William George Slater, Civil War Soldier

1818 - 1887

 

Signature

 

William was born 2 Mar 1818 in, England.  He first settled in NY, marrying Eliza (b. 1817) and becoming the father of 3 children, Chantha, George, and Elizabeth, before moving to Spring Prairie, WI and then to Manlius, IL.  On 10 Sep 1861, at Marisalles, La Salle Co., IL, he enlisted with Co. K, 39th Ill. Inf., the same regiment his son, George, enlisted with a month later.  He reenlisted with the Veteran Volunteers at Hilton Head, SC on 1 Jan 1864 and was mustered out at Norfolk, VA on 6 Dec 1865.  After the war he moved to Charlestown, WI before settling in Clark County.  He was crippled with rheumatism, which he attributed to exposure to cold while serving at Deep Bottom, VA.  His pension application describes him as 5’ 8 ˝", 240 lbs, dark complexioned, with gray hair and black eyes.  His enlistment papers indicated a height of 5’ 10". 

 

The Slater farm in Sec. 27, Eaton Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin, 1880

 

The Slaters farmed in the SW corner of sec. 27, Eaton Twp.  Their neighbors were Jones Tompkins, B. Fenlason, Thomas Miller, E. L. Newton, George Huntzicker, John Sythe and William Fricke (also featured in this book).  In 1885 Jones Tompkins, in confirming the validity of William’s pension application, told Justice of Peace James Hewett, "We have been well and personally acquainted for 14 years from 1871 and during that time, William Slater has been afflicted with rheumatism as to entirely disable him and render it impossible to perform manual labor."  After Eliza died 8 Jan 1877, William left their farm and moved to Neillsville where his friendly nature was well-known.  Shortly after receiving an increase in his pension from $10 to $21 a mo., he died 1 May 1887, in the presence of his son George and his daughter, Mrs. Rufnow.  His burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery next to his wife.  Civil War Soldiers in the Heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin

 

 

 

William Slater was born March 2, 1818.  He enlisted with Co. "G" in the 38th Regiment of the Wisconsin Infantry on September 1, 1864 serving as a Private and was discharged June 2, 1865.  He died May 1, 1887 and is buried in the Greenwood, Wisconsin City Cemetery.  His granddaughter, Mrs. Harry Hogue of Greenwood, Wisconsin was listed as his next of kin on his grave registration.

 Recruitment [1] Muster Roll [1] [2] [3] [4] Re-Enlistment [1] Pension Records [1] Pension Letters [1] [2] Medical Exam [1] Invalid Pension [1]

 

Census Records

1870 U. S. Federal Census - Charlestown, Calumet County, Wisconsin

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital

Nativity

F-Nativity

M-Nativity

Occupation 

Slater, William

head

m

w

55

m

England

 

 

laborer

Slater, Eliza

wife

f

w

56

m

New York

 

 

keeps house 

Slater, George

son

m

w

27

 

New York

 

 

laborer

Slater, Malinda

daughter

f

w

19

 

Vermont

 

 

 

Slater, George

son

m

w

1

s

Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

1880 U. S. Federal Census - Eaton, Clark County, Wisconsin

Name

Relation

Sex

Race

Age

Marital

Nativity

F-Nativity

M-Nativity

Occupation 

Slater, W. George

head

m

w

36

m

New York

England

New York

teaches school

Slater, E. Malinda

wife

f

w

27

m

Vermont

England

Vermont

keeps house 

Slater, A. George

son

m

w

11

s

Wisconsin

New York

Vermont

 

Slater, J. Warren

son

m

w

8

s

Wisconsin

New York

Vermont

 

Slater, R. Alice

daughter

f

w

5

s

Wisconsin

New York

Vermont

 

Slater, M. Lulu

daughter

f

w

4 months

s

Wisconsin

New York

Vermont

 

Slater, William

father

m

w

63

 

England

England

England

farmer

Land Records [1] [2]

 

Research Notes

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: William Slatter Age in 1860: 42 Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: England Gender: Male Post Office: Marseilles
Home in 1860: Manlius, Lasalle, Illinois
Household Members: Name Age
William Slatter 42 England Stone Mason
Eliza Slatter 43 NY
George Slatter 16 NY
Elizabeth Slatter 11 NY

1870 United States Federal Census
Name: George Slater Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843 Age in 1870: 27
Home in 1870: Charlestown, Calumet, Wisconsin Post Office: Gravesville

Household Members: Name Age
William Slater 55 England Works in Ashery
Eliza Slater 56 NY Keeping House
George Slater 27 NY Works in Ashery
Malinda Slater 19 VT
George Slater 1 WI

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: W. George Slater Age: 36 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: New York Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Occupation: School Teacher Spouse's Name: E. Malinda
Father's Name: William Father's birthplace: England Mother's birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin
Household Members: Name Age
W. George Slater 36 NY-Engl-NY School Teacher
E. Malinda Slater 27 VT-Engl-VT Wife Keeping House
A. George Slater 11 WI-NY-VT Son At School
J. Warren Slater 8 WI-NY-VT Son
R. Alice Slater 5 WI-NY-VT Daughter
M. Lula Slater 4m WI-NY-VT Daughter - born Jan.
William Slater 63 Engl-Engl-Engl Father Farmer Widowed

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: George Slater Age: 56 Birth Date: Aug 1843
Birthplace: New York Race: White Ethnicity: American
Relationship to head-of-house: Head Occupation:
Father's Birthplace: England Mother's Birthplace: New York
Spouse's Name: Milenda E Marriage Year: 1868 Years Married: 32
Residence : West Ferndale, East Ferndale, Ferry, Laurel, and MariettaWhatcom, Washington Precincts,
Home in 1900: Laurel, Whatcom, Washington
Household Members: Name Age
George Slater 56 NY-Eng-NY Aug 1843 Day Laborer
Milenda E Slater 49 VT -Eng-VT June 1850 6 of 6 children living
Frank Slater 12 WI -NY-VT Dec 1887 At School
William Slater 7 WI -NY-VT July 1892 At School
Next family:
Warren Slater 28 WI-NY-VT Apr 1872 married 2 years Day Laborer
Mabble Slater 19 WI-WI-MN Aug 1880 1 of 1 children living
Warren Slater 1 WI-WI-WI Feb 1899

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George W. Slater is also featured in the book, "Civil War Soldiers in the heart of Clark Co., Wisconsin."

 

 

 


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