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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 1948 Vol. 4. 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.


Genealogical Research

Many people not interested in genealogy or in genealogical research often ask the question "Why spend so much time and money in such a useless and non-profitable enterprise?" And often we give almost an equally un-interesting reply by saying that it is just a hobby. Many times I have made that same reply rather than take the time to go into details making an explanation, and try to convert the dis-interested ones to an understanding of the true value of such a stimulating and mental vocation.

It is true, that to some it may be a hobby, and a very interesting one too; but to others, including this writer, it is far more than a hobby, for if it was not, it would be extremely difficult to explain the thousands of miles we have traveled and the amount of money we have been forced to spend in order to accomplish what we have.

This writer has traveled in excess of one hundred thousand miles, in twenty one States, spent endless hours in libraries, days, even weeks, searching through old records and volumes of vital statistics in court houses, visited hundreds of families, copied thousands of family records, searched for and found many family traditions and

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interesting stories, and memories of ancestry, relationships and old Bible records. Waded through numerous old forgotten cemeteries, many of them grown up and infested with bramble and under brush, in an effort to locate the last resting places of our ancestors and relatives. And in doing so we have suffered many disappointments in learning that we had been mis-informed, that they had lived elsewhere, perhaps to leave records that no one will ever find that knows who they were.

And this writer feels certain that he has written no less than five thousand letters in quest of genealogical information, receiving replies to no more than one out of ten.

Indeed, then, to a person going to that much trouble, spending that much time and money, genealogy has to be more than a hobby. This writer considers the study of genealogy to be of material value, as do thousands of others who have spent and are now spending the best years of our lives in following it. Surely so many people do not make so grave a mistake.

As for myself, I can say that the study of genealogy and genealogical research has been and is an inspiration to the study of history, local, State, and National. I consider history and genealogy inseparable and dependent upon one another.

One cannot have a complete knowledge of genealogical records without knowing something of the social and political conditions under which our forebears lived, and history would be of little value without some knowledge of the people who made that history. We honor and respect the memory of George Washington as the father of our country; but a memory of him without knowing something of the man, of his birth, his family and the conditions under which he lived, and the motivating force that drove him on to greater achievements, would soon perish.

A genealogical record of mere names and dates

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is of little or no interest to any average person, but when the record contains something of the lives and surroundings of the persons so named, something of their migrations and their reasons for migrating, their battle against great odds for their very existence, and of their battle for freedom, battle against the forces of both nature and man, and of their ultimate victory, that is when we begin to understand the interest and value of genealogy.

And then too, it is interesting to know something about the people that are responsible for our being here. This writer once met a lady in Mississippi that said that she was not the least bit interested in her ancestors. I told her that I was, for without them I could not have reached this orb. And I am very happy that I am here, and plan to remain as long as I possibly can.

The study of the lives and character of our forbears, limited as that information on which to base such a study may be, is or should be a help to us in developing our own lives, and in rearing our children. An understanding of their lack of opportunites for knowledge and culture and the small world in which they lived, which this writer has a personal knowledge of, will teach us to better realize how greatly we are favored in these days. My own sons cannot understand why it was that I was ten years old before I saw my first train, was old enough to be earning my own living when I saw my first telephone and first electric light. The primitive methods used by our ancestors is an interesting story within itself. Later we shall tell you something of those methods.

The fifth commandment admonishes us to honor our fathers and mothers, so why not honor past generations as well? Our forbears are our fathers and mothers regardless of how many generations we go back. So no doubt a study of genealogy would create in us a higher regard for our ancestors.

One of the purposes in beginning the publication of this little leaflet was to stimulate interest

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in the study of genealogy, and to bring about a greater effort in the collection and preservation of valuable genealogical records.

This writer is a descendant of a Shackelford, and I took it on myself to establish a clearing house so to speak, of Shackelford data. I have frequently urged you to send us any data that you may have, or the address of any person thought to have information of any family of Shackelfords, or their descendants. I seek correspondence, and no person has ever asked me for information that did not receive a reply, and the information when I had it.

