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.  



The Slusher Family organization held it's 23th Reunion on July 17, 2016 in Floyd, Virginia. Approximately sixty (60) people attended the meeting, traveling from throughout the United States..

The meeting began mid-morning with socializing and sharing of family photographs and stories. A pot luck lunch was served with most attendees visiting the buffet at least two times. A short business meeting moderated by President Tom Schlosser was held after lunch. The existing officers of the organization were re-elected unamimously.

Janet Keith presented results of her development of "Tracing Our Roots: A Tour of the Laurel Branch Road," a project she undertook with Alice P. Slusher in conjunction with The Floyd County Historical Society, Inc. The Tour follows a few miles of road passing through centuries of history -- discussing settlements of Slushers, Hyltons, Weddles and other families and how their lives connected in many ways. For those of you who would like to take a 'virtual' tour, please dial 540-585-3070 and select "Laurel Branch Road Tour" and press "1" when prompted for a 'stop number' to begin the tour. For any of us interested in history -- particularly our family history -- this is something you won't want to miss!

Janet took two groups on the tour during the Gathering. Thanks to the Topeco Church of the Brethern for providing a van and driver!

Jeff Slusher briefed the gathering on the organization's digital activities including a new Facebook page in addition to the migration of the family database to a new on-line platform. Those interested in touring the digital family history can click here.

Attendees of our 2016 gathering...

Click here for a full sized version of this photograph. Thanks to Grace Schlosser for taking the panaramic photos and to Lauren Slusher for her Photoshop skills in stitching them together!!

Mark your calendars now! The next meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2018.




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