Sommerset, England appears to be the seat of the family for
there in 1534 is found, John Slocum. Later records there
indicate an Anthony Slocum (or Slocombe) being born in 1590. In
the year 1637 he made his way to America and settled in New
Plymouth (now Massachusetts). We find him among the 45
purchasers with 8 shares (See also John Dean) of the
territory of Cohannet in March of 1637. This area was
incorporated on March 3, 1639 as Taunton, MA. In 1641 he
received for 19 Shillings & 4 Pence, 6 heads and 53 acres when
the land of the town was divided.
The records of the Colony of New Plymouth show him listed
(along with John Deane) as one of the men from Taunton able to
bear arms in Captain Pool's Co., August 1643. Taunton Town
Records indicate he was one of the Proprietors of the New
Bloomery (iron works). He was a member of the jury more than
once & a highway surveyor. vOn Jun. 7, 1659 he was sworn as a
member of the "Grand Enquist" , & admitted freeman on Jun. 3,
In the year 1662, exercising his desire for religous
freedom, which is probably what brought him to America, he
joined the "Society of Friends" only to loose his Citizenship in
Taunton. In 1664 he became one of the first to settle in the
area known as Dartmouth Township. He resided near the
Pascamanset River which was sometimes referred to as Slocum's
River in the History of New Bedford.
It is said that he moved in 1670 to the vicinity of
Edenton, Albemarle Co., NC (now Chowan Co.) on Albemarle Sound
at the mouth of the Chowan River. Here we find him listed as a
member of the Palatine Court in 1679. Some records indicate he
died in King Philip's War in 1675 (I ask you --- at age 85?),
another states in Dartmouth in 1675, while still another says in
1689 & leaving a will in Albemarle Co., NC. A further search
might someday clear up this question.
ANTHONY SLOCUM, born Nov. 11, 1590 Somersetshire, England, died
most likely in 1689 at Edenton, Ablemarle Co., NC, married 1614
Somersetshire, Agnes (Mary) Harvey, born ca. 1594 in Ashill,
Somersetshire, died 1689/90 Edenton, NC, the daughter of Thomas
Harvey and sister of William Harvey.
, born ca.
1616 Edward, resided in Taunton 1647
A daughter, married John Gilbert
John, born 1641/2, died Mar. 1651 a cruel death by animals
A son, born 1644, died 1644
GILES SLOCUM, born ca. 1616 Somersetshire,
England, died probably before Mar. 12, 1682, his will dated Oct.
8, 1681, Portsmouth, RI, married Joan Slocumbe in 1634, probably
in or near Taunton, MA. She was born in 1618, died Aug. 31,
1679 Portsmouth. When he came to America with his parents he
made his home with them and shortly after marriage, about 1638
he moved to Pocasset, which on Jul. 1, 1639 became the town of
Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI. He is listed many times in the
land records of the area of Portsmouth and also in Shrewsbury
Twp., NJ, the area where his son John resided. Giles also
joined the Society of Friends but escaped the penalty his father
met because Rhode Island had more religious freedom.
An interesting note: The ear mark of his livestock as
recorded by Plymouth Town Clerk, Richard Bulger, was: "The eare
marke of Gyles Slocum for his shepp, swine & cattlle is a Crope
in the Right Eare and a hapeny under the same one the lime eare
with a slitt in the left eare and a hapeny under", recorded Apr.
Johanna, born May 16, 1642
SAMUEL SLOCUM, b. ca.1657 Portsmouth, Newport
Co., RI, died before 1700. He was first mentioned heir in his
father's will and may have been the first born in 1640/1 but no
record has been found either way. He married 1677, Patience
Murley and resided in or near Newport, RI.
John III, born May 26, 1645
Giles II, born Mar. 25, 1647
Ebenezer, born Mar. 25, 1650
Nathaniel, born Dec. 25, 1652
Peleg I, born Aug. 17, 1654
SAMUEL, born ca. 1657
Mary, born Jul. 3, 1660
Eliezer, born Dec. 25, 1664
Joseph I, (known as Joseph in the woods)
GILES SLOCUM III, born 1682 near Newport, Newport
Co., RI, died 1726, married Nov. 16, 1704 Newport, Mary Paine,
daughter of Ralph Raine (Pain) and Dorothy _____? of Freetown,
MA in 1688.
Giles was admitted freeman in 1724.
Jan. 30, 1706
Peleg II, born May 7, 1707
Martha, born Sep. 20, 1709
John IV, born Oct. 15, 1711
Benjamin, born Jan. 30, 1714
JOSEPH SLOCUM II, born Jan. 30, 1706 Newport,
New- port Co., RI, married (1) Sep. 27, 1724 Newport, Patience
Carr, the daughter of Caleb Carr of Jamestown.
They moved about 1731 to East Greenwich Twp., Kent Co., RI
where in 1732 he was admitted freeman. He was a farmer and land
dealer making many transactions, some of which were valued over
Joanna, born Apr. 4, 1725
He married (2) 1743 in the Greenwich area, Hannah
_____? and was chosen in 1741,42 & 44 as a Deputy in the Rhode
Island General Assembly to represent West Greenwich. It is
believed he later moved to the Wyoming Valley in Luzerne Co., PA
as one of the early settlers of the valley.
Mary, born Nov. 11, 1726
Desire, born Oct. 1, 1731
Jonathan, born May 1, 1733
Abigail, born Sep. 4, 1740
Patience, born Nov. 19, 1742
MARTHA SLOCUM, born Mar. 9, 1744/5 West Greenwich Township, RI,
died July 1822, married Jun. 14, 1762, Philip Aylesworth, born
Jun. 7, 1737, the son of Philip (3), Arthur (2), Arthur (1)
General text Fourth generation)
Ref: (1), (2), (32), (80), (83)