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 Sheldon genealogy 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

by Michael Sheldon

You may have heard the phrase, “The spirits moved me.” Often this is in reply to a call to action. This is a call to all members with the hope that the spirits will move you and summon you to volunteer for the Sheldon Family Association.

The SFA has been in existence since 1939, with an additional history that goes back even further in time. Its mission is much the same now as it was when it was started. In a few phrases:

  • To learn about and teach all things Sheldon, to anyone who is interested.
  • Documenting and sharing a number of Sheldon trees, and places where Sheldons lived and came from.
  • Gathering and sharing knowledge about how Sheldons impacted their surroundings and fellow man.

It has always been about pursuing the knowledge of who, what, when, where, why and how. It is amazing how much has been accumulated and learned through the years. The effort of previous leaders and the huge participation of volunteers over these 83 years is phenomenal and awe-inspiring. All of this takes selfless people to research, organize, write, and distribute the growing wealth of knowledge and to do so in keeping with the times.

Volunteering is not that onerous, and it is not tedious, either. Yes, it will require that you devote three to four hours
during a week if you are President, or it might be as little as a couple of hours a month if you serve on some of the
committees. The amount of time depends on what it is you seek to do and the level of engagement you wish to make. You have to remember that any amount of contribution moves all of us Sheldons forward. It is rewarding, educational, and very worthwhile. It can even become a passion.

The upcoming year will be one that requires help from new blood. Bottomline: We need (continued below)

some members to step up and be or become the next wave of SFA leaders. The election in July 2023 will be for a new President and a new Secretary. We also need to fill some Director at Large seats. There is a lot to do and a lot to sustain. You can take it in small steps if you wish by first becoming a Director at Large and learning the ropes and responsibilities. Can you heed a call to leadership and help?

Currently, we have a need to fill the Vice President role since the term ended in August 2022. Our VP is still filling in for her role as well as remaining as our leader of the Annual Reunions, but she has new responsibilities to help her immediate family, so we need a VP ASAP. The VP role is obviously active. The VP is a Board Member on the Executive Committee, and the backup should something happen to the President. Being in the loop is critical to this role. My real hope is that this person becomes our Policy and Procedures Manager.

We need to fill a void by having someone take up the mantle of our Social Media accounts and oversight. You do not need to be on the board to fill this role. The SFA has several social media sites. This person is there to keep them current and monitor the activity. This July will be the end of my fourth year as President. While I will remain on the Board and shift my focus to other things SFA, such as the Finance Chair, the Nominations Chair, and a member of the ACPL review team, I am also active in my community and have a growing responsibility as a caretaker, so a step back is required.

Finally, we always need volunteers on our committees for DNA research, Reunions, By Laws, the 501(3) exploration, research, and ACPL data review are at the top of the list. You do not need to be on the board to fill any of these roles. If you want more information or if you want to throw your hat in the ring, please let me know by emailing me at
president@sheldonfamily.org.

Sincerely,

Michael B Sheldon
President

2022 Reunion Boston, MA.
2021 Reunion Ft. Wayne, IN.
2019 Reunion St. Louis, MO.

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16 hours ago

Let's welcome our new Facebook group members:Tammy Sheldon Erdmann,Georgia Newman,Jennifer Wilkerson,Dennis Cox ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you!

Welcome All (Y)

you're right, the two FB pages do make it a bit confusing...I may have already been a member here. Please check for me ☺

16 hours ago

Thank you for acceptance into the group.I only learned of my connection to the Sheldon family after learning the identity of my biological father in 2018 then beginning work to trace my paternal roots. It has been a magical journey. I am hoping to learn even more about the Sheldon family as a result of admission to the group.Looking forward to meeting many cousins, if only virtually. ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome Dennis! There is more info on our website, and if you join the SFA there are online trees, a Sheldon Places map, and other cool benefits of membership. Sheldonfamily.org

Welcome Dennis (Y)

Welcome!

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1 day ago

In an effort to learn more about each other and share stories about our Sheldon lineage across the nation, I will be posting National State days. We can share stories about Sheldon family members who live/lived in the state being highlighted! Today, January 25th is National Florida Day! Do you have any Sheldon relatives that live/lived in Florida? Sheldon family vacations in Florida? Let us know! I have a Sheldon uncle who currently lives in Florida! 🦆 ... See MoreSee Less

In an effort to learn more about each other and share stories about our Sheldon lineage across the nation, I will be posting National State days. We can share stories about Sheldon family members who live/lived in the state being highlighted! 
Today, January 25th is National Florida Day! Do you have any Sheldon relatives that live/lived in Florida? Sheldon family vacations in Florida? Let us know! 
I have a Sheldon uncle who currently lives in Florida! 🦆

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Dennis Sullivan

My grandparents moved to Florida from Manitoba in the 1920’s becoming Citrus growers in Palm Harbor. They then moved to Ballast Point Tampa where my father Harold graduated from Plant High School. Sheldon Road in Tampa is named after my Uncle Raymond.

Michael Sheldon lives in FL!

