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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. October 1954. Vol. 10. No. 6


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.



After you have located your ancestors among the census records and ascertained his age as near as possible, which prior to 1850 will have to be estimated, (The 1850 census and those following will show the age of each person and the State in which they were born) pay particular attention to the number of people in this family, and into what age groups they appear, which may indicate to you that he or she is the person for whom you are looking, or another person of the same name.

People with similar names are always confusing and must be kept in mind. Assuming that you want above all else, to be correct, we would call you attention to a flagrant error among the records that we have found, as we know of three ladies all of whom are DAR members through the services of a man that was never married and had no children, yet they claim him for an ancestor. Their ancestor was a man of the same name.

Then we know of several cases where the ladies are members of the DAR through the services of a wrong man, although in each of these cases they are eligible for membership, but through the services of another ancestor. So in all cases be certain that you have located your own ancestor before spending more time or money in your quest for additional information. After you have located your own ancestor, it

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is well to pay strict attention to family names. Often times family names are good clues for further research. In the early days it was customary to name the first male child for the paternal grand father, the second male child for the father, or the maternal grandfather, and the females were named accordingly. Of course this was not a set rule, but used so often that it offers a clue for further research.

Another method of naming the children was to use the maiden name of the mother as a given name for the children, and this can be found among both the males and females. This writer has a number of records showing that each and every child was given the maiden name of the mother for a middle name, and in one family there were eight children so named. Of course that is an exception.

So it is well to remember that when you do not know the maiden name of the grandmother keep a very close watch for the unusual names showing up among the children, and when it is noted that it is not according to the established rule of the times it will be worthwhile to make a check on the families bearing the name that appears to be foreign to all the others.

As an example of what we mean in the above paragraph. Let us say that a family is named Smith, and the usual names are John, James, William, etc.; but along comes a son named James Freeman. It will be well to follow up on the family name of "Freeman", which may have been the maiden name of the mother.

From this point on there are so very many sources of information, and the ramifications of each family so complicated that it is difficult to say just what are the best sources to consult. It here becomes necessary to follow up on each and every clue that presents itself.

Never overlook a family history of any name, as it is entirely possible that your family may have inter-married with members of that family whose history has already been written, but on the other hand, never accept such information as proof positive. Many of them contain flagrant errors.

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Before resuming our discussion of the Richmond County, Va., Shackelfords, we would like to bring you up to date on the family news.

This is the sad part however, that we bring you the report of eighteen members of our Clan that has passed from these earthly scenes since our last copy went to you. However, we shall only use space to report but ten of them this time, and the others in the next issue.

The first one, for some reason our correspondent requested the name be withheld, but he died in June of 1954, in Mississippi. A beloved member.

Roger Shackelford, age 47, of Marion, died in Norfolk, Va., September, 19, 1953. Survivors include two sisters and four brothers. Interment in Gloucester Point Cemetery. He was a brother to Gus Shackelford, whose death will also be reported in this issue. No wife or children mentioned.

Grigsby Cave Shackelford was born the son of William Carr Shackelford and Sarah Jane Goss, at Dovedale, Albemarle County, Va., August, 6, 1882. Died at the home of a daughter in Marion, Alabama, May, 10, 1954. He was married to Miss Evelyn Mabry Page, December, 22, 1906, to which union were born three daughter, two of whom survive.

Grigsby C. Shackelford spent his adult life time teaching. He graduated with BA and MA degrees at The University of Virginia, and was head of the Mathematics Dept, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Va., for forty one years. Resigned 1953. In addition to his two daughters, he is survived by one brother and two sisters.

Thomas Jefferson Weathers was born the son of Edward and Elizabeth Parish-Weathers, May, 25, 1880, in Bourbon County, Ky. He died in St. Joseph's Hospital, Lexington, Ky., June, 6, 1954. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, two sisters and two grand children.

Charles Edward Hare, born the son of Charles Woodruff and Sarah Elizabeth Shackelford-Hare, date not known, died at Jackson, Miss., June, 16, 1954. Place of interment and further details of his family were not shown. Additional information of this family

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would be greatly appreciated.

Charles Edward Hare was a great grandson of Satterwhite Shackelford and Courtney Ann Brown, whom we shall discuss in our next issue.

