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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 July 1946 Vol. 2. No. 3


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.


WALTER G. HOLMES. Continued.

Tribute by Peter J. Salmon, Managing Director of The Industrial Home for The Blind, Brooklyn, New York, quote -- "When the final parting comes with a friend we think more deeply about the fundamentals of life, and at such times these take on their true perspective.

As I attended the funeral of Walter G. Holmes, I could not help but remember that we were saying farewell to a person who was loved so deeply by the blind of this country--perhaps more than any other person who has gone before him. It seems to me that this is largely because of the fact that Mr. Holmes never permitted the blind to become a group--they were all individuals, and whether or not they were known to him through personal contact or simply through written appeal for guidance advice or assistance, his burning desire was to grant each and every one of them whatever they were seeking, provided he thought it was for their own good--and usually he would think just that way.

At the time The Matilda Ziegler Magazine was founded it blazed a new trail of light and hope into many darkened souls among the blind. Indeed, it marked the beginning of a new era for the blind.

Aside from the founding of the magazine itself, this new era can be traced to the

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untiring effort, patience, zeal and kindliness of Walter G. Holmes"--end of quote.

Tribute by Miss Adelia Hott, formerly a Director of Braille for The American Red Cross, and Braille Librarian in The Library of Congress, and now retired. - quote "A good and great man has passed away. Walter G. Holmes was one of the best beloved characters among workers for the blind. I have seen a whole convention rise to its feet in spontaneous tribute when his arrival was announced. He was the only one who seemed unaware of his importance, and he was always ready to give praise to another.

Mr Holmes was a pioneer in the field of embossed periodicals. The Matilda Ziegler Magazine which he established nearly forty years ago was our first general magazine, and its coming was a milestone whose importance can best be appreciated by those who, like myself, were among the first readers.

While rejoicing in any individual success which came to blind people, his deepest sympathies and greatest efforts were directed in behalf of those less fortunate. No one will ever know all he did in his capacity as editor of the Matilda Zeigler Magazine, and also as a friend to bring help and comfort to many a struggling soul.

"Uncle Walter", as he liked to be called, has gone from us. But because he labored so faithfully and well, his work will go on. As we honor his memory, let it be an inspiration to us, and an example to follow in his foot steps" - end of quote.

Tribute by Francis B. Ierardi, Managing Director, National Braille Press, Inc., Boston, Mass., and we quote - "The name of Walter G. Holmes is, no doubt, one of the best known among the blind of The United States, and throughout the English speaking world. It is not exaggerating his position to say that this man's name, more than any other, holds a special place in the hearts of the blind.

For more than a generation he labored

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unceasingly in their behalf and brought sunshine and happiness into many darkened lives without consideration to himself. His pioneer spirit in Braille Land, chartered paths for those of us who have tried to follow in his foot steps, and made it possible for the development of several Braille periodicals for the blind. The blind owe much to Mr. Holmes and any tribute which I, or any other person without sight, might bestow upon him, whether in words or deed, would be inadequate to repay the debt we owe to him. The death of our dear friend and mentor will leave a vacant place which will be very difficult to fill, for there was only one WALTER G. HOLMES" - end of quote. we conclude our repetition of the tributes that were paid to the life, work and memory of Walter G. Holmes, whom we feel certain was one of the most beloved of The Shackelford Clan, and one of the most noble of God's creation. We like to think of him in the light of a statement of Paul, recorded in 2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. -Walter G. Holmes will be rewarded with the regard he so richly deserves. The Editor.

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"All work, even cotton spinning, is noble - - work is alone noble" - - Carlyle.

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Julia St. Francis Izard, daughter of Flavius Josephus Izard and Sarah Elizabeth Whitaker, was born December 28, 1858, in St. Francis County, Ark. She passed peacefully from this mortal realm April 3, 1945, in the 87th year of her age.

