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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 September 1949 Vol. 5. No. 5.


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.



This will concern another of the rapidly thinning ranks of the once proud Confederacy. And this will be the second story we have given you of that noble band of men who fought for the lost cause during the war between the States. And we would like to have like stories and biographies of some of those who fought for the Union cause, as we do not wish to show any partiality whatever. This writer was reared in the South, but we had relatives, paternal and maternal, both, fighting on both sides.

So we are herewith giving you a story, most of which was written about this grand old soldier and venerable member of the Clan about two years before his death.

There are so few left of the vast army of Civil War veterans, but those who are left to recall any part of their experiences in that great event make it seem very real even now.

Charles Johnson Shackelford, oldest Confederate veteran in Pettis and Cooper Counties, Missouri, at the age of 98, recalls to remarkable degree the conflict which took place in Missouri. He was born in Boonville near where the courthouse now stands, and most of his life was spent on a Cooper County farm. The last few years he has make his home with a daughter -- Mrs Robert Ardinger, in Pettis County. Although his eyesight is impared, he moves with exceptional ease and enjoys visiting

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with neighbors and friends.

The Civil War began when he was twenty and in the early days of the conflict he enlisted at Boonville. He was a member of Co. A, under General Shelby, the unit forming a part of Price's Army. When he was paroled out of service he held the rank of Sergeant. A life time of experience, anxiety and suffering was packed into that brief period of his life, and he returned to his home ill and worn. It required many years to recover to normalacy.

To write of the remarkable achievements and interesting events in Mr Shackelford's life would assume the proportions of a book. However, one may record the high points of interest and have a glimpse of his staunch character, whose life symbolizes the pioneering spirit prevailing in Civil War days. He was born April 22, 1841, the son of Richard Dunn and Elizabeth Ann Hubbard-Shackelford, the youngest of a large family, of Scotch-Irish descent. Mrs Shackelford, (his mother) died when he was three, and his father died when he was fifteen years old. He then made his home with an aunt -- Mrs Ruth Faulkner and her husband -- Jim Faulkner. Their farm was just three miles from the 700 acre tract of land which he later owned. The fact that there was slaves in the Faulkner home perhaps is what made him eager to defend the cause at the out break of the war between the States. The slave, who was in this home at the close of the conflict, remained with the family until her death.

In the early part of the war, General Sterling Price went into encampment just out of Boonville to await the coming of General Shelby, who was coming by river from Lexington. Mr Shackelford recalls this anxious time of waiting when they lay hidden in the hemp fields. Slaves attended their beloved masters, bringing food and drink during those trying days, and later the faithful blacks were allowed to join Shelby's Brigade.

Mr Shackelford was taken prisoner during the early part of the war and spent many months in the Alton prison, at Alton, Illinois. He and other Confederates suffered from lack of food and water while there.

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And through all these years Mr Shackelford has remembered vividly the period spent in prison, and the untold agony that was borne by the prisoners.

After four years defending the flag of the Confederacy he was mustered out of service, and soon after this he was operating a one thousand acre tract of bottom land.

In 1865 he married Miss Gabriella Berkley, of Versailles, Missouri; and in 1876 he purchased a splendid farm of seven hundred acres, located southwest of Boonville, in Lamine section, with which he had been familiar since boyhood. He was not content merely to own this fine farm, but by labor of his own hands he improved the land, fenced and cross finced it with rails from the wooded section of the farm. Oxen were used in the fields at that time and wheat was cradled. One year he cradled 100 acres of wheat. And he did not depend on an alarm clock to start the day, or him to work in the days of the harvest, for clocks were not among the household conveniences at that time. (Continued next month).


"Before you condemn your neighbors for his point of view try to focus your sights through his optics; the results will surprise you." --


This month we are happy to announce the subscription renewals from Mrs W. M. Bellamy, of Wilmington, N. C.; and to welcome Mrs Noah Norman, of Montgomery, Alabama, and Mr Grant B. Shaw, of Houston, Texas, as new subscribers. Thanks a million to each of you. We hope to be able to merit your confidence.


We also wish to thank the following persons for new data sent in since our last issue: Mr William A. Hagey, of Bristol, Tenn.; Mrs Cecil B. Taylor, of Clifton Forge, Va.; Carl M. Polley, of Madisonville, Ky.; Mr Harry W. Mills, of Arlington, Va.; Mrs J. M. Davis, of Wadesboro, N. C.; and Mrs Willard Cooper, of Columbus, Ga. To all of whom we are indeed grateful.


No births or deaths have been reported this month,

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and our correspondence is woefully lacking, which no doubt, accounts for nothing being reported of that nature. But we do have one wedding to report.

