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Randolph Slack
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Birth: 1720, Northern Ireland
Death: Apr. 27, 1795
Washington County
Kentucky, USA

In February 2004, Delia Slack told John and Susan Andrews that she had always heard from her parents that the Slacks were from Holland.

Randolf Slack married Sarah Penn around 1750 and had at least one child at the old Fort in Harrisburg in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

The family moved to Augusta County, VA in 1773. A son-in-law from Scotland, Anthony Litsey, got a land grant from King George III, and subsequently fought in the American Revolution. The family moved to Nelson County, KY in 1781.

Randolph and Sarah had 5 children. After leaving Augusta County, Virginia they moved to Bryants Station (Eastern Kentucky now). Today it is Lincoln County, Ky. Their children were John, who married Elizabeth Cashwiler of PA (before they left VA), William, Randolph, Richard and Elizabeth. John and Elizabeth had 10 children.

William married 3-20-1822 Mary Vinwelkther who had 8 children.

Randall bought Washington Co land 1791 (280-7) next to his son William

Randal Slack was born about 1720, probably in Pennsylvania. The exact place of his birth is unknown but at one time the Slacks were living near the old Fort where Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is today.

Augusta County, Virginia, Court Records, Order Book 16, August 16, 1774 - Joseph Barkley, being committed on complaint of Randal Slack--discharged.

Augusta County, Virginia, Court Records, Order Book 16, May 18, 1779 - Randall Slack and Sarah, his wife, failing to appear as witnesses to the will of Casper Ekert, are fined unless they appear, &c.

By 1781, Randal had moved his family to Kentucky. The first mention of Randolph in Kentucky was recorded in August, 1783 in the Lincoln County, Kentucky, Court, when it was "Ordered that one Tithe belonging to Randolph Slack be added to the list taken by Alexander Robinson."

Randolph Slack, prominent in his time in public affairs in Washington County, settled therein about the year 1795. His home was in the neighborhood of Hardin's Mill, which stood on the Little Beech, some miles below Dorsey's Mill. Slack came to Kentucky in the fall of 1781, and resided first in the neighborhood of Danville. In 1782, he was "called out to guard Bullitts licks." While enroute to the licks, he camped "on the ground at or near where Parker improved on the Big Beech at the mouth of Cartwright's creek." This land, in what is today Washington County, Kentucky, was later purchased by him. On this site, Randolph built a plantation where he remained the rest of his life.

On March 7, 1793, Randolph and his son William were appointed to the first Grand Jury of Washington County, Kentucky.

Washington County, Kentucky, Wills, Book A, Page 35 - In the name of God Amen, I Randal Slack of the County of Washington and State of Kentucky, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory and having in mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all mankind once to die, do make this my Last Will and Testament. That is:

First, I recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried in decent Christian burial at the Discretion of my Executors. And what worldly goods God has been pleased to give me I give and Bequeath in the following manner:

First I will that all my lawful debts be paid by my Executors out of my estate.

Secondly, I give and Bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah and my beloved son Richard Slack, all the movable property, house and furniture with all my stock goods and chattels and 100 acres of land whereon I now live and all accoutrements belonging thereto to be theirs as long as either of them shall live for their maintenance and at their death, I will it shall be sold and equally divided amongst all my children.

Thirdly, I will at the choice of my wife and son above named that Randal Slack act as guardian for him, Richard Slack agreeable to being to this my last Will and Testament.

Fourthly, I ordain, endorse and appoint David Caldwell and John Slack, sole Executors to this my Last Will and Testament and lastly, I ordain, make confirm, ratify and allow this my last Will and Testament. And so hereby disannul, make void and renounce all Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made, ordain, and making or allowing, this only.

As Witness my hand and seal this February 20, 1795.

Witnesses: John Pirtle, Henry (x) Baylor, William McCantire.

