Tombstone Tuesday – August 20, 2019 – Alto May Dazey Sloan


Alton May Dazey was the daughter of Aaron and Dorcus (Smith) Dazey. She was born on January 7, 1866 in Attica, Indiana according to her death certificate and was living with her parents in Milford, Iroquois County, Illinois by the 1870 Federal Census. Aaron and Dorcus had four children in that Federal Census; Chas (1862) , Flora (1864) , Alto M. (1866), Clinton (1870). By the 1880 Federal Census, Aaron and Darcus have five children; Charles, Jessie, Alto, Clinton and Cora. The family remains in Milford, Illinois. Jessie is likely Flora from the 1870 Federal Census.

Alto M Dazey married Samuel Sloan on October 26, 1886 in Iroquois County, Illinois. They settled in Stockland, Illinois by the 1900 Federal Census where Samuel was a farmer.  They had three children by this census; Homer (1887) , Porter (1889) , and Aleta Geraldine (1895). By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, all three of their children remain at home and they have a farm hand working for them whose name was Roy Stanley. It appears that the two older sons and Roy list there occupations a farm hands / laborers in the 1910 census. By the time of the 1920 Federal Census, the Sloan family has moved to Milford. The to older sons are on their own and Aleta is twenty three years old and remains at home.

By the 1930 Federal Census, Samuel and Alto remain in Milford. Their thirty four year old daughter, Aleta lives with them and a 7 year old Granddaughter, Lorraine Sloan. Samuel and Alto are now in their sixties. Samuel is still working. He is a cattle buyer. The daughter, Aleta G. , is a school teacher. In the 1940 Federal Census, Alto and Samuel are now in their mid seventies. Aleta G. and Lorraine still live with them and they remain in Milford.

Seventy two years ago, on August 20 , 1947, Alto May Sloan died in Milford, Illinois at the age of 81 years old. She is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford , Illinois. With her husband, Samuel Sloan who died about six months after Alto.

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Rest in peace, Alto.

Love Jan

Alto’s mother, Dorcus is the daughter of Joseph Smith who through DNA is a close match to my James Smith although I have not determined the exact relationship.

2 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday – August 20, 2019 – Alto May Dazey Sloan

  1. Nicholas S Porter

    The correct name is Alta May Dazey Sloan. Mrs. Sloan is my great grandmother. Their granddaughter, Lorraine Sloan (Porter) is my mother.


    1. needlesinahaystackblog Post author

      Thanks you Nicholas! So glad to meet you! I will make that correction. We are likely distantly related through Joseph Smith and Mary Ann Best from the Benton County, Indiana area. I have had a great deal of trouble locating my Smith line past 1809. Thru a dna test 10 years ago, I connected with a Francis Smith in Iroquois County, Illinois who is connected to this line in Indiana. Still no parents for sure for my James Smith but thru dna…there is a connection. I keep searching…



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