2022 – 52 Ancestors Challenge – Week 04 – Curious

I know I would have a problem with this one. I am not the curious type. I am more like whatever comes my way than the direction I would go. I guess I wouldn’t say I like the pressure. Recently, I received a DNA match back to my 2nd great-grandmother Jane Allen Sloss, so now I am curious about her children with William Sloss. Margaret, Equilla, Annie, Lucy, James, George, Hattie, and William. William is my great-grandfather, so I have information on him. I also have information on Annie since I have a DNA match with her descendants. Her grandparents came to our house in Youngstown, Ohio, when I was a child.

Back in 2017 and 2018, I had saved the two articles below:

                                          ROCKFORD

                     Mrs. and Mrs. George Sloss and their daughter, Lucille

were called to Athens, Ala, on account of the death of Mrs

                     Sloss’ mother.[1]

                                           ROCKFORD

                     Mrs. and Mrs. George Sloss, 1310 Kent, recently surprised their

                     daughter, Ada Lucille McDad, with a birthday party.[2]

The reason I was looking at Rockford, Illinois, was because my grandfather had lived there briefly. So, I thought maybe if the Sloss family lived there, there would be a reason for him to be there. So, could this George Sloss be a descendant of my George Sloss or descendant of one of the other Sloss family siblings?

I found a marriage between George Sloss and Viola McWade. The wedding was on 8 Jun 1937 in Alabama. His parents were George Sloss and Mary Smith, and her parents were Tony and Charlotte Sewell.[3] Charlotte’s death was the 26 Jul 1942 in Alabama.[4] I found a marriage license between George Sloss and Mary Smith in Limestone County, Alabama, dated 22 Jul 1907.[5]

George and Mary Sloss, son and daughter-in-law, were found living in New Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, with Allice Armstrong in 1910.[6] George was living in new Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, with his parents, Andrew and Alice Sloss, in 1900.[7] Ada McDade lived with her parents, George and Viola Sloss, at 1028 So camp street, in Rockford, Illinois, in 1940.[8]

I did find the Mr. and Mrs. George Sloss from the articles; however, it looks like they are not my George Sloss, the descendent of William and Jane Sloss.


[1] “The Chicago Defender (National edition) (1921-1967); Aug 15, 1942; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender pg.10/access: 26 Jul 2018.

[2] “The Chicago Defender (National edition) (1921-1967); Oct 13, 1945; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender pg.9/access: 2 Aug 2017.

[3] “Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2D7-JY7R : 27 January 2022), George Sloss and Viola Mcwade, 08 Jun 1937; citing Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,877,195.

[4]Alabama, U.S., Death Index, 1908-1959, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : access 29 Jan 2022), entry for Charlotte Sewell, Jefferson county, no. 13864, (1942).

[5] “Alabama County Marriages, 1905-1908,” database with images, Limestone County Archives  (https://archives.limestonecounty-al.gov/list_records/record_search.php : 21 January 2022), George Sloss in entry for George Sloss and Mary Smith, 22 Jul 1907; citing Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama.

[6] “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK7Y-YKZ : accessed 28 January 2022), George Sloss with Allice Armstrong, New Decatur Ward 4, Morgan, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 167, sheet 13B, family 269, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 29; FHL microfilm 1,374,042.

[7]“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK7Y-YKZ : accessed 28 January 2022), George Sloss with Andrew Slasa [Sloss] and Alice, New Decatur city Ward 3-4, Morgan, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 143, sheet 24B, dwelling 24B, family 503, NARA microfilm publication T623; FHL microfilm 1,240,035.

[8] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:3L22-76Z : accessed 28 January 2022), Ada McDade with George Sloss, Rockford Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 101-38, sheet 4B, line 79, family 97, NARA microfilm publication T627  roll 913.

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