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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 February 1948 Vol. 3. No. 10


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 month we give you a story of one of Alabama's contributions to our Clan. We are indebted to Miss Helen B. Lindsey, of Newport, Kentucky, for the following story that appeared in an Alabama weekly newspaper, Sept. 19, 1888. It may be that space will not permit the entire story in this issue, but if not it will be concluded next month. Following is the story.

"Alabama's Brave Woman, handsome and winsome, but with nerves of steel. With an empty pistol she captures a Negro desperado and gives him over to justice--A four weeks pursuit and final apprehension of a gang of swindlers--running her own farm, and defending her person and property.

Alabama gives to the world a true heroine, whose life furnishes many striking incidents, bringing out in full relief her remarkable nerve, power and strength of character, says the Atlanta Journal. History may furnish examples of heroic conduct in one particular direction, but none to equal that of Alabama's fair daughter--Mrs. Annie P. Shackelford, of Pleasant Hill, Dallas County. The handsome face, radiant with a smile, the brown eyes full of intelligence, indicate a woman of tender sensibility, shrinking from a world's gaze to turn the light of her love on those at home.

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None who behold her faultless form and winsome manners would ever suspect that in that fair form dwelt a will invincible, a spirit irrepressible, a nerve power that enables her to do and dare what few women ever can or do.

A few years ago she gave her hand and heart to her young heart's choice. Her happiness was complete and unalloyed, and when the household was gladdened by the advent of a cherub she thought that nothing more could be desired or was desirable. But the dread scourge of consumption came and swept away her companion, leaving her enveloped in sadness and gloom. The brightness of her married life made her sorrow the darker and gloomier. Her father and mother having passed their three score years and ten, being invalids and helpless, she, with filial love and heroic determination, resolved to make it her life work to care for them and her little boy. And while attending to their wants daily and nightly, as well as to the duties of the household, she conducts a large farm, overlooking every detail. The pressure upon her time and energy is enormous, and her nerves must be of steel to resist so much and keep up the daily round.

Some twelve months ago she had ridden up on horseback from the farm, and hitching her horse outside, and entered a room to write an order for some supplies she needed. And while writing she heard the shutters of the window opening out on the porch, rattle. So snatching a pistol from the mantle she jumped behind the door. She had scarcely got there before the shutters opened and in walked a burley negro over six feet high, weighing over 175 lbs. He did not see her, and went straight to her dressing case, from which he took all of the money there.

Mrs. Shackelford tried to shoot, but the pistol, being unloaded, simply snapped. This attracted the attention of the negro, and with a howl he rushed at her, grabbed her with one hand, while with the other he tried to cut her throat. He

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succeeded in inflicting several wounds in her arm and one in her breast--the latter a painful and severe one. Our heroine finding that the muzzle end of the gun was powerless, reversed it and rained blow after blow upon the negro's head. This felled him to the floor, and as he fell she sprang past, and procuring a loaded pistol, cocked it and brought it to bear upon the prostrate negro.

Just as she was about to pull the trigger the negro made a leap through the open window and ran like a deer toward the woods. Although every wound was bleeding profusely, and the one in the breast extremely painful, Mrs. Shackelford, pistol in hand, ran out, and leaping into her saddle pursued the fleeing negro. As soon as she got in shooting distance she took deliberate aim and brought the miscreant down, having shot him through the thigh. She stood over him with the cocked pistol in hand for three quarters of an hour, until the officers arrived and carried the negro off to jail.

(continued next month, don't miss it.)


Our records do not show a thing about the above mentioned Annie P. Shackelford. Can any of you tell us who she was, and of what branch of the family she was one of? She lived in Dallas Co., Ala.


"People who worry about what other people think of them probably has given them something unfavorable to think about"--Guy


This past month has been a banner one for new subscribers, renewals and additional data sent in.

