National Stanley Family Association 24th Reunion Returning to our New Garden Roots June 20 & 21, 2014
Held at First Friends Meeting 2100 West Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403
"Returning to our New Garden Roots" is the reunion theme this year as we will return to ancestral grounds - Greensboro, NC - of our Stanley family who trace their lineage to Thomas Stanley and two of his known three sons: James, Thomas Jr, and John. This is not the ancestral home (which is Virginia) but the home of several present Stanley cousins.
The Stanley family has been important to the Greensboro area. In the mid-1700s, a number of Stanley families joined a migration of Quakers from Hanover County, VA to Guilford County, North Carolina; many locating near the New Garden Monthly Meeting, near Greensboro. Friends of North Carolina established a Yearly Meeting in 1698, and in 1791 the yearly meeting sessions were moved to New Garden. When the New Garden Meeting House was erected in 1792, Stanley descendants and relatives were active in its construction. In 1837, The Yearly Meeting built New Garden Boarding School and opened the doors to 25 boys and 25 girls, the South's first coeducational institution for higher learning and the third oldest in the nation. This institution eventually became Guildford College and thus Stanleys were considered founders of Guilford College.
We invite you to attend the June reunion in Greensboro, learn about these early Stanleys and meet their direct descendants! Learn how to research your own line, bring your questions, visit the Friends Historical Collection at the Hege Library and please bring your pictures to share.
You will be able to find out more of your family history from Stanley family genealogy experts (and non-experts) at the reunion and generally have a good time visting with your 'cousins' whom you might not have seen for a year or more. Highlights of the weekend will include speakers and tours of places of interest. Please see below for more information on events.
Make sure to bring your wallets since you need a Stanley watch, hat, t-shirt and more Stanley history books. Note that we are having a HUGE Stanley book sale at the reunion!!!Click here for more information on that. See you there!
Friday Evening: "Darlene Stanley & YOU!" Darlene will share a PowerPoint showing the 25 year history of NSFA and hope you can share thoughts/memories along the way. We will also share thoughts about our departed cousins, Alvin Anderson & Ray Stanley, and their contributions to NSFA. Sounds fantastic! Don't miss it.
Saturday Evening: Shawn Rogers - Subject of talk to be announced.
HISTORY & LOCAL ATTRACTIONS/EVENTS: Origins: At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area that became Greensboro were a Siouan-speaking people called the Saura. Quaker immigrant settlers from Pennsylvania, by way of Maryland, arrived at Capefair, now Greensboro, in about 1750, and began organized religious services affiliated with the Cane Creek Friends Meeting in Snow Camp in 1751. Three years later, forty Quaker families were granted approval to establish New Garden Monthly Meeting. (The action is recorded in the minutes of the Perquimans and Little River Quarterly Meeting on May 25, 1754: "To Friends at New Garden in Capefair," signed by Joseph Ratliff.) The settlement grew rapidly during the next three years adding members from as far away as Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. It soon became the most important Quaker community in the North Carolina, and mother of several other Quaker meetings that were established within the state and west of the Appalachians.
The city of Greensboro was named for Major General Nathanael Greene, commander of the American forces at the Battle of Guilford Court House on March 15, 1781. Although the Americans lost the battle, Greene's forces inflicted heavy casualties on the British Army of General Charles Cornwallis. After the battle, Cornwallis withdrew his troops to a British base in Wilmington, North Carolina. [Wickipedia - Greensboro, North Carolina]
The April issue of the Stanley News also has the registration form.
For questions and answers
regarding the reunion write, call or e-mail:
Darlene Stanley, Reunion Coordinator
218 Friendway Road, Greensboro, NC 27409-2116 (336) 601-3556 dkstanleyREMOVE@bellsouth.net (please take out the word REMOVE to use the email address)