Slagle Kinterest


I’m so grateful for the genealogy work that Phil Slagle has done. Phil’s work sparked my own interest, and this past year, for Christmas, I spent a little time creating a compilation of “kinteresting” Slagle facts and pictures: where we came from; where we landed; who served our country; and famous folks. I’m no genealogist, so the 17th century folks should be considered with healthy skepticism (i.e., Mayflower passenger, Thomas Rogers). Phil Slagle is the expert and can better sort fact and fiction. I’ve almost certainly left out some interesting stories and people as well. I welcome correction. Most of this you probably already know. Enjoy. And Phil Slagle, thanks for all you do and have done. Forgive me for my errors.

For a point of reference, relatives are identified by their relationship to me, David Slagle. My father is Frederick Alexander Slagle, whose father is Fred Moore Slagle (Podgy), whose father is Jesse Henry Slagle.

Ex. Richard Pace 10GGF – Tenth great grandfather.


  • Ports of origin
  • Ports of arrival
  • Ships or Snows
  • Who crossed the pond?
  • In Service to our Country
  • Huh?
  • Famous
  • Appendix

Ports of Origin
11 from England
3 from Germany
5 from Ireland
1 from Austria
1 from France

Ports of Arrival
7 in Virginia
8 in Maryland
3 in Pennsylvania
1 in Massachusetts
1 in Delaware

Ships or Snows
Sea Venture
Good Ship Welcome
Two Sisters

Who Crossed the Pond?

By order of arrival:

Captain William Pierce 11GGF
Birth 1560 in Heacham, Norfolk, England
Death 22 Mar 1622 in Martins Hundred, Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States
He was the captain of the Mayflower on its second voyage. His daughter, Jane, married John Rolfe after Rolfe’s wife, Pocahontas died. Arrived in Jamestown on the Sea Venture in 1609.

Jane Phippen Pierce 11GGM (wife of Captain William Pierce)
Birth 1580 in Weymouth, Dorset, England
Death 1650 in Isle, Virginia, United States
Arrived in Jamestown in 1610 on the Blessing.

Lt. Francis Mason – 11GGF
Birth 1 Jan 1584 in Surry, England
Death 15 Nov 1648 in Elizabeth City, Norfolk, Virginia.
Arrived in VA in 1613

Richard Pace 10GGF
Birth 24 May 1583 in Wapping, Middlesex, England
Death 1 Sep 1627 in Jamestown, James, Virginia, United States
See “Nearly Famous” and “About the Massacre” in Appendix

Samuel Maycock, Jamestown 10GGF 
Birth 4 Nov 1594 in , Northamptonshire,  England.
Death 22 Mar 1622 in Jamestown, James City, Virginia, United States. Wife, Mary Pierce Maycock Birth 1600 in England, Death 22 Mar 1622 in Jamestown, James, Virginia, United States. He and his wife died in the Powahatan Massacre of 1622. See “About the Massacre” in appendix.
Arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1618

Sarah Maycock Pace 9GGM
Birth 1621 in Jamestown, James City, Virginia, United States
Death 1655 in Virginia, United States.
Was not first generation, but was the infant daughter of Samuel and Mary Maycock (above). Samuel and Mary hid Sarah, and she was not killed in the massacre. Sarah married Richard Pace’s son, George Pace (See info on Richard Pace). Sarah was a tiny baby at the time of the attack, about four months old. She was found several days later when the colonist were burying the dead.  Pace family lore says, “She was hidden in the barn during the attack.  She was the only living survivor. Even the livestock was butchered.”

Thomas Rogers 9GGF
Birth 1590 in Stratford Watford, England
Death 11 Jan 1621 in the first harsh winter in 1621, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
Arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower, original signer of the Mayflower Compact.

Thomas Rogers Signature on Mayflower Compact

Copy of Compact. Thomas Rogers Signature circled in red.

Dr. John Coggin – 9GGF

Birth 1618 in England.
Death 1659 in Charles City, Prince George, Virginia, United States.
Arrived in VA between 1620-1633


John Coggin, the Pugnacious.

Mary Hamilton 9GGM

Birth 1600 in Ulster, Donegal, Ireland
Death 1634 in Cecil, Maryland, United States

Richard Cheney III 8GGF
Birth 14 Jun 1616 in St Johns, London, England.
Death 6 March 1684 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States.
Arrived in Maryland in 1649.

