Alfred Slover


Alfred Hill or Hale Slover, son of Jacob Slover and Martha Moore, was born April 11, 1813 in Jefferson Co., TN near Dandridge. Alfred Slover died October 1896 in Crawford County, AR and is buried in the Dripping Springs Cemetery in Crawford County, AR. He married Cynthia Moore, daughter of Zachariah Chaney Moore and Martha Allen, March 23, 1815 in Jefferson Co., TN. Cynthia died May 3, 1875 in Chattanooga, TN. Cynthia Moore's father and Alfred Sloverís mother were brother and sister, making Cynthia and Alfred first cousins. After Cynthia's death, Alfred Slover married September 16, 1875, Mary J. Vandegriff, widow of William O. Ables / Abells. Mary Vandegriff was born 1830, Tennessee and died in Crawford County, Arkansas. She is buried in the Dripping Springs Cemetery, Crawford County, Arkansas.


Alfred Slover and Cynthia Moore had eight children: 1. James Elmore Slover born 1836 TN, died 1921 AR, married in TN, Jane Scott, daughter of Robert B. Scott and Mary A. Roark; 2. Albert Moore Slover born 1838 TN, died 1912 OK, married in TN Nancy Branham, daughter of George Washington Branham; 3. Mary Ellen Slover born 1842 TN, died 1874, married in TN Robert Wesley McMurray; 4. Sarah Jane Slover born 1844 TN, died 1870 TN ; 5. Nancy Caroline Slover born 1846 TN, died 1856 TN ; 6. Robert Anderson Slover born 1849 TN, died 1926 OK, 1) married in MO Lucinda Tennessee McDonald, 2) married in AR Flora Ann Martha Slover, daughter of Sanders Slover and Nancy Catherine Whisenhunt ; 7. Harrison Slover born 1852 TN, died 1856 TN; 8. George Slover born 1856 TN, died 1874 TN.


Alfred Slover and Mary J. Vandegriff had two children: 1. Thomas Jefferson Slover born 1876 TN, died 1964 OK, married 1902 AR, Elizabeth Eudora Thompson, daughter of Charles M. Thompson and Juda A. Scott; 2. Ida Alice Slover born 1878 TN, married Charles Cochrum.


Mary J. Vandegriff had two children by her former marriage to William H. Ables: 1. Elizabeth Abells born about 1862 TN and 2. William Abells born about 1866 TN.

When Alfred Slover was a young man in Jefferson County, he worked in his father's store in Dandridge and hauled merchandise from New Orleans to Dandridge. He also taught school and was commissioner of Jefferson County School 38 for 1842 - 43. He was a member of the Dumplin Creek Baptist Church.


The Slover family moved to Soddy in Hamilton County in the late 1840s where Alfred farmed in several districts in the Soddy and Sale Creek areas. Alfred and Cynthia Slover had two sons, James Elmore Slover and Albert Moore Slover, who were in the Confederate Army. During the Civil War, the Northern Army took corn, chickens, and cattle, leaving only a few cows. It took 10 years for the reimbursement to arrive. After the war Union sympathizers tried to run the family out of Hamilton County but did not succeed because Alfred threatened to arm his women as well as his sons.


Submitted by Catherine Jendeski
with the cooperation of other Alfred Slover descendants.