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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 March 1950 Vol. 5. No. 11.


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.



I, Henry Shackelford, of Henry County, being weak in body, but well and sound and of perfect memory, thanks to Almighty God; calling to remembrance the frailty and uncertainty of human life, have made this my last Will and Testament in manner following:

I give and commit my soul unto the hands of my merciful Creator, hoping for redemption of my sins through the merits of my blessed Redeemer -- Jesus Christ. My body I leave to be buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named.

Imprimis: After my just debts are honestly paid I lend to my dear and loving wife - Mary Shackelford, during her life or widowhood, all my land and plantation I now live on, with all my household and kitchen furniture, with all my stock of horses, cattle, and hogs, with three negroes, namely -- Rose, James, and Sal, that I am now possessed with.

Imprimis: I give unto Susannah Jacobs, ten pounds cash, one cow and calf; and it is my will that she should have the first colt my mare has. To her and her heirs forever.

Imprimis: I leave to my son Henry's children, one hundred pounds cash, and after my wife's decease, they are to have the balance of their part in money when my land is sold; to them and their heirs forever. I leave to my son -- Henry Shackelford, five shillings sterling. But in case my son Henry Shack-

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leford, wantes the children's money, or any part thereof, it is my desire that he may give security to get the money forthcoming to his children:

I leave my wife's part to be equally divided amongst my four sons and my son Samuel's children -- namely John Shackelford, James Shackelford, William Shackelford and Daniel Shackelford; to them and their heirs forever. What other estate I am possessed of and not yet willed away, I leave to be equally divided amongst my four sons, namely - John, William, James, and Daniel; and my son Samuel's children, after deducting twenty pounds cash for my son John; also fifteen pounds for my son Samuel's children, except they should bring suit for a lend of forty pounds I gave to my son Samuel; but in case they should bring suit against that lend of forty pounds --------- to be void and come out of their part to pay cost and interest of said lend.

The negroes my son Samuel's children is to have, I leave to be hired out at a private sale by my executors, the hire of said negroes to go to the children yearly while the youngest comes of age; to them and their heirs forever. It is also my desire that the negroes may be lotted out as equally as possible; also my desire is, that Jack and Charlotte may not be parted, and the women to keep their little children. Also my son Daniel's negroes, if they are used ill, it is my desire that my executors my take the negroes and hire them out at a private sale, and the hire to go to my son Daniel. Also my desire is that Rose, James, and Sal, after my wife's decease, should be appraised and the money equally divided amongst all my surviving children, except my son Henry Shackelford.

Lastly: I nominate and appoint my son John Shackleford, executor to this my last Will and Testament; and as trustee to see this Will executed.

Hereby revoking and disannuling all former wills by me made, and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Thirty First day of October, one thousand eight hundred and five (Oct. 31, 1805).

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Signed -- Henry X (his mark) Shackelford.

Signed, sealed and published before us:

Samuel Marshall, William Martin, and Francis Cox.

Recorded in Will Book 2, pages 151/52, in Henry County, Virginia. Probated January 27, 1806.


"We are all blind until we see, that in the human plane; Nothing is worth the making if it does not make the man." -- Markham --


This month we are beginning our investigation of the search for additional information of the ancestry and descendants of the above mentioned Henry Shackelford or Shackleford, of Henry Co., Virginia.

It should be noted in his will that he mentioned seven children. That is, we presume Susannah Jacobs to have been a daughter, although no relationship is mentioned. But he did mention six sons, and he mentioned them in different orders. He mentions this son Henry first, then the children of his son Samuel, and then sons - John, James, William, and Daniel. Later he mentions them as follows: John, William, James, and Daniel. Therefore we cannot say definitely in which order they should have been mentioned.

Our records show that one William Shackelford, who served in the army during the Revolution, was born in King William County, Va., 1759. He states in his pension application, dated 1833, that he was born in King William, later moved to Caroline Co., then to Montgomery Co., then to Powhatan Co., and finally to Henry County, where he was living in 1833. We presume he died in Henry County. We also presume that he was the son William mentioned in the will of Henry Shackelford, but we do not know the name of his wife, and but three of his children, ie George William, Harriet M., and Jane.

One Henry Shackelford, born in King William Co., Va., August 30, 1764, a soldier of the Revolution, died May 17, 1842, in Harlan Co., Ky., and thought to have been the son of Henry, born 1764, married Nancy Crump, April 1, 1813, in

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Knox County, Tenn. They had the following children:

Elizabeth------------------(married --------- Miracle)

Ann-----------------------(married ??)

