-- 1 (373) --


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 April 1949 Vol. 4. No. 12


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.



Cannot be expressed in mere words for the splendid help, co-operation and encouragement that you have given us these past four years. For this issue of the Magazine marks the end of the fourth full year of the life of our little leaflet, and your help and encouragement is hereby acknowledged with thanks and gratitude. Your response has been much more than we had anticipated, and our achievements through its medium has been wonderful. Thanks a million to each of you.


Among the given names of the early Shackelfords we find John, James, Richard, William, Roger and Francis, the most prevalent. Those of you who have been regular subscribers since the advent of our little leaflet have found the name "John" appearing with amazing regularity. And we have at least two or three other Johns, whose wills we will publish sooner or later; but this month we wish to tell you of two Richards. There will be several others later.

Many of the early Shackelfords lived in King & Queen Co., Va. But almost all of the records there have been destroyed. However, a few fragments have been found and occasionally one comes to light that is of great genealogical value.

In Virginia Colonial Abstracts and Land Causes,

-- 2 (274) --

page 82, we find the abstract for the will of one Richard Shackelford, of Stratton-Major Parish, wherein we find the following:

He left to his son William, the home tract of land with the understanding that if he, the son William had children, he could dispose of the said land to his children; but if he had no children then it was to be for the use of this widow until she married again, after which she was to have but one third of the property.

He, Richard, left a tract of land to his son Zachariah, but if Zachariah died without heirs then his land was to go to his own -- Richard's own two daughters -- Elizabeth and Frances.

He also left to his son William, five slaves and his, (Richard's) silver hilted sword and pistols. And William had already received sixty pounds, which was to be deducted from his share of estate.

Zachariah was not 21 years of age, and the land originally intended for him was in Essex Co., but had been sold. So he was to have the money from the sale of said land, to be paid to him by William, when Zachariah was twenty one years old.

The daughter Elizabeth was given 80 pounds.

The daughter Frances had already secured her share of the inheritance.

A son Roger had already been provided for, but was to have additional cattle that was listed in the will.

The above will was dated September 19, 1773, and probated October 11, 1773. King & Queen Co., Va.


And in connection with the above will we find the following: In an old record to be found in Fredericksburg, labeled "Fredericksburg Hustings Court, Bundle #259", is found a law suit of Thornton and wife vs Taliaferro, and dated 1807.

This suit shows that the wife of Richard had been Sara Rootes, daughter of Phillip Rootes. We also find that there was a Richard, Jr., who was not named earlier. And by this suit we also learn that there was a son Frederick, who along with his

-- 3 (375) --

brother William had been an executor of Richard's will. We also find that at this time Zachariah had died and John Baird had been the administrator of this estate -- de bonis non.

The daughter Elizabeth married Richard Taliaferro.

The daughter Frances married Francis Gaines.



In the name of God, Amen: I, Richard Shackelford, of Spottsylvania County, being of sound and disposing mind, thank God for it, do make this my last Will and Testament, and do dispose of my worldly estate as follows:

First: I give to my well beloved wife Ann Shackelford, the land and plantation whereon I now live, during her life time; and after her death my desire is that all my lands be equally divided between my two daughters -- Molly and Betty Shackelford, for them and their heirs forever.

Second: I give all the rest of my estate to my said wife to maintain her and my two children until my elder daughter comes to a lawful age or marries; and then my desire is, that my estate of every kind be equally divided amongst my widow and my two daughters, and the part that falls to my said wife, which will be a third part, after my wife's death, to be equally divided between my two daughters, for them and their heirs forever.

And in case my said two daughters shall die without issue, then it is my desire that my land and every other thing of my estate of every kind may belong to my brother -- Ambrose Shackelford, and his heirs forever.

Lastly: I appoint my beloved wife -- Ann Shackelford, executrix and my friend James Wigglesworth, executor, of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this the fifth day of April, 1774 (April 5, 1774).

Signed --- Richard Shackelford.

Cain A. Criff and Esther Kinnaday, witnesses.

Will Book E, page 78, Spottsylvania County, Va.

-- 4 (376) --

Probated August 18, 1774.

