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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

Editor: T. K. Jones 716 Ave. A Lubbock, Texas

$1.00 A Year Published Monthly 10c A Copy

Lubbock, Texas December 1946 Vol. 2. No. 8


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.



This being the month in which the entire Christian World pauses to celebrate the birthday of, and to pay homage to The Man of Galilee, we feel it only fitting and proper that we devote our time and space this month in giving you a sketch of the life of one of the men who devoted his entire life doing that which, to him, was serving the beloved Galilean. Charles Richard Shackelford was one of those men.

Charles Richard Shackelford first saw the light of day in Tishamingo County, Miss., May 12, 1847. He passed to his eternal reward in Parkersburg, West Virginia, April 5, 1923. He was born a son of Willis Arnold Hopgood and Frances Riddle-Shackelford, two very fine old Southern Families.

After the close of the war between the States he made his home in West Virginia, where he met and married Miss Martha Smith, who was born January 24, 1847, in Nicholas county, Va. (now West Virginia), and to that union were born seven children- -namely Eliza Frances, who died in infancy, Nancy Electa, Margaret Milbrey, Charles Wesley, Jennings King, James Willis, and William Green.

His beloved Martha died December 21, 1889, leaving him with six small children to be a mother

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to, as well as a father. So as is the usual way of earthly things, time heals all wounds; and on October 12, 1891, he married the second time- -Miss Ann Virginia Fitzwater, who was born April 7, 1859, and who survived her husband fifteen years, dying in 1938. And to that union were born two children- - Miss Elsie Brooks and Franklin Joyce Shackelford.

Part of the life of Charles Richard Shackelford is indeed a queer one, but also very interesting. His father entered the Confederate army early in the war between the States, and was a Captain at the battle of Fort Donelson, where he was captured. So young Charles Richard, at the tender age of sixteen years, being imbued with patriotic fervor that was sweeping the south at that time, ran away from home and entered the Confederate Army himself.

But at the close of the conflict a strange thing happened. Young Charles Richard never returned to his native Mississippi, but settled in West Virginia, where he remained the balance of his life.

And that was not the only strange act of his, for although he had been reared by a very pious and devout Baptist father, he now espoused the Methodist faith, and remained true to their faith and their ministry the balance of his life.

He was licensed to preach in 1869, and admitted to the West Virginia Conference in 1876, and served continuously in the effective ranks for forty one years. But on account of failing health he took the retired relation in 1916, and from that time until his death he resided in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

H. C. Howard said of him- -"Brother Shackelford was a strong gospel preacher and served some of the important charges in the West Virginia Conference, among the first Church at Fairmont, Central Church at Charleston, and for six years he was the presiding elder of the New River District, to which he was sent in 1889.

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During his long and faithful ministry he saw several young men concerted {typo ?}who went into the ministry. His one controlling ambition was to preach the gospel, from which he never turned aside.

As a presiding elder he was a faithful and wise administrator, and as a pastor he went to every charge, whether it was a hard circuit or a station, without raising a question.

During the years of his retirement he was regularly in the services of the St. Andrews Church, until too feeble to attend. In this church his funeral service was conducted by the pastor - Dr. W. B. King, assisted by this writer, and interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery".

Charles Richard Shackelford was an esteemed member of an honorable family, being descended from two very fine old southern families, who need not apologize to any one for their ancestry, and who are second to none.

He was blessed with Godly parents, and began life with the heritage of a good name. Throughout life the benign influence that emanated from this parental home served as a guiding star to direct his pathway.

Yielding to the urge to follow the colors of the Confederacy while yet in his teens, he served to the end of the war with that courage and fidelity to duty so characteristic of those who wore the gray. The struggle for southern independence having ended, he, along with others of his comrades in arms, settled in West Virginia to begin life anew.

With the country ravaged by war, provisions were scarce, prices high, and nothing to begin with but self-reliance and faith, he went to work.

Soon he married, built a home, reared a family of five sons and three daughters, each a credit to his name. In all relations of life he exerted a wholesome righteous and helpful influence upon all with whom he came in contact. Indeed he was a leader and teacher of men.

