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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

Editor T. K. Jones. 701 Ave B. Lubbock, Texas

$1.00 A Year Published Monthly 10¢ A Copy

Lubbock, Texas March 1951 Vol 6. 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.


Will of Charles Sweeney.

In the name of God: Amen.

I, Charles Sweeney, of the County of Casey, and State of Kentucky, do make, ordain and declare this instrument of writing to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others.

First: All my debts, of which there are but few, are to be punctually and speedily paid, and the legacies hereafter bequeathed are to be discharged and paid as soon as circumstances will permit, and in the manner hereafter directed.

Item: To my beloved wife Frances Sweeney, I give and bequeath the use and benefit of my whole estate, both real and personal, for the time of her natural life or to the right exercise of her reason, except parts thereof as are specifically disposed of hereafter.

Item: Having been blessed with a numerous family of children, and as my capacity admitted have made to each advances of my living, but as yet have not made each equal, which it is my will and desire shall be done. I therefore have taken a criterion to equalize each.

Item: My son Joel to whom I have given and advanced the sum of seven hundred and twenty one dollars.

Second: I give and bequeath to my son Josiah, seventy three dollars and sixty three cents, he

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having received by advancement the sum of six hundred thirty seven dollars and thirty seven cents.

Third: I give and bequeath to my son James, two hundred twelve dollars and eighty nine cents, he having received by advancement five hundred eight dollars and eleven cents.

Fourth: I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan, two hundred forty three dollars and fifty cents, he having received by advancement four hundred seventy seven dollars and fifty cents.

Fifth: I give and bequeath to my son Jesse, three hundred twenty five dollars, he having received by advancement three hundred and ninety six dollars.

Sixth: I give and bequeath to my daughter Jincy (Mrs Jincy Snorgrass) two hundred eighty one dollars and forty three cents. She having received by advancement four hundred thirty nine dollars and seven cents.

Seventh: I give and bequeath to my son Joshua two hundred sixty one dollars and fifteen cents, he having received by advancement four hundred fifty nine dollars and eighty five cents.

Eighth: I give and bequeath to my son Job, two hundred sixty eight dollars and forty five cents, he having received by advancement four hundred fifty two dollars and fifty five cents.

Ninth: I give and bequeath to my son Jordan, one hundred twenty eight dollars, he having received by advancement five hundred and ninety three dollars.

Tenth: I give and bequeath to my son Jefferson, five hundred and three dollars, he having received by advancement two hundred and eighteen dollars.

Which bequests as severally made, when added to the sum advanced, will make each of my children a sum equal to the sum advanced to my son Joel, which legacies are to be raised and chargable on my estate, real and personal, upon the decease of my wife Frances, and paid to the said named legatees or their heirs, then.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Josiah and his heirs forever, the tract of land I purchased from Richard Shackelford.

Item: The tract of land advanced to my son Josiah,

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I hold only the bond of the said Richard Shackelford for a title, and as the advancement as above I have charged him with five hundred dollars for the same. It is my desire that he sustain no loss for the want of a perfect title in me to the said land, and I do in the event of my losing the said tract of land, give and bequeath to my son Josiah, five hundred dollars, chargable on my estate, real and personal, and to be paid upon the decease of my wife if the land is lost, or soon thereafter, or the title for the same shall be tested, settled upon the decease of my wife Frances. The payment of my legacies here and before named and specified by division, or later, of my estate real and personal, I give and bequeath to each and every one of my children, whose names are hereon before mentioned, an equal share, division and portion of the residue of my estate, both real and personal, of whatsoever kind it may chance to be.

I hereby nominate and appoint my sons Jonathan Sweeney and Joel Sweeney, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby directing and authorizing each or either of them to execute and carry into effect each of my provisions herein, and with full power to sell and convey by deed or otherwise, my estate, real and personal, in possession, remainder or otherwise.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the seventh day of March, eighteen hundred and thirty two. (March 7th, 1832)

Signed--Charles Sweeney.

James Shackelford, Robert T. Smith, and William C. McDonald, Witnesses.

Codicil to the above Will.

By codicil to this my last Will and Testament, which is to be taken and considered a part thereof. I hereby will, emancipate and set free, at the death of my wife Frances, should she outlive me, my negro girl--Mary.

My son Jonathan, whom I appointed an Executor, having left the State, I hereby nominate and ap-

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point my son Jesse Sweeney, in conjunction with my son Joel, Executors of my last Will and Testament.

Witness my hand this February 13th, 1848.

Signed--Charles Sweeney.

