Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Slaughter Family

Slaughter Family

Thomas Slaughter

Thomas Slaughter was born on 20 September 1794 in Greene, Georgia. Thomas was rumored to have been good friends with Sam Houston and he was also supposed to have made some trips with Lewis & Clark. He married Nancy Gilbert. Nancy was born 1800 in Georgia. Nancy was the daughter of Captain Michael Gilbert and Sarah Moon. Sarah Moon Gilbert received one of the original 300 land grants from Stephen F. Austin in Colorado County, Texas. Her son-in-law Thomas Slaughter, who was married to her daughter Nancy, received a land grant from Austin's second contract in Colorado County. These grants were later divided into Matagorda County. Sarah Moon Gilbert died in 1841 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas. Thomas died in 1835 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas. After Thomas died, Nancy married James Nelson (fought at the Battle of San Jacinto for Texas Independence from Mexico). Nancy died in 1841 in California.

Texas 300 Information:
The colonists settled under the terms of Stephen F. Austin’s first contract with the Mexican government became known as “The Old Three Hundred”, because the contract was for the introduction of three hundred families. Austin returned to his colony in August 1823, accompanied from San Antonio by Baron de Bastrop, whom the governor had authorized to issue land titles for him. By August 24, 1824, when he was called away, Bastrop had issued 272 titles to settlers. The remainder, issued in 1827 and 1828 after the arrival of a new land commissioner, bought the total number of families introduced, including “families” of single men who formed partnerships to meet the requirements of the law, to 297. Nine families, not including Austin, received two titles each, and special grants were made to a few men as compensation for substantial services or improvements.
The limits of the colony were not set by the terms of the contract, but the colonists, for the most part, selected the rich bottom lands along the Brazos and Colorado Rivers. Others, however, were scattered over the entire territory between the San Jacinto and Lavaca Rivers and between the Gulf and the San Antonio-Nacogdoches Road.
The following table, adapted from one compiled from the records of the Land Office at Austin, Texas, by Lester G. Bugbee, gives the names of the colonists, the amount of land each received, the present county in which the land is located, and the date the title was issued. A sitio of land is approximately 4428.4 acres, and a labor, approximately 177.12 acres.

This information is from the book, “DOCUMENTS of TEXAS HISTORY” Second Edition (pages 151 thru 158) edited by Ernest Wallace, David M. Vigness, and George B. Ward, which was loaned to the Hill County Genealogical Society by one of our members, Mr. Carroll Hering. We thank him for allowing us to borrow the book for the purpose of transcribing records for our web site. Even though this isn’t directly linked to Hill County, we thought it would be interesting to see where our ancestors first settled in Texas.
A sitio of land is approximately 4428.4 acres, and a labor, approximately 177.12 acres

Name Sitios Labors Present County Date of Title
Gilbert, Sarah 1 0 Wharton & Fort Bend 11 May 1827

They had the following children:

Pleasant Travis Slaughter was born in 1825 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas. He died in 1868 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California.

Gabriel Clayton Slaughter was born in 1824 in Alabama. He died in 1859 in Wharton, Texas.
Thomas P. Slaughter was born in 1822 in Alabama.

Pamelia Slaughter was born in 1827 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas. She died in 1845 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas.

Virgillia Slaughter was born in 1835 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas.

Pleasant Isaac Slaughter

Pleasant Isaac Slaughter was born in 1828 in Columbus, Colorado, Texas. Pleasant was married to Mary Elizabeth McColeps on 23 March 1844. Per Vivian Bailey of Houston: Pleasant supposedly shot some Mexicans and left for California in 1849. He struck it rich out there and wrote to Mary for her and the children to come to California. She told him the children died. She filed for and received a divorce in Montgomery County, Texas in 1853. There was supposed to have been another child born to Pleasant and Mary; but, I think that one child did die and she just told Pleasant they both died. Henry Travis was the only surviving child of Pleasant and Mary.
In the meantime, however, Pleasant remarried Adeline Edney Oxendine, a Cherokee Indian, in 1855 in California after he had a child (John) born in 1853. He married Adeline Edney Oxendine on 7 July 1855 in Stockton, California. Adeline Edney Oxendine was born on 22 February 1836 in Alabama.

