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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 August 1950 Vol. 6. No. 4.


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.



(Continued from last month)

Of the portion, however, going to Amelia Catherine Brown, under such contingency, should she be living, to be held upon the same trusts, limitations and conditions as the one third above devised and bequeathed to her. And I further direct that in the event of the death of [?] of my nephews before named, leaving no issue surviving, and leaving their sister surviving, the portion coming to them under this my will, shall be held by my executors in trust for her as is heretofore provided as to the one third given. And in case she then be dead, leaving children then surviving, the portion of my said nephews so dying without leaving issue surviving, to be equally divided between them, if more than one; but if but one, to each one absolutely. And whereas I am entitled in remainder to certain property and estate now in possession of Robert E. Brown, trustee holding the same in trust for my said mother during her life, and at her death to her children under a deed of trust or settlement executed about the year 1817; now therefore under and by virtue of the said instrument in writing, intended as a marriage settlement and heretofore mentioned, and pursuant to the authority thereof, I hereby give and bequeath such portion as I may then be entitled to receive or would be entitled to if living, in case of death before such division or the moity thereof which I

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am authorized by the said instrument in writing to direct, limit or appoint by will as follows: That is to say -- one third thereof to my executors in trust for the sole, separate use and behoof of my niece -- Amelia Catherine Brown, to be held for the same use and purpose and on the same limitations and conditions as are expressed in the bequest of the one third of the estate herein before given, and in trust for her use. And the other two thirds of said estate as I may or would so be entitled at my mother's death, in the hands of Robert E. Brown, trustee as aforesaid. I give, devise and bequeath to my two nephews -- James Welsman Brown and Robert B. Brown, upon the same terms, limitations, conditions and restrictions as are mentioned in the bequest to them, of the property and estate herein before given them, which I derived from the will of my Aunt Martha Milne.

And for the faithful execution and performance of the trust and the discharge of the duty herein declared, I do nominate, constitute and appoint my well beloved husband -- James M. Shackelford, executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty sixth day of October, in the year of Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four (October 26, 1864).

Signed -- Martha Shackelford.

Edward Porcher, Simon Lucas, and Elizabeth A. Porcher, witnesses.


I, Martha Shackelford, wife of James M. Shackelford, do make, publish and declare the codicil to my last Will and Testament, dated the 26th day of October, in the year 1864.

Whereas, by reason of losses and depreciation of property, the property disposed of by me in my said last Will and Testament, has become of little value, and insufficient by the division thereof among the several parties to whom I had intended it should be given, to be of much value to the said several

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parties; and whereas my affection for all of the parties in whose names and for whose benefit I had made the division of my property, in my said last Will and Testament, continues unabated, but I have deemed it best that the property I have left be given to one party in order that to that party some benefit should thereby arise. Now therefore for the purpose and because of the matter herein before stated, I do cancel and revoke all the dispositions, devises and bequests of the propery in my said last Will and Testament, mentioned to and for the parties named therein, and in lieu of such dispositions, devises and bequests, I do give,devise and bequeath all the property of any kind mentioned and referred to in my said last Will and Testament, unto Amelia Catherine Brown, daughter of my brother -- Robert E. Brown, to her absolutely and forever, free and discharged of and from all limitations and trusts whatsoever. And I do in all respects cancel, revoke and annul my said last Will and Testament in all respects in which the same is not consistent with this codicil.

And I do further renew the appointment of my much beloved husband -- James M. Shackelford, as the executor of this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the twenty eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight (May 28, 1868).

Signed -- Martha Shackelford.

W. W. Shackelford, S. G. F. Henning, and H. B. Shackelford, witnesses.

Recorded in Will Book O, pages 38-41, Charleston, S. C. And Probated March 22, 1869.


The property of Martha Brown-Shackelford, originally consisted of one one thousand acre plantation, considerable property in the City of Charleston, and eighty five slaves. So we can well imagine the loss she sustained as a result of the war between the States, and the conditions prevailing in the south for several years after the war ended.

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Our subscription list has really grown this past two months, and we are extremely grateful for it. But apparently some of you have let your subscriptions lapse, which makes us sad. Of course, without a doubt, this will be the last issue until after our return. But we will make up all back numbers as quickly as possible after our return.