Mary Maxwell 8GGM
Birth 1634 in Ulster, Donegal, Ireland
Death 1680 in Cecil, Maryland, United States.
Arrived Maryland in 1659

John Jacob 7GGFS
Birth 28 December 1632 in Dover, Kent, England.
Death 29 Oct 1726 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Arrived in Maryland in 1665

Joseph Alexander – 7th GGF
Birth: 1660 Raphoe County Donegal, Ireland.
Death: Mar. 9, 1730 Cecil County Maryland, USA.
The Presbyterian ministers were persecuted by the State Clergy. In 1676 Joseph Alexander and seven of his brothers sailed from Ireland on the Good Ship Welcome for America. They anchored in the Delaware River, off shore from the town of New Castle.
Arrived in New Castle, Delaware in 1676

Elizabeth Alexander Wallace – 8GGM
Birth 1650 in Ulster, Donegal, Ireland
Death 1692 in Manokin, Somerset, Maryland, United States.
Arrived in Maryland in 1685

Matthew Wallace – 8GGF
Birth 1640 in Ulster, Donegal, Ireland
Death 1714 in Manokin, Somerset, Maryland, United States.
Husband to Elizabeth Alexander Wallace
Arrived in Maryland in 1685

Dietrich Ramseur – 6GGF
Birth 1690 in Ramsaur River, Austria
Death 1772 in Lincolnton, Lincoln, North Carolina, United States
Arrived in Philadelphia, PA on The Venture in 1727

Pleikard Dietrich Siler – 5GGF
Born 29 May 1719, in Weimar, HRE (Germany), sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia on the snow Two Sisters in 1738. The death toll for those sailing that year was so high, that it became known as The Year of the Destroying Angels (See Appendix for description). Arrived in Philadelphia, PA in 1738.


Snow Two Sisters Passenger signatures. The “X” indicates that someone else signed the name and the passenger placed the x. Pleikard is spelled several different ways. In this instance, the person writing the name probably spelled the name phonetically.

Elizabeth Hartsoe Siler – 5GGM
Birth 29 Sep 1727 in Germany.
Death 16 Jan 1817 in Siler City, Chatham, North Carolina, United States
Wife of Pleikard. Supposedly, she and her future husband, Plikard Detrich Siler came to America on the same ship in 1738. Family tradition has it that Elizabeth’s father was the captain of the ship.
Arrived in Philadelphia, PA in 1738

Mary Pilgram 5GGM

Birth 1748 in London, London, England
Death in Mulberry Creek, Wilkes, North Carolina, USA.
Arrived in 1750

George Plott 5GGF
Birth 1734 in Heidelburg, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
Death 1810 in Ton, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States.
Arrived in 1750.
(See Almost Famous).

Richard Duckett 6GGF
Birth 1675 in London, London, England
Death 29 Oct 1733 in Prince George’s, Maryland, United States
Arrived in Maryland in 1752

Nicholas Valentine 7GGF
Birth 1645 France
Death 1720 James, VA
Uncertain Date of Arrival

In Service of our Country

French and Indian War

Weimar Siler – 4GGF
Served in the Indian War as a drummer at the age of fifteen, and in the Revolutionary War under Francis Marion, fighting in the battles of Sumpter, Kings, Mountain and Cowpens.

Civil War

James Wallace Alexander – 2GGF

Duda’s (Lida Slagle) grandfather was James Wallace Alexander.
James Wallace joined the army in May of 1863 and served in the 5th Regiment, N.C. Cavalry, also known as the 63rd Regiment of North Carolina State Troops, in the Civil War. Like his brothers John Smith and William, he was a member of Company F. He joined the Confederate Army in May of 1863 and died August 3, 1863 in Charlottesville, Virginia, of “febris typhoid.” On February 8, 1864, the Sharon Church elders voted to pay tuition for one year for the education of his children.

Jacob M. Gillespie – 2GGF
(Podgy’s GF) Born 1840. Enlisted in Company K, North Carolina 1st Cavalry Regiment on 04 Jul 1861.Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 01 May 1863.

*Elam Leander Slagle 3rd Great Uncle 
Birth 27 Feb 1824 in Lincoln, North Carolina, USA
Death 30 May 1908 in Macon, North Carolina, USA


Elam Leander Slagle’s presidential pardon for participating in the rebellion.


