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John Slack
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Birth: 1755
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1822
Bullitt County
Kentucky, USA

John was a farmer and a boatman.
Married about 1777, Augusta County, Virginia.

Named as executor of father's will 1795 (282-13), Sold some of the land in 1798 (282-14)
Named as heir of Randolph when land was sold in 1821, living in Bullitt Co, KY

David Tyler:

John Slack was born and raised to young adulthood in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, most likely in the northern part of present-day Frankiln County. When he was about eighteen years of age (ca. 1773), his parents and family moved to Augusta County, Virginia, in the region of present-day Pendleton County, West Virginia, where they established a farm of 160 acres along the Blackthorn (a stream). There are several citations in Mr. Hartsell's reference concerning John's parents' activities in Augusta Co. The last reference to Randolph in Augusta Co., Virginia, was in 1779, when a survey for his 160-acre farm was recorded. Randolph then moved his family to the Danville area of Kentucky around 1780 to 1781. John may have been an immediate part of this emigration, according to J. L. NaIl's account on page 212 of W. S. Slack's, "Slack Family. " In addition, a reference in Mr. Hartsell's file from Richard A. Briggs, who was researching the Hays family, states, "The Hays family is believed to have settled first in the Crab Orchard - Stanford area (Lincoln Co.). The Lincoln County Militia lists William Hays and a John Slack both as members in each of the years 1780 thru 1783. This John Slack could likely have been a brother to Mary Slack Hays." The problem with these accounts comes from the fact that John had married in Augusta Co., Virginia, about 1777 and his wife gave birth to three children there in the years 1778, 1780, and 1782. Their first child to be born in Kentucky was in 1784 in Nelson County. It is possible that these last two birth sites are in error and that John did arrive with his father and others of the family in 1780 and then returned to Augusta Co., Virginia, to take his family to Kentucky. They eventually settled in what was then Nelson County, Kentucky, in the same neighborhood as John's father and siblings (along Cartwright Creek near its termination at the Beech Fork).

The first record found for the purchase of land in Washington Co., Kentucky, by John Slack, Sr. was dated 4 December 1794. John entered into an indenture with Ann Smith (represented by her attorney, Daniel Smith), in which she conveyed 84 acres to John for the price of 30 pounds. The land joined Richard Parker's land. This would place it along Cartwright Creek, about one-half mile from its junction with Beech Fork at Parkers.

According to the research of Mary Jo Maguire, "John Slack had a warehouse there (Parker's, which became Fredericktown in 1818) and from the boat pen, rafts took goods down the Beech Fork to the Rolling Fork to the Salt River and into the Ohio. It was the primary means for getting local goods to the southern markets and one of the reasons Washington County prospered." Although Ms. Maguire, who was President of the Washington County Historical Society, doesn't give a source forher information, there is another reference, however, that supports her findings. On page 475 of the biographical section of Two Centuries in Elizabeth Town and Hardin County, Kentucky, by McClure, the biography of James Brown Slack is given. It points out that the father of James, William (G.) Slack, who was the son of John Slack, Sr., was a farmer and merchant and shipped large quantities of produce to New Orleans by flat boat. It would appear that William G. Slack was brought up in the tradition of river boating by his father and probably continued the business after John left for Hardin County.

John was also a farmer and purchased a 130-acre property from Richard Parker on November 1797 for the sum of 50 pounds. [Parker was one of the earliest settlers in this area and the one for whom the town of Parker was named.] The land was located in Washington County along Cartwright's Creek - 1,546 feet - and bordered, in part, by Martin Nall's and John Hurst's land. This property apparently adjoined the 84 acres John had purchased in 1794. On 3 September 1804, John purchased an additional three and one-half acres (for $18.46) from Thomas Hamilton, which extended his creek frontage another 256 feet. The three recorded purchases would bring his land holdings to 217.5 acres.

