Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [6958.ged] Anne Mercer Slaughter told of her early life and home in Culpeper Co, VA, to younger ladies in May 1890. She was raised at "Springfield," a spacious mansion in Culpeper at the foot of Cedar Mountain, northeast of the court house, cared for by about seventy servants (the prefered name for their slaves). Daddy Spenser was her father's body servant and had accompanied him when he went to war in the Revolution at age 16. Her grandfather Col. James Slaughter had provided him for that purpose. Daddy cooked for the mess at Valley Forge and was a mesenger to Margaret French Strother to encourage her to wait for young Philip's return. She did and they were married after Yorktown. Anne mentioned two brothers: Thomas who went to the University of Pennsylvanis to study medicine abd Philip who studied law at the University of Virginia and later at Alexandria for the Episcpal Ministry. She also mentioned a sister, Mary Smith, the death of her mother in 1835 and a second wife for her father, Elizabeth, who also pre-deceased him. (Scheel, Culpeper, 1982, p. 166).
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