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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords.

Editor: T. K. Jones 716 Ave A. Lubbock, Texas.

.60c A Year. Published Monthly. .10c A Copy.

Lubbock, Texas. September 1945. Vol 1. No 5.

Motto: A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors, are not likely to achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.



In last month's issue we told you that there were two stories extant, each purporting to tell the true story of the origin of the family name of "Shackelford or Shackleford". And we also discussed one of the stories.

In this issue we will discuss the other story, the one that the Editor of The Shackelford Clan Magazine subscribes to. Ofcourse (sic) we do not propose to prove this story to be the correct one, but we have made a careful study of all the evidence at hand, and since a preponderance of the evidence points to this one being the most likely, we have accepted it, and shall continue to accept it until we find something to justify a change of opinion.

In this article we shall quote from Judge Rhodes Shackelford, of Richmond, Ku.(sic), now deceased. From Mr Edward Madison Shackelfoed, and Rev F. S. Moseley, both of Alabama, and co-authors of "George Shackelford-Annette Jeter and Descendants", and from Mr Minor Winn Gibson, of Virginia, also deceased.

Now quoting from the book "George Shackelford--Annette Jeter and Descendants". "It is just as natural to wish to know where one came from as it is to know where he is going, and there is about as much uncertainty about the one as the other."

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There are many links missing from the chain of history, and the future is blurred by many doubts and misgivings. History cannot keep a complete record of multiplying millions for any considerable period of time, even if that record is not interrupted by wars and the resulting formations of new races. But such interruptions have occurred many times and many new races have been made. And naturally the making of new races means the making of new languages, and in this way records have become confused and personal identities have frequently been lost. There is perhaps no better illustration of such changes in all history than that found in the history of the English people and their language. The Celts (original Britons) were conquerred by the Romans, the Romans were followed by the Angelo-Saxons; and they by the Normans--all in quick succession. Each of these conquering races introduced its own language, which in turn, was either grafted onto the language already in use or was combined with it to form another one. Sir Walter Scott describes the merging of the Angelo-Saxon and the Norman-French in the followin (sic) words. "The necessary intercourse lords of the soil and those oppressed inferior beings by whom that soil was cultivated, occasioned the gradual formation of a dialect compounded betwixt the French and the Angelo-Saxon, in which they could render themselves mutually intelligible to each other; and from necessity, arouse by degrees the structure of our present English language.

If specimens of Angelo-Saxon, Norman-French, Old English, Middle English and Modern English were placed side by side one could see at a glance the changes through which our language has passed. And it would also help him or her the (sic) realize the difficulty of keeping track of family names through such stages back to their origin. However, we feel that the explanations given are essential to an appreciation of what we shall say about the origin and meaning of our family name--Shackelford or Shackleford.

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For names go through the same evolutionary processes that languages do"--end of quote.

After readin (sic) the results of several investigations of the origin and meanof (sic) our name, the Editor of this little leaflet is forced to agree with the findings of Mr Minor Winn Gibson and the authors of "George Shackelford-Anette (sic) Jeter and Descendants"--Mr Edward Madison Shackelford and Rev Franklin Shackelford Moseley. And after reading some of the remarks of Judge Rhodes Shackelford, to agree with him to some extent, ie-"that many of the statements made on the subject seem to be based largely, if not wholly, on pure speculation".

The theory of the origin of the name Shackelford-Shackleford, to which we subscribe, is as follows: One Baron Jacques le Forte, a nobleman of Normandy, and an officer in the army of William the Conqueror when he over ran England in 1066, and who was granted lands for his services, and which land became the ancestral seat of the family in England, at Godalming, in Surrey, with the village of Shackelford therein.

Jacques le Forte is French ofcourse (sic), and is pronounced "Zhacks-le-fort", (not far from Shackelford). It means James the Strong or Brave. This would indicate that Shackleford is more nearly correct spelling of the name than Shackelford; but some French scholars think that the syllables "el" and "le" are some times interchangeable, just as the letters "t" and "d" in "fort" and "ford".

This then, indicates that the origin of our Shackelford-Shacklefords is French. That the descendants of Baron Jacques le Forte, after passing through the many transformations, and the inter-marriages of the children of Baron Jacques le Forte, with perhaps all of the races that occupied England at one time or another, and the methods by which all family names originated, we have the French Contraction "Shackleford", and the English counter part "Shackelford", both of which is one and the same.

Available records show that the Shackelfords in America originated in New Alresford and Old

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Alresford, in Hampshire England. Next month we shall discuss the first American immigrant.

Now for some questions, but before we make the questions known, we shall be happy to give you the names of the following new subscribers since the last issue went to you.

