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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

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

$1.00 A Year Published Monthly 10c A Copy

Lubbock, Texas December 1950 Vol. 6. No. 8.


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.



six below zero, no heat, a coat of ice covering the highway, a thousand miles from home, knowing not a single person, and our work completed at that place. That was our predicament at Somerset, Ky., Saturday morning November 25th. But we finally caught a bus going to Jamestown, and finished our work there that day. A bus was due there the next morning, but that night snow began falling again, and continued all through Sunday and Sunday night. The bus never did arrive, and we had to take a taxi to Columbia, our next stop, 30 miles away. But we made it, finished our work, then to Glasgow for one day. After Glasgow we went to Scottsville where we finished our work for this year in the State of Kentucky.

We had to lay over for a few hours in Nashville, Tenn., so we spent the time in the State Library.

From there we went to Lexington, Tenn., the place of our birth, and had a few days visit with relatives and friends, where we encountered more bad weather. Then we made a one day stop at Bolivar, Tenn., then two days at Memphis where we visited cousins that we had not seen for several years, and also took a quick look-see at the records in the Shelby County Courthouse. Then from Memphis we dropped down to Panola County, Miss., where we spent one day looking over their records.

And that completed our work for

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this tour, and having finished we headed for Texas, but took time out to visit at Temple, Okla., with our only living brother and other relatives, for two days. Then home, where we arrived Sunday night December 17th.

When we entered Texas Thursday December 14, we saw the sun for the third time since Thanksgiving day. We have been home almost two weeks and have had sunshine every day. And may we say here that we have never appreciated Texas and our glorious sunshine more than we have the past ten days. So we here and now invite you to come down and enjoy it with us.

We completed less than half of our proposed tour this time, so will return to Kentucky about mid-April and begin all over again just where we left off in November. We want to be sure however, that winter is over before we leave here.


"The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it" -- Cresap Bulletin.


In our November issue we mentioned several of the fine people we met, members of the Clan, but it being impossible to mention all of them, particularly in one issue, we shall here and now tell you of a few others that we met, most of them for the first time. In Warrensburg, Mo., we met Mr S. R. Sweeney, a great grandson of Charles Sweeney and Frances Shackelford, who died in Casey County, Ky. Mr Sweeney, one of the leading citizens and business men of the City of Warrensburg, was a gentleman of the first order, and as easy to address as any person we ever saw. He exercised a great deal of interest in our work, gave us all the co-operation he could at the time, and offered more if and when it was possible. The Sweeneys are a very prominent and numerous branch of the family of which we shall have a great deal more to say in future numbers of the magazine.

In Sweet Springs, Mo., we went to see another grand lady of the Clan -- Miss Emma Neale Shackelford, a grand daughter of Thomas Shackelford and his second wife -- Eliza C. Pulliam, a very prominent and

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numerous pioneer families of Missouri.

We had had much correspondence with Miss Shackelford, and she had been kind enough to supply us with a great quantity of data of her branch of the family. We enjoyed our visit with Miss Emma Neale, and felt greatly enriched by our short visit with her. And incidentally, while there she gave us a dollar for her subscription renewal for our little magazine.

In Fayette, Mo., we met Mr Thomas Shackelford Denny, another descendant of Thomas Shackelford, the Missouri pioneer. Mr Denny is a lawyer, but when we called on him he took time out to visit with us, and showed us every courtesy possible, and promised us a great deal of additional data of his branch of the family. Just another fine Clan member, that we wish all of you could know.

Tuscumbia is the County Seat of Miller County, Mo., and is very peculiarly situated, being partly on top of a large hill, some of it on the side, and the balance at the foot of the hill near the Osage River. Here we had a very fine visit with Mr Lester W. Shackelford, another excellent member of the Clan, who not only showed us every consideration, but promised us further co-operation in securing additional data of our own branch of the family, he and I being of the same line of descent. We also met his father -- the venerable Mr John K. Shackelford, who is well past his four score years, but we had to go to the river to find him, where he was busy with his rod and reel. And while he had been enjoying excellent luck he kindly dropped his fishing to entertain us for a short time, and we enjoyed every minute of our visit with him. He invited us to remain and help him partake of his catch, but we declined, as we had to push on.

