The Sheldon Family Association

Join us as we come together to celebrate our heritage and preserve the memories of those who came before us.

Founded in 1939 by a group of Sheldon descendants, The Sheldon Family Association has a long history of providing support, information and comradery to those interested in Sheldon genealogy and in preserving their family history.

A message from the President

Michael Sheldon

January 2022

With the introduction of the new website, the SFA Board made a change to membership renewals at its January 2022 Board meeting.  Annual memberships went from August 1st through July 31st of every year, regardless of the date that you joined or renewed.  That worked fine in the past because most of the SFA business was done by those who attended the annual meeting. However, when the SFA took the annual meeting virtual a few years ago and began sending election and Bylaws ballots out to the entire membership in good standing, things got very complicated.

The change: New annual memberships now expire one year from the day you that you send in your payment (or multi-year payments).  For example, if you paid for a 1-year membership on January 1, 2022, your membership will expire on Jan 1, 2023.  This change makes membership much easier to administer, and the new membership portal automates renewal reminders for us. Additionally, you have the ability to create your own profile and manages changes yourself. Please create your profile so that you are able to make use of your membership benefits.

Important News

SFA had its ups and downs in calendar year 2021.  In the Spring, there was a reshuffling of responsibilities when Sue Sheldon resigned as Treasurer and also gave up her roles as Membership Chairperson and Database Administrator (our Ancestry Tree data). I reviewed some of this in my annual report during our Annual Meeting.  There remain several unresolved issues from her resignation and the Board continues to act on solving them. The Social Media Administrator also resigned. Wende Warren stepped up to fill the Membership, Database Administrator, Publications, and Social Media roles. Susan Russell filled in and was subsequently elected as our Treasurer. An earlier resignation by Marvin Parsons for health reasons left us a need to fill the Webmaster role and Archives. A big thank you goes out to Kevin Sheldon, our new Webmaster, who created our fabulous new webpage.  Elizabeth Townsend, our Secretary, took on the responsibility of the Archives.

The other Board members have also been working hard behind the scenes. Libby Wilson, our VP, is making progress on the Policy and Procedure Manual. Several of us are regularly talking with and in collaboration with the Allen County Public Library to create solutions to restart the ACPL project.

The financial year ended basically with a no net gain to put into our reserves due to donations we made to the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, Vermont to help with their renovations and to the FTDNA Sheldon DNA project to purchase more DNA test kits for English roots research.

Sadly, we also lost a member of the Board.  Joseph Uphoff, who was a Director at Large and our SFAQ editor, passed away in November.

As you can see, there have been challenges yet we have still put out editions of the SFAQ and we have grown our Ancestry tree by over 500 people.  We’ve created a new Facebook group and a new website.  We remain committed to recover unreturned property, regaining our (c)3 charitable status, and expanding the ACPL Sheldon site data.

Important Needs

I once again put out a call for volunteers to help SFA.  Be it a Director at Large, one our chairpersons (Social Media or SFAQ Editor), or a committee member, if you have some time to spare and want to contribute your skills to our 83 year old organization, please contact me at


Spring 2022 SFAQ Released

The Spring 2022 Sheldon Family Association Quarterly (SFAQ) has been released and is available on our website. This edition includes articles about our new website,

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New SFA Website

As you can see, we have a new SFA website that is also a communication channel. It has fantastic and exciting improvements.  One of the

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Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers for the positions of Director at Large and for Committee positions  For more information, you can reach out to Michael Sheldon at

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4 days ago

I noticed that the sheldon name are they both realeated if it is spelled Sheldon or Shelden ... See MoreSee Less

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Sometimes the spelling changes from generation to generation even. We see it spelled both ways!

Sometimes "Shelton" as well.

I found out so much today I just want to know my family and where they came from

6 days ago

HI my name is Kimberly Shelden my grandparents were Maggie Shelden Grandfather Hap Shelden trying to figure out if I am releated to you guys ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome Kimberly!

Thank you!! ❤️❤️

Please send an email to and we can try to find your ancestors

What I fo do you need in that email

I joined awhile ago and forgot to mention that my maiden last name is Sheldon !

Hello and welcome!

Welcome! My maiden name is Kimberly Sheldon 🙂

That's who I am Kimberly Shelden

Welcome Kimberly I'm going to see where you connect in my tree

How far back if we are related at all

When was hap born?

My dad is Gary Sheldon from south side of Chicago

There are a number of Sheld”e”n descendants that are in the SFA’s records. Can you tell us your grandparents full names, dates of B/D, where they may have lived, and if you know the cemetery where that is? This will help us find them in the records! Welcome!

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2 weeks ago

Looking for descendants of Milo and Sophorin Sheldon, Elizabethtown, Essex County New York and Monroe County Michigan. ... See MoreSee Less

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Milo was a John 13 descendant. The SFA's records show he had 11 children.

3 weeks ago

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Your right!😧

Yes, that does give one pause to reflect.

I remember my great-grandfather who was born in 1860. And HE remembered seeing Abraham Lincoln's funeral train in 1865. Lincon was born in 1809. Here we are in 2022. 213 years and just one degree of separation! (so....I must be very old!)

Love this!

Wow! I wasn’t around for the 1970’s but this is crazy

So true! My mother Mary Laning Stewart was born in 1917 it’s looking as though we will lose her soon in 2022 at 104. Thanks for being so kind to her at the last meeting

I can't imagine how it was back then but I do know 2022 is something else and I don't know what the future will bring in these times Bless all you Sheldons 🙂

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