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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 May 1946 Vol. 2. No. 1


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.



It was our original purpose and still is, to give you a sketch of some outstanding personality among the Shackelfords and/or descendants each month. And as the sketch this month is of one of the best known and most beloved of our Clan, we can think of no better way to start it than by quoting from the Bible. - "And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this, the judgment" - Hebrews 9:27. And "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day" - 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Thus we begin our sketch of Walter G. Holmes. He first saw the light of day July 9, 1861, at Jackson, Tennessee. As a result of a fall from a window of his apartment he died instantly on the morning of February 7, 1946, in New York City. No one knows how he came to fall from his window, but as he was in his 85th year, and was subject to occasional attacks of vertigo, which no doubt, was the cause. Funeral services were conducted at The Universal Funeral Chapel, Lexington Avenue and 52nd St. New York City. Cremation of the remains followed, and burial will be in Covington, Tenn., near his parents, at a later date. He was never married.

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Walter G. Holmes was a son of George D. Holmes and his wife, Mary E. Plyes; a grandson of Addison Pyles and his wife, Martha A. Crenshaw; a great grandson of Abner Pyles and a Miss Shackelford, and a great great grandson of Richard Shackelford and his wife-Mary Ann Roberts.

His grandmother Martha A. Crenshaw, was a graduate of Salem College, of Salem, now Winston - Salem, North Carolina, the oldest girl's college in the United States. His father, George D. Holmes, was the youngest student ever admitted to Princeton, having entered at the age of fourteen and graduated with AB degree at the age of seventeen. And his maternal ancestors were equally as outstanding in the field of Commerce and Religion. Thus we see the stock from whence Walter G. Holmes descended, befitting indeed to a man of his character and qualities.

Walter G. Holmes was a very modest man. It was our desire, the desire of the Editor of the Clan to give a sketch of the life and work of Mr Holmes some months ago, but he objected, and here we give you his exact words, quote "I would rather not, if you would, for the reason that so many people in work for the blind get so much publicity out of it that makes it objectionable to me. It would be well just to mention me as one of the Clan" end quote. From a letter of July 13, 1945, addressed to this writer.

And it was his wish that he have a simple funeral with no flowers, preferring that in lieu of flowers, expenditures should be for the benefit of the blind.

He was the youngest of three children, the eldest being a sister that died in infancy, and a brother two years older than himself that lost his eyesight when but a few months old. His mother died when he was but one year old. After he grew to manhood he devoted the major portion of his life to work for the blind. His blind brother perhaps being the motive behind that desire to work for the benefit of all the blind. And

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it was quite natural that he met the wealthy Mrs William Ziegler, of New York, who too, by reason of a blind son of her own, was interested in doing something for those deprived of the blessing of eyesight. And the result of their mutual interest and meeting, "The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the blind" was born. That Magazine was founded in 1907, with Walter G. Holmes as President and Manager. Thus as he passed to his eternal reward he had rounded out his 39th full year in that position.

The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the blind is published monthly, and given free to all the blind of the United States and Canada who can read. It is published at Monsey, New York.

Following are excerpts from The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind Transcription, March 1946.

"His endearment to literally thousands of people, especially blind persons, was due to Mr Holmes' personal character and his genuine love and regard for each individual blind person. A man of normal sight himself, he sensed the need of the blind to an unusual degree, and devoted himself completely to them. Even those readers of the Magazine who never knew him personally, had the feeling of so knowing him, as is attested to by thousands of letters received by him throughout the years.

It is remarkable that his personality was delightfully conveyed to others, not only by personal acquaintance, but through his letters and through raised characters read on the printed pages, by the blind.

Thousands of people have received personal inspiration, and have taken new interest in life as a result of knowing Mr Holmes or of having corresponded with him, or of reading words of encouragement from him in the Ziegler Magazine. Elsewhere in this issue are further tributes to him by persons who have known him for many years or who have been inspired by him." end quote.

