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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 September 1946 Vol. 2. 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.



It was our original purpose when the Clan Magazine made its debut to give you a story of an outstanding personality among the Shackelfords-Shacklefords, or their descendants, each month; and we have endeavored to do so, but heretofore we have mentioned only men. So this month we go among the opposite sex and give you a story of a grand lady, but outstanding never the less.

This writer has never met Miss. Mattie Terri Shackelford, nor do we know exactly what branch of the family she is of, but that her name is Shackelford will suffice for this article. We are in communication with people who do know her, and we have met several that know her, and from them has come the following story.

Miss. Mattie became a nurse, then superintendent in the Protestant Hospital in Norfolk, Va. She was also superintendent in the Mother's and Babies' Hospital in St. Louis. for ten years she operated on her own responsibility, the Pittman Hospital in Tarboro, North Carolina. But the Red Cross appealed to her as a greater work, consequently she became a promoter of Red Cross Chapters, instructing Negro classes as well as whites. For a time during the first world war she was in charge of night nurses in the famous old Abbey de Ste Denis, built in 1140 A.D.

On a warm summer day shortly after the first world war a tiny woman in a dusty uniform came

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into the Serbian Relief Committee's Office, and nonchalantly said "I've come to volunteer".

The clerk saw a rather tired looking figure, thin and nervous, but looking as if she was hard as nails.

The clerk reminded his applicant that it was a pretty hard job she was asking for, as Serbia had five hundred thousand fatherless and seventy thousand motherless children, and eighty five percent needed medical attention. Inquiring if she had any real experience, he hastened to say "You see we have so many volunteers - an army almost"- -

She informed him that she had had a little experience, and gave him a few references. He departed to make the necessary check, but returned shortly beaming. "Miss. Shackelford this is an honor, why did you not tell me all you had done?". Her reply was quick and to the point, "It wasn't much".

After so many months of the horrors of the great war in Europe it was odd that Miss Mattie wanted to go to Serbia, but her brown eyes grew soft in their own novel way and she seemed deeply touched as she told him that after the American wounded no longer needed her services she had come; and that the cry from Serbia seemed like the strongest appeal, so she was offering help to the women and children of Serbia, and calmly inquired "When do we sail?".

So Miss. Mattie became a member of the Serbian Relief Committee, sailing for Greece as a Lieutenant in a personnel of twenty doctors, nurses and trained workers.

Serbia had no hospitals, homes, or orphanages, but was indeed a land of small farms, of proud, independent people who had always been able to take care of themselves.

Daily Miss Mattie covered many miles on horse back. She established clinics, dispensaries and public health centers. She forestalled epidemics, distributed clothing to the needy, and organized sewing

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circles. She cared for a great number, for the health of a great number of communities; and among her prized possessions is a photograph of a patriarchal priest, with flowing white beard, cassock wrapped around his waist, sitting on a weary horse. She said that when her own horse became lame the good father loaned her his mount, and then would have to walk, at times being dead on his feet when night came; but the people had to be seen.

She does not talk much about her work in Serbia, nor her work in other parts of the world, but she says that she will always remember the noble spirit and heroism of the Serbian people, their unconquerable devotion to God and home, under the most trying circumstances that ever proved the faith and patience of a people.

No, she will not talk much about her work, but she can show you a box filled with medals she has received, from France, The United States, Serbia, and letters from the King of Belgium, the King of Greece, the widow of a former President of France, and a cable from King Carrol of Romania.

Space will not allow a complete story of the work of Miss. Mattie in this issue of the magazine, but be sure and watch for the fitting climax of her activities after she returned from Serbia and was appointed Superintendent of a County Home in North Carolina. (continued and completed next issue)

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"My life is like the summer rose, that opens to the morning sky; but ere the shades of evening close, is scattered on the ground to die"- -Wilde- -

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This month we are happy to announce the following new subscribers: Mr. Elmer Ray Lewis, of Copperhill, Tenn.; Mr. Glen E. Shackelford, of Dallas, Texas; and National Society, Sons of American Revolution, Washington, DC Also Alderman Library of Charlottesville, Va.

Also happy to announce the following renewals: Miss. Emily S. Brown, of Sparta, Ga.;

2 years. Mrs. Leolene S. Amrhein, of New Orleans, 2 years; Mrs.

