Wilbur Henry Slack

10 November 1833–8 February 1892 (Age 58)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Wilbur Henry

When Wilbur Henry Slack was born on 10 November 1833, in Illinois, United States, his father, William G Slack, was 35 and his mother, Mary Ann Finney, was 31. He married Martha Jane Goodwin on 27 July 1876, in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 8 February 1892, in Greenwood, Parker, Texas, United States, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

Wilbur Henry Slack
1833–1892
Martha Jane Goodwin
1860–1943
Marriage: 27 July 1876
Horace Herbert Slack
1876–1955
Bertha C. Slack
1879–1976
Ida Myrtle Slack
1881–1970
Henry Oscar Slack
1883–1965
Virgil F. Slack
1890–
Margaret Slack
1892–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
27 July 1876
Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States
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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 6

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Age 11

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.
1850 · Compromise of 1850

Age 17

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

Name Meaning

1 English and Dutch: nickname for an idle person, from Middle Dutch slac, Middle English slack, ‘lazy’, ‘careless’.2 English: topographic name from northern Middle English slack ‘shallow valley’ (Old Norse slakki), or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, for example near Stainland and near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.3 Scottish (Dumfriesshire): habitational name, maybe from Slake or Slack in Roberton, Roxburghshire (now part of Borders region).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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