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Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 27 May 2006 7:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Slavens/Givens/Forinash
I am looking for anyone that has info. or is related to Milton P. Slavens. He was my husband's dear uncle and I would love to know if anyone out there remembers or is related to him or the family in general. Milton Peter was the son of Jacob Clinton, b. abt. 1879 in Ohio and married Nellie Leone Givens. He had sisters Inez, Katherine, and Ruth and brother Maurice. Milton, or as we knew him as Jake, married Mildred Ella Forinash. They moved to Pompano Beach, Florida where I met them and later married their nephew, Greg. They were wonderful people!
Now I wish I had paid more attention. They had no children and travelled often to visit friends and family. He told us once of a relative that fought in the Civil War and was caught while trying to hijack the General (a train) in Georgia. He was killed and buried in Oakland Cemetary in Atlanta (we photographed it once when we lived there), but the marker says they moved his body back up north later. Anyway if any of this rings true with anyone, please contact me. Thanks, B

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 27 May 2006 8:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Just about everyone that uses this spelling of the surname will be a relative of Milton P. Slavens. With a few exceptions, a "Slavens" will be a descendant of the various sons of John and Elizabeth Slavin of Highland County, Virginia. Six sons left Virginia late in the 18th century to become pioneer residents of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and on to Indiana and Missouri, and eventually across the country. A seventh son remained in Virginia/West Virginia, and his descendants usually use the "Slaven" spelling. Over the years some families have modified the spelling so it's not infallible, but I'll bet it works at least 80 percent of the time.

The Reuben you mentioned-- many Slavens families had a Reuben each generation back in the 19th century-- was a brother of Samuel Slavens, one of the seven soldiers hung as spies for stealing the train the General in the Civil War. The group of soldiers have become known as Andrews' Raiders, the episode known as "The Great Locomotive Chase" and Google searches will come up with lots of information.

There's a lot of information on the Slavens clan in general-- and a lot on other unrelated families with other variations of the surname-- on my website at http://www.slavens.net/

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 14 Sep 2009 2:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Slavens
Still looking for anyone related to Milton Peters Slavens (Jake) He was my husband's uncle, married to Mildred Forinash Slavens. He had 3 sisters, Inez, Catherine, and Ruth and a brother Maurice. We were too young to listen to his stories, but remember him talking about his sister, Catherine and going to visit her. I think she had a daughter, as he used to talk of a niece.

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 19 Sep 2009 9:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: SLAVENS
Our records show Milton Peters Slavens the son of Jacob Clinton Slavens, m. Nellie L. Givens, sixth child of Reuben, m. Harriet Rader, fifth child of Charles, m. Mary Margaret McClure, second child of Reuben, m. Sally Nancy Kennison, seventh child of John of Ireland and Elizabeth Stewart.

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 11 Oct 2009 12:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
If you are trying to track down living family members, you would need to get a copy of his obit which will list serviving family members and try to find them. Obits usually give names of family members are where they are living.

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 2 Feb 2010 10:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello, My gg-grandfather was Milton Clay Peters who married Ruth Slavens. Milton Peters Slavens probably was named for my gg grandfather. Ruth was a daughter of Stuart Slavens. At least 5 Peters and Slavens were married during the mid-1800's and their families are spread far and wide. I am named after my father who was named after Albert Lincoln Slavens. My late father often talked of MP Slavens and mentioned that he lived in Chicago. He also mentioned a Slavens involved in the shoe business, perhaps on the east coast. I live in Fort Worth and spent my early years in southwestern Ohio near Dayton. I was probably the last individual born in the Peters home west of Wakefield in Pike County, Ohio. There is still a Slavens enclave in the Beaver area of that county.
I actually have been looking for information on MP Slavens for a long time, took some time off, and just now went looking.
Any information appreciated...Al

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 3 Feb 2010 5:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Slavens, Forinash, Peters
Now I understand his name, although I can't totally understand the connection for it. So Peters was a family name and Milton, I guess as well. Who was your grandfather and great-grandfather, so I put this all together? Milton P.'s parents were Jacob Clinton Slavens and Nellie Leone Givens.His grandparents were Reuben and Harriett(Rider)and his ggrandparents were Charles and Margaret(McClure).His mother died when he was 9 and his father(left with 5 children) remarried at some point to Emma.I see that your gggrandfather, was in Co. E 33rd Ohio Infantry, survived the Civil War and lived to be in his 70's. Milton P. or Jake as we called him, did live in Chicago at one time with his wife, Mildred(Forinash). He was in the Air Force, stationed in Cheyene,Wyoming at one point. He never had to go overseas and when we found out after he died that he had a glass eye, thought maybe that was why. We always wondered what happened to cause that to happen to his eye and when.?? When he retired he moved to Pompano Beach, Florida. They didn't have any children and used to travel around alot by car, visiting his sisters (He had three- Inez, Catherine and Ruth), and a niece, but I can't remember her name. He also had a brother, Maurice. I'd be interested in getting in touch with anyone that is related to them.
Let me know if you want any other info. Thanks for the reply.

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 3 Feb 2010 10:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Please contact me at apeters386@aol.com It will be easier to communicate.

Thanks...Al

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 10:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
If still interested, Milton Slavens was my uncle.

Re: Reuben/Jacob/Milton P. Slavens

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 5:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Slavens
He was my husband's uncle as well. Who are your parents?
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