Pickaway County, Ohio
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John F. Sly
JUDGE JOHN F. SLY, one of the most enterprising men of this township, and a man highly respected, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, February 22, 1828. His parents were Henry and Ann Sly, nee McCollister, the latter of Maryland, and the former a Virginian by birth. The youthful days of John F. were spent on a farm, he being reared to habits of industry, which have adhered to him during life. He received a common school education, and in 1851, he became engaged in the handling and shipping of stock, which business he followed for five years. In 1857 he came to Missouri, settling in Clark Township, and for twenty-four years has lived on his present place. Mr. Sly has 330 acres of land, about 220 acres being improved, and upon his place is a good brick dwelling. The subject of this sketch was married in this county, January 18, 1859, to Miss Mary J. Stephenson, daughter of William Stephenson. She was born in Indiana, February 10, 1830. Mr. and Mrs. Sly have four children: Henry Oscar, born December 31, 1860; Lillian, born October 10, 1864; Senoma, born October 11, 1868, and Mary, born January 3, 1872. Politically the Judge is Democratic, and once received the nomination of county judge, by his party, being elected to that position at the general election of 1876. He served for two years very acceptably and creditably. The Judge is greatly interested in dealing in and feeding stock.
[The History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri; St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by K. Mohler]


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