Concerning her we read in the Crowley Ridge Chronicle, Forrest City, Ark., April 5, 1945, and we quote - - "She, whose memory we revere, was of a sunny disposition - charitable and generous to a fault. She was married to Walter Selden Hemenway in 1889. And with her husband led the organization and built the Baptist Church

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at Wheatley, where they lived many years, and where Mr. Hemenway was profitably engaged in agriculture and merchandising. This writer remembers him in highest esteem and affection. It is a rare privilege and heritage to have been touched with the happy life and work of such a noble citizen. He and his mate belonged to a type of consecrated, though rapidly vanishing Christian American of the old school. Walter Selden Hemenway died in 1929 - In humility let us mention the fine inspiration which motivated the deceased's busy years, and which constituted her chief activity and concern, ie - The compilation of an invaluable historical volume. The remarkable thing is, that this outstanding work was accomplished after she had passed her 80th birthday, and she spent her last years on earth completing the family record - The Izards and Whitakers, who settled in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nearby in 1658. Both (of) those old pioneer families are proud of this book which contains such a wealth of information and such an exhaustive review, and the early struggles of their forebears, who were our nation's first settlers.

Julia Izard-Hemenway was the grand daughter of Mark Whitaker Izard and Frances Permelia Shackelford. Mark Whitaker Izard was a former governor of Nebraska, and later a leader in the Arkansas Territorial Senate.

Silver-haired Julia Izard Hemenway, was the most rugged and untiring champion of an age of chivalry which is gone, and she devoted the best days of her life to preserving and keeping its pages bright. She kept green the memory of those of her own blood whom she loved wath a passion akin to worship. She lived for her kinfolks, and she was not stained by countless modern evil tendencies - stink holes of sin never appealed to her" - -end of quote.

And thus ended the mortal probation of another of god's noble women, indeed a mother of Israel.

May God bless and rest her spirit.

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"Suggestions for every man's prayer: Every day "O Lord make me as tolerant and as understanding of the other fellow's foibles as I am of my own" - The Plainsman.

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And this month we are happy to announce the following new subscribers to the Clan: Mrs. Chester Burton, of Duluth, Minn, and Miss Ruth Fox, of Vernon, N.J., both sent in by Mr. F. T. Shackelford, of Minneapolis, Minn.; who also included one for himself - his was a renewal. Mrs. Willliam Gearhart of Oswego, Oregon, sent in by her father - Mr. C. A. Shackelford, of Garden Grove, Calif.; who also included a renewal for himself. Mrs. Hugh C. Davies, of Suffolk, Va., and Mr. Price M. Rice, of Hamilton, Texas.

The following persons renewed their subscriptions in addition to Mr. F. S. and Mr. A. C. Shackelford, mentioned above: Mr. Glen Shackelford, of Limon, Colo.; Mrs. A. C. Ellis, of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mrs. Carrie G. Hickman, of Atchinson, Kansas; Miss, Mary Lee Shackelford, of Jefferson, Texas; and Mrs. Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New Work City, both the latter renewing for two years.

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And this month we are indebted to the following persons for additional data sent in: Mrs. Dorothy Powell, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Mrs. Josephine H. Neal, of Orange, Va.; Mrs. H. Mae Vining, of Wadsworth, Ohio; Mr Glen Shackelford, of Limon, Colo.; Mr. Morgan D. Jones, of Dadeville, Alabama; Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Miss Lois Rylander of Forth Worth, Texas; Mrs Hugh C. Davies, of Suffolk, Va.; Mrs. Carol M. Brushwood, of Richmond, Va.; Mr. C.A. Shackelford, of Garden Grove, Calif.; and again our special thanks to Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor, of College Park, Ga., also reported last month. Mrs. Armor deserves special credit as she is now in her 84th year.

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Please send along your family data if you have not already done so; also all interesting stories

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of Clan members, obituaries, birth, death and wedding announcements. We will publish all and every announcement, and stories as we have space.

Jack, son of Mrs. Ada Shackelford-Lewis of Lexington, Tenn., is now home after long and honorable service in the Navy.

James Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Bachar, of Fort Morgan, Colorado., is now out of the service, after long and honorable service in the Navy, and is now a pre-med student at the University of Colorado.

Fletcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Wooten Harris, of Georgia, is a hero of this second world war. A hand grenade fell among his group, and knowing that perhaps many of them would be killed, he picked it up and threw it away, this saving the lives of his men, but he lost his own hand by doing so. That sort of courage is what makes America great. Fletcher Harris is a descendant of Captain Edmund Shackelford, soldier of the Revolution.

