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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 August1947 Vol. 3. No. 4


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.



I, Henry Shackelford, of Elbert County, and State of Georgia, being very low in health, but of Perfect mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die; do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament: That is to say first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be decently buried. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and dispose of same in the following manner and form.

First: I give and bequeath to my beloved son Henry Shackelford, one hundred and nine acres of land beginning at a corner beach on Vanns Creek, on Edmund Harper's, thence running on said Harper's line to a red oak and on John Cason's line, and thence on said Cason's line to a pine corner, then to a hickory corner, thence to a pine and thence to a willow on the Spring Branch, thence down said branch to Vanns Creek, thence down said Creek to the beginning.

Also my will and desire is, that the land that I now possess and live on, shall be sold to the highest bidder at two years credit, one half of the money to be paid twelve months after the sale and the other half to be paid at the two years end, and then the money shall be equally divided between my daughters to-wit: Nancy, Betsy, Jinney, and Fanny.

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Also all my household furniture shall be sold at twelve months credit and to be equally divided between my four daughters, as afore mentioned.

Also, my will is, that my stock of horses shall be sold also on twelve months credit and the money divided as afore mentioned amongst my four daughters.

Also my will and desire is further, that my grandson - Edmund Alexander, shall have one hundred dollars out of my estate, which money is to be put out on interest 'till he becomes of age.

Also I give and bequeath to my son Edmund Shackleford, one half of my stock of cattle, hogs, sheep, and the balance to be sold at twelve months credit and equally divided between my four daughters. And further, my will is that all my debts shall be paid out of a bond which I have on Benjamin Kee, and the balance divided between my four daughters.

Also I do hereby constitute, make and ordain my son-Edmund Shackelford and my son Henry Shackelford and William Brown, my executors of this my last Will and Testament.

This April, 5th, 1808. His

Sig-Henry X Shackelford


Signed, sealed and declared in the presence of us-Joseph Shipman, John M. White and Peter Alexander, as witnesses.

Recorded in Will Book L, pages 229/30.

Probated January, 5, 1819. Elbert County, Ga.


In the settlement of the estate of the above named Henry Shackelford, Peter Alexander, William Brown, Joel Mann and Samuel N. Bailey, were legatees. They were probably sons-in-law of Henry Shackelford, and hus-

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bands of his four daughters. Can any of you verify this for us?


"A Man bids fairer for greatness of soul, who is the descendant of worthy ancestors, and has good blood in his veins" - Addison.



But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security-Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation 'till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation of the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

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He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercises; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without and convulsions from within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States, for that purpose of obstructing the laws of Naturalization of Foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands. (To be continued).


"Prefer knowledge to wealth, for one is transitory, the other perpetual" - Hindoo saying.


It finally happened. For several years now we have been trying to find an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Kentucky in search of information that we felt certain we could find if we could just get over there. So when least expected we had an opportunity to get away from home for two weeks, so away we went.

We left home Friday afternoon July, 11th, journeying through the land of our birth where we took time out to spend the night with one of our favorite relatives. We arrived in Nashville, Tenn., at noon on Monday, July the 14th, and spent the afternoon there in The Library of the Tennessee Historical Society. Then we arrived in Louisville, Ky., that night, and the following morning we went early to the Filson Club and rolled up our sleeves and went to work. We remained there all that week, and then on Sunday July the 20th, we journeyed on over to Frankfort, Kentucky., where on Monday morning we began work in the Kentucky Historical Society. We spent three happy and busy days there, and then on the fourth day we devoted our time in searching the records at the Franklin County Court House, and the land records in the Kentucky Land Office, at the State House.

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This writer has been doing genealogical research for several years, and in twenty one States; but never have we been shown as much kindness, courtesy and consideration as on this excursion. And we wish to thank Mrs. Trotwood Moore and her assistants, of Nashville; Miss Ludie Kinkead, and her staff at the Filson Club; and Mr. Bayless Hardin and Miss Iva Hardin (no relation), of the Kentucky Historical Society; also Mr. Graham, the affable County Clerk, of Franklin County, and Mr. Johnson, of The Kentucky Land Office, who in his 80th year is the very essence of courtesy, all for the kindness and help.

We shall be happy to tell you more about our journey and our findings in later issues of the Magazine, but space will not permit much of the story this time. And those of you who are interested in Kentucky records, and who have been corresponding with us, will be hearing from this writer in the next few days.

But for the benefit of those who may be interested, but do not know this, please be reminded that the Land Grant records of Kentucky have no information of a genealogical nature. That is, they do not show where any man lived or the name of any member of his family or his wife. They do show when the land was granted by reason of his military service, but not the time or the place of such service.


"Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." - Matthew 7:7


We are very happy because of the brisk pace in which subscriptions have been coming in this past month; and we are extremely grateful to the following persons for subscription renewals: Mr. F. T. Shackelford, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. W. M. Belamy, of Wilmington, N.C.; Mrs. J. L. Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss.; Miss Carrie Ida Seale, of Houston, Texas.; Judge V. R. Shackelford, of Orange, Va.; and Mrs. H. H. Shackelford, of New Orleans, La.