Mrs T. T. Shackelford, of Oklahoma City.; Mr Hugh McCulloch, of Ganado, Texas.; who also included one for Mr Ira McCulloch, of Richmond, Texas, and Mrs Lee Ross, of Ganado, Texas.; Mrs W. M. Bellamy, of Wilmington, N. C.; Mr Harry W. Mills, of Arlington, Va., Editor of Mills Lettergram.; Mrs R. L. Battle, of Skidmore, Texas.; who also included one for Miss Betty Marable, of Okolona, Miss.; Miss Dorothy Earle Albertson, of Tyler, Texas, (but now in Laurel, Miss.) Miss Fay Walls, of Chicago, Ill.; who also included one for Mrs M. E. Levit, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs Robert E. Druck, of of (sic) Newport, Ky.; Mrs J. J. Davis, of Stovall, N. C.; Mrs Lucy R. Shackelford-Brown, of Blacksburg, Va.; Mrs Fern Bachar, of Fort Morgan, Colo., reported last month, but who sent in one this month for her daughter--Mrs Clayton Myers, of Oakland, Calif.; and last Mrs Nora Fell-Shackleford, of Rochester, New York, who sent along two dollars, not as a subscription, but as a donation to help the cause along.

All of which makes the Editor very happy, and for which we wish to thank each one. We shall strive to make the little leaflet worthwhile to each and every one interested in the genealogy of the Shackelfords and Shacklefords. And we shall be happy to receive any suggestions or criticism at any time, for we wish more than anything else to get as much information as possible, to help any one that we possibly can, and any suggestions that will enable us to accomplish such, will be greatly desired and appreciated.

Now for the questions. This month there are some new questions, but we shall repeat some of the questions from last month.

We are still seeking any information of a genealogical nature of Rev John Shackelford and Rev

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Nathan Shackelford, son of James B. and Mary Tiffin Shackelford, of Fayette Coounty (sic), Ohio. Both Rev John and Rev Nathan Shackelford moved to Miami Co, Indiana, and both are said to have mater (sic) moved to Missouri, perhaps Harrison County. Anyone knowing anything about the families of the above mentioned two men, and where they lived, please send the information to us, or to Miss Ora Tanquary, of 806 South Shannon St, Van Wert, Ohio.

And the two above mentioned men had a brother Stephen, said to have emigrated south, whose genealogical record will be appreciated.

Last month we also asked for information of one Stephen Shackelford, who once lived at Old Elyton, part of the present City of Birmingham, Alabama. We would like to know his ancestry, the maiden name of his wife and a complete records (sic) of his children, if it is possible to obtain.

The Editor would also like to have a reply from each of the subscribers to whom he has written asking for their data. Remember the more information we receive the more interesting we can make the magazine. We will be happy to receive all data, or any data, such as Bible records, paper clippings containing marriage notices, birth notices, obituaries, service records and decorations; in fact, anything that can be read with interest and pride by any member of the Clan.

New (sic) month we shall tell you of the first immigrant, and give you the names of his children. In the November issue we will begin giving you interesting stories of individuals, so the more you send along the more we shall have to select from with which to give you interesting reading.

In addition to the above questions the Editor will ask some more questions. We will be happy to receive genealogical information of the following men and women:

William Shackelford, son of Sarah, baptized Abington Parish, Gloucester Co, Va., Dec 16, 1722. From Abington Parish Register. Would like the name of his father and descendants.

George Gates who married Rachel Elliott, of Louisa

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Co, Va, to Ga., descendants said to be at or near Victoria, Texas. John (Jack) Gates, who married Caroline Grissom, of S. C., to Miss, and descendants said to be around Jackson, Miss. Charles Dibrell who married Rose Gates, of Ga., and Miss. Margaret Gates-Baldwin, of Ga, and Miss.; Thomas N. Beatty, who married Sarah Helen Gates, of Miss. Charles Gates, who married Rose Reid, of Ga, and Miss. Charles Franklin Gates who married Susan E. Ragsdale, of Ga, and Miss. William Gates who married Elizabeth Ramsey, of S. C., and Ga, to Miss. George Gates who married Ariana Bowen, of S. C., and Ga. Elisha Joyce who married Susan Shackelford, of Va, and Ga., and had the following children: Elizabeth, Ann, Robert, Margaret, Absalom, William, Frances, and Sarah.

Joseph Newton Whitner that married Elizabeth Shackelford, of Va, and Ga., and had the following children: Benjamin F., John, Rebecca, Joseph Newton, Jr, Elizabeth, Sarah and Jane. Elizabeth Whitner married Anthony W. Ross, and Sarah Whitner married Frederick W. Symmes, all of Georgia.

Moses (Moose) Whitesides who married Annie Shackelford, of North Carolina, and Ga. Thomas Hickman who married Eliza Ann Shackelford, of Franklin Co, Ga. Peggy, Rebecca, John, William and Mariah Shackelford, sons and daughters of William Shackelford and Sarah Mariah Rogers, of Va, and Ga.

