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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 1949 Vol. 5. 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.



It has been so long since our October issue was sent to you, and in the interim so many things have happened that we wish to tell you, that we do not know how or where to begin.

But will begin by telling you, what to us, is exceptionally good news.

All of you who have been subscribers as much as a year will recall that while we were on our tour of research last year that one of our bags was stolen, or at least disappeared. That was Saturday, Oct. 16, 1948. The good news is, that the bag has been found and returned to us, and with all contents intact and in good condition. It reached us Friday, September 9th, 1949, lacking only a week being lost eleven months.

The story of its disappearance is too long to repeat here, but we have Mrs J. T. Ayers, of Burlington, N. C., to thank for the return of the bag.

So all is well that ends well. And since this is the month that we dedicate one day in order to give thanks for all of our blessings during the year, we feel that it is quite an appropriate time to be thankful for our good fortune.



William Darnaby married Diana Shackelford, in

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Abbington Parish, Gloucester County, Va., October 29, 1732. Following is his Will.

In the name of God: Amen. I, William Darnaby, of the Parish of St. George, in the County of Spottsylvania, being sick and weak, though of sound mind and memory, and knowing the certainty of death, but the uncertainty of the hour and time, do therefore make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following: viz--

I give to my grandson John Darnaby, one negro boy -- Joshuaway, to him and his heirs.

I give to my grandson Edward Darnaby, one negro girl -- Sines, at the age of twenty one years, to him and his heirs.

I give to Agatha Duvall, wife of William Duvall, one negro girl -- Janes; but in case she should die without heirs, then the negro which I have given her is to be returned to my estate, together with all her increase.

I give to my grand daughter -- Sarah Darnaby, one shilling.

I give to my loving wife -- Diana Darnaby, all of my tract of land in Spotsylvania County, together with all the remainder of my negros, stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs; also all the household and kitchen furniture, I give unto her during her natural life.

It is my desire that all of my tract of land, negroes, stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, together with all of the household furniture, (after my wife's death) should be sold, and the money arising from the sale thereof, to be equally divided among my grand children -- James Owen, William Owen, Eliza Owen, Sarah Owen, and Mary Owen. John Darnaby and Edward Darnaby are to have an equal part with the rest of my grand children of all my estate excepting negroes, which I have given them in the first part of my Will.

In case any of my grand children should die without heirs, then what I have given them is to be divided among the rest of my surviving grand children.

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My will and desire is that Richard Loring and Thomas Minor, be executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twentieth day of October, one thousand seven hundred and eighty (October 20, 1780).

Signed -- William X (his mark) Darnaby.

Ann Tutt and Clugson ?? Minor, witnesses.

Recorded in Will Book E, page 707, Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Probated November 1, 1785.


It will be noted in the above Will, that William Darnaby does not mention the name of a single one of his children, unless Agatha Duvall is his daughter. But as he does not mention her as a grand child she evidently is a daughter.

But we do see that he had a son, as he mentions John and Edward Darnaby as his grand sons. And we also see that he had another daughter that married an Owen, as he mentions five Owen grand children.

We have some data of the Duvall family, some of the Edward Darnaby family, and our good friend Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky., has given us a great deal of information of the John Darnaby descendants. But we need more data of the Edward Darnaby, the Duvall and the Owen families. We therefore will be happy to purchase from or exchange with any person, this additional data.


We have so many births, marriages and deaths, and so many new subscribers, and names of those who have contributed data, that we will be unable to tell you all of them now, in one issue. So we will give you some of them in this issue, and the balance in the December issue.

We wish to welcome the following new subscribers since our last issue: Mr H. H. Armor, of Birmingham, Alabama (sent in by his mother -- Mrs Mary Harris-Armor, of College Park, Ga.); Mrs Dr Ira J. Seitz, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mr J. R. Johnson,

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of Lexington, Ky.; Miss Mary E. Chapman, of Jackson, Miss.; Mrs Willie Mae King, of Columbus, Miss.; Miss Elizabeth Wright, of Dallas, Texas; Mrs Lucy C. Ware, of Lexington, Ky., and Miss Emma Coons, also of Lexington, Ky.