Also the following persons for new

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subscriptions: The Filson Club, of Louisville, Ky.; Kentucky Historical Society, of Frankfort. Ky.; Tennessee State Library, of Nashville.; Mrs. Mary T. Moore, of Bowling Green, Ky.; Bureau of Historical Research, of West Chester, Penn.; Mr. G. R. Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark. To all of whom we say again-"Thank you, we hope you like our little leaflet, we shall try to merit your confidence.


And we are also grateful for the new data sent in, and indebted to the following: Mr. George R. Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark.; Mrs. E. L. Trenholm, of Jackson, Miss.; Mrs. B. W. Gandrud, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.; Mrs. Merlyn Houck, of Stillwater, Okla.; Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La.; And to all of whom we say again "Thank you very very kindly."--


Only one birth reported this month, and we are at a loss as to just who it is. Nancy Nettles, a charming little lady arrived on this orb July, 20, and will henceforth make her home with the proud parents-Mr. And Mrs. John F. Shackelford, presumably of Bonita, La. We say "presumably" because we do not know for certain just who this is, or where they live. Our correspondent told us nothing only that she arrived at the home of the above named parents. Letter mailed at Bonita, La.

We also presume that John F. Shackelford is a son of Mr. And Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La., as they have a son, John F., but we did not know he was married, nor do we know the name of his wife. But at any rate, we extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes.


No marriages have been reported this month, but we are saddened by the report of the deaths of two members of the Clan.

Some one sent us a report of the death of one George Shackelford, Sr., presumably of Louisville, Ky. Exact date or place not shown, except that the announcement appeared Saturday, July 19th.

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He was in his 87th year, and his survivors are sons- Luther P. Shackelford, of Pittsburg, Penn., M. Brown Shackelford, of Plainfield Indiana, George, Jr, presumably of Louisville, Ky, five grand children and three great grand children. To all of whom we, on behalf of the entire Clan, extend our deepest sympathy and admonition of hope.

We would be very happy to have additional information of the ancestry and descendants of this Mr. George Shackelford and his family

And also comes word of the death of one of our most beloved members of the Clan. But again our correspondent did now show exact date, but we are certain that it was recently. She was Mrs. Lula Collins-Shackelford, of Myrtle, Mississippi.

She was born Lula Collins, March, 20, 1871, at or near Myrtle, Miss, spending her entire life in that section of the country. She was the daughter of E. W. and Permelia Darden- Collins; And she was married to James Wylie Shackelford, October, 30, 1889, to which union were born four sons and four daughters, two of them dying in childhood. The other six survive her. Her husband also survives.

This writer, while doing genealogical research in that section, visited Mr. And Mrs. James Wylie Shackelford, and found them to be affable and charming - royal entertainers. Mrs. Shackelford was quiet and unassuming, but with a grace and charm that one never forgets. We shall always cherish the memory of our visit in their home. And we shall always admonish to emulate her example. Our heart goes out to each of the bereaved, to all of whom we extend our deepest sympathy.


This month we are seeking information of the following: Joseph (Joe) Shackelford, said to have been born at Tupelo, Miss., presumably about 1820. He married Sarah Long, and to them were born at least eight children, perhaps other.

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Robert, (Bob) ------------(married ??

Thomas, (Tom) ----------(married ??

Bud., --------------------(married ??

William (Willie) ----------(married ??

Andrew., -----------------(married ??

James Luther., -----------(married Alice Malone Tate)

Matt., --------------------(married ??

Fanny., ------------------(married ??

This family lived in White County, Ark., and we shall be happy to have any additional information of the ancestry of Joseph (Joe) Shackelford, or of his children and grand children. So if any of you can help us on this please pass the information to Mr. George R. Shackelford, Rt. 8, Box 574, Texarkana, Ark., or to the Editor.

Harvey King Shackelford, born about 1839/40, near Griffin, Ga., of whom we shall be happy to tell you more, much more, in later issues of the Magazine. He married Virginia Augusta Murphy, daughter of Dr. Murphy, of Atlanta, Ga., and had a number of children.

Harvey King Shackelford was a prolific writer of boy's stories, but spent the greater part of his life in New York and New England, but in later life returned to Thomasville, Ga., where he died.

We have very little information of this remarkable man and his family; therefore would be very happy to have the data of his ancestry and descendants, as well as a great deal of information of his entire branch of the family. Won't some one be so kind as to pass any information of this family along to us?


"The best way to get along with people is to help people along" - Stansifer.


Last month we asked you for information of the descendants of Col Lyne Shackelford, of King & Queen Co., Va., and his wife - Elizabeth Taliaferro, particularly of his daughter - Rose Taliaferro, who married Benjamin Kenningham. We will be grateful for any part of it.

So until next month, Adios - The Editor.

Transcribed by Phoebe Larne Date: May 30, 1998

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