James Shackelford and Joel Sweeney, Witnesses.

Recorded in Will Book 2, pages 217 and 218.

Probated December 1853, in Casey County, Kentucky.


"Happiness is that peculiar sensation any one can acquire when too busy to be miserable".


We have so very much to report to you this month that we scarcely know where or how to begin. We are saddened by the report of no less than nine deaths among clan members; but we are happy to report the arrival of no less than ten new members. We have one correction to make, and at least two apologies to offer. But since the April number of the magazine will accompany this one, we will divide the news we have, giving you some of it in each issue. Some of it is quite belated, but has only reached us, or else over looked at the time.

From the following persons have come additional information, for which we again offer our sincere thanks: Mr Frank L. Shackleford, of Elizabeth, N.J.; Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky.; Mr G. R. Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark.; Mr Forrest Calico, of Lancaster, Ky.; Mr M. T. Shackelford, of Cisne, Ill.; Miss Ophelia Amason, of Lexington, Ga.; Mrs Willie Mae King, of Columbus, Miss.; Miss Agnes Bullock, of Fresno, Calif.; Judge W. G. Heidbreder, of California Mo.; Mrs Hallie R. Findley, of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs George Fisher, of Lexington, Tenn.; and Mr Maynard L. Richardson, of Franklin, Ind. And the latter, Mr Richardson, was not content in sending just data, he included wills, obituaries and photographs. Good friends are indeed the salt of the earth.


Here we owe an apology to Miss Ophelia Amason, of Lexington, Ga., because she reported the following birth to us at the time, and we just over looked

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reporting it to you. A lusty baby son was born to Mr and Mrs Abner and Thelma Alice Turner-Lamar, of Lexington, Ga., Jan 24th, 1949; and will henceforth bear the name of George Allen.

A choice bit of femininity arrived in Flora, Ill, May 11th, 1950, and will bless the home of Mr and Mrs Gerald Eugene and Catherine Warren-Daniels, who will be known as Kudy Kay.

Another of the masculine variety arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs Garold D. and Betty Cary-Bachar, of Denver, Colo., May 11th, 1950. (same date as one above), but our correspondent failed to give his name.

Mr and Mrs John Wiley Miller, of Columbus, Miss., announced the arrival of a son August 17th, 1950, who is to be known as John Wiley, Jr. Maternal great grandparents are Mr and Mrs Clinton Oscar Shackelford, also of Columbus.

The home of Mr and Mrs Herman Lee and Geneva Strickland-Lewis, of Lexington, Tenn., was blessed with the arrival of a son September 17th, 1950. But again, our correspondent failed to show his name.


Dan Cupid seems to have been on vacation this past month, as we have only one wedding to report. and also one correction to make.

In the December 1950 issue of the magazine, page 5, we reported the marriage of Mr Robert Leo Shackelford, of Middle Inlet, Wis., as November of 1949. This is a slight error, the correct date was Dec 1, 1949. And the name of the bride was Lorraine Carlson, daughter of Mr and Mrs Andrew Carlson.

On February 5th, 1951, Miss Betty Jane, lovely daughter of Mr and Mrs Linza and Opal Wiley-Shackelford, of Talmage, (we presume Talmage, Ky.) became the charming bride of Rev Harold Holderman, son of Mr and Mrs Richard Holderman, of Texas, Ky. (First time we ever knew there was a Texas in Kentucky) The nuptials at Jeffersonville, Ind., in a double wedding. For the time being they are at home in Campbellsville, Ky., where the groom is attending Campbellsville College. And on behalf of the entire clan we extend sincere congratulations and best wishes to each of you.

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Now it is our sad duty to report the passing of several of our very beloved and venerable members since our last issue; that is, reported since our last issue.

Here we owe Miss Emma Neale Shackelford, of Sweet Springs, Mo., an apology. She went to a great deal of trouble to locate this information for us when we were in her home, but the notes became mixed with all of our other material, and we have just the past few days located it.

Rev James Clyde Saylor, of Blackburn, Mo., born in Polk County, Mo., son of Henry H. and Margaret Rice-Saylor, October 23rd, 1875. He died April 4th, 1949, and was laid to rest in Sweet Springs, Mo.

He was married to Miss Mary Birdie Shackelford, daughter of Rev John Cockrill and Martha Neale-Shackelford, Sept 2nd, 1903. And that union was blessed with three splendid sons: Dr John H., Professor of Chemistry, Duke University.; James S., Assistant traffic engineer at Dallas, Texas.; and Dr Joseph R., Professor of Government, East Texas State Teachers College, of Commerce, Texas., all of whom survive. He is also survived by several grand children.

