Henry Blount Slade

d. circa April 1821
     Henry Blount Slade was born in North Carolina. He was the son of Ebenezer Slade Jr. and Chloe Blount.1
     Henry married Elizabeth Bennett circa 1802.1 Henry and Elizabeth migrated to the southwest area of the future state of Alabama - Mississippi Territory about 1804. The area was called the Tombeckbee settlement and was in old Washington County.

     They first settled on the East side of the Tombigbee River in what is n ow Clarke County near Oven Bluff. Then after 1805 Henry Blount moved to the Slade Plantation near Old Wakefield which was located on the West side of the Tombigbee River near present day Sunflower. Later, after his death, Elizabeth placed an advertisement in the Mobile Commercial Register dated February 27, 1824 listing for sale one thousand acres of land that Henry Blount Slade owned east of the Tombigbee River where Samuel Ervine lived. The Plantation included a Cotton Gin and Press, and houses for slaves. This possibly could have been the area he originally settled. The land was sold for cash and distributed to his surviving children. The 1804 tax roll showed Henry Blount Slade was owner of eleven slaves, and the 1807 tax roll showed Henry Blount Slade as owner of four hundred acres in Washington County and owning fourteen slaves.

Henry Blount Slade was said to have been one of the nine men who, in 1807, escorted Aaron Burr from Fort Stoddert to Richmond Virginia for trial.

There are numerous references between Judge Harry Toulmin and Henry B. Slade listed in Territorial Papers of the United States Mississippi Territory concerning Petitions to the President and Congress to create a separate Territory during the period of 1809-1817. He was the representative from Baldwin County at the first Alabama Territorial Assembly held at old S t. Stephens on January 19, 1818. He also held the office of Justice of t he Quorum in 1814 and Chief Justice of the Chancery Court in 1818 for Bald win County, Alabama. The county seat at that time was McIntosh Bluff.

In 1811 Henry Blount Slade was one of the original Trustees of the Washing ton Academy located in Washington County, Mississippi Territory.

There is a letter dated February 24, 1821 from Henry Blount Slade to John Haywood regarding his son James Bennett Slade. It was delivered by Howard Monger (Monger's Creek is probably named after him) to Mr. Haywood at the boarding school in Raleigh, North Carolina where James Bennett w as attending school. Henry Blount was sending money to settle James Bennett's expenses and asking for his return home, so his future could be discussed. We assume Henry Blount was in poor health at this time.1

      Henry Blount Slade died circa April, 1821.1 He was probably buried in Old Wakefield, Washington County, Alabama.1 His death was eventually announced in the newspaper July 20, 1821. There is a bill for a coffin dated April 24, 1821, which was made in St. Stephens and billed to Henry Blount's Estate. Elizabeth was later remarried to a Mr. Thomas Few in 1824. Since Henry Blount did not have a will his estate was not settled until March 8, 1826. Most of the land he owned around the Sunflower area was divided among his children.

Children of Henry Blount Slade and Elizabeth Bennett


  1. [S13] Research by Thomas Methvin.