Siler Descendants



See you at the
166th Siler Family Meeting

5 August 2017
Franklin, NC





Weimar & Margaret (Rafferty) Siler Branch
In Memoriam


(1920-2017)

(1926-2016)



Secretary Position Filled

Suzanne Moss Morris has kindly agreed to take over the Family Secretary duties from Debbi Van Ordstrand beginning at the 2017 Family Meeting. Thank you, Suzanne!

Please help Suzanne keep the family records up-to-dateby providing her with a written note of any births, deaths, and marriages that you plan to announce at Family Meeting. This ensures that the correct names are recorded in the minutes. A written copy should also be provided to John Sparks, who is in charge of the Outlook Committee.

Remember that you can submit births, deaths, and marriages online using the forms on the Family Meeting page. John Sparks automatically gets a copy of anything submitted online.


Celebrate the History of Nantahala National Forest
Franklin Mayor Bob Scott to lead celebration 26 August 2017
Franklin will celebrate the history of Nantahala National Forest on Saturday, 26 August 2017. Mayor Bob Scott will open the celebration ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Town Hall. There will be two keynote speakers: NC House Representatives John Ager and Kevin Corbin; and two guest speakers: USFS District Ranger Lewis Kearney (Ret.) and historian Marshall McClung (USFS ret.)

The celebration coincides with the release of Marci Spencer's new book Nantahala National Forest: A History. Spencer will talk about her book and sign copies on site.

The afternoon includes several events to choose from:

  • A hike with the Nantahala Hiking Club to Rufus Morgan Falls(level: easy; distance: two miles).
  • A tour of Nonah, the home of the Rev. Rufus Morgan, led by his grandson, Albert Rufus Morgan III.
  • A visit to historic St. John's Episcopal Church and the Noah Weaver Cabin, led by Kathy Tinsley.
  • A visit to the ancient Nikwasi Mound, led by Barbara McRae, historian and former news paper editor.
Surprise Visitors at The Loose Leaf Asylum Tea Company
Jonathan Sloan received a surprise visitor last August after Family Meeting at his new tea shop in Franklin, The Loose Leaf Asylum Tea Company. Mitzi Tessier and family stopped by the tea shop with a big box. Inside were six beautiful tea cups that had once belonged to Eleanor Sloan, whose brother Harold was Jonathan's grandfather.

Mitzi's late husband, Jack Sloan Tessier, was one of Eleanor's nephews, son of her sister Reby. After Eleanor's death, the tea cups came into Jack's possession. Mitzi was thrilled to pass on the tea cups to Jonathan, who delighted the family visitors with his extensive knowledge of the many different teas of the world, some of which were duly sampled and enjoyed!

Stop by The Loose Leaf Asylum Tea Company while you're in town for Family Meeting. The tea shop is located at 1513 Highlands Road, Franklin. Telephone 828-369-7242.