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Re: Daniel Slaven of Tennessee
Posted by: Mary Sue Austin (ID *****7715) Date: November 16, 2004 at 08:49:21
In Reply to: Re: Daniel Slaven of Tennessee by kathy of 543

Below is the information I have found on Daniel Slaven/Slavens who settled on the Clinch River, Tennessee. The area was first Hawkins Co., then Claiborne Co. (formed 1801). In 1792 Daniel Slavens and his wife "Leziann"/"Elizann" sold 116 acres of land in Bath Co., Kentucky. In 1804 and 1819 Daniel Slavens bought land in Claiborne Co., TN. In 1830 he was found in the 1830 US Census of Claiborne Co., KY, with his wife and a female age 5<10, 11 slaves and 1 free person of color in his household. He died by October, 1834, when his son-in-law William McCollough, husband of daughter Comfort Slavens was appointed executor and his wife "Liza Ann" was named in the probate records. I have included below where this information came from. Hope this information is helpful!

Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia. William T. Price, Price Brothers Publishers, Marlinton, West Virginia, 1901. John Slaven. "One of the notable families in our local annals was the Slaven relationship, whose ancestor was John Slaven, who came from Tyrone, Ireland, about the middle of the previous century. He first settled in Rockingham County, and then came to what is now Highland County, Virginia, and located permanently at Meadow Dale, on property now held by Stuart Slaven and James Flesher. His wife was a Miss Stuart. ....... In reference to John Slaven's sons...... Daniel Slaven located his home on the Clinch River, Tennessee."

1792 - Daniel Slavens Deed. June 9th Deed Slavens to Stephenson Bath County [VA] June Court 1792 - "This indenture of bargain and sale between Daniel Slavens of the first part and James Stephenson of the other part was acknowledged in court and ordered to be recorded. This indenture, made this twelveth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two between Daniel Slavens of the County of Bath of the one part and James Stephenson of the aforesaid county of the other. . . Witnesseth that the said Daniel Slavens for and in consideration of the sum of twenty-five pounds current money of Virginia to show(?) in hand paid by the said James Stephenson at or before the sealing and delivering of these present the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, show(?) the said Daniel Slavens and his wife Leziann hath granted, bargained, and sold and by those present doth grant, bargain and sell unto the said James Stephenson and to his heirs and assigns forever, one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and sixteen acres. By survey bearing date of the thirtieth day of February, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, lying and being in the county of on the head branch of the north branch of Jackson's River, joining Ingram's land on the west and bounded as follows, to wit: Beginning at a large Spanish oak (missing) white oak on a hill side south fifty-three degrees, east one hundred poles to two maples on flat ground, thence south twenty five degrees west one hundred and forty-four poles to a large chesnut on Patton's line, thence south fifty-five degrees west ninety-two poles to a large chesnut and white oak on a hill, thence north sixty-five degree west forty poles to a large white oak and chesnut on rising ground north severty-two degrees east two hundred and forty-five poles crossing several hills to the beginning. Together with the appurtenances herewith belonging to have and to hold the land hereby conveyed and all and singular the premises hereby granted with the appurtenances unto the said James Stephenson his heirs and assigns forever, to the only proper Mse? & Behoofe? of him, the said James Stephenson, and of his heirs and assigns forever, and the said Daniel and Elizann Slavens for themselves their heirs Ex. and Administrator doth covenant and agree to and with the said James Stephenson, his heirs and assigns by these present that the said tract of land with the appurtenances unto the said James Stephenson, his heirs and assigns from the claim or demand of them the said DANIEL AND ELIZIANN SLAVENS or any other person or persons whatsoever shall warrant and forever defend by these present in witness thereof the said DANIEL AND ELIZIANN SLAVENS have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written. sealed and delivered
in the presence of ???? Daniel Slavens (seal)

Claiborne County [NOTE:Claiborne County was formed in 1801 from Grainger and Hawkins counties] lies in the northern portion of East Tennessee, and borders both the States of Kentucky and Virginia; the famous Cumberland Gap being situated near the middle of its northern line. The principal stream in the county is Powell River. The Clinch River forms a portion of its southern boundary..........The first settlements in Claiborne County were made in Powell's Valley and along Clinch River. In 1783 Henderson & Co. mentioned in the sketch of Hawkins County and in other chapters of this work, received a grant from North Carolina of 200,000 acres of land to be laid off in one survey, and in accordance with the following restrictions: Beginning at the Old Indian Town, in Powell's Valley, running down Powell River not less than four miles on one or both sides thereof, to the junction of Powell and Clinch Rivers; then down Clinch River on one or both sides, not less than twelve miles in width, for the complement of 200,000 acres. The survey, as made, was approximately as follows: Beginning at what is now known as Old Town, running along the base of the mountain to a point near Caryville, Campbell County; thence in a southerly course to a point on the opposite side of the Clinch River; thence in a line parallel with the first to a point south of Powell River opposite the beginning; thence in a direct course to the beginning. This grant was subsequently divided among Mr. Henderson and his associates or their heirs, and it was doubtless due to their influence that many of the first settlers located in this valley of Powell River. ......The act to erect a new county from portions of Hawkins and Grainger was passed October 29, 1801. It was name Claiborne in honor of William Charles Cole Claiborne, one of the first judges of the superior court, and the first representative in Congress from Tennessee. The court of pleas and quarter sessions was organized at the house of John Owens December 7, 1801...[From Goodspeed's History of Claiborne County (TN)]