Washington County, Kentucky, Deed Book B, page 413, From John Alvey of Nelson County, Kentucky to Randall Slack of Washington County, Kentucky, 3 Mar 1801. 112 acres on Cartwright Creek for 25 pounds. John Alvey (Seal). No witness, acknowledged in Clerk's Office

Washington County, Kentucky, Deeds - This Indenture made March 26, 1798 between John Slack and David Caldwell of the County of Washington and State of Kentucky, Executors of Randal Slack deceased of the one part and Joseph James of the County and State aforesaid of the other part... for and in consideration of 40 pounds... a certain tract or parcel of land situate, being and lying the County of Washington on Road Run containing 100 acres of land it being part of Randolf Slack's D[eceased] land...

EXCERPS FROM "SLACK FAMILY HISTORY" BY David Tyler:

The first evidence of our Slack line was the appearance of Randolph Slack's name as a witness to a will in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1742.

1742 - May 14, he (Randolph) signed a deed between Jona Lerue (or Lerou) and his two sons, George and Jona, Jr.

1752 - Feb. 1, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, above deed recorded.

1761 - 7 (Appeared on the) Tax list of Cumberland County, Penn. (This county was established from Lancaster Co. in 1750).

1774 - August 16, Joseph Barkley, committed on complaint of Randal Slack, discharged

1775 - Randal Slack took out (made entry for) 160 acres on Blackthorn (a stream in Augusta Co., Virginia; presently, Pendelton Co., West Virginia).

1778 (Augusta County Will Book VI, p. 100) - June 4, Randall and Sarah Slack testify to verbal land transfer of Casper Eakert to brother Fillips Eaker(t). (Proved 17 August 1779 by the witnesses. Administration.)

1779 - March 16, Abstract of Surveys (for) Randal Slack, 160 acres on Blackthorn adj. (adjacent to) Christopher Eye.

1779 - (Augusta County Court Records, Order Book XVI) May 17, p. 445 Randall Slack and Sarah, his wife failing to appear as witness to the will of Casper Eakert are fined unless they appear, &c.

1785 - deed (for land) in Washington Co., Kentucky (note - was entered in Nelson Co., because Washington Co. wasn't formed from Nelson Co. until 1792).

1792 - Washington Co., Kentucky, tax list shows Randall Slack owned 200 acres, 2 horses, 15 cows.

1795 - Feb 20, Randall Slack's will dated (Washington Co., Kentucky, Will Book A, pp. 35- 37).

1821 - Sept 7 (Washington Co., Kentucky) Deed Book L pp. 446-448 lists living heirs at time of sale of the (delayed) inheritance from Randall Slack (refers to the land left by Randal to his wife Sarah and son Richard).

Pioneer History oF Washington County, Kentucky - On page 22 in a section about early settlers, the following is excerpted: "Randolph Slack, prominent in his time in public affairs in Washington County, settled there in about the year 1795 [it was actually much earlier than this, DET]. His home was in the neighborhood of Hardin's Mill, which stood on the Little Beech, some miles below [downstream from] Dorsey's Mill. Slack came to Kentucky in the fall of 1781 and resided first in the neighborhood of Danville. In 1782, he was 'called out to guard Bullitt's licks.' While en route to the licks he camped on the ground at or near where Parker improved on the Big Beech at the mouth of Cartwright's Creek. (Parkers was the name given to this area before it was renamed Fredericktown in 1818.)

On page 51 of this history, the paneling of the first grand jury in Washington County is described. "Going back to the early days of Washington County we find that the first grand jury, empaneled March 7, 1793, was composed of the following gentlemen (nineteen men were listed, including Randolph Slack and his son William Slack): The first indictment was returned against a citizen of the female sex, charging her with bootlegging."

