Along the Wilderness Trail to the new River...through Wood's Gap...onto Goblintown Creek, Huckleberry Creek, Greasy Creek, Burks Fork of Little River, the Black Ridge, Buffalo the tiny communities of Jacksonville, Rush Fork (Santos) and Willis...came an unfolding line of ancestors who emigrated from Europe in the 1600's and 1700's and eventually made their way to southwestern Virginia. Among them was the youngest son of an immigrant and veteran of the Revolution -- Christopher Schlosser. This web site focuses on him, his ancestors, and his successors.  

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Our organization was founded in 1970, the purpose being to research, record and pass along the history of our family - primarily since our arrival in America in the early 1700's -- but also to seek a greater awareness of our ancestry in Europe. During the first ten years of our organization, a significant focus was made upon gathering historical records -- Wills, deeds, notes from family bibles, etc. and publishing them in the organization's newsletter. Copies of those newsletters are available for download from this web site. Since that time, we have gathered and compiled a significant amount of genealogical data on each of Christopher's children and descendants in a Slusher Family Database.


Make your plans now to attend the upcoming Slusher Family Organization Reunion 16-17 July 2016!

On Sunday, 17 July, doors will open at 11:00 AM for early arrivals! If convenient, bring food for lunch which will begin at 12:30 PM. After lunch and a brief business meeting, a program promising to be fun for Slusher descendants of all ages will focus upon reviewing family history, sharing family stories, and creating take-home mementos. Click here for directions to the V.F.W. Hall

Janet Keith has been working on "Tracing Our Roots -- Lauren Branch Road Tour" since our last reunion to provide a bus tour focusing upon farms, homes, and gravesites of Christopher & Eva's family and neighbors. A bus with 14 passenger capacity has been reserved for Saturday, July 16 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, for any wishing to take the tour. If you are interested, contact Janet by email.

If you are unable to take the tour on the 16th and wish to take a self-guided tour at another time, information will eventually be available thru OnCell, courtesy of the Floyd County Historical Society.

Mark your calendars now and watch this website for additional information!

See you in July!


Officers elected at our July 2014 meeting are:

Tom Schlosser
Recording Secretary Janet Slusher Keith
Treasurer Alice Hollandsworth
Corresponding Sec/Webmaster Jeff Slusher
Genealogist/Historian Anne Robertson
Genealogist/Historian June Capps Norris
Genealogist/Historian Venda Radford Keith
Genealogist/Historian Al Creasy

Anyone desiring to become a member may send biennial dues of only $5.00 per family to Alice H. Hollandsworth, Treasurer, 960 Horse Ridge Road, NW, Willis, VA 24380.

Mark your calendars now! Our next reunion will be held July 17, 2016 (always the 3rd Sunday of July every even year).

For those of us with Virginia roots, we likely decended from Christopher Schlosser (Slusher), Sr., the settler ancestor of most of the Slushers in Floyd County. He was the youngest son of the German immigrant Peter Schlosser, who came to America through the port of Philadelphia in 1732 on the ship, the Dragon. Although Peter settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he is buried in Sharpsburg, Maryland. His tombstone, carved in German, reads, "Here rests in God Peter Schlosser born 20 January 1710 and died 8 January 1790. His age was 80 years, 11 months, and 3 days. When you awaken the dead on that day, so also reach out your hand to my grave."

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