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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 November 1947 Vol. 3. No. 7.


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.



Knowing the uncertainty of death, I, the said John Shackelford, being weak in body, but of sound understanding, do proclaim the following to be my last Will and Testament.

First: All of my just debts to be paid.

To my wife - Anne Shackelford, I leave all of my estate, both personal and real; and after her death the estate to be divided.

To my daughter - Milly Shackelford, I give three negroes - James and his children, Lucy and Richmond; provided that if she dies without issue that her share shall go to her two sisters equally.

And to the heirs of my daughter - Betsy Ballard, two negroes - Sarah and Squire.

To my daughter - Polly Ann Hewlett I give three negroes - Caroline, Phoebe and Laco. But in case Polly Ann dies without issue, her part to go to her two sisters.

To my son - Jeremiah Shackelford, I leave my plantation containing 175 acres of land.

I have given to my sons - John, William and Sterling Shackelford, and to my daughter - Nancy R. Gregory, 50 acres of land each.

I give to my son William, my negro boy - Nat. And to my son Mordecai I will $550.00, (five hundred and fifty dollars), which is to be raised by sale of property.

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To my son - Sterling Shackelford, I give my negro boy - Barber.

To the heirs of my deceased son - John Shackelford I will $400.00 (Four hundred dollars) to be equally divided between them and the children of my deceased daughter - Nancy R. Gregory.

After the death of my wife - Anne Shackelford, all my personal property, and my two negroes - Cupid and Dilce, to be sold, and if the sales of the property hereby directed to be sold should bring more money than is devised by this will, the overplus to be divided into two equal parts, one for Betsy Ballard and one for Milly Shackelford.

I appoint my wife - Anne Shackelford, and son William Shackelford, and William Hewlett, to be my executors.


Sig - -John X Shackelford


Samuel W. White and William Johnston, witnesses.

Dated June, 10, 1819. Recorded in Will Book 5, pages 434/35, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Estate appraised January 1820, and probated October, County Court, Shelby County, Ky., 1822.


I, Jeremiah Shackelford, do devise my whole estate to my wife, and give her power to dispose of it, except my slaves.

At the death of my wife all estate, real and personal, left by her, to be sold by my esecutors, and out of the proceeds transportation of all my servants to Liberia, and their support for six months, six months after they get there. I emancipate all my slaves and their future increase.

Remainder of proceeds of sale of my entire estate, with my debts due, or credits due, after paying my just debts, I dispose of as follows:

First: I give to my daughter - Sarah Durbin, wife of Thomas Durbin, of Hardin County, $300.00. (Three hundred dollars) in full of all she may have of my estate; I having given her more heretofore than any other child.

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Second: The rest and residue to be divided into three equal parts, I devise one third to my daughter - Maria Park, of Hardin County; one third to the children of my deceased daughter - Elizabeth Williamson, and one third to the children of my deceased son - John Shackelford.

If any of my servants prefer going to Ohio, or any other part of the United States, in that case only a sufficient outfit to take them there to such a place.

I appoint my wife - Mary Shackelford, Absalom Matthews and Martin D. McHenry, executors. Neither being required to give bond or security.

Sig - Jeremiah Shackelford.

M. D. McHenry, James McHenry, and E. B. Williams, witnesses.

Dated May, 27, 1856, and recorded in Will Book 26, pages 530/31, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Probated September 1859.


"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men, do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, but pray for powers equal to your tasks" - Phillip Brooks -


We are grateful for the following subscription renewals this month: Mrs. H. H. Shackelford, of Newport News, Va.; Mrs. William M. Sweeney, of Long Island, N.Y.; Mr. M. T. Shackelford, of Cisne, Ill.; Dr. J. Hinton Shackelford, of Baltimore, Maryland, (two years). Mrs. Robert E. Druck, of Newport, Ky.; And Mrs. Druck also included one for her friend and neighbor - Miss Helen B. Lindsey, of Newport, Ky., also. To all of whom we say again "Thanks".