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O. M. Morrison, of Eagleville, Mo.; Mrs. R. J. Shackelford, of Richmond, Va.; Mr. J . M. Shackelford, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Mrs. Fern Bachar, of Fort Morgan, Colorado, for two years.

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This month we are indebted to the following persons for additional data sent in: Mrs. A. C. Ellis of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mrs. Walter Scott Welch, of Laurel, Miss.; Mrs. J. J. Davis, of Stovall, N. C.; Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs. John Bybee, of Joliet, Ill.; Mrs. R. J. Shackelford, of Richmond, Va.; Miss Ora Tanquary, of Van Wert, O.; And again our special thanks to Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor, of College Park, Ga., who despite her 84 years, is just as busy as a honey bee compiling the data of her branch of the family, and passing it along to us. And also to Mr. R. J. Shackelford, of Richmond, Va., who, despite her 85 years, has been kind enough to collect the data of her family and send it along. And so to all of them we say again - - Thanks a million.

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My creed is this:

Happiness is the only good, the place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to help make others so. -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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There are still several that have promised additional data who have not sent it along. So we again call your attention to this, not that we wish to bore you, but simply to call it to your memory, as we are aware that you are quite busy and perhaps have just overlooked it. Let us make our record the best one yet.

This month we are indebted to Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn., for a very interesting little sketch, which is of special interest to the Editor, and perhaps to others of the Clan. In Henderson County, Tenn., the place where this writer first saw the light of day, there were a total of nineteen young men related to this writer through my

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Shackelford blood, who went into the service of their county, and fortunately every one of them returned home. They are as follows: William Carl, Benjamin Early, Verlie Sego, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. and Winnie Ethel Sego-Scott. Robert H. and Felix Truman, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turney and Flossie Gertrude Sego-Scott. Ray Edward and Charles Richard, sons of Mr. and Mrs. William Richard and Allie Frances Scott-Sego. James Elvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert and Martha Ann Sisson-Sego. James William and Preston Lee, sons of Mr. and Mrs. James Emmett and Hattie Elizabeth Sego-Nowell. All of the above are grandsons of the late William Allen Sego and his wife-Mary Elizabeth Shackelford and all of Lexington, Tenn.

Then there was Elmer Harding Shackelford, and Orville Gentry Simms, son and son-in-law of Edward H. Shackelford. James Cleavy and Coy V., sons of Mr. and Mrs William Wylie and Fannie Bell Shackelford-Davis. Robert Matthew and Roy Paul, sons of Clemuel E. and Ruby A. Shackelford-Jowers; Jack and Archie Frank Judkins, and Elmer Ray Lewis, sons and son-in-law of Mrs. Ada Shackelford-Lewis.

Robert Howell Scott, James William Nowell, and Robert Paul Jowers were all wounded, but all are now at home. To all of whom we say "Welcome home, and may you all be as fortunate in peace as you were in war.

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This month we wish to make a correction of the slight error in the August magazine. Last month in recording the exploits of Lt. Fletcher Harris, we stated that he was of Georgia. But that was an error, as he is from our own Lone Star State of Texas, being a citizen of Galveston. We are sorry for the error and happy to make the correction.

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Little Dan Cupid has been casting his darts again this month, one of them striking the hearts of William Allen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Allen and Lela Thornton Pierson; and Miss. Martha Ellen Kaems, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester

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L. Laems, of San Pedro, Calif. The happy groom being a resident of Inglewood, Calif. The nuptials performed at The Little Church around the corner in Inglewood, Calif. To each of whom we offer our warmest congratulations and best wishes for a long and successful life together.

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And this month it is our happy privilege to announce the arrival of a brand new member of the clan. A bouncing baby daughter arrived on this planet July 15, 1946, and will henceforth make her home with the proud parents - Mr. and Mrs. Archie Frank and Lettie Grace Lewis-Judkins. The buxom little lady was christened Mary Jean. Therefore congratulations are in order.

But now comes the sad part of our duty, that of reporting the passing of a venerable and beloved member of the clan. Mrs. Margaret Barker, was born Margaret Peterson Shackelford, daughter of Robert D. Shackelford and Cordelia Ann Quigley, near Greensboro, Alabama, September 16, 1868, and she passed to her eternal reward July 18, 1946, at her home in Birmingham, Alabama, after a long illness. She was married to John Leonard Barker, September 24, 1890; and he, along with four sons, one daughter and at least eleven grand children and a host of other relatives and friends survive her. And so to the bereaved, we on behalf of the entire clan, offer our deep and profound sympathy.

