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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 August 1946 Vol. 2. No. 4


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 year 1819, October the 10th, in the humble farm home of Richard Shackelford, Jr. and his wife - Frances (Fanny) Arnold Shackelford, in Madison County, Alabama, a new heir- - their 6th child, third, son, and one of their eleven children was born. The new heir was christened Willis Arnold Hopgood. The first two names being for his maternal grandfather, and the third being for one of his grandfather's associates in the ministry.

Willis Arnold Hopgood Shackelford was destined to make his mark in the affairs of men, yet as men define greatness he never attained that mark of distinction. But in another manner he did attain greatness, attained it in pioneering and in being good, and in so living that even though he has long since passed to his eternal reward his influence will live on and on.

When but a small boy, perhaps no more than three or four years of age, his parents moved to Henderson County, Tenn., where he grew to manhood, and where he, on August 7, 1839, married the beautiful and charming Miss. Frances Riddle. And to them were born thirteen children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood; and all of whom, save one, married and reared splendid families. The

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children being as follows:

Nancy Elizabeth--------(born June 1840. died 1869)

Martha Jane------------(b. Aug. 21, 1841 d. Aug 8, 1921)

Eliza Frances-----------(b. July 9, 1843 d. July 25, 1916)

Mary Ann--------------(b. June 6, 1845 d. Jan. 4, 1911)

Charles Richard--------(b. May 12, 1847 d. April 5, 1923)

William Harmon--------(b. Dec. 24, 1848 d. April 4, 1922)

Emily Keziah-----------(b. Oct. 2, 1850 d. Sept. 6, 1919)

Harriet Milbrey---------(b. June 13, 1852 d. July 7, 1927)

James Elliott------------(b. Aug. 22, 1854 d. Feb. 16, 1947)

Thomas Alfred---------(b. Aug. 20, 1856 d. Dec. 20, 1930)

Ludie Carrol------------(b. Cot. 14, 1859 d. March 1, 1936)

Sarah Green------------(b. July 7, 1862 d. Living in 1942)

John Michum-----------(b. about 1865 d. about 1895)

The major number of the descendants of the above mentioned men and women are living in North Mississippi. and among them we found the sort of people that it is always a pleasure to know, good, honest, dependable citizens, and to the best of their knowledge and understanding - servants of the Lord.

Willis Arnold Hopgood Shackelford married in Henderson Co., Tenn., but soon after his marriage he moved to Mississippi, and settled near the little village of Burton, Tishamingo Co. He passed to his eternal reward September 10, 1903, as he lived peacefully and quietly, and was laid to rest beside his beloved first wife, who had preceded him in death May 10, 1890.

The Editor of The Shackelford Clan Magazine does not have a full and complete record of the descendants of Willis A. H. Shackelford, but we have records showing that he had 13 children, 97 grand children and 252 great grand children, which is quite a record within itself.

Willis Arnold Hopgood Shackelford espoused the cause of the Confederacy, and was elected a Captain. But early in 1862, he was captured by the Union forces at the battle of Fort Donelson, and was a prisoner of war for several months. Later he was exchanged and re-entered the Confederate service, but after a short time his health failed and he was discharged. He went to war leav-

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ing a wife and eleven children.

Willis A. H. Shackelford was identified with the best element of citizenship, and his relationship to that noble band of pioneers who blazed out the path of civilization in this country during the latter half of the last century, causing him to deserve more than a passing notice.

He was a marked type of old southern citizenship, a plain unpretentious man without ambition or taste for the superficial in life, a despiser of shams, and with no disposition to accommodate his conduct to the conventionalities which go to make up most of the life of this age. And for a number of years, on this account, his life was in the past, events and customs of fifty or sixty years previous being always uppermost in his mind. His good deeds will never adorn the pages of history, but their silent influence will not cease to be felt by the generations who are and are to be the beneficiaries.

He was a worthy citizen of both Tennessee and Mississippi, a pioneer, patriot and patriarch, diplomat and soldier, maker of memorable history, and founder of a remarkable family in quantity as well as quality. He was earnest, taciturn, self-contained, and had that quaint consciousness of power usually seen in born leaders of men. He had winning ways and made no fuss, he had what was of value beyond price - a love of virtue, and intrepid soul, an emulous desire for honest fame.

He possessed to an eminent degree the confidence, esteem and veneration of all his contemporaries, and his worth in service in peace and in war are gratefully remembered. Amiable in private life, wise in council, vigilant in camp, courageous in battle, strong in adversity, generous in defeat, and revered in death. May he be numbered among the blessed.

