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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 November 1948 Vol. 4. 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.



Last month we told you of some members of the Clan that we met while on our tour of research, and promised that we would tell you of some of the others this month.

During the time that we have been searching for genealogy of the Shackelford families we have traveled in no less than twenty one States, and have had correspondence with various members of the Clan in almost every State in these United States, correspondence with many that we have not met even now. And on this recent journey we met some that we had seen before and some that we had not. So the next members of the Clan that we shall tell you about are those in the latter category.

Captain Edmund Shackelford moved to Elbert Co., Ga., from Orange Co., Va., and has many descendants in Georgia now. And among them has been two very eminent gentlemen of the legal profession, Mr. Frank C. Shackelford, now in Athens, Ga., and his brother Thomas Jefferson Shackelford, now deceased, who until his death last year, was one of the law firm of Shackelford & Shackelford. And while we were in Athens we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Frank C. Shackelford, and shall always cherish the memory of our visit with him. It was at this place that we lost our bag, and when we reported it to Mr.

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Shackelford he not only offered asistance, but made it his own business to do something about it, as he went to work on the Police Dept., and in only a matter of minutes there were two plain clothes men in his office seeking informatin of the loss. And in addition to that, he gave all family information that he could, and offered his assistance in securing more if and when he could. Mr. Shackelford is not only a good lawyer, he is a gentleman and a friend indeed, and a citizen that any State should be proud to claim.

Also in Athens we met Mrs. Thomas J. Shackelford, the former Miss Hilda Huddle, of Virginia, whose husband was a brother to Mr. Frank, and who died last year. And we are happy to say that Mrs. Shackelford was one of the most charming ladies it has ever been our pleasure to meet. And she was not only charming, she was gracious, providing us with information of the Shackelfords that we had been searching for for years, and offering to help further in any manner she could. We also met her very beautiful fourteen year old daughter and little ten year old Thomas J., Jr. Splendid Americans all, asssets to any State, community or family.

And we must not forget another family of the Clan that we did not see on this last journey but have seen at another time when we were there. We now refer to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Edward McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C. Mrs. McGuinn is the former Margaret Cadelia Shackelford, whose ancestor John Shackelford was a brother to our great grandfather. This writer met the McGuinn family when we were in South Carolina several years ago, and were royally entertained in their home. Mrs. McGuinn is intensely interested in her genealogy, not only of her Shackelford line, but of her other lines as well, and she edits a Family Magazine known as "Chadwick Chat".

And to her goes the credit for many of the records that we now have.

And they too, the McGuinns, are as fine as any family in the State, an asset, not just to South Carolina, but to America.

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After we left Athens, Ga., we went to Atlanta, where we met only one member of the Clan. He was Mr. Ben Hill Shackelford, a druggust, and from what we saw, a very busy one.

We had never met Mr. Shackelford before, but to him goes the credit for a great deal of the data of his branch of the family that we have. He has been a subscriber for our little magazine since he saw the first copy, and has rendered every aid, support and encouragement in his power. And when we called on him he was just as kind and helpful in person as he had been through correspondence. And Mr. Shackelford has recently been honored by the incoming governor--The Hon Herman Talmage, by being appointed an honorary Colonel of the personal staff of the governor. Which show the high esteem that is held for him by those who know him.

We also met his son Bill, a very pleasing and affable young man, evidently coming right along in his dad's footsteps. We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Shackelford.

Next we were disappointed. In College Park, a small village just out of Atlanta, lives one of our oldest and finest ladies of the Clan. Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor. She is a grand daughter of John Harris and his wife-Mary (Polly) Shackelford. We have had much correspondence with Mrs. Armor, and she too, has been a subscriber since she saw the first copy. She is now in her 86th year, just as interested in her family lineage as ever, and has contributed enough data of her branch of the family that would make many people forty years younger ashamed of themselves. We had been looking forward to our visit with her, only to find that she was out of town when we arrived at her home. But we did have a short visit with her daughter--Mrs. Mattie Harris-Hale, widow of the late Rev. Alton Lee Hale. And enjoyed our visit with her very much. She deeply regretted her mother being away, and did a splendid job of making our short visit a very pleasant one.

Next month we shall tell you of others of the Clan.

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"The strong man is he who, by discipline, exercises a constant control over his thoughts, his speech and his acts"--Anon.


