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2005 Shirley Gathering in Ringgold, Georgia

 

By Betty Shirley

I flew alone from San Jose, California to Atlanta, Georgia. I rented a car and drove to Ringgold, Georgia to stay with Jemima Shirley. She was our host for the Shirley meeting scheduled the next day, Saturday June 4th at the Old Stone Church - Ringgold, Georgia.

The church was built in 1850 and is now a museum owned and operated by the Catoosa County Historical Society. The original pews remain in the church and seats more than 100 people.

We were a small group but we had a great time. Jemima had packed a luncheon to bring to the church as there was no where nearby to get anything to eat. We made sandwiches in a small kitchen, had chips, fruit, cake etc. with plenty of cold sodas and water as it was hot.

I was pleased Ken drove up from Alabama to be with us at this meeting as I had never met him. We had corresponded for years by email so it was great to put a face with his name. After the meeting he came over to Jemima's house and chatted for awhile and then we went to dinner and back to Jemima's. We tried to get him to stay the night and go with us to Tennessee the next morning for a Shirley family reunion for branch #24. He couldn't as he was working on a project at home and had to get back.

NOTE: Ken is the one now in charge of the Shirley Association.

Jemima and I left the next morning for a drive into Tennessee to the Shirley reunion being held in a park. We met up with Paul Shirley who was in charge and set up a few things on display on one of the picnic tables under a roofed picnic area. As the people arrived and brought their food and placed on the main table, they would find their way over to where I has set up this display to share with anyone info about their family, etc. The reason why I wanted to be at this reunion was to share about our new DNA discovery for their group. They were our first DNA connection of Shirleys from the USA with Shirleys to those of another country, Australia. The Australian Shirley group that matched with branch #24 knew where they came from in England, so this is why this was huge news.

Note: I might clarify that we do know of Shirleys in the New England states and their family in England. But we knew this because of family info and not because of DNA.

Jemima and I drove back to her house that evening. The next morning I was headed back to Atlanta to catch a flight home.

Arrangements had been made to meet up with Edward Shirley at a restaurant near the freeway so it would be convenient for me on my way to the airport. Edward, his wife and his daughter arrived just minutes after I got there. What a delightful and friendly group they were. After chatting over dinner, Edward pulled out a check book. I thought he was perhaps going to pay his dues to Shirley Association. As he wrote out the check, he said he was making a donation. I said how thoughtful that was of him, and I thought it might be $50 or $100. When I looked it was a $1000 and I about fell over. I had mentioned earlier about wanting to go back to England one more time. He said they would help me make that trip.

While he took a break to the restroom, his daughter and wife told me about an upcoming surgery in 2 weeks and that he may not make it. He had had this surgery once before and how difficult a time he had.

I am sorry to say he died a few days after surgery. This was about 2 weeks after we had met in the restaurant. He will be missed!

That is my report of this trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

The Church/Museum is at the fork of Georgia Highway #2 and U. S. Highway #41 about 2 miles south of Ringgold on #41. The I-75 is within two miles, turn at the Ringgold Tunnel Hill


 

SHIRLEY ASSOCIATION

CELEBRATING 27 YEARS of GENEALOGY RESEARCH FOR ‘SHIRLEYS’ WORLD-WIDE

SHIRLEY CONFERENCE 

Sat. June 4th 2005 

11-4pm 

Old Stone Church - Ringgold, Georgia

The church was built in 1850 and is now a museum owned and operated by the Catoosa County Historical Society. The original pews remain in the church and seats more than 100 people. We should have plenty of room for large or small numbers. Come for a couple of hours or stay for the entire meeting. We will break at 1:00pm  for a short lunch break. Eating areas are nearby.

 

DIRECTIONS:

The Church/Museum is at the fork of Georgia Highway #2 and U. S. Highway #41 about 2 miles south of Ringgold on #41.  The I-75 is within two miles, turn at the Ringgold Tunnel Hill

You may email me with questions

email address: Bettyshirley@comcast.net

Or write to:  BETTY SHIRLEY 10256 GLENCOE DR. CUPERTINO, CA 95014

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH FAMILY MEMBERS

COME AND MEET OTHER SHIRLEYS. BRING YOUR SHIRLEY FAMILY INFO. WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SHIRLEY ANCESTORS AND PERHAPS WE CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM.  YOU COULD MEET ‘NEW TO YOU’ SHIRLEY COUSINS. 

Betty Shirley, founder of the Shirley Association in 1979, will speak about the various branches beginning in America in the 1600’s and their movements thru the 1800’s with visual presentation.  She will bring various Shirley items and relate the story of her travels including the England trip in 1986 to the original seat of the Shirleys for the 900th Anniversary Celebration. Over 100 people from the USA went with her for this historical event.  One of those 100 was Jemima Shirley of Ringgold, GA, who will be the hostess of the gathering on June 4th.

SHIRLEY FAMILY DNA

DNA is helping to identify related Shirley family groups. Just a month ago we connected a Tennessee branch of the Shirleys with Shirleys in Australia who have an established England ancestry. Learn more about this June 4th.

Approximately 60 SHIRLEY males with Shirley ancestry dating to early 1600-1700’s have participated from England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand including participants from 25 branches of Shirleys in the USA.  

There are about 80 branches in USA. We need Male SHIRLEYS to participate for branches not represented!

A simple procedure, swabbing the inside of your mouth.

Will YOU volunteer to represent your Shirley family branch “if” you are needed?

RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED!  I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU JUNE 4th

It would be nice to hear from you if you are coming!

   
   


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