Mary Polly Chaffin

13 July 1834–16 May 1909 (Age 74)
Jackson, Madison, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Polly

When Mary Polly Chaffin was born on 13 July 1834, in Jackson, Madison, Tennessee, United States, her father, Balaam Siegel Chaffin, was 37 and her mother, Nancy William Roberts, was 34. She married John Andrew Slack on 18 February 1865, in Corvallis, Missoula, Montana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 16 May 1909, in Corvallis, Ravalli, Montana, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Corvallis, Ravalli, Montana, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Andrew Slack
Mary Polly Chaffin
Marriage: 18 February 1865
William H. Slack
Franklin Johnny Slack
Minnie A. Slack
Jasper N. Slack
John Lamar Slack
Margaret Or Maggie Slack

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 February 1865Missoula, Montana, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1835 · The Hermitage is Built
    Age 1
    The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 2
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
    Age 29
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English (Dorset and Somerset, of Norman origin): nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French chauf ‘bald(-headed)’ (from Latin calvus).History: All present-day English bearers of the name Chaffin are descended from John Chaffin (died 1658), a blacksmith of Bruton, Somerset.

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

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    Sources (16)

    • Mary Chaffin in household of Balaam Chaffin, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Polly Sluck in entry for William C. Jones and Minnie A. Sluck, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"
    • Polly Chaffin in household of Newton Chaffin, "United States Census, 1850"

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