I am a descendant of this family and would appreciate any help I could get in trying to trace them back further than than Thomas Sladen. I currently have his father as James and grand-father as John but both are unconfirmed. Any help would be much appreciated.
Descendants of Thomas Sladen
Generation No. 1
1. Thomas3 Sladen (James2, John1) was born Bef. 10 March 1805 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale,
Lancashire, England, and died 28 May 1882 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England1. He married (1) Esther
Ashworth 6 October 1828 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England2. She was born 1808 in St-Chads,
Rochdale, Lancashire, England3, and died 28 December 1862 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England4. He
married (2) Nancy ? Aft. 1862. She was born 1819 in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England5. He married (3) Mary Ann
? Aft. 1872 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. She was born 1828 in Ireland.
Notes for Thomas Sladen:
The following is an excerpt of the inquest found in the Rochdale Observer 3 June, 1882 on page 7:
Shocking Death of Old Man. -- Mr. Molesworth held an inquest on 29th of May 1882 at the Green Man, Dearnley,
on Monday, on the body of Thomas Sladen, 77 years of age, who died at the Dearnley Workhouse (now Birch Hill
Hospital) on Sunday afternoon. -- From the evidence given it appeared that the deceased, whose son, Alfred Sladen,
of Sladen Mill, Littleborough, is an engine tenter, was in the havit of making furniture paste, which he sold. On the
11th May he got permission from the wife of Michael Mullins, gardener, Durn, to place a mixture, apparently of
turpentine and beeswax, in a jar on her fire. The jar had not been long on the fire when the contents got ablaze.
Mrs. Mullins and her daughter were in the house at the time, and Mr. Eder Kershaw, rate collector, happened to call
in directly afterwards. Mr. Kershaw noticed that the jar appeared to contain about two quarts of some mixture, and
in reply to a question put by him Mrs. Mullins said that "Old Tom" was making furniture paste. He said that if they did not mind they would have the house on fire. Deceased seemed to be afraid to go near the jar, and asked what he must do. Kershaw told him to get something to put over the jar, and he got a damp rag and put over it. The flames were put out till the rag caught fire, and then the contents of the jar blazed up again. Deceased then got some more rags and tried to remove the jar from the fire. Kershaw turned to go, but heard a smash and a scream, and looking round the place semmed to be on fire. Deceased was lying down in a corner, and his clothes were burning. Kershaw raised him on to his feet and wrapped him round sol as to extinguish the flames, and then put out the fire in the house, the burning material having set the house on fire. Deceased's hands were very badly burned, and Dr.
MacGill, who was called to attend the deceased at his own house, advised his removal to Dearnley, and he was taken
there on the 18th of May. -- A verdict was returned that deceased died from the effects of burns accidently received.
Marriage Notes for Thomas Sladen and Esther Ashworth:
Married at St-Chads Church, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. They were both of Stubley, Lancashire, England at the
time of their marriage. The witnesses were J. Hollows and D. Nield.
Children of Thomas Sladen and Esther Ashworth are:
2 i. James4 Sladen, born 1829 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England6.
Notes for James Sladen:
Woolen apprentice in 1842 census at age 13.
3 ii. Robert Sladen, born February 1829; died 19 May 1829 in Paddock Head, Lancashire, England.
4 iii. John Sladen, born Bet. 1836 - 18376; died 14 August 1860 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England7.
+ 5 iv. Alfred Sladen, born 15 July 1840 in Lower Mill Wuerdle, Lanchashire, England; died 8 July 1901 in St-Chads,
Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
6 v. Norris Sladen, born Bef. 26 August 1846 in Lower Mill Wuerdle, Lancashire, England8; died 12 January 1875 in St-
Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England9.
Generation No. 2
5. Alfred4 Sladen (Thomas3, James2, John1) was born 15 July 1840 in Lower Mill Wuerdle, Lanchashire,
England10, and died 8 July 1901 in St-Chads, Rochdale, Lancashire, England10. He married Mary Ann Helliwell
21 December 1862 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, daughter of William Helliwell.
She was born 1840 in Mill Bank, West Riding, Yorkshire, England10, and died 1913 in St-Chads, Rochdale,
Notes for Alfred Sladen:
Later lived at Windy Bank Terrace, Blatchinworth (another name for Littleborough) then Sladen Mill Cottages.
Buried at Dearnley Church with Thomas and his wife Mary Ann, also a Rebecca Ashworth??.