Mr and Mrs William A. Godwin, of Atlanta, Ga., announce the marriage of their lovely daughter -- Jean, to Mr E. D. Shackelford, Jr., son of Mr and Mrs E. D. Shackelford Sr., of Charlotte, N. C. The marriage is of recent date, but exact date not shown.

Miss Godwin is a graduate [of] Museum High and the School of Art, in Atlanta. Mr Shackelford is a graduate of Georgia Tech and Emory University, and is now attending The Medical College of Virginia.

Sincere congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the entire Clan.


"Do not worry, eat three square meals a day, say your prayers, be courteous to your creditors, keep your digestion good, exercise, go slow and easy; and maybe there are other things that your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, I reckon these will give you a good life" -- Lincoln.


Ancestry of Charles Johnson Shackelford, sketch of whom appears on pages one and two of this issue.

William Shackelford must have been born about 17-65/68, as he is mentioned first among the children of his father Zachariah Shackelford, in the settlement of the estate of Zachariah. Wills and inventories, Book A, page 29, Casey Co., Ky., November 20, 1810. William was a son of Zachariah and Dolly Embree-Shackelford, and was probably born in Orange Co., Va. He married late in life, or may have married a second time. But he married Nancy Sheckley, in Garrard County, Ky., January 4, 1802.

It is not known just when William Shackelford moved to Cooper County, Mo., nor is it known just how many children he had, but he died in Cooper Co., Mo., in 1821, and in the settlement of his estate the following heirs are named:

Polly--------------------(married ??)

Richard Dunn-----------(married Ann Elizabeth Hubbard)

Dorothy-----------------(married Dr Robert W. Gale)

B. Zachariah------------(married ??)

Mary--------------------(married Elijah Mack or Mock)

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William Shackelford died intestate, and George Crawford was appointed as administrator of his estate November 10, 1821. Probate Court Records, File #24, Cooper County, Missouri.

Richard Dunn Shackelford, son of William & Nancy Sheckley-Shackelford, was born April 14, 1803, probably in Garrard Co., Ky. He died in Cooper Co., Mo., March 27, 1856. He married Ann Elizabeth Hubbard, March 10, 1824, in Cooper Co., Mo. She was born December 25, 1808; and died April 5, 1844. They had eight children, as follows:

Priscilla-----------------(died in infancy)

Elizabeth----------------(married Ludwill A. Creamer)

William Jabes-----------(married Amanda A. Harris)

Jacob Wyan------------(married Nancy J. ??)

Nancy------------------(married M. A. Creamer)

Richard Dunn, Jr.-------(married Elizabeth Bright)

Catherine C.------------(married ??)

Charles Johnson-------- (married Gabriella Berkley)


Charles Johnson [Shackelford], son of Richard Dunn and Ann Elizabeth Hubbard-Shackelford, was born in Cooper Co., Mo., April 22, 1841. He died in Cooper Co., Mo., September 19, 1941, at the ripe old age of 100 years, four months and twenty seven days. Which as far as our records show, was the oldest member of the Clan, the only one to reach the century mark.


Dr Robert W. Gale, mentioned in the estate settlement of William Shackelford, was born in Virginia, in 1801. He married Dorothy, daughter of William and Nancy Sheckley-Shackelford, probably in Saline Co., Mo., about 1825/26. Dorothy Shackelford was born 1808 , in Kentucky, probably in Garrard or Casey County. They had the following children:

William------------------(born 1828, in Mo.)

Julian--------------------(born 1832, in Mo.)

Edwin-------------------(born 1835, in Mo.)

Susan--------------------(born 1838, in Mo.)

Josiah--------------------(born 1841, in Mo.)

Margaret-----------------(born 1846, in Mo.)

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There were other children of Dr Gale and his wife Dorothy, very likely, but we have no proof. This Gale record according to the census, Cooper Co., Mo., 1850. We have almost a complete data of the descendants of Richard Dunn Shackelford, but little or nothing of the other descendants of William and Nancy Sheckley-Shackelford, or the Gale family. Therefore we would be happy to contact others of the descendants, or to have additional data.


"It is not the load that breaks you down, it is the way you carry it" Cresap Society Bulletin.



Our records show that the first Shackelfords in Essex County, Va., were Francis, John, Henry and Roger. Francis Shackelford appears there as early as 1700, for we find the following documentary evidence. "Francis Shackelford, of South Farnham Parish, sold the land where Francis Shackelford then lived, to Charles Smith, containing more than 300 acres, for 80 pounds. Said land part of a patent of 5.1 acres between Pyrataway and Hoskins Swamp and Creek, to Henry Aubrey, March 10, 1677, who sold it to John Fry, who in turn sold it to Edward Sadler, who sold it to Francis Shackelford, Dec. 30, 1700. Both Francis Shackelford and his wife Sarah acknowledged said sale in court Feb. 10, 1708.