When he died the press said of him- -"He was a

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good man in whom purity of character, greatness of soul, kindness of heart, cleverness of head and readiness of hand, were so combined that all who knew him intimately love him, and all who were in any way associated with him- -admired him."

He lived to a reasonable old age, having passed by six years the allotted three score and ten, and the feeling that he could not be spared in the community was general, and the sense of personal loss caused by his death was widespread, sincere and deep.

He was pure in mind, in word and in deed, without ostentation, he lived a life of purity, sobriety, honesty and reverence for holy things every day and every hour; and example that we would all do well to emulate.

Next month we shall give you a sketch of another honored member of the clan, and a minister of another denomination, and of an entirely different branch of the family.

And here we wish to mention something that we should have mentioned long ago. In the future we shall be happy to accept postage stamps, of the 3 cent variety, as subscription price for the magazine.

This month we are happy to welcome the following new Subscribers into the clan fold: Miss Irene Morgan of Tahlequah, Oklaholma; Dr. John A. Shackelford of Martinsville, Va.; Miss Margaret Chambers, of Fairbury, Nebraska; Mr. Marshall T. Shackelford, of Cisne, Ill; and Mrs G. O. Loving, of Americus, Ga., the latter being sent in by her son J. R. Buchannan, of Greenwood, Miss.; And also the following persons who have renewed their subscriptions; Mrs. W. M. Weir, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs. H. H. Shackelford, of Newport News, Va.; Dr. J. Hinton Shackelford, of Baltimore, Maryland.

To all of whom we are indeed grateful, and again express our profound thanks. We do appreciate such splendid co-operation.


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"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peach, good will toward men"- -Luke 2:13-14.


We are also grateful for, and indebted to the following persons for additional data sent in this month: Miss Irene Morgan of Oklahoma; Mrs. Bessie Brown Randall of Ga.; Mrs. O. M. Morrison of Mo.; Mr. Thomas M. Blagg of Nottinghamshire, England; Mrs. George Fisher of Tenn.; Mrs. Dorothy V. M. Powell of Va.; Mrs. William M. Sweeney of New York; Miss. Margaret Chambers of Nebraska; Mrs. Edna G. Denson of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. A. C. Ellis of California; Mrs. Margaret S. McGuinn, of S. C.; Mr. Marshall T. Shackelford of Ill.; Dr. B. L. Shackelford of Ga.; and Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor, of College Park, Ga., the grand champion of data collections among the clan members.

And this month we are happy over the report of two brand new members of the clan, both of them of the sugar and spice and everything nice variety - choice bundles of femininity.

Vivianna, a charming little lady, arrived on this orb October 16, 1946, and will hence forth make her home with Mr. Fletcher Wooten Harris, Jr., and his wife - -the former Miss Maud Baker. Vivianna is a descendant of Captain Edmund Shackelford, of Revolutionary war fame, and her proud papa has a military record of his own in this last world war, of which we had somewhat to say in an earlier issue of the magazine. And incidentally, this family are citizens of our own great Lone Star State, being residents of Galveston, Texas.

Marsha Rosalind, another lovely little package from the heavenly realm, arrived October 24, 1946, to bless the home of Mr. Henry Marshall Hoffman and his wife- -the former Miss Margaret Zenobia Dillard, of Atlanta, Georgia. And quite a lusty little lady she was too, tipping the scales at 7 pounds and five ounces.

So the Editor, on behalf of the entire clan

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extends a sincere congratulations and best wishes.

And this month that little imp- -Dan Cupid, has not been on vacation either, as we have a report of two weddings, although one of them belated.

Miss. Mary Brennan Inkster, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Inkster, of Seattle, Washington, became the charming bride of Jack Theodore, only son of Mr. Theodore E. Nelson, and his wife - - the former Miss. Margery May Shackelford, April 6, 1946. The Nelsons live in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jack Theodore Nelson is a Captain in the United States Army; and his only brother was killed in a plane crash while in training during the late war.

Willie Mae, the pretty daughter of Mr. Robert Turney Scott, and his wife - - the former Miss Flossie Gertrude Sego, of Lexington, Tennessee, became the bride of Mr. James Howard, also of Lexington, Tenn., November 9, 1946. However, the details were not given. So to all parties we extend our warmest congratulations and sincere good wishes.


"Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" - - Matt, 11:28.