1860 Census of Tulare County, California

10 July 1860 Township3 Keeneysburg P.O.
Pg L D F Name Age Sex Color Occp. ValRE ValPP Birth
48 21 103 94 SLAUGHTER, Isaac 32 M W farmer 300 1100 AL
48 22 103 94 SLAUGHTER, Edunen 24 F M housekeeper AL X
48 23 103 94 SLAUGHTER, John 7 M M AR
48 24 103 94 SLAUGHTER, Virginia 4 F M CA
48 25 103 94 SLAUGHTER, Charles 3 M M CA
48 26 103 94 SLAUGHTER, Pleasant 1 M M CA
48 27 103 94 SLAUGHTER, Martha 3/1 F M CA

Pleasant died in 1868 in Stockton, California. Edney then married Thomas Polmanteer (1830 - 25 JUL 1875). She died 31 May 1915.

They had the following children:

John Slaughter was born in1854 in Shasta, California

Nancy Virginia Slaughter was born on 30 June 1856 in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. She died on 22 April 1938, Redding, Shasta, California.

Charles Slaughter was born in 1857 in Shasta, California.

Pleasant I. Slaughter was born in October 1858 in Shasta, California. He died on 01 April 1924 in Napa, California.

Martha Jane Slaughter was born in March 1859 in California.

William Theodore Slaughter was born in 1861 in Shasta, California. He died in 1883.

Thomas Slaughter was born in 1862 in California. He died in 1863.

George Thomas Slaughter was born on 17 August 1863 in Anderson, California. He died on 11 May 1947, Anderson, California.

Annie Slaughter was born in 1864 in Shasta, California. She died on 15 February 1893 in Shasta, California.

Lesta Slaughter was born in 1868 in Shasta, California.

George Thomas Slaughter

George Thomas Slaughter was born on 17 August 1863 in Anderson, California. He married Myrtle Agnes Fann on 18 February 1920. He was a registered voter of Shasta County, and so was his brother Pleasant. He died on 11 May 1947 in Anderson, California.

Shasta County, California Voters Registers City Directory
1894 Great Register

Reg # Name Age Born in Residence / P.O. Address Reg Date Height Skin Eyes Hair
3479 Slaughter, George T. 28 CA N. Redding / Redding Aug-1-1892 5' 6½" Dark Brown Black
3331 Slaughter, Pleasant I. 31 CA N. Redding / Redding Feb-8-1892 5' 8" Dark Brown Black

1904 Shasta County Voter Register

Name - - Age - - Address - - Voter Reg # - - Precinct #
Slaughter, George Thomas ~ ~ 40 ~ ~ Winthrop ~ ~ 170 #50
Slaughter, Pleasant I. ~ ~ 46 ~ ~ Redding ~ ~ 304 ~ ~ #44

1930 Shasta County Census

Note that the family is listed as Wintun Indian.

California Death Index, 1940-1997 Recordabout GEORGE THOMAS SLAUGHTER
Social Security #: 0
Birth Date:17 Aug 1863
Death Date:11 May 1947
Death Place:SHASTA
Mother's Maiden Name:OXYDINE
Father's Surname:SLAUGHTER


They had the following children:

Rudolph Harold Slaughter was born on 30 March 1921 in Anderson, California.

He died on 13 April 1992 in Anderson, California.

Rudolph’s Obituary

Rudolph Harold Slaughter, 71, of Project City died Monday, April 13, 1992, at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Private services will be conducted. Burial will be at Slaughter-Fann Cemetery in Ono.Born May 30, 1921, in Anderson, he was a lifetime resident of Shasta County. He was a U.S. Air Force World War II veteran and a Wintu Indian.He is survived by sons Rudi and Ervin, both of Redding; daughter Jane Sartori of McKinleyville; brothers Donald of Anderson and Reginald of Redding; sisters Pat Buck of Redding, Adeline Bowers of White City, Ore., and Christine Slape of Napa; and five grandchildren.Arrangements are being handled by Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding.


Reginald Stephens Slaughter was born on 24 May 1922 in Anderson, California. He died on 05 February 2004 in Anaheim Hills, California.

Donald Vernon Slaughter was born on 08 May 1925, Shasta, California.

Christine Viola Slaughter was born on 03 February 1926 in Shasta, California.

George Theodore Slaughter was born on 01 August 1931 in Anderson, California. He died on 31 Jul 1940 after diving into a broken wagon wheel in an irrigation channel in Anderson, California.

