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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 1950 Vol. 5. 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.



Whereas I, Edward Darnaby, of the County of Fayette, and State of Kentucky, hath given unto my children the following sums in negroes, money, and property, to-wit:

1: To Polly Haley:

One negro girl -- Peggy ----------------$500.00

One negro girl -- Ann------------------ $200.00

2 beds, furniture, and other items-------$ 50.00

Horse, saddle, bridle, and stock--------$100.00


2: To Mildred Henton, deceased:

One negro woman -- Permelia---------$480.00


Horse, saddle, and some stock---------$100.00

2 beds, furniture, and other articles

for house keeping---------------------$ 91.00


3: To William Darnaby:

One negro girl -- Bobby----------------$267.00


Horse and saddle-----------------------$100.00

Articles for house keeping--------------$ 79.00


4: To Lucy McCann

One negro girl -- Ann------------------$530.00


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Horse and saddle---------------------- $100.00

2 beds and furniture, etc.---------------$ 50.00

Other stock----------------------------$ 41.00


5: To Judith Eastin:

One negro girl -- Ann----------------- $530.00


Horse and saddle----------------------$100.00

2 beds and furniture--------------------$ 50.00

Stock----------------------------------$ 41.00


6: To James A. Darnaby:

One negro boy -- Ben-----------------$600.00


Horse and saddle----------------------$100.00

Bed and furniture----------------------$ 30.00

2 cows and sheep---------------------$ 26.00


7: To Edward L. Darnaby:

One negro man -- Anthony------------$600.00


Horse and saddle----------------------$100.00

Bed and furniture----------------------$ 30.00

2 cows and 6 sheep-------------------$ 26.00


8: To Eliza Weathers:

Negroes -- Hannah, Matilda, and Henry---------$700.00

Horse, saddle, bed, furniture, and some stock----$171.00


9: To John Hunt Darnaby:

One negro boy -- Ned-----------------$600.00

One horse -- Tiger---------------------$ 90.00

Horse, saddle, etc.---------------------$100.00

Bed and furniture-----------------------$ 30.00

2 cows and 6 sheep--------------------$ 26.00


10: To Nancy Henton:

Horse, saddle, one cow and calf-------$110.00

2 beds, furniture, and clothing----------$ 70.00

2 bed sets and half dozen chairs--------$ 25.00

Cash for cow--------------------------$ 50.00


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Having made the appropriations to my children, and my desire is that all my children be made equal to the highest in amount, and that my land be equally divided amongst all my children.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this December 20, 1837.

Signed -- Edward Darnaby. (Seal)

James Darnaby and George Darnaby, witnesses.

Recorded in Will Book W, page 412, Fayette Co., Ky., and probated December 12, 1845.

Son John H. Darnaby and son-in-law James Weathers, executors.


The above Edward Darnaby was a grandson of William Darnaby and Diana Shackelford. He was a son of either Edward Darnaby or William Darnaby, Jr. (most likely a son of William, Jr.). He was born in 1765 in Spottsylvania Co., Va., and as we see by his will, he died in 1845 in Fayette County, Ky.

When but a young man he moved with his mother and step-father and the other members of his family, to Fayette County, Ky., where he married and remained the balance of his life. He married Mildred Ellis, daughter of Hezekiah Ellis, and to them were born the following children:

Polly-----------------(married Ambrose Haley ??)

Mildred--------------(married Thomas Henton, Jr.)

William---------------(married Agnes Weathers)

Lucy-----------------(married Benjamin McCann)

Judith----------------(married Augustine F. Eastin)

James A.-------------(married Susan A. Crim)

Edward L.-----------(married 1st Lucy Ellis, and 2nd Susan Rogers)

Eliza------------------(married James H. Weathers)

Nancy----------------(married Thomas Henton, Jr.)

John Hunt------------(married 1st Mildred Mitchell, and 2nd Mary Stuart)


We would be most happy to have all additional information of the descendants of Edward Darnaby and Mildred Ellis, as possible; including dates

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of births, marriages and deaths, full names, with any information not mentioned, that you would care to favor us with.


