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John Oscar Slavens Smith
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1858
Pike County
Ohio, USA
Death: May, 1932
Reno County
Kansas, USA

"Slavens" is in the maiden name slot so this man's name will pull up on a search for Slavens, his birth name.

Born to Samuel and Rachel (Taylor) Slavens in Ohio and named John Oscar, this man chose to use the name of Smith. His children used the Slavens or Slaven variant as well as Smith. The pension granted because of the 1862 death of his father in Union service lists this man as John Oscar Slavens. He was the eldest of three sons of Samuel and Rachel. Samuel was awarded a Medal of Honor posthumously.

John Oscar married Fanny (or Fannie) Bailey Taylor (1862-1957) in Nov. 1882 at Ottawa, Kansas. She was the daughter of John S. and Sarah Jane (Peters) Taylor.
Their children were: Madge (1883-), Louise Carre (1885-1950), Oscar Samuel (1886-1972), Paul Theodore Smith (1888-1974), Jennie Lois (1891-1971), Kathryn (1893-1958), Alice May (1896-).

John Oscar was owner of a gun shop in Hutchinson, Kansas and was believed to keep a large amount of cash used in the operation of his business. The May 3, 1932 edition of the Hutchinson News carried this headline: "Proprietor of Gun Shop Fatally Wounded and Son is Beaten on Head." John Oscar was shot with a gun from his shop in what police construed as a robbery attempt by a 21-year-old ex-reformatory convict. John Oscar's son Paul attempted to control the robber after shots were fired but was injured when Long beat him over the head with the gun which failed to fire another shot. A citizen who worked across the street tackled and captured the robber who was found to be in possession of the gun shop keys. The robber, Robert Long, said the shooting was an accident. He was charged with murder. 
Family links: 
  Samuel Slavens (1831 - 1862)
  Rachel Taylor Slavens (1838 - 1907)
  Fannie Bell Taylor Slaven (1862 - 1957)
  Louise Slavens Smith Forney (1885 - 1950)*
  Oscar Samuel O.S. Slaven (1886 - 1972)*
  Paul Theodore Smith Slaven (1888 - 1974)*
  Jennie Lois Slavens Livezey (1891 - 1971)*
  Jennie Lois Slavens Livezey (1891 - 1971)*
  John Oscar Slavens Smith (1858 - 1932)
  Charles William Slavens (1859 - 1917)**
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Reno County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Roselawn 67 1-A
Maintained by: Cynthia Farmer-Nold
Originally Created by: Phillip H. Pitzer
Record added: Jun 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38353618
John Oscar <i>Slavens</i> Smith
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