ANDERSON VALLEY NEWS - Thursday, August 1, 1940 - Tex Slaughter 10 Fatally Injured in Dive in Canal - Iron Axle Enters Skull of Victim, Lives Only Few Minutes. Tex Slaughter 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Slaughter, was fatally injured last evening while diving in the irrigation canal at the old Palmer place, by being impaled on an old buggy axle, the iron penetrating his skull. Young Slaughter along with a number of other boys had built a diving platform fourteen feet above the water level in the canal, completing the structure before noon. During the afternoon the boys had enjoyed diving from the platform. In their building operations they had used an old buggy axle, which was tossed upon the bank. Someone threw the axle into the water, it sticking in the ground at the bottom of the canal, and leaning at an angle. Young Slaughter, dived from the platform and his head struck the submerged iron, the iron penetrating his skull. The feet of the boy were sticking out of the water, and his companions, noticing his predicament, went to his rescue, but they were unable to free him and called for help. A man by the name of Trotter, who was close by, assisted by Reginald Slaughter, elder brother of the victim, freed the boy from the iron axle, and placed him on the canal bank where he succumbed in a few minutes.


California Death Index, 1940-1997 Recordabout GEORGE THEODORE SLAUGHTER
Social Security #: 0
Birth Date:1 Aug 1931
Birthplace: CALIFORNIA
Death Date: 31 Jul 1940
Death Place: SHASTA
Mother's Maiden Name: FANN
Father's Surname: SLAUGHTER

Adeline Jane Slaughter was born on 03 February 1934, in Shasta, California.

Patricia Joan Slaughter was born on 12 Aug 1936 in Shasta, California.

1930 Shasta County Census

Note that the family is listed as Wintun Indian.

Reginald Stephens Slaughter

Reginald Stephens Slaughter was born 24 May 1922 in Anderson, California. Reginald was the son of George Thomas Slaughter and Myrtle Agnes Fann. Reginald (Jim) graduated from Aurora High school in Anderson, California in 1941. He was a member of the basketball team, future farmers, and drama club.

Quote from yearbook

Reginald joined the United States Navy in 11 June 1941. After boot camp in San Diego, California, Reginald was assigned to the USS West Virginia.

US Navy Radio School, San Diego, California

He was on board the USS West Virginia on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor

On Sunday, December 7, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port.

As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.)

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets. At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Na kajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor. Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.

When it was over, the U.S. losses were:

Casualties: USA: 218 Killed in Action, 364 Wounded in Action USN: 2,008 Killed in Action, 710 Wounded in Action. USMC: 109 Killed in Action, 69 Wounded in Action. Civilians: 68 Killed in Action, 35 Wounded in Action. TOTAL: 2,403 Killed in Action, 1,178 Wounded in Action.

Battleships: USS Arizona (BB-39) - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine. USS Oklahoma (BB-37) - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor. USS California (BB-44) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired. USS West Virginia (BB-48) - Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired. USS Nevada - (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired. USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) - Light damage. USS Maryland (BB-46) - Light damage. USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage. USS Utah (AG-16) - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk.

Cruisers: USS New Orleans (CA-32) - Light Damage.. USS San Francisco (CA38) - Light Damage. USS Detroit (CL-8) - Light Damage. USS Raleigh (CL-7) - Heavily damaged but repaired. USS Helena (CL-50) - Light Damage. USS Honolulu (CL-48) - Light Damage.

Destroyers: USS Downes (DD-375) - Destroyed. Parts salvaged. USS Cassin - (DD-372) Destroyed Parts salvaged. USS Shaw (DD-373) - Very heavy damage. USS Helm (DD-388) - Light Damage.

Minelayer: USS Ogala (CM-4) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.

Seaplane Tender: USS Curtiss (AV-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.

Repair Ship: USS Vestal (AR-4) - Severely damaged but later repaired.

Harbor Tug: USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) - Sunk but later raised and repaired.

Aircraft: 188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)

Reginald served his country for the entire war. After Pearl Harbor, Reginald served on the USS Medusa; his records show that as of January 1943. During the war, Reginald was injured after a bomb struck the ship, blowing a hatch off, stricking him in the head.

USS Medusa

  • Achieving Rank of Fireman First Class 18 January 1943, USS Medusa

  • Achieving Rank of Water Tender 2nd Class 16 May 1943, USS Medusa

Achieving Training Certificate for Boiler & Turbines 7 June 1944

Near the end of World War II, Reginald is stationed on the USS Flint.