About 1780 John Slack, his brother William and sister Elizabeth (Mary) came from Pennsylvania to Washington County, Ky., and went into fort at what was then called "Bryant's Station" (this part of the note was attributed to an excerpt from p. 212 of "The Slack Family" by W. S. Slack, Pub. 1930). The note goes on to say, "They were children of Randolph (or Ralph, or Ralf) Slack who was in Muncy Twp. - Northumberland Co., Pa., according to tax lists (of) 1778-1780. His father was John Slack, who made a will Dec. 10, 1792, proved Dec. 28, 1792, at Northumberland Co., Pa. . . .. In this [will] he mentions wife Anna, children Ralph, Ezekiel, Henry, Ann, Sarah and Millicent." A concluding sentence stated, "("Randall,") Randolph Slack's wife was Sarah Penn; daughter of Matthew [actually, it was John, DET] Penn." Interestingly, there is a creek in the Buffalo Valley area of this county named John Penn Creek.

Ms. Merri Lou Shaumann of Carlyle, PA found Randle Slack mentioned in the will of John Jordan of Pennsboro ugh Twp., Lancaster Co. (Will A-28-probated 1754).

A note from Robert S. Riley (a descendant of Randolph Slack through his daughter Mary Slack and her husband William Hercules Hays) made this statement: "William Hercules Hays was an immigrant from Scotland and came from southwest Pennsylvania (then Virginia) on a scouting expedition in 1778 to find land on which (to) settle with Randolph Slack. In 1779, both families (Hayses and Slacks) migrated first from SW Pennsylvania to Lincoln Co., Ky, then (to) Washington Co., Ky."

Page 248 of Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky by Michael and Bettie Cook, "1791 Randolph Slack of Capt. Gilkey's Company appears before the court and complains that he is not able to perform the present tour of Duty. The Court upon Due Consideration are of opinion that his excuse be reasonable [Randolph was about 71 years of age at that time]."

Randolph Slack was, "called out [with the militia, most likely] to guard Bullitts Licks in 1782." This salt lick was a major source of salt for pioneers (and Indians) in this part of Kentucky. It was about sixty miles to the northwest of Danville and just a few miles straight west of presentday Shepherdsville in Bullitt County. According to this account, while en route to the licks, Randolph camped near where Cartwright's Creek empties into the Big Beech River. This is the site where a town named Parkers was eventually established and which later (in 1818) became Fredericktown, which still exists. The authors further point out that it was in 1795 that Randolph came back and settled in this area. Actually, it must have been earlier, because in a short biography of Anthony Litsey (son-in-law of Randolph Slack), this statement is made: "Randolph [Slack] made an affidavit that his home was about one and a half miles from the Little- Beech Fork when he was called out to guard Bullitts Lick against the Indians in 1782. In addition, there is a deed for 200 acres recorded for Randolph Slack in 1791 for land in Nelson County. Randolph's and Sarah's son, William, was married in 1782 in Lincoln County, Kentucky, where the Slack family first settled around 1780. William's first child, Randolph, was born in Nelson County in 1784. This data indicates that the Slack family moved west to Nelson County between 1782 and 1784. The note in the Kentucky Gazette (see p. 4), dated 8 August 1789, locates Randolph Slack in Nelson County, living on Road Run (a branch that feeds into Cartwright's Creek, a few miles to the northwest of Springfield).

Location of the Randolph Slack family home:

"His home [on 200 acres] was in the neighborhood of Hardin's Mill which stood on the Little Beech, some miles below [downstream from] Dorsey's Mill." Dorsey's Mill was located near where the present road (Hwy. 50) from Springfield to Danville cross the Little Beech Fork (about four miles southeast). The deed for the sale of one hundred acres (in 1798), which was a part of Randolph Slack's estate, indicated that his land was located along Road Run and was bounded on one side by the 200-acre farm of his son William. William's land was described as lying, "on the waters of Cartwright's Creek." Other water courses included were "crossing of the old Beade [?] fork" (mentioned twice) and "near Macy's (May's?, Mary's?, Mory's?) run on the south side of said run then of about a mile from the mouth." By 1792, the Washington County Tax List shows that Randolph Slack owned 200 acres, 2 horses and 15 cows.