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This month we are happy to announce the following new subscribers: Mrs. Clifford B. McMillen, of Pasadena, Texas; Mrs. H. Mae Vining, of Wadsworth, Ohio, for two years; Judge V. R. Shackleford of Orange, Va., sent in by Judge Thomas J. Shackelford, of Athens, Ga.; Mrs. L A. Thompson, of Beaumont, Texas, and Mr. H.H. Shackelford, of Baton Rouge, La., both sent in by Mrs. H.H. Shackelford, Sr. of Marksville, La.; Mrs. W.S. Welch of Laurel, Miss.; and Mrs. R.L. Klaren, of Kendallville, Ind. And we are happy to announce the following subscription renewals; Miss Emma Neale Shackelford, of Sweet Springs, Mo.; Mr. T.R. Shackelford, of Chicago, Ill., who also included a renewal for his brother- -Mr. Ralph M. Shackelford, of Eldon, Mo.; Mrs. Margaret S. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Dr. B.H. Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga.; Judge Thomas J. Shackelford, of Athens, Ga.; Mrs. H. H. Shackelford, Sr., of Marksville, La.; Mrs. C.W. Purcell, of Huntington, V. Va.; J. L. Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss. To all of whom we are grateful indeed, and say again- -Thanks a million.

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"I am an old man beset with many troubles, most of which never happened"- -Mark Twain.

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This past month has been a happy one for us as far as genealogy is concerned, and a very profitable one; and we are indebted to the following for their splendid co-operation in sending in additional data: Mrs. Josephine H. Neal, of Louisa, Va.; Miss. Pattie Oswalt, of Yuskegee, Ala.; Mr. William E. Hagey, of Bristol, Tenn.; Mrs. A. C. Ellis, of Los Gatos, Calif.; but now visiting in Virginia. Mrs. Dorothy V.M. Powell, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Mrs. H. Mae Vining, of Wadsworth, Ohio.; Mrs. R.L. Thacker, of Franklin, W.Va.; Mr. B.H. Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. J.J. Davis, of Stovall, N.C.; Mrs. Margaret S. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Mrs. Ida Curtis Delong, of Lexington, Ky.; Miss. Ora Tanquary, of Van Wert, Ohio.; Mrs. Willetta Klaren, of

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Kendallville, Ind.; Mrs. H.H. Shackelford, of Marksville, Louisiana; Mrs. Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York City; and again this month our special thanks goes to Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor, of College Park, Ga., for another nice collection of data. Mrs. Armor is in her 84th year, and yet she has sent us a great deal of data, with more to follow. How wonderful it would be if some that are many years younger would be as interested and as co-operative as Mrs. Armor.

And looking over date sent in this month we note that there are several of you that have promised data, but have not as yet sent it; and many to whom we have written for data that have not responded. So we beg you again to send us a record of your branch of the family if you have not already done so. Ask any questions you wish at any time, all inquiries will receive a reply, and all questions will be answered if at all possible.

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This month little Dan Cupid has been doing a lot of over time work among the clan members, and as a result we have four weddings to report, though details are lacking in each case.

Elmer Ray, son of Mrs. Ada Shackelford-Lewis, of Lexington, Tenn., who played an important role in showing the Germans the way home, was married May 19. But the name of the bride and details were not shown.

Stanley Leon Shackelford, son of Mr. W.L. Shackelford, of Decatur, Ga., was married to Miss. Judith Elaine Lewis, daughter of Mr. Roy Leon and Mrs Grace Brown-Lewis, in June, although details are lacking. Stanley Leon Shackelford also played on important part in the war, having graduated from Georgia Tech, was a member of The Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, and served for many months in the Pacific Area in the U.S. Navy.

Herman Lee Lewis, son of Orvil Lafayette and Lizzie Adeline Sego-Lewis, was married to Miss.

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Geneva Stricklin, daughter of James Stricklin, June 25, 1946. All of Lexington, Tenn., but no details.

Preston Lee Nowell, son of James Emmett and Hattie Elizabeth Sego-Nowell, of Lexington, Tenn., was married to Miss. Geraldine McDaniel, daughter of Dayton McDaniel, of Mississippi, June 27, 1946. But no details were given.

To all of whom we offer our warmest congratulations and best wishes for your continued happiness.

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This month we have a story of the exploits of a member of the Clan; in fact we gave you some of the story last month, and will now give you the rest of it. Fletcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Wooten Harris, of Georgia, a Lieutenant of Co B, 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, took part in the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. June 23rd, 1944 and July 11, 1944, was wounded in the battle of St. Lo, awarded the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star for meritorious achievements against the enemy in France. He wears the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and qualified as an expert with all Infantry weapons.