World War I

*Alfred “Mack” McAnally Slagle
Birth 6 Feb 1891,
Death 29 Sep 1918, France.
Great Uncle, brother to Podgy. Killed in battle during WW I as the Hindenburg Line was broken. Letter to parents said, “He was leading his men toward Berlin.”


Corporal Alfred “Mack” McAnally Slagle


World War II & Korea

Frederick Alexander Slagle – F
“Granddaddy”, as we call him, served on a destroyer escort, The Raby, as a gunner’s mate, from 1943 until the end of the war. He was called back up for Korea in Dec. 1950. Granny had just found out that she was pregnant with Jesse Clifford Slagle when Granddaddy left the day after Christmas. He returned in 1953.

Frederick Slagle Navy

Granddaddy WWII


Granddaddy (Korean War) and Granny


DE-698 Destroyer Escort, U.S.S. Raby


Ruth Crawford Slagle – M

Worked in the Oak Ridge Facility in Knoxville, TN. In August of 1945, she and her co-workers were informed that they had been part of the team that built Little Boy, the first atomic bomb. For a great read on the Appalachian girls who participated in the Manhattan Project, see The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.


Thomas Dick Slagle  Great Uncle, brother to Podgy
Captain Thomas Dick Slagle


Captain Thomas Dick Slagle



James Alexander 6GGF x 2
Birth 1695 in Manokin, Somerset, Maryland, United States.
Death 15 Jul 1779 in Cecil, Maryland, United States
Yes, that’s right. He shows up three times in our family tree. Remember Ambrose Conley? The guy who went to war with all six of his sons? Ambrose’s wife, Margaret Alexander Conley is a direct descendant  of JA. Duda’s mother and father are direct descendants of JA.



Richard Pace 10th GGFS
Richard Pace was an early settler of Colonial
Jamestown, Virginia. Richard Pace played a key role in warning the Jamestown colony of the impending Powahatan Massacre on the colony.


Thomas Dick Slagle Great Uncle, brother of Podgy


Elizabeth Alexander Wallace – 8th GGM
5th GGM of Bess Truman, wife of President Harry S Truman


President Harry S Truman and Bess


George Plott 5th GGF

Developed the Plott Hound (bear dog)


Von Plott with Plott Hounds


Von Plott at Plott Balsam Range


Jacob Siler 3GGF

Birth 1 Jun 1795 in South Carolina, United States.
Death 21 Apr 1871 in Macon, North Carolina, United States.
Jacob was the first permanent white settler in Macon County, NC.


Thomas Rogers 9GGF
Early 1620 Mayflower passenger and settler of Plymouth Colony. He died there in the first sickness. Thomas was the 18th of forty-one signatories of the Mayflower Compact.



About the Massacre: The Powhatan Massacre, March 22, 1622

The settlers violated several land agreements with the Powhatan and relentlessly encroached upon their land. According to Wikipedia: “Jamestown’s tobacco economy led to constant expansion and seizure of Powhatan lands, which ultimately provoked a violent reaction. At first, the natives had been more than happy to trade provisions to the colonists for metal tools, but by 1609 the English governor, John Smith, had begun to send in raiding parties to demand food. This earned the colonists a bad reputation among the Native Americans and precipitated conflict.” It was hoped that the marriage of Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas, to John Rolfe, would create peace between the Powhatan and the colonists, but it did not. Chief Opechancanough, who became chief after Chief Powhatan died, had seen the colonists raid and slaughter his people on at least three different occasions and believed that the only hope of survival for the Powhatan was to attack, thereby causing the colonists to abandon the colony and return to England. He led the surprise attack on March 22, 1622, in which 347 colonists were slaughtered. Colonists who survived the attacks raided the tribes and particularly their corn crops in the summer and fall of 1622 so successfully that Chief Opechancanough decided to negotiate. Through friendly native intermediaries, a peace parley was arranged between the two groups. Some of the Jamestown leaders, led by Captain William Tucker and Dr. John Potts, poisoned the Powhatan share of the liquor for the parley’s ceremonial toast. The poison incapacitated the Powhatan and about 200 were killed. Chief Opechancanough escaped. Below, there is better news of our kin’s relationship among the Indians in the section entitled, “The Silers and Chief Chuttahsotee.”

Richard Pace

George Sandys, Treasurer in Virginia, also wrote a letter to England about the Powhatan and its consequences, and evidently went into much more detail.

