12th Shirley Convention June 2004
By Betty Shirley
|June 30th, 2004
The convention was a success! Everyone expressed how much they enjoyed being there and we did have a great time.
One young man, Roy Shirley, drove over 5 hours in pouring down rain to get there from Pennsylvania. He brought his three children so they might learn more about the Shirley family. It was great to meet him and the kids although we do not know who he is descended from. We hope to make further inquires as to his background. This was a surprise group who we had never had contact with before. Thank you Roy for making the trip to Virginia. Please email me when you have a chance.
We also met another couple from Pennsylvania, Tim and Georgi Shirley. It was so nice to see the younger ones becoming interested in their roots. Thank you for coming Tim and Georgi. Please let me know how we can help you learn more about your Shirley heritage. Email me too!
We had the opportunity to meet yet another family from Pennsylvania. Jim, Jennie and Dorothea. Thank you for coming. We'll work on the Armstrong and Westmoreland connection.
We enjoyed meeting several others, whom we had not met before... Penny, who brought her laptop computer, Bernard and Nancy. Bernard was our guide some of the time. He read the map and helped plot out the direction to go. It was great to see Ellen again. She works for Williamsburg. Great to see Paul and Pat from New York! They attended a Shirley meeting several years back when my daughter and I was in NY and on our way to Canada to learn more about Anne Shirley of Green Gables and see where the movies were made, etc. Thank you for coming.
One of the highlights was 3 SHIRLEY cousins meeting for the first time. Gary from Washington, George from Mississippi and Kenn from Virginia. They each participated in the DNA testing and as a result learned they were cousins. The lineage connects to the Darlington Co. SC Shirleys. They had a fun time spending time together and getting to know one another. Now they are committed to learning even more. They have already ordered extended DNA testing since their return from Virginia. DNA is helping where the paper trail ends. Here was a prime example of how DNA can help.
Another highlight was when Bennett Greenspan spoke to us and gave a presentation on DNA. We enjoyed meeting both he and his wife, Robin. Thank you for being there.
It was so good to see Margery who went with us on our last trip to England. I believe the year was 2000. Thank you Margery for coming.
Also good to see Dale from Washington state. He has attended several other gatherings thru the years. I first met him in 1980. That was the year we had a meeting here in California. Thank you for coming.
How great to see the cousins Margo, June and Bertie from the Thomas and Mollie Grubb group again. They were at the Convention in Kentucky several years ago. We had a great time together. They came from Illinois and Florida. Thank you for coming.
If I left anyone out, please forgive me. I THINK I mentioned everyone.
I do want to thank Barbara for going with me. She has traveled with me to most of our meetings. She is the driver, the secretary and my helper. I really appreciated her help and I know all of you enjoyed meeting and talking to her.
Group of Shirley descendants at Shirley Plantation in Virginia
Sitting L-R: Dale Shirley and Bennett Greenspan
Standing L-R: George N. Shirley and Gary Shirley
(Bennett Greenspan is the President of Family Tree DNA)
Roy Shirley and his children
They drove for hours in a storm from Pennsylvania to Richmond Virginia for meeting
North Farnham Parish in Richmond Co. VA
Shirleys are recorded as being here in the early 1700's