Slocum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the name Slocum date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Slocombe found on the Isle of Wight and in the county of Devon. The surname Slocum was originally derived from the Old English word Slahcumb which means dweller in the valley.

Early Origins of the Slocum family

The surname Slocum was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Slocum family

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Slocum Spelling Variations

Slocum has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Slocum have been found, including Slocum, Slowcombe, Slocombe, Slocum, Slocumb and others.

Early Notables of the Slocum family (pre 1700)

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Slocum migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Slocums to arrive on North American shores:

Slocum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peleg Slocum, who settled in west New Jersey in 1664
Slocum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Slocum, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
Slocum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Slocum, who arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1820
  • William and Joseph Slocum, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Milton Slocum, aged 26, who arrived in Texas in 1829 [1]
  • N T Slocum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • G. S. J. R. Slocum, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Slocum migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Slocum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Slocum, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • John Slocum, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Capt. Ebenezer Slocum U.E., (Ebenezar, Slokum) born in Rhode Island, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport, was a Farmer [2]
  • Mr. Eleaze Slocum U.E., (Eleazor, Slokum) born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport, was a Seaman [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Slocum (post 1700)

  • William Frederick Slocum Jr. (1851-1934), American educator, President of Colorado College
  • Harvey Slocum (1887-1961), American civil engineer, best known for his work on the Grand Coulee Dam
  • Samuel Slocum (1792-1861), American inventor, best known for his invention of a machine to produces pins, some believe he invented the first stapler
  • William L. "Bill" Slocum, American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1997-2000)
  • Brian John Slocum (b. 1981), American right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Shawn Slocum (b. 1965), American special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers
  • Henry Warner Slocum Jr. (1862-1949), American tennis player, son of Henry Warner Slocum
  • Frederick Slocum (1873-1944), American astronomer, vice-president of the of the American Astronomical Society (1935-1937)
  • Henry Warner Slocum (1827-1894), American soldier and politician, a Union general during the American Civil War and Memeber of the United States House of Representatives from New York
  • Warren Stanley "Craig" Slocum (1934-1978), American character actor, best known for his roles on the cult television series Dark Shadows, he died of insulin shock
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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