Rev Saylor entered the ministry in the M. E. Church South, 1903, and retired in 1948, having been an active minister for forty five years.

John Cockrill Shackelford, coal and grain dealer of Glasgow, Mo., son of Sydney and Flora Boulden-Shackelford, was born April 30th, 1886. He died at his home in Glasgow, Mo., February 22nd, 1950.

He was married to Miss June Gannon, in 1918., to which union were born three children, one daughter and two sons, all of whom survive.

And news has just reached us of a very splendid member of the clan passing away. One whom this writer shall always remember. George Mark Turner, of Lexington, Ga., was born June 19th, 1875, in Georgia. He died at his home in Lexington, Ga., November 27th, 1950.

He was married to Leona Wailes Amason, daughter of Manoah Bolton and Olivia Rebecca Shackelford-Amason, November 23rd, 1898. And to that union was

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blessed with five children, three daughters and two sons, all splendid sons and daughters, all of whom survive. He is also survived by twelve grand children and four great grand children. His wife preceded him in death February 17th, 1949.

This write while doing a tour of research in Ga, in 1948, had the pleasure of being entertained in the home of Mr and Mrs Turner; and we shall always cherish the memory of that little visit.

May the Lord bless and comfort each of the bereaved in their hour of grief and sorrow. Please accept our profound sympathy, as well as that of the entire clan.


"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other folks, than you can in ten years trying to get other folks interested in you".


This month, and in the April number, we are going to give you some records of the Charles Sweeney-Frances Shackelford family, of Kentucky and Mo.

In your Clan Magazine for August 1948, page 7, we gave you the names of the children of Charles and Frances Shackelford-Sweeney. This month we wish to add some to that, and to make one or two corrections. It will be noted that Charles Sweeney had ten children, nine sons and one daughter, each of them having a name beginning with the letter "J". All of them are named in his Will, a copy of which will be found in this issue, beginning on page one. They were born, married and died as follows:

Joel Sweeney, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Virginia, October 19, 1794. Married Obedience Edwards, bond Jan 29th, 1818. He died February 19th, 1869.

Josiah, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Virginia, Jan 26, 1796. It is not known positively whom he married, or where, but one Josiah Sweeney married Mary Williams, bond Feb 25th, 1841. He died ??

James, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Virginia, Oct 29th, 1797. He married Margaret Snodgrass or Snorgrass, bond May 14th, 1819.

Jonathan, son of Charles and Frances, was born in

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Virginia, March 7th, 1799. He married three times first Frances Chapman, second Hulda Chapman, and third Jane Gilkerson. He died in Henry County, Mo., May 28th, 1852.

Jesse, son of Charles and Frances, born in Virginia, October 29th, 1800. It is not definitely known whom he married or where, but one Jesse Sweeney married, bond in Lincoln County, Ky., May 11th, 1819, Naomi Howard. One Jesse Sweeney, married Betsy Ann Wilkinson, bond in Casey County, Ky., November 17th, 1830. There was one Jesse Sweeney in Mercer County, Ky., whose wife was Minerva.

Jane, (called Jincy) only daughter of Charles and Frances, was born in Virginia, February 3rd, 1802. She married Robert Snorgrass, bond May 14th, 1819. She died in Moniteau County, Mo. Date not known.

Joshua, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Kentucky, November 20th, 1803. He too, married 3 times, his first wife being Susannah Prather, whom he married in Pulaski County, Ky., November 23rd, 1825, the marriage rites being performed by his uncle Richard Shackelford. His second wife was Elizabeth Lucinda, and his third wife was Mary M. (maiden names of his second and third wives are not known. The date of his death is not known either, but he went to Grayson County, Texas, about the beginning of the war between the States, and died in Texas after 1866. He is known to have had at least twelve children.

Job, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Ky., April 1st, 1805. He is said to have married Faith Edwards, but we believe that to be an error. We believe he married Milly Dawson, bond Oct, 25th, 1829.

Jordan, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Ky., November 16th, 1806. It is thought by some that he married Sarah A. Baldock, but we believe this to be an error. We believe he married Permelia Pigg, bond September 20th, 1829. He died in Casey County, Ky., August 2nd, 1845.

Jefferson, son of Charles and Frances, was born in Ky., July 20th, 1808. He married America Houx, Oct 12th, 1841, in Missouri. He died March 9th, 1854.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor.

Transcribed by Sara Binkley Tarpley and Emily Sara Tarpley, July 29, 1998

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