My Grandmothers brother Frank Babbit Sheldons daughter joined the wacs and moved to Florida . Betty Jo Sheldon, married Dr. Falkerson, who lived in Hollywood Fla. they are both buried in Hollywood

I also posted two other Sheldon’s that are buried in Hollywood near mine, however no relation that I know of

At the turn of the century my grandparents relocated to Port Riches. Opened a boarding house that they called a hotel. They did well. Emma Elvira Lee Sheldon became postmaster, music director at church while grandpop went west to capture and train wild horses for the military but was killed doing so. My dad and family of Carbondale PA visited often. I have photo with gaters on the lawn

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1 day ago

We were at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ, where I found Ruby Sheldon in the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. Anyone share a tree branch with this talented lady?Ruby Wine Sheldon Enshrined 2009Ruby Sheldon was born on October 20, 1917 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 32. In 1964, a challenge from her coworkers prompted her to learn to fly. In 1966, she went to work for Sun Valley Air Service at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix as an instructor and charter pilot. In 1969, she joined the U.S. Geologic Survey, Water Resources Division, where she flew camera and radar equipped aircraft performing surveys. She flew various aircraft including Cessna 180s, Douglas B-23, DC-3, OV-1, and T-33. Ruby's flight time included many hours of flying UH-1 helicopters from a floating ice research station 400 miles off the Northern coast of Alaska. In 1974, Ruby became the first woman in the United States to be rated as a Helicopter Instrument Flight Instructor.After her retirement, she returned to live in Arizona and remained active in aviation, participating regularly in the Powder Puff Derby and the Women's Air Race Classic trans-continental races. She won the race twice-once in 1989 and again in 1995, and she placed in the top three a total of seven times. During her flying career Ruby accumulated more than 15,000 flight hours. ... See MoreSee Less

We were at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ, where I found Ruby Sheldon in the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame.   Anyone share a tree branch with this talented lady?
Ruby Wine Sheldon Enshrined 2009
Ruby Sheldon was born on October 20, 1917 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 32. In 1964, a challenge from her coworkers prompted her to learn to fly. In 1966, she went to work for Sun Valley Air Service at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix as an instructor and charter pilot. In 1969, she joined the U.S. Geologic Survey, Water Resources Division, where she flew camera and radar equipped aircraft performing surveys. She flew various aircraft including Cessna 180s, Douglas B-23, DC-3, OV-1, and T-33. Rubys flight time included many hours of flying UH-1 helicopters from a floating ice research station 400 miles off the Northern coast of Alaska. In 1974, Ruby became the first woman in the United States to be rated as a Helicopter Instrument Flight Instructor.
After her retirement, she returned to live in Arizona and remained active in aviation, participating regularly in the Powder Puff Derby and the Womens Air Race Classic trans-continental races. She won the race twice-once in 1989 and again in 1995, and she placed in the top three a total of seven times. During her flying career Ruby accumulated more than 15,000 flight hours.

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Visited the museum in October 2021 but missed this part of the facility due to time constraints - will be sure to make it a point to visit her display next time we are in Tucson.

if you go there, plan on spending at least two days - lol 😃 a lot of planes and a lot of ground to cover (Y) my brother and I went with a couple friends, and made the mistake of visiting the Titan Missile Museum earlier in the day - no way to take them both in on one day 😃 three of us are from the Phoenix area, one was visiting from Oklahoma - all four of us are ham radio operators, and the Titan museum has an antenna that we could connect to and make contacts 🙂

it would seem her maiden name was Wine, as it is the sir name of her brother according to her obituary

1 week ago

To the SFA members and friends, I want everyone to welcome and congratulate Lauren Sheldon. She is our newly appointed Social Media Administrator. She will be taking over the responsibilities from Wende Warren, who has been our acting admin. Lauren will be responsible for our Facebook pages, Twitter account, and Instagram account. She will be collaborating with Kevin, our Webmaster, James, our SFAQ editor, and Wende, our Membership Chair. Lauren is a person with experience using these media as forms of communication. She is bustling with ideas and creativity. SFA looks forward to her contributions. Sincerely, Michael B SheldonPresidentSheldon Family Association ... See MoreSee Less

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You can tell by her last name she is probably a very nice person

Congratulations

Thank you for the warm welcome! ❤️

Welcome!

Thank you Lauren and welcome!

🤗 welcome

Thank you, Lauren, and welcome to the group!

We are so excited that Lauren raised her hand to do this! Lauren is going to do a phenomenal job!

Thank you all! ❤️

Welcome Lauren!

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5 days ago

Let's welcome our new Facebook members:Jann Smith,Zachary M. Petersen Olson,Kathleen Lowry Alevras ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

We are live on Instagram @SheldonFamilyAssociation and on Twitter @SheldonFamily Go give us a follow! 🦆 ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

SFA exclusive mugs available for purchase! Find them on our website under the for sale items. Log into your profile first in order to receive a $5 discount as an SFA member. They are big sturdy 15 oz mugs, great for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever you love to drink. Shipping is included in the price. Maybe a great gift for Valentine's Day! 💕Sheldonfamily.org ... See MoreSee Less

SFA exclusive mugs available for purchase! Find them on our website under the for sale items. Log into your profile first in order to receive a $5 discount as an SFA member. They are big sturdy 15 oz mugs, great for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever you love to drink. Shipping is included in the price. Maybe a great gift for Valentines Day! 💕Sheldonfamily.org

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It is cool that the SFA's date was added... so now we have a way to tell the first from the second generation cups!