As we were preparing for our journey we sent the August issue of the magazine out several days sooner than we would have any other time. And we received several birth, marriage and death announcements, and a subscription or two that would have been reported in the August number. And now that we are about to the bottom of our mountain of correspondence we found them, so report them to you now.

First, we wish to thank Miss Mary Lee Shackelford, of Jefferson, Texas; and Mrs. R. L. Thacker, of Franklin, W.Va., for their subscription renewals, before we left. And also Judge Price M. Rice, of Hamilton, Texas; and Mr. J. L. Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss., for their renewals that have come in since our return.

We also wish to thank the following persons for additional data sent in before we left or since our return: Mrs. George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; Mrs. Willie Mae King, of Columbus, Miss.; Mrs. M. H. Netherton, of Gentry, Ark.; Mrs. Vernon E. McArthur, of Hutchinson, Kansas; Mrs. Wesley Woodward, of Rainbow, Texas; Miss Bessie Lee Porter, of Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. B. W. Gandrud, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Mrs. George W. Schmidt, of Tuscumbia, Alabama. And to all of whom we are very grateful.


Two brand new members of the Clan, not previously reported have put in their appearance.

Master James Lee, bouncing baby son, arrived on this troubled planet Feb. 25, 1948, and will begin his life here at the home of the proud parents Mr. and Mrs. Archie Frank and Lettie Grace Lewis-Judkins, of Hinckley, Minnesota.

Another potential president arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Clifford and Betty Ellen Woodard-Gallagher, of Rainbow, Texas, June 17, 1948. He will be called James Thomas. Sincere congrat-

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ulations to both parents and babies. May your lives on this earth be much brighter than it now seems probable.


That little busy body, Dan Cupid, has resorted to so much chicanery during the summer that we do not have the space to report all of his activities in one issue; so will give you a report on some of it now and the other in the next number.

Miss Virginia Lee Scott, daughter of Robert T. and the late Flossie Gerturde Sego-Scott, of Lexington, Tenn., became the bride of Mr. Hulon A. Renshaw, July 17, 1948. But no further details of the marriage was reported, therefore we cannot tell you where Mr. Renshaw is from, nor can we tell you where the happy young couple will make their new home.

Then just two days later, July 19, 1948, but in another State another member of the Clan was married. Here in this case it was Mr. Wallace Edward Maughan, of Columbus, Miss., and the very lovely and charming Miss Bernice Shackelford, daughter of Mrs. Velma and the late Dr. Walter Lee Shackelford, of Columbus, Miss., and Gordo, Alabama. It was a very elaborate affair. And after a brief honeymoon the happy pair will be at home at 924 South 3rd Ave., Columbus, Miss.

The next one was of particular interest to this writer, in that both the bride and groom are related to us, the bride through our paternal line and the groom through our maternal line.

Lovely Betty Ernestine, daughter of Mr. Emerson Edward Scott, and his wife--the former Miss Ruth Lois Todd, was happily married to William Gaston (Jack), son of Orvil Lafayette and Lizzie Adeline Sego-Lewis, all of Lexington, Tenn., July 31, 1948. No further details of the happy event are known, but we feel certain that they will make their home at or near Lexington, Tennessee.

And so to all of them and on behalf of the entire Clan, we offer our sincere congratulations and best wishes for long, happy and prosperous lives together.

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"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city"--Proverbs 15:32.


Now it becomes our sad duty to report the death of a very venerable member of the Clan.

John A. Shackelford was born the son of Samuel and Rose Shackelford, June 30, 1878. He passed from this sphere of existence at his home in Bellaire, Ohio, August 4, 1948.

Mr. Shackelford was born in Tennessee, but spent almost his entire life in Ohio. We do not know to whom he was married, nor when. But he is survived by his widow--Mrs. Lucy Shackelford; sons Clarence, Robert, Murray, Samuel, John, Jr., and Dale. Also a daughter--Mrs. Hilda Zebock. Two sisters--Mrs. Ethel Martin and Mrs.Nora Bartlett, six grandchildren, and one great grand child, and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Mr. Shackelford had been employed at the Imperial Glass Plant for forty four years, which speaks well for honest and faithful service.

