Jesse Slavens

Jesse, Milton, and Willis Slavens came to Jasper County, Iowa, in 1856 with their uncle Charles Milton Davis and family. While Milton and Willis returned to Indiana, Jesse stayed in Iowa and in 1861 enlisted with the 10th Iowa Infantry. After the war, he returned to Washington Township in Jasper County, where he married Mary E. Tripp on 3 May 1866. James and Mary had four children, only one of whom survived infancy.

Jesse Slavens built a successful stock operation at his farm near Colfax, expanding operations to other farms in the area, and eventually owning several business properties in Colfax. Civic minded, Jesse served on the Jasper County board of supervisors, Washington township trustees, and Colfax town council. About 1910 he rented out his farm and retired to Colfax.
Jesse Slavens and grandsons.
Jesse Slavens c. 1900 with grandsons George and Jesse Marquis

Jesse Slavens stone. Jesse's wife Mary died on 5 Feb. 1878, and in 1880 he married Anna L. Bodley. She survived him, as did daughter Jessie Bell (Mrs. A.S.) Marquis and two grandsons. Jesse died 22 October 1911 at the home of his daughter in Des Moines, with burial at the Oak Hill Cemetery at Colfax.
Jesse Slavens stone and G.A.R. marker

An interesting side note: although they didn't serve in the same unit, Anna's brother Charles Bodley was also wounded in the leg at Champion Hill. Charles lost his leg to the wound, and died in 1870 in Sherman Township.

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