"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. The longer you gaze at the difficulty, the bigger it looks. Tackle it at first sight and you can lick it" -- Anon.


This past month we have received such a deluge of information that we cannot get it all into one issue. We do not have the space to give you the address of the donors, but we will give you their names.

We are happy to welcome the following new subscribers: Mrs Paul O. Koger; Miss Emma B. Coons; Mrs Lucy C. Ware; and Mr Maynard L. Richardson. Also subscription renewals from the following persons: Dr B. L. Shackleford; Mrs Fern Bachar; Miss Carrie Ida Seale; and Mr Robert H. Shackleford, the latter for two years. To all of whom we are indeed grateful, and say again "Thanks a Million."

The following favored us with additional information: Mrs Noah Norman, Sr.; Mrs Ira J. Seitz; Mrs Willie Mae King; Mrs George Fisher; Mr J. R. Johnson; Mr Robert H. Shackleford; Dr B. L. Shackleford; Mrs M. H. Netherton; Mrs C. W. Matthews; Mr Harry Willard Mills; Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton; Mrs Cecil B. Taylor; and Mrs Thomas J. Shackelford. And of course we are happy to have all of this information, and to hear from each and every one of you. And may we offer special thanks to Mrs Thomas J. Shackelford, of Athens, Ga.; and Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky.; to Mrs Shackelford for a very old Bible record that we had searched for for a very long time; and to Mr Johnson, who continues to favor us with additional data every few days. And to each of them orchids by the dozens. Thanks from the bottom of our heart.


We have four brand new members of the Clan to report this month, but we can only give you the

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names and birth dates.

A belated report informs us that a fine baby daughter arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs Rex F. and Helen Dykes-Netherton, of Eucha, Oklahoma, May 16, 1949. The charming little lady to be known as Helen Ruth.

Also a baby daughter, no name or date given, but of recent date, arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs Glavis and Betty Jane Lewis-Woods, of Lexington, Tenn.

And another little bundle of the sugar and spice and everything nice variety -- Linda Elaine, arrived to bless the home of Mr and Mrs John Carrol and Nina Catherine Lewis-Belew, also of Lexington, Tennessee, October 31, 1949.

And it seems that old Dock Stork was dealing in nothing but the feminine gender this time, as nothing but girls were reported. And to the home of Mr and Mrs James Henry and Willie May Scott-Howard, also of Lexington, Tenn., he delivered another daughter, but the name was not given to us, November 3, 1949.

And to all the happy parents and fortunate babies we extend congratulations and all good wishes.


Three marriages to report this month. A belated report informs us that Miss Virginia Ruth Snoddy, daughter of Mrs M. H. Netherton, and the late Mr Ray Snoddy, of Gentry, Ark., became the charming bride of Mr Rex Simpson, son of Mr and Mrs Ray Simpson, of Helena, Oklahoma, July 10, 1949.

Miss Rebecca Evaline Lewis, lovely daughter of Mrs Ada Shackelford-Lewis, and the late Mr Grover Hart Lewis, of Lexington, Tenn., was married to Mr Charles Logan Eads, October 22, 1949.

Miss Marvis Charlton Woolwine, lovely daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Marvin Woolwine, of Roanoke, Va., became the lovely bride of Mr William Shackelford Nelson, son of Mrs M. L. Nelson, and the late Mr Nelson, of Martinsville, Va., November 3, 1949. After a brief honeymoon in the north the happy couple will be at home in Washington, D. C.

The grim reaper has collected a very heavy toll

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among our number since our last issue came off the press, for we are saddened by the report of the death of seven of our members. But we can report the names of but six of them.

One of them died early last year, but only recently reported.

William Asbury Shackelford, was born a son of John J. T. and Mary Vaught-Shackelford, Aug. 28, 1855, at Hernando, Miss. He passed away Jan. 13, 1949, at the home of one of his children near Hernando, Miss., having spent almost his entire life in that community. After the death of his wife in 1937 he lived for a time with a daughter in Memphis, Tenn. He was married to Margaret Elizabeth Emerson, daughter of William Brantley and Piercie Margaret Brown-Emerson; and to them were born twelve children, ten of whom survive.

