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Clinton Slayton (#46632769)
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Bio Photo Note: do not use the e-mail address on my cycling jersey, use the one below on this page.

I am part of a network of researchers called the Slaton Slatton Slayden Family Project. My partner Julia O'Hara Mitchel and I have used DNA to show that all Slaton/Slatton family lines are NOT all from one progenitor. There are three "major" (large and traceable) lines: a "Southern" line from Arthur & Rachel Slayden of VA, and another "Southern" line that also started in VA, but appears to have been headed by three men (brothers?) who moved to NC and then SC, I call it the "Carolina" line. There is also the "Northern" line from Mass.Y-DNA is different for all three lines.

I am not a board-certified professional genealogist because I never intended to charge anyone for my research, and work primarily in a One-Name study, even though it involves dozens of different family lines.

There are over 30 variants for this surname, so your family member may not be buried under the spelling you expect.

My Virtual Cemetery KINFOLK has memorials of my extended family. This family connection is based on DNA that currently ties descendants of John, George and Major Slaton/Slatton to a common progenitor. We also have a Virtual Cemetery for the crew of the B-17 Sharon Belle, on which my uncle Charles died in WWII.

We have separate private MyFamily websites to serve the descendants and researchers on We post all data-type research at RootsWeb WorldConnect databases and use Find A Grave heavily, with the caveats mentioned above and below. We cannot connect all of the graves because key ancestors can be conjectured or identified but their burial sites are not known. Please do not confuse LINKS and other family material posted on Find A Grave as PROOF of actual research.

Simply transcribing records from cemetery books, death certificates and stones in order to create thousands of memorials does not constitute a contribution to anything unless the typists are willing to allow genealogical researchers to manage these memorials. All of these sources are secondary and notoriously inaccurate. There are no prizes for dying with hundreds of thousands of memorials to your "credit," if descendants and researchers cannot correct the MANY errors made in survey books and provide additional helpful notes. Anyone can OCR a survey book, but knowing who these people were and why they are where they are (and whether they really ARE there) is the ONLY function F A G can provide for future users, not "grave registration," which is a faulty concept. Those of us who go into the graveyards know this.

Even worse, "newbies" who have done no research are entering UNKNOWN burial memorials from books with unproven lineage information for gravesites, giving the impression that there is a proven line back to these (not found) memorials, which I consider an extremely poor practice that is against F A G guidelines.

I have photographed several cemeteries completely, DO NOT BE SHY ABOUT ASKING FOR TRANSFERS if I have one of yours who is not one of mine. In an effort to correct a cemetery mixup, I now manage over 500 graves in Liberty United, DeKalb co AL, that I never wanted!

At this time, I sometimes cite Find A Grave as proof for burial records when there is strong supplementary evidence such as a death cert, but there is too much misinformation here. Fundamental research is the only answer.

PLEASE read the NOTES at a cemetery's main page before posting PHOTO REQUESTS, and check for duplicates with slight changes to the name before posting memorials, just because yours is "better" does not entitle you to duplicate without requesting xfers or arbitrage from F A G.

Large cemeteries such as Elmwood in Birmingham AL (+100,000) and Lexington in Lexington KY, have locational plot information available online (Lex) or from the Cem office (Bham); your request should contain this if not already posted at the memorial, or your requests will most likely sit there forever. Just look at the Elmwood requests if you do not believe me. Confer with F A G guidelines before posting "blind" requests for large cemeteries.

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John Mallory Land
Thanks for your message about the memorial for Sarah Velecia (SLAYTON) HAMER. Because her death certificate shows burial at Riverdale but she has a grave monument at Parkhill, I infer that she was initially buried at Riverdale but subsequently removed to Parkhill. My question is, since her husband died only four years before she did, why was he buried at Pine Grove and she at Riverdale? (I looked up their newspaper death notices, which confirm their respective places of burial.) And why was she moved? Was it so she could be buried with her husband and his grave was removed to Parkhill as well? If he has been moved there, the Parkhill office should have a record of his reinterment there. Are you kin to these folks, by the way? I am kin several ways by marriage to her husband Charles HAMER. Also, my mom was very good friends with a Macie SLAYTON (Memorial #82009779) when they both lived in Columbus. Thanks for you interest - John
Added by John Mallory Land on Jun 29, 2015 3:39 PM
Donna (VanArsdall) Hoffman
RE: Jacksons on Owen co
Thanks, again for the transfers. I just wanted to tell you thanks for giving us the benefit of the doubt and adding our interpretation to the bio. However, after looking at both the books that I have and seeing that it had been read differently, we think our interpretation may be wrong. So, unless we find some reason to change it, it will remain as you had it.

Thanks again,
Added by Donna (VanArsdall) Hoffma... on May 30, 2014 1:24 PM
James Hopper
Thank you Clayton for the transfer, it was extremely kind of you. I also wanted to thank you on a previous photo request you fulfilled, you included the family monument which I did not know existed and was very kind that you took the time to add it to the linked memorials of the family members buried with them.
Added by PME on Apr 06, 2014 7:47 AM
Willie & Lee Campbell
Thank you so much for the photos of the gravestones for Willie C Campbell and her husband, Lee. I so appreciate your time and effort. You have no idea how long I have been searching for them.
Added by Alice on May 07, 2013 6:21 PM
K Kennedy
Eliza Ann Stewart Kennedy
Bravo, Clayton.
I totally agree with your philosophy. I cringe every time a "contributor" says, "don't ask for transfer; I am too busy "collecting" more names and you people with more info are immaterial".
Thank you so much for the stone pictures for my double 2g aunt Eliza Ann Stewart Kennedy( 15212578) in Elmwood Cem, Birmingham AL. Never thought I would find her.
Added by K Kennedy on Aug 26, 2012 11:53 AM
Nancy Fleetwood Miller
Ogletree, Hendrix and Davis families in Elmwood Cemetery
I am so thrilled that you posted photographs of all of these family grave sites...and created new ones that I had no idea were buried in Elmwood! I know how difficult it is in a cemetery of this enormous size to even begin to locate a grave site...and you have captured every one!! I now have complete records on these branches of our family...thanks to all of your gracious efforts! Your photographs are just fabulous! It's wonderful that you are giving so many families not only a glimpse at history, but also many records for future researchers! You're just the best! Nancy Fleetwood Miller
Added by Nancy Fleetwood Miller on Mar 29, 2012 4:47 PM

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