And the following subscriptions renewals: Miss Ruth Ray, of Los Angeles, Calif., for two years; Mr G. R. Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark.; Mrs Mary Harris-Armor, of College Park, Ga.; Mr J. L. Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss.; Judge Robert E. Brumby, of Franklin, La.; Mrs George A. McIntyre, of Marion, S. C. (formerly Miss Virginia Shackelford, of Gloucester Point, Va.); Mrs Fern Bachar, of Fort Morgan, Colo.; Mrs Anna B. Record, of Vancouver, Wash.; Mrs D. L. Stoddard, of Spartanburg, S. C.; Mrs W. S. Hay, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Mr M. T. Shackelford, of Cisne, Illinois.

Mere words cannot express our gratitude for such splendid response and co-operation.

We received additional data from thirty three different persons, and more than once from several of them. We do not have the space to mention each one by name in this issue, but we will next month. But orchids by the dozen to Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky., Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York; and Mrs Ira J. Seitz, of Los Angeles, Calif. All three of whom have sent in loads of data. Our everlasting thanks and gratitude to each of you.


But before we go further we would like to make a correction. In our September issue, 1949, Vol. 5, No. 5, page 7, we mentioned the Will of one John Gatewood, Essex Co., Va., dated Nov. 14, 1706. And we listed it as follows: -- wherein he mentioned his wife Annie, and children -- Thomas, Frances Shackelford, Richard, Lowry, Ann Burwell, Sarah, William, and James.

We mentioned the above family because of the one daughter Frances, who married a Shackelford. But Mrs William M. Sweeney, of Long Island, N. Y., called our hand on it, and requested that we correct it. So here it is as she has it. His wife was not Annie, but Amie or Amy. The eldest son of

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John Gatewood was John, whose name we did not mention at all. He did not have a son Lowry, but he did have a son Henry. He never had a daughter Ann Burwell, but he did have a daughter Amie Burnett.

We are not interested in the Gatewood family, we simply gave the above records because of the one Shackelford connection. Our information came from a Virginia genealogist. But as this is Mrs Sweeney's own line we feel certain her data is correct. We are sorry for the error, and hereby apologize, and indeed happy to make the correction.


So many births to report that we will only mention two or three of them in this issue.

Master Richard Garreth, a lusty young man, son of Mr and Mrs Bobby Lawrence and Eva May Williams-Edwards, of Vancouver, Washington, arrived on this orb May 5, 1949. He is the grandson of Mrs Anna Bell Shackelford-Record, and her first husband -- Mr Jack Williams.

A choice morsel of femininity, little Miss Claudia Jean, first child of Mr and Mrs James R. White, of Columbus, Miss., put in her appearance August 29th, 1949. And at last report both baby and mother doing fine. She is a grand child of Mr and Mrs Belton W. Brown, and Mrs Lola Mae White, and her maternal great grandmother is Mrs C. B. Shackelford.

This is another branch of the Shackelford family of whom we have little or no data, and would be grateful for additional information of them.


Weddings, like births, are too numerous for one issue, so we will only mention two or three, and give you the others in the next issue.

One of the most elaborate weddings among members of the Clan was reported to us since our last issue. That of Miss Winnifred Patricia, the very lovely and talented daughter of Dr and Mrs B. L. Shackleford, of Atlanta, Ga., June 28, 1949.

On the above date she became the bride of Lieutenant Gilbert Xavier Cheves, Jr., son of Major General Gilbert Xavier and Mrs Cheaves. The nuptials

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being performed in the Cathedral of Christ the King, in Atlanta, Ga. This was such an elaborate affair that we wish we had the space to tell you about it in detail, but space will not permit.

After the wedding the happy couple honeymooned in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Their home will be in Fort Riley, Kansas, for the time being.

But just a week before that another beautiful romance was culminated in marriage by another very lovely and talented daughter of the Clan. For on June 22nd, 1949, Miss Alice Virginia, daughter of Mr and Mrs Hubert Landron Shackelford, of Gloucester Point, Va., became the bride of Mr George Archibald McIntyre, Jr., of Marion, S. C. He is a son of Mr and Mrs George Archibald McIntyre, Sr. These nuptials in the Methodist Church, of Gloucester Point, Va.

