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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 January 1949 Vol. 4. No. 9


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.



"Uncle Shack", was the affectionate appellation given to the late William Alsa Shackelford, who for a period of sixty three years was the Editor and publisher of the Oglethorpe Echo, a weekly newspaper at Lexington, Ga.

The Atlanta Journal, of Atlanta, Ga., said of him, and we quote -- "In the death of William A. Shackelford, The Georgia weekly press has lost one of its venerable and most beloved members. For more than half a century, until his retirement a few years ago, "Shack", as he was affectionately known, had been editor and publisher of the Oglethorpe Echo, at Lexington. Brave and forthright, yet courteous and compassionate, he stood solidly for what he believed to be the best interest of his community, his State, and his beloved country. The Journal feels a very real sense of bereavement in his passing" -- end quote.

Another editor had the following to say of him, and we quote -- "The death of venerable William A. Shackelford, for 60-odd years editor of the Oglethorpe Echo, removed one of Georgia's best known citizens from the current scene. He was a remarkable person who did a remarkable job. He made his small weekly publication famous in newspaper offices all over the land. His quick wit and unfailing good humor characterized his paper and

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brought him nationwide recognition. Georgia and the fourth estate will miss "Uncle Shack". He was of a stamp of which too few remain.

Such were the opinions of those of the press. But on our recent journey while in Lexington we did a little snooping, so to speak, among the local gentry concerning the opinions of the press, they elaborated on it. And one prominent citizen told us that in his opinion, no better man had ever set foot on the sacred soil of these United States than William Alsa Shackelford.

So beloved was this good man among his neighbors and townpeople that a movement has not been started to erect a memorial to him; and from the Oglethorpe Echo, the paper that he published so many years of his useful life, we find the following, and we quote: -- "Oglethorpe County, named for the founder of Georgia, has had many illustrious citizens of our State to live within its borders, many of whom were native born and some who became residents of the County by choice.

The County has furnished three governors of the State; four U.S. Senators, including William H. Crawford, who was at one time a member of the Cabinet and Ambassador to France; one Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; two Chancellors of the University of Georgia. In addition seven congressmen from the County have graced the legislative halls. And in the realm of religious matters, the County has been honored to have among its citizens such outstanding ministers as Dr John Gibson, Phillip W. Davis, W. H. Faust, Wm N. Coile, John F. Cheney, P. P. Butler, M. S. Weaver, and others, whose spiritual welfare and contributions to the people, cannot be evaluated in mere words. But it is not of these illustrious sons that I want to make the subject of this brief sketch, but of W. A. Shackelford, who for 63 years was Editor and Owner of the Echo. At an early age he learned the printing business under T. Larry Gantt, who established the Echo in Crawford, Ga., in 1878,

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moving it to Lexington in 1875. Mr Shackelford was the first Editor of the news, published at Harmony Grove, the town now known as Commerce. But after a brief period Mr Shackelford sold the News to John Shannon, who was its Editor for many years. Returning to Lexington Mr Shackelford accepted, or acquired ownership of the Echo.

His educational advantages during his youth were necessarily limited during the period of reconstruction days; but by hard work, application, study and natural ability he became one of our well educated and best posted men. His weekly editorial page compared favorably with those of our best metropolitan dailies. He was a charter member of the Georgia Press Association and was its secretary for twenty four years, declining re-election after that time.

He possessed three cardinal virtues, fidelity, sobriety and industry, to which was added a great fund of common sense and knowledge of human nature. His success in life can be attributed to the fact that he laid hold upon his opportunities, coupled with his strong integrity and faithfulness to his every trust. He hated sham and hypocracy.

When asked to state what in his opinion, was the major task for Georgia, the nation and civilization, he replied: - "Georgia should formulate a State government that will inspire more confidence in the people. The nation should become so united as to impress other nations that come what may we can and we will take care of ourselves. And civilization should become more civilized.

For more than three score years the power of his influence, and of his pen, was ever wielded on the side of progress, civic righteousness, and for those things that make for better citizenry and a better country in which to live.

It would be fitting and proper if the County where he lived so long and labored for such a number of years should, in an appropriate manner, honor the memory of this noble and useful citizen" - End of quote. And this writer feels the same way.

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"Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing" -- Abraham Lincoln.


