Phyllis Dye Slater & Dorothy Albasin
Volunteers at the Wheeling Room, Ohio County Public Library


PHYLLIS MAXINE DYE SLATER, the daughter of Cecil Rhodes Carter Dye and Virginia Madlyn Giffin, was born in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia and and grew up in Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1946.

Also in 1946, Phyllis married James Edwin Conaway III. Their three children were James Edwin IV, Virginia Lee and Phyllis Maxine. James Edwin, IV died in a traffic accident in 1974. Virginia Lee married Curtis Harvey and they have one daughter, Courtney McNeil Harvey. Phyllis Maxine and her husband, Gregory Dale Ritchie, have three children, James Dale, Cecila Lynn and Christina Beth.

Phyllis married John Slater in 1968 and they lived on Wheeling Island. Her mother resided with them until her death in 1985. John owned Slater's Record Shoppe on Twelfth Street in Wheeling from 1949 to 1980; Phyllis worked there, beginning in 1959. John died in 1990.

Although Phyllis is a descendent of a number of the pioneer families of the Ohio Valley, one of the best known is the TOMLINSON family [Tomlinson Genealogy File]. Both Joseph Tomlinson and Joseph Tomlinson, Jr. served in the Revolutionary War. Joseph Jr. was the founder of Elizabethtown (named for his wife, Elizabeth Hartness), now the city of Moundsville, Marshall County. Joseph was also the founder of the Prehistoric Mound in Moundsville. Phyllis is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. - - A number of men from the Tomlinson family served in the Civil War. [Tomlinson Brothers in the Civil War].

Another ancestral family is GIFFIN/GIFFEN. Phyllis is a descendant of Robert Giffen, the pioneer settler and leader of the Kintyre group of Giffens who settled in the vicinity of Wheeling, W.Va. about 1787.

Phyllis' interest in genealogy began when she was in high school. Her grandmother, Ella Tomlinson Giffin, lived with Phyllis and her mother. Mrs. Giffen told many interesting stories and wrote down all the family she knew.



When I first began doing the Marshall County WVGenWeb site in 1997, the first person who offered to send files for the site was PHYLLIS DYE SLATER, then a complete stranger to me.

Over the years, Phyllis has continued to contribute an abundance of historical and genealogical information for both the Marshall County site and the website of the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society.

Phyllis is dependable, hard-working and extremely generous. For nearly forty years she has been researching her family, which includes some of the earliest and most prominent settlers of the Ohio Valley.


Phyllis Dye Slater & Linda Cunningham Fluharty
March 17, 2005

As a member of the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society, she has helped to compile many of the record books - census, cemetery, naturalizations, etc. She is one of the founders of the "Wheeling Room" at the Ohio County Public Library, where she volunteers regularly, and she works with other members to print the various booklets sold by the society.

In addition to Phyllis' major contributions to the preservation of the history and genealogy of the Ohio Valley, she is dearly loved as a mother, a grandmother and a friend.

------- Linda Cunningham Fluharty.


Graphics by Penny Parker.