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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 July 1949 Vol. 5. No. 3


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.



The need of the hour in Georgia was a whirlwind to fan the embers into a consuming flame, and Lo: God sent a cyclone.

The arrival of Mary Harris-Armor of the Georgia platform meant the beginning of a new battle in the long war. She traveled up and down the State, speaking in its cities, towns and villages, as well as at the Church at the cross-roads. She was tireless and persistent. Everywhere the burden of her appeal was "The liquor traffic must be destroyed." She elaborated, she condemned, she defied, she challenged. She hurled forth her invective as from a machine gun. From the first word to the last she was master of her audience. Sometimes she had it indulging in thunderous applause, while at other moments her hearers were reaching for their handkerchiefs. Cato insisting that Carthage be humbled in the dust, was no more imperious in his demands than was this southern woman when she decreed that "the liquor traffic must be destroyed."

When Georgia passed a State-wide prohibition law in 1907, Clark Howell, editor of the very wet Atlanta Constitution, wrote an elaborate account of the life and work of the women who stood in supreme command in the hour of battle. He said "It was her voice that aroused the Christian conscience of the State and put it on the march." She trained it for

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service, and gave it superb direction on the day of combat.

In the account of her life given in the book, "These Agitators and Their Ideas", she is called the "Impassioned Pleader". She was that, and more.

In re-reading the many newspaper reports of her wonderful career as a speaker, I find the following: she was in Chicago and had spoken to a large audience in the afternoon. That night she went to the great coliseum where William Jennings Bryan was scheduled to speak, and of course was invited to the platform. At the last minute Mr. Bryan wired that he was detained and could not be present. Immediately Mrs Armor was called onto take his place. Hearing her tell the story she said "For a minute my mind was a complete baank, but as always my first thought was to pray. And as earnestly as I ever prayed, I asked God to put words into my mouth." And he did, for the newspaper report said "Time and again she had that vast audience to its feet." A report of her said "She had the eloquence of a Bryan, the zeal of a missionary, and the dynamic explosion of gun powder."

Behold a genius has walked among us. We have loved and honored her while she lived. A Rose to the living is more than a sumptuous wreath to the dead"--M.S.R. End of quote.


"The greatest woman orator in the world today." The Star--New York

"A past mistress in the art of oratory"--The Bulletin--Glasgow, Scotland.

"Unquestioned leader of a great moral movement"--Wesleyan Advocate.

"Stirred the great Christian Endeavor Convention at the Coliseum in to wild enthusiasm"--Chicago Herald.

"The Joan of Arc of the Temperance Cause, the greatest woman orator in America"--Portland Adver- ? (? added by transcriber)

"At the Academy of Music awakened the multitude to a pitch of enthusiasm which not once, but a

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dozen times brought the entire audience to their feet"--Philadelphia North American.

"The peerless woman orator of America. There is but one such woman in the world, and Georgia has her. God has called her to fight the liquor traffic"--The Union Signal.

The above is what others think of Dr Mary Harris-Armor. We regret that it has not been our pleasure to meet Mrs Armor. We went to her home in College Park, Ga., last year while on our tour of research, but at that time she was not at home. But from the correspondence we have had with her, (and she still takes care of her own correspondence) we know that she is all that has been said of her, and more. She has borne five children, four of whom grew into maturity as splendid sons and daughters, and while she was so active in her life work, she found the time to devote to the rearing of her family. And also to delve into the intricacies and ramifications of genealogical research. And the past three years she has garnered more data of her branch of the family than most people do in a life time. And to her will go the credit for the wonderful collection of data that goes to make up that section of our Shackelford record. Congratulations Mrs Armor; you have merited all the honor that has been bestowed upon you, and all that may yet be bestowed upon you, and may we all emulate your example.


"You can tell a good cause, It's one that someone has not turned into a racket"--


This month we are grateful for, and wish to thank the following for subscription renewals: Mrs Eula Moore-Richardson, of Bentonia, Miss.; Judge P. M. Rice, of Hamilton, Texas; Mrs Julia S. Dillard, of Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs Ada C. Hinton, of Milton, N. C.; Mrs W. W. Shackelford, of Bates City, Mo.; Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York. Mrs Blanton renewed for three years. To all of whom we are deeply grateful.


And from the following we received additional data.