Congratulations boys, all of you - - welcome home, it is wonderful to have you home again.

We have two births to report this month, but of one of them we do not have the details.

A belated report is that little Ruth Marie, arrived a the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Z. Haney March 17, 1946, and will henceforth make her home with them.

May 24, 1946, a baby daughter arrived to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Scott, of Lexington, Tenn. that is all that was reported to us of either one. As far as we know both mothers and babies were doing fine. Congratulations.

This month we have a wedding to report, also the Editor is now engaged in becoming acquainted with a brand new daughter-in-law. Melvin Wayne Jones, son of Thomas K. and Annie F. Jones of Lubbock, Texas slipped away and was quietly married the

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evening of May 23, 1946. The bride being Miss Edith Evelyn, the lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. and Cora C. Faircloth-Hunter, of Lubbock Texas. They are now at home at 716 Ave. A., Lubbock, Texas in the home of the groom's parents until such a time as there is some relief in the acute housing shortage. Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together.

It is also our sad duty to report one death this month. Little Patricia Ann, Baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orvil Lafayette Lewis, and grand daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Allen Sego, of Lexington, Tenn., arrived on this planet January 9, 1945, and passed to her eternal reward May 9, 1946. And to the bereaved parents we offer our profound sympathy, and admonish them to read Matthew 19:14.

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"Chief sport of The Big Four Nations these days seems to be - taking pot shots at the dove of peace."

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This month we have some questions from subscribers, as well as questions of our own. First: One Dudley Shackelford married Winnie Waterspoon or Witherspoon, in Culpepper Co., Va., 1784. They are known to have had the following children:

John-------------------(married Lucinda Yates)

James-----------------(married Catherine Beasey or Berry)

Zachariah or Uriah----(married Diadem Hillman)

Dudley, Jr.------------(married ??

Joanna----------------(married ??

John Shackelford, who married Lucinda Yates, moved to Morrow County, Ohio, and we have more or less data of their descendants, but any one having additional information of the ancestry of Dudley Shackelford, Sr. or descendants of his other children, other than John, please send it to Mrs. H. May Vining, 120 Stratford Ave. Wadsworth, Ohio, or to us. (The Editor).

Of the children of Dudley, Sr.,

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it will be noted that there is a question as to Zachariah and/or Uriah. Query: was there two men, both a Zachariah and a Uriah, or were they one and the same man?

John Shackelford, of Orange Co., Va., executed the following instrument: "To my loving son Edmund Shackelford, my tract of land I now live on, and also my mill in Orange County, Va., but reserve the right to live there during my life time and the life of my wife, and my daughter Sarah Shackelford, also all stock and household furniture. Recorded in Deed Book 16, page 423, and dated November 18, 1776

Edmund Shackelford was a Captain in the army during the Revolutionary war, and later moved to Elbert County, Ga. His wife was Judith Eastin.

Any on knowing the ancestry of the above mentioned John Shackelford, or the names of any others of his children, please pass the information along to Mrs. Mary Harris Armor, 214 East Harvard Ave., College park, Ga., or to the Editor.

In Orange Co., Va., at the same time Edmund was there, there were also men named Henry, George Samuel, Zachariah, William, James and Thomas Shackelford. Can any one tell us if they were all brothers of Edmund, and sons of John? We will be grateful to any one for any information that will throw any light on these questions.

Mordecai Shackelford, born in Cullpepper County, Va., 1763, a soldier of the Revolution, married Polly Jones, in Albemarle Co., Va., 1789. He later moved to Pittsylvania Co., Va., and still later to Elbert Co., Ga., and after that to Abbeville Co., S.C., where he died. There appears to be a relationship between him and the Edmund Shackelford, of Orange. His father's name was John also.

Query: was John, father of Edmund, also the father of Mordecai? Can anyone give us the ancestry of Mordecai, or the ancestry of his wife Polly Jones?

Until next month, Adios- -The Editor.

Transcribed by Sally Livermore June 26, 1998


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