Eliza J Slack

Eliza J Slack was born 15 Feb 1868 in Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia the seventh child to Nathaniel Henry Slack, a miller,  and Mary Elizabeth Hall Slack.

I have been unable to locate an 1870 census for Eliza but the 1880 census shows 12-year-old Eliza living with her parents, older brothers, Samuel (31) and Henderson (14), older sisters, Minerva (24), Pomelia (19), and Julia (16), younger sister Willie Harren (10), and a niece Virgie, age 3, in Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Eliza married Jerome Clinton Eskins, a coal miner, on 22 July 1885 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The 1900 census shows she has given birth to 8 children, 6 of whom are living.  These are Robert, 14, Cora, 12, Bruce, 9, Henry, 6, Clarence, 3, and Nellie, age 1.  By 1910 the family is living in Mucklow.  Henry is the oldest at home at 15 years of age.  Clarence is 13.  Nellie seems to have passed away away as she should be in the household, age 11, but is not.  Edna, age 8, Ella, 5, and my great-grandmother, Nina, age 2, have been added to the household.  In 1911, Eliza and Jerome’s last child, Bessie, is born.

One side note to mention, my grandfather’s name is Robert.  Here I learn for the first time he had an uncle named Robert.  I wonder if my great-grandparents named my grandpa after Nina’s brother?  I had never heard that, but it seems possible.

Eliza passed away 14 July 1917 at the age of 49 after suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis for 4 to 5 years.  She was buried at Dry Branch Cemetery.  My great-grandmother was only 10 when her mother died.

Eliza's death certificate

Eliza’s death certificate


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