Notes for Mary Ann Helliwell:
Lived at Ernest Terrace, Heybrook, Rochdale. At the time that her son Fred Sladen immigrated to the United States
she was residing at 12 Gonest Terrace, Hamer, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
Children of Alfred Sladen and Mary Helliwell are:
7 i. Herbert5 Sladen, born 1865 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England; died July 194210. He
married Mary ?; born 1866 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
+ 8 ii. Fred Sladen, born 25 April 1866 in Holy Trinity Church, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England; died 3
October 1914 in Sanford, York, Maine.
+ 9 iii. Ernest Sladen, born 15 June 1877 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England; died 3 February
+ 10 iv. Helliwell Sladen, born July 1880 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
Generation No. 3
8. Fred5 Sladen (Alfred4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born 25 April 1866 in Holy Trinity Church,
Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, and died 3 October 1914 in Sanford, York, Maine11. He married
Agnes Hartley 14 September 1889 in St-Chads Church, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, daughter of Thomas
Hartley and Jane Windle. She was born 6 August 1865 in Meanwood Brow, Spotland, Lancashire, England12, and
died 31 August 1948 in Sanford, York, Maine13.
Notes for Fred Sladen:
According to the Passenger List, Fred and his family immigrated to the United States to Boston, Suffolk,
Massachusetts. They were meeting his friend Robert Schofield husband of Florence (Bancroft) at the address of Box 387, Sanford, York, Maine. They had a child by the name of Hilda Schofield who was born March 16, 1898 in
Summit Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, England. She married William Henry Ambler on April 22, 1918 in Sanford,
York, Maine and had two children. One died on the same day as birth.
Fred Sladen, well known local loomfixer, died at his home in lower Main street at an early hour Sunday morning,
after a brief illness. Mr Sladen was 49 years of age and was born in Lancashire, England. He is survived by a wife
and two sons, Frank and Irving. He was well known in town, being a member of Mousam Lodge of Moose and the
local lodge of Sons of St George. The funeral was held at his late home on Wednesday afternoon and was conducted by Reverend E S Philbrook, pastor of the Baptist Church.
Roll 8, Sanford Tribune, Sanford, Maine, January 1913 - December 1915, Springvale, Maine Public Library.
October 9, 1914, pg 5.
Notes for Agnes Hartley:
Woollen weaver at time of marriage.
Mrs Agnes Sladen, 83, 309 Main street, widow of Fred Sladen, died late Tuesday afternoon at the Henrietta D
Goodall Hospital. Services will be held at 2:30 pm, today at the Hurd Funeral Home, 10 Winter street, with burial in
Oakdale Cemetery. The Reverend Eugene Philbrook will officiate. Born in Littleborough, England, the daughter of
Thomas Hartley and Jane Windle. Mrs Sladen was a resident of Sanford 38 years. She attended the Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Frank, 308 Lower Main street, and Ervine, North Lebanon; four grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, and several nephews and nieces in England.
Roll 30, Sanford Tribune, Sanford, Maine, January - December 1948, Springvale, Maine Public Library.
September 2, 1948, pg 2.
Marriage Notes for Fred Sladen and Agnes Hartley:
At time of marriage Fred was living at 5 Sladen Mill Fold, Littleborough near Rochdale. Agnes lived at 8 Spencer
Street, Littleborough near Rochdale. They were married in the presence of Joseph Kirkley Mills and Jane Haigh.
James Williamson was the registrar that married them in the Baptist Chapel of Littleborough.
Children of Fred Sladen and Agnes Hartley are:
11 i. Frank6 Sladen, born 6 July 1892 in Holy Trinity Church, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England; died 23
September 1964 in Sanford, York, Maine13. He married Emylie N Woolham 23 May 1914 in Sanford, York, Maine;
born 7 March 1892 in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts13; died 5 September 1973 in Sanford, York, Maine14.
Notes for Frank Sladen:
He was living at 308 Main Street in 1935 when he was employed by Sanford Mills.
Frank Sladen, 72, husband of Mrs Emylie Woolham Sladen of the Lebanon road, died Wednesday at his home after a
long illness. Residing here the past 55 years, he was a native of Rochale, Lancashire, England, born July 6, 1892, son of Fred and Agnes Harley Sladen. He was employed as a weaver at the Sanford Mills for 40 years prior to his
retirement, Mr Sladen was a former member of Pioneer Lodge, Sons of St George, and formerly played in a local
orchestra. Survivors besides his wife are two daughters, Mrs Verne Johnson and Mrs Roger Soucy, both of Sanford; a
brother, Ervine Sladen, Sanford; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday at
10:30 am in the Hurd Funeral Home, 10 Winter street. The Reverend Robert Smith of the Sanford First Baptist Church
will officiate. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.
Roll 46, Sanford Tribune, Sanford, Maine, January - December 1964, Springvale, Maine Public Library.