Richard, Thomas Priestly, Newton and Mary E. Isbell, of Franklin Co, Ga., to Texas. William D. Terrell M., Deck and Richard M. Payne, of Franklin Co, Ga., to Texas. William Calvin Shackelford, of Calhoun Co, Ala, to Birmingham. Talula Ann Shackelford-Black, of Calhoun County, Alabama, to Texas.

Hardy Owens that married Frances Shackelford, of Va, and Ga., and had the following children: Cyntha, William, Nancy, Sally Alfred, John, Mary and Frances.

Any one knowing anything about any of the above mentioned families, please pass the information along to us, or tell us where it can be found.

Be sure and read the circular inclosed (sic) with this issue of the Magazine.

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Following are those whom we know to be serving or to have served our country in this present war.

We wish to make two slight corrections of the report we made last month. We reported Lt James E. Bell, of La., as discharged, and Lewis Stewart Drill, of Minn. We should have had it as Captain James E. Bell, of Natchitoches, La. (discharged; and Lt Commander Lewis Stewart Drill, of Minn.

Now for this month we have 1st Lt Wallace Newton Tiffany, of Warrenton, Va.; Lt Covington Shackelford, Washington, D. C.; Lt Paul A. Shackelford, of Long Island, N. Y.; Marson Shackelford, of Miss.; Carey B. Shackelford, of Miss.; Carl DeWitt Tigrett, of Wilmer, Texas.; William Cecil Shackelford, of Ga.; Col Grady Hutchinson, of Ga.; Col Walter S. Smith, William V. Smith, Andrew V. Smith, Joseph D. Smith, Edward S. Smith, all sons of Joseph D. Smith and Sarah Jane Tatum, of Alabama. And among the Smith sons are one colonel and three captains. Col Walter S. Smith was reported missing in action in the Carribean Area, January 24, 1943.

Major Walter Z. Hersay, of S. C.; Francis Benjamin Rogers, Virginia Cullum Rogers, daughter and sons of Francis B. Rogers, II, and Caro Lee Cullum, S. C.; Lt William H. Ellerbe, of S. C.; Flight Officer Ellis Hiatt Shirley, of N. Y.; Carl Wheeler Nagle, Hubert Troy Nagle and William Emmett Nagle, of Tishamingo, Miss. James Curtis Young, of Colo.; James Omar Montgomery, of Lubbock, Texas.; Earl Thomas Blalock, James Melvin Griggs, and Gerald Elbert Corbin, all of Lubbock, Texas. Richard Hervey Shackelford, of Fla.; Lt Carrol Bachar and James Robert Bachar, both of Colo.; S/Sgt Geo H. Walls, Robert Joseph Walls and Gilbert Eugene Walls, all of Chicago.; Willie Royston Forbes, John Posey Ivey, Jr, both of Texas.; Lt Paul O. Shackelford, of Oklahoma City.; Col Warren Phillip Jernigan, of Sarasota, Fla.; Petty Officer 1/c George Gordon Shackleford and Robert William Shackleford, of Rochester, New York.

More details of some of the above next month.

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This month we have two additions to the clan to report to you.

Paul David Glavas arrived in Kansas City, Mo., June 28, 1945, to become one of the family of Constantine Glavas and his wife Bonnie June Shackelford.

Wayne Stephen Parks arrived in Birmingham, Ala., to reside in the home of his proud parents--Mr and Mrs Alfred Ervin and Marharet (sic) Barker Elliott-Parks. He was quite a boy too, tipping the scales at 8 lbs and 11 oz. To the parents of the above new sons the Editor extends our warmest congratulation.

We have four marriages to report this month. We are sorry that we do not have the space to give details, but we will report the marriages.

Miss Mary Louise Bigley, of Chattanoogs, (sic) Tenn., became the bride of George Gordon Shackleford, of Rochester, New York., April 21, 1945.

Miss Georgia Ruth Guinn, daughter of Walter R. Guinn and Orpha Lee Graves, became the bride of Loren Thaddeus Montgomery, August 6, 1945. Mr Montgomery being the son of Mr and Mrs M. Montgomery, of Seagraves, Texas.

Miss Ruby Guinn, also a daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter R. Guinn, of Lubbock, Texas., became a bride also, but since she did not marry here the name of the groom and details of the wedding are not known.

Now comes the sad part of our little magazine, for it now becomes our duty, sad though it be, to report the passing of the following:

A bit belated, but just reported, is the death of Mrs Margaret Shackelford, of Carmel, Indiana, November 2, 1944.

And as before stated, Col Walter S. Smith, of Alabama, reported missing in action January 24, 1943. Also private Gerald Elbert Corbin, U. S. Marines, of Lubbock, Texas., killed in action on Okinawa, May 11, 1945.

So to all the parents, families and relatives of each one we all extend our deepest sympathy and may the Lord comfort you in your loss and in your hours of sorrow.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor.


Transcribed by Sandra A. Shackelford

May 23, 1998

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