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Genealogy of the Shackelfords and Shacklefords

Editor: T. K. Jones, 270 Lexington Ave, Lexington, Ky.

$2.00 a year. Published monthly. .15¢ a copy.

Lexington Ky. September 1954. Vol. 10. 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 the June issue we gave you our sixth article on methods of genealogical research; and finished that article by beginning discussion of the U. S. Census Records. As many of you, perhaps all of you know, our first census was that of 1790. But in the beginning only the names of the head of the house were shown. The other members of the family were listed as so many males and so many females, but listed in various age groups. The name of a woman was never shown unless she was a widow, or at least the head of the house.

Then to make bad matters worse, during the war of 1812 many of the census records of 1790, 1800 and 1810 were destroyed. But since that time all census records are still in existence. And from 1820 to 1880 inclusive, they are available to the public.

In many States they have been micro-filmed. So if it becomes necessary to consult records - census records, it is well to remember that perhaps you can see them in your own State Library, thus it is not always necessary to send to Washington for them.

Census records can be a great help in genealogical research, but they can also be very disappointing. Census records are not in alphabetical order, and they are according to counties, and townships, towns and villages. If you should wish to consult a census record it would facilitate matters greatly

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if you know the town or township in which they were living at a given time. If you do not know that, the next bets thing is to know the county. If you know neither the town or township or county, then it is not advisable to make a search of the census records. Nor is it advisable to search them unless you know or have good reasons to believe that the person for whom you are searching lived in a given place at approximately a given time.

Beginning with the 1850 census the names of each person are shown, and the State in which they were born, and their occupation. In 1880 the names of each person is shown, and the State in which the parents were born. Thus in 1880, if a person was 80 years of age and the record shows where his or her parents were born, in many cases, are of great value.

In a few States, Virginia and Kentucky being good examples, the old tax lists have been substituted for the census records. And Kentucky in particular, has practically all of their tax lists up to and including 1875. Tax lists however, never show any of the names of the females, or the males, unless they owned property. There is one great advantage in the Kentucky tax lists in that they show when a person owned property and where. So if a man named John Doe owned land in more than one county the tax lists would show that, and thus eliminate much confusion by thinking perhaps there were two or three men of the same name.

In Virginia they had a system that this writer likes very much. For example, if John Jones bought land from James Brown, and there was more than one John Jones, the tax lists show John Jones with the letter "B" in parenthesis, showing that this John Jones purchased land from Brown. If another man of the same name purchased land from Richard Williams then the letter "W" would be shown in parenthesis.

But it is always well to remember, never make or have made, a search of the census records unless you know to begin with who you are looking for and where to look. By keeping this in mind you will save both time and expenses. (To be continued.)

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Since we last reported the activities of that busy little fellows with the bow and arrow reports have come to us that eight members of the clan fell victims to his cunning and thus deserted their state of single blessedness. They are as follows:

Miss Norma Estella Dean, daughter of Mr and Mrs George H. Dean, of Lexington, Ky., became the winsome bridge of Mr Kenneth Dale Shackelford, son of Mr and Mrs Lindsey and Opal Wyley Shackelford, of Harrodsburg, Ky., June, 8, 1954, in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Mr Shackelford was at that time serving his country in the armed forces in Fort Riley, Kansas; and the bride was to remain in the home of her parents until Mr Shackelford returns home.

Miss Sylvia Sue Donaldson, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Cecil Donaldson, home not shown, became the happy bridge of Mr Raymond Carl Shackelford, son of Mr and Mrs Carl Shackelford, of Quinton, Alabama., June, 18, 1954. And after a brief honeymoon they will be at home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Miss Barbara Loving, daughter of Mr and Mrs Samford Loving, or Urbanna, Middlesex County, Va., was the bride of Mr Rudolph Shackelford, son of Mr and Mrs W. H. Shackelford, also of Urbanna, September, 12, 1954., at Tappahannock, Va., at the home the bride. They are now at home to their many friends in Urbanna.

Miss Juanita Shackelford, daughter of Mr and Mrs George William Shackelford, of Dunbrooke, Va., became the bride of Mr Warner S. Davis, son of Mr and Mrs Sanford Davis, of Miller's Tavern, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Dunbrooke, Va., September, 26, 1954.

Miss Nancy Lee Shackelford, daughter of Mrs Charles Ernest Shackelford and the late Mr Shackelford, of Richmond, Va., and Mr Sands Smith, Jr, son of the late Mr and Mrs Sands Smith, were married October, 2, 1954. They are at home in Richmond, Va.

