Come join "The Stanleys of Indiana" celebration in the Westfield Friends Church. We return to one of our ancestral states in Westfield, IN where many NSFA Stanleys trace their lineage. Quakers from North Carolina started Westfield in 1834. You will be able to visit many historical sites in Westfield, IN and Hamilton County, IN including underground railroad historic sites, a covered bridge in Noblesville, IN, the William Conner House HIstorical Site in Fishers, IN, the George Boxley HIstorical Site Cabin in Sheridan, IN, and many other sites. The speakers will be Judi Stanley Shuck on "Early History of Westfield and The Underground Railroad" and Tom Hamm on "The Role of Stanley Family Quakers in Indiana History". During the reunion, you will find out more of your family history from Stanley family genealogy experts (and non-experts). Learn how to research your own line, bring your questions, and please bring your pictures to share. Expect to have a good time visiting with your “cousins” whom you might not have seen for a year or more. Highlights of the weekend will include speakers, tours of places of interest and as usual good local entertainment.
REGISTRATION: Registration is due by June 1st by mail or email if you wish to share a meal with us. Check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16 at the Westfield Friends Church. and will last until 5:00 p.m. Check-in will also occur on Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. untill 12 p.m. noon at the same location.
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!
MAPS AND HOW TO GET TO Westfield Friends Church:
You can get there from anywhere in the world! Click here to see maps and to obtain driving directions from just about anywhere!
LODGING: Local motels, camp grounds and B&Bs are available.
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- Friday Evening: Judi Stanley Shuck - "Early History of Westfield and The Underground Railroad"
HISTORY & LOCAL ATTRACTIONS/EVENTS:
- Saturday Evening: Dr. Tom Hamm - "The Role of Stanley Family Quakers in Indiana History"
Origins - Westfield, IN:
Westfield was founded on May 6, 1834, by North Carolina Quakers—Asa Bales, Ambrose Osborne and Simon Moon. It is believed that the town was planned as a stop on the Underground Railroad with many families of the Religious Society of Friends and the Wesleyan Methodist Church supporting the cause. When the laws against aiding escaped slaves were made harsher, part of the Westfield Quaker Friends Meeting House split into the Anti-Slavery Friends meeting. It was incorporated as a town in 1848. The Union High Academy Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. For some information on "voices from the past", please click on this link. This information is from Wikipedia.
Origins - Hamilton County, IN: The land containing Hamilton County was brought into the possession of the United States by the Treaty of St. Mary's in 1818. William Conner was the first white settler in the county. In the summer of 1822, after realizing there were enough settlers in the area, Conner and other settlers applied to the Indiana Legislature for a charter authorizing them to become a separate and independent county under Indiana law. The application was presented to the Legislature at the 1822-23 session and the act was passed and approved by the governor on January 8, 1823. The act took effect on the first Monday in April (April 7), 1823. The County Commissioners first met on May 5, 1823, at the house of William Conner. Conner’s house would also serve as the County Circuit Court. The county was named after Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury. For a list of historic sites in Hamilton County, please click here. This information is from Wikipedia.
TOURS: Please click here for NSFA group tour information.
MEALS: Please click here for meal information.