Re: Giles Slocum 1623
Charles E. Slocum, the author of the two Slocum family books, beleived that Giles was the son of Anthony, but also expressed that if he were not, then must have been related to each other.
Yes, it has been determined that Giles was not his son, and is the son of Philip and Charity. In addittion to other proof, there was no person named Giles in the Will of Anthony Slocum.
Some people beleive that there were two or three persons, in the very beginning, named Giles. One being the son of Anthony, the 2nd being the Giles of Portsmouth, R.I., and yet a possible other Giles, but can't find how they connect him. Rather than do some research on their own, some people just copy others,and get mixed up.
Giles Slocum 2 is buried in a cemetary at the Glen Farm located in Portsmouth, R.I. which land originally belonged to the Cookes, and abuts Giles 1 property. I have been to both locations and have back-up copied informationobtained from the records of Portsmouth.
In this cemetary, are several Slocum graves, but there are two large, uncarved flat stones. The early Quakers were not allowed to have their stones carved. After my third visit to the cemetary at the Glen Farm, with a friend of mine, namely Mel Brown,which followed a visit and research at the Newport Historical Society, I had a premonition.
Those two, uncarved stones, belong to Giles 1 and his wife, Joan Cooke. I would stake my life on it.
There is information on the web, that Giles is buried in the cemetary of the Friend's Meeting House, accross the street from the Portsmouth town hall. First, there is no proof that he is there. Second, the Friend's Meeting House was not established until the 1700"s, after the death of Giles and his wife.He had to have been buried prior to the 1700's.
The Quakers in that area, used to meet in a building located in Newport, which is now known as the White Horse Tavern (Restraunt).Because the trip from Portsmouth, to Newport took so long, the Quakers started meeting at various family houses. Another known fact, was, if there wern't a cemetary close by, the families buried their dead in a corner of the property they owned.I happen to live next to a cemetary of this type, no carved stones, except 2 of thirty. The property known as the Indian Cemetary and the Akin Burial Ground.
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There are Slocums buried in an area, in the back yard, on property originally owned by Giles Slocum 1, but the stones are carved, and the dates are in the 1800's.
Whereas Giles 2 is buried on the Cooke's property, I'm positive he was buried with his parents Giles 1 and Joan.
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