Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ebenezer Clifton Sloan, 1887-1943

Ebenezer Clifton Sloan was born January 12, 1887, the seventh child of Jackson Samuel Sloan and Malissa Caroline Potts.     Before his marriage to Minnie Lee Rayburn in August 1912, Uncle Cliff was a traveling salesman for Rawleigh's Medicine Company, and was stationed out of Webster County, Mississippi, as evidenced by the following news bit:

Itawamba County News
August 15, 1912
Local News
Mr. E. C. Sloan, who travels for Rawliegh Medicine Co. in Webster county, and Miss Minnie Raburn of Eastman were quietly married here Tuesday afternoon.  We join in wishing for them a long life of happiness.

Rawleigh's was established in 1889, and according to the company's website it is still a leading provider of salves, ointments, spices, and extracts.

When the draft came calling for World War I, Cliff Sloan was found living near Antoine, Arkansas, a small town in Pike County.    Cliff was self-employed as a farmer, the draft registration noted, with a wife and two children as dependents.    By 1920, however, the family was back in Mississippi, living near Aberdeen in Monroe County.

Uncle Cliff died in 1943 and is buried in Wiygul Cemetery in Itawamba County.  Aunt Minnie died in 1971.

A big thank you goes to Sarah Thompson, granddaughter of Cliff and Minnie Sloan, who shared this photograph of her grandfather with me.   Amazing how I can look at his picture and see you in him.

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