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James and Sarah and Mattie (Newell) Slick, Vernon

In 1880 Steuben County, Indiana James H. Slick is 29, Sarah 28, with Chancey ten months, and nephew Freeman Showalter , 3.

James proved up a quarter in 10, 1S 44W in 1894 - a few miles north of Vernon.

In 1900 Glendale precinct James H. Slick, born Feb 1851 in Indiana, and Sarah Mrch 1852 Ohio, have been married 24 years.  They have Chauncey A. Aug 1879 and Carrie B. August 1885, both Indiana.

Mattie F. Newell is in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1900, born February 1864, no occupation, with father Samuel Newell Jan 1822 and Elizabeth Oct 1832, both Kentucky.

Lincoln County, Kentucky Courier-Journal  February 1908  "James H. Slick, of Wray, Col., a widower of 56, and Miss Mattie Katherine Newell, were married at Mr. I.G. Jones' Saturday."

Farm of J.H. Slick




  1909 Wray

In 1910 Vernon precinct James H. Slick, 59, Indiana and Martha 46, Kentucky are farming - they've been married only two years.  Stella Sisson, 26, born in Virginia, is a school teacher boarding with them.

James and Mattie are living on Hayes Street in Wray  in 1920, living alone, no occupations.

In 1930 Mattie K. is 66, widowed, living in Wray with her sister Lucile D. Newell, 52, both born in Kentucky.

Slick, Mattie
Wray Rattler 3-5-1914 Mrs. Slick Sent To Sanitarium The trial of Mrs. J.H. Slick, whose mind became deranged the first part of last month, was held Saturday at the Slick home in West Wray as the afflicted lady was not able to be taken to the courthouse. The jury found her insane and she was committed to Work's sanatorium at Pueblo, with the privilege of being taken to the St. Lukes' hospital at Denver for observation. She was taken to Denver the first of the week by Undersheriff Johnson, accompanied by Dr. McGill, and Mrs. Mary Staininger as lady attendant. She was taken to the hospital in Denver and after an examination was operated upon and there is strong hopes for the recovery of her health and also her normal mental condition. Mrs. Slick became deranged the second of February last, while driving in the country with her husband, and her physical exertions on that day during her violence prostrated her and she has been very ill ever since. Complaint was filed the day following derangement, but the trial was postponed because of her physical condition. She will remain in the hospital at Denver until the results of the operation have been ascertained.


In 1910 Wray Chauncey is running a general store, living on Pawnee Street with Lura L. 27, born in Texas, and Dina M. 7, Gay L. 3 and Orville J. 1, all three born in Colorado.

In 1920 Park County, Wyoming Chauncey A. is 40, farming, Leota L. 39, Berdina 16, Faye 12, Orville 10, Mary 7, and Laverne 2.

In 1930 Corvallis, Oregon Chauncey is a tinner in a plumbing shop, and Leota is a cook in a restaurant.  Dena has no occupation , Faye is a waitress in the lunch counter, Orville works at a lumber mill, and Mary, Laverne, and Erma 7 have no occupation.

In 1940 Corvallis Chauncey runs a plumbing shop, Leota is at home, Dena is a butter wrapper in a creamery, LaVerne is a baker, and Erma has no occupation.  

Chauncey died in Benton County Oregon March 1, 1969.  96755328


James Canova "Nova" was born on 17 February 1884 in Indiana.
   James Canova "Nova" Akey shows on the 1900 U.S. census in the household of his father Frank C Akey in Glendale township, Arapahoe county, Colorado. Cassius is 41 years old, a farmer, born in Ohio, father born in Pennsylvania and mother born in Ohio. Wife of 20 years is Tressie, who is 39 years old, born in Indiana, father born in Ireland and mother born in Pennsylvania. She has had two children and both are in this household. Cassius A is 18, born in Indiana and in school. James N. is 16 born in Indiana and in school.
 Carrie Slick married J.C. Akey April 29, 1906 - recorded in Yuma County.
 James Canova "Nova" Akey shows on the U.S. Census for 1910 at Vernon, Yuma county, Colorado.  James appears as James CANOVA on this census. He is 26 years old and has been married for 4 years. Wife is Carrie B who is 24. Both born in Indiana. Daughter Helen is 1 and born in Colorado.4
On 12 Sept 1918 James registered for the draft during WWI. He was 34 years old, living in Vernon or Wray, Yuma county, Colorado, married to Carrie Belle. He was a self employed farmer. James was slender, of medium build, with grey eyes and light brown hair. 
 James Canova "Nova" Akey shows on the 1920 U.S. census in Vernon, Yuma county, Colorado. James is 35 years old, born in Indiana. He owns his farm. Wife is Carrie who is 34, born in Indiana. Two children are:
 Helen C. 11 and Melvin C 6 1/2. Both both in Colorado.
 They have a boarder who is a local school teacher.
 James Canova "Nova" Akey and Carrie Belle Slick were on the 1930 US census  in  Vernon, Yuma county, Colorado. James C. Akey is 45 years old. He owns his farm. Wife is Carrie B who is 43 years old. They have one son, Melvin B who is 16 years old. They also have one hired hand who is 19 years old.
 It appears that Carrie died about 1931.  Some say that James "Nova" then married a woman name Amanda.  (No Proof).  She is buried in Grandview cemetery in Wray Colorado.


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