Founded in 1939 by a group of Sheldon descendants, The Sheldon Family Association has a long history of providing support, information and camaraderie to those interested in the genealogy of the  Sheldon surname and in preserving their family history.  Join us as we come together to celebrate our heritage and preserve the memories of those who came before us.

A Message from the President

 

Spring is in the air, and I hope all you Sheldons fared well during the winter.

I’m excited to announce we have finalized our plans for the Annual Meeting/Reunion, and this year, we will hold it in Providence, Rhode Island, from August 8-10. This area is rich in Sheldon history, and descendants of John 8, John 13, and Richard 22 can all trace their lines to this area. This is our 85th Anniversary, so we hope for a good turnout!

We have picked an airport hotel as our meeting place as it’s convenient for anyone traveling by plane and eliminates the cost of a rental car. We have also reduced the event expenses for our members by reducing the number of days from four to three. Of course, there’s a lot to see in the area, so you can extend the trip if you wish to see more.

To provide a historical overview of the area, we will have a bus tour of the Providence area on Friday, August 8th. As part of the tour, we are even planning to spend some time cleaning gravestones at a cemetery in Pawtucket that has 30 Sheldon gravesites. Depending on when you arrive and depart, there will be opportunities to check out local historical sites, including libraries and museums on your own.

For a complete agenda and to register for the event, visit https://sheldonfamily.org/events/sfa-family-reunion-and-annual-meeting/. If you’ve never been to a reunion, this is the one to attend. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet other Sheldons and discuss our mutual interests.

I want to give a big thanks to Libby Wilson for all her work putting this reunion together. She went above and beyond in arranging the agenda for us.

As I mentioned, the SFA is celebrating 85 years in 2024, and I hope we can continue for at least another 85 years. To do this, we need active members who participate not only on social media but also in the various committees within the organization. Right now, we have a few people doing the work as board members and committee chairs, and I’d like to see some fresh faces getting involved. For example, I am the current webmaster, but I’m more than willing to let someone else take over the position if they’re interested, or at least join the Website Committee and learn the system. I’m happy to train if you’re willing to learn! We could also use help on other committees such as SFAQ (our quarterly newsletter), Membership, Reunion, Social Media, Publications, and Historian/Archives, and I’d like to add a marketing role as well. Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at president@sheldonfamily.org.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming reunion!

2023 Annual Meeting/Reunion
2022 Annual Meeting/Reunion
2021 Annual Meeting/Reunion

News

Spring 2024 SFAQ Available

Be sure to check out our Spring 2024 SFAQ where you’ll find some excellent articles as well as information about our upcoming reunion.  Click Here

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Fall SFAQ Newsletter

Click below to get the latest SFA news in our Fall SFAQ (Sheldon Family Association Quarterly) newsletter.  Click here.  

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New Book Posted

We have just posted an excellent book by Bill Remus about the Sheldons in England including their migration the America.   Although the title refers to

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Summer SFAQ

Open to view the Summer SFAQ 2023. Inside are details about the Annual Meeting and Reunion in Ft. Wayne, IN. August 2-5, 2023. https://sheldonfamily.org/sfa-quarterly-newletter/

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19 hours ago

Awesome accomplishment!"The Preservation Trust's nomination of the 200 Bridge Street property to the National Register was considered yesterday, and approved unanimously. The panel reviewing the nomination was very impressed, with one member calling the project "the poster child for historic preservation". Polly Allen, from Craftsbury, was the consultant working with Preservation Trust to prepare the application, and she did a remarkable assessment. "

Andy Crane, Building Committee Chairperson ... See MoreSee Less

Awesome accomplishment!

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What is the Sheldon Historical Society? Sheldon, VT?

4 days ago

Deerfield is an amazing place and the tours of the house are great, as are the stories. If your that close then make time for Northampton and Suffield. Talk about gravesites and history !! Issac’s monument for one. The library in Suffield is hidden history gem on Sheldons. ... See MoreSee Less

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My husband and I are going to England in October and hopefully seeing some of the historic places.

