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SLY, George Albert

SLY, George Albert

Male 1858 - 1942  (83 years)

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  • Name SLY, George Albert 
    Born 12 Apr 1858  Grand Ledge, Eaton, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Mar 1942  Compton, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 21 Mar 1942  Compton, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30  Parker/Collis Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2010 

    Father SLY, William Wesley,   b. 22 Oct 1807, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1863, , Isabella, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother MORRIS, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1820, Ireland, Free State Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 17 Jul 1842  Commerce, Oakland, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • MI Genweb marriages
      MORRIS,SLY,ELIZABETH - MORRIS,WILLIAM WESLEY SLY,OAKLAND,--,,17 JUL 1842,--,--,--
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HILDERBRAND, Catherine Helen,   b. 27 Jun 1862, Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1928, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1879  Juniata, Adams, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. SLY, Fred Chester,   b. 14 Jul 1881, Juniata, Adams, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1971, Montrose, Montrose, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     2. SLY, Clint Lee,   b. 22 Apr 1884, Erie, Neosha, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1955, Moab, Grand, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     3. SLY, Clyde William,   b. 11 May 1886, Cozad, Dawson, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1953, Compton, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. SLY, Mabel Ruth,   b. 9 May 1889, Cozad, Dawson, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1971, Medford, Jackson, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     5. SLY, Leafy Ellen,   b. 2 Apr 1892, Cozad, Dawson, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. SLY, Trixell Gladys,   b. 7 May 1895, Cozad, Dawson, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1928, Compton, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +7. SLY, Frank Leuell,   b. 2 Jul 1902, Pinon, Montrose, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1987, Deer Park, Harris,Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    George Albert Sly.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Birthdate he gave himself was 2 April 1858.

      1880 United States Federal Census Record about George A. Sly
      Name: George A. Sly
      Age: 23
      Estimated birth year: abt 1857
      Birthplace: Michigan
      Occupation: Carpenter
      Relationship to head-of-household: Self
      Home in 1880: Juniata, Adams, Nebraska
      Marital status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's name: Katie N. Sly
      Father's birthplace: NY
      Mother's birthplace: IRE
      note: Lester Sly (brother) living next door

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Geo A Sly
      Home in 1900: Pinon, Montrose, Colorado
      Age: 42
      Estimated birth year: abt 1858
      Birthplace: Michigan
      Relationship to head-of-house: Head
      Spouse's name: Katie W
      Race: White
      Occupation: carpenter
      Household Members: Name Age
      Geo A Sly 42
      Katie W Sly 37
      Ford C Sly 18
      Clint C Sly 17
      Clyde Sly 14
      Mabel R Sly 11
      Leafy H Sly 8
      Taynel Sly 5



      1910 United States Federal Census
      Name: George A Sly
      Age in 1910: 52
      Estimated birth year: abt 1858
      Birthplace: Michigan
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birth Place: New York
      Mother's Birth Place: New York
      Spouse's name: Kate N
      Home in 1910: Nucla, Montrose, Colorado
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members: Name Age
      George A Sly 52
      Kate N Sly 48
      Clint L Sly 25
      Leafy E Sly 18
      Tripell g Sly 14
      Frank L Sly 7

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: George A Sly
      Home in 1920: Nucla, Montrose, Colorado
      Age: 61 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1859
      Birthplace: Michigan
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Spouse's name: Kate N
      Father's Birth Place: New York
      Mother's Birth Place: Michigan
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Sex: Male
      Home owned: Own
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Image: 701
      Household Members: Name Age
      George A Sly 61
      Kate N Sly 57
      Frank L Sly 17

      1930 United States Federal Census
      Name: George H Sly
      Home in 1930: Compton, Los Angeles, California
      Age: 72
      Estimated birth year: abt 1858
      Birthplace: Michigan
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Race: White
      Occupation: builder/contracter Military Service: no, Rent/home value: Age at first marriage: 22, Parents' birthplace: NY, NY
      Household Members: Name Age
      George H Sly 72 widowed builder/contracter
      Frank L Sly 24 single Mechanic/garage





      LIFE STORY OF GEORGE ALBERT SLY
      I, George A. Sly, have been asked by my children to write a history of my life as I remember it. As all of our family records have been lost, I will have to depend on my memory, When I was about five years old, we lived on a farm near St. Louis, Michigan and about that time father died leaving mother with six children and none of them old enough to take the responsibility of providing a living forthe family. After the funeral, the neighbors came in to see if they could help solve the problem for mother. The children were five boys and one girl, she being the baby and I was next to her. I went to live with a neighbor named Allen, and mother went to live with her brother near Pontiac. I was with Allens about a year when mother's brother died and again we were destitute when a man by the name of Exelby (or Axford) wanted me to live with him. I was then about 8 years old and able to do some work. Exelby lived on a farm in Clinton Co. (MI) and we stayed there about a year then moved to Saginaw Co. where his brother had a sawmill and he joined him in the mill. I helped around the mill. They had a young man as engineer and he had TB and got too weak to work, so I was to help him. He took all the pains to teach me how to fire the boiler and run the engine and pumps. Soon after he was taken much worse and died and then I was put in charge. After that time Exelby got the wandering blues and he made up a party and then went to Nebraska and filed a homestead and in the spring of 1872 Exelby and another man chartered a car and left for Lincoln, Nebraska and Hebron, and I went with the car as we had two teams of horses to look after when we arrived in Lincoln. We found the ........and we loaded the wagon and started for Hebron. The first thing was to build a place to live in which we did by digging a dugout and a sod house. This was April 1872 and that year the B&M railroad built the road from Lincoln to Kearney and the U.S. established a mail route to Red Cloud, 120 miles south, and Exelby took the contract to carry the mail two trips a week for a year and after a few trips I was put on to run the route. I had a pair of ponies anda spring wagon with........which was very good during the summer, but in the winter was tough and I had no winter woolen clothes on, overshoes, no overcoat but I got through and at the end of the contract, I had worked out a few dollars for myself. I paid extra both ways and a great many ..... of...... both ways. When I made the fast trip I got ready to go on my own as I lived with Exelby for several years and he had given me no schooling and lots of chores so one night I slipped out with a few dollars and hit east on the railroad and ................... I saw some men loading some wagons with machinery and I asked for the boss. He was pointed out to me and I told him I wanted a job. He called the foreman, Mr. George Carr, and said can you use this boy? Carr asked me if I could drive a team. I said, yes. All right, Carr said and I worked for him three years and I went to school winters and did chores for my board. Then there was a flouring mill being built a few miles from there and I got a job there and the millwright took a shine to me and took pains to see me put over the care of the tools. About a year after the mill was in operation, it changed hands which left us out and I drifted back to Juniata and put in the winter going to school. The next summer I went to work for a company, James & ...... who was running a general store, a grain elevator and a sawmill in Juniata and worked for them two years and during that time I met the finest girl, my future wife, and also where one of my brothers was in Michigan and in early winter went to visit them, coming back the next spring and at Christmas time we were married, December 14, 1879. I will remember the large one room log house where father died with a large fireplace in one end withthe drain crank hinged at one side where the meals were cooked, with the wide mantle above the fireplace on which was the family Bible with its well worn pages and at one side the old weight clock which always recorded the time. These were the happiest days of my childhood and the only happy house I ever knew until I moved and had a home of my own. The years I was with the Exelbys family, I was never happy as they were very cruel and brutal to me and as I write this for my children I must add that we have raised a family that I am proud of, Each and every one of them a respected citizen.

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] marriages, Oakland County, Michigan.