Sandys’s letter was apparently the original source of the story of the Indian who warned Richard Pace. According to the story, a Powhatan youth living in the household of Richard Pace had been instructed to kill Pace and his family in conjunction with a planned attack on the colony. The youth instead warned Pace of the impending attack. After securing his household, Pace rowed across the James River to warn James City.


Year of the Destroying Angels

Volume 10, Number I, January 1998 “Beyond Germanna” The Year of the Destroying Angels -1738 by
Klaus Wust 

The situation in 1738 earned the reputation as the Year of the Destroying Angels. The reference was to Psalm 78, verse 49, “He let loose on them his fierce anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels.”

After the ship Glasgow and the snow Two Sisters arrived, the next three vessels to arrive with Palatines were the Robert dc Alice, the Queen Elizabeth, and the Thistle. Captain Walter Goodman of the Robert & Alice sent a letter back to Germany on October 19th. Excerpts were published in the Rotterdam Courant two months later: “On the 4th of July last I sailed out of Dover in England and arrived here on this river on the 9th of September with crew and passengers in good health but on the way I had many sick people, yet, since not more than 18 died, we lost by far the least of all the ships arrived to-date. We were the third ship to arrive. I sailed in company with four of the skippers who together had 425 deaths, one had 140, one 115, one 90, and one 80. Said one person in a letter: “There has been a cruel, destroying angel among the travelers this year for the number of those who died so far on the voyage and here has reached about 2000.” The two Stedmans, who had so far been renowned for the transfer of Germans lost probably five-sixths, of 300 hardly 60 were left. According to Captain Goodman (above), between 80 and 140 people would have died on the snow Two Sisters (Pleikard Siler’s ship).


Jacob Siler

“After making peace with the Indians, Jacob Siler returned to Buncombe County and got his brothers, Jesse, William and john to come back to the to settle here. Each built a home within “visiting distance” of each other log cabins at first afterwards two-story frame houses, hand smoothed and mostly hand sawed. The home of Jacob Siler stood where the Maxwell home, given by a descendant, now stands. The other three original homes are still in existence and in use. The W. B Lenoir home was the home of John Siler.” – Notes from 1926 Siler Family Reunion.

The Siler Family Reunion, by the way, is the oldest continually meeting reunion in the U.S.


The Silers and Chief Chuttahsotee

It was a turbulent time for the Cherokees as their once great nation shrunk, and they were forced to move from village to village. One young Cherokee named Chuttahsotee, or Jim Woodpecker, decided to stay in Cartoogechaye with his wife Cunstagih, who was known as Sally. They became close friends with William Siler and his family.

When General Winfield Scott’s soldiers rounded up Western North Carolina’s remaining Cherokee residents at gunpoint, Jim and Sally were taken to Fort Aquone, and then led on the “Trail of Tears” to Oklahoma. Jim and Sally were among those who managed to escape, and returned on foot to their old homes. When the ragtag band of Cherokee arrived back in Cartoogechaye, William Siler proved his friendship. He deeded a 200 acre plot along Muskrat Creek to Jim, knowing that Cherokees who legally owned land could not be forced to move. As time went on, other Indians joined them, and the settlement on Muskrat Creek became known as Sand Town.

The government made a second attempt to remove the Cherokees in 1843. Major James Robinson was sent to Sand Town in 1843 to persuade them to leave their homes and join the other Cherokees in Oklahoma. Chief Chuttahsotee is reported to have said, “In sight of these mountains I was born. In sight of these mountains I will die. My talk is ended.”

Jim Woodpecker served as chief of the Sand Town settlement for many years, and was a highly respected member of the community. When he was an old man, and facing his last days, Albert Siler, William’s son, came to read the Bible and pray with him, as he often did. At this time, Jim is reported to have said, “Chuttahsotee going soon. Bury Chuttahsotee like a white man.” The next day the old chief’s son came to tell Albert that he was dead.

Chuttahsotee was buried in the Siler cemetery near the future site of St. John’s Episcopal Church. A large gathering of Indians and white friends crowded the cemetery. Following the burial, Albert Siler went to see Cunstagih, the old chief’s widow. She was sitting in the doorway of the cabin, gazing at the sunset. “Chuttahsotee calls Cunstagih,” she said. “Cunstagih must go.” The next day her sons found her dead, still sitting in the doorway. She was buried beside her husband, and there they remain today.


Chief Chuttahsotee


Chief Chuttahsotee Grave Marker


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