We wish to welcome the following as new subscribers: Mrs B. E. Jones, of Yazoo City, Miss., sent in by her uncle Mr Irvin M. Shackelford, of Eden; Mr Frank L. Shackleford, of Elizabeth, N. J.; and Mrs Eva L. Conner, of Williamsburg, Va. Also, the following who have sent in renewals: Mrs Lucy R. S. Brown, of Blacksburg, Va.; Mrs W. W. Shackelford, of Bates City, Mo.; Mr Richard F. DuPage, of Forest Hills, N. Y.; Mr Ben Hill Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga., three years; Mrs Eula Moore-Richardson, of Bentonia, Miss.; Miss Emma B. Coons, of Lexington, Ky.; and our good friend -- Mr Irvin M. Shackelford, of Eden, Miss., who sent us ten dollars for three subscriptions, one for his daughter -- Mrs Cooper Blanton, of Bellflower, Calif.; his brother Mr Walter M. Shackelford, of Eden, Miss.; and himself. And last, orchids to Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York City, who sent us twenty dollars, which she intended as a contribution, but for which we have entered her name as a life time subscriber.

To all of whom we are grateful beyond words to express.

We also wish to thank the following for new data sent in this past month: Mrs Margaret Gray-Blanton, of New York City; Mr Maynard L. Richardson, of Franklin, Ind.; Mrs B. W. Gandrund, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Mrs B. H. Dickson, of LaFeria, Texas; Mrs Mary E. Churchill, of Denver, Colo.; Mrs J. W. Shackelford, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Mr Frank L. Shackelford, of Elizabeth, N. J.; Mrs Weyant E. Morris, of Elburn, Ill.; Mrs C. W. Matthews, of Woodland, Ga.; and Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky. All of which makes us very happy. Thanks again.


"Though smooth be the heartless prayer, no ear in heaven will mind it.

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And the finest phrase falls dead, if there is no feeling behind it." -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox --


Only one birth to report this month, that of lusty little Allan Sherman, who put in his appearance March 23, 1950, and will henceforth make his home with the proud parents -- Mr and Mrs William Allan and Martha Ellen Kaems-Pierson, presumably of San Pedro, Calif. And we believe this is their first born. Sincere congratulations are in order.

We have two marriages and two approaching marriages to report this time, but details are woefully lacking. Miss Rachel Jowers, lovely daughter of Mr and Mrs Clemuel Etherege and Ruby Ann Shackelford-Jowers, of Lexington, Tenn., who was married March 11, 1950. But our correspondent failed to give us the name of the fortunate groom.

Then on Easter Sunday, April 9th, Miss Pearlie Scott, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Ben H. and Winnie Ethel Sego-Scott, also of Lexington, Tenn., became the lovely bride of Mr Robert Woods, son of Mr and Mrs L. L. Woods, also of Lexington, Tenn. And according to Mrs Woods they plan to make their home in Memphis, Tenn.

Then we have the announcement of the approaching marriage of Miss Coleen, beautiful daughter of Mr and Mrs Byron Arbuckle, of Kansas City, Mo. The nuptials to be June 17, 1950. But again the name of the groom to be, was not given.

Mr and Mrs Cecil White Sydenstricker, of Kansas City, Mo., also announced the approaching marriage of their daughter -- Beverly Jean, for June 29, 1950. But again our correspondent failed to give us the name of the lucky groom to be.

But to each we extend our sincere congratulations and best wishes. May you always be as happy as you are at this minute.


This month we are saddened by the news of the death of six of our number, one of them a very sad accidental case, another a very unusual one.

The first one of the above mentioned six, was

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Mrs Laura E. Shackelford, of Kansas City, Mo. She was born Laura E. Hopkins, Feb. 15, 1870; and she departed from this troubled world at her home in Kansas City, Feb. 4, 1950. She was the widow of the late Addison Monroe Shackelford, whom she married May 28, 1890; to which union were born seven children, three sons and four daughters, all of whom survive her. Her husband preceded her in death March 8th, 1937. He was born in Cooper County, Mo., Oct. 27, 1867. In addition to her seven children she is survived by at least fourteen grand children and one great grand child, and a host of other relatives too numerous to mention here.

And a very sad death to report is that of John Ray White, only son of Mr and Mrs Wallace Ray White, of Spartanburg, S. C. John Ray was killed when his plane crashed near Meridian, Miss., Feb. 19, 1950.

