Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sloan Reunion in Peaceful Valley

Display by Barbara Blake, granddaughter-in-law 
of Zadie Sloan Blake

Photographs of Sloan descendants

Clara Nell "Tootsie" Pennington Wardlaw,
daughter of Ethel Dee Sloan Pennington

Dorothy Sloan Pennington, daughter of 
John Gainey Sloan, looking over photographs

Close to 100 people (give or take a few!) attended the Sloan Family Reunion held in the Peaceful Valley community on a bright and sunny October afternoon a couple of weeks ago.  Descendants of William Sloan gathered on Saturday for a wonderful day of food and fellowship at the Blake Greenhouses on land formerly owned by William's son, Jackson Samuel Sloan.    Barbara Blake and Jean Robinson outdid themselves on the planning and decorations for the event, and as usual, the quantity and quality of food provided by Sloan family members was outstanding.   Cousin Don Dulaney generously allowed me to use his widescreen television and computer hookups to provide a slideshow of collected photographs of the Sloan family.   Many folks brought their photo collections, and with my scanner and laptop I was able to add new photographs to my collection.   Several of these "new" old photographs will appear in future blog posts so stay tuned!

Everyone really enjoyed the music provided by several of the Sloan cousins.   Seems like it is just not a Sloan reunion without the music, and it was great to once again have the sounds of musical instruments filling the valley where the Sloans once lived.  If Granny and Granpa Sloan were listening from heaven, they were surely pleased at the sounds they heard that day.

My husband and his tractor pulled a wagon of hay (provided by Steven Wardlaw) filled with folks along for a tour of former homesites, complete with a trip down to the old Tombigbee River.

It was great to meet so many new Sloan cousins and to visit with familiar ones as well.  Wouldn't it be nice if the reunion could be an annual event!