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John Slack - South Amherst, Ohio
« on: Saturday 01 August 15 07:06 BST (UK) »
Hi,

There is a John Slack, wife Sarah and one year old daughter on the USA Federal Census in 1860. They are living in South Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio.

John and his growing family also appear on the Federal Census for years 1870 and 1880.

The thing is that his place of birth is only given as England, so I suppose my question about looking for an actual place in England is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Is there a way of finding out which town/village/county he came from in England?

What I am trying to do is to find out how many men and their families emigrated from certain parts of the County of Derbyshire, in England, to live around South Amherst or Oberlin, in Lorain County, Ohio.

Currently I have around a list of ten or so men and their respective wives and children, all of whom seemed to have moved to South Amherst, Oberlin, or in one case La Grange. The men moved from the area of Derbyshire where I live, where in the 19th and 20th centuries especially, quarrying was a likely occupation. The attraction of moving to Lorain County, around South Amherst and Oberlin, was of course the large sandstone quarry in South Amherst, and the prospect of work there.

Working in the quarry was apparently the above John Slack's occupation also. One interesting thing is that as he was there by 1860 as the census indicates. That being the case, he would have arrived around 20 years before any of the other men on my current list, some of whom are also named Slack.

I would be grateful for any thoughts as to whether there is a way of confirming an actual place of birth in England for the aforementioned John Slack.

Regards,

Alan

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Re: John Slack - South Amherst, Ohio
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 01 August 15 10:38 BST (UK) »
Hi

US census would just give the Country of birth as England not the place birth. Have you tried the nearest public library to see if you can locate an obituary for John which might give further information ?

Just in case you haven't come across it - this is the FIND A GRAVE entry for John and Sarah.

John Slack 1832 - 1893

No info on place of birth on the record of death -  http://www.rootschat.com/links/01ftg/ 

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38640881&ref=acom

Sarah nee Plunkett Slack 1845 - 1915

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38640906

Children:

Matthew Slack 1864 - 1955
Nelson Cornwell Slack 1872 - 1950

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Re: John Slack - South Amherst, Ohio
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 01 August 15 15:33 BST (UK) »
The death record does say he was 61 years and 12 days old, so maybe you could see if that aligns with any birth or baptismal record for him?

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Re: John Slack - South Amherst, Ohio
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 01 August 15 23:06 BST (UK) »
Hi

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38640881&ref=acom

Sarah nee Plunkett Slack 1845 - 1915

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38640906


I confess, what is puzzling me is that the 1860 and 1870 Federal Census only give an age gap between John and Sarah of 5 years, here it would seem to suggest that the age difference was nearer 13 years.

Also an 'Arrival' manifest I found of a Sarah Plunkett, born in Dublin, and arriving on a vessel from Liverpool, England gives her age as 17, which would put a birth in Dublin around 1838/1839. So I confess I'm just a bit confused on this one.

It seems the correct John and Sarah, but something is not quite right. Was somebody providing wrong details for the official records for whatever reason. Not unknown I guess.

Regards,

Alan
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Re: John Slack - South Amherst, Ohio
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 02 August 15 12:38 BST (UK) »
Here is Sarah's death certificate:

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8XL-9DC

Obviously the father's stated name is actually her husband's name.  Don't know who Mary Riley is.  The certificate's information is only as good as what the informant, Emma Slack, provided.
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Re: John Slack - South Amherst, Ohio
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 14 September 17 03:15 BST (UK) »
Sarah Slack obit

Amherst Weekly News
Amherst, Ohio
4 Feb. 1915 
page 1

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Thanks

Amherst Weekly News
Amherst, Ohio
11 Feb. 1915 
page 1

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Emma Slack funeral

Amherst Weekly News
Amherst, Ohio
30 June 1960 
page 7

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Matt Slack obit

Amherst Weekly News
Amherst, Ohio
25 March 1955 
page 3