This month it becomes our very sad duty to report the death of another beloved member of our Clan- -Rev. Robert E. L. Harris, of Hogansville, Ga. He first saw the light of day December 18, 1866, at Penfield, Georgia, and passed to his eternal reward November 3, 1946, at his home in Hogansville.

We will not give the details at this time, as Rev. Harris is to be the subject of our sketch in the January issue of the magazine. But our sincere sympathy and deepest regrets go out to the bereaved in this, their hour of great sorrow.

This month we are again seeking information of one Ambrose Grayson Shackelford, Sr. He was born probably in Shelby County, Ky., about 1800. He marr-

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ied Sarah M. Dorsey, in Hardin County, Ky., March 1, 1826. Charles S. Dorsey was bondsman, and probably her father.

Ambrose Grayson Shackelford and his wife-Sarah M. Dorsey, had several children, including Ambrose Grayson, Jr., who was born in 1844, and moved to near Dewitt Arkansas. Any one knowing the ancestry of Ambrose Grayson Shackelford, or information of his children, will you please get in touch with Miss. Irene Morgan, Wilson Hall, Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, or send the information direct to us.

The Editor is also desirous of obtaining information of John Shackelford, who married Agnes Withers, also in Hardin County, Ky., February 20, 1819; and of another John Shackelford, or perhaps the same John, who married Sally Kazee, in Hardin Co., Ky., September 11, 1828. Information of ancestry and descendants desired.

The following men were in Shelby County, Ky., 1820: Sterling, Jeremiah, John, and Hiram Shackelford. All of them were between 45 and 60 years of age, all married and with families. Information of their ancestry or descendants will be purchased, or we will be happy to exchange.

This month we are seeking information of one Peter Alexander, son of William Alexander, who is said to have married Nancy Shackelford, daughter of Henry Shackleford, who died in Elbert County, Georgia. Both William Alexander and Henry Shackelford were soldiers of the Revolution. Information of the ancestry of Henry, and the descendants of both Henry and Nancy, is desired, and will be purchased or exchanged.

One Drury Oglesby married, or is said to have married Nancy, daughter of Capt. Edmund Shackelford, of Elbert County, Georgia.

One Drury Oglesby, born in Ga., 1816, and whose wife was Cintha, born in Ga., 1818, and were living in Elbert county, Ga., 1860, with the following children: Adeline, M.C.; T.C.C.; William and James. Was this Drury a son of Drury Oglesby and Nancy Shackelford? Information of the descendants

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of Drury Oglesby and Nancy Shackelford, desired.

One Rev. Edmund Shackelford, born about 1785, and died before 1828, in Morgan Co, Ga., and married Mildred ??, who was born 1788, and died May 23, 1828, in Morgan Co. Ga. We would like to know the ancestry of this Edmund Shackelford, and information as to descendants and maiden name of his wife- -Mildred.

One Henry Shackleford married Martha Lewis, in Elbert County, Ga., May 29, 1828.

Joseph H. Shackleford married Ann Thornton, in Elbert County, Ga.., December 22, 1825.

Henry Shackelford, born in Ga., 1804, married Martha ??, who was born in 1809, also in Georgia. They had the following children:

John born 1829, in Ga.

Jeremiah born 1831, in Ga.

William born 1835, in Ga.

Martha born 1833, in Ga.

Sarah born 1837, in Ga.

Lucy born 1839, in Alabama.

Mary born 1841, in Alabama.

James born 1843, in Alabama.

Albert born 1845, in Alabama.

Jane born 1848, in Alabama.

The above record according to census records in Shelby County, Alabama, 1850.

Query: Was this Henry and Martha the same Henry and Martha Lewis, who married in Elbert County, Ga. May 29, 1828?

Ancestry of the Henry Shackelford, of Elbert Co, Georgia. Henry Shackelford, of Shelby County, Alabama, and Joseph H. Shackelford, and information of their descendants, desired. Will purchase or exchange.

Since we are approaching Christmas time and the end of the year, we wish to take this method and opportunity to thank each of you again for your splendid help and co-operation during the year just ending; and to wish each of you all the joys and happiness of the season, and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

Until next month, Adios- -The Editor.

Transcribed by Sally Livermore July 1998

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