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"But evil is wrought by want of thought, as well as want of heart"- -Hood.

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This month we have two questions, and as always, will be grateful if any one can help us on these problems.

Miss Mary Lee Shackelford, P. O. Box 375, Jefferson, Texas, wishes to know the date and place of the marriage of her great grandfather - James Shackelford, son of John and Frances Wade Butler-Shackelford. James was born about 1779, in

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either Hanover or Halifax County, Va., and he married Martha (Patsy)Broadnax.

Miss Martha or Mary Lee Shackelford has been marvelous in her splendid co-operation in compiling data of her branch of the family, and is deserving of all the help you may render her.

James Shackelford, born 1800, in Virginia, and died 1841, in Stafford County, Va., married 1819, Elizabeth Garrison, in Stafford County, Va., who was born 1799, and died 1850. They had the following children: Elizabeth born 1821, Harriet born 1823, Edward, born 1825, Dicy born 1829, James, Jr. born 1834, Eliza Ann, born 1837, and William Isaac, and Sarah-twins, born July 9, 1839, all in Stafford County, Va. The later- -William Isaac died April 18, 1904, in Harrison County, Missouri.

Wanted: Ancestry of the above named James Shackelford, or date of his descendants. Anyone having or knowing where such information can be had, please pass the information along to Mr. G. E. Shackelford, 4340 Fairfax Ave., Dallas, Texas, or to us; or please communicate with us.

Jonathan Lane, born February 29, 1816, probably in Georgia, and died in Heard County, Ga., November 27, 1883. He married Susan Melvina, daughter of Mordecai and Margaret Cooper-Shackelford, September 6, 1839. She was born September 26, 1824, and died in Heard County, Ga., April 27, 1887. They had the following children: Thomas Cooper, Sarah V., Levi T., Harrison, Robert Lee, Montazuma, George and Robert J.

Any one knowing where data of the descendants of Jonathan Lane can be found will you please pass the information along to us?

John Shackelford, born about 1741, probably in South Carolina, and died March 10, 1824, in S. C. He married first-Kezzy McGowan, was born about 1750, and died about 1777, in South Carolina. They had three children, as follows: John Jr., Susan, and Mordecai.

John Shackelford then married second- -Martha Ann Wright, who was born October 1760, and died Sept. 7, 1818, in S. C. They had the following children:

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Anna B.-------------(married first Captain Dubois, & second-Thomas Henning)

Elizabeth C.---------(married Henry B. Toomer)

William Fred--------(married Elizabeth Ashby)

John Wright---------(married Elizabeth Tait)

Anthony Bonneau---(married Harriet Jane Lee)

Francis--------------(probably married Ann Davis)

Sarah B.------------(b 1794, d 1807. never married)

Wanted: Ancestry of John Shackelford, and data of his descendants. Will be grateful for any information of either.

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We know that Edmund Shackelford was of Orange Co., Va., and that he was a Captain in the Revolutionary army, and that he was a son of John, and that he moved to Elbert Co, Ga., where he died. We also know that there was a Henry Shackelford also, in Orange Co, Va, and that he too moved to Elbert County, Ga., where he died; and that Henry too, was a soldier of the Revolution.

Wanted: Relationship of Captain Edmund and Henry Shackelford, were they brothers? If not brothers, then we would be grateful for the ancestry of Henry Shackelfords and data of his descendants. He, Henry Shackelford, moved from Orange County, Va., about 1786/90. In his will he names children-Henry, Jr., Nancy, Betsy, Jenny, Fanny and Edmund. From Virginia he had moved to Elbert County, Ga., and will is of record there and dated April 5, 1808, and probated January 5, 1819.

Other legatees in addition to his children, named in his Will are Edmund and Nancy Alexander, William Brown, Joel Mann and Samuel N. Bailey.

We would be grateful for any and all information that you can and will pass along to us of the family of Henry Shackelford or his descendants.

Orchids to Mrs. A. C. Ellis, of Los Gatos, Calif., and Mrs. Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York City. Mrs. Ellis has just completed an extended research tour in Washington, Virginia and other places. Mrs. Blanton is leaving Sept, 1st, for an extended tour that will require several weeks time, and she will work in several states.

Until next month, Adios.

Transcribed by Sally Livermore June 1998


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