I added Georgia Newman's photo of the back of the mug.

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John sheldon is my ancestor weird note Richard knight is my wife’s ancestor

Also I think there is a area in Kingston ri which I think is John sr homestead which no one has explored yet correct me if I’m wrong and it’s not sheldon hill according to land deeds

Thanks so much, Cuzin!

3 weeks ago

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Here’s a Christmas card from my grandmother Gertrude “Gertie” Sheldon. I love the visible blood. 😂. A family favorite!

(Not a Sheldon.)

My grandparents wedding photo. James R Sheldon Jr and Marjorie Starkweather Chase. Around 1917. Waterbury Ct.

G-G-G Grandfather Cornelius Austin 😃 you can see where i get my charm and dashing smile 😃 😃 my guess is that he was unhappy about holding what appears to be a broom instead of a real rifle 😮 the line is Austin, Mead, Page, Sheldon (Y)

This is Mary Anthony (1814 - 1885) and her husband, Benjamin Angell (1808 - 1865). Greenfield, Saratoga Co, NY. Mary was Susan B. Anthony's 1st cousin, 1 X removed.

Fascinated with some pictures I just got of my great grandfather Carson Bond Sheldon! Late 1800s and early 1900s

My sweet grandmother, Leona Nellie (Burkholder) Hands (on the left). Paternal side, not Sheldon.

One of a few favorites, this my grandfather Vernon Burr Sheldon (1890-1927) and his older half-sibling Nina Mae (Sheldon) Raymond. Interestingly, (a) Vernon’s middle name eventually led my research to discover that his mother was a descendant of Benjamin Burr, one of the founders of Hartford, CT. (b) Nina had a different mother (Sarah Elizabeth (Letts) Sheldon) who had passed away from consumption. My DNA at Ancestry - and matches from either maternal line of these two - shows that Vernon’s grandmother Adaline (Crandall) Sheldon may not have been a Crandall, but instead adopted in Jefferson County, New York. My analysis are extensive with reverse pedigree charts and a matrix in Excel that brings in two sets of mystery ancestors…. Those being our Pickle / Murphy group and Walker / Knapp group.

not a sheldon but my dads side. My great grandma is the little girl with her parents and grandma.. her brother as well. this was prior to 1911 bc her dad died in 1911… she was born in 1903

My 5th great grandfather (Frederick Boroughf) at a 60th reunion for veterans of the War of 1812 near Monroe, MI. The keynote speaker was none other than a local "celebrity" George Armstrong Custer (shown standing right of center). Custer is looking at my ancestor who's sitting with a bouquet of flowers he got because he was the oldest in attendance at 101 years old. He lived to be 105.

my Father . Frank William Sheldon

My Great Great Grandfather Esli B. Dawson as a young man. In his Civil War NJ 33rd Regiment Zouvues uniform. Be was a drummer boy. 1844-1926. Boonton, New Jersey

My paternal grandmother, Mary Eleanor Sheldon. She passed a few years before I was born but I've always felt a bond with her. 1910-1958 Mount Pleasant, MI. She's the reason I got involved in the SFA.

great great grandma on the right… i have come across so many cool pictures of grandparents and greats

Sorry not a Sheldon but this image of my 4 x great grandmother from North Wales is not only amazing. It has a brilliant story behind it and as a result of finding this online I was immediately introduced to around 200 living relatives all descending from her parents ❤️

The Sheldon family monument in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA.

Edwin and Ruth Sheldon. I never met my uncle Edwin, but I think I inherited his asthma.

My Sheldon aunts in the early 1900’s. I knew them all. The two with the bows spoiled me rotten. They were my favorites! Now even all of their children are gone and I’m the only cousin left. But I love this pic.

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I’ve possibly traced my line back to this sheldon .

My grandfather mentioned gilbert

6 days ago

In my research of our giant Sheldon trees, I found one family with 18 children (there were 2 wives)! What was the largest family of siblings you have found in your research?Mother and Her Sisters: 1912The Gaudreau sisters of Stanbridge East, Quebec, 1912. Unknown photographer. shorpy ... See MoreSee Less

In my research of our giant Sheldon trees, I found one family with 18 children (there were 2 wives)! What was the largest family of siblings you have found in your research?

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I think my original American Puritan ancestor Isaac Sheldon of Massachusetts had 18 children through 3 wives in the 1600s. I have a copy of his Will, and among other things he left a wagonload of wheat to "the scholars of Harvard College. " when I told them that in Cambridge they were unimpressed.... I didn't even get a free lunch out of it !

What a beautiful family!

4th great grandfather Tousant (Gaudreau) Goodrow and Amelia Lamountain of Alton’s, New York had 18 children and all lived.

Try Sidney TANNER born 1809. I think he was a Mormon with many "wives" and more children.

Try another with Joseph CHAMPLIN born 1791 with only Mary Sheldon as spouse.

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