History

Samuel Sturgeon, a native of the north of Ireland, was born about 1680. He migrated to America with his family in 1730 and located in Paxtang Township in Pennsylvania. He died about 1750.

There is evidence of eight sons:  Samuel, Jeremiah, Thomas, Peter, Henry, William, Robert, and John.

A good resource on the early history of the Sturgeons is:

A Genealogical History of the Sturgeons of North America
by Claudius T. McCoy (1926)

In June 1969 descendants of the Sturgeon and the Elder families met in reunion at Eastwood, Kentucky.  These families were original settlers of eastern Jefferson County and western Shelby County in Kentucky.  This reunion was organized by Edith Wood, teacher and historian from Middletown, Kentucky, who was descended from Sturgeons and Elders.  Her cousin, Marvin Sturgeon, served as master of ceremonies.  A committee composed of Edith Wood, Ruth Gillespie, Ivan Lancaster, and Marvin Sturgeon called a meeting in September 1974 at The Old Stone Inn, Simpsonville, Kentucky, to organize an ongoing Sturgeon and Allied Families Association.  For many years reunions were held in the Louisville, KY area.  In observance of the U. S. Bicentennial, the 1976 reunion met at Paxton Presbyterian Church in Paxtang, Pennsylvania, where Samuel Sturgeon first settled.  As membership widened, the annual reunion has been held at places of particular significance to family ancestors.

The most recent reunion sites and themes were:

2016 Louisville, Kentucky  “Middletown Roots”  Famous Cousins of Mine (Roscoe Goose) Hon. Brennan James Callan, Col., Historic Middletown Museum, Long Run Cemetery

Famous Cousins of Mine

2015  Fairview, Erie Co., Pennsylvania   “Sturgeons in Sturgeonville, Pennsylvania”  Presque Isle State Park Lighthouse and Perry Monument, Sturgeon House, Sturgeons and Coming to Fairview, Ms. Sabina Freeman, Fairview Area Historical Society

The Sturgeons & Coming to Fairview

2014  Munfordville, Kentucky   “Sturgeons in the Hart of Kentucky”   Battle of the Bridge Preserve and Woodson House, Prof. Lynwood Montell-retired folklorist, Western Kentucky University

2013     Frankfort, Kentucky      “A Look at the Past”   Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Frankfort Cemetery including graves of Daniel Boone and Sturgeon family members, Kentucky State Capitol and grounds, round table discussion-How to Trace Our Roots in Ireland and Great Britain, Thomas Clark Center of Kentucky History

2012     Shelbyville, Kentucky    “Back Home in Kentucky”     Cemetery headstone restoration-Bonnie Burks Gray;  Squire Boone and Nicholas Meriwether-Brig. Gen. (rtd) Ronald R. Van Stockhum, Sr.

 

 

 

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