Miss Margaret Ann Shackelford, daughter of Mr and Mrs Julian Sclater Shackelford, of Palmyra, Va., became the bride of Mr Henry Thurston Browning, Jr, of Scottsville, Va., November, 20, 1954, at the Bethel Baptist Church. At home in Scottsville, Va.

Miss Mary Lynn Hogg, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert L. Hogg of Kenwood, Maryland and New York City,

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and Mr John Edward Shackelford, son of Mr and Mrs Frank M. Shackelford, of Akron, Ohio, were married December, 18, 1954. Further details not shown.

Miss Naomi Jowers, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Clemuel E. and Ruby Ann Shackelford-Jowers, of Lexington, Tenn., was a recent bridge. Name of the groom and the date and other details not shown.

And on behalf of the entire clan we wish to extend our sincere congratulations and best wishes to each of the happy newly weds.


"A man is only half himself, his friends are the other half" -- Anon.


In the August number we gave you the name of the children, as we have them, of Joseph Saunders and his two wives, the first of whom was Margaret (Peggy) Shackelford, daughter of Richard Shackelford, Jr, and his second wife Margaret (Peggy) Landman.

And as stated in the August number, our records show that he had three daughters -- Margaret Shackelford, Lucy and Martha Jean; and perhaps a son Alva. But we have never been able to determine if his three daughters were children by his first wife, or if one or more of them were by his second wife. So we will appreciate information that will confirm our records one way or the other.

There is also some confusion as to whom the three daughters married. Margaret (Peggy), married Robert Taylor, of that we are certain, but of the others we are not certain.

Lucy Saunders appears to have married Robert Fenner, and to have lived in Tippah County, Miss. But we have no proof of that.

Martha Jean appears to have married twice, first to J. M. Finley, and second to Rev William Hosea Holcomb, but we have no proof of this either, nor do we have any record of descendants, which we would appreciate having.

Our records show that Robert Taylor was born in North Carolina, but that is questionable. We are

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certain however, that he married Margaret (Peggy) Shackelford Saunders, daughter of Joseph and Peggy Saunders. They are said to have lived in Warren Co., Miss, and to have had three daughters, as follows:

Mary Eliza., --------(married Samuel Mardis)

Matilda., -----------(married Isaac Glidewell)

Josephine., ---------(married Junius A. Bynum)

Descendants of the above inter-married with the Hesters, Cohens, Pointers, and Tabbs. Additional information of them would be greatly appreciated.

The other son, apparently the youngest of Richard Shackelford, Jr, and his second wife, was Vincent Lyne Shackelford.

Vincent Lyne Shackelford was born about 1775, in Richmond County, Va., and died at or near Warsaw, Va., February, 12, 1820. He was a Colonel of Artillery in the war of 1812, and was wounded in action. He left a will that is very interesting reading, which we shall give you in the next paragraph. Our records show that he married Lucy Roane Brockenbrough, December, 19, 1806., and that they had six children, which are not shown by the will.


I, Vincent Shackelford, of Cobham Park, in the Parish of Lunenburg, in the County of Richmond, in the State of Virginia, do think proper to make this my last Will and Testament.

First: I do hereby relinquish to James Scringer or his heirs, all the claims, rights, title or interest that I now have or ever may have, or that my heirs may have to and in the land or any part thereof, that the said Scringer purchased of Edmund N. Northem.

Second: I give and bequeath unto my sister-in-law Mary L. Shackelford and her three youngest children -- William, John and James, the negro woman Joyce, some stock and household furniture and other articles purchased by me at the sale of the estate of my brother Clement Shackelford, deceased., and left on the plantation at that time, for her convenience, to them and their heirs forever.

Third: It is my will and desire that my executors

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hereinafter named do sell at such time and upon such terms, as in their discretion they may think fit, my lots and houses at Richmond Courthouse, as also my full proportion of the land which descended to me by my mother, and that also which was devised to me by my father.

Fourth: It is my further will and desire that my negro man Sam and his wife and children, as also my negro man Bob -- should he come in or be recovered, he being at present run away, be sent off and sold at the discretion of my executors, and that my executors may have full power and authority to sell and replace at their discretion any other of my negroes.

