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2016 Sheldon Family Association Reunion – Utica

Report – Annual Meeting and Reunion in Utica New York
Jeanne A Jeffries October 2016

Utica knows about the Sheldon Family Association!  While the members enjoyed an excellent dinner at Delmonico’s, Hotel Utica experienced a water main break.  Returning to find fire truck and firemen, led to evacuation to another hotel.  Jim and Susan Russell made the front page of the Observer Dispatch and the Association was featured on television.  Because of the planned visit to the James Sheldon house in Remsen, TV came to interview attendees.  We were the talk of the town.  Our meeting room was available for the rest of the meeting.  A high light was the lively auction of items donated by members.  Speakers addressed the themes of Sheldons , Land Agents and Abolition in Utica.  Our member Lane Dolly brought to life her ancestor, Hattie Sheldon, heroine of Lacy’s historical novels.   The interest in Land Agents will be continued at the forefront in 2017 since Aurora Ohio and Ebenezer Sheldon won the approval of the membership.  The attendees marveled that everyone worked together in making the evacuation and meetings happen so smoothly.   Cousins worked together and declared the meeting a success.



History of 2016 Reunion


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Agenda, Annual meeting

Committee report


Conference Schedule

  • Sunday August 28, 2016
    • Committee Meetings
    • Dinner reservations off the menu
  • Monday August 29 2016
    • 9 am Committee meetings
    • set up displays
    • 1 pm Registration for attendees
    • 2 pm Meet Cousins
    • 3 pm SFA History Forum & Oneida County Historical Society
    • 4 pm Open Board meeting
    • 6:30 pm Dinner at Delmonico’s
      Guest Andrea & Kazor and Gerry & Pat Hill
  • Tuesday August 30, 2015
    • 8:15 leave for Remsen & Sheldon House
    • 9 DNA results:  Frank S Sheldon
    • The Sheldon House: Georgia Newman Philip Sheldon Land Agents; Realtors of Yester Year:  Alberta Dunn
    • Gravestones:  Jeanne A Jeffries
    • The Sheldon Database:  Sue Sheldon
    • Sheldon Trivia: Linda Williams
    • 12 Noon Picnic lunch at Remsen House
    • Mr. Gerry Beagle re cemetery
    • 1 pm to cemetery
    • 3:30 Choose your own adventure
      • Database lookup
      • View displays
    • 4:00 Discussion of SFA issues
    • 6:00 pm Leave for Aqua Vino
    • 7:30 – 8p, Speaker Lane Dolly, Author
  • Wednesday August 31, 2016
    • 9 AM Short talks
      • Revolutionary NY: Oriskany & Fort Stanwick, Marjorie Julian
      • Abolition and Susan B Anthony: Martha Palmieri
      • Fly fishing: Frank S Sheldon
    • 10 am Lineage Tables: Bring something to share
    • 11 Advanced DNA talk, Kelly Wheaton
    • Review Board discussion with Frank S Sheldon
    • 11 am Choose your own adventure
    • 4pm Announce 2017 location
    • 5pm Sheldon Deed House in Aurora
    • 6 pm assemble for dinner at Hotel
    • Speaker
    • 7:30 pm Abolition in Upstate NY, Norman K Dann, PhD
  • Thursday September 1, 2016
    • Breakfast with cousins
    • 9 am, Good Bye, safe Journey
    • 10:00 am Conference Committee Review

This photograph is circa 1891, and the girl is Jack Sheldon’s great-aunt, Nina Sheldon (1880 – 1911).  The boy is his grandfather, Vernon Burr Sheldon (1890 – 1927). They are welcoming us to the reunion.