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Mrs O. M. Morrison, of Eagleville, Mo.; Mr Harry W. Mills, of Arlington, Va.; Mr A. L. Lowe, of Nashville, Tenn.; Mrs Margaret A. Johnson, of Culpepper, Va.; Mrs Julian Webb, of Donaldsonville, Ga.; Mr William A. Hagey of Bristol, Tenn.; Mrs W. W. Shackelford of Bates City, Mo.; Rev F. S. Moseley, of Montgomery, Alabama; Mrs J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La.; Mrs Cecil B. Taylor, of Clifton Forge, Va.; and Mrs Lucy R. S. Brown, of Blacksburg, Va. To all of whom we say again--Thanks, we deeply appreciate your splendid co-operation.

And orchids and special thanks to Mr William Hagey, of Bristol, Tenn. He had previously sent us a great deal of the data of his branch of the family, and this month he comes along with a great deal more, and a promise of still more to come. And now we are trying to do something for Mr Hagey in return. Pay particular attention to "Information Wanted."

We have one birth to report this month, but unfortunately the name of the little potential president was not given. But a lusty little mite of the masculine gender arrived at the home of Captain and Mrs John Theodore and Mary Breenan-Nelson, of Seattle, Wash., Jan. 22, 1949. The paternal grand parents are Mr and Mrs Theodore and Margery Shackelford-Nelson, of Omaha, Nebraska. Congratulations and best wishes.

That sly little elf Dan Cupid has been quite busy recently, casting his darts in every direction. And his darts hit the target first in the hearts of Miss Vivian June, daughter of Mr and Mrs August Wessel, of Mound City, S. Dak., and Mr Robert Eugene Hunsicker, son of Mr and Mrs Claud Linville and Lena Pearson-Hunsicker, of Des Moines, Iowa. The nuptials taking place at Vermillion, S. Dak., February, 20, 1949.

Miss Wessel is a graduate of the University of S. Dakota, where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta. And Mr Hunsicker was a graduate of The State University of Iowa, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. They are now at home in Clinton, Iowa.

Cupid next aimed his darts at Miss Aleen Omstead, daughter of Mr and Mrs Edward Cecil and Bertha Martin-

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Omstead, of Eagleville, Mo.; and Mr Harry Bremer, of Tucson, Ariz. This wedding took place March 26, 1949. They are now at home in Tuscon, Arizona.

Then on April 2, 1949, Miss Gloria Curtis, daughter of Mr and Mrs Lewis Curtis, of Culpepper, Va., son of Mr and Mrs Russell and Esther Shackelford Granston-Morris, also of Culpepper, Va. Where they will make their home is not shown.

Congratultions and best wishes to all, and may you always be as happy as you are now.


The grim reaper has also been active among the members of the Clan, and since our last issue we have the report of three deaths.

A belated report of the death of one, but we are going to report it any way. Alfred Shackelford, of Maryville, Mo., was born the son of Henry Wharton and Rosella Stephens-Shackelford, at Tarkio, Mo., (date of birth is not known) and he passed to his eternal reward May 13, 1948. No other details are shown. And we have very little information of this family, and would greatly appreciate more.

Isaac Garfield Watson, age 68, was born son of Rev Charles A. B. Watson and Alice Shackelford, probably in Mercer, Mo. He died at his home in Omaha, Neb., Feb. 24, 1949. He is survived by his widow and two sons, and many other relatives and friends. But we have very little information of this family, and would be grateful for more.

James Lafayette Shackelford, was born the son of James Daniel Shackelford and his first wife--Sarah Elizabeth Maddox, April 11, 1864, in Virginia; and passed to his eternal reward in Gordonsville, Va., April 23, 1949, having reached the age of 85 years and 12 days. He was married to Mary Ashley Shipp, Dec. 23, 1900, to which union were born five children--two sons and three daughters, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by one brother, two sisters, six grand children and twenty three nieces and nephews, with other relatives and friends too numerous to mention here.

And to all the bereaved we extend profound sympathy

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and consolation of hope. May the Lord bless and comfort each of you.


'Those who do not look upon themselves as a link connecting the past with the future do not perform their duty to the world"--Webster.



Mr William A. Hagey, of Bristol, Tenn., a descendant of one Joseph William Shackelford, through his daughter Frances Jones Shackelford, who married Col William Hedgman Dulaney, is very desirous of obtaining the ancestry of the above mentioned Joseph William Shackelford, and his wife--a Miss Jones.

Joseph William Shackelford was born presumably in Culpepper Co., Va. He married Miss Jones, (given name not known) and moved into Frederick Co., Va. about 1765. He had the following children:

Frances Jones (Franky)---(married Col Wm H. Dulaney)

Joseph A. (Rev)----------(married 1st Elizabeth ?? and 2nd Nancy ??)