Fifth: It is also my will and desire that all my estate both real and personal, not herein before directed to be sold or otherwise disposed of, be kept together for the support of and education of my children, and the support of my wife as long as she remains my widow. But should she again marry, then one third of my estate, both real and personal, after my just debts are paid, to be allotted to her during her life, and the other two thirds to be equally divided among all my children which shall at that time be living, and after her death the portion here allotted to her to be equally divided between my said children, to them and their heirs forever.

Sixth: To show the confidence I have in my friend Moore F. Brockenbrough, Esq, I hereby constitute and appoint him guardian to all my children, to superintend their education and morals, with full power to call on draw from my executors such sum or sums of money from time to time as they in their discretion shall think necessary and proper for that purpose, having due regard to the situation of the estate and its ability to meet such expenditures.

Seventh: I give and bequeath to Moore F. Brockenbrough, Esq, my sword which was taken from me and restored to me when taken prisoner at Farnham Church, to him the said Moore Brockenbrough, Esq, and his heirs forever.

Eighth: It is my will and desire that after my death, that Dr Austin Brockenbrough, if he can

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be had, (or in case he cannot) some other doctor or surgeon, at the discretion of my wife or executors or one of them, shall be employed to extract the ball now in my right leg, and when so extracted to be delivered to my wife in the hope and confidence that she, by the indellible [sic] impression to be made by such memento, may instill the strongest and most lasting principle of courage and patriotism in the young and tender minds of our mutual offspring.

Lastly, I do hereby appoint my friends John Campbell, Esq, and Mr Baldwin M. Lee, both of the County of Westmoreland; and my worthy friend and neighbor - Col Vincent Branham, of the County of Richmond, executors of this my last Will and Testament.

Given under my hand and seal at Cobham Park, this the seventeenth day of November eighteen hundred and nineteen. (November, 17, 1819).

Sig -- Vincent Shackelford.

Emanuel Peck, Alfred Dodson, Richard L. Shackelford and Robert B. Mitchell, witnesses.

Probated June, 5, 1820.

Will Book 9, page 662. Richmond County, Virginia.

It is tragic that Vincent Lyne Shackelford named none of his children in his will. However, our records show they had the following children, ie:

Moore., -----------(No further record.

Lyne., -------------(married 1st Marianna Branham, second Juliet Ann Saunders)

Thomas Roane., ---(No further record.

Virginia., -----------(No further record.

Eliza M., -----------(No further record.

Vincent., -----------(born March, 2, 1819, Married ??)

The above named children are probably not listed according to their order of birth.

Lyne Shackelford, son of Vincent Lyne and Lucy Roane Brockenbrough-Shackelford, was born in Richmond County, Va., February, 1, 1809. He died March, 15, 1859, also in Richmond County, Va. He was married the first time to Marianna Branham, December, 14, 1831. They had one child -- a daughter.

Lucy Claiborne., (married Littleton Brockenbrough)

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Lyne Shackelford then married for his second wife Juliet Ann Sanders, January 5, 1847. She was born October, 12, 1895.[sic] They had eight children, ie:

Ferdinand Augustine., (married Julia Marian Cook)

Genevieve., ---------(married Robert C. Mitchell)

Durand., ------------(married ??

Florence R., --------( married ??

Isabell., -------------(married ??

Lyna., ---------------(married ??

Thomas Lyne., ------(married ??

Julia M., -------------(married ??

As will be seen by the above record, we have very little information of the descendants of Lyne Shackelford. And this is a family that we would like very much to have more information of. So we will be extremely grateful for anything that will add to the above record.

Lyne Shackelford left a very interesting will too, a copy of which we shall give you in the next issue.

Other Shackelford marriages in Richmond County, as follows:

William P. Darricott and Eliza M. Shackelford, marriage bond dated April, 9, 1829.

Henry A. Montague and Elizabeth F. Shackelford marriage bond dated December, 29, 1835.

Henry Munday and Alice Shackelford, marriage bond dated September, 12, 1839.

Richard L. Shackelford and Elizabeth S. Carter, marriage bond dated June, 4, 1849.

Charles Davis and Sally A. Shackelford, marriage bond dated December, 23, 1846.

John J. Shackelford, son of John and Martha B. Shackelford, and Martha Dameron, daughter of John C. and Lucy Dameron, married June, 6, 1867.

Henry H. Sydnor, son of Thomas and Jane Sydnor, and Celestia Shackelford, daughter of Richard and Sarah E. Shackelford, married February, 20, 1873.

George N. Shackelford, son of John and Martha Shackelford, married Nancy Murren, April, 24, 1879.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by: Tee Forshaw   June 16, 1998


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