She is a graduate of Farmville State Teachers College; was a member of Pi Kappa Sigma, and The Cotillion Club. And prior to her marriage was engaged in Teaching School.

Then we have the announcement of the approaching marrieage of another lovely daughter of the Clan. Mr and Mrs Francis Bruce Pratt, of Centreville, Ala., announce the intended marriage of their beautiful daughter -- Miss Mary Louise Hays-Pratt, to Mr Phillip Allen DeVore, Jr., of Birmingham, Alabama. Exact date is not given.

He is the son of Mr and Mrs Phillip Allen DeVore, of Birmingham; and she is the grand daughter of the late Prof. Andrew Wilson and Anne Josephine Going-Hays; and great grand daughter of Isaac Newton and Harriet Caroline Shackelford-Going.

So to the new papas and mamas, and the newlyweds, we, on behalf of the entire Clan, extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes.


And now we are sad, for since our last issue there has been a number of deaths among our number.

Our first report of the activities of the grim reaper comes from one of our Arkansas correspondents -- Mr William A. Shackelford, age 76 years,

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passed to his eternal reward at his home in or near Sheridan, Ark., June 25, 1949. Survivors include his widow -- Mrs W. A. Shackelford, two sons, three daughters, two sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends.

This branch of the Shackelford family descends from a prominent Kentuckian, although their immediate ancestors were from South Carolina. We have the ancestry of this family, but do not have any information of the later generations. Therefore we would be very grateful for any additional data we receive of them.

Then on July 31, 1949, Mrs Lucy Shackelford, formerly of Columbus, Miss., died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while visiting her daughter -- Mrs H. A. Humbrecht.

She was born Lucy Sharp, Feb. 16, 1884, in Lowndes County, Miss., and died, as stated before, July 31, 1949. She was married to Choice Clifton Shackelford, of Columbus, Miss.; and to that union were born three daughters. Her husband preceded her in death April 29, 1937.

She is survived by her three daughters, two grand children, five sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention here.

Judge Harry Stone Strozier, was born November 3, 1883, a son of Reuben J. and Mattie Eliza Harris-Strozier, in Monroe County, Ga. He died in Macon, Ga., September 7, 1949, after a long illness that had plagued him for several months. He was married to Marjorie McEachern, March 5, 1908. They had no children.

He is survived by his widow, five brothers and a great host of other relatives and friends.

Judge Harry Stone Strozier was one of the best lawyers in all of Georgia, perhaps the entire South. And later we shall have more, much more to tell you about him. But space will not permit us to do so at this time.

And it was during the month of September that

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we lost another of our venerable and beloved members. Mrs Charles Mercer Shackelford, was born Mary L. Livezey, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, May 29, 1865. She passed from the activities of this earthly career at her home in Albany, Georgia, September 14, 1949, after a long illness.

She was married to Charles Mercer Shackelford, October 1, 1890. And to that union were born five children, four sons and one daughter; all of whom survive her. Her husband preceded her in death in 1929. And in addition to her children she is survived by seven grand children, six great grand children, and a host of other relatives.

To all the bereaved we extend our deepest sympathy, and may the Lord bless each of you in your hours of sorrow.


Again we were extended invitations by Mrs Opal Foresyth, of Lawton, Okla., and Mrs Ruth Little, of Nocona, Texas, to attend The Shackelford Reunion, held at The Quanah Parker Camp Ground Community House, near Lawton, Oklahoma, September 3, 4, and 5; which we regret very much that we were unable to attend.

This is an annual affair with these good people, and we have planned for years to meet with them, but for one reason or another we never have been able to do so. Perhaps next year. And thanks a million for the invitation any way.

We had so many things that we wanted to tell you that we almost forgot to mention our little tour of research. We had planned on a much longer one, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we could not make it. But we did make a short one, and for the time spent, a very profitable one.

We were away from home fourteen days, spending five days of that time looking over the records in four or five Kentucky Counties, as well as a very short stop at Nashville, Tenn., and Frankfort, Ky.

We found two or three items of information that we had been searching for for many years.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, June 20, 1998 - Austin, Texas


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