Nancy--------------------(married Robert P. Randall)

Samuel J.-----------------(married Col William H. Dulaney)

There were probably other children also.

Mr. Hagey has been kind enough to send us a great deal of data of the descentants of Joseph William Shackelford and Col William H. Dulaney, and promised us more. And since they are publishing a history of the Dulaney Family, they are very anxious to complete their Shackelford ancestry before going to press. Therefore we will pay the first person that send us authentic proof of the ancestry of Joseph William Shackelford, and his wife--Miss Jones, Twenty Dollars, Cash.

We have more data of this family that we shall be happy to tell you about in the next issue of the magazine. We would give you additional information now, but have already committed ourselves to give you something else this time.

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One Richard Shackelford, said to have been a son of James and Elizabeth Robbins-Shackelford, and said to have been born in Gloucester Co., Va. about 1705/10, and married Susannah ?, (probably Darnaby or Danaby). They are known to have had at least three children, as follows:

Susanna------------------(born December 19, 1735. d ??)

Bannister-----------------(baptized October 24, 1736)

Richard, Jr.---------------(baptized Oct. 15, 1738. died 1794)

One Richard Shackelford, said to have been Richard, Jr., son of Richard and Susannah Shackelford, died in Richmond Co., Va., 1794. He married three times, his first wife being Elizabeth Redman, by whom he had one son named William.

Richard, Jr., then married for his second wife--Margaret Landman, Jan. 17, 1767. They had at least three children, probably others, as follows:

Clement------------------(married ??)

Vincent-------------------(married Lucy Roane Brockenbrough)

Margaret-----------------(married Joseph Saunders)

Richard, Jr., then married for his third wife--Joanna Lawson, Feb. 29, 1788. They had one son by the name of Jack, who later became the famous Texas hero, for whom two Texas Counties are named.

We have more or less data of each of the above children of Richard Shackelford, Sr., and Richard, Jr.; but as we have come in possession of more data that appears to confuse the issue, we are now seeking additional information in an effort to get our records in order.

August 16, 1810, Clement Shackelford gave deed of trust to Vincent Shackelford and Bartholomew McCarty, all of Richmond Co., Va., covering slaves and personal property in possession of Clement Shackelford, to secure debts as follows: (a) rent due by Clement as executor of his father's Will, ie Will of Richard Shackelford, Sr., to Vincent Shackelford, (b) money due by Clement Shackelford, as executor of his father Richard's Will, to Thomas Jackson, of

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Frederick Co., Va. (c) 21 pounds due Mary Ann Moore, with interest from 1806. (d) to amount due Jack Shackelford from Clement Shackelford, as executor of Richard Shackelford, and also as guardian of Jack Shackelford. (e) amount due from Clement Shackelford as executor of the Will of Richard Shackelford, Sr., to the administrator of Richard Shackelford, Jr.

Petitioner Vincent Shackelford sets up that Clement Shackelford paid Mary Ann Moore before he died. The above suit was filed May 19, 1818, and recorded in File #257, Stafford County, Va.

So here we see two or three items that confuse the issue. First: we find here the mention of Richard, Sr. and Richard, Jr. Yet, in the will of Richard and in the record we have of his family we find the names of only five children, ie William, Clement, Vincent, Margaret and Jack. No place do we find a mention of Richard, Jr. Query: Was there a Richard, Jr., or is there a mistake in the record?

And there is still another problem in this same suit that has not been solved. In the same petition we find the following:

Thomas Jackson, of New Orleans, Frederick Co., Va., states that the three orphans--Thomas, Vincent and John Jackson, had a sister Elizabeth that married Clement Garland, lately deceased. Vincent Shackelford had been guardian of Elizabeth Jackson. Thomas Jackson stated further that the estate of the orphans consisted of several places in Frederick County, and one place in Richmond County. The latter place Clement Shackelford had rented out and owed the orphans for the rents and profits thereof. This, the above statement, was sworn to April 19, 1819, in Frederick Co., Va. Query: Was there a relationship between Richard Shackelford, Sr. and the Jackson orphans? And if so, what was the relationship?

Again we find a mention of Richard Shackelford, Jr. when Allen Dozier was the administrator of the estate of Richard, Jr., and March 4, 1819 he stated that Clement Shackelford owed Richard, Jr., 16 pounds, either as guardian or distributee of the estate of Richard, Sr.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, March 29, 1998 - Austin, Texas.


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