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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 (since 1985). My partner Julia O'Hara Mitchel and I have used DNA to show that all Slaton/Slatton family lines do not share a common progenitor. There are three "major" (large and traceable) lines : Arthur & Rachel Slayden of VA, another line that also started in VA, with three men (brothers?) who moved to NC > SC. There is also the "Northern" line from Mass.
Y-DNA is different for all three lines.

If you are posting TREES showing an ultimate ancestor William Slatton/Sladding marrying Mary RODES, you are promulgating a big old lie. No such marriage is found, and the man who supposedly "confirmed" it to the liar who posted it, wrote to me that there was never such a finding. The desire to provide an answer sometimes overwhelms judgement, and this blatant fiction has compromised thousands of Ancestry Trees.

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 have websites. We post all data-type research at RootsWeb WorldConnect databases and use F A G 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. This non-information is now "shared" over Ancestry sites and Public Trees.

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 do not want!

I sometimes cite Find A Grave as proof for burial records but there is too much misinformation here. Fundamental research is the only answer.

Before posting PHOTO REQUESTS or creating memorials, check for duplicates with slight changes to the name, just because yours is "better" does not entitle you to duplicate without requesting xfers or arbitrage from F A G. Read any available cemetery description before posting or creating, large cemeteries such as Elmwood in Birmingham AL (+100,000) have locational plot information available online or from the Ceme office ; your PHOTO REQUEST should contain this if not already posted at the memorial. Confer with F A G guidelines before posting "blind" requests for large cemeteries.

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Kathleen Garley
John Malcom Slayton
Hi! I am in need of any info on Slayton's from around Vicksburg, Ms and Port Gibson Ms. I know that my daddy said his ancesters traveled west in covered wagons from the Carolina area ( brothers) and stopped to build houses along the way as one of them found a place they wanted to live ...the last one getting the wagon and team. I only have a photo of my grandmother and info of her family( the Thayer's) Thank you for any help.
Added by Kathleen Garley on Aug 25, 2017 9:21 AM
Ron Bremner
Slatten, Nicholas
Appreciate your documentation on Nicholas Slatten. You reference a photo of a headstone, which looks like 'Stanton'. The photo has been removed, so you might want to revise your comments.

Ron Bremner
Added by Ron Bremner on Jul 20, 2017 11:09 AM
Becky Ramsey
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Clinton, thank you for all your contributions to the Findagrave website. I would like permission to use your photographs of my relatives' grave sites in my Family Tree files. I use the photos as source media and will gladly give you credit for your hard work. Becky
Added by Becky Ramsey on Jul 11, 2017 1:15 PM
RE: Childresses
Thank you so much!!! I enjoyed reading it and it helped me to link more spouses. However, Ahenoam "Hina" the daughter was married to J.B. Nixon according to our records and not John B. Hutching. Can you help enlighten me?
Added by AEB on Jun 28, 2017 2:53 PM
BH Snitzer
RE: Since leaving the last message...
Elendor Elizabeth Slaydon (Slayton) was my deceased mother's grandmother. My mother, Mary Elendor Boswell Herndon, was named for her. My mother was born in 1910 & died in1998 in Pittsylvania County, Va.
Added by BH Snitzer on Mar 13, 2017 6:57 PM
brenda pegg
RE: William Slatton
Thumbs up to you! Your respectfulness is appreciated, in the posted bios.
Added by brenda pegg on Nov 06, 2016 1:28 PM
sadie lauren slayton
John Slayton
Hello Clinton,

My name is Sadie Slayton, my father is Richard Foster Slayton, he was the oldest son of Virginia Limeberry and John Slayton. I have traced some of the Slayton family history on I would be happy to answer any questions you might have, if I can.
Added by sadie lauren slayton on Nov 15, 2015 7:58 PM
Mary Holtsclaw
RE: Diadama Childress/John Slayton
Pauline and I are second cousins. Her mom and my grandma were sisters. No males in direct line. Were the Slatons Native American? I see the Slaton name in the North East Alabama Cherokee tribe. I'm looking for Isaac Childress' mother and father. Not much luck on that. Glad to find a cousin.
Added by Mary Holtsclaw on Aug 12, 2015 5:01 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
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