We are happy to add the following persons to our subscription list as new subscribers: Mrs. D. L. Stoddard, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Mrs. William T. Ray, of Athens, Ga.; Mrs. A. P. Martin, of Bellaire, Ohio; who also included one for her brother--John L. Shackelford, also of Bellaire. And Mrs. Eliza Shackelford, of Nashville, Tenn, send (sic) in subscriptions for her son--Mr. Odis Shackelford, also of Nashville, and Mrs. Spurgeon Jones, of Milan, Tenn.

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And from the following old subscribers we have renewals: Rev. Franklin S. Moseley, of Montgomery, Ala.; Mr. B. L. Shackelford, of Waynesboro, Va.; Mrs. G. A. DeLong, of Lexington, Ky.; and Rev. Moseley renewed for two years. And of course we are grateful to all of you and thank you very much.


Additional information was sent in by the following persons; Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La.; Mr. Edwin P. Hill, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. G. O. Simms, of Whitaker, Michigan; Mrs. Julia S. Dillard, of Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. D. L. Stoddard, of Spartanburg, S.C.; also Mrs. Margaret C. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C., Mrs. Cecil B. Taylor, of Clifton Forge, Va.; Mr. W. S. Willis, of San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Arta B. Flood, of Auburn, Calif.; Mrs. Amanda Gibson, of Franklin, Ga.; Mrs. B. L. Shackelford, of Waynesboro, Va.; Mrs. J. J. Norton, of Seneca, S.C.; Mrs. G. A. DeLong, of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs. A. S. Frye, of Somerset, Ky; Mr. Richard P. DuPage, of Forest Hills, N.Y.; Mrs. E. D. Humphries, of Sac City, Iowa; and orchids especially to Rev. F. S. Moseley, of Montgomery, Alabama, for his help and promptness in sending along data of Stephen Shackelford that we asked for in the January issue. And greatful thanks to all of you for your fine co-operation.


"Let us do our work as well, both the unseen and the seen; make the house where gods may dwell, beautiful, entire and clean"--Longfellow


A Chirstmas card from Mrs. Blanche G. Dickson, of Austin, Texas, informs us that she is enjoying her vacation and visit with her son, who is now in Lima, Peru. She has now been down there since November.


The Declaration of Independence, Continued from November 1947.

We therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do in the name

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and by the authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be Free and Independent States; and that they are absolved from all allegiance to the Brithsh Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, and with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Then followed the signatures, and the Declaration of Independence was concluded. So if you have kept all of your copies of the Clan, then you have the complete text.


"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction"--Proverbs 1:7.


One birth was reported this month. Master Michael Barry, lusty little son of Charles Berry and Sarah Jacquline Geeslin-Neill, made his debut in Atlanta, Ga., January 7, 1848, and of course we know he has alreay won their hearts. Mother and baby both doing fine when this report was sent in; and papa too. Sincere congratulations.


One marriage and one approaching marriage was reported this month.

Miss Lois Jean, beautiful and charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fleming Geeslin, of Macon, Ga., became the happy and blushing bride of Mr. William Burnett Hill, also of Macon, Jan. 14, 1948. But the details of the wedding are lacking. Therefore congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together are in order.

The approaching marriage of Miss Gloria Ann,

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attractive daughter of Mr. Woodie Leonidas and Mrs. Mable Oxford-Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga., was announced recently. The lucky goom to be is Mr. Ernest Latimer Baker. The time is February 7, 1948, and the place is Glenn Menorial (sic) Chapel, in Atlanta. Perhaps we will have more details of the wedding for you next month.


And now it becomes our sad duty to report the death of three members of our Clan this past month. Two of them being of our eldest and most venerable and beloved members of the Clan.

Col Thomas J. Shackelford, of Athens, Ga., passed to his eternal reward at his home in Athens, December 6, 1947, after a lingering illness of several months.

We have had some correspondence with Col Shackelford, but he had never found the time to send us a record of his family. We do not know the date of his birth, nor are we certain of his parentage, as he had never told us that, but he was a grandson of Edmund Shackelford, Jr., and Esther Stoneham. And we believe that he was a son of Charles William Shackelford and Carolyn Chandler.