September 24, 1964, pg 2.
Notes for Emylie N Woolham:
Mrs Emily W Sladen, 81, Mt Hope road, died Wednesday at the H D Goodall Hospital. Born March 7, 1892, at
Lawrence, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Newis Woolham and the widow of Frank
Sladen. She had been a local resident for 60 years and was a member of the sanford First Baptist Church. Surviving
are two daughters, Mrs Lurlene Johnson and Mrs Evelyn Soucy, both of Sanford; three grandchildren, Robert P
Demers of Ft Story, Virginia, Barry E Johnson of Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs Carol Pinkham of Salt Lake City, Utah;
and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 am at the Heald Funeral Home, 61 Main
street, Springvale, with the Reverend Robert M Smith, pastor of the Sanford First Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the funeral home.
Roll 60, Sanford Tribune, Sanford, Maine, July - December 1973, Springvale, Maine Public Library.
September 6, 1973, pg 2.
12 ii. Ervine Sladen, born 21 May 1897 in Holy Trinity Church, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England; died 18 March 1980 in Sanford, York, Maine14. He married Marie Mathilda Savageau 23 May 1920 in St George Episcopal
Church, Sanford, York, Maine14; born 26 June 1901 in Sanford, York, Maine14; died 17 November 1982 in Sanford,
Notes for Ervine Sladen:
He was naturalized in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, August 7, 1916 and lived at Lower Main Street in 1935 when he
was employed at Sanford Garage. The family later moved to 115 River Street and to East Lebanon, York, Maine. He
also moved the family to Detroit, Wayne, Michigan for a short while where he drove trucks.
Marriage Notes for Ervine Sladen and Marie Savageau:
Mr & Mrs Ervine Sladen Are Feted Saturday To Mark Golden Wedding The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr and Mrs Ervine Sladen of 5 Normand avenue was celebrated at a reception
Saturday afternoon at the parish hall of St George's Episcopal Church. Eighty relatives and friends attended the affair which was given by the couple's family. Among the guests were Mr Sladen's cousins, Mrs Marjorie Foxton of
Rochdale, England, and Mr and Mrs Bernard Walker of Solihull, England; amd Mrs Sladen's brother, Fred Savageau of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Miss Joy Marie Milligan, a great-granddaughter, was in charge of the guest book. Mr
and Mrs Sladen were married May 24, 1920, at the rectory of St George's Episcopal Church. She is the former Marie
Savageau of Sanford. Mrs Sladen is a member of St Elizabeth's Guild and active at the Trafton Senior Citizen Center. Mr Sladen, a native of Rochdale, England, has resided here 60 years. He was employed by the American Cynamid Company prior to his retirement. The couple has two children, George Sladen of Sanford and Mrs Dorothy Milligan of Augusta, Georgia; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A buffet lunch was served, Mr and Mrs Sladen
cutting a special golden wedding cake. Many gifts, cards, flowers and a money tree were presented to Mr and Mrs
Roll 53, Sanford Tribune, Sanford, Maine, January - June 1970, Springvale, Maine Public Library.
May 14, 1970, pg 4.
9. Ernest5 Sladen (Alfred4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born 15 June 1877 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough,
Rochdale, Lancashire, England15, and died 3 February 194215. He married Amelia Ellen Marshall. She was born
19 August 1878 in Buckingham, Berks, England15, and died 14 November 193515.
Notes for Ernest Sladen:
Buried at Calderbrook with his wife's family. Lived at Timbercliffe and the Gale Todmorden road.
Children of Ernest Sladen and Amelia Marshall are:
13 i. Dorathy6 Sladen. She married (1) ? Hartley. She married (2) John Irvine.
14 ii. Marjory Sladen. She married (1) Lesley Foxton. She married (2) Tom Brooke.
15 iii. Eric Sladen, born 23 April 190915; died 21 January 197815. He married Phyllis Yates; born 6 July 191315; died 2001.
Notes for Eric Sladen:
Joiner at the Gale Todmorden Road; lived at Timbercliffe.
10. Helliwell5 Sladen (Alfred4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born July 1880 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough,
Rochdale, Lancashire, England. He married Clara Kershaw, daughter of Walter Kershaw and Elizabeth ?. She
was born Bef. 3 April 1880 in Holy Trinity, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
Children of Helliwell Sladen and Clara Kershaw are:
16 i. Enid6 Sladen, born 20 June 191016; died 198016. She married Bernard Walker; born 13 February 190516; died 198516.
17 ii. Arnold Sladen, born 191416; died 199516. He married (1) Ivy Holbrook; died 195316. He married (2) Rita Pearl.
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