From William Ziegler, Jr. President of The

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Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind, President of the American Foundation for the Blind, and son of the Mrs William Ziegler, for whom this magazine was named, is the following tribute: "Walter G. Holmes has been a thoughtful and understanding friend of the sightless. He has, during the last forty years, been a source of encouragement and inspiration to them, He was as devoted to his work as any truly great artist. Many times when our business talks were finished he would reach in his pocket and bring out letters. "I thought these would interest you" he would say. He would read a sentence or two of appreciation for what the Magazine had done for a reader. It was never what Mr Holmes had done-always the Magazine. He was like a small boy discovered in a good deed.

When I was discussing the funeral details with his secretary she told me that he had requested that flowers be omitted. He hated to be a trouble or expense to any one. We are sending flowers just the same, he loved them so much I cannot think of him being without them. The flowers sent by his many friends were gorgeous and seemed to reflect the soul of the man" -

Next month we will give you the tributes of Helen Keller, M.C. Migel, Edward E. Allen, Miss Adelia Hoyt, and others.


"He that careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth" - Carmack.


This month we wish to announce the following new subscribers: Mrs Colbert Sappinton, of Barnesville, Ga., sent in by her brother, Mr Junius M. Shackelford, of New York City: Mrs Ada Lewis, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs Hazel Lloyd, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mrs E. E. Evans, of Columbia, Mo.; Rev J. Ord Cresap, of McComb, Miss.; Dr G. G. Oswalt, of Mobile, Alabama; and Dr G. H. G. Stafford, of Baton Rouge, La.; To all of whom we say again "Thank you very very much."

And while on the subject of subscriptions we wish to call your attention to the fact that for

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some of {you} your subscriptions will expire with the next number of the magazine. We hope you will renew your subscriptions and continue the same fine spirit of co-operation that you have shown the past year. Remember that with the Editor genealogy, is but a hobby, strictly a vocational, and The Shackelford Clan Magazine is not a profitable enterprise, our sole compensation being the collection and distribution of genealogical data of the Shackelford and allied families. We shall continue to urge all of you to send along any data that you may have or can secure, and to solicit correspondence. We need your help in our endeavor to complete the record; and we are equally anxious to help you if and when we can.


"If we cannot attain greatness ourselves, let us not have our revenge by railing at it in others" - Carmack -


This month we wish to thank the following for additional data sent in: Mr A. A. Lewis, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Mrs Julian Webb, of Donalsonville, Ga.; Mrs Margaret C. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Mrs Laura H. Shackelford, of Beverlyville, Va.; Mr Raymond L. Hefner, of Hickory, N.C.; Mrs O. M. Morrison, of Eagleville, Mo.; Mrs W.A. Wood of Oakland, Calif.; Mrs Guy Josserand, of Dodge City, Kansas; Mrs A. C. Ellis, of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mr J. D. Tillman, of Meridian, Miss; Mrs B.H. Hadler, of England, N.Dak.: G. Ross McClure, of McPherson, Kansas; and Mrs E. E. Evans, of Columbia, Mo. And for all of which we are indeed grateful.


Now this month comes an inquiry concerning one Col Henry Lee Shackelford. He was born, according to our information, in York District, S.C., in 1759. Said to have been in the battle of Ramsaur's Mill, and said to have died in Iredell County, N.C., 1842. So if there be any one that can tell us anything as to his

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ancestry, or as to who his wife was, will be very greatly appreciated. Please send the information to the Editor.

We are also seeking additional information of the following families.

Enoch Ward, Sr., born about 1700, married first Mary Shackelford, daughter of John and Ann Shackelford, of Carteret County, North Carolina. They had the following children:

Enoch, Jr.--------(married ??

Ann--------------(married ??

Martha-----------(married Richard Thompson)

Mary-------------(married ??

Elizabeth---------(married ??

Sarah------------(married ??

Abigail-----------(married ??

Susannah---------(married ??

Richard----------(married Dorothy ??