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USS Flint

USS Flint (CL-97) was a modified Atlanta class cruiser, sometimes referred to as Oakland class cruiser. She was named after the city of Flint, Michigan. She was launched on 25 January 1944 by Bethlehem Steel Company of San Francisco, California, sponsored by Mrs. R. A. Pitcher. She was and commissioned on 31 August 1944, with Captain C. R. Will in command. She was reclassified CLAA-97 on 18 March 1949.
Flint reported to the 3rd Fleet for duty at Ulithi 27 December 1944, and 6 days later, sailed with TF 38 for a month-long cruise in support of the invasion of Luzon. She screened aircraft carriers as they launched strikes on Luzon, Taiwan, and the China coast, and fired protective anti-aircraft cover during a Japanese kamikaze attack on 21 January 1945. Replenishing at Ulithi from 26 January to 10 February, Flint then sailed with newly designated Task Force 58 for air strikes on Tokyo preceding the attack on Iwo Jima. Her force arrived off Iwo Jima on 21 February to fly air support for the Marines who had landed two days previously, and Flint returned to Ulithi 12 March for a brief 2 days of replenishment.
Putting to sea with TF 58 for strikes against Kyushu in preparation for the invasion of Okinawa, Flint aided in bringing down several airplanes in heavy attacks on the task force from 18 to 22 March 1945. The task force then closed Okinawa, and Flint with other cruisers bombarded beach installations in preparation for the landings on 1 April. Aside from the period 14 to 24 May, when she was at Ulithi for upkeep, Flint operated off Okinawa until 13 June, when she anchored in Leyte Gulf.
Flint sortied from Leyte on 1 July 1945 to screen the final air attacks on the Japanese home islands and to join the bombardment of the east coast of Honshu until the cessation of hostilities. On 24 August, she took station off Nii Shima to serve as rescue ship and homing station for transport planes carrying occupation troops to Japan. Between 10 and 15 September, she lay in Tokyo Bay, then sailed with a carrier task force to provide air and sea surveillance of Central Honshu until 21 September.
The cruiser made a voyage from Japan to Eniwet0k, then loaded homeward bound servicemen at Yokosuka on 13 October 1945, bringing them into San Francisco Bay on 28 November. After sailing to Kwajalein to bring home more servicemen eligible for discharge, Flint reported at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, on 11 January 1946, and there was placed out of commission in reserve at Bremerton on 6 May 1947.
Flint received four battle stars for World War II service.

Orders, News, and Papers from the USS Flint

31 August 1945

14 November 1945

He re-enlists on the USS Blue on 12 August 1952 and his rank is listed as Boiler Technician. It also shows that he was awarded the Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He often told family about his trips, driving from San Diego to Anderson to visit his family on a weekend furloughs. During the early 1950’s Reginald purchase a Harley Davidson motorcycle. During a ride one evening in San Francisco, we wedged the front tire in the trolley tracks, flipping the bike, and breaking his collar bone.

12 August 1952 Re-enlistment

Liberty Pass 24 March 1958, USS Blue

USS Blue

He married Rosa Martina Silva on 17 January 1960 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles California.

Marriage Announcement

Marriage License

He retired from the Navy on 1 May 1962 with the rank of Master ChiefPetty Officer (MCPO).

Discharge Papers

It is noted in his discharge papers that he received the bronze star for good conduct, and that the last ship he was assigned to was the USS Potterfield.

He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves. Reginald was a proud member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors association.

PHSA Membership Card

After his military duty, Reginald worked as a Security Officer at Zody’s in Santa Ana, California and Steam Engineer at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California.

In 1991, he attended the 50th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii with his family. He also attended the 60th anniversary event.

He passed away at Kaiser Hospital on 5 February 2004 in Anaheim, California. He is buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California

Social Security Death Index Recordabout Reginald S. Slaughter
Name: Reginald S. Slaughter
SSN: 561-54-2407
Last Residence: 92807 Anaheim, Orange, California, United States of America
Born: 24 May 1922
Died: 5 Feb 2004
State (Year) SSN issued: California (1956-1957 )


They had the following children:

George Thomas Slaughter was born on 15 June 1960 in Los Angeles, California

Beverley Ann Slaughter was born on 12 Feb 1962 in Santa Ana, California

Annabelle Marie Slaughter was born on 14 December 1965 in in Santa Ana, California