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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 August 1948 Vol. 4. 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.


Will of Abner Pyles

State of South Carolina

Laurens District.

In the name of the Supreme: Amen.

I, Abner Pyles, of the above State and District, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and ordain and declare the sequel to be my last Will and testament.

In the first place I do declare that, as there was provision made some years ago (at my request) by Richard and Mary Ann Shackelford, grandfather and grandmother, of my oldest daughter Metilda Teague, deceased, by conveying to her, the said Metilda and her issue, a negro woman by the name of Gin and all her children except a boy called Jerry, who was at the same time bequeathed to my son Newton Pyles. The above bequest, together with what I afterward gave to my said daughter, I am bound to believe is an equitable share of my poor emoluments. I do further, from causes leading thereto, give unto my grand daughters Elizabeth and Eliza Teague, one hundred dollars each, to be paid over to them as soon as the sums can be raised out of my property.

Secondly: I give and bequeath to my beloved son Milton Pyles, eight hundred dollars in addition to what he has already received, which may be found entered in my large folio E.

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Thirdly: As my beloved son Addison Pyles is at this time in affluent circumstances and I have so little at this time for distribution, I am well assured his generous heart will be satisfied with what he has received before he left here, which will be found entered in the above named folio E, together with articles left in my care for sale; also the sum of eighteen dollars and fifty cents which I received from H. Young, Esq., the amount of which sum and the value of said articles I wish my executor to pay over to the said Addison Pyles or his order.

Fourthly: I do also give unto my beloved son Newton Pyles what may be found charged to him, the said Newton Pyles, in the said folio E., together with what will be devised to him in another clause in the sequent.

Fifthly: to my beloved son Madison Pyles, I give and bequeath two hundred dollars, in addition to what may be found entered in the said folio E.

Sixthly: To my only surviving daughter Susannah H. Tribble and her child or children, I give and bequeath a negro woman by the name of Ame and her children, viz:, Lucinda, Rosetta, Warrent and Nelly; together with the other goods and chattles which she, the said Susannah carried with her when she left me.

Sevently: To my youngest child T. Jefferson Pyles I give and bequeath a negro man called Rich, also a lad named Jim and a young woman by the name Lucy.

The tract of land whereon I now reside containing three hundred acres more or less, must be sold upon terms my executors may deem best, together with all the residue of my little property, except my Library, containing a variety of useful books, tracts, manuscripts, all of which I wish to be equally divided between my sons Newton Pyles and Jefferson, reserving a few that may

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be suitable to their sister Susannah H. Tribble.

Eightly: It is also my will, that after all debts and accounts are paid off, that the surplus should be equally divided between my sons Newton and Jefferson Pyles, each or either of whom I do hereby nominate and appoint as my lawful executor for this, my last Will and Testament, and I trust they will always keep in view the character of the truly good and honest man, the noblest work of God, or nature which you please.

Signed, sealed and acknowledged to be the last will and testament of me, Abner Pyles, this the twelfth day of April Common era and 1844, of the American Republic Sixty Eight (April 12, 1844) and in the presence of W. T. Campbell, William Blakely, Esq., and W. A. Waldrop.

Abner Pyles (L.S.)


"I hold it truth with him who sings, to one clear harp in divers tones,

That men may rise on stepping stones, of their dead selves to higher things.--Tennyson.


Comes now the time of year when ancestral seekers are on the loose, abroad in the land--scrambling through weed and bramble infested country cemeteries or sneezing through dusty tomes in dark courthouse basements. Wherever possible, they are collecting fact by fact, date by date, and other items of interest of their ancestors. And for them it is a great pleasure to seek, a much greater joy to find and an unlimited satisfaction to review all the rest of their lives.

In a few days now this writer hopes to be numbered among them. We plan to leave here in about three weeks, to be away at least two months, perhaps three. We plan to travel across Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and to Charleston, S.C., Return through North Carolina, (Virginia, if we have time) and Tennessee.

During the time we are away there will be no magazine. But we will make up all back numbers

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later. Several of you have let your subscriptions expire, but we will not remove any of you from our mailing list until after our return.