"The human race is divided into two classes: Those who go ahead and do something and those who sit and ask why it wasn't done the other way."


And new data keeps coming right along, small bits of information in many cases, but additional never-the-less. And this month we are indebted to the following for new data: Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.: Mrs. E. B. Federa, of Louisville, Ky; Kentucky Historical Society, of Frankfort, Ky.; Mrs. Anne B. Brown

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of Lancaster, Ky.; Mrs. E. L. Trenholm, of Jackson, Miss.; Mrs. J. B. Lynch, of Arkansas City, Kan.; Mr. Forrest Calico, of Lancaster, Ky.; Mr. George L. Summer, of Newberry, S.C.; Mrs. Mary E. Churchill, of Denver, Colo., Mrs. D. S. Cuttino, of Newman, Ga.; Miss Florence E. Rich; of Covington, Ky.; Mrs. Johnnie Chamberlain, of Cannonsburg, Miss.; Mrs. Mary Harris- Armor, of College Park, Georgia.


"We should not set out to tell all we know, as we would surely be discouraged to find out how little that is" -


We have only one birth to report this month, and we owe Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor an apology for not reporting it last month. But for some reason we overlooked her report, and failed to insert it into the magazine. But we are now happy to make the necessary correction.

Little Miss Susan Claxton, a charming little bundle from the heavenly realm, arrived on this orb September, 1, 1947, and will henceforth make her home with Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Norman. Mrs. Norman being the former Mary Armor Hale. The Normans are of West Point, Ga. Paternal grand parents of the little lady are Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Norman, Sr., of West Point, Ga; and the maternal grand parents are Mrs. Alton Lee Hale, of College Park, and the late Rev Alton Lee Hale. And on behalf of the entire Clan we extend congratulations and best wishes.

We have no marriages to report this month, but regret to say that it becomes our sad duty to report the death of three venerable and beloved members of our clan.

Flossie Gertrude Sego, was born the daughter of William Allen and Mary Elizabeth Shackelford-Sego, August, 10, 1894, on a farm near Lexington, Tenn. She passed to her eternal reward at her home near the scene of her birth, September, 30, 1947, after an extended illness.

Flossie Gertrude Sego married Robert Turney, son of Felix Henry and Ola Lewis-Scott, to which union were born eight children, five sons and three daughters, all of whom survive. She is also survived by her husband, two grandchildren, four brothers and five sisters.

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James Everett Shackelford was born the son of James Allen and Margaret Ann Ware- Shackelford, February, 7, 1863; and he passed to his eternal reward in Kansas City, Mo., October, 4, 1947.

He was married to Miss Mary Etta Kelly, November, 1, 1885, to which union were born four children - one daughter and three sons, one son having preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, two sons, six grand children, five great grand children, three sisters and three brothers.

J. Edward Shackelford, was born in Gwinnett Co, Ga., son of Thomas Nolan Shackelford, Jr., in 1883. He passed to his eternal reward Oct, 20, 1947, at his home in Lawrenceville, Ga. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, one son, twelve grand children, one brother and two sisters; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

So on behalf of the entire Clan we extend to the families and all the bereaved, our deepest and most profound sympathy and admonition of hope. May God bless and comfort each of you.


"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." - Matthew 5:8


It will be noted that John Shackelford, whose wife was Anne, and whose will is found on page one of this issue, mentioned the following children:

Milly.,--------------(never married)

Elizabeth.,----------(married James Ballard)

Polly Ann.,---------(married William Hewlett)

Jeremiah.,----------(married Sally Shackelford, And 2nd - Mary Matthews)

John, Jr.,-----------(married Polly McQuaid)

William.,-----------(married Jane Cosby)

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Mordecai.,-----------(married Sarah (Polly) Jones)

Sterling.,-------------(married Nancy McQuaid)

Nancy.,--------------(married Asa Gregory)

One John Shackelford married Mary Lewis, and had the following children:

Robert., ------------(born August, 22, 1743.