Mrs Lena Moore-Morgan, born the daughter of Carter Dale Moore and Louisa Jane Darnaby, in Fayette County, Ky., May, 27, 1877. She died at her home near Georgetown, Ky., June 20, 1954. She was married to Helm Bradford Morgan, October, 16, 1902. To which union were born three children -- two daughters and one son, the son dying in infancy. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, three grand children, three sisters, one brother.

Gus Shackelford, age 65, died June, 23, 1954, at the home of his sister -- Mrs Campbell Jenkins, of Bena, Gloucester Co., Va. Interment in Gloucester Point Cemetery. Survivors include two sisters and three brothers. Additional information of this branch of the family will be appreciated.

Mrs Susie Weathers-Darnaby, born the daughter of J. Howard and Mattie M. Darnaby-Weathers, in Fayette County, Ky., April, 5, 1876. She died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, Ky., July, 21, 1954. She was married to Benjamin Madison Darnaby, June, 17, 1909. To which union were born three children -- one son and two daughters. Survivors include one son, two grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.

Mary Elizabeth Shackelford, born the daughter of Mr and Mrs Hewlitt Hampton, Folkville, Alabama, October, 16, 1883. She died at Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, Tenn., July, 29, 1954. Survivors include her husband -- Andrew Daniel Shackelford, of Loretta, Tenn., one son and four daughters and eight grand children. She was a member of the Nazarene Church, and space forbids giving all the details.

Miss Mary Lee Shackelford, age about 75, born at Meridian, Miss., and died there September, 7, 1954, after a long illness. She was formerly an art teacher at Ward Belmont, but had been retired since 1948. Survivors include her sister-in-law, one nephew and two cousins.

And on behalf of the entire Clan we extend our

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deepest sympathy and consolation in the hope of a better life beyond this sphere of action.


"A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike" -- Proverbs 27:15.



I, Lyne Shackelford, of the County of Richmond, and State of Virginia, do make this my last Will and Testament.

First: I give to my brother -- Thomas R. Shackelford, my negro boy -- Lewis.

Second: I give to my sister -- Mrs E. M. Darricott, five hundred dollars.

Third: I give to Lucy C. Brockenbrough, twenty five dollars, and as her ingratitude to me has been such in my opinion, I hope she may profit by her past experience in her course towards me.

Fourth: I give Durand and Ferdinand, my sons, a piece of land adjoining Cedar Grove, containing 55 acres -- also adjoining their lands left them by A. Neale, deceased.

I desire my estate in Marengo County, Alabama, be kept up as long as it may be profitable, and the profits go to the support of my widow and the education and support of my children by her; and as the profits of this and my other estate may be more than sufficient for these purposes, the surplus I wish invested in State Stocks -- and whenever one of my children by my last marriage shall come of age or marries, then I wish the estate, real and personal, sold; my wife to have one third for life and my children by her to have the other two thirds, and at my wife's death her one third also equally divided between them.

I desire my State Bonds, Bank Stocks, Baltimore Stocks and other securities to remain as invested, my wife -- Juliet Ann to have one third for life and her children, by me, the balance; and at her death the whole.

I desire all my estate, real and personal, to be kept up, that is, hired out, rented out, etc, and

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cultivated at the discretion of my executrix and executors until one of my children by last marriage shall arrive at full age or married, and then divided, my wife to have one third for life and my children by her to have the residue, and the whole at her death. And should one of my said children die before he or she becomes of age or marries, I then give the proportion to which said child is entitled or may hereafter be entitled, to my other children by my last marriage.

Should either of my young children hereafter at any time claim from my estate on account of my agency as guardian, or agent for them, then I give the portion of my estate which I have left them to my other children by my last marriage.

I wish all my bonds in the County, collected and the amount invested in good safe State or other securities. All the residue of my estate I give to my wife -- Juliet Ann and her children, to be enjoyed by them in the same manner in which I have left the most of my estate, and at the death of my wife, to her children, by me.

I constitute and appoint my wife -- Juliet Ann Shackelford my executrix, and my brother -- Thomas R. Shackelford, my executor, and require that the court will require no security from either of them, here or in Alabama, and that they may qualify singly or jointly as they may think best.