Lorenzo Dow-------------(married ??)

Nancy--------------------(married ??)

There were two others not named.

Since he was born in 1764, and married in 1813, when he was 49 years of age, this is no doubt his second marriage.

Daniel Shackelford married Tabitha Nance, daughter of Reuben Nance and Amy Williamson, Oct. 29, 1798, in Henry County, Va. Evidently this was the son Daniel of the elder Henry, mentioned heretofore. This Daniel Shackelford moved to and was living in Platte County, Mo. in 1850.

Other early marriages in Henry County, Virginia.

Elizabeth Shackelford married Gabriel Stultz, February 11, 1804.

Nancy Shackelford married Benjamin Dent, December 17, 1811.

Sally Shackelford married James Glass, January 3, 1813.

Jane Shackelford married James Woodall, June 25, 1815.

Mary Shackelford married Drury Pulliam, September 14, 1818.

Harriet M. Shackelford married Duke Price, December 11, 1837.

All of these [above] marriages in Henry Co.

The children of Samuel Shackelford seem to have moved to North Carolina, probably Stokes Co.

We have no further information of the families of John and James Shackelford, and/or of Susannah Jacobs. And would therefore be grateful for any data of their families that any one would be kind enough to pass along. We will purchase or/and exchange any information from/or with any person.


"We have our cars greased and the oil changed every 1000 miles. Why not apply the same competent service to our own physical and spiritual being?"


This month we are happy to welcome Miss Elizabeth Shackelford, of Indianapolis, Ind., as a new sub-

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scriber, and with her subscription she inclosed a remittance for the first five volumns of the Clan Magazine. And we are happy to report subscription renewals from the following persons: Mr Dave S. Shackelford, of Yazoo City, Miss., for three years; Rev Franklin S. Moseley, of Montgomery, Ala.; Miss Helen B. Lindsey, of Newport, Ky.; Mrs J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La.; who also included one for each of the following: Mr Dave S. Shackelford, of Yazoo City, Miss.; Miss May Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss.; Mrs C. C. Crim, of Jackson, Miss.; and Mrs G. C. Walker, of Lancaster, Ky.

We are indeed grateful for this sort of co-operation, and thank each of you very very kindly.


And we are also grateful for additional data that we received from the following persons: Mrs Willie Mae King, of Columbus, Miss.; Mrs Margaret S. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S. C.; Mrs Ruby Jowers, of Lexington, Tenn.; and Mrs Ada Lewis, of the same place; Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs B. W. Grandrud, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Miss Lelia Huddle, of Athens, Ga. To all of whom we say again -- "Thanks a Million" --


Two new members of the Clan put in their appearance since our last issue was made up: Lusty Little Robert Clemuel Jowers, arrived on this orb Nov. 18, 1949, and will henceforth bless the home of Mr and Mrs Robert Paul and Gladys Marie Todd-Jowers, of Lexington, Tenn. Their first born.

Then chubby little Jo Ann Lewis, a choice morsel of femininity, arrived in Tucson, Arizona, Jan. 10, 1950, and will make her home with the proud parents Mr and Mrs John Howell and Minnie Leoni-Lewis, of Tucson. She is their first born also.

We therefore extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to all parents and babies.


No marriages were reported, but the purchase of a marriage license by Mr Joseph Richard Shackelford, of Belton, S. C., to wed Miss Bobbie Ann Cummings, of Greer, S. C., was made December 3, 1949.

We fail to find this young man among our records

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so would like to have data of his branch of the family. Sincere congratulations.


And it now becomes our sad duty to report to you the death of two more of our venerable and beloved members of the Clan. One of them it has been our pleasure and good fortune to know personally.

Mr Frank Clifford Shackelford, was born a son of Charles William and Nancy Carolyn Chandler-Shackelford, in Jackson County, Ga., and first saw the day light May 14, 1869. He passed to his eternal reward at a local hospital in Athens, Ga., Jan. 3, 1950, after an illness of only one week.

Mr Shackelford was a very remarkable man, and one of the best known lawyers in Georgia, as a matter of fact, he was well known all over the south. And he remained active in his profession until just a few days before his last illness. We wish we had the space to give a more complete story of this good man.

