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John Penn

Death 1772 (aged 59–60)
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Grave has not been found.
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John Penn's son-in-law, Randolph Slack, was born Abt. 1720, probably in Pennsylvania; died March 1795 in Washington Co., Ky. He married Sarah Penn. Sarah Penn, born Abt. 1734; died Aft. April 02, 1795 in Washington Co., Ky.

The exact place of Randolph's 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, 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."

Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W Baylor, page 22 -- 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.

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.

Children of Randolph Slack and Sarah Penn are:
i. Susanna Slack, born Abt. 1742 in Pennsylvania; died Abt. 1833 in Harrison Co., IN; married Anthony Litching Abt. 1768 in Virginia.
ii. John Slack, born Abt. 1754; died Aft. 1822.
iii. Catherine Slack, born Abt. 1755; died Abt. 1798.
iv. Mary Slack, born Abt. 1757; died Aft. 1810.
v. William Slack, born Abt. 1761; died 1830.

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

vi. Randall Slack, born Abt. 1765.
vii. Richard Slack, born Abt. 1770 in Pennsylvania; died Aft. 1795.

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