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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 June 1947 Vol. 3. No. 2


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 are giving you a letter written by a prominent citizen of the South, showing his opinions and depicting conditions prevailing in the South at that time, by one in sympathy with and who supported the Confederate cause.

We have no such letter written by one who was supporting the cause of the Union; and therefore would like very much to have such a letter. So if any of you have a letter written by any one supporting the Union at that time won't you please be kind enough to send us a copy? We are anxious to give both sides of any controversy.


Jackson, Tenn

March, 1, 1862.

Dear Uncle Richard:

I have intended for some time to write you a long letter, but have been so much engaged since the commencement of the war in various ways which I have not time to speak about, that I have omitted to perform this - always a pleasant task, and duty.

Some time in the month of November I believe, Colonel Reynolds Regiment reached here on their way to Union City, and stopped at the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Depot for a short time, where I found

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Cousin Willis Shackelford, and took him to my house for a short time to see my family and to partake of a hasty breakfast. I also saw one of cousin Madison Shackelford's sons.

The regiment camped here but a short time and I had but little conversation with cousin Willis, which I regretted.

Col Reynolds regiment was in the battle of Ft. Donaldson, and I see that he himself, and many of his officers were taken prisoners; and among the officers I see the name of that of Captain W. A. H. Shackelford, which I suppose is that of cousin Willis, and that they are at St. Louis, Mo. This is truly a hard case, among hundreds of others of similar nature, and I sympathize deeply. Sympathize with both you and aunt Fanny and family, and more particularly with cousin Willis and his large family, who I know must be greatly distressed when they hear of the capture.

I am sorry that the family of cousin Willis is so far from me that I cannot see them, but my situation is so at this time that I cannot leave home even for a day at a time. I do hope and pray that the enemy will treat cousin Willis and all of the unfortunate men who surrendered at Ft. Donaldson, with humanity, and exchanged them for some of the prisoners we have in the South.

You will no doubt, before you receive this, see all the accounts about the battle of Donaldson published, and a memo of the war generally.

The evacuation of Columbus was quite un-expected to the greater portion of the citizens of this region of the country, and the South generally. Our troops occupied Columbus as a military necessity, which no doubt has had a fine effect and now we have to evacuate the place as a matter of policy; and I believe displays good judgement of our commanders. And the evacuation, from all I can learn, has been nearly accomplished. Will be complete in a day or two without much sacrifice on our part, or confusion of any kind, in the shortest time possible, and I have no doubt

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was very unexpected to the enemy.

Several regiments have arrived here within the past few days, and our home has been crammed to overflowing with officers and soldiers; and many of them no doubt, have suffered for comfort, proper food and some place to rest their weary limbs. Some regiments, or rather their baggage, has been sent here, and I see this morning though, some baggage returning to Union City and Humbolt, where an encampment I suppose, is to be established, and a portion of the troops which was at Columbus will be stationed near these places; another portion at Henderson Station, which is on The Mobile & Ohio Railroad near opposite Mifflin, where there has been an encampment for some time.

Beaurgard has been here for several weeks, and General Polk is also here. General Bragg arrived here last Sunday morning. Generals Beaurgard and Polk will make their Headquarters here I suppose, and General Bragg will too, for awhile; as will General Pillow. General Beaurgard will have his Headquarters close to me, as I learn that my nearest neighbor has given of his house for that purpose.

My two sons - Willis and Walter, volunteered at the commencement of the war and joined the first company mustered into service at this place, and have not been at home but once, that was the time they were sick. My youngest son Walter is only seventeen years of age, though well grown and quite an active soldier. Willis is more retired. Both of them so far, have abstained from the dissipations and evil lusts incident to all armies.

Col William H. Stephens of this place, is the Colonel of their regiment, and his regiment has the character of being the best drilled and much the best disciplined of any in his brigade.

My eldest son Newton has been living at Clinton, Alabama, where he has been practicing medicine for the past two years. He will join the army at that place soon, or come here and join the regiment with his brothers, who will re-enlist for the war when their time expires in May.

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And from what I can learn, nearly all of our troops in this part of Tennessee will re-enlist.