All information sent me is carefullly filed and indexed, and can be passed on to some one else at any time when they want it.

Some of you have promised information, but to date have not sent it. Some have not shown any interest whatever, but many of you have been very co-operative, and you shall never regret having been so. We shall always be grateful for any little tid-bit of information that you can pass along.


"If you could meet your ancestors, all standing in a row; there might be some of them perhaps, you wouldn't want to know.

But there is another question which requires a different view; If you could meet your ancestors, would they be proud of you?"


This month we wish to thank Mrs. Ada Hinton, of Milton, N.C.; and Mrs. M. H. Netherton, of Gentry, Ark., for their subscription renewals. And we also wish to welcome Mrs. H. M. Doty, of Downs, Ill., as a new subscriber. Thanks again to each of you.


And this past month we were favored with additional data from the following: Mrs. W. E. Bach, of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs. C. P. McGuire, of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. Eliza Shackelford, of Nashville, Tenn.; and Mrs. H. M. Doty, of Downs, Ill.; Also Mrs. J. B.

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Shackelford, of Jones, La.; G. R. Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark.; Mrs. D. L. Stoddard, of Spartanburg, S.C.; and Mr. Edward C. Shackelford, of Cincinnati, Ohio. And may we say that such cooperation merits our deepest appreciation.


Only one new member of the clan was reported this past month, and it was a belated report, but we are happy to pass the information along.

Karla Sue, a charming little Miss, arrived on thir orb (sic) November 17, 1947, and will henceforth make her home with her proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl O. and Ruby Lorene Shackelford-Buster, of Ashdown, Ark. Sincere congratulations.


One marriage was also reported this month.

Miss Betty Anne Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Madison Williams, of Perrin, Va., became the lovely bride of Mr. Liston Kirby Shackelford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Liston Kirby Shackelford, Sr., of Gloucester Point, Va., February 14, 1948. The Editor, on behalf of the entire clan, extends sincere congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together.


And this month it becomes our sad duty to report the death of one of our beloved and most useful members of the clan.

Grigsby Cave Shackelford, was born a son of William Carr and Sarah Jane Goss-Shackelford, at Dovedale, Albemarle County,Va., ancestral home of that branch of the Shackelford family, August 6th, 1882. He passed to his eternal reward at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Murfee, of Marion, Alabama, May 10, 1948.

He married Evelyn Mabry Page, daughter of Frederick Kinloch and Flora Temple Lewis-Page, December 22, 1906. To which union were born three daughters, one of whom passed away in 1934. His wife preceded him in death April 20, 1937.

Grigsby Cave Shackelford lived a rich useful life. He graduated from the University of Virginia

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and began his life's work, the teaching profession, during the session of 1905/06, and spent the balance of his life until his health failed, in that work. Truly a good man, and a useful member of the clan is gone from our midst.

And to the bereaved in their hour of sorrow we extend our deepest sympathy, and offer consolation of hope.


"If you strike a thorn or rose, Keep a-goin';

If it hails or it snows, Keep a-goin',

'Taint no use to sit and whine,

When the fish ain't on your line;

Bait your hook an' Keep a-tryin'--

Keep a-goin': ---Stanton---


Francis Shackelford, son of Roger, the immigrant, born about 1660/70 probably in Gloucester County, Va., married Sarah Lewis, sister of Zachary Lewis, who came from Brecon or Brecknock, Wales, about 1690. He was in Essex County, Va., from about 1690 until 1706/07, at which time he went to Bath County, later Carteret County, N.C. He was mentioned as deceased in 1727. No record of his will has ever been found.

Francis Shackelford, and his wife Sarah Lewis, are known to have had one son--John, born April 9, 1712. They ar thought to have had at least two other sons--Roger and William.