Inventory and settlement of the estate of Richard Shackelford run from Oct. 14, 1774, to July 3, 1786. And it indicates that Elizabeth (Betty) Shackelford, daughter of Richard, married William Ail, though there is nothing in this record to prove it.

Any one having additional information regarding the ancestry of Richard Shackelford, or of his descendants, or of the descendants of his brother Ambrose, we would be most grateful if you would pass it along to us.


"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can; In all the ways you can, in all the places you can; At all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can" -- Creed of John Wesley --


We are happy to welcome Mrs Harlow Sanders, of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Mrs Electa Cottle, of Mount Hope, W. Va., as new subscribers this past month. And also Miss Dorothy E. Albertson, of Tyler, Tex.; Mrs William M. Sweeney, of Long Island, N.Y.; Mrs E. T. Stier, Lexington, Mo; Mrs Lucy R. S. Brown, of Blacksburg, Va.; and Mrs Vernon E. McArthur, of Hutchinson, Kansas, as old subscribers having sent in their renewals. Mrs Electa Cottle had been a subscriber for some time, but we let her subscription lapse and expire. We are grateful to each of you and welcome you as subscribers whether new or old. Thanks again.


And we wish to thank the following persons for new data sent in this past month, a banner one: Mrs G. A. DeLong, of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs C. W. Matthews, of Woodland, Ga.; Miss Helen B. Lindsey, of Newport, Ky.; Mrs E. H. Seeley, of San Antonio, Tex.; Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York City; Mrs Willie Mae King, Columbus, Miss.; Mrs Mary E. Churchill, of Denver, Colo.; Mrs Carl Polley, of Madisonville, Ky.; Mrs R. V. Blair, of Nashville, Tenn.; some of whom favored us with additional information that was rather comprehensive, which is indeed a valuable contribution. Also data from

-- 5 (377) --

Mrs Harlow Sanders, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Rev A. Brooks Withers, Montrose, W. Va.; Mrs William S. Hay, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Mr Harry W. Mills, of Arlington, Va.; Mrs Cecil B. Taylor, of Clifton Forge, Va. To all of whom we are deeply indebted and forever grateful.


We would like to acknowledge here, all the orders that have come in for back issues and complete volumes of the Magazine, the number being too numerous to mention each name; and to thank you for them. We will begin work on them in a few days, and they will be coming your way soon.


Only one birth was reported to us this month. William Giles, Jr., lusty son of Mr and Mrs William Giles Shackelford, Sr., of Columbus, Miss., made his debut into this troubled world March 2, 1949. He is the first grand child of Mr and Mrs John Albert Shackelford, also of Columbus. And the maternal grand parents are Mr and Mrs Charles C. Carmichael, of Jackson, Miss. Sincere congratulations.


No marriages were reported this month, but we do have the announcement of an engagement.

Mr and Mrs Hubert Landron Shackelford, of Gloucester Point, Va., announce the engagement of their lovely and talented daughter -- Miss Alice Virginia, to Mr George Archibald McIntyre, Jr., of Marion, S. C. The date is not shown.

Alice Virginia Shackelford is a graduate of the Farmville State Teachers College, where she was a member of Pi Kappa Sigma and the Cotillion Club. She is at present a member of the Newport News, Virginia, Highschool Faculty. So we extend sincere congratulations and all good wishes.


"Who lives for humanity, must be content to lose himself" -- Frothingham --


It now becomes our duty, sad though it be, to report that a number of our Clan completed their earthly chores and made their departure into that land from

-- 6 (378) --

whence no traveler returns, since our last issue reached you. The month of February seemed to have been a fateful month.

The first was a very unusual event. The grim reaper first invaded the home of Mr and Mrs Adam Simpson Jones, of Berlin, W. Va., and removed Mr Jones from our midst. Seventeen hours later, while his children were away making funeral arrangements, the grim reaper made a second house call at the same home and took Mrs Jones.

Adam Simpson Jones, born the son of John and Elizabeth Westfall-Jones, June 21, 1867. He passed to his eternal reward at his home near Berlin, W. Va., after a long illness, Feb 13, 1949. He was twice married, his first wife having been Goldie Law, by whom he had eight children; seven of whom survive. His second wife was Edna Ellenora Shackelford, was born the daughter of the late Benjamin C. and Abbie Lawertz-Shackelford, July 4, 1898. And she passed to her eternal reward at her home February 14, 1949, as a result of a heart attack.

