Siler Descendants

See you at the
167th Siler Family Meeting

 4 August 2018
Franklin, NC

Weimar & Margaret (Rafferty) Siler Branch
The 164th Siler Family Meeting will take place on 1 August, 2015, in Franklin, North Carolina.
Hosts are the descendants of Fannie Siler (William Branch.)

Our hosts are offering T-shirts and Polo Shirts for sale prior to Family Meeting.
Order online until 17 July 2015.

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Iron Cross Ceremony for Jesse Weimar Siler

The Daughters of the Confederacy conducted an Iron Cross Ceremony at the grave of Jesse Weimar Siler on Saturday, 2 August 2014, at 3 p.m. in recognition of Jesse's service and death during the Civil War. The ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church Cemetery. See photos from the ceremony.

Jesse Weimar Siler, born 1838, was the son of Jesse Richardson Siler and his wife Harriet (Patton) Siler. He was killed in a skirmish at Gaines Cross Roads in Virginia in 1862. You can read more about Jesse's service and see photos from Gaines Cross Roads on the Family History Page.

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Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet
Honors The Rev. Rufus Morgan

At a banquet held on 6 June 2014 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, the Rev. Rufus Morgan was posthumously inducted in the Appalachian Hall of Fame in honor of his 43 years of service in the construction and maintenance of the Applachian Trail.

Rufus Morgan was a descendant of William Siler, son of Weimar and Margaret Siler. You can read one of the articles

A second marker on the Rev. Rufus Morgan's grave. He wrote the poem at  Christmas time in 1977.
 The text of the poem reads as follows:

The Call

The challenge came
And I obeyed
And laid aside
The search
For gold or fame or place,
To heed His call,
"Follow Me".

And He received my gift
Of ministry in His Church
Through years
Of toil, of joy, of love.
And now I lay this gift
At His feet
Who once was born a child
And led the way to truth and love.

Poem and photo provided by Albert R. Morgan III. Thank you!

In Memoriam

Irene Elizabeth Mitchell Morgan
21 December 2013
Elizabeth Mitchell Morgan

Frances Barr Cargill still plays the dulcimer and sings at age 93

Click on the link to the YouTube video below to hear Frances Barr Cargill and  Sally DeLawter sing Amazing Grace and playing the mountain dulcimer together. The video was published on Oct 9, 2013

Frances Cargill, a William Siler descendant, is the founder of the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players in Franklin, NC. In the video she sings the first verse of Amazing Grace in the Cherokee language. Sally DeLawter is the current leader of the group.

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St. John's Episcopal Church, Cartoogechaye, looks to the future with new expansion

St. John's Episcopal Church in Cartoogechaye recently dedicated the new addition to its sanctuary. The link below will take you an article from the Franklin Press on the expansion and the history of the church, including the observations of the Rev. John Archibald Deal, who arrived in the area in 1877 to begin missionary work. Deal and his wife lodged with Albert and Joanna Siler until they could build a cabin of their own. You will find a photo of Albert and Joanna on the Photos page.

Read Franklin Press Article