We are grateful beyond words for the many new subscriptions and renewals that have come in since our last report. We have learned that it was Mr Bill Shackelford, of Birmingham, who sent us two subscriptions, and whose address we lost. He included one for himself and one for his cousin -- Miss Virginia Shackelford, of Glocester Point, Va. And we have renewals from the following: Mrs Leolene S. Amrhein, of New Orleans; Mrs Cecil B. Taylor, of Clifton Forge, Va.; Mrs H. H. Shackelford, of New Orleans, La.; Mr M. T. Shackleford, of Cisne, Ill.; Mr J. L. Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss.; Judge Price M. Rice, of Hamilton, Tex.; Mrs O. M. Morrison, of Eagleville, Mo.; Judge Eugene Black, of Washington, D.C.; Mr Robert E. Brumby, of Franklin, La.; Mrs R. J. Shackelford, of Richmond, Va.; Mrs H. Mae Vining, of Milan, Ohio; and Miss Carrie Ida Seale, of Sugar Land, Texas. To all of whom we extend our heart felt thanks.


And we are also grateful for additional data passed along to us this past month: Rev A. Brooks Withers, of Montrose, W. Va.; Mrs C. P. McGuire, of Birmingham, Ala.; Mr Robert H. Shackleford, of Canton, Miss.; Mrs H. A. Knorr, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Mr George C. Amrhein, of New Orleans, La.; Mrs C. King, of Columbus, Miss.; Mrs Margaret S. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S.C.; Mrs O. M. Morrison, of Eagleville, Mo.; and Mrs George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn. And we are grateful and do appreciate such splendid co-operation.


We have so much news for you this month that we doubt that we can get it all in one issue. But we wish every month was like this one.

The long necked old bird -- Dock Stork, has been exceptionally busy this past month. And the first

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report comes from New Orleans, where the old boy delivered a charming little bit of feminity to Mr and Mrs George C. and Leolene Alice Shackelford-Amrhein, of New Orleans, La. The little lady to be known as Gretchen Ann. She arrived Sept. 20, 1948.

The next stop for the old gentleman was at the home of Mr and Mrs Gaylord Deane and Mercedes Triplett-Morrison, of Rockport, Mo., where he delivered another parcel of the sugar and spice and everything nice variety, October 2, 1948. The little lady was named Lynne Deane.

Then on October 6, 1948, he took time out to stop at the home of Mr and Mrs James Henry and Willie Mae Scott-Howard, of Lexington, Tenn., and bless their home with a lovely little daughter that will bear the name of Jimmie Kay.

He immediately changed his course and his stock, and on Oct. 17, 1948, he delivered a potential president to the home of Mr and Mrs Elmer Harding and Vivian Jean Stewart-Shackelford, Ypsilanti, Mich. And he will be called Stephen.

But since girls predominate with a margin of four to one this month, the old gentleman, after leaving Michigan, traveled south and on Nov. 4, 1948, he delivered a charming little daughter to the home of Mr and Mrs Wilbern Rucker and Ann Thorton-Hale-Clark, of College Park, Ga. This little potential first lady to be known as Ann Armor.

And at last report all babies and mothers were doing fine. Sincere congratulations to all.


"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it".


And since our last report that little elf -- Dan Cupid, has not been loafing either.

Miss Nancy Hubbell Adams, charming daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles E. Adams, of Norfolk, Va., became the bride of Mr Earl Gunner, son of Mr and Mrs Gunner N. and Katherine Ruth Shackelford-Anderson, of Omaha, Nebraska, Sept. 4, 1848. They were married at Hector, N.Y. They are both students at

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Cornell at this time, and will be at home for a time at Ithaca, N.Y. They will graduate next year. And sorry to say, no other details of the marriage was sent in.

Then on November 7, 1948, Miss Betty Jane Lewis, lovely daughter of Mr and Mrs Orvil Lafayette and Lizzie Adeline Sego-Lewis, of Lexington, Tenn., became the bride of Mr Glavis Woods, but we assume they will make their home at or near Lexington.

Also on November 7, 1948, Miss Lucy Mae Bowlin, talented daughter of Mr and Mrs John Bowlin, of Columbus, Miss., became the charming bride of Mr Charles Everett Shackelford, son of Mrs Charles E. Goodman, also of Columbus; in the First Methodist Church, of that City. This was a very elaborate wedding. But space forbids giving the details.

And so on behalf of the entire Clan we extend sincere congratulations and best wishes to all.


We wish we could omit this part of the news, but since it is pre-determined for all to die, we are saddened by the following deaths among our number, reports of which has just come in.