Daughter Susannah married Anthony Litsey about 1764 in Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania.

Susannah's family moved to Augusta Co., Virginia, with Randolph Slack family by 1774.

In 1780, Anthony and Susannah sold their land in Augusta Co., Virginia.

Randolph Slack and all of his family, including the married ones, moved to Kentucky (about 1780).


Randolph Slack, Sr. signed his last will and testament on 12 February 1795. The will was proved on 2 April 1795. This places Randolph's death between these two dates; the exact date isn't known. Randolph bequeathed 100 acres and all of his "moveable property, house and furniture with all my stock goods and chattles" to his wife Sarah and his son Richard for "as long as either of them shall live for their maintenance." At their death, the property was to be sold and the receipts equally divided among all the children. His lower 100 acres was to be sold at his death and equally divided among his children (excluding Richard, who had already been provided for). His son Randal was to be the guardian for Richard (this indicates that Richard must have been incompetent in some way). John Slack, his son, and David Caldwell were appointed executors of his estate.

Pursuant to an order of the court of Washington County, Luke Mudd, David Gilkey, and Henry Barlow served as appraisers of the personal estate of Randolph Slack. Their appraisement was recorded on 23 June 1795 in Will Book A, pages 58-59. Their report was returned and ordered to be recorded on 2 July 1795.

His livestock consisted of a cow and calf, two yearling heifers, two three-year-old heifers, a yearling bull, fifteen head of sheep, a sorrel mare and colt, a bay mare and colt, a two-year-old sorrel filly, and a bay yearling colt. The rest of the list contained household furnishings, shop and barn tools, and field implements. Interesting items listed were a pot tramel and hooks (for the fireplace), a large and a small kittle (sic), spinning wheal (sic) and cotton wheel, shoemaker's tools and leather, and a large and small bare shear plow. Although the values for each item were listed, there was no total given. My calculations from the list gave a sum of 109 pounds, 19 schillings (a schilling was 1/20 of a pound), and 6 pence. I have no idea what this would be in dollars, nor do I know how long the former colonists continued to use the pound as their monetary unit.

The lower 100 acres, as directed in Randolph Slack's will, were sold by John Slack and David Caldwell to Joseph James for forty pounds on 26 March 1789.68 If we use the amount received for this 100 acres, Randolph's non~land estate would have been equal in value to about 250 acres of land.

The remaining 100 acres (reserved by Randolph for his wife and son Richard) were sold to Nicholas Mudd on 7 September 1821 for the sum of $ I,181.50. Over the years, either the original 100 acres had dwindled to 90.5 acres or 9.5 acres were withheld from the sale. The heirs and representatives listed were Susannah (Slack) Litsey, John Slack, Randle Slack, William Hays (husband of Mary Slack ~ she apparently had died before this time), William Slack, John Weakly (husbartd of Sara Penn; they were married 26 August 1797 in Washington Co., Kentucky; Sara died before 1818 in Hardin Co., Kentucky), and James Hollenhead (husband of Elizabeth Penn; they were married 18 September 1804).


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sara Penn Slack (1735 - 1795)
 
 Children:
  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
 
Burial:
Old Campground Cemetery
Washington County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: This cemetery is in Nelson County, KY
 
Created by: John Early Andrews & Sus...
Record added: Jul 11, 2011
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Randolph Slack
Added by: John Early Andrews & Susan Sullivan Andrews
 
Randolph Slack
Added by: John Early Andrews & Susan Sullivan Andrews
 
 
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- Liz Matlock
 Added: May. 25, 2016
My 5th great grandfather.
- C J
 Added: Apr. 15, 2015
A sunflower for you from a 5th great granddaughter. RIP Pioneer Grandfather...
- AlohaHarnisch
 Added: Apr. 11, 2015
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