George William Rufus Slade

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George William Rufus Slade (Slocum)

Also Known As: "George Washington"
Birthplace: Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Death: November 28, 1872 (61)
Panaca, Lincoln County, Nevada, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Slocum and Phoebe Slade
Husband of Julianne Slade and Dorinda Melissa Slade
Father of William Rufus Slade, Jr.; Martha Slade; Jefferson Slade; Mary Jane Slade; Albert Slade and 6 others
Brother of Hiram Slocum

Managed by: Russ Lee
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About George William Rufus Slade

George William Rufus Slade was born July 2, 1811, in Panaca County, New York, son of John Slocum and Phoebe Slade. His name at birth was Washington Slade, but he changed it at some point for reasons unknown. Married Julia Higganbotham in Louisiana. Family home Opelousas, Louisiana. Died November 28, 1872, Panaca, Nevada.

Marriages and Children

  1. Julia Higgenbotham
    1. William Slade, married Nancy Katherine Holt
    2. Martha Slade, died 1835
    3. Jefferson Slade, married Sarah M. Chestnut
    4. Margiana "Mary Jane" Slade, died 1840
    5. Albert Slade, died 1853
    6. Clara Slade
    7. Benjamin Slade, died 1847
    8. John Slade, died 1853
    9. Henry Slade
    10. Alice Slade, died 1853
    11. James McGaw Slade, died 1870
  2. Dorinda Melissa Moody Goheen - five children from a previous marriage


  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1163
  • Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Questionnaires compiled by Sons of the Utah Pioneers in Salt Lake City. Page: 002259; Name: William Rufus (born Washington Slocum, changed name) Slade; Gender: male; Birth Date: 02 Jul 1811; Birth Place: Pittstown, New YOrk; Parent1: John Slocum; Parent2: Phoebe Slade; Spouse: Juliann (Julia Ann) Higginbotham; Dorinda Melissa Moody Goheen; Marriage Date: 24 Oct 1832;20 Feb 1853; Marriage Place: Louisana; Harris County, Texas; Departure Date: 1856; 1855; 1853; Departure Place: Cherokee Nation; Texas; Travel Company: wife, Dorinda Moody (48); sons William (22); Jefferson (20); James Mc Gaw (5); daughter Clara Elizabeth (15); children of Dorinda: daughters Eliza Adeline Goheen (18); Christiana (Christe) (15); Fredonia Melissa Goheen (11); Louisa Jane Goheen (9); son Michael Goheen (6): additional family members in comments; Party: Independent Company (Brother Preston Thomas, Farmelin 1853); Trail: Old Spanish Trail from Texas to Utah; Arrival Date: 17 Sep 1856; Arrival Place: SLC; Religion: LDS; Place Settled: Herriman, S. L. Co.; Washington, Wash. Co.; Pine Valley, Wash Co.; Occupation: raised cotton & sugar cane; builder; freighter; Death Date: 28 Nov 1872; Death Place: Panaca, Lincoln Co., Nevada; Sources: Copy of life history of William Rufus Slade in my posession. Written by Ella Lloyd, granddaughter of Dorinda Slade (continued on back); Comments: Slade children: Henry (9); Albert (17); John (11); Alice (7); Mose (a former slave who came to Utah with the family and lived with the family until his death in the 1870's.); Sub Name: Vonna F. Polad; Sub Date: 12 Oct 1991 .

Son of Phoebe Slade and John Slocum. William's birth name was Washington Slocum. He left home in his teen years. When he married, his name on the record being George William Slade by the time he arrived in Texas with his family, and then in Utah his AKA name was: William Rufus Slade. His LDS Temple Record verifies this AKA link. After his father's death, Phoebe married an unknown Slade perhaps a cousin. Thus her maiden name, then md name, and her second marriage changed her name back to Slade: Phoebe Slade Slocum Slade. William's given name Washington in leaving home became William which was actually the given name of his brother. His birth surname Slocum reverted to his mother's maiden name and her 2nd married name. Meaning those who descend from William Rufus Slade are not technically of the Slade surname but of the Slocum surname.

William married Juliann Higginbotham in Louisianna. Their next residence being Texas. They lived in the area of Spring Creek, Harris County, Texas. A few months before they were expecting to go to Utah, Juliann died. A few months later, William then married widow Dorinda Moody Goheen. The children listed here are not of that 2nd marriage, but of William's first.

His marriage to Dorinda placed him in the position of being a step-father to her children. Sources read during my research left me with the feeling, Dorinda's adult children in later years, spoke unkindly of my 2nd great-grandfather William. But research didn't exactly provide an explanation with sufficient detail to identify why their words were so negative of him.

We have been unable to link Juliann and the other children of William and Juliann since burial locations were not standard especially for the children who died along the trail as well as the time period of those whose deaths came so early in Texas.

Their unlinked children being: Martha (1835-1835) Mary Jane (1838-1840) Albert (1839-1853) Benjamin (1843-1847) John (1847-1853) Alice (1849-1853)

More info to come on another day! Note: Transfer rec'd 1 Aug 2010

Slade, William Rufus, Sr. (1811–72), 46. Private, Company I, Third Platoon, Washington City. William Slade Sr. traveled to Mountain Meadows on Monday and Tuesday with his son and other men from Washington. Philip Klingensmith remembered talking to Slade just before the final massacre.

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George William Rufus Slade's Timeline

July 2, 1811
Rensselaer County, New York, United States
February 18, 1834
Age 22
Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States
Age 23
September 22, 1836
Age 25
Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States
Age 26
Age 27
December 25, 1841
Age 30
Republic of Texas
Age 31
Age 33
November 25, 1849
Age 38
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States