Siler Descendants

See you at the
167th Siler Family Meeting

 4 August 2018
Franklin, NC

Weimar & Margaret (Rafferty) Siler Branch

Frances Morgan McLean 

The Siler Family wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Frances Morgan McLean, who passed away on 8 October 2012. 

Frances was born 20 Nov 1917, the daughter of Albert Rufus Morgan and Madeline Prentiss.  She leaves her husband, Donald Wood McLean, whom she married in 1941, and their four children. 

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Dick Jones receives McMillan
Distinguished Service Award.

Richard (Dick) Sloan Jones
Jr. of the Franklin law firm Jones, Key, Melvin & Patton, P.A. recently received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina State Bar at its Annual Meeting in Raleigh. The DSA is one of the highest honors awarded by the State Bar
as it seeks to recognize those who have both cultivated knowledge of the law and enhanced public confidence in the law.

Dick Jones is the first and only Distinguished Service Award and Justice Fund honoree practicing west of Asheville. Congratulations!

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Mitzi Schaden Tessier: A Living Treasure 
Asheville Living Treasures.
From Left: Joe Eblen, Mitzi Tessier, John Bridges
Mitzi Schaden Tessier was honored on Sunday, 28 October 2012, as a Living Treasure by the Asheville Living Treasures organization at the Reuter Center, University of North Carolina Asheville. Also honored together with Mitzi was John Bridges and Joe Elben.  Family and friends of the three honorees enjoyed sharing stories and reminiscences during the ceremony. A special song was written for the honorees, praising them as shining lights who have touched many lives through their unselfish service.

The mission of Asheville Living Treasures is to honor the elders of Asheville and Buncombe County, age 70 and above, who have devoted their lives to making the community a better place to live, by publicly honoring them and their achievements and recording their stories for future generations. Reading their biographies is a true inspiration. See  


As a Living Treasure, Mitzi was photographed, her oral history recorded and biography transcribed.  All documents and recordings will be archived at the UNCA Ramsey Library in the Asheville Living Treasures Special Section and will be available to researchers and the public.

Mitzi Olivia Schaden was born in 1924, the only child of Beryl Ruth Ross and Harry Edward Schaden.  She became a member of the Siler Family when she married Jack Sloan Tessier (Jesse Branch) in September 1945.  Jack is the son of Reby Sloan and Francis Monsanto Tessier.  He was born in 1922.  Mitzi and Jack have four children:  Beryl Olivia, Charles William, Mark Francis, and Timothy Sloan. Throughout her life, Mitzi has been involved in her community as an educator and as an historian.  She is the author of two books:  Asheville: A Pictorial History (1984) and The State of Buncombe (1992).

"Out of shared telling and remembering grow identity, connection

and pride, binding people to a place and to one another."

- Tom Rankin, Folklorist

(quote from the ceremony program)

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WNC Magazine August Issue now available for purchase.

Members of the family who attended the 161st Family Meeting on 4 August were able to purchase a copy of the August issue of WNC magazine, which carried the story on the 160th Siler Family Meeting.

Family members who could not attend the meeting and who wish to obtain a copy should contact Louisa Amsterdam at WNC Magazine.  You can reach her at 828-210-5030, x 101 or via email at

Please note that the number of copies available for purchase is limited!

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Who wrote
"Cousins by the Dozens"?

The first person to answer our request for more information about the poem "Cousins by the Dozens" posted on the Family Meeting page was Timoxena Sloan, who told us that the poem was written by her uncle, George Bidwell Sloan, but she didn't know which year he wrote it.

Not long after Timoxena contacted us, we received an e-mail from Mary Margaret (Margy) Sloan, who wrote the following:

"The poem was written by my father, George Bidwell Sloan, for the 1994 family meeting, which he hosted with his brothers, Neville Sloan and Bob Sloan. Dad loved writing doggerel and would come up with a new piece for any appropriate occasion. I am thrilled to see it published on the website, and I know he would be very pleased, too."

Thank you to both Timoxena and Margy! 

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