Then just ten days earlier the death angel had stopped at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Shackelford, of Waynesboro, Va., and took from them their eldest son--Bernard Leslie, Jr. Bernard Leslie Shackelford, Jr. was born December 16, 1937, and passed to his eternal reward November 26, 1947. Plucked from them in the very bud of his youth.

Then on December 20, 1947, another of our beloved members passed to regions beyond. Mrs. Ida Florence Arbuckle, born the daughter of James A. and Margaret Ann Ware-Shackelford, at Otterville, Mo., Oct. 27, 1867, and died on her way to the hospital

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after suffering a heart attack in her home, at 2505 Jackson Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Her husband--Leon B. Arbuckle, preceded her in death Sept. 22, 1942. Survivors include three daughters, two sons, two sisters, two brothers, 11 grand children and 15 great grand children.

And on behalf of the entire Clan may we extend our deepest sympathy and admonition of hope to all who mourn. And remember to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.


One of the Clan members is trying desperately to prove her Shackelford ancestry for the purpose of becoming a member of the D.A.R. So any one able to throw any light on this lineage will be greatly appreciated.

Francis Marion Shackelford was born 1820, and was the son of William Shackelford, Jr. and his wife--Sarah Mariah Rogers; and he was the grandson of William Shackelford, Sr. and his wife--Rebecca Cook. And we know that William Shackelford, Sr. was a soldier of the Revolution, and that Francis M. was his grandson. We need documentary proof.

Francis Marion Shackelford was married four times, having married his first wife--Mary C. Watson, in Franklin County, Ga. December 13, 1847. Then in 1850 he was living in Calhoun Co., Alabama, with one child--a son William Calvin.

Francis Marion Shackelford married for his second wife--Mary Elizabeth Wingo; thirdly-Martha Willis or Wallis, and fourthly--Mary Elizabeth Phillips-Wingo, a widow. By his four wives he had the following children: William Calvin, Sarah Elizabeth, Laura Josephine, Franklin Pierce, Talula Ann, John Francis, James Willis, Carrie, Walter McDonald and Irvin Miller.

We know that Mr. Walter McDonald and Irvin Miller Shackelford, both of whom are still living, are his children by his last wife. But we would like to know who the mothers of his other children were, and the dates and places of his marriages.

We need those places and dates to definitely establish the parentage of our member menioned above.

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Any one able to help us out on this please communicate with Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La., or with the Editor of this magazine.

Andrew Porter, said to have been born in Fayette Co., Ky., but likely was born in Virginia, married Mary Shackelford, who was born in Virginia. They lived in Harrison County, Ky., and are known to have had the following children:

Nancy-------------------(married Jesse Henry)

Probably others.

Jesse Henry, was a son of Watson Henry and his wife--Judith or Edith Emerson, of Harrison Co., Ky. They are known to have had the following children:

Dr. James P.---------(married Eleanor Smith)

Eliza------------------(died at age 14, never married)

Mary T.--------------(married 1st Wiliam McIntosh, " 2nd J. Brown Hovey)

Judge John W.-------(married Maria Williams)

There were two others but their names not shown.

Descendants of Jesse Henry and Nancy Porter live in or near Independence and Kansas City, Mo.

All additional information of Andrew Porter and his wife--Mary Shackelford, ie ancestry, cemetery and Bible records of their descendants, or of any genealogical nature whatever, will be appreciated by the Editor, and is much to be desired.


William Mason, son of Robert Mason, married Sally Shackelford, December 17, 1792.

John Jones married Mary Shackelford, October, 24, 1788.

Henry McLeod married Parthenia Shackelford, July 1804. (Parentage and exact date not shown)

William Delaney or Dulaney, married Frankie Jones Shackelford, September 14, 1786.

The four last named marriages all in Frederick County, Virginia.

Information regarding the ancestory of these people, or of their descendants, greatly desired.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor

Transcribed by Alex Early May 15, 1998

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