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Monday, January 17, 2011

James Franklin Sloan, fiddler, Ripley Co


Here is another Ripley County Mo. Fiddler I found. James Sloan. Died in 1944.

James was first a musician, He played the fiddle like noone else. He played for the church and you could here his fiddle all over the town. He played weekly for the town Square dances. He built his own fiddle and also had one that he got in Mississippi in 1900.

James Franklin Sloan was a barber He also worked on the railroad.. He was born in Milan, Tennessee where he met and married his bride Bela Garner d/o Wm."Tobe" Garner and Dona Robison Garner.. He married in 1904. In about 1917 or 18 he moved with his family to Oxly, Missouri in Ripley County where he continued being a barber. He passed away after a long illness in which his great-niece Kathryn helped care for him. He is buried at Antioch Cemetery in Ripley Co., Mo.


info courtesy of http://climbingmytree.homestead.com/The-Sloan-Branch.html

Here are two fiddlers born in Tennessee who played in Ripley Co. Mo. Worthy of note as to sources and influences.

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