James Washington Shackelford, of Miami, Florida, formerly of Birmingham, Alabama, passed to his eternal reward August 7, 1948, at his home in Miami. He was 65 years of age. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham. Survivors include one brother and one sister.

Then on September 27, 1948, little Frank Hampton, Jr., son of Frank Hampton and Mrs Jane Shackelford-Watson, of Spruce Pine, N.C., passed away, after several months of one illness or another. He was born, October 2, 1946, so he lacked five days of being two years old.

Mrs Ada Lee Shackelford, wife of John W. Shackelford, of Foster, Va., age 65 years, passed to her ethernal reward at her home October 23, 1948. She is survived by her husband, three sons -- Raymond M., John W. Jr., Edward S.; and two daughters -- Mrs Irving Atherton and Mrs Walter E. Oliver, also eight grand children.

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Alonza Howard Shackelford, Sr., passed to his eternal reward at his home in Tappahannock, Va., October 26, 1948, at the age of 79 years. He is survived by five sons -- Louis H., Ezra, Nathan P., James E., and Alonza Howard Shackelford, Jr. Also, five daughters -- Mrs G. E. Brooks, Mrs P. G. Denbow, Mrs H. Mason Wingfield, Mrs L. T. Mallonee, and Mrs M. B. Steadman; twelve grand children and eleven great grand children.

So to each and every one of the bereaved we extend our deepest sympathy and consolation of hope and courage. "---Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord--" Rev 14:13. "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven"--Matthew 19:14.



Wylie Shackelford, born in S.C.-------1800. Wife

Martha Shackelford, born in Tenn.----1820. Children,

Frances Shackelford------------------born in Miss., 1843.

Mary (Mattie)------------------------born in Miss., 1845.

Thomas (Tom)-----------------------born in Miss., 1847.

William (Willie)-----------------------born in Miss., 1849.

James---------------------------------born in Miss., 1852.

Hugh B. (Bud)------------------------born in Miss., 1854.

Robert--------------------------------born in Miss., 1858.

The above record according to the census of Tippah County, Mississippi, 1860.

Phillip Eastin Shackelford, was born Sept. 22, 1779, probably in Orange Co., Va., son of Captain Edmond Shackelford and his wife -- Judith Eastin. He died October 20, 1856, probably in Greene Co., Ga. He married Sarah Ann ??, and she was born March 20, 1785, and died April 14, 1852, probably in Greene Co., Ga. They had children as follows:

Lloyd Wailes-------(married Isabella ??)

Edmund Charles----(married Rebecca E. Hunter)

Ann Olivia----------(married Middleton Witt)

Sarah Biggs---------(never married, died 1883)

We would like to know the maiden name of the wife of Phillip Eastin Shackelford, and informa-

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tion of the descendants of Lloyd Wailes Shackelford, as well as the maiden name of his wife.

Lloyd Wailes Shackelford, son of Phillip Eastin and Sarah Ann Shackelford, was born March 12, 1805, probably in Elbert County, Ga. He married Isabella ??, and they are known to have had the following children:

A.-------------------(born 1837, in S.C.

Safronia-------------(born 1838, in S.C.

Isabella--------------(born 1839, in S.C.

Catherine------------(born 1841, in S.C.

Allis (Alice)----------(born 1845, in S.C.

Charles--------------(born 1847, in Ga.

Anna-----------------(born 1849, in S.C.

Ida-------------------(born 1852, in S.C.

The above record according to the census record of Henry County, Alabama, 1860.

Edmund Charles Shackelford, son of Phillip Eastin and Sarah Ann Shackelford, was born March 19, 1807, probably in Elbert Co., Ga. He died March 3, 1875, probably in Greene Co., Ga. He was married to Rebecca Elizabeth Hunter, October 5, 1836. She was born Sept. 28, 1819, and died July 30, 1899. They had the following children:

Elisha Hunter-------(married Ellen Shackelford)

Sarah Frances------(married ??)

Olivia Rebecca-----(married Manoah Bolton Amason)

Phillip Charles------(married Nanny Crim)

Lloyd Sparks-------(married Ida Mitchell)

Mary Ella-----------(married John L. Gunter)

Leona Harriet-------(died in infancy)

Ann Mahala---------(died in infancy)

Edmund Whatley----(died in infancy)

William Alsa--------(married Nelly Stevens)

Lee-----------------(never married)

Any additional information of the descendants of Lloyd Wailes, Elisha Hunter, Phillip Charles, and Lloyd Sparks Shackelford, will be appreciated.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, April 30, 1998 - Austin, Texas.

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