John, Jr.,------------(born January, 16, 1745.

Warner.,------------(born November, 22, 1747.

Agatha.,-------------(born December, 1, 1755.

And there were probably others. And this man lived in Spottsylvania and Culpepper Counties, Virginia.

One John Shackelford married Anne Lewis, in Fauquier County, Virginia.

We have reasons to believe the John whose wife was Anne, and who died in Shelby Co., Ky., was the same as this John Jr., son of John and Mary, and was born January, 16, 1745.

Tax lists for Shelby County, Ky., show that there were two men - John and Robert Shackelfrd, both in Shelby County as early as 1800. Robert does not appear on the tax lists after 1803.

Census records for Shelby County, Ky., 1830, or 1820, show four men of the name Shackelford - John, Sterline, Jeremiah, and Hiram., all between 45 and 60 years of age, and all with families.

We are particularly anxious to prove the ancestry of all the above mentioned men. And we will be happy to purchase any information from any one that will aid us to establish proof of their ancestry. We will also be happy to have additional information of their descendants.

It will also be noted that John Shackelford, whose wife was Anne, had a son Mordecai, to whom he gave $550.00 (five hundred and fifty dollars) in cash, indicating that the son Mordecai did not live in Kentucky.

We have a record of one Mordecai Shackelford, who stated in his pension application that he was born in Madison Co., Va., 1763, that he was a son of John, and that he served in the Revolutionary Army as a substitute for his father.

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This Mordecai married Sarah (Polly) Jones, daughter of John Jones, in Albemarle Co., Va., Oct, 2, 1788. They had the following children:

John W.,-----------(married Margaret B. White)

Robert.,------------(married Elizabeth McAllister)

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

Howard B.,--------(married -----------Carlyle)

Wylie.,-------------(married Mary ??

Stephen.,----------(married -----------Lewis)

William.,----------(married ??

Hugh.,-------------(married ??

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

Mattie.,------------(married ??

Allen.,--------------(married Elizabeth Maxwell)

Thomas J.,---------(married Martha ??

The above mentioned Mordecai died in Abbeville County, S.C., 1840. A copy of his will will appear in an early issue of the Magazine. And since we know that he was a son of John, and since we have been unable to connect him with any other branch of the family, we feel that perhaps he is the son Mordecai, of John and Anne, who died in Shelby Co., Ky., and any one being able to help us on this problem please communicate with us.

Of the children of Mordecai Shackelford, and his wife - Polly Jones, we know that John W. moved to Tippah Co., Miss. Robert remained in Georgia, his descendants can now be found in Franklin Co., Ga. Howard B., also remained in Georgia, and his descendants are to be found around Atlanta and Carrolton, Ga. Wylie was in Tippah Co., Miss., 1850. Both Allen and Thomas J. moved to Pike County, Ga.


"A smart fellow stops at a railroad crossing for a minute; the careless fellows stop there forever"--


Ye editor has just returned home from a short visit to Oklahoma where he had the pleasure of visiting with our only living brother, and our eldest sister, whom we had not seen for eight years. We had a most enjoyable time.

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A recent letter from one of our eldest and venerable members of the Clan - Mrs. Mary E. Churchill of Denver, Colo., who has not fully recovered from her slight stroke she suffered some time ago, and is confined to her room. She is now in her 88th year, but still active and quite interested in her genealogy. We would suggest that all of you remember with a nice letter or card with words of encouragement. Her address is 945 Acoma S, Denver, 4, Colorado.


He has constrained our fellow citizens, taken captives on the high seas to bear arms against their county, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these depressions or oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be ruler of free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British Brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts of their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to dis-avow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. But they too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must therefore acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends. (To be continued)

And until next month, Adios - The Editor

Transcribed by Phoebe R. Larne, Nov. 1998

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