In Kansas City, at the home of Mr and Mrs James Merritt Shackelford, we enjoyed a good chuckle. A very lovely lady answered our ring at the door, and on seeing our brief case she thought us a salesman of which Kansas City has an over abundant supply, and was reluctant to invite us in. But she did and all of us enjoyed the mistake in identity. We found

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both Mr and Mrs Shackelford to be gracious hosts, and measuring up to our expectations in every manner. They invited us back for dinner, and we regret very much that we were never able to find it convenient to accept that invitation. But we hope to see them again some time.

While in Kansas City we also went out to the home of Mr and Mrs George A. Vaughn, where we met some more splendid members of the Clan, and spent about two more very pleasant hours.

We also met others of whom we shall tell you in future issues of the Magazine.


"From all indications it would seem that following World War II there has been a brief pause for "Nation Identification"" -- Cresap Bulletin.


Although we were away from home for more than four months we received the following subscription renewals: Miss Emma Neale Shackelford, of Sweet Springs, Mo.; Mrs Pearl S. Richardson, of Axton, Va.; Mr M. T. Shackleford, of Cisne, Ill. (the latter for two years). Mrs Margaret A. Johnson, of Culpeper, Va.; who also included one for her grandson -- Mr Robert R. Morris, of Fort Worth, Texas; and Miss Elizabeth Wright, of Dallas, Texas. To all of whom we are deeply grateful. "Thanks a Million."

And may we say here that some of you seem to be allowing your subscriptions to lapse, which we regret deeply. We have so much interesting data to give you for a long time that you will be missing something if you do allow your subscriptions to expire.


And from the following came additional data during our absence from our own bailiwick: Mrs B. W. Gandrud, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Miss Carolyn Rogers, of Bennettsville, S. C.; Mrs Laura H. Shackelford, of Beverlyville, Va.; Mr M. T. Shackelford, of Cisne, Ill.; Mr William A. Hagey, of Bristol, Tenn.; Mrs Margaret S. McGuinn, of Spartanburg, S. C.; Mr B. H. Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga.; Miss Emma Neale Shackelford, of Sweet Springs, Mo.; Mrs D. D. Smith, of Eastman, Ga.; Mrs C. W. Matthews, of Woodland, Ga.; and Mr Forrest Calico, of Lancaster, Ky. To all

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of whom we are eternally grateful and thank each of you again.


Several new members of the Clan put in their appearance during our absence, or at least reports came to us during that time, some of the reports being belated, but all of them late coming to you.

Mr and Mrs William Cooke and Sally Dunnlap Shackelford, of Reedville, Va., are the proud parents of a lusty little son who arrived at their home March, 11th, 1948. He will be known as John Cooke.

Dr and Mrs John Hinton and Lucille Elliott Shackelford, of Baltimore, Maryland, are the happy parents of a choice little morsel of femininity that put in her appearance May 16th, 1949. And she will bear the name of Laura Jane.

And a potential president in the person of Michael Leon, arrived to bless the home of Mr and Mrs Robert Leo Shackelford, of Middle Inlet, Wisconsin, August 15, 1950.

And during the spring and summer of 1950, sons were born to Mr and Mrs Herman Lewis, and Mr and Mrs Truman Scott, both of Lexington, Tenn., but our correspondent failed to give names or dates.

To all the happy parents and fortunate babies we extend hearty congratulations.


And that little elf -- Dan Cupid, has not been idle either, for several results of his antics have been reported to us.

Mr Robert Leo Shackelford, of Middle Inlet, Wisconsin, son of Mr and Mrs Clyde Oscar and Cora Fain-Shackelford, was married in November 1949. Name of the bride was not shown.

Miss Catherine Warren, lovely daughter of Mr and Mrs William and Anna Warren, of Flora, Ill., became the bride of Gerald Eugene, son of Mr and Mrs Earl and Opal Irene Shackelford-Daniels, of Cisne, Ill., December 28th, 1949.

Miss Betty Claire, charming daughter of Mr and Mrs Marshall Thurman and Rosa Ellen Runyan-Shackelford, Cisne, Ill., became the happy bride of Mr Donald E. Wheats, son of Mr and Mrs James and Ina

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Wheats, of Giff, Ill., April 22nd, 1950.

Miss Sara Jane Savage, daughter of Mr and Mrs Orville Savage, of Perry, Oklahoma, became the blushing bride of Mr Marshall Shackelford, son of Mrs Mary Armstrong-Shackelford, and the late Mr Marshall Shackelford, Sr., of Demopolis, Ala., Sept. 7th, 1950, at Perry, Oklahoma. Both are students at the University of Oklahoma, and are at home at Norman, Oklahoma, for the time being.

