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Stringfield, Sloan, and Love Families

Identifier: MSS 15-03

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the Stringfield, Sloan, Love, and related families of Haywood County, NC. It includes photos, genealogical material and papers relating to William William Stringfield II's service during World War II.

The first addition to the collection includes correspondence, diaries and legal documents concerning the Stringfield, Sloan and Love families.

The second addition to the Stringfield, Love, and Sloan families primarily concerns Dr. Thomas Stringfield (September 10, 1910 – April 24, 1966), physician, from Haywood County, NC. He married Harriet Cutler Coburn. Dr. Stringfield volunteered for the British Emergency Medical Service in the early years of World War II, treating British civilians injured in bombings. He returned to the United States after the entry of the United States into the war, and served as a doctor in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for the remainder of the war, primarily in the Pacific theatre.

Upon his return to the United States, he practiced medicine in Haywood County, NC, until his death.


  • 1832 - 2014

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This collection chiefly concerns the descendants of William Williams Stringfield (1837-1923) and his wife Maria M. Love (1842-1909); and Benjamin J. Sloan (1851-1922) and his wives, Mattie Arthur Johnston and Sarah Burnie Stringfield. William and Maria had seven children:

Thomas Stringfield married Mamie E. Moore;

Samuel Stringfield married Addie Sloan;

James Stringfield married Emma Aelstetter;

Mary Love Stringfield married J.H.C. Wulburn;

Sarah Stringfield married Benjamin J. Sloan;

Linda Stringfield married Hugh J. Sloan;

Margaret Stringfield, who did not marry.

Benjamin J. Sloan and Mattie Arthur Johnston had five children:

Hugh Johnston Sloan married Jenny Linda Stringfield

Addie Louise Sloan

Rachel Elizabeth Sloan

Marguerite Sloan

Janie Love Sexton (adopted)

After Mattie Arthur Johnston Sloan's death, Benjamin Sloan married her cousin, Sarah Burnie Stringfield, in 1914.

Benjamin J. Sloan and Sarah Burnie Stringfield had one child, James Andrew Sloan.

W.W. Stringfield and Maria Love Stringfield opened the White Sulphur Springs Hotel in Waynesville, NC, in 1879. Their son-in-law, Benjamin J. Sloan, took over operation of the hotel after W.W. and Maria Stringfield in 1903. From 1917-1919, the hotel was used as a hospital, treating veterans of World War I. Benjamin J. Sloan built the large home known as "Blink Bonny" on the grounds of the hotel.


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