Simon Slade

b. circa 1795, d. 13 May 1869
     Simon Slade was born circa 1795 in Virginia; [please see note below regarding birth].1,2,3 He was the son of Jethro Slade and Mary Harris. He enlisted as a private in Captain James Saffeld's Company of Georgia Militia on November 24, 1814 in Clinton, Jones County, Georgia, and served until the 6th day of May, 1815.4 He first appeared on the tax roll in 1816 in Captain Hansford's Militia District, Jones County, Georgia.5 In 1818, Simon and his brother Samuel, were both recorded as polls with no land on the tax roll of Jones County, GA, in Captain Hansford's Militia District.6 1820 Wilkinson Co GA lottery. Simon appeared on the 1820 tax roll of Jones County as a poll with no land.7 On May 17, 1824 Simon purchased land in Pike County from Aaron H. McFarlin.8
     Simon Slade married first Martha Finney on May 19, 1829 in Pike County, Georgia.9,10 Simon drew Lot #1038 in Section 1, District 14 of Georgia's 1832 Gold Lottery.11 In 1837 Simon Slade applied for "letters of dismission" from duties of guardian of Martha Finney, orphan. [We assume this is the same Martha to whom he was married]12
     Simon married second Matilda Rickerson, daughter of Jesse Ricketson and Polly Merritt, on January 4, 1838 in Georgia.13 On April 13, 1848 Samuel sold by deed 101+ acres to W P Tyler & 100 acres to Martha W Redding in Georgia.8 Matilda's sister, Bathsheba Rickerson was living with Simon's family at the time of the 1850 census. Matilda died May 15, 1950.
     Simon married third Holland Barrett, daughter of William Barrett and Mary James, on July 10, 1850 in Georgia.14 He died on May 13, 1869 in Georgia.15 He was buried in Fincher Memorial Cemetery, Meansville, Pike County, GeorgiaG.16

Note: Conflicting information about the date and place of birth for Simon and his twin brother Samuel have caused confusion for many researchers. Simon's obituary, printed in the Southern Christian Advocate states that Simon was born 1792 in Virginia and was the twin to Samuel Slade. US Census of Pike County for both 1850 and 1860 indicate that Simon was born 1795 in North Carolina, similarly, the same census records show his twin Samuel was also born 1795 in Virginia. Simon first appeared on the tax roll in 1816, signifying he had then reached age of 21, supporting the 1795 birth year. The Pike County History Book 1822-1989 gives Simon's birth as May 11, 1792 in Enfield, North Carolina, but we have found no evidence that would support either that date or place. We have searched numerous county records in North Carolina, including Halifax County, where Enfield is located, but found no evidence that any Slade family was in that area during the time span that Simon could have been born. Marriage records of Southampton County, Virginia show that their parents, Mary Harris and Jethro Slade were married in that county on July 12, 1792 making the May 11, 1792 birth date questionable. Tax and other records indicate that their father Jethro did not leave Southampton County, Virginia until after 1800, making the North Carolina birth location unlikely. The evidence leads us to conclude that Simon and Samuel were born in Virginia, not North Carolina, about 1795, not 1792.17,18,3

Census & City Directory Records

CensusLocationHead of Household
1850District 68, Pike County, GeorgiaSimon Slade1
1860Zebulon Township, Pike County, GeorgiaSimon Slade2

Children of Simon Slade and Matilda Rickerson

Children of Simon Slade and Holland Barrett


  1. [S234] 1850 US Census of Pike County, Georgia, Dist 68, p 260 [131], lines 3-8, hh 112, fam 112, [Ancestry image #16].
  2. [S55] 1860 US Census Pike Co, GA, Zebulon Township, page 25, lines 31-38, hh 169, fam 169.
  3. [S37] Southern Christian Advocate Newspaper, Macon, Georgia: J. W. Burkes & Company for the M. E. Church, South, Friday, June 11, 1869, pg 4, column 6, 2nd entry.
  4. [S767] Military Records of Simon Slade at National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC,, photo copy in possession of James L. Slade Oct 3, 2008.
  5. [S230] Tax Digest 1811-1820 Jones County, Georgia,, 1816 Tax Digest.
  6. [S230] Tax Digest 1811-1820 Jones County, Georgia,, Samuel and Simon Slade appear as polls with no land in 1818 Tax Digest of Jones County, GA, in Captain Hansford's District.
  7. [S230] Tax Digest 1811-1820 Jones County, Georgia,.
  8. [S691] Deed Records of Pike County, Georgia,.
  9. [S132] County Clerk, Marriage records of Pike Co, GA , 1883-1890, p 133, 1829, page 80.
  10. [S804] Slade-Finney Family Bible.
  11. [S224] Mary Bondurant Warren, Alphabetical Index to Georgia's 1832 Gold Lottery Winners Danielsville, GA 30633: Heritage Papers, 1981), page 204.
  12. [S233] The Macon [GA] Telegraph Newspaper Abstracts compiled by Mary Bondurant Warren, Heritage Papers, 1993), Monday, November 27, 1837, Vol 12, No. 9.
  13. [S132] County Clerk, Marriage records of Pike Co, GA , 1883-1890, p 133, 1838, page 162.
  14. [S132] County Clerk, Marriage records of Pike Co, GA , 1883-1890, p 133, 1875, page 123.
  15. [S62] Tombstone inscription, Tombstone inscription at Fincher Cemetery.
  16. [S57] Fincher Cemetery Tombstone Pike Co, GA verified 3 May 1969 by Jack Morgan,.
  17. [S128] Marriage Bonds & Ministers' Returns of Southampton County, Virginia 1750-1810 compiled & published by Catherine Lindsay Knorr [Courtland, VA Library],.
  18. [S192] History of Pike County, Georgia 1822-1989, Vol I.