Van Alstyne Leader
23 February 1922
MRS. JANE SLAUGHTER PASSES AWAY
One by one the pioneers of this community pass away. It is
but a few weeks since the passing of Mrs. Lewallen was recorded.
Now we have to chronicle the entrance of Mrs. Jane Slaughter into the bourne
from whence no traveler returns - the rest promised the faithful and the
reward granted those who weary not in well-doing.
Mrs. Slaughter was 71 years, 6 months old, at the time of her death.
She was a member of the McKinney family - a family, the history of which
is indelibly woven into the history of Texas in the making of Collin and
Grayson Counties in their development, being a great grand niece of Collin
McKinney, pioneer, one of the founders of this State, and for whom McKinney
and Collin County are named. Mrs. Slaughter was also a niece of former
In 1871, she was married to J.P. Slaughter, brother to F.R. and
H.J. Slaughter, prominent citizens of Van Alstyne, of whom F.R. Slaughter
is the only brother now living. To this union were born five children,
Mrs. Lucy Scott of Austin; Frank Slaughter of Howe, Mrs. Minnie Hall of
Denton; Miss Ethel Slaughter of Howe; Mrs. David Slaughter of Howe.
Death closed the record of a long life of service and of christian
consecration when Mrs. Slaughter joined the innumerable host which rests
beneath the shade of the trees. Hers was a life full of good deeds
and worthy of emulation; hers was a character which ranked high as mankind
reckons worth and honor and integrity; hers was an example which bequeaths
to her children and to posterity an heritage of which they justly may be
proud. And in her passing from earth, all who knew her, revere her
memory as the memory of one who during a long stay on earth, looked always
to the longer stay in the realms of the blest.
Funeral services wereheld at the Methodist church at Howe Monday
morning; being attended by large numbers of friends from the entire community.
Interment was had at the Van Alstyne cemetery, and the services here were
attended by many who had known and loved Mrs. Slaughter in life, who gathered
at the final resting place to evidence their last tribute of respect.
The services were conducted by Rev. Fuller of Bells, assisted by Revs.
J.E. Vinson of Denison and Wright of Howe.
The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved relatives.
James Powhatan Slaughter' wife, Mrs. Almeton Josephine Slaughter,
died Wednesday, May 11, 1921. She was born at Geln, Miss., August
25, 1860. 60 years old when died, was daughter of Alfred and Amelia
Down. Married in 18-4 to J.P. Slaughter, brother of F.R. Slaughter,.
In 1882 came to Texas with husband, locating at Van Alstyne. Mrs.
Slaughter died two years before 1921. Funeral service Thursday morning,
May 12, Baptist church. Member Baptist church since 1883. Rev. E.M.
Atherton, Sherman and Rev. McKinley Norman conducting funeral. Survived
by three brothers, and two sisters: G. Down, Corsicana; O. Dowd, caney,
Okla.; E. Down, Glenn, Miss.; Mrs. W.J. Adkins, Glenn, Miss.; and Mrs.
W.A. Strickland, Van Alstyne. Interment - Van Alstyne Cemetery