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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

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

$1.00 A Year Published Monthly 10¢ A Copy

Lubbock, Texas July 1947 Vol. 3. No. 3.


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.


CAPTAIN EDMUND SHACKELFORD. Edmund Shackelford was a son of John and Ann Shackelford, of Orange County, Va. He married Judith Eastin, daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Eastin, also of Orange County, Va.

Edmund Shackelford was appointed and sworn in as a Captain in the Revolutionary forces, Orange Co., Va., May, 25, 1780. (Minute Book 2, page 118). He moved to Elbert County, Ga., about 1790, and following is a copy of his Will.

State of Georgia)

County of Elbert)

In the name of God, Amen:

I, Edmund Shackelford, Sr, of the State and County aforesaid, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this - my last Will and Testament in manner and form following; that is to say:

First: I will my soul to God who gave it to me, trusting He will receive the same through the merits of my Redeemer - Jesus Christ; and my body to the dust from whence it came, to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter to be named.

Secondly: It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid in due time and form by my Execitors.

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Thirdly: I leave all the property which I may die possessed of, both personal and real, to my well beloved wife - Judith Shackelford, during her natural life.

Fourthly: It is my will that all the property which I now do or may possess at my death, and after the death of my said wife, shall be equally divided between all my children or their heirs; that is to say - my sons Phillip, Edmond, John, Reuben, Jefferson, and my daughters, to with: Nancy Oglesby, Elizabeth Seale, Judith Alexander, Polly Shackelford and Sally Shackelford, upon the condition that John Seale, the husband of my said daughter - Elizabeth Seale, previous to his receiving any part of my said estate, return the negro boy Trump, which I have loaned him, together with a reasonable

hire for the said boy, from the date of this instrument, to my executors hereafter to be named. And that Mordecai Alexander, the husband of my said daughter - Judith Alexander, shall return a negro boy Jack, which I have loaned him, with a reasonable hire for the same, in manner and form as expressed relative to the boy which John Seale has.

And that Drury Oglesby return the negro woman Sarah, which I have loaned him, with a reasonable hire in the same manner as before expressed relative to the two boys - Trump and Jack.

Fifthly: It is my further will and desire that my wife give to each of my children not married and who have not received any advancements, to make them up equal to what the others have received out of my said estate on their marriage of becoming of age as the case may be; and if any of them should remain un-married or un-provided for, at her death, that they shall receive the value of the advancements made to the other part of my children out of my said estate, together with an equal part of the residue of my estate.

Sixthly: It is my further will and desire that my son Jefferson should be educated at the expense of my said estate so far as to understand arthimetic and the English grammar. -

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Seventhly: It is my further will and desire that my executor should retain one eighth acre of the land on which I now live, including the graveyard, and pay tax on it for same, and that the same remain unmolested.

Eighthly and lastly: I hereby appoint my beloved wife - Judith Shackelford, executrix, and my sons Phillip Shackelford and Edmund Shackelford and John Shackelford, my executors, to this my last Will and Testament; and in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the first day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one. (May, 1, 1821.)

State of Georgia) Court of Ordinary,

County of Elbert) January Term, 1822.

Personally appeared in court Joseph Chipman, Job Watson and Jeptha V. Harris, who being duly sworn, say that they were subscribing witnesses to the within will, that they subscribed the same in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other and that they saw him subscribe and acknowledge the same and that they believe he was of sound and disposing mind at the time he executed the same.

Sworn to in open court this, the eighth day of January 1822.

Recorded in Ordinary's Office, Elberton, Elbert County, Ga., Will Book L. (12816-1821), pages 459/460, January, 12, 1822.


"A fool and his money are soon parted. But that is only half the story; they also get plenty of attention.


The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, have nothing in common with genealogy, but since all are so very important,

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and since there are so many people who know so little about the, it is the desire of the Editor to aquaint as many of the people with those wonderful documents as possible. And since we have heard so much the past few years about violations of the Constitution, we are giving you the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights in the Clan Magazine. We will only publish a very little in each issue, so that we can still retain space for the information we wish to pass on to you. So just keep all of your Clans and eventually you will have both documents complete.


When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bans that have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That when any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. (Continued next month)

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"Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires and animates, is something celestial, divine, and consequently imperishable" - Aristotle.


Good old summertime, vacation time, a wonderful time of the year for those planning for, and going on vacations; but truly a headache for those of us who are not going, and trying to continue our regular activities.

This month we have only three subscriptions to announce, and very little new data has come along. But we are grateful never-the-less, for all that has come in.

But to all of you going on vacations we wish you a wonderful time and a safe return home. We only wish that we were going too.

This month we are grateful to Mrs. E. T. Stier, of Lexington, Mo., and Mrs. C. W. Purcell, of Huntington, W.Va., for subscription renewals, and to Detroit Public Library, Detroit, Michigan, for a new subscription.

We are also indebted to Mrs. M. P. West of Elberton, Ga.; Mrs. Mary E. Churchill, of Denver, Colo.; Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La.; Mr. Marshall L. McClanahan, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs. Nora F. Shackelford, of Rochester, N.Y.; Mr. Thomas J. Barnes, of McMinnville, Tenn.; Mrs. A. C. Ellis, of Los Gatos, Calif.; Miss Mary Lee Shackelford, of Jefferson, Texas.; and Mrs. B. W. Gandrud, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for new data sent in. Thanks a million to each of you for subscriptions and data. We are indeed grateful.