Shackelford------(married ??

James------------(married ??

Enoch Ward, Sr., born about 1700, married for his second wife, about 1745, Elizabeth Shackelford, daughter of John and Ann Shackelford, and a sister to his first wife, and is said to have had the following children:

Benjamin------(married Marry ??

Enoch, Jr.-----(married ??

Seth-----------(married Cora ??

Dorothy-------(married ??

Martha--------(married Simmons)

Ann-----------(married Granade)

Mary----------(married Williams)

Elizabeth------(married Hadnot)

Ruth-----------(married Strange)

Obedience----(married Hadnot)

The record of Enoch Ward, Sr., and his wife Mary according to his will in Craven Co, N.C., dated 1746. The record of Enoch Ward and his wife Elizabeth, according to the will of Enoch Ward, in Craven Co, N.C. dated February 13, 1750, and the will of Elizabeth, Onslow Co, N.C. dated in 1767.

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From the above mentioned records it is evident that there were two Enoch Wards; but we have been told that it is one and the same man. Therefore we are very anxious to have this record explained to us, and will therefore be grateful to any one that can and will send us authentic proof one way or the other. We herewith give the record as we have it, but doubt both the accuracy or authenticity. Can any one give us the correct and authentic information on these two families?


Joseph Moss or Morse married Sarah, daughter of John and Ann Shackelford, of Carteret County, N.C., and are said to have had the following children:

Mary--------------(married ??

Elizabeth-----------(married ??

David John--------(married ??

Joseph, Jr.---------(married ??

Benjamin Ward----(married Mary ??. His will is recorded in Onslow County, North Carolina, 1761. It is said to have or he is said to have had the following children: Abigail, Benjamin, Jr., Richard, Edward and Joseph.

One Joseph Ward, whose will is recorded on Onslow County, N.C., 1788, and names children, David, James, Mary and Maurice.

One David Ward, whose will is recorded in Onslow County, North Carolina, 1799, names children as follows: Benjamin, Ruth, Josiah, Asenath and Ibiah.

One Seth Ward, will recorded in Onslow County, North Carolina, 1786, names his wife Cora, and children - George, Seth, Jr, and daughters - but did not name the daughters.

Hannah, daughter of John and Ann Shackelford, of Carteret County, N.C., married a Mr Robertson or Roberts, and had the following children: John, William and Elizabeth. Any one having genealogical information of any of the above families such as

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names, Bible or cemetery records, present address of any of the descendants, please send it to the Editor, or else communicate with us. We will be happy to exchange data with any one, or to purchase your material. We solicit correspondence.


"It is twice as easy to get in wrong when you think you are always right"- Guy.


Some time in the future, to be exact, during 1946, we would like to publish some statistics of the Shackelfords and their allied lines. We will be grateful for a list from each of you of the various professions of each member of the Clan. For example, we think that it would be interesting reading to all of us if we could learn just how many soldiers we have, how many lawyers, how many ministers, grand total and number of denominations represented, etc. Please tell us what you think of the plan, and then with your co-operation we will be happy to publish the list.


Robert Paul Jowers, son of C. E. and Ruby Shackelford - Jowers, of Lexington, Tenn., is reported home from the service. He was twice wounded in Europe, but happily he appears to be about as good as new. Congratulations Paul.

S/Sgt William G. Shackelford, son of John Franklin and Laura Hinton - Shackelford, has received his honorable discharge from the army, and has returned to his home at Reedville, Virginia. Welcome home boys, both of you.


We have no marriages to report this month, and fortunately no deaths. But we do have one new member of the Clan to report.

William Omar Howell arrived on this orb February 14, 1946, just like a gift from St. Valentine, and is to make his home with his proud parents, Mr and Mrs Mobley and Rose Lyle - Howell, of San Antonio, Texas.

We will be looking for reports of all births, marriages and deaths from you.

Until next month, Adios The Editor.

Transcribed by Sally Livermore June 1998


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