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William G. Slack
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Birth: 1753
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1830
Hardin County
Kentucky, USA

His grandson is Robert S. Slack .

By David Earle Tyler:

William came with his brother John and sister Elizabeth (listed as Mary most other places) to Kentucky from Pennsylvania in about 1780 and went into a fort at what was then called "Bryant's Station". Although this reference says, in addition, that they went to Washington Co., Kentucky, they must have spent some time in Lincoln County, where William was married in 1782, before eventually settling in Washington Co. (actually, Nelson Co., because Washington Co. wasn't formed until 1792). Their first child's birth was recorded in Nelson Co. in 1784. On 22 December 1790, William purchased 200 acres from Matthew Walton for 40 pounds. The land was located on the south side of Alhey's (probably misspelled, should be "Alvey's") Run, one mile from its mouth into Cartwrights Creek, and laid next to his father's 200 acres. [Deed was recorded in Nelson Co., Kentucky, Deed Book 4, p. 192-193.]

Apparently, William moved his family to Hardin Co., Kentucky, sometime prior to 1792, because his third child, Penelope, was born there on 11 February 1792. He was listed, however, as a tithable on the Washington County, Kentucky list of taxpayers for the years 1792 to 1796 [Washington County Taxpayers, 1792-1799, compiled by Sanders]. In 1796, William and his wife Mary sold their 200 acres in Washington Co., Kentucky, to Jacob Walls, who paid 245 pounds for the property [deed recorded in Washington County Deed Book A, p. 324-325 on 3 March 1796]. William is listed in the 1810 and 1820 U.S./Kentucky censuses as living in Hardin Co., Kentucky, and is also included on the tax list of Hardin Co. for 1817.

He enlisted in the Army at age 24 and served in the Revolutionary War.

Virginia Archives have the following payroll of Capt. Abm. Kellers Company, continued at the Illinois under the command of Col. George Rogers Clark commencing the 14th of December 1778 & Ending 8th of May 1779:

Virginia Days

Name Rank Enlisted Discharged Served Dollars Currency

William Slack Private December 14, 1778 May 8, 1779 145
6 9/3 9 Pounds 13 Shillings 4 pence

[Docket No. 82.]

A List of Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of the Illinois Regiment, and the Western Army, Under the command of General G. R. Clark, who are entitled to Bounty in Land:

No. Names Rank Remarks
499 Slack William Private Entitled to land for a service of 3 years.

It is said that William Slack came from Pennsylvania and settled in Fort Harrod, Kentucky in 1777 [see second paragraph above]. It may, however, be more accurate to say that William Slack came to Kentucky with George Rogers Clark, but did not settle there until after the Revolutionary War. William Slack is not listed in the first Kentucky Census of 1790, but is listed in the second census in 1800 as living in Hardin County. In the 1810 census, he is listed as having a household of 6 males including the head of household and four females including his wife. There is no record of others, free or slave. The household is listed as having 1 male under the age of 10, 2 males between 10 and 16, 2 males between ages 16 and 26, 1 male over 45, 1 female under age 10, 1 female between 10 and 16, 1 female between 16 and 26 and 1 female between 26 and 45.

In 1810 William Slack was 57 years old and his wife was evidently at least 12 years younger. He lived another 20 years, dying at age 77 in the year 1830. William Slack's grandson, James Brown Slack, is quoted in McClure's Two Centuries in Elizabethtown and Hardin County, 1776-1976, as saying his father, William G. Slack, was born at the old military post at Harrisburg and that the family came originally from Pennsylvania. There were disputes between Pennsylvania and Virginia over southwestern lands and Pennsylvania won the south west corner. Because of this, many families moved westward through the Cumberland Gap into Tennessee and Kentucky. In William Slack's military records is a letter to a Mrs. C. B. Stillwell of Harrisburg, Illinois, so the Harrisburg above may be Harrisburg, Illinois rather than Pennsylvania.