To Mr Jones and his second wife were born ten children, eight of whom survive. The other two were twin sons, one of which died in infancy, and the other was killed overseas in the late war. Mr and Mrs Jones were married April 14, 1914.

This writer was deeply touched by the passing of another venerable and beloved member of the Clan, also in February. Mrs Leona Wailes Turner, born the daughter of Manoah Bolton Amason, and his wife -- Olivia Rebecca Shackelford, April 25, 1875. She departed from this mortal existence at her home in Lexington, Ga., February 17, 1949, after only a few hours of illness.

She was married to George Mark Turner, November 23, 1898, to which union were born two sons and three daughters, all of whom survive her. She is also survived by her husband, twelve grand children and four great grand children, one brother and one sister.

This writer had the pleasure of being entertained over night in the home of Mr and Mrs Turner last year while on our research tour, and we found both

-- 7 (379) --

Mr and Mrs Turner to be very genial and charming hosts. We shall always cherish the memory of our short visit in their home. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last November the 23rd.

And we feel her passing a distinct personal loss, as well as a great loss to the Clan in general. And to her family, community, and friends.

So on behalf of the entire Clan we extend our deepest sympathy and consolation of hope to all of you, may the Lord bless and comfort you.


"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease" -- Job 14:7.


Also in February another very prominent member of the Clan, and also a very prominent member of the Virginia Bar, was removed from our midst. For Judge Oren Lyne Shackelford, born the son of Ferdinand A. and Julia Marian Cook-Shackelford, July 15, 1881, and he died at his residence in Norfolk, Va., February 19, 1949. His wife, one daughter and one niece survive him.


In a future issue we shall give you more detailed information of the life and achievements of Judge Oren Lyne Shackelford. He is the same branch of the family as Captain Jack Shackelford, the well beloved Texas hero.


Nicholas Shackelford---------born 1803, in Ky., married March 22, 1824:

Nancy Elder------------------born 1805, in Ky.

Their children:

Emily-------------------------born 1825, in Ky.

Frances-----------------------born 1831, in Ky.

Priscilla-----------------------born 1833, in Ky.

William-----------------------born 1837, in Ky.

Ann---------------------------born 1840, in Ky.

Joel---------------------------born 1842, in Ky.

John--------------------------born 1846, in Ky.

Above record according to census record of Casey Co., Ky., 1850. Nicholas Shackelford said to have been a son of Richard and Tabitha Baldock.

-- 8 (380) --

George Shackelford, mentioned in "History of The Lewis Family", married Martha Churchill, before 1812.

James Shackelford married Polly Rogers, February 14, 1847.

James Shackelford married Mary Rogers, November 7, 1816.

Charles P. Samuel married Elizabeth B. Shackelford, December 26, 1826.

Joshua Carter married Mrs Mary Shackelford, April 30, 1814.

Samuel S. Graves married Mary Shackelford, December 2, 1839.

A. C. Shackelford married Catherine C. Wilson, August 25, 1843.

All the above marriages in Fayette County, Ky.


Stephen Shackelford, born 1799, in Va. His wife

Harriet ??------------born 1804, in Va.

Above from census of Franklin County, Ky., 1870.


Carter Shackelford married Susan Briscoe, January 4, 1802.

Green Shackelford married Nancy James, January 5, 1818.

James Shackelford married Harriet Martin, February 18, 1826.

Thomas J. Shackelford married Mary Rosell, January 7, 1831.

Zachariah Shackelford, Jr., married Mildred Jane Ellis, who was a grand daughter of Zachariah Shackelford, Sr., May 7, 1854. (This is an odd record, and if any one can give us a reasonable explanation we shall be deeply grateful).

Robert Shackelford married Catherine Brock, September 10, 1856.

John Shackelford married Mrs Susan Perkins, November 2, 1856.

John Shackelford married Maria Lindell, January 23, 1864.

All the above marriages in Franklin County, Ky. And we would be happy to have information on their descendants.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, May 17, 1998 - Austin, Texas

BACK TO THE CLAN INDEX                                     

© -Copyright Notice

UpdatedThursday, 01-May-2008 16:49:35 EDT