Reuben Slavens, farmer, section 28, came originally from Ohio, having been born in Pike County, September 27, 1825. His father, John Slavens, was born in West Virginia, and was there reared. His mother, formerly Mary Ruckman, was of Ohio, and was there married. They had eight children, of whom Reuben was the second. In 1835, the family removed to Vermillion County, Illinois, residing there about one year, and for the following eight months they lived in other parts of Illinois. In 1837, coming to Henry County, Missouri, they settled on section 11, Bethlehem Township, and there his father died in 1863. His mother's death occurred in Ohio in 1827. In 1862, Mr. S. returned to Ohio and resided there till the spring of 1863, when his father's last sickness called him home. He soon resumed farming on his present place, which he settled in 1857. He has a fine farm of 280 acres, and is known throughout the county as a successful man. Mr. S. was married September 28, 1849, to Miss Nancy Stephenson, a native of Ohio. They have two children: John and Martha M. They are members of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.
History of Henry County, Missouri, National Historical Co., 1883. p.792.