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Free Genealogy Biography of Robert Slemmons,
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Rev. Robert Slemmons

Rev. Robert Slemmons, son of William (2) Slemmons, was born in what is now Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, September 29, 1816, died in January, 1885. He was a well educated man, studied divinity, and entered the ministry of the Presbyterian church. He was a devoted pastor and an eloquent, fervent preacher.

He was active in the work of the Christian Commission during the civil war, and was also chaplain of the Seventeenth Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, 17th Regiment, being appointed near the close of the war, as chaplain of the One Hundred and Fortieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 140th Regiment. He was well known and greatly beloved by the soldiers of these regiments, to whom he was even more than a spiritual father.

He was devoted to his holy calling, and was a faithful follower of the Master, whose cause he preached. He married (second) Harriet Alexander, born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1830, died April 12, 1912, daughter of Elias and Eliza (Forest) Alexander, and granddaughter of William Alexander, a revolutionary soldier. Eliza Forest was born on a farm that later was a part of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and is now Pittsburgh, North Side. He had one child by first marriage, and eight by his second wife, Harriet Alexander: William Miller; Mary Josephine; Alexander B., of whom further; Robert Slemmons (2), deceased; George P.; Lilly Louise; Tirzah May; Walter Lowry; Samuel Francis.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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