Uncle Richard you would feel mortified if you was in your old County of and find a good many of your old acquaintances and associates talking about the Union. They say they are for the South, but at the same time they will not volunteer nor let their sons volunteer, or do not aid in any way in the cause we are engaged in. And there is no doubt, should the Lincolnites unfortunately get possession of our County but that the same men will take protection from the old flag, and in many cases assist and point out their sesession neighbors, and do them all the injury they can to save their own property.

The U-men were all pretty quiet until the surrender of Forts Henry and Donaldson, which gave the enemy full control of all the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.

It was certainly a great oversight in our head men to omit in over looking the situation of the rivers alone named. The Northern Journals had published three months past their intentions, which they succeeded in carrying out even beyond their own expectations. It is true, the enemy might reach Nashville without having benefit of the Cumberland, but they could not have held the place for any length of time without the aid of their gun boats.

From present indications it is supposed that our army will be quartered at Union City, which is within six or eight miles of the Kentucky line, Humbolt, this place and Henderson Station and Corinth; therefore keeping up a line from Union City to Florence and Iuka, where there is now a very large force of our troops, and will be soon - much larger. And another portion of our army is now at Island #10, which I learn is well fortified and apparently secure.

I expect that you begin to feel some uneasiness in your part of the country as well as we do here, though we are not as uneasy now as we were

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prior to the evacuation of Columbus.

I have filled out my sheet of paper, so I must close for the present with a request that you write me soon after the receiption of this.

My wife and daughter Laura, which constitutes my white family here, join me in an affectionate remembrance to you and aunt Fanny and your numerous family generally. Yours with usual affection.

Sig - A. Pyles.


The above was written by Addison Pyles, nephew, (correction) a grandson of Richard and Mary Ann Roberts-Shackelford, and the grandfather of Walter G. Holmes, late Editor of Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind.


"Second thoughts may not be better for some standpoints, but they are usually safer" -


This month we are grateful for the following subscription renewals: Mrs. Hazel Lloyd, of Oklahoma City, Ok; Mr. Price M. Rice, of Hamilton, Texas.; Mrs. R. L. Thacker, of Franklin, W. Va.; and Mrs. Julia S. Dillard, of Atlanta, Ga. To all of whom we say again - "Thanks a Million", we are grateful for your co-operation.


We are also grateful to the following persons for new data sent in this month: Mrs. George A. Vaughn, of Kansas City., Mrs. E. B. Federa, of Louisville, Ky.; Mrs Mary E. Churchill, of Denver, Colo; Mrs. O. M. Morrison, of Eagleville, Mo., Miss Ora Tanquary, of Van Wert, Ohio.; Mr. Oury A. Shackelford, of Murray, Ky.; Mrs. James O. Franklin, of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Mrs. Nora F. Shackleford, of Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. E. E. Evans, of Columbia, Mo.; Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs. Earl. C. Frost, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Dr. R. M. Shackleford, of Mobile, Ala.; Mrs. R. L. Thacker, of Franklin, W. Va.; Mrs. M. H. Netherton, of Gentry, Ark.; Mrs. J. B. Lynch, of Arkansas City, Kan.; And to all of whom we are very grateful, we certainly do appreciate their help.


We hear a great deal about the approaching era of un-employment, but there seems no likelihood

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in the near future that peace makers will be numbered among them.

Two new members of the Clan arrived this month, or they were reported this month.

A belated report informs us that lusty Gary Melvin arrived on this orb March, 25, 1947, and is to take up permanent abode with the happy parents - Mr. And Mrs. Chester B. and Melva E. Shackelford - Burton, of Duluth, Minnesota.

Karla June, a very charming little lady put in her appearance May, 1, 1947, and will henceforth bless the home of Mr. And Mrs. Constantine (Gus) and Bonnie June Shackelford - Glavus, of Kansas City, Mo.

To all of whom we extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes.


And that sly little elf - Dan Cupid, has been a bit busy of late, his darts finding their way into the hearts of Shirley Ann McGinnes, charming daughter of Mrs. Eva Arbuckle-Krudop, and her deceased husband, the late Charles Waller McGinnes, of Kansas City, Mo. Shirley Ann becoming the very winsome bride of Mr. Darrell Lynn Havener, also of Kansas City, April, 11, 1947.

