04 Jan Usebius Slaton
October 8, 1809
Usebius Slaton was born October 8, 1809. He married Gencie “Jane” Nixon before he was 20 years of age. After Jane died (about 1852) he married Orasha Clifford Paston. A newspaper clipping from Fairburn Georgia dated December 1, 1889, states the following about Usebius: “Usebius Slaton who died last week in Fayette County was a remarkable man in many respects. He was 80 years old and had lived in the same house for 61 years. By his first wife had 17 children. By his second wife 15 children. Around his bedside when he died was 17 of his 18 living children. He was 6 ft. in height and been sick only a few hours before his death. Last week he went to Palmetto and to a store and called for 10 hats, saying he wanted them for Christmas gifts for his sons. The merchant said that if you will call your 10 sons into my store now, I will give them each a hat. Mr. Slaton went to the door and called the boys until the ten stood in a row before the merchant and received their hats.”
After he died on December 1, 1889, he was buried in the Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery.
Adapted from an article by Sue Dodson Stewart in the Fayette County Georgia Heritage Book