Sorting out the all George Sloughs with Liz Tice

My wife and kids aren’t directly related to any George Sloughs, but after all the work collecting every single Slough record I could find in Pennsylvania so I could prove my wife’s ancestry through one of twenty Jacob Sloughs, I probably have the most detailed collection of raw data about the Slough family.

Elizabeth Tice contacted me a while back to see if I could help her untangle confusion surrounding her ancestor, George Slough of Pelham, Ontario. I believe I’ve been working on the problem for at least a year–when I started, it looked like there were just a few less George Sloughs who had lived in Penna. prior to 1800 than there were Jacob (about 20). I probably would have given up, but every time I ran out of ideas, Liz had uncovered something new I’d never seen before that unblocked me (I hope I did the same for Liz).

Working with Liz has been the best genealogy collaboration I’ve had, by far, since Uncle Jim accidentally started me on this hobby over five years ago. While I’m happy I’m nearly done, I’m going to miss working with Liz.

Anyway, I have finally finished off my analysis of all the records I could find with the name George Slough, breaking them down into eleven individuals.

While that may be done, I still have a little bit more work to do polishing off my hypothesis about the ancestry of Liz’s George Slough. And maybe one of these days I’ll finish my defense of P. Daniel Gross, a step-father to quite a few Slough children from the 1700s.

Coming soon…


  1. I just read your information about George Slough and I wondered if you had looked at the Brian Slough tree in Rootsweb’s Worldconnect Project: Slough-Walker Family History. Go to to go directly to George Jacob Schlauch (Slough). It certainly seems to prove his existance and fits in with the information found within the Bessey document: “Volume 3 of the “History and Genealogy of the Bessey and Related Families” by Robert K. Bessey, U.E., ISBN 0-9694160-4-3, Copyright 1998″.

    My first reference also makes reference to Philip Daniel Gross and his children with his first wife Leonora and then to his second wife, Anna Margaretha Hertzel, George’s wife.

    George Schlauch is my 6G Grandfather.

    My tree is not on the web beyond my pedigree (in under J F Hiscott or Hiscott Family Tree. I have been working on it since 1995 and have over 31,000 individuals in the tree using Reunion on a Mac and there is no way I’m going to move that over but I am willing to share information if you send me your e-mail address. Mine is


    Joe Hiscott

    • The link you shared is a copy-paste of Eugene Singer’s work, which is riddled with errors and has virtually no citations. It is a fabrication.

  2. I know you are working on the George Slough’s of your part of your own ancestry however did you uncover any info on Jacob Slough from Lancaster who has said to have purchased a lot of land in lancaster in 1730 with his son Mathias Slough who grave site is in the graveyard of St. James Episcopal Church Duke and Orange st . Lancaster city Proper I am his 6x’s g granddaughter Patricia Montgomery my email add is

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