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John Henry Sluder + Mary [?]                      Joseph Shepherd + Elizabeth Horton
  | ?                                                        |   
Erwin E. Sluder                     +               Julia Ann Shepherd
1824 - 1885                  22 Jun 1859              1828   -    1913
NC     Bunc Co NC                 Yancey Co NC          Yancey Co NC   Bunc Co NC

  Elizabeth Sluder, 1860 - before 1 June 1870
         Cordelia Josephine Sluder (
William Withers Barnard), 1863 - 1914
         Margaret "Maggie" S. Sluder, 1866 - 1928
         Joseph W. Sluder (Unknown wife), 1869 - 1929
Erwin Sluder (Cora Dickson), 1872 - 1918
Sources: US Census, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, Asheville, Bunc Co NC;
"Yancey County Marriages, 1850 - 1900";
NC Death Certificate, Julia Ann Sluder, 1913;
NC Death Certificate, Margaret Sluder, 1928;
NC Death Certificate, Joseph W. Sluder, 1929;
NC Death Certificate, Erwin Sluder, 1918;
Asheville City Directory, 1899-1900, via Ancestry.com;
Ancestry.com's Hurst Raby Shepherd family tree; Ron Sluder family tree; Radcliff family tree; Sluder family tree;
Pauline Shepherd Chandler, "Joseph and Elizabeth (Horton) Shepherd",
HOBC, Vol II, pp. 335-336.
In the census for 1850, "E. Sluder", 25 was a single man living in Hugh Johnson's boarding house in Asheville. His
occupation was "clerk".

In the census for 1860, "Ervin" Sluder, 36, and Julia Sluder, 30, lived in Asheville with daughter Elizabeth, one month old.
His occupation was "note shaver" (defined in Webster's 1913 edition as one who buys notes of debt for less than the legal
interest rate). He had real property valued at $4500 and personal property valued at $20,000. The slave schedule listed on
16 August included one mulatto male, 35; one black female, 35; one black male, 10; and one black female, 4.

In the census of 1870, Erwin Sluder, 46, and Julia A. Sluder, 41, had Cordelia J., 6; Maggie, 3; and Joseph W, 5 months.
The household included Sophia Hardy, nurse, who was black, age 30. Erwin was listed as "Trader", with real property
valued at $16,000 and personal property of $5,000.

By 10 June, 1880, when that census was taken, the household included all of the above, plus Erwin, age 7, Delia Broyles,
30 (Julia's niece), boarder Fielding S. McLane, age 21, teacher; boarder Rufus Reeves, 33, dentist; and three black
servants: Leah Wheeler, age 50, the cook; George Smith, 21 (yard man?), and Jennie Neal, 20, chamber maid. Erwin's
occupation was listed as banker.

By 1881, the family owned property on Spruce Street in Asheville and around 1883 built the house which would later be
home to the family of author Thomas Wolfe ("Old Kentucky Home") and would eventually become the Thomas Wolfe
Memorial. See
more details.

By 1900, Julia Sluder, 71, and her son Joseph, 30, resided with the family of daughter Cordelia Shepherd Barnard in
Asheville, as her husband Erwin had died in 1885. The Asheville City Directory for 1899-1900, listed Julia Sluder's address
as "137 Chestnut" and her son Erwin's occupation as "Asst. Cashier Blue Ridge National Bank bds The Knickerbocker".
(Approximatly ten years later, according to the 1909 City Directory, her son Erwin was a vice-president of The American
National Bank at the SE corner of Patton Avenue and Church Street and lived at 192 Montford Avenue. The phone number
for the bank was 79.)
Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, NC. Photos
from James Archer via FindAGrave.com.
Riverside Cemetery, Asheville,
NC. Photos from James Archer
via FindAGrave.com.