Thomas Jefferson Slade

b. 9 June 1851, d. 2 September 1892
     Thomas Jefferson Slade was born on June 9, 1851 in Meansville, Pike County, Georgia.1 He was the son of Simon Slade and Holland Barrett. Thomas married Nancy J Storey, daughter of Enoch M Storey and Mary Elizabeth Hagan, on February 7, 1872 in Pike County, Georgia.2 Thomas J Slade served as the Sheriff of Pike County and was accidently killed in the line of duty. The Pike County Journal chronicled the incident on August 19, 1892:
      Zebulon and all Pike county was thrown into wild excitement and gloom Monday morning over the accidental shooting of Sheriff T. J. Slade by J. S. Sullivan, our town Marshall. The said accident occurred on Dr. Crawley's place near Orchard Hill in this county Monday morning at three o'clock, where the sheriff had gone in company with Jack Sullivan, John Ferguson and a Mr. Taylor to capture Walt Graham, who is wanted here for the murder of his brother. They went to a swamp on Dr. Crawley's place where it was understood the man was hiding and separated to look for him, Slade and Ferguson entering the swamp and Sullivan and Taylor remaining on the opposite side to watch. Slade and Ferguson walked around over the swamp awhile and lay down under some bushes listening. They scarcely had concealed themselves before Sullivan and Taylor, in wandering around came in contact with them, each mistaking the other for the man whom they were hunting. Taylor seeing Slade's and Ferguson's pistols, snapped a Winchester rifle at them, but, fortunately it failed to fire. Slade and Ferguson were in the act of shooting when the other two men turned running for fear of being killed. As they turned to run, Sullivan threw his pistol awkwardly back and fired two shots in quick succession, one of the balls taking effect in Slade's head an inch or two from his left ear and taking a downward course. Several minutes had passed after the shooting before the developments of this horrible affair come to the knowledge of the posse. Mr. Slade was placed in a buggy and brought to Zebulon where he remained unconscious for nearly two days, though resting some easier. Drs. Head and Clark were called to his bedside and did all in their power to save his life. Dr. Westmorland of Atlanta was telegraphed for and came down on the 6 o'clock train Monday afternoon. He pronounced the wound as serious as possible not to have resulted in immediate death. About one-third of the ball was extracted which had fractured the skull bone in a frightful manner. Sheriff Slade has made an excellent officer and a more popular man can't be found in the county.
     The newspaper ran a follow up story on September 3: Last week we stated that Sheriff Slade was weaker than ever and that his condition was growing worse. A small hope was still left, however, and to this his dear ones clung. All that medical attention and careful nursing could do was done, but last night the little spark of life went out about 3:30 o'clock. Tom Slade was a true man in every relation of life and his death was a great loss to our county as well as to his family.3
     Thomas Jefferson Slade died on September 2, 1892 in Georgia at age 411 was buried in Fincher Memorial Cemetery, Meansville, Pike County, GeorgiaG.4

Census & City Directory Records

CensusLocationHead of Household
1860Zebulon Township, Pike County, GeorgiaSimon Slade5
1870Pike County, GeorgiaHolland Barrett6
1880District 581, Pike County, GeorgiaThomas Jefferson Slade7

Children of Thomas Jefferson Slade and Nancy J Storey


  1. [S76] Family Group Sheets, letters and personal knowledge from Edward Andrew Slade, Eufaula, Alabama.,.
  2. [S336] Edward Andrew Slade compiled Family Group Sheets & letters,.
  3. [S368] The Pike County Journal Newspaper, August 19 and September 2, 1892.
  4. [S57] Fincher Cemetery Tombstone Pike Co, GA verified 3 May 1969 by Jack Morgan,.
  5. [S55] 1860 US Census Pike Co, GA, Zebulon Township, page 25, lines 31-38, hh 169, fam 169.
  6. [S293] 1870 US Census of Pike County, Georgia, Page 182, [ p138 pencil], image 138, hh 995, fam 1003, line 10.
  7. [S190] 1880 US Census Pike County, Georgia, page 5, ED 107, hh 53, fam 53.