I hope I've put together a compelling case for the parents of Rachel Ann Van Slyke being James H. Van Slyke of Pennsylvania and Sarah Ann McCready. As well I suggest that James Franklin Van Slyke and William M. Van Slyke were Rachel's brothers.
What evidence have I found to support my theory?
BIRTH PLACE OF PARENTS OF WILLIAM, RACHEL & JAMES
|1910 Father||no census||unknown||PA|
|1910 Mother||no census||unknown||blank|
|1920 Father||no census||USA||PA|
|1920 Mother||no census||OH||MO|
|1930 Father||no census||PA||PA|
|1930 Mother||no census||MO||USA|
NAMING PATTERNS OF CHILDREN
|William M. Van Slyke||Rachel Ann Bridges||James Franklin Van Slyke|
|* Mary Ann (his mother's middle name was Ann)
* Rachel E. (his sister's name)
* Lola A.
* James (his father's and brother's name)
* James (her father's and brother's name)
* Almond Robert
* Harley Clyde
* Willie D. (her brother's name)
|* Sarah M. (his mother's name)
* James (his father's name)
* John D.
* William E. (his brother's name)
* Ruth May
Realizing that there may be other children born to these individuals, we can still see that the name James is consistently used, possibly in honour of their father, and the names Sarah or Ann used, possibly after their mother. As well, James death certificate provides his mother's name as Ann McCready.
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS OF WILLIAM, RACHEL & JAMES
|1850||possibly Bates Co||unknown, possibly not born yet||not born|
|1860||Prairie, Chariton||Jackson, Jasper||not found|
|1870||possibly Benton Co||Grand River, Henry||Grand River,Henry|
|1880||Windsor, Henry||Windsor, Henry||Tebo, Henry|
|1900||Oklahoma but in 1890 was in Bates Co MO||Windsor, Henry||Jefferson, Johnson|
|1910||dead||Windsor, Henry||Green Ridge, Pettis|
|1920||dead||Windsor, Henry||Windsor, Henry|
|1930||dead||Windsor, Henry||El Dorado, Cedar but 1937 died in Bates Co|
I found the following family story about James Frank Van Slyke born Missouri:
This story comes from my dad, Louis Van Slyke. He said his grandfather, James Frank Van Slyke, was about 8 years old one winter during the War of Northern Aggression. He lived with his mother, his father had run off. Some union soldiers were camped near their farm, it was cold. James' mother was a Union sympathizer and baked biscuits for the union officers. She sent Frank to the Union camp with the biscuits. James didn't have an overcoat, so he was in his shirtsleeves in the cold. One of the officers asked him, "Where's your coat, boy?" James said he didn't have a coat. The union officer took off his greatcoat and gave it to the boy. James thought it was the best coat in the world. He could walk through the snow-covered woods and didn't feel the cold at all. He kept that coat until it just wore out. Later, James lived with anyone that would let him go to school. He would do chores as required and go to school.