Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] According to Smith County History Book: The Slate family generally proved to have a deep & abiding faith in the Lord & served him wherever they went. They were long living with many living to 100 yrs even in 1860's. Family was important to them & they maintained contact with one another despite moves of long distance. Early Stories of Red Boiling Springs, Tenn by Vernon Roddy. Macon Roots by Judy M. Cothron. 1850 census Macon Co., family 27 pg 140 has him & wife & Jane Slate age 16 yrs. 1860 census Macon Co. pg 56 family 111 living with son. Smith County History Book states Mr. Slate had several acres of land full of deer, turkeys, wild, hogs, & other smaller wild animals. At lambing time the sheep were penned up & a fire kept going to keep the wolves away. During most of their history they lived on the "edge of civilization" & usually on a county line if not a state line or both. They were a seeking & inquisitive family. 1790 Pittsylvania Co. Census, VA. 1800 & 1820 Lincoln Co. Census, NC. 1830 Census Smith, Tenn.
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