It's taken me at least a dozen attempts to get a message posted in this forum...I will be grateful for any feedback to my quest:
I am looking for information on the Detroit Michigan Sloats..The oldest I know of would be my grandparents: Joseph Sloat (dead) who married Rachel Wilke (dead) (spelling is in question), they had 8 or 9 children, I only know the names of a couple of them: Jessie (dead), William (Billy, dead, I think),and Josephine (Josie, my grandmother, who is also gone). "Billy" was a merchant marine and decorated in WWII. My father has been estranged from his family for over 30 years.
Dad said that Rachel's family (the Wilke's) lived in the Detroit area for as long as anyone can remember and her father was builder or building contractor. Joseph (Sloat) was from Northern Michigan and was a logger there before he married Rachel. Joseph inherited some property in Northern Michigan and moved there to farm it. Rachel preffered the city life, so they had a long distance marriage until Joseph's death (the date of which is a mystery to me).
I hate to have the past become an obscurity to my own children and am craving any information anyone has on these mysterious Michigan Sloats. Joseph and Rachel married in the late 19th c. Dad was born in 1927
Thanks to any and all in advance.
Teresa L. Sloat Summerlee Isanhart
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