Miss Pauline, daughter of Mr and Mrs Smith Shackelford, of Mercer County, Ky., was married to Mr Clyde D. Haynes, son of the late Mr and Mrs Jess Haynes, of Fayette County, Ky., October 18, 1950. The nuptials at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Then on October 14th, Miss Allene Lutes, daughter of Mr and Mrs P. S. Lutes, of Oakdale, Ky., was married to Mr Claibourne Shackelford, of Reseda, Calif., son of the late Mr and Mrs Authur O. Shackelford, of Fincastle, Ky. The nuptials at Los Angeles, Calif. We wish we had the space to give you more elaborate details, but we have not.

So on behalf of the entire Clan we extend sincere congratulations and best wishes. May you always be as happy as you are right now.


"We moderns seem to know everything about life except how to live it" -- Cresap Bulletin.



In the name of God, Amen:

I, John Shackelford, of the County of Ray, and State of Missouri, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory and understanding, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament as follows, towit:

I devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Malinda H. Shackelford, all my land situate in Ray County and State aforesaid; that is to say -- the east half of the northeast quarter of section four, in township fifty two, of range twenty six, containing seventy nine acres. Also the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section four, in town

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ship fifty two, or range twenty six, containing forty acres. Also the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section thirty three, in township fifty three of range twenty six, containing forty acres. Also the north half of the northeast quarter of section four in township fifty two and range twenty six, containing seventy nine acres, except twenty acres off the west half of the north end of the said seventy nine acres, which is deeded to Bennett Stratton; containing in the whole two hundred and eighteen acres, until the youngest heir becomes of age, at which time I desire that my land be divided amongst my said children hereinafter named, my belove wife -- Malinda H. Shackelford, taking a child's part of the said land during her natural life, and also a child's part in the personal estate, provided however, should my said wife re-marry at any time after my decease she should be entitled to a child's part in the real and personal estate.

I desire and bequeath unto my beloved wife Malinda H. Shackelford, all my personal estate except as hereinafter cited, and until the youngest heir arrives at mature age; when it is my will and desire that the balance of my personal estate be distributed amongst my said children, share and share alike. Provided however, that I desire and bequeath unto all the balance of my said children the same amount of personal property that has been furnished to James H. Shackelford and Martha Ann King, two of my said heirs, towit: one horse, saddle and bridle, one cow and calf, one bee stand, bed and bedding, and three head of sheep.

I also desire and bequeath unto my beloved wife Malinda H. Shackelford, one bedstand and bedding, so as to share and share alike with my said children, and at her death whatever remains of my personal estate, to be equally distributed amongst my said children, share and share alike -- towit: James Henry, Martha Ann, Daniel, Mildred, Samuel, Jonathan, Permelia, Caleb, and Andrew Jackson; and that a sufficient amount of my personal estate be sold by my executor hereinafter named, either

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at private or public sale as my best suit at the will and discretion of my said executor, to pay all my just debts; and to collect all claims and demands that are now due me.

And lastly: I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint James Henry Shackelford my executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Signed, sealed, published and declared by John Shackelford, the above named testator, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto this October 20th, 1857.

Signed -- John Shackelford

Bennett Stratton, Daniel Stratton and Jesse Esrey, witnesses.

Recorded in Will Book B, page 243, Ray County, Mo.

Probated November 26, 1857


The above John Shackelford married Malinda H. Witcher, December 12, 1820, in Pittsylvania Co., Va. And James Henry Shackelford, son of John and Malinda, evidently married three times. Records show that his wife was Elvira Esrey, daughter of Jesse Esrey. Elvira was his wife in 1860.

One James H. Shackelford's wife was Eveline in 1862; and in 1868 his wife was named Nancy.

Martha Ann Shackelford, daughter of John and Malinda H., married Baldwin King, June 30th, 1845. But she evidently died within a few years, for in 1860 his wife was Sarah A.

Samuel Shackelford, son of John and Malinda H., married Caroline Holman, January 15th, 1860.

Johathan Shackelford, son of John and Malinda H., married Sarah M. Wetherholt, daughter of Henry W. and Sarah D. Chambers-Wetherholt, date not shown.

Andrew Jackson Shackelford, son of John and Malinda H., married Theodocia V. Wetherhold, sister to Sarah M., mentioned above.

All the above Will and marriages in Ray County, Missouri.

Wishing for all of you a happy and prosperous 1951.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, July 6, 1998 - Austin, Texas.


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