James Jeremiah Slade

b. 28 April 1831, d. 30 April 1917
     James Jeremiah Slade was born on April 28, 1831 in Clinton, Jones County, Georgia.1,2,3 He was the son of Thomas Bog Slade and Anne Jaqueline Blount.4 In 1852, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a member of the Dialectic Society at the University.

     Jerry married first Anne Gertrude Graham, daughter of John Graham, on July 19, 1855 in Covington, Newton County, Georgia, Ann died a year later as a result of childbirth, leaving an infant daughter, Annie.5
     James married second Leila Birchett Bonner, daughter of Seymore R. Bonner and Marion L Huguenin, on January 12, 1859.6 He was listed as having real estate valued at $6,000 and personal property valued at $11,200.

     In July, 1863, at the request of Confederate officers in local command, The City Council instructed the Mayor to have all the citizens of Columbus capable of bearing arms to be enrolled for any emergency requiring local defence. In accordance with this call, there was a general enrollment in the city and county, and seven or eight companies met at the Court-house on the 18th of July, and formed a regiment. Officers elected included Jerry Slade.7 In 1878, Captain and Mrs J. J. Slade purchased a large ante bellmum home in Columbus which they converted into a girls school and named it St. Elmo. It also served as their home until his death. He was listed in the 1880 census as a school teacher.

     J. J. Slade served as Mayor of Columbus, Georgia from 1892 to 1895 and was a member of the Georgia Assembly 1907 to 1913. James Jeremiah Slade died on April 30, 1917 at age 861 and was buried in Linwood Historic Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia.1

Census Records

CensusLocationHead of Household
1850Columbus, Muscogee County, GeorgiaThomas Bog Slade4
1860Delhi, Richland Parish, LouisianaJames Jeremiah Slade8
1870Columbus, Muscogee County, GeorgiaJames Jeremiah Slade9
1880Nances, Muscogee County, GeorgiaJames Jeremiah Slade10

Child of James Jeremiah Slade and Anne Gertrude Graham

  • Annie Graham Slade 2 b. April 30, 1856, d. July, 1856

Children of James Jeremiah Slade and Leila Birchett Bonner


  1. [S39] Tombstone inscription Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee Co, Georgia, James Jeremiah Slade.
  2. [S308] F.L. Gregoire Roulhac Helen M. Prescott, Genealogical Memoir of the Roulhac Family in America 1894), page 39.
  3. [S183] William Harden, A History of Savannah and South Georgia Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913), Volume II, pages 917-919, bibliography of James Jeremiah Slade.
  4. [S46] 1850 US Census of Muscogee County, Georgia, page 337 [673], line 7, fam 753.
  5. [S38] Marriage Records of Newton County Georgia, married by George F. Pierce, M.G.
  6. [S28] Tombstone Inscription, Lela Birchett Bonner Slade, Lot 43, Lindwood Cemetery, Columbus, Muskogee County, Georgia.
  7. [S255] Columbus, Georgia 1827-1865 by John H Martin, publ 1874, Library of University of GA, Columbus , page 159.
  8. [S54] 1860 US Census of Carroll Parish, Louisiana, Page 326, line 40, hh 76, fam 73.
  9. [S53] 1870 US Census of Muscogee County, Georgia, page 9 [665], line 1, hh 66, fam 67, Ancestry.com image 9/238.
  10. [S25] 1880 US Census of Muscogee County, Georgia, page 503C.
  11. [S295] Find a Grave website, John Henry Slade, tombstone, Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.
  12. [S295] Find a Grave website, Leila Rose Slade, tombstone, Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.
  13. [S23] 1920 US Census of Muscogee County, Georgia, ED 115, sheet 13-B, lines 51-62, hh 270, fam 271.