It was our good pleasure to meet Mr Shackelford at the time our bag was stolen while we were in Athens, Ga. in 1948. We reported our loss to Mr Shackelford, and he immediately called the police department, and in no more than ten minutes two plain clothes men were on the job. He was one of the most kindly and affable men we have ever met, and feel his passing as a distinct personal loss.

He was never married, and is survived by one brother, and a host of nephews and nieces and other relatives and friends, numbered only by those who knew him.

Then on Jan. 12, 1950, the grim reaper removed another very prominent and good man from our number. Mr Thomas Allen Weathers, of Lexington, Ky., was born the son of the late Willie (John Willie) and Sophia Nunnelly-Weathers, near Chilesburg, Ky., 71 years ago. And as before stated, passed to his eternal reward in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 12, 1950.

We never had the pleasure of meeting Mr Weathers, but we hope that our friends will say just a few of the nice things about us when we are gone, as Mr J. R. Johnson, our informant, said about Mr Weathers;

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and Mr Johnson has been his next door neighbor for many years. No doubt, he was a man of the type that any community or State can ill afford to lose.

He is survived by his widow - Mrs Mary Fister-Weathers, one daughter, one neice, and one nephew, also a great host of other relatives and friends. He was a descendant of William Darnaby and Diana Shackelford, of Spottsylvania County, Virginia.

And on behalf of the entire Clan we extend our deepest sympathy and consolation of hope. May God bless each of you in your hours of sorrow and bereavement.



"Take one ignorant, spineless, natural born fool. Fill with one quart of liquor. Place in a high powered motor car set at full speed. Let stay for a short time. Then remove from the ruins, place in a rectangular box. Garnish with flowers" -- Anon.


Following are two items that we have wanted to give you for some time, but just could not find the space to do so. Here they are now.

Edgar Riley Johnson, son of Edgar Richard and Ethel Fain-Johnson, of Lexington, Ky., was born Feb. 21, 1921. He answered the call of his country, and was made a member of The United States Marines. But sad to say, he was killed in action while driving the Japs from the Island of Tarawa, November 20, 1943. His body was never found, and his remains, along with thousands of others, fine American young men, hallow some unknown spot.

Captain James Hisle Johnson, son of Jack Stubblefield and Annie Hisle-Johnson, of Lexington, Ky., was killed in action in France, September 6, 1944. His body has been re-interred at Lexington, Ky., in April of 1949.

Since both of our sons returned home safely from long service overseas, we know not how to sympathize with the bereaved of these two splendid young men. But we can offer you the consolation of hope and faith in Him that does all things well.



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A card from Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York City, who has been wintering in Florida, but evidently heard of June in January in New York, so returned home. But on her return took time out to do some research. The card was posted in Lexington, Ky., where she was seeking additional information of the Sweeney and Embree families.

Late news from Kentucky informs us that Mrs Lucy C. Ware, of Lexington, Ky., is recovering nicely from a recent operation. Congratulations Mrs Ware, hope you are fully recovered.

Also late news from Lexington, Tenn., informs us that our only living aunt -- Mrs Sally Shackelford, who is almost 91 years young, is also recovering from a recent illness. Best wishes aunt Sally, we are pulling for you.


Edmund Shackelford, Jr., son of Captain Edmund Shackelford, Sr., and his wife Judith Eastin, was born in Orange County, Va., June 7, 1781. He died in Morgan County, Ga., Sept. 1, 1830. He was married to Mildred Phillips, July 15, 1802.

Mildred Phillips was born February 13, 1788, and she died in Morgan County, Ga., May 28, 1828. They had the following children:

Achilles Douglas------------(born May 13, 1808)

James Hardwick B.---------(born November 29, 1812)

Sarah H.--------------------(born November 2, 1815)

Martha S.-------------------(born March 1, 1817)

Mary------------------------(born November 15, 1820)

H. (infant son)---------------(born October 24, 1822)

Mary------------------------(born August 13, 1826)

Edmund S.------------------(born December 10, 1827)

There were two children named Mary. Mary, third daughter, died September 2, 1822. Mary, fourth daughter, died the same day she was born, August 13, 1826.

Edmund Shackelford, Jr. then married for his second wife -- Mrs Mary Hagood, of Sparta, Ga., Jan. 11, 1829. The record shows no children by this marriage.

All additional information of the descendants of Edmund Shackelford and Mildred Phillips, will be greatly appreciated.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, June 27, 1998 - Austin, Texas.


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