John & Mary Slatter's story

1861 UK Census for 55 Leman St. in Whitechapel, London
The life of hubby's great-granddad, John Slatter (1838-1901), spanned two continents. He was born in Oxfordshire, Englandon Blackfriars Road, the son of John Slatter (a cook) and Sarah Harris Shatter. He lived in London for years and somehow got to Cleveland, Ohio by 1889, where he was a wallpaper cleaner and hanger.

John Slatter had two wives, and three of his six children (John, Henry, and Albert) grew up to become celebrated military bandmasters in Canada (see listing of posts, below). One of his grandchildren (Edgar J. Wood) was also musical, apparently inspired or encouraged by Mary Shehen (or Shehan) Slatter, John Slatter's first wife. (See below for links to my posts about Mary Shehan.)

Where/when did Mary, John's first wife, die? How did he meet his second wife (Louisa M.), whose maiden name is still a mystery? And what happened to his first-born son Thomas John Slatter? He must have died young because he was in the 1861 Census but not in the 1871 Census.

Children of John Slatter and Mary Shehen Slatter

Thomas John Slatter (1860-?), Albert William Slatter (1862-1935), John Daniel Slatter (1864-1954), Henry Arthur Slatter (1866-1942), Adelaide Mary Ann Slatter (1868-1947), and Mary Slatter (1869-1925)

Here are my posts about John Slatter and his children:
Posts about Captain John D. Slatter (we call him "Captain Jack," informally of course):
Obit of Henry Arthur Slatter (name is incorrect in obit)
Posts about Mary Shehan Slatter and family:
  • Mary's parents, John and Mary Shehan, were born in Ireland around 1801. By 1841, they were living in Marylebone, London.
  • Mary Shehan (the younger) married John Slatter in Whitechapel in 1859. At this time, Mary's father was working as a bricklayer, according to the marriage record.
  • Mary Shehen of London, a family link to Ireland (and the mystery of her oldest son, Thomas John Slatter)
Mary Shehan's mother and father were living in Marylebone in 1851, according to the UK census. Her dad, John, was a laborer and her mother Mary was a laundress. Also in the household: Thomas, age 17, Michael, age 11, and niece Bridget Waddinger, b. in Ireland (age 6).

By 1861, John and Mary were still in the same place (20 Gray's Buildings) and only their son Michael, age 21, was living with them. In the 1871 census, John and Mary were still in Gray's Buildings in Marylebone, he a laborer and she in laundry. What became of John and Mary Shehan? What became of their grandson, Thomas John Slatter, the oldest child of Mary Shehen Slatter and John Slatter?

I joined the British Isles Genealogy group on Facebook, and posted a request for advice about tracing the Shehans back to their Irish roots. Members suggested I contact St. James's Roman Catholic Church because it's located very close to where the Shehans lived in London. Unfortunately, the church secretary replied that they have no record of the Shehans--but she recommended that I contact Our Lady of the Rosary Church, which never responded.

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