As my brother and myself have never had a final settlement of our mercantile transactions, I am willing that everything relating to the business shall be equally divided between us, including two thousand dollars of Virginia 6% Coupons, such as negroes, houses, etc, owned by us jointly; and all the bonds due the store, and for hire of negroes jointly owned by us, etc, hoping he and my wife may manage my estate economically, and sell any servant that may become unmanageable, and that they may take care and control of my little children.

I hope this Will may not be misconstrued, as my whole intention is to give, (except the three first clauses) my whole estate, real and personal, here and in Alabama, of whatever kind or nature, to my

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wife and children of hers, by me, one third for life to my wife, and at her death to her children by me. Given under my hand and seal this the sixth day of November eighteen hundred and fifty eight. (November, 6, 1858.)

Signed -- Lyne Shackelford

S. S. Heath, H. A. Yeatman and F. W. Pendleton, wit. Proved May, 2, 1859.

Will Book 11, page 416, Richmond County, Virginia.

In a codicil to the will of Lyne Shackelford, dated March, 13, 1859, he gave Sally Croxton, five hundred dollars. No reason or relationship shown.


We have recently had inquired about two different branches of the family -- Satterwhite Shackelford, of Alabama and Mississippi, and James Shackelford, of Wayne County, Kentucky.

We have some data on both branches, but need more. In this issue we will begin on the Satterwhite line, and then take up the family of James. Additional information on both lines is greatly needed.

Our records show that Satterwhite Shackelford was from Portsmouth, Va., which is in Norfolk County. But in our quest for information of his ancestry in Norfolk County we failed to find the necessary information. As a matter of fact, there is very little information of him in Norfolk County. The first mention we have of him is when he married in 1818; Satterwhite Shackelford married Courtney Ann Brown, marriage bond dated February, 19, 1818.

His name next appears in 1819 when he gave and sold a lot of household goods to his brother Ellis Shackelford, for love and affection, Sept, 15, 1819. Deed Book 48, page 306, Norfolk County, Va.

While our military files are not available at the moment, we can say that Satterwhite Shackelford was a soldier in the war of 1812. We can supply the necessary references on that if needed or wanted.

The Order Books of Norfolk County show that Satterwhite Shackelford was appointed an Ensign June, 1823. He was then appointed a Captain of the 7th

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Virginia Regiment of Militia, January 1827. And no more mention did we find of him in Norfolk, Va.

According to information in our possession Satterwhite Shackelford came directly from Virginia to Pontotoc County, Miss. He and his wife -- Courtney Ann Brown had nine children, although the names of only six are shown, all sons. But according to information from one of his great great grand daughters, there were but six children and she gives names and dates of birth.

We will not have the space to show many of the descendants of Satterwhite Shackelford, but will give you the most important features.

Thanks to Mrs B. W. Gandrud, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, we have the following announcements of the death of Courtney Ann Brown-Shackelford. This is from The Huntsville Independent, May, 5, 1885, and we quote -- "Another good old mother has been lifted through the pearly gates into the New Jerusalem. Grandma Shackelford, pure in heart and pure in spirit, is now at rest. She was a dear sweet old woman - a Good Mother and a Christian with a heart full of love for her Jesus. She died at the residence of her son Elder Josephus Shackelford, near Trinity, Ala., on the 25h of April, 1885, and at the time of death was in her 86th year." (Moulton Advertiser) end of quote. The names of her six sons, according to information we have, were as follows:

Robert L., ------(b Oct, 21, 1819. served Mexican War)

Richard., -------(b Jan, 11, 1822. served Mexican War)

William., ------- (b March, 5, 1824. Killed Mexican War)

Ellis., -----------(b Jan, 4, 1828. d ??)

Josephus., ------(b Feb, 6, 1830. died June, 5, 1915)

Satterwhite, Jr,--(b April, 18, 1832. died Aug, 25, 1895)

Our records do not show that any of the sons of Satterwhite Shackelford ever married Josephus and and Satterwhite Jr. [sic]

Josephus Shackelford married Ann Cordelia Stowe, daughter of E. B. and Susan Underwood-Stowe, June, 18, 1855. They had nine children.

In the next issue we will add to the above record.

And until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by: Tee Forshaw June 17, 1998


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