John Slack, Sr. appears on the 1794, but not the 1792, tax list for Washington County. His personal property was given as one black under 16 years of age, 7 horses, 45 cattle. His real estate was listed as 0 (he did not purchase the 84-acre property until 4 December 1794, which was probably after the tax survey was completed). The tax list of 1812 shows John with land (acres not given) along Cartwright Creek, 9 horses, and one black male. The tax list for Washington County, Kentucky, 1815 shows John Slack, Sr. with 200 acres in Washington County along Cartrights (sic) Creek and personal property of 10 horses and 1 black - value $1,550. On 24 August 1819, John Slack, Sr. and wife Mary sold their original 130 acres plus 7 more to Alexander Hamilton for $900.00. The deed states that they were residents of Hardin Co. The census records for Kentucky list John Slack, Sr. as a resident in Washington Co. in 1810 and Hardin Co. in 1820. Just when John and Mary left Washington County and how long they lived in Hardin County isn't known, but some time after 1820 they moved to Bullitt County, directly to the north of Hardin County. John must have had property in Bullitt County, because in a deed dated 16 June 1819 and recorded in Deed Book K of Bullitt Co., Ky., wherein Frederick Parnebaker transferred land to his son, John Slack's land is mentioned as being along the east side of Buffalo Run. This is a short creek (not over 10 miles long) that runs straight north to Shepherdsville and empties into the Salt River. No evidence of his purchase of this land or its sale has been located.

John Slack married Mary Elizabeth Cashwiler, probably in 1777 and most likely in Augusta County, Virginia. There is great confusion about Mary's names. Her surname has been given variably as Cashwiler, Cahswiler, Cahiwiler, Cashwilder, etc. Joyce Lindstrom, in a letter to Roseanne Maudlin, states that she "could not find such a surname anywhere in the United States." The solution to the problem may be presented in a section of a history titled The Lyster Family, by Bess Sellers Johnson, 1935 to 1936.23 The section is titled "Garshwiler --- Ortkies." Quoting from this article, "In Shenandoah County, Virginia, we find a Joseph and Barbara Garshwiler or Cashwiler, as the name is often spelled.--- Joseph and Barbara came to Kentucky before 1787, as a daughter was married there in that year. They settled near Danville, Kentucky, which was in Mercer County." Later on in this section, as the author was discussing the Ortkies Family, she points out, "Like the Garshwiler family, the Ortkies were from Germany and both families lived in the German settlement of Strasburg in Shenandoah County before coming to Kentucky." Although the Garshwilers had a daughter named Elizabeth, she was married to John Huffman. Most likely, Mary Elizabeth, John Slack's wife, was from another member of the larger Garshwiler family that emigrated from Pennsylvania (most reports indicate tlmt was Mary Elizabeth's place of birth) to the Augusta County, Virginia, area (Strasburg is only about 60 miles to the northeast of Franklin, Pendleton County, West Virginia, where the Slack's were reputed to have settled from about 1773 to 1779). Joyce Lindstrom is not satisfied with the name of Elizabeth either. She writes, "Probate records and court records [deeds in particular, DET] of Bulitt Co., Kentucky, state John Slack's wife was Mary, not Elizabeth [note - I have verified this in my own research as well, DET]. Before Ms. Lindstrom's revelation, most researchers had listed John's wife's Christian name as Elizabeth, from what source, I don't know. Most reporters now take a neutral stand, as I have done, and give her two names - Mary Elizabeth. This may not be right, but it is a workable compromise; besides, it makes for a euphonious name.

[From Marriage Bonds and Consents -1786-1810, Mercer Co., Kentucky, compiled by Alma Ray Sanders Ison and Rebecca Wilson Conover, Harrodsburg, Ky., July 1970 (from reserachby D. & L. Tyler, June 2002): Huffinan, John and Elizabeth Garshwiler, June 16, 1792. Bondsman - John Slack; Bride's father - Joseph Garshwiler; Teste - Joel Crow. This indicates that John Slack was close to the Joseph Garshwiler family and that Joseph may have been his father-in-law. Perhaps, researchers have confused the sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, and that, as some records show, John Slack's wife was Mary, not Elizabeth and not Mary Elizabeth. This needs to be clarified.]

Mary Elizabeth lived for twenty-two years after John Slack, Sr. died. It is quite possible that she lived with her daughter, Mary Polly (Slack) Vaughn, who also resided in Bullitt County. Mary Elizabeth died in 1844 and is most likely buried in Bullitt County.


John and Mary Elizabeth (Cashwiler) Slack had ten children, five boys and five girls. The first child was born in 1778 in Augusta Co., Virginia. The next, according to most reports, may also have been born there. One report suggests, however, that the second child, William G., may have been born in Lincoln Co., Kentucky, but still lists Augusta Co., Virginia, as a possibility. William G. Slack's son, James Brown Slack, states in his biography that his father was born near the old military post at Harrisburg (this should be Harrodsburg). This places the family in Kentucky by 1780. The third child is listed by most researchers as having been born in Augusta Co., Virginia. If Lincoln County, Kentucky, is accepted as the birth place for the second child, that would preclude that the third child was born there as well. Having the second and third child both born in Lincoln County best fits the activities of John Slack, described by several researchers during this period, which place him in Kentucky, not Virginia.

