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Mary Alice Slone (Sizemore)

Also Known As: "Little Granny Alice"
Birthdate: (101)
Birthplace: Patrick, Virginia
Death: Died in Prestonsburg, Floyd, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Edward Sizemore; George Edward Sizemore; Elizabeth Sizemore and unknown Sizemore
Wife of William Hiram Slone, Sr.
Partner of Mr. Stephens; William Hiram Slone and Mr. Adkins
Mother of Isaac Slone, formerly Stephens; Shadrack Slone; Isham Adkins Slone; Hiram "Jr" Sloan; Isom Sloan and 4 others
Half sister of Jane West; William Sizemore and Newman Sizemore

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About Mary Alice Slone

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Darleen Flanagan says: Death note

"Little Granny Alice, live to be about 100 years of age. Alice was an indian, and was found dead without her head, legend has it that since she was married to a white man, the indians did not like it and decapitated her. They never found her head, so she was buried without it."

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MARY ALICE SIZEMORE was born c.1750 in Virginia and died in 1851 in Prestonsburg, Floyd Co., Kentucky She was the daughter of George Edward Sizemore and wife Elizabeth Jackson She had many partners in her life, but may not have married each of them. According to family records of Frank Mitchell, of the men she had children with; William Slone was the only one she was actually married to. Her earlier children (Shadrack HALL, Isaac STEPHENS & Isham ADKINS) all took the surname SLOAN/SLONE after her marriage to William Slone. Her known partners were

  • ------- Stephens - they were not married. He was born in Stokes, North Carolina.
  • ----------- Hall
  • -------- Adkins - they were not married. He was born in Surry County, North Carolina.
  • William Slone, born about 1750 in Stokes, North Carolina and died in Floyd County, Kentucky. They were married c.1796, the only relationship with proof of marriage. His name will be found both as Slone and Sloan. While most modern descendants spell it Slone, Sloan is acceptable in the early generations. He had twelve grandchildren and half spelled it each way.

Mary Alice is found in the 1810 US Census for Floyd Co, Kentucky, listed as a widow/single parent She is found in the 1850 US Census for Floyd County, listed as a widow; living with son & daughter-in-law, Hiram and Temperance Slone.

Mary Alice is sometimes said to be 'the first white woman in what is now Knott County, though she may not have been "white" if the oral history about her is true (see below). Many of her descendants now live in Pike, Floyd and Knott Counties in Kentucky.

She is sometimes claimed as "full-blooded Indian," specifically "Creek," but there are some problems with this. First, Creek is an improbable tribal affiliation for late 18th-century western Virginia; a more likely one for her time and place would be would be Saponi, Catawba, Nansemond, etc; another possibility would be Free African-American (Free Negro) ancestry. However, the likely ancestors of the Sizemores who appear in southwest Virginia by 1741, were in the territory of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Indians. The Pamunkey & Mattaponi were members of the Powhatan "Confederacy" or "Empire." The Sizemore family has long claimed to be Cherokee, and were instrumental in the recognition of the White Top Laurel band of Cherokee.

In any case, she was unlikely to have been "full-blooded" Indian or black, since she evidently had skin light enough and features European enough to be accepted as 'white' by the census takers. Also, her children and grandchildren are consistently counted as 'white' on later censuses. On the other hand, census records are not always reliable guides to race - they have to be looked at in combination with other records when there is some doubt. It is mostly likely true that she was of Native American ancestry, but she was probably "mixed" rather than "full blood."


There is also controversy about Mary Alice's parentage. While the principle Sizemore researcher claims her parentage to be George Sizemore and Elizabeth Jackson, others do not. Mary Alice may very well have been a daughter or niece of the Edward Sizemore (b. c. 17?? - d. ca. 1780), who in 1746 entered 400 acres at the mouth of Pole cat Creek on the south side of Banister River, Lunenburg County, Virginia (1752 in Halifax; 1767 in Halifax Co, VA - today in Pittsylvania Co, VA ). His family may have intermarried with their neighbors the Joyner family, who were listed as "Indian" in 1750. Alice might therefore have been the daughter of one of the Sizemores of Lunenburg County by a daughter, sister or other female relative of the "Indian man" William Joyner; OR she may have been an illegitimate daughter of a female Sizemore by a male Joyner. There are plenty of theories and very few facts.

Child of MARY SIZEMORE and -------- STEPHENS is:

  • ISAAC STEPHENS SLOAN, b. Abt. 1789.

Child of MARY SIZEMORE and ----------- HALL is:

  • SHADRACK HALL SLOAN, b. Abt. 1786; d. August 15, 1875, Floyd Co., Ky.; m. KATHARINE REYNOLDS, September 27, 1804, Patrick Co., Va. In 1796, Overseers of the poor bound him out to David Morgan. He took his mother's new husband's last name

Child of MARY SIZEMORE and -------- ADKINS is:

  • ISHAM ADKINS SLOAN, b. Abt. 1792; d. August 15, 1855, Ky.; m. (1) MARY POLLY REYNOLDS, October 26, 1815, Floyd Co., Ky.; m. (2) MARY ANN JACOBS, January 09, 1851, Floyd Co., Ky.; b. Abt. 1825, of, Floyd, Kentucky; d. Aft. 1900, ,Knott, Kentucky.


  • HIRAM Slone, b. Abt. 1797, Patrick Co., Va.; d. Abt. 1857, Floyd Co., Ky.; m. TEMPERANCE JUSTICE, September 24, 1818, Floyd Co., Ky.; b. Abt. 1801, ,Greene, Georgia; d. Aft. 1880, ,Floyd, Kentucky.

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Mary Alice was a Creek Indian.

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Mary Alice Slone's Timeline

Patrick, Virginia
Age 30
Henry, Franklin, Virginia, United States
Age 38
Patrick County, Virginia, United States
Age 39
Age 39
Patrick County, Virginia, United States
Age 42
Patrick, Virginia, United States
Age 46
Stokes, North Carolina, United States
Age 47
Patrick, Virginia, United States
Age 101
Prestonsburg, Floyd, Kentucky, United States