We hope to have a great deal of new and valuable information for you as a result of this foray. And we hope to see some of you during the time.


This month we are happy to welcome the following as new subscribers: Mrs. George W. Schmidt, of Tuscumbia, Alabama; who also included one for her sister, Mrs. Wesley Woodard, of Rainbow, Tex; and Mrs. Grace Shackleford Ellis, of Evanston, Ill., sent in by Mrs. Nora Shackleford, of Rochester, N.Y. Also Mrs. H. H. Shackelford, of New Orleans, La.; and Mrs. C. W. Purcell, of Huntington, W.Va.;who have renewed their subscriptions. To all of whom we are grateful, and shall try to merit your trust and confidence.


And we are extremely grateful to those who continue to give us such splendid cooperation by sending along additional information. Those who contributed this month are as follows: Mrs. D. L. Stoddard, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs. H. A. Knorr, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Miss Rachel Jowers, and Miss Pearlie Scott, both of Lexington, Tenn.; Mr. C. N. Woodruff, of Glendale, Calif.; Rev. A. B. Withers, of Montrose, W. Va.; Mrs. Willie Mae King, of Columbus, Miss.; Mrs. J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La.; Mrs. Eula Moore-Richardson, of Bentonia, Miss.; and Mrs. C. P. McGuire, of Birmingham, Alabama. To all of whom our gratitude is immeasurable.


"Learn to say "no"; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin".--Spurgeon.


Two brand new members of the clan were reported this month. A bouncing baby son arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alvis and Ruth Evaline Jowers-Johnson, of Jackson, Tenn., June 2, 1948

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who has been christened Lanny Alvis.

Also another potential president arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Verlie Sego and Bertha Mae Tart-Scott, of Lexington, Tenn., June 9, 1948, who will bear the name of Jerry Eugene.

We understand that both mothers, and daddies too, are doing fine. Sincere congratulations and best wishes to all.


And now it becomes our sad duty to report the death of another of our clan. The report is belated as the death occurred in 1943, but we are going to report it any way.

William Addison Pyles, was born the son of Dr. Newton Cyrus and Isabel J. Mena, Feb. 2, 1869, in Green County, Alabama. He passed to his eternal reward August 10, 1943, at his home in Aliceville, Ala.

Mr. Pyles was united in marriage to Miss Etta Neilson, May 16, 1895, to which union were born one daughter Mary Louise, now Mrs. William Cecil Martin. He is survived by his widow, daughter, son-in-law and three grand children.

Mr. Pyles was a great grandson of Abner Pyles, whose will is to be found on pages one and two of this issue of the magazine. He was a first cousin of Mr. Walter G. Holmes, the beloved and great benefactor of the blind who died in New York last year. And so on behalf of the entire clan we extend profound sympathy to all members of the family.


Mrs. Marie Bell-Ellis is still vacationing on the east coast, where she has been the past three or four months. Her home is in Los Gatos, Calif.

Mrs. Margaret S. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C., has just returned from a vacation in New York, where she reported "A wonderful trip". She also did a little research on the side.

A report shows that Miss Pearlie Scott, of Lexington, Tenn., is recovering nicely after having

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undergone an appendectomy in June. Congratulations, may her recovery be speedy and complete.


Information Wanted

Abner Pyles, whose will is to be found in this issue of the magazine, is said to have married twice. By his will, and by the will of Richard Shackelford, recorded in Madison Co., Alabama, we know that Abner Pyles married a daughter of Richard and Mary Ann Roberts-Shackelford. However, the given name of his Shackelford wife has not been shown, nor is the name of the second wife, if any, been shown by any document that has so far come to light.

In his will he names seven children. And we have never been able to locate the families of any of the above named seven children other than the family of Addison. We, therefore, would appreciate any information that will show the names of his wives, particularly his Shackelford wife, and information of the families of the other six children.