Francis Shackelford appears on record in Essex Co., many times during the nine years between 1700 and 1709, at which time his name ceases to appear there. But evidently he moved away before that time, as we find where his wife Sarah gave power of attorney to her brother Zachariah Lewis, March 19, 1703.

On March 10, 1707, Francis Shackelford acknowledged a deed to John Shackelford. Order Book 3, page 333. Then July 9, 1714, we find a mention of one Roger Shackelford. Order Book 4, page 594.

The above Roger Shackelford, was evidently a son or grandson of Roger the immigrant, as the immigrant was baptized 1629, therefore was probably

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dead by 1714. He, Roger the immigrant, was in King & Queen Co., 1704, and is said to have died there.

Henry Shackelford appears on records in Essex Co., Va., as early as 1704. Query: Was he a son or a grandson of Roger?

When Francis Shackelford sold land to John Shackelford, March 10, 1706, the transaction was witnessed by one [Lucy] Shackelford. Query: Who was she?

The will of one John Gatewood was dated Nov. 14, 1706, wherein he mentioned his wife Annie, and children - Thomas, Frances Shackelford, Richard, Lowry, Ann Burwell, Sarah, William, and James. We do not have positive proof, but we believe this daughter Frances Gatewood to have been the wife of Henry Shackelford. Can any one give us proof that will confirm this one way or the other? By the records it seems that Henry Shackelford was associated with the Gatewood family.

Henry Shackelford appears on record in Essex Co., as late as 1722. And it seems that he moved from there to either Caroline or King William County.

One Charles Shackelford, of South Farnham Parish, County of Essex, an orphan boy of fourteen years of age, signed articles of indenture, and by his own free will and by the direction of the Justices of the County, to Joseph Baker, of the same Parish and County, to learn the trade of shoe maker. Deed Book 16, page 129, Essex County, Virginia.

And there was also one Robert Shackelford in Essex Co., at about the same period. But as far as we can determine there is nothing to show who the parents were, either of Robert, Henry, or Charles. Any information that will aid us in establishing their parentage will be greatly appreciated.

Then later, much later, there were still Shackelfords in Essex Co., Va. In the June 1949 issue of the magazine we told you of Roger Shackelford, Sr., and Roger, Jr. Now we are going to tell you of more.

June 14, 1798, Roger Shackelford, Sr., and Richard Shackelford, both of Essex County, sold 35 acres of land in Essex Co., to William Newbill, of Essex

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County, for 60 pounds. Deed Book #35, page 5.

April 27 1798, Richard Shackelford and Susanna, his wife, and Roger Shackelford, Sr., all of the County of Essex, and Parish of South Farnham, deeded to Lucy, Warner, and Francis T. Shackelford, infants under the age of 21 years, and children of the said Richard and Susanna, of the same County and Parish, 150 acres in the same County and Parish, which was a part of the 181 acres conveyed by Roger and Rebecca Shackelford, by deed to the said Richard, Jan. 26, 1795, under certain restrictions. Zachariah Shackelford was a witness to this transaction. Recorded June 18, 1798. Deed Book 35, page 8.

April 25, 1798, Richard and Susan Shackelford his wife, and Roger Shackelford, Sr., of Essex County, South Farnham Parish, deed to Thomas Newbill, of King & Queen County, Parish of St. Stephens, 20 acres of land in Essex Co., South Farnham Parish, for 33 pounds. Said tract beginning at an elm on the King & Queen shore of The Dragon Run, corner to Richard Tunstall, William Newbill, and Townley's corner. Deed Book 35, page 16. Essex County, Virginia.

June 28, 1798, William Shackelford of the County of Middlesex, and Roger Shackelford, of the County of Essex, sold to Zachariah Shackelford, 35 acres of land in Essex County, Parish of South Farnham, for 35 pounds and 10 shillings. The land a part of the tract which the aforesaid Roger Shackelford devised to his son John Shackelford, who died intestate and without heirs. Deed Book 35, page 36.

Commission to Justices of the Peace to take the acknowledgement of Rebecca Shackelford, since Roger Shackelford, Sr., and Rebecca his wife, Zachariah Shackelford, Roger Shackelford, Jr., and Elizabeth his wife, executed a bargain and sale to James Fisher, of 40 acres of land in Essex County, for 67 pounds, Feb. 21 1795. Deed Book 35, page 440.

The above named Roger Shackelford, Sr., Richard and Zachariah Shackelford, were all, as indicated by the records, sons of Richard Shackelford, and his wife -- Sarah Rootes, of King & Queen Co. But we need information of the descendants of these men.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, May 24, 1998 - Austin, Texas.

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