Ft. Harrod was the first settlement in Kentucky. The first known Catholics emigrated from Maryland to Kentucky, but toward the end of the 17th Century, Virginia had often been visited by Maryland Missionaries. Harrodsburg was settled in 1774 by James Harrod and his little group consisting of the William Coomes family and a Dr. Hart. Most of these Catholic families settled between the Kentucky River and the Salt River and on their tributaries on Pottinger's Creek, first in 1785, then Hardin's Creek, Cartwright's Creek and the Rolling Fork.

The Old Kentucky Land Grants, Volume 1, Page 234, shows William Slack as having received 448 acres on November 11, 1797 in Hardin County on Rolling Fork. Refer to a book titled, "The Slack Family," compiled by Rev. Wm. Samuel Slack, Alexandria, Louisiana, Standard Printing Company, 1930. It includes "The Slack Family in America" by Wesley Slack of Boston, 1882, Library of Congress No. 15742.

PROP: 18 NOV 1797 received 448 acres in Hardin county Ky from Kentucky land grants.

William was a Private in Rev War, VA Capt. Abm. Kellers Co & Col. George Rogers Clark. Seen to have paid taxes in Nelson Co KY 1787, 88, 90 & 91 (562-3, 280-5) bought Washington Co land 1790 (280-7) & sold some 1796 (282-14).

On Washington Co Grand Jury 1793.

Revolutionary War Records Virginia, Section 11, (7) To (10) [Document No. 32--List No. 4] Illinois Regiment, Western Regiment and Captain Francis Charlovilles Volunteers, Bounty Lands. 499. Slack, William, Private, Entitled to land for a service of 3 years.

Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Volume 1, by Louis A Burgess, 1927, page 580, [Pertaining to the Land Bounty owed to the heirs of Captain Jacob Bowman], Bullitt Co., Ken. William Slack testified that he knew Jacob Bowman of Bullitt Co. and was in Va. well acquainted with all his brothers. That he knows Jacob Bowman is eldest son of Jacob Bowman, who was the eldest brother of Joseph Bowman, and that the father of the said Jacob Bowman died leaving the said Jacob Bowman the heir at law of said Joseph Bowman, who died about the latter part of 1779. That he is heir at law of Joseph Bowman, who was a Major and died while in the service with Col. George Rogers Clark. "I, William Stack, entered the service of the US in Va under Lieut. Isaac Bowman, a brother of said Joseph Bowman, and went thence immediately and entered in service of the Regiment of Col George Rogers Clark, Jr. and was under Major Joseph Bowman, and was with him when Gov Hamilton was taken at Opost?, Illinois. Said Bowman was then Major. I have seen patents and deeds that have issued to said Jacob Bowman of Bullitt Co as heir of Joseph Bowman". Signed, William Slack. Certified by John Graham, J of P Bullitt Co. Attest, Noah C Summers, Clerk. Received of the Register of land office, Military warrant No. 6803 for 5333.1/3 acres issued to, Jacob Bowman, heir of Joseph Bowman. Mar 21, 1830. John Floyd, Atty. Recorded Book 3, page 167.

Kentucky Land Grants, by Willard Rouse Jillson, 1925, Volume 1, Chapter 3, Old Kentucky Grants (1793-1856), The Counties of Kentucky, page 234, Grantee: Slack, Wm, Acres: 448, Book: 15, Survey Date: 18 Nov 1797, County: Hardin, WaterCourse: Rolling Fk.

William married Margaret Vinvelkther on 20 Mar 1782 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
Family links: 
  Randolph Slack (1720 - 1795)
  Sara Penn Slack (1735 - 1795)
  Mary Vinvelkther Slack (1765 - ____)*
  Penelope Slack Arnold (1792 - 1835)*
  James Slack (1797 - 1868)*
  Susannah Slack Litsey (1745 - ____)*
  Catherine Slack Penn (1748 - 1798)*
  William G. Slack (1753 - 1830)
  John Slack (1755 - 1822)*
  Mary Elizabeth Slack Hays (1757 - 1821)*
  Randolph (Randall) Slack (1765 - 1807)*
  Richard Slack (1770 - 1812)*
*Calculated relationship
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Created by: John Early Andrews
Record added: Jul 11, 2011
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William G. Slack
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William G. Slack
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William G. Slack
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My 5th great grandpa. Rest well
- LoriAnne
 Added: Nov. 29, 2012

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