Alonzo McSpadden.