And to the bereaved we extend profound sympathy and consolation of hope. May God bless and comfort you in your hour of sorrow.



We feel that it is fitting and proper to mention three of our number that we should all remember at this time with felicitations of hope and courage.

Mrs. Mary E. Churchill, 945 Acoma St., Denver, 4,(sic) Colorado, who will be 90 years young next July, and who suffered a light stroke over a year ago, and has been confined to her room the most of this year. We are happy to report that she is better, but still not able to resume her normal activities.

Just before we left home we had a letter from Mrs. R. L. Thacker, of Franklin, W.Va., informing us that she underwent major surgery last February, and her sister--Rowena Elizabeth Shackelford, also suffered a stroke of paralysis soon after. At the time this letter was written both of them were improving, but not entirely recovered by any means.

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So this being the season of the year when love and good fellowship is uppermost in our minds we suggest that all of us remember each of these grand ladies with cheery letters of encouragement. And while we are about it let us include Mrs. Mary Harris-Armor, 214 East Harvard Ave., in College Park, Georgia, who is in her 86th year, and Mrs. Sally Shackelford, Rt. 3, Lexington, Tennessee, in her 90th year.



Columbia Co., Ga. is one of the oldest Counties in Georgia,having been created in 1790, cut from Richmond County. The 1940 census shows a popluation 450 for Appling, the County Seat. We had finished our work in Richmond Co., and inquired about transportation to Appling, and was set back on our heels by being told by the landlady that she had never heard of the place. But at last we found a person that told us that we could best reach Appling from the village of Harlem. We went to Harlem, spent the night at the village rooming house, caught the mail hack the next morning, the only transportation into Appling, and that only once a day. We arrived about nine thirty that morning and went to work in the court house at once. But at noon they ran us out and locked up for lunch. We had cheese and crackers for lunch at the village grocery, and waited for the clerk to re-open the courthouse. She took two full hours for lunch, while we wondered if we could possibly get through by closing time. And there was not a cafe or hotel in town. While the court house was closed we had nothing to do, no place to eat, and if we did not finish our work we had no place to sleep. At times suspense can be overwhelming.


In our last issue we discussed the two Johns and the two Mordecai Shackelfords. We know that Mordecai, born 1783, was a son of John. We also know that he was born in Culpepper County, Virginia; And

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we also know that John, whose wife was Catherine, was in Columbia Co., Ga., 1796, and that he had a son Mordecai, and that he had at one time lived in King & Queen Co., Va. Now what we would like to know, are these two Johns only one man? Was the Mordecai in Columbia County, the same as the Mordecai that died in Abbeville County, S.C., 1839?

We also found a deed record in Columbia Co., Ga. showing that John, whose wife was Catherine, to be in Jackson Co., Ga., 1808. But when we looked at the Jackson County records we found no mention of this John. But we did find a record of what appears to be him, in Clark County, Ga.

Nov. 2, 1814, John Oliver bought 246 acres of land from the heirs of John Shackelford, deceased. This was the land on which the deceased had lived, and the deed was signed by Mordecai Shackelford, John Shackelford, and John Evans, husband of Sarah Evans, formerly Sarah Shackelford. Recorded in Deed Book K, page 132, Clark County, Georgia.

The above tract of land lay on the waters of the Appalachee River, and was purchased by John Shackelford, Sr., from Zadock Bonner, March 2, 1808. It was originally granted to David Merriwether, and adjoined the land of Al Shackelford. Deed Book F, page 28, Clark Co., Ga. M. Shackelford, J. P.

Then we found where Mordecai Shackelford, of Columbia Co., Ga., had purchased 690 acres of land in Clark Co. from the estate of Henry Evans, Jan. 4, 1804. Land that was originally granted to H. Evans, by Gov. Edward Telfair, Nov. 8, 1786. Henry W. Evans was the executor of the estate of Henry Evans, along with Thomas Hamon, and John Foster. Deed Book C, page 84, Clark County, Georgia.

All of this indicates that the John whose wife was Catherine, and his son Mordecai, all in Columbia Co., 1796, were the same people in Clark County a few years later.

This shows that this John was deceased in 1814, and still later we find that this Mordecai moved to Jasper County, Ga. Anything that will help us to get all of this exactly correct will be helpful.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor.

Transcribed by Alex Early May 25, 1998

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