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John Henry Slaton (Slaten)

Also Known As: "Pappy"
Birthdate: (99)
Birthplace: White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
Death: November 28, 1966 (99)
Mortons Gap, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Oliver Perry Slaten, SR. and Sarah E. Slaten
Husband of Florence Myrtle Slaton
Father of Pearl A. Slaton; Dixie Irene Putman; Bernice Helen Langzell; Jonnie Marjarie Cunningham; Perry Bailey Slaton and 3 others
Brother of Constantine Washington Slaten; Robert Sealy Slaton; Hester Artelia Fugate; James Oliver Perry Slaten, JR; Jennie Lula Littlepage and 2 others

Occupation: Tobacco Farmer
Managed by: Jonathan Dwight Slaton
Last Updated:

About John Henry Slaton

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He was a Kentucky Colonel. I have the certificate and letter from the Governor Breathkitt.

They were tobacco farmers. When he got older, they moved into town, next door to Aunt Dixie's (their daughter) house. Later they moved in with Aunt Dixie, and she took care of them. Their place in town was on the corner. Their bedroom was to the right just as you went in the front door. There was a bed, a rocker, and a fireplace in there. I remember him sitting facing the fireplace with a poker in his hand. He would say "Florence, come stir the fire." Mammy would come in, take the poker from his hand, stir the coals, and return the poker to his hand. He was pretty old by the time I was old enough to remember anything - he was 59 or so when dad was born, which made him 87 when I was 5.

He could read, but he could not write. We used to take him magazines when we went to visit. He could talk about a lot of subjects. Their house in town had 1 (yes one) light fixture - a twisted wire hanging from the ceiling in the kitchen - and no outlets. My parents got them a coffee pot (probably more for Dad when he went to visit) so when they plugged it in, they had to unscrew the bulb in the kitchen and screw in an outlet adapter in the light fixture. Pappy chewed a "twist" of tobacco every day. He also had all his own teeth.

Mammy died from TB. Pappy was about 4 months from being 100 - but he said he had nothing to live for, so within a month he passed away.

Their White Plains homestead was cut into pieces when the Pennyrile Parkway went through. It was originally part of the Revolutionary land grant to John Slaton Jr.

He went South in a covered wagon with his family. They came back on a train. I can remember him telling us about the wagon train.

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John Henry Slaton's Timeline

1867
February 20, 1867
White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1902
January 9, 1902
Age 34
White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1903
August 13, 1903
Age 36
White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1905
February 27, 1905
Age 38
White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1906
September 14, 1906
Age 39
White Plains, Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1909
September 10, 1909
Age 42
Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1912
December 8, 1912
Age 45
Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States
1920
February 20, 1920
Age 53
White Plains, Hopkins, Kentucky, United States