Also lovely Roberta Lavonne, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Edward Cecil, and Bertha Martin - Omstead, who became the charming bride of Mr. Robert Ward, son of Mr. And Mrs. Fred Ward, of New Hampton, Mo. The Omsteads live at Eagleville, Mo. The nuptials being performed in The Central Latter-day Saint Church, of Kansas City, April, 19, 1947. After a brief honeymoon in the Ozarks the happy couple will be at home in Kansas City.

Also Gladys Mare Todd, of Lexington, Tenn., became the happy bride of Robert Paul, son of Clemuel E. and Ruby Ann Shackelford - Jowers, also of Lexington. Details of this owever, were not included in the information. The wedding took place May, 3, 1947.

So on behalf of the entire Clan we extend our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all. May all of you live long and happy lives together.

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"And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles and the rulers and people, that they might be reconed by genealogy" - Nehemiah, 7:5



James B. Shackelford, a son of John and Anne Lyne - Shackelford, was born probably in King and Queen Co., Va., March 1725. He married for his first wife - Elizabeth Scott, probably in Prince William Co., Va., and they had two children as follows:

Mary., -------------------(married George Grant)

Amy or Anny., -----------(married Alexander Parker)

James B. Shackelford, then married for his second wife - Mrs. Mary Allen - Stamms, and to them were born nine sons and two daughters as follows:

James, Jr., ---------------(married Elizabeth Clarke)

Mary Amelia., ----------(married John Metcalf)

George., ----------------(married Elizabeth Botts)

John., -------------------(married Susan H. Clark)

Edmund., ---------------(married Philadelphia Ferguson)

Sarah., ------------------(married Christopher Metcalf)

Thomas., ----------------(married 1st Agnes Clopton)

William., ----------------(married Sabina Metcalf)

Names of the other three not known.


James, son of James B. and Mary Allen - Stams, Shackelford, was born, probably in Prince William Co., Va., February, 17, 1763, and died in Mason Co., Ky., in 1823. He married Elizabeth Clarke, in February of 1800, in Mason Co., Ky. Children as follows:

Dr. John., -----------(married Ann Colburn Chambers.

Cynthia., -------------(never married.

James Madison., ----(married Margaret Scott Baird.)

Mary Ann., ----------(married George M. Payne)

Charles Clarke., ----(married Susan Steele


Mary Amelia, daughter of James B. and Mary Allen - Stamms - Shackelford, was born, probably in Prince William Co., Va., 1764. She married John Metcalf, Sr., May 1, 1782; and had children as follows:

Thomas, Orick, Dr. James, Charles, John, Jr., Dr. Volney, Amelia, Louisa, and Mary Metcalf, Mason Co., Ky.

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George, son of James B. and Mary Allen - Stamms - Shackelford, born probably in Fauquier County, Va. He married Elizabeth Botts, lived in Bourbon Co., Ky, and had nine children as follows: William, James, Alexander, Marcus, Seth, Harriet, Lucy, Emily and Narcissa.


John Shackelford, son of James B. and Mary Allen - Stamms, is known to have married Susan H. Clark, and to have had at least one child that died in infancy. There may have been others. But we have no further information of this man or his family.


Edmund Shackelford, son of James B. and Mary Allen - Stamms, was probably born in Prince William County, Va. He married Philadelphia Ferguson, and is known to have had two sons - Thomas and George. One Edmund Shackelford, thought to have been this man, was in Jefferson County, Mississippi Territory as early as 1802.

The Editor would be grateful for additional information of any of the above families, particularly of Edmund, and his wife Philadelphia Ferguson. We have more or less data of each of the above mentioned families except Edmund.

One Judge George W. Shackleford, in Hinds County, Miss., during the war between the States, close friend to Jefferson Davis, who later moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., is thought to have been the son George, of Edmund and Philadelphia.

Any one having additional data of any of the descendants of James B. Shackelford, and his wife - Mary Allen Stamms, particularly of Edmund and his wife - Philadelphia, please communicate with us. We will be happy to purchase any and all information that we do not already have, or exchange. Thanks a million in advance.

And now until next month, Adios - The Editor.

Transcribed by Phoebe Larne, May 25, 1998

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