Miss Cora Coleman, of Denton, Texas, born the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs H. J. Coleman, near Beaverdam, Ky., and she died a few weeks ago at Denton, Texas (exact date not shown). She is survived by two sisters, two brothers, and several nephews and neices.

Miss Coleman was a remarkable woman, and we have but little information of her family; so would be grateful for all additional information that any one could and would send us.

Sarah Eula Shackelford, was born the daughter of Nathan C. and Nancy Cansler Pope-Jones, Sept. 28, 1867, in Douglas County, Ga. She passed to her eternal reward at her home near Carrolton, Ga., July 13, 1949. She was married to Richard Jones Shackelford, (they spell it Shackleford) Dec. 30, 1886, to which union were born nine children - five sons and four daughters, one son and one daughter dying in infancy. She is survived by her husband, seven children, nineteen grand children, and a host of other relatives and friends.

It was our pleasure to visit in the home of this good woman during one of our tours of research, and we found both she and Mr Shackelford charming, affable and courteous. We shall always cherish the memory of that little visit.

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William Alexander Shackelford, was born the son of James Carlyle and Margaret Forbes-Shackelford, May 7, 1857, in Georgia, probably Pike County. He died at his home in Carrolton, Ga., October 23, 1949. He married Isabella Victoria Sharp, Dec. 25, 1882, to which union were born four sons and four daughters. He is survived by his widow, four sons, three daughters, and eight grand children, and two great grand children.

We had the pleasure to visit in the home of this good man too, and found him to be the very essence of kindness and courtesy. We loved him then, and shall always cherish the memory of him.

Another, of whom we know little, except that he is a Shackelford descendant. Mr R. E. Darnaby, born the son of Edward and Mary J. McCann-Darnaby. He passed to his eternal reward October 24, 1949, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 89 years. He is survived by his widow, one sister, one son, and two grandsons.

Mr George P. Shackelford, of Richmond, Va., died November 18, 1949, at the age of 80 years. Survived by several nephews and nieces.

We have no data whatever of this Mr George P. Shackelford, therefore we will be grateful for information of any nature of his ancestry and the descendants, if any.

To all the bereaved we, on behalf of the entire Clan, extend our deepest sympathy. May the Lord bless each of you and comfort you in your hours of grief and sorrow.


Now then we would like to ask a favor of each and every one who shall chance to read these few lines. Miss Elizabeth R. Shackelford suffered a stroke of paralysis during the month of September 1947, and has been confined to her bed ever since, more than two years. And as she has only one sister, who too, is in a poor state of health, and cannot look after Miss Shackelford in person. So she is confined to a nursing home.

We are not asking that you send her money or gifts,

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there is something she needs more. She needs to have words of cheer and encouragement, to know that there are others who are interested. So wont you please write her a long letter or a greeting card? It will only cost you a few minutes and a postage stamp. And no one knows just how much good you may accomplish. Please do it now. Thank you. (T. K. J.). Her address is Miss Elizabeth R. Shackelford, Maplewood Nursing Home, 411 West Clifford St., Winchester, Virginia.



Camden, in the State of South Carolina, February 27, 1799.

I, William Luyten, of the State aforesaid, being sound in judgement and in perfect health. This being the case, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills or writings.

Item: I first say that I wish the carcass box maker to be paid, but the box must be procured in a most frugal manner.

A priest or a ridiculuous prayer reader I can dispense with, and I hope my friends will not admit such stuff at my interment, as I am sure their prayers were never of any service or use to me in my lifetime, so of course they can be of no profit to me after my death. A pound saved for the survivors is better than lost. My confidence is in my God, He is my Saviour, my hope, my all -- Neither do I want organs or bag pipes, as I am sure that my sense of hearing will depart from me, and I hope my friends will be so obliging as to lay me in a hole as far from any church as possible, particularly from those canting hypocrites as possible -- Then follows the text of the Will.


Evidently Mr Luyten had indulged himself with too many sour grapes. (T. K. J.)


Thanking each of you for your past favors and cooperation, and wishing each and every one of you a Happy and Prosperous 1950.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

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


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