Sloan Home Historical Marker, Circleville, Texas

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Home built 1854 by David McCurdy Sloan (1827-1912) and wife, Mary Elizabeth Easley (1829-1890), who came to Texas from South Carolina.

Finished lumber was hauled from Houston; rest hand-hewn in nearby river bottom, by slave labor.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1965

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Early settler DavidMcFadin leaves a legacy in Taylor by Karen R. Thompson

In 1828, 12-year-old David Hutchinson McFadin came with his family from Tennessee to the Mexican province of Texas. He learned farming and cattle raising at an early age, but on March 2, 1836, when the Anglo-American settlers in Texas declared independence, he did not hesitate to join Gen. Sam Houston’s army.
McFadin was a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto, the concluding battle of the Texas Revolution that occurred April 21, 1836. Following the creation of the Republic of Texas, he continued military service until the fall of 1836 when he returned to Jefferson County. He was elected county sheriff and in 1838 married Jerusha Dyches, daughter of Josiah Dyches.
In 1846, the McFadin and Dyches families moved to Milam District, where they were among the earliest settlers to purchase land along the San Gabriel River. In 1848, this area would officially become Williamson County. In fact, McFadin was one of the signers of the petition to form the county. He was elected one of the four original Williamson County Commissioners and held this office for 12 years.
McFadin purchased 1,000 acres along the San Gabriel River in the area that would be named Circleville, near Hwy. 95 north of Taylor. He became prosperous enough in the cattle business to increase his holdings to 3,500 acres by the end of the Civil War. He also built and operated a lumber mill and cotton gin.
He and Jerusha had eight children, but less than half would live to adulthood. The McFadin family cemetery was established a short distance from the residence. Since McFadin was a slaveholder, he created a slave cemetery nearby. In 1851 McFadin hired a mason named.
“Hughes” from Austin to supervise the construction of his new home. Limestone from the nearby San Gabriel riverbed was used in building the Vernacular Greek Revival House. Hughes’ interpretive styles were evident in details such as the scotia and ovolo moldings on the four fireplace mantels and chair rails.
McFadin was one of the wealthiest farmers in the county. His home was distinctive in size, design, and location overlooking the river. In 1880 Jerusha died. The next year McFadin married Mrs. Armstrong, a widow who also preceded him in death. McFadin died on Aug. 7, 1896, having outlived two wives and all his children.
In 1936 the house was included in the Historic American Buildings Survey. This house was one of three in Williamson County included in this important United States historic house survey. The other two houses, built by Washington Anderson and Dr. J. T. Cole, were in Round Rock.
In 1950 Judge and Mrs. Kirby Vance of Taylor purchased the house, which remains in the Vance family.


GPS Coordinates
Latitude 30.636213 - Longitude -97.474651

David Sloan Home

Historical Marker

David Sloan family
Historical Narrative by Kay Carlton Roberts
Brief history of the Sloan family delivered by Kay Carlton Roberts at the time of the presentation of the medallion in recognition of the historical significance of the Sloan house - June 23, 1963

David Sloan and Robert Easley came to Central Texas from Pendleton, South Carolina in 1852 with their own wagon train and some fifty slaves. Family records tell of the perils of crossing streams and rivers when it was sometimes necessary for both men and horses to swim. Once the travelers built their own road, eleven miles long, through the Mississippi River bottoms, The wagon train crossed the Red River at the "Five Nations", which is now the Oklahoma state line, 100 miles north of Dallas. They proceeded through ran*. and Waco to Central Texas. These early records refer to Circleville and Taylor and two with stores in Georgetown.

Sloan and Easley bought over 4,000 acres of land in Williamson County, The price range was from 20 to 30 cents an acre.

The first dwellings were a group of log cabins built on that ridge just south of the San Gabriel River, which is now the site of the Sloan Easley family cemetery. The location provided a safe lookout for bands of marauding Indians who were known to pillage the homes of white settlers even to the extent of massacring an entire family.

Young David Sloan returned to South Carolina in 1853 to marry any Elisabeth Easley and brought her back to Texas as his bride.

This home was built in 1854 when the threat of Indian raids had lessened. Native stone vas used for foundations and chimney, but lumber was hauled from Houston by ox carts. The original house consisted of the two downstairs rooms, each with its own fireplace, two upstairs rooms, and the long front porch.

Great Grandpa and Grandma Sloan had seven children, four of whom were born and lived to adulthood in this home: Martha, David, Nancy, and William, my grandfather.

Great Grandmother Sloan died September 3, 1890 and was buried in the family cemetery beneath a beautiful oak which had shaded her log cabin when she came here as a bride.

Two years after her death op Grandfather William Sloan brought his bride, Catherine Tennill, here to live. Great Grandpa continued to live with them until his death in 1912.

Five children were born in this home to Grandmother and Grandfather Sloan, a boy who died at birth and four girls: Mary, Annie, Catherine, and Clare. In 1922 Grandfather died in the home of his birth, Grandmother con­tinued to live here with her four daughters. Aunt Tump married Semen Moody here in the house in 1922, In 1933 in a double wedding Aunt Punch married Herbert Fuchs and Mother married Earnest Carlton in a garden ceremony on the front lawn.

I never than either of my grandfathers except from stories told an by other members of our family, but I have many happy memories of my Grand­mother.

Mother and I lived here during World War II while my father was in Central America working with the Civil Engineers on the Pan American Highway. In the years that have followed my two brothers, Charles and Robert, and sty sister, Ellen, and I have spent many happy summers here. We are the only Grandchildren.

Grandmother and Aunt Mary lived here until Grandmother's death in 1957, and now the home is occupied by Aunt Mary and Aunt Tump. We are all proud of this lovely old home which holds may wonderful memories for each of us. My two sons look forward to our trips here, and I hope they too will learn to love this home.

I speak for all of no when I say that we are very proud of this honor which has come to us today.

David Sloan family
Historical Narrative by Kay Carlton Roberts