And for such a record we are all proud, and offer our congratulations and thanks. He descends from Captain Edmund Shackelford, soldier of the Revolution.

And this month we learn that Michael Edward McGuinn, Jr., of Spartanburg, S.C., has returned home after long and honorable service in teaching the Japs that the Pearl Harbor attack was a mistake. He will re-enter Clemson College soon, from which he left to enter the service. Congratulations Michael, and may you be as successful in College as you were in the Navy, in peace as in war.

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"It is only the most shallow pretenders who either make distinguished origin a matter of personal pride, or obscure origin a matter of personal reproach"- -Daniel Webster.

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It is our sad duty to report the death of one very prominent member of our clan this month.

Charles Brown Shackelford was born July 19, 1895, in Rutledge, Ga., a son of the late Thomas D. and Wiley L. Brown-Shackelford, of Atlanta Ga. He passed to his eternal reward July 6, 1946, in Monroe, Louisiana. He was returned to his native Georgia for interment. He is survived by his widow, Carl Brown, Jr, a sister-Mrs. G. A. Balfini (not sure of the spelling - the transcriber), of New York, three brothers-W.L., W.T., and T. A., all of Atlanta, Ga., and a host of other relatives and friends. And to all of whom we offer our profound sympathy.

This month we have two questions, one from a subscriber, and the other from one who has contributed a great deal of data of his branch of the family. And we will be grateful indeed if any of you can add anything to the records we have.

Col. William Hedgeman Dunlaney, date of birth is not known, but who died January 7, 1809, near Winchester, Va. He married first - Frances Jones Shackelford, September 14, 1786, in Culpepper Co., Va. She was a daughter of Joseph Shackelford, of Newton, Va., and they had the following children: William H., Charles, Dr. Elkanah Robert, Fortunatus F., and Margaret, (called Peggy).

Then William Hedgeman Dunlaney married for his second wife Elizabeth P. Shackelford, daughter of William Shackelford, also of Virginia, November 11, 1807.

Wanted: Ancestry of both Joseph and William Shackelford, names of their wives and children and descendants; also additional data of the descendants of William H. Dunlaney and Frances Jones Shackelford. Rev. William Hickman, son of Thomas and Sarah Sanders-Hickman, born in King and Queen County, Va., February 4,1747. Married Elizabeth Shackelford, and had thirteen children -- six sons and seven daughters, but the names of only two are known, i.e., John H., and Martha. John H. Hickman, son of

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Rev. William and his wife Elizabeth Shackelford moved to Assumption Parish La., and married Suzette de l'Homme. Martha Hickman married Christopher Ransdell, and they were the grandparents of former U.S. Senator Joseph E. Ransdell, of Louisiana.

Rev. William Hickman and his wife Elizabeth married in King & Queen Co., Va., and later, about 1784, they moved to Franklin County, Ky. So any one in Kentucky or Louisiana, or elsewhere, that can supply us with additional information of the ancestry of Elizabeth Shackelford-Hickman, or of her descendants, please do so, and pass the information along to Dr. G.M.G. Stafford, 1165 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, 15 La., or to the Editor. We shall always be very grateful.

Joseph T. Lane, born Feb. 4, 1814, and died June 22, 1880, in Heard Co., Ga. He married Sarah Shackelford, daughter of Mordecai and Margaret Cooper-Shackelford, July 18, 1837. She was born February, 14, 1822, and died Oct. 6, 1883, in Heard Co., Ga. They are known to have had the following children:

John Shackelford------(born Nov. 11, 1840 died 1865)

Mordecai Allen--------(born Aug. 25, 1842 died ??

William T.-------------(born April 1, 1845 died ??

Mary Margaret--------(born ?? died ??

Amanda---------------(born ?? died ??

Joseph E.--------------(born ?? died ??

John Cooper----------(born ?? died ??

Augustus Howze-------(born ?? died 1884)

Charles Mabry--------(born Nov. 13, 1860 died 1892)

Luther Albert----------(born Aug 2, 1863 died 1883)

George P.-------------(born Jan. 27, 1866 died 1886)

We will be grateful for any additional information of the descendants of Joseph T. and Sarah Shackelford-Lane. They lived in Heard County, Ga.

We regret to inform you that after Oct. 1, 1946, due to the increase in cost of paper and printing, the subscription price for The Shackelford Clan Magazine will be $1.00 per year. any one wishing to renew their subscription before that time however, may do so at the old price of 60¢ per year.

Until next month, Adios - - The Editor.

Transcribed by Sally Livermore June 1998


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