James F. Sloan was born in South Carolina December 2, 1825, and was one of five children (two of whom are living) born to William and Mary Robertson) Sloan. The father was born in Ireland in 1786. He was married on the “old sod” and there remained until 1819, when he came to America, locating in South Carolina. In 1827 he came to Carroll County, Tenn., and followed farming until his death in June, 1870. His wife was also born in Ireland in 1789 and departed this life January, 1862.
Our subject was educated in the schools near his home, and in January, 1870 married Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Swinney. Mrs. Sloan was born near Trezevant in 1846 and died August 20, 1874, leaving two children: Oliver Cromwell and Minnie. Previous to his marriage Mr. Sloan remained at home and took care of his aged father until his death. Mr. Sloan is a good financier and has been quite successful in his business enterprises. He owns 400 acres of valuable land and is conservative in politics although formerly a Whig. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Transcribed by David Donahue
Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Carroll, Henry and Benton Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978.