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Maj William Franklin Slaton

Maj William Franklin Slaton

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Death 1 Dec 1916 (aged 84–85)
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 60003525 · View Source
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Married to Nancy Jane Martin/Slaton. Aged 85 years. Section 7, Block 17, Lot 1, Grave 5.
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William Franklin Slaton is well known and highly honored in the field of popular education in Georgia, having been the superintendent of the city schools of Atlanta for twenty-seven years. He rendered most gallant service as an officer in the Confederate army He received his commission as colonel at the close of the war while in prison at John­son's iIland, but as all of his fighting was done while a major, he is known to everyone by the latter title. Major Slaton was born near Warm Springs, Meriwether county, Ga., March 6, 1831, a son of John and Nancy (Harris) Slaton, the former born in Kentucky in 1796 and the latter in Hancock county, Ga., in 1811. The father was a planter by vocation and served under Gen. Andrew Jackson in the Seminole Indian war.
Major Slaton attended the school conducted by Dr. Archilus Mitchell, at Sum­merfield, Ala., and later the school conducted by the noted Dr. Carlyle P. Beman, at Mount Zion, Hancock county, Ga. He graduated Emory college at Ox­ford, Ga., and still later was granted the degree of Master of Arts by the University of Georgia. His first teaching job was in Chambers co AL at a girl's school known as Oak Bowery Female Institute
At the outbreak of the WBTS, he was then engaged in teaching at Auburn Male Preparatory Academy, where was instrumental in forming the "Auburn Grays." He went to Pensacola, Fla., to assist in the protection of Fort Barrancas. In the spring of 1862 his company formally entered the Confederate service at Auburn, Ala., as Com­pany D, 37th AL Iinf. He participated in the battles of Corinth, Shiloh and Iuka and in all the engagements down to the siege of Vicksburg. At Corinth he was wounded in the head by the explosion of a shell, a fragment of which pene­trated the skull. He was under Genl Pemberton in the siege of Vicksburg and was captured at Lookout Mountain TN. There he was accused by Gen­eral Grant of having violated his parole given at Vicksburg. Major Slaton was sent under sentence of death to Louisville, Ky., where he was tried by General Burbridge without being permitted to appear in his own defense and was condemned to be shot. By the intervention of Hon. Benjamin H. Hill his life was saved, only to endure the horrors of the Federal prison on Johnson'sisland in Lake Erie, where he languished for eighteen weary months, being held in captivity until the close of the war. While at Johnson's Island he was thrown in with some homeboys and one of them, William J Samford, asked "the Professor" to take up where they left off and Samford received a handwritten diploma from Professor Slaton. Samford was later Gov of AL.
He was promoted captain of his original company, later was made major and finally in 1864, he was commissioned colonel of his regiment. He took part in more than one hundred engagements..
He was discharged, as a prisoner of war, June 5, 1865, re­turned to GA and located on a farm near Woodbury, Meriwether county. In 1855 he was elected to a pro­fessorship in the Alabama polytechnic institute at Auburn, an in­stitution of which he was practically the founder. After the war he devoted him­self to agricultural pursuits, principally by reason of impaired eye­sight from wounds received in the war. He resumed his pedagogic work in 1871, continued to teach at Griffin for the en­suing four years and then took up his residence in the city of At­lanta, where he assumed the position of principal of the boys' high school, which he retained until 1879, when he was elected to his present important office of superintendent of the Atlanta schools. In this position his labors and his marked administrative powers have redounded to the great benefit of the local school system, and he is held in the highest esteem as a citizen, educator and veteran of the Civil war.
He and his wife were members of Trinity church, Methodist Episcopal South, of Atlanta. On Dec. 6, 1852, Major Slaton was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Jane Martin, daugh­ter of the late Rev. William D. and Martha Pope (Johnson) Mar­tin, of Greenville, Ga. Major and Mrs. Slaton have seven children: William Martin Slaton married Miss Mattie Grant Jackson, daughter of Chief Justice James Jackson, and is principal of the boys' high school of At­lanta; Mary Katherine is the wife of Waid H. Blanchard; Annie May is the wife of Albigence Lamar Waldo; John Marshall mar­ried Mrs. Sarah Grant Jackson, has been a member of the Georgia legislature since 1896, the longest term on record in Fulton county, and has been elected speaker of the house, and served as interim Governor before being elected to that office; Mattie Lee; Lily B., teacher of French in the girls' high school of Atlanta, is the wife of Judge Samuel C. Atkinson, of the Georgia Supreme court; and Lulah E. is the youngest of the children, and all are residents of Atlanta.

Clinton Slayton
Slaton Slatton Slayden Family Project

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  • Created by: Walk The Earth
  • Added: 12 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60003525
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj William Franklin Slaton (1831–1 Dec 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60003525, citing Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Walk The Earth (contributor 46578531) .