This month we have not had a single birth reported; but there was one very elaborate wedding by a member of the Clan.

Miss Frances Grove, the very lovely and charming daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lon Grove, of Atlanta, Ga., became the bride of Mr. William Henry

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Harris, son of William Lovejoy and Mary Edith Gibben - Harris, of Thomasville, Ga., and Marion, Va., June, 14, 1947, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, in Atlanta, Ga. After the honeymoon in the mountains of North Carolina, Mr. And Mrs. Harris will be at home in Marion, Va. And to them, on behalf of the entire Clan we wish them a long life together, filled with much happiness; and sincere congratulations and best wishes.


But now it becomes our sad duty to report the passing of a very beloved member of our Clan - Mrs. Ruby Shackelford - Meadors, of Lynchburg, Va., passed to her eternal reward May, 25, 1947, after an illness of only three hours. She was born the daughter of George William and Martha A. (Pattie) Richardson - Shackelford, in Henry Co., Va., Jan, 3, 1878.

She married James Ludwell Meadors, and to that union were born six children, all of whom survive her. She is also survived by her husband, one sister - Mrs. Pearl Richardson, of Axton, Va., seven grand children, a host of nephews and nieces, and friends numbered only by those who knew her.

Indeed, an honored and beloved member of the Clan is gone. Let us cherish her memory and emulate her example. And to all the bereaved we extend deepest sympathy and an admonition of hope. May God bless and comfort every one of you.


"--Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours" - Revelations 14:13



Since we have just recently come in possession of a true copy of the will of Capt Edmund Shackelford, a copy of which you will find on pages one and two of this issue, we see that records in our possession contain some slight errors. Therefore we need and earnestly solicit your help and co-operation in trying to complete this records, and eliminate the errors that appear to have creeped in.

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From the will of Captain Edmund we see that he had ten children, five sons and five daughters; that three of his daughters were married, ie Nancy, who married Drury Oglesby; Elizabeth, who married John Seale; and Judith, who married Mordecai Alexander. Now can some of you tell us who the daughters Sally and Polly married?

We as well as many others of the Clan, would be grateful for any information regarding the families of the sons and daughters of Captain Edmund Shackelford, particularly of the sons Edmund, John, Reuben and Jefferson; and of the daughters, all of them. The names of their wives, husbands, children, where they lived and died, etc. We will be happy to exchange or purchase any additional information from any person who has it.

And also we find the following marriages in Elbert County, Ga., which we would like to know much more about.

Arnold Thompson married Elizabeth Shackelford, April, 23, 1816.

Garland Jones married Winnie Shackelford, December, 7, 1820.

William Thomas Fortson married Sarah H. Shackelford, November, 22, 1821.

William T. Thornton married Nancy Jane Shackelford, July, 20, 1826.

John Harris married Mary J. (Polly) Shackelford, December, 6, 1820.

All the above marriages in Elbert County, Ga. And we would like to know who the parents of the Shackelford women were. Can you supply the information? There was another Shackelford will in Elbert County, which we will give you next month.


Sarah Shackelford, daughter of James B., and Mary Allen-Stamms-Shackelford, born in Fauquier County, Virgiania. She married Christopher Metcalf, January, 2, 1796, probably in Mason County, Kentucky. And our

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records show they had the following children: Albert, Julia and Mary, and there were probably others. They moved from Mason Co., Ky., but it is now known where they moved to.

William Shackelford, son of James B. and Mary Allen-Stamms-Shackelford, married Sabina Metcalf, (probably a sister to John and Christopher) February, 9, 1798, probably in Mason County, Ky. They had the following children:

John Metcalf., --------(married 1st Nancy Hord, 2nd Amelia Hickman.

Maria., ---------------(married James Lewis Hickman)

James., ---------------(married ??

William Stamms., ----(married Sarah L. Reed)

Elizabeth., ------------(married ???

Mary., ----------------(married Simeon B. Allen)

Sabina., ---------------(married James Orvil Shackelford)

Susan L., --------------(married David C. Higbee)


Colonel Lyne Shackelford, son of John and Ann Lyne-Shackelford, was born about 1727, probably in Gloucester or King & Queen County, Va. He married a second time, his first wife being Elizabeth Taliaferro, daughter of William Taliaferro, of King & Queren Co., Va. They had the following issue:

Lyne, Jr., -------------(married Elizabeth Price Dabney)

Zachariah., -----------(married ??

John., -----------------(married ??

Rose Taliaberro., -----(married Benjamin Kenningham)

Benjamin., ------------(married Frances McCulloch)


We have almost a complete data of the descendants of Lyne Shackelford, Jr., and Benjamin, sons of Col Lyne and his first wife - Elizabeth. But we are very anxious to have information of the two sons - Zachariah and John. It is believed that Zachariah moved to Kentucky, but it is said that John moved to North Carolina where he left many descendants. But we have never located either of them or their families.

We will be happy to exchange or to purchase any additional information of those families.

And now until next month, Adios - The Editor.

Transcribed by Phoebe Larne      May 25, 1998

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