Welcome! This website was created on Apr 30 2006 and last updated on Oct 14 2018.

There are 1947 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Morrow, Joshua in 1820. The most recent event is the marriage of Trina Michelle Shurn and David Hardiman in 2018.The webmaster of this site is Arthur Shurn. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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About The Shurn Family
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Shurn Family Reunion History (1844-2018)

The Shurn family reunion has a rich heritage. Descendants of the Shurn family have 
been traced back as early as the 1840's to Drew Shurn and Emmaline 
Taylor. The Shurn Family Reunion began in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1950. The 
celebration started on Labor Day and has been unchanged through the present.

The first gathering was small with only a few relatives and their families. Attending 
relatives at the first gathering included B.B. Shurn, Ellis Shurn, Robert Shurn, Fred 
Douglas Shurn, Vinnie Shurn Crenshaw, Annie Shurn Greer, Lula Shurn Bogan, Louise 
Shurn and Sammie Shurn.

During the first five years, the reunion celebration alternated between South Bend, 
Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan. The reunion continued to grow and expanded its 
membership. Around the sixth year, the reunion took the show on the road and began 
rotating among several cities as it continues to do today. The current rotation 
includes South Bend, Indiana; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, 
Missouri; Colt, Arkansas; Detroit, Michigan; Springfield,
Massachusetts; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington D.C.; and Atlanta, Georgia.
In September, 1992 the Shurn Family Reunion drafted and adopted a constitution and 
was legally incorporated as The Shurn Family. Thirteen officers were elected to serve 
on the National Board of Directors. The first meeting was held in Nashville, 
Tennessee during the reunion. The first officers of the National-at-Large board were: 

Family Officers on Date of  Official Incorporation
Chairman, Joseph Shurn 
1st Vice Chairman,Ralph Shurn 
Treasurer, Gloria Shurn 
Secretary, Eunice Brown 
Recording Secretary/Membership Chair, Noricka Greyer 
Sergeant-at-Arms/ Parliamentarian, Winston Walker 

Remaining Board Members 
Ernestine Greyer, Lula Mason, Arthur Shurn, Archie Shurn, Hattie Shurn 

The goal of the board is to oversee the interest of each participating city, and to 
develop an organizational structure for governance. 

In 1993, the Shurn Family Reunion reached a new milestone and was featured in the 
spring issue of Reunion Magazine. The featured article stated our commitment to 
ensure a youthful perspective in the future by increasing the participation of youth 
in local chapters and the National Board of Directors, re-gentrification, education, 
conflict resolution, peace, love and unity.

In 1999, the Shurn Family Website ( debuted. This initiative was made 
possible through the efforts of Barron Shurn, Arthur Shurn, and Fred D. Shurn, all of 
whom agreed to take the lead in developing the Shurn Family home page. A general 
agreement was made in which Fred D. Shurn would finance the project; Barron Shurn 
would serve as the senior technician; and Arthur Shurn would act as the Shurn Family 
Internet Committee project manager. Noricka Greyer, Eric Crenshaw, Rick Shurn, and 
Gwen Humphries all agreed to serve as members of the Shurn Family Internet Committee.

After 57 years, the Shurn Family tradition is alive and well and expected to grow and 
glow in the new millennium. To uphold our mission, it will take the love and support 
of the total family unit. As the old adages go: "If not us, then who; If not now, 
then when?" and "If we continue to do as we have always done, we'll continue to get 
what we have always gotten.? The sky is not our limit, it is our beginning. With love 
and family being the two main elements that keeps us tightly knit and woven together, 
we look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
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