GEORGE W. SLUSHER, farmer, P. O. Blanchester, son of Alfred and Nancy (Skidmore) Slusher, was born in Hardy County, Va., July 2, 1838. When quite young he learned the carpenter's trade with his father, at which he has worked nearly all of his life. He was married, in Pendleton Co., Va., September 7, 1838, to Susan, daughter of Adam and Mary (Kimble) Judy, born in Pemdleton County, July 23, 1841. They have five children --- Enoch W., George W., Virginia R. Melcena M. and Dessie G. Mr. S. owned 350 acres of land in Virginia, where they lived at the time the war broke out. Mr. S. was drafted in the Southern service against his will, and at the end of six months deserted and joined the Union army near Moorfield, Va. He acted as an independent scout under Col. Durfey. He acted as a spy nine months, during which time he had a number of narrow escapes from death. In September, 1862, he was captured near Petersburg, Va., while inside the rebel lines. He was sent to Staunton, Va., and imprisoned in the third story of the court house, awaiting court martial as a spy. He remained there about two weeks, well guarded by two soldiers at his door and one under his window. The guards changed every evening about dusk, and there was sometimes a short interval when there was no guard under the window. Watchig his opportunity one evening when it was getting dark, and the guard had not arrived under his window, he swung out and succeeded in grasping the lightning rod which ran to the ground; he quickly descended and made good his escape. The other four times he was captured each time while in the ranks, he escaped by the enemy being driven rapdly back; he was captured this way three times one day. He at one time ran across an open field about two hundred yards, exposed to the fire of 5,000 cavalry, and escaped withot a scratch. After serving nine months, he came to Greene County, Ohio, where hs family had moved and remained over three years, and, in 1868, he moved to this township, and bought sventeen acres of land and reside four years, and then moved to his present location, where he owns fifty-five acres of land, fourty-one of which are under cultivation. He also owns three lots in Blanchester with a dwelling on one. Mr. S. is a member of the Odd Fellows society, am himself and wife are members of the christion Union Church.

COMMENTS:

a. George W. SLUSHER and Susan Catherine (nee JUDY) SLUSHER divorced in 1894 in Fayette County, Ohio, to where they had moved fron Clinton County, Ohio.

b. George W. SLUSHER married (2) 30 Aug 1894 Fayette County, Ohio, to Abbie A. (nee ?) STROUP.

c. George W. SLUSHER died on 15 Nov 1908 in ? //prob somewhere in, Ohio// and was buried in the I.I.O.F. Cemetery in  Blanchester, Clinton County, Ohio.

d. Susan Catherine (nee JUDY) SLUSHER died on 2 Apr 1934 in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio, and is buried in Washington Cemetery, in Washington Court House, next to her son Enoch.

e. George Washington SLUSHER's 2nd wife, Abbie A. (nee ?) STROUP's, date & place of birth is not known. It is also not known if Abbie was still married to George or if she was still living when George died in 1908.

 

The History of Clinton County, Ohio", Chicago, W. H. Beers & Co., 1882

Comments by Otis Webster SLUSHER III