History of Hancock County. [NOTE: Hancock County was formed in 1844 from Claiborne and Hawkins counties] Hancock County lies immediately east of Claiborne County, and is bounded on the north by Virginia. Clinch River traverses the county from northeast to southwest, and Powell River crosses the northeastern corner of the county. The surface is very rough and mountanous, but some excellent land is found along the streams. The valleys, however, are generally narrow. The extent of its mineral resources is not well known, but both coal and iron exist in considerable quantities. The settlement of this county began about 1795, but for many years it remained very sparsely populated. As in other counties, the river valleys were the earliest occupied. No record has been left of the pioneers of the county, and but little can now be obtained from personal remembrance of them. Jonas Loughmiller located just southeast of Sneedville, and William McGee beyond him on the north side of the Clinch. Below the latter, and to the southwest of the town, was the settlement of John Ray, while on the opposite side of the river, at the mouth of Duck Creek, lived Enos Matthias. William McCully and DANIEL SLAVENS located still further down the river. John Givens, an early Baptist preacher, lived on Beaver Creek. In the neighborhood three of four miles south of Sneedville was Alexander Treat, Solomon Mitchell, John and Lincoln Amis, the Bouldens, Andersons, Bryants and Collinses. A settlement was also made at an early date at Mulberry Gap, where a little village sprang up. Newmans' Ridge, which runs through the county to the north of Sneedville, and parallel with Clinch river, is said to have taken its name from one of the first settlers upon it. It has since been occupied mainly by a people presenting a peculiar admixture of white and Indian blood. [from Goodspeed's History of East Tennessee, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Nashville, Tenneesee 1887]

Deeds. Claiborne County [TN], General Index to Deeds 1804-1865: John Webster, grantor, DANIEL SLAVENS, grantee, 1804, book B page 46. Thomas Johnston, grantor, DANIEL SLAVENS, grantee, 1819, book F page 269.

1830 US Census Index Claiborne Co TN
Daniel Slavens
1 M 60<70 [Daniel]
1 F 5<10
1 F 50<60 [Comfort]
Daniel Slavens - 10 Slaves:
1 M <10
1 M 10<24
1 M 36<55
4 F < 10
2 F 10<24
1 F 24<36
Free Colored Persons
1 M 10<24

Wills. Claiborne County, Will Book A, page 136: Estate of Daniel Slavens, deceased, William McCollough, administrator. Notes: Daniel McCollough, 5 October 1834; Liza Ann Slavens and Daniel McCollough; Arch Cooper, 5 December 1827. Filed and recorded January term 1840. [note: Liza Ann [Cooper] Slavens was the wife of Daniel Slavens, and was also mentioned as the wife of Daniel in the land dead from Bath Co., VA as "Eliziann". William McCullough was the son-in-law of Daniel Slavens, married to Comfort Slavens.]

Court Proceedings. Claiborne County, Minutes, Quarterly Court: Monday, October 15, 1834: "With leave of the court William McCollough was appointed to administer on all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Daniel Slavens, dec'd. Gave bond and security and was qualified."

Monday, March 16, 1835: "William McCollough, administrator of the estate of Daniel Slavens, dec'd, entered into open court the (I couldn't decipher enough of the rest of the entry for it to make sense, although it did appear that the phrase "amount of sale" was used.)

Monday, January 6, 1840: "A settlement of the Estate of Daniel Slavens, dec'd, made by the Clerk of the Court and William McCollough, administrator of said Estate, was examined by the Court and ordered to be filed and recorded.

Claiborne Co. Pioneer Project - list of names of Claiborne Co. Pioneers & Their Spouses:
Last Name First Name Date of Birth Date of Death Spouse
SLATTON (SLAVEN) Daniel abt 1765 abt 1834 Elizabeth Ann "Liza Ann" COOPER
SLATTON (SLAVEN) Comfort (about 1800)William McCULLOUGH


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