John Ray was a veteran of World War Two, having served in the U. S. Air Corps for a period of seven years, having been discharged in October of 1948. He was employed by Prudential Life Insurance Co. His fatal flight was scheduled in order to log air hours to keep his qualifications as a National Guard instructor.

John Ray White was born Dec. 12, 1922. He was an only child of Mr and Mrs Wallace Ray White, of Spartanburg, S. C. He was married in 1942, and leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss, in addition to his parents, and a host of other relatives and friends.

John J. Shackelford, of Denver, Colo., age 89 years, formerly a citizen of Hardin, Mo., died the 21st of March 1950 (more of him in our personals).

Mrs Rena Black, of Blossom, Texas, was born Rena Eddes, March 21, 1873. She died at her home in Blossom, Texas, April 5th, 1950. She was the widow of the late Alexander Pere Black, to whom she was married Oct. 10, 1894; to which union were born six children -- three sons and three daughters, all of whom survive. Her husband - son of Alexander Wesley and Talula Ann Shackelford-Black, was born Nov. 21, 1870; and died May 31, 1939. In addition to her children she is survived by several grand

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children and an army of other relatives.

This writer had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Black in person and of visiting in her home. We went to the home of Mrs Black in 1948 seeking genealogical information, and although we were a stranger we are happy to say that Mrs Black extended us a welcome, and treated us with kindness and courtesty that we shall always cherish in our memory.

Joseph William Shackelford, of DeWitt, Ark., was born the son of Ambrose Grayson and Mary Jane McGraw-Shackelford, October 2, 1867. He passed on to his eternal reward, at his home in DeWitt, Ark., April 13, 1950.

He was married to Georgianna Tennant, daughter of Marcus and Ellen Moury-Tennant, Nov. 15, 1899. To which union were born only two children -- one daughter and one son, both of whom survive.

Mr Shackelford was a native of Deluce, Ark., and was a former School Board Member and a retired grower. His wife preceded him in death July 3, 1933. Survivors include his son and daughter, three sisters, four grand children, and a host of other relatives and friends.

News has reached us of the death of Mrs Nellie Shackelford, widow of the late Mr William Alsa Shackelford, former Editor of The Oglethorpe Echo, of Lexington, Ga. Mrs Shackelford was born Nellie Stephens, daughter of the late Capt P. M. Stephens, and according to our information she was 68 years old. However, we feel certain that she was older than that, as she married William Alsa Shackelford, June 23, 1891, which was fifty nine years ago. To that union were born at least six children, three of whom survive. Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1945. Survivors include, in addition to her three children, ten grand children, and four great grand children, also many other relatives.

And to all the bereaved we, on behalf of the entire Clan, extend our deepest sympathy and consolation of hope in Him that does all things well.



Any person doing genealogical research on any

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family wide scale is certain to find many odd tidbits of information, and our experience has not been the exception. And this month has brought to our attention news of one of these rare items. One of them on page six this issue, you will note the death of John J. Shackelford, of Denver, Colo., and with the statement that we would tell you more of him later.

We regret that we do not have the ancestry of Mr Shackelford, nor can we tell you more about him than we are to tell you here. But now we learn that he once lived in Hardin, Mo., and it seems that he became infuriated over the division of the modest estate of his parents some thirty five years ago. He became so furious as a matter of fact, that he refused to accept his portion, and left with the parting statement, that he never wanted to hear from his relatives again. Apparently he never did.

Newspaper accounts show that he was 89 years old, that he was living in a four dollar a week room, and existing on a diet that cost him but forty cents per day. In March he fell and injured himself, and on the 21st he died. In his cheap little room nothing was found to identify him but a key to a safety deposit box, and a card showing that at one time he was a member of The Masonic Order. The card served to identify him; and in that safety deposit box was found twenty eight thousand and one hundred dollars in Government Bonds, and four hundred dollars in cash. So death has the last laugh, and those whom he never wanted to hear from again will now have the pleasure of spending his money. So we presume that the Shackelfords, like all other families, have their share of eccentrics.


We are happy to report that our only living Aunt, Mrs Sally Shackelford, of Lexington, Tenn., who was 91 years young last April, is again able to be up and around after her second illness last year.

Without a doubt this will be the last issue of the Magazine until after our return. So trusting to see many of you in the near future, and until our return -- Adios, The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, July 3, 1998 - Austin, Texas.


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