Ambrose Grayson Shackelford, Sr. born in Ky. said to have been at Floyd's Creek, 1802. He died in Bullitt Co., Ky., Oct. 10, 1854. He married Sarah M. daughter of Charles Dorsey, in Hardin Co., Ky. March 1, 1826. They are known to have had seven children, as follows:

Greenberry D.------------------(married Addie Vining)

Sarah F.------------------------(married Frank Scanland??)

George W.---------------------(married ??

Ambrose Grayson, Jr.----------(married Mary Jane McGraw)

Elizabeth L.---------------------(Isaiah J. Inman)

Martha H.----------------------(Robert Scanland)

John W.------------------------(died before 1854) single

Ancestry of Ambrose Grayson Shackelford, Sr. or information of his descendants wanted.

John Keenon, married Elizabeth Shackelford, in Augusta Co., Va. May 21, 1797.

Jonathan Gilbert married Hannah Shackelford

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in Lincoln Co., Ky. or Bourbon Co., Ky., Aug. 19, 1790.

William Shackelford, married Frances Duncan, in Bourbon Co., Ky, Sept. 5, 1797.

William Shackelford married Sabina Metcalf in Bourbon Co., Ky., Feb. 7, 1799.

Richard C. Shackelford, married Mrs. Anna Maria Caroline Scott, in Bourbon Co., Ky., Oct. 4, 1846.


Edward Shackelford born in Ky. 1819. Married Elizabeth ?? born in Ky., 1832


Roberta-------------------born in Ky. 1854.

Elizabeth------------------born in Ky. 1856.

The above according to census records of Barren Co., Ky. 1860.

Charles Sweeney, born inVirginia, son of Moses and Elizabeth Sweeney, married Frances Shackelford, daughter of Zachariah and Dolly Embree-Shackelford, Dec. 14, 1793, in Lincoln Co., Ky. They had the following children:

Joel----------------------(Married Obedience Edwards ??)

Josiah--------------------(Married ??

James--------------------(Married ??

Jonathan-----------------(Married Frances Chapman ??)

Jesse---------------------(Married ??

Jane (Jincy)--------------(Married ??

Joshua-------------------(Married ??

Job----------------------(Married Faith Edwards)

Jordan-------------------(Married Sara A. Baldock, and/or

Jefferson-----------------(married ??/Permelia Pigg)

The first six of the Sweeney children were born in Campbell Co., Ky, and the last four in Casey Co., Ky. Charles Sweeney died in Casey Co., Ky, 1853, and his wife Frances, died in Casey Co., Ky, 1863.


James Shackelford married Polly Rogers Feb. 14, 1847.

Samuel S. Graves married Mary Shackelford Dec. 12, 1839.

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Charles P. Samuels married Elizabeth B. Shackelford Dec. 16, 1826.

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

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

James Shackelford married Mary Rodgers Nov. 7, 1816.

Above marriages all in Fayette Co., Ky.


Simeon B. Allen married Mary Shackelford in Fleming Co., Ky. April 8, 1823.


Stephen Shackelford, born in Va. 1799, wife Harriet ?? born in Va. 1804.

Census Franklin Co., Ky. 1870

Phillip R. Ellis married Betsy Shackelford, daughter of Zachariah Shackelford, Sr., in Franklin Co., Ky. 1833. They are know to have had at least one daughter:

Mildred Jane Ellis, born 1834.

Zachariah Shackelford, Jr. born 1831, married Mildred Jane Ellis, daughter of Phillip R. Ellis and Betsy Shackelford, in Franklin Co., May 7, 1854.

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

John Shackelford married Mrs. Maria Lindell Jan. 23, 1864.

John C. Shackelford married Annie E. Howe, daughter of Daniel Howe, Jan. 1, 1866.

Newton Shackelford married Nancy Duncan Oct. 12, 1871.

Robert Shackelford married Catherine Brock Sept. 10, 1856.

James Shackelford married Harriet Martin Feb. 18, 1826.

All above marriages in Franklin Co., Ky.

Until about Nov.1st, Adios. The Editor

Transcribed by Alex Early May 22, 1998

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