I don't know what the source has been for setting the birth dates for these children, but they need further investigation to clarify this confusion.

John died 5 September 1822 in Bullitt CO.;47 he was 67 years old. He left no will, but his son Joseph Slack was appointed administrator of his estate, which consisted only of personal property and no real estate. Appraisers were appointed on 25 November 1822 and reported their evaluations on 26 November 1822. The estate was appraised at a value of $346.25, and with outstanding notes due John ($546.82), the total evaluation was $893.07. A sale following the appraisement brought in $193.25. Not all items appraised were sold; those that were, brought in $79.75 above their appraised value. The value of the estate, after the sale adjustments are made,reveals a total of $972.82.48 This is not an accurate figure because several' items sold were not included in the original appraisement.

Questions that come to mind are, what happened to the $900.00 that John received for his farm in Washington County in 1819? Did he buy land in Hardin County? What happened to his land along Buffalo Run in Bullitt County? John's wife, Mary Elizabeth, outlived him by twenty-two 'years, dying in 1844; how was she provided for from John's estate?

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On 3 April, 1798, John Slack was appointed guardian to Betsy Penn, his niece, orphan of Matthew Penn, dec'd, Washington Co., Kentucky, Court Order Book 1792-1800, p. 75. Married about 1777, Augusta County, Virginia.


other dates for b given as 1755

other dates for m given as ca 1775

named as executor of father's will 1795 (282-13), sold some ofthe land in 1798 (282-14)

earliest deeds in Washington Co KY 1794, 95 & 97 (282-14)

named as heir of Randolph when land was sold in 1821, living in Bullitt Co, KY

other dates for d given as aft 1822

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Bullitt County Will Book A p. 496

November County Court 1823

Ordered that Evan MOORE, John MYERS, Lewis MOORE and Shaderach HALL or any three of them being first sworn do appraise the estate of John SLACK deceased and make a report to Court.


A list of notes due the estate of John SLACK deceased returned 2 Jun 1823:


Gardaner (?) GRUNDY Note $325.06

George WISEMAN Note $100

John SLACK Jr. Note $8.05

William SLACK Note $40

William SLACK Note $40

William MORROW Note $20

William SLACK Jr. Note $6.07

Richard SLACK Note $7.54

Returned by Joseph SLACK, administrator of the estate of John SLACK Dec'd.


Sales for the Estate of John SLACK Dec'd returned

Thomas JOICE - one Jack screw 13.75

James WELCH- plow, Iron single tree & ----- 4.18 3/4

Joseph SLACK - one pot 1.68 3/4

Jeremiah BOSTON - a saw and a drawing knife 2.25

James HOLSCLAW - cross cut saw 11.50

Joel VAUGHN - a broad axe 1.06 1/4

Joseph SLACK - a lot of old iron 1.00

Squire ALEXANDER - Homes and traces? 4.40, a collar 1.50, a Hip strap .87 2/4

James WELCH - Harrow teeth 2.00

Evans MOORE - a plow 3.81 1/3

Henry HORINE - a Harrow 6.00

Hugh BERKLY - --- of Geer, Joel VAUGHN to pay 1.50

Henry HORINE - tin ware 2.87 2/4

James WELCH - Bason and Pail 1.00

Jacob SLACK - sickles and augers 1.06 1/4

Jeremie OSTON - Wolf trap 3.87 3/4

James WELCH - scythe and tongs 1.06 1/4

Joseph SLACK - spoons and sugar tongs 15.06 1/4, a small chest 1.37 2/4

Squire ALEXANDER - Hemp 2.00

Joseph SLACK - Books 1.18 3/4

Jacob SLACK - Shovel plow - 1.26

Joseph SLACK - a Steer 25.50

Jeremie OSTEN a cow 10.00

Jacob SLACK -a Bull 4.75

Joel VAUN - a Heifer 6.63 2/4

Jacob SLACK - a Gray mare 60.00


Returned by Joseph SLACK admr. - recorded 7 July 1823 Bullitt County KY Court.


John married Elizabeth Cashwilder about 1775.


They had the following children.

