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James Harrison Slone
and Rhoda Emma Boggs

James Harrison Slone b 24 Sept 1889 Elliott Co KY d 24 Apr 1940 Stockdale, Pike Co OH of sub acute nephritis; buried Caudill Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co OH; medical information, myocarditis and chronic uremia; s/o Jasper Newton Slone and Mary Ellen Bayes. James Harrison Slone m. 5 Jan 1910 Elliott Co KY to Rhoda Emma Boggs b 18 AUG 1893 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 26 Aug 1976 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Caudill Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co OH; d/o John Milton Boggs and Nicy Margaret Wheeler. Children of James Harrison Slone and Rhoda Emma Boggs;

1. Mary Erma Slone b 30 Dec 1910 Magoffin Co KY d 19 Mar 1968 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Floral Mills Memory Gardens, no location given; m. 11 Jan 1929 to Phillip Raymond Meyer b 24 Mar 1908 Bracken Co KY d 28 Apr 1991 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Floral Hills Memory Garden, no location given; s/o George Frederick Meyer and Maggie Case.

2. Thurman Slone b 17 Mar 1912 Magoffin Co KY d 1 Jul 1913 Magoffin Co KY of whooping cough; buried Lella, KY

3. Alka Margaret Slone b 24 Feb 1914 Elliott Co KY d 29 Nov 1983 Columbus, Franklin Co OH; buried Beaver Union Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co OH; m. Lesta C Ramey b 31 Jul 1912 Blaine, Lawrence Co KY d 10 Sept 1994 Beaver, Pike Co OH; s/o Alonzo Ramey and Rebecca Bishop. Lesta Ramey m. (2) to Female Johnson.

Lesta Ramey owned and operated the Ramey Coal Excavating Company for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Ohio Operating Engineers. He last resided at Adams Road in Beaver.

4. Elizabeth Slone b 12 Dec 1915 Lawrence Co KY d 12 Apr 1919 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY

5. Fannie Jane Slone b 25 Sept 1918 Lawrence Co KY d 16 Feb 2008 Waverly Pike Co OH; buried Waverly Evergreen Union Cemetery, Waverly, Pike Co OH; m. 4 Jan 1941 Waverly, Pike Co OH to Harold Madison Brown b 30 Nov 1914 Waverly, Pike Co OH d 11 Nov 1991 Piketon, Pike Co OH; buried Waverly Evergreen Union Cemetery, Waverly, Pike Co OH; occupation, US Postal Service employee; Postmaster Waverly OH for 14 years.

6. Willa Mae Slone b 24 Sept 1920 Lawrence Co KY d 25 Jan 2007 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Stockdale Cemetery, Stockdale, Pike Co OH; m. 4 Mar 1939 Greenup Co KY to Leo Everett Magaw b 15 Dec 1911 Stockdale, Pike Co OH d 17 Mar 1948 Stockdale, Pike Co OH; buried Stockdale Cemetery, Stockdale, Pike Co OH; s/o Reuben Magaw and Elizabeth Johnson.

7. Harold James Slone b 7 Dec 1923 Beaver, Pike Co OH d 12 Oct 1945 Huntington, Cabell Co WV; buried Caudill Cemetery, Pike Co OH; m. 11 Feb 1943 Greenup, Greenup Co KY to Joan Lowe b about 1923 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; d/o Leslie Lowe and Victoria Hall.

Harold James Slone served in WW II in France and other sections of the European theater. He had enlisted in the Army on February 13, 1943, and achieved the rank of corporal in the 44th engineer division. He passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. Three of his classmates at Stockdale High School also enlisted with him, but only James Schrader survived. The other two, James Kuntzman and Lewis Davis, also perished. He was a native of Givens, Ohio, and attended Stockdale High School. At the time of his marriage, he was residing in Beaver, Ohio

8. Kathryn Slone b 29 Sept 1926 Beaver, Pike Co OH d 6 Oct 2002 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Rushtown Cemetery, no location given; m. 30 Mar 1946 Greenup, Greenup Co KY to Andy Buddy Charles b about 1920 Pikeville, KY d 4 Jul 1967 VA Hospital, Huntington, Cabel Co WV; buried Scioto Park, Scioto Co OH. Andy Charles was a veteran of World War II and passed away at Veterans Hospital in Huntington, WV. He enlisted on March 26, 1942, at Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Kathryn Slone m. William E Rollins b 23 Feb 1927 OH d 29 May 1985 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH

9. Nellie Slone b about 1927 d after 1983 Columbus, Franklin Co OH; m. Wilbur Burns b 30 Dec 1929 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH d 9 Dec 2008 Columbus, Franklin Co OH; buried Pataskala Cemetery, Pataskala OH; s/o Carl Burns and Martha Parker.

