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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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.


Slocum has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Slocum, Slowcombe, Slocombe, Slocum, Slocumb and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slocum research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Slocum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Slocum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 settled in west New Jersey in 1664

Slocum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Slocum, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Slocum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Slocum arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1820
  • William and Joseph Slocum arrived in New York in 1822
  • Milton Slocum, aged 26, arrived in Texas in 1829
  • N T Slocum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G. S. J. R. Slocum arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Slocum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Slocum, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760


  • 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
  • Charles Slocum, American politician, Supervisor of Delta Township, Michigan, 1874-77



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The Slocum Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Slocum Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 April 2016 at 14:45.

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