Rebecca Slack, born 3 Jun 1778. She died on 22 Jun 1844.
Mary Slack was born about 1782. She died on 9 Oct 1853.
Sally Slack was born about 1784.
Richard Slack was born about 1785. He died before 1857.
Andrew Jackson Slack was born on 12 Apr 1786.
Betsey Slack was born in 1788 in Nelson County, Kentucky.
Betsey married Jeremiah Allston on 18 Mar 1809 in Washington County, Kentucky.
Joseph Slack was born about 1790.
John Slack was born on 24 Nov 1793. He died on 16 Feb 1872.
William Slack was born in 1797. He died in Feb 1860.
Lucinda Slack was born on 20 Oct 1798. She died on 2 Sep 1872.
Jacob Slack was born in 1800.

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Bullitt County Will Book A p. 496
November County Court 1823
Ordered that Evan MOORE, John MYERS, Lewis MOORE and Shaderach HALL or any three of them being first sworn do appraise the estate of John SLACK deceased and make a report to Court.

A list of notes due the estate of John SLACK deceased returned 2 Jun 1823:

Gardaner (?) GRUNDY Note $325.06
George WISEMAN Note $100
John SLACK Jr. Note $8.05
William SLACK Note $40
William SLACK Note $40
William MORROW Note $20
William SLACK Jr. Note $6.07
Richard SLACK Note $7.54
Returned by Joseph SLACK, administrator of the estate of John SLACK Dec'd.

Sales for the Estate of John SLACK Dec'd returned
Thomas JOICE - one Jack screw 13.75
James WELCH- plow, Iron single tree & ----- 4.18 3/4
Joseph SLACK - one pot 1.68 3/4
Jeremiah BOSTON - a saw and a drawing knife 2.25
James HOLSCLAW - cross cut saw 11.50
Joel VAUGHN - a broad axe 1.06 1/4
Joseph SLACK - a lot of old iron 1.00
Squire ALEXANDER - Homes and traces? 4.40, a collar 1.50, a Hip strap .87 2/4
James WELCH - Harrow teeth 2.00
Evans MOORE - a plow 3.81 1/3
Henry HORINE - a Harrow 6.00
Hugh BERKLY - --- of Geer, Joel VAUGHN to pay 1.50
Henry HORINE - tin ware 2.87 2/4
James WELCH - Bason and Pail 1.00
Jacob SLACK - sickles and augers 1.06 1/4
Jeremie OSTON - Wolf trap 3.87 3/4
James WELCH - scythe and tongs 1.06 1/4
Joseph SLACK - spoons and sugar tongs 15.06 1/4, a small chest 1.37 2/4
Squire ALEXANDER - Hemp 2.00
Joseph SLACK - Books 1.18 3/4
Jacob SLACK - Shovel plow - 1.26
Joseph SLACK - a Steer 25.50
Jeremie OSTEN a cow 10.00
Jacob SLACK -a Bull 4.75
Joel VAUN - a Heifer 6.63 2/4
Jacob SLACK - a Gray mare 60.00

Returned by Joseph SLACK admr. - recorded 7 July 1823 Bullitt County KY Court.

John married Elizabeth Cashwilder about 1775.

They had the following children.

Rebecca Slack was born on 3 Jun 1778. She died on 22 Jun 1844.

Mary Slack was born about 1782. She died on 9 Oct 1853.

Sally Slack was born about 1784.

Richard Slack was born about 1785. He died before 1857.

Andrew Jackson Slack was born on 12 Apr 1786.

Betsey Slack was born in 1788 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Betsey married Jeremiah Allston on 18 Mar 1809 in Washington County, Kentucky.

Joseph Slack was born about 1790.

John Slack was born on 24 Nov 1793. He died on 16 Feb 1872.

William Slack was born in 1797. He died in Feb 1860.

Lucinda Slack was born on 20 Oct 1798. She died on 2 Sep 1872.

Jacob Slack was born in 1800. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Randolph Slack (1720 - 1795)
  Sara Penn Slack (1735 - 1795)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Cashwiler Slack (1758 - 1844)*
 
 Children:
  Rebacca Slack Nall (1778 - 1844)*
  William G. Slack (1781 - 1846)*
  Mary Polly Slack Vaughn (1782 - 1853)*
  John Sack (1793 - 1872)*
  Jacob Slack (1803 - 1872)*
 
 Siblings:
  Susannah Slack Litsey (1745 - ____)*
  Catherine Slack Penn (1748 - 1798)*
  William Earl Slack (1753 - 1830)*
  John Slack (1755 - 1822)
  Mary Elizabeth Slack Hays (1757 - 1821)*
  Randlph (Randall) Slack (1765 - 1807)*
  Richard Slack (1770 - 1812)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Record added: Jul 11, 2011
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John Slack
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