And if you are that close, go to Southampton to Sheldon‘s ice cream! Worth the short drive! Wish I knew who these Sheldons belong to. Maybe one of our progenitors♥️

My T-shirt is probably about 10 years old, whenever the last reunion was in North Hampton MA.

4 days ago

Photos of the John Sheldon homestead in Deerfield, Massachusetts, taken during our visit on Monday. The monument says that he bought the property in 1708. According to online sources, the existing house was built in the mid 1750s by his grandson, also John Sheldon. It's still closed for the winter, so we'll have to go back again next month. ... See MoreSee Less

Photos of the John Sheldon homestead in Deerfield, Massachusetts, taken during our visit on Monday. The monument says that he bought the property in 1708. According to online sources, the existing house was built in the mid 1750s by his grandson, also John Sheldon. Its still closed for the winter, so well have to go back again next month.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Thanks for sharing these lovely old picture. 👏

yes ty. I am John Sheldon from upstate NY

My ancestor... I was upset to find out that the original house had been torn down, which didn't make any sense to me and still doesn't.

7 days ago

I don’t know who all remembers former President of the SFA, Bruce Robertson. He turned 97 yesterday! Just thought I’d post! ... See MoreSee Less

I don’t know who all remembers former President of the SFA, Bruce Robertson. He turned 97 yesterday! Just thought I’d post!

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Happy Birthday Bruce!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Bruce!

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4 days ago

Let's welcome our new members!

Kelsey Leigh Otis,Christine Sheldon-Hemker ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Headstone, in the Old Bury Ground in Deerfield, Massachusetts, of Mercy Sheldon (1724–1751), daughter of Ebenezer Sheldon and Thankful Barnard, and first wife of David Hoyt (1722–1814). She is my 5th great grandaunt. ... See MoreSee Less

Headstone, in the Old Bury Ground in Deerfield, Massachusetts, of Mercy Sheldon (1724–1751), daughter of Ebenezer Sheldon and Thankful Barnard, and first wife of David Hoyt (1722–1814). She is my 5th great grandaunt.

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mine too

4 days ago

The headstone and footstone of Thankful Barnard (1694–1746), wife of Ebenezer Sheldon (1691–1774) in the Old Burying Ground in Deerfield, Massachusetts. She is my 6th great grandmother. ... See MoreSee Less

The headstone and footstone of Thankful Barnard (1694–1746), wife of Ebenezer Sheldon (1691–1774) in the Old Burying Ground in Deerfield, Massachusetts. She is my 6th great grandmother.Image attachment

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What an awesome name! Thanks for sharing these photos. Do you mind if I post them on our instagram and Twitter?

5 days ago

Got excited today to find a Sheldon Star on the Star Walk in Palm Springs, CA. Wikipedia burst my bubble, though. He wasn’t born a Sheldon! Drat. ... See MoreSee Less

Got excited today to find a Sheldon Star on the Star Walk in Palm Springs, CA. Wikipedia burst my bubble, though. He wasn’t born a Sheldon!  Drat.

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His birth name was something like Schectnel. But there was a Jack Sheldon, trumpet player for Mervin Griffin, singer, actor. He sang “I’m just a bill on Capitol Hill…”

I chatted with Sidney via email years ago and he explained why he changed his name to Sheldon. The public story is that is was marketable to the US audience, the truth was it reduced the incredible discrimination against him as an Eastern European Jew. I suspect it was really him responding (as opposed to his assistants) as his reply seemed very personal and sincere.

I think I have a couple of his books and always wondered if there was a connection. There must’ve been a wonderful Sheldon who took Sidney under his wing or adopted him. Would be fun to know the lineage of Sidney’s adopted father.

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7 days ago

We’re going to visit the graves of some of my Sheldon ancestors at the Old Burial Ground in Deerfield, Massachusetts tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

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That’s great, please take some photos if you don’t mind. We would love to feature them here and keep their legacy alive!

Mine there too.

mine also

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Photos from our 2023 Annual Meeting/Reunion in Fort Wayne, IN