Transcribed from the Portsmouth Times
Obituary of Rhoda Emma Boggs Slone: Mrs. Emma R. Slone, 83, of 2112 Jackson Ave., died at 4:25 a.m. today (26 Aug 1976) at Mercy Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Webbville, Ky., she was a member of United Baptist Church. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Willa M. Magaw, 2112 Jackson Ave., Mrs. Alka Ramey of Beaver, Mrs. Fannie Brown of Waverly, Mrs. Kathryn Rollins of West Portsmouth and Mrs. Nellie Burns of Columbus; a brother, Sherman Boggs of Oak Hill; five half brothers, Hugh, Robert, Ossie, Glenn and Grady, all of Ashland, Ky.; four half sisters, Mrs. Ruby Thompson of Mansfield, Norman Boggs of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. Lena Howard and Luisa Boggs, both of Ashland, Ky.; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Services is to be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Daehler Funeral Home with Rev. Everett Sloan officiating, and interment in Caudill Cementery at Beaver. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 2 tp 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

In 1908, James Slone was going to school in Elliott County, Kentucky. His father must have already passed away, as his mother Mary was responsible for him. In 1930, James and Emma Slone were living in Beaver, Pike County, Ohio. Their oldest daughter, Erma, had married and moved to Portsmouth. Five additional children were living in the household at the time, and another daughter would be born two years later.

An obituary for James H. Slone which appeared in the Waverly Watchman on April 25, 1940 reads as follows: Dies At His Home - James H. Slone, 50, a C.&O. carpenter for many years and a well known resident of Stockdale, died at 10:15 p.m. last night after a ten week's illness of complications. Mr. Slone had recently been returned from the C.&O. hospital in Huntington, W.Va. and was thought to be slowly improving. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Boggs Slone; six daughters, Mrs. Irma Meyer of Waverly Route 1; Mrs. Alka Ramey of Beaver; Mrs. Willa Mae Magaw of Beaver route 2 and Misses Fanny, Catherine, and Nellie, all at home; one son, Harold of Beaver; four brothers, George of Waverly route 1, John of Willard, Ky., and Lonza and Josh of Dobbins, Ky. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Beaver Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Lonnie Murray officiating and interment will follow in the Stockdale cemetery under the direction of Davis-Hammerstein company of Beaver.

The Watchman also had an earlier article in which it indicated that James Slone of near Stockdale had been hospitalized in a Huntington hospital for a month. According to his death certificate, James Slone was a bridge worker and carpenter for the C&O Railroad for approximately 15 years prior to his death.

Transcribed from the Portsmouth Times
Obituary for James H Slone: James H. Slone STOCKDALE, April 25 --- James H Slone, 50, former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway bridge carpenter, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at his home near Stockdale of complications following a 10-week illness. Mr. Slone had been a C. & O. employee for 15 years. He became ill in February and spent three weeks undergoing treatment in C. & O. hospital, Huntington. Surviving are his wife, Emma Boggs Slone; six daughters, Mrs. Irma Meyer of Waverly, route 1, Mrs. Alka Ramey of Beaver, Mrs. Willa Mae Morgan of Beaver route 2 and Misses Anne, Kathryn and Nellie Slone, all at home; a son Harold Slone, at home, and four brothers, George Slone of Waverly route 1, John Slone of Willard, Ky., and Lonza and Josh Slone, both of Dobbins, Ky. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Beaver Valley Baptist church with Rev. Lonnie Murray officiating. Burial will follow near Stockdale under the direction of Davis-Hammerstein.

Rhoda Emma Boggs was the seventh child of John Milt Boggs and Nicy Margaret Wheeler. She was born on the family farm in Orr, Kentucky. She was married in Kentucky (probably Elliott County as Lawrence County has no record) to James Slone. She was only nine years old when her mother died. Shortly after her marriage, Uncle Jim and Aunt Emma moved to Magoffin County, Kentucky, along with his mother Mary.

According to the 1910 census, they were living in the Bloomington Precinct of Magoffin County. They had no children at the time, but their first daughter Mary Erma was born in Magoffin County, as was their son Thurman. Thurman passed away in July 1913 and the family was still living in Magoffin County at that time. Aunt Em and her family moved to Waverly, Ohio, sometime prior to 1928. After her husband passed away, she moved to Portsmouth between 1944 and 1947. She bought a home at 2112 Jackson in Portsmouth and worked at the Selby Shoe factory for a while. Later on, she took in sewing for other people in the Portsmouth area and was quite accomplished at that. Aunt Em is buried in the Caudill Cemetery (German Lutheran Cemetery) in Beaver, Ohio

(Source: Barbara Jacobs -

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