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George Webb Slaughter
American Baptist minister, rancher

George Webb Slaughter

George Webb Slaughter
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Quick Facts

Intro American Baptist minister, rancher
Was Rancher
From United States of America
Gender male
Birth 1811, Lawrence County, Mississippi, USA
Death 1895, Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA (aged 84 years)
Family
Children: C.C. Slaughter
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Biography

George Webb Slaughter (1811–1895) was an American Baptist minister, cattle breeder and drover, and rancher in Texas. Born in Mississippi, he drove cattle to Kansas and Louisiana, from his ranch near Palo Pinto, Texas. According to historian J. Marvin Hunter, "he baptized over 3,000 persons and ordained more preachers and organized more churches than any other person in the state of Texas."

Early life

George Webb Slaughter was born on May 10, 1811 in Lawrence County, Mississippi. His father, William Slaughter (1781-1851), was a farmer who had served in the War of 1812; and his mother was Nancy Moore. With his parents, he moved Copiah County, Mississippi in 1821, to Louisiana in 1825, and to Sabine County, Texas five years later, in 1830.

Career

Slaughter was a courier to Sam Houston. In this capacity, he delivered a message from Houston to William B. Travis at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

Slaughter joined the United Methodist Church in 1831. However, ten years later, he joined the Baptist Church, becoming an ordained Baptist minister in 1844. He served as a Baptist minister in Sabine County and other parts of East Texas until 1851. He then moved with his family and cattle to Freestone County, Texas. Six years later, in 1857, he established a ranch near Palo Pinto, Texas. There, he also served as a Baptist minister and practised medicine. According to historian J. Marvin Hunter, "he baptized over 3,000 persons and ordained more preachers and organized more churches than any other person in the state of Texas."

During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, Slaughter provided beef from his ranch to the Tonkawa, a Native American tribe who were aligned with the Confederate States Army.

After the war, Slaughter focused on cattle breeding and droving. With his son C.C. Slaughter, he drove cattle from Palo Pinto, Texas to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1867. The herd was meant for T. H. Johnson. He also sold cattle to James Loving (1836-1902) and Charles Rivers in 1867-1868. In 1870, he drove 3,000 heads of cattle on the Chisholm Trail all the way to Kansas with his son. Living in Emporia, Kansas from 1870 to 1876, he drove cattle every year.

From 1876 to 1884, Slaughter returned to Texas, where he focused on ranching with another son, Peter Slaughter.

Personal life

Slaughter married Sarah Jane Mason on October 12, 1837. They were the first couple to get married in the Republic of Texas. They had eleven children.

Death

Slaughter died on March 19, 1895 in Palo Pinto, Texas.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 09 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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