Zachary Lewis, brother to Sarah, was born about 1750, in Brecon or Brecknock, Wales, and as before stated came to America about 1690. We have no records of this Lewis family other than Zachary and Sarah were brother and sister. So we would be pleased to have any information that will show the ancestry of Zachary and Sarah, or any clue that will aid in finding such information.

One James Shackelford, wife unknown, was in Augusta County, Va., until about 1791/92, at which time he moved to Kentucky. The place in Kentucky is not shown, nor do we have a record of his

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family, but we do know that he had a son, James, Jr., and Reuben; and he is thought to have had a daughter Sarah.

Sarah Shackelford married Hugh Keenon, April 20, 1789, in Augusta County, Virginia.

Reuben Shackelford, son of James, Sr., married Rebecca, daughter of William and Eleanor Johnston, January 8, 1790, in Augusta County, Virginia.

Reuben Shackelford first moved to Kentucky, and later to Miami County, Ohio, where he died, and where he left a Will. His Will was dated August 26, 1808, wherein he mentioned his wife Rebecca, and Peggy, William and James, as children.

Additional information of the above mentioned Shackelfords will be appreciated.


Our records show that one Francis Shackelford, born in Virginia, wife unknown, died in Montgomery County, Alabama 1827, and had the following children:

Henry Lee--------------born in Va. (married Jane A. McGowan)

Harbert-----------------born ?? (married ??

Charles J.---------------born ?? (Married Sarah P. Haynes)

Collins------------------born ?? (married Mary M. Hodge)

Louisa------------------born Elbert Co., Ga., 1802, and married Henry Bell)

Martha-----------------born ?? (married John Carr)

John--------------------born ?? (married Maria L. Turner)

Daughter---------------born ?? (married-----------Connell)

Daughter---------------born ?? ( married----------Agee)

But the above records must be in error, for now comes a report from Mrs. C. P. McGuire, of Birmingham, Alabama, showing that one James Shackelford died in Montgomery Co., Alabama, left no Will, but in the settlement of his estate he had the following children:

Charles J.; Cullen or Collins; James, John, and Harbert T., sons. And the following daughters:

Louisa---------(married Henry Bell)

Sarah----------(married Michael Connor)

Martha--------(maried John Carr)

Henry Lee Shackelford was Administrator.

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The above estate settlement is recorded in Orphans Court Records, Book 3, dated March 1829.

So from this it seems that James Shackelford, not Francis, was the father of the heirs named in this record.

Any information that will help us to locate the ancestry of Henry Lee Shackelford, or of the above named James Shackelford, will be greatly appreciated.

One James Shackelford, married Nancy Haynes, October 25, 1787, in Campbell County, Va. He was in Wilkes County, Ga., as early as 1800. He was the same James that is mentioned above, according to our opinion. Was he?


Thomas Shackelford, born in Kentucky, 1795.

His wife Magdalene, was born in Virginia, 1796.

No children are shown. Census Spencer County, Indiana, 1850.


William Shackelford, born in Virginia, 1791.

His wife Elizabeth, born in South Carolina, 1802. They had the following children:

William, Jr.-----------born in Ohio, 1839

M.-------------------born in Ohio, 1843

Census White County, Indiana, 1850.


Nicholas Shackelford, married Nancy Elder, in Adair County, Ky.., March 22, 1824.

Levi Shackelford, married Jane Davis, in Adair County, Ky., May 23, 1824.

Willis Shackelford, married Louisa H. Rice, in Adair County, Ky., April 5, 1827.

Walden Russell married Frances Shackelford, in Adair County, Ky., October 11, 1848.

Abner Terry Shackelford married Nancy Ann Gossett, in Adair County, Ky., March 15, 1818.

William Cundiff married Louisa Shackelford, in Adair County, Ky., March 23, 1829.

Asberry Vandever married Dolly Shackelford, in Adair County, Ky., June 20, 1819.

We solicit correspondence, and additional information on any of the above mentioned.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor.

Transcribed by Alex Early May 20, 1998

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