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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. May 1951. Vol 7. No 1.


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 Plenteous Years.

In the bible story of Pharaoh and Joseph we learn of the seven plenteous years and the seven years of famine that were to follow. Which reminds us of the past six years of the publication of this little leaflet. This month marks the beginning of our 7th year of sending you this little work. And as we have enjoyed six plenteous years, and see no reason why this one will not be equally as good; and we hope there will not be any lean years following.

We have enjoyed doing this, and your response in co-operating with us has exceeded our fondest hopes. Without your help it would have been impossible for us to carry on. We shall remain forever grateful, and feel that we can continue to have your fullest co-operation and confidence.

But in connection with this we would like to mention a subject that we have long wished to discuss, and in this month's Genealogical Helper, we find an article that, to us, hits the nail right on the head.

We shall refer to this subject as Genealogical Siamese Triplets, ie-The time, The place, and The name. We are aware that many people engage in genealogical activities just as a hobby, some engage in it just in order to kill time. But not all of them by any manner of means. Some seem completely oblivious of the importance of the time or place element, or the family name of women. We refer to the above

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three subjects as triplets, because to leave out either one causes the other two to die or become of non effect.

The time element is important, because dates are one of the best means of identifying a person. Two people may have the same name, but it would be rare indeed for the two people to have the same date of birth and the same name.

Two men might have the same name, live in the same area at approximately the same time, but again it would be rare for both of them to have married a woman of the same family name, although it does happen now and then. Tow men might have the same first name, but not the same second or middle name.

But the most important element of the name concerns the maiden name of the women. There are so very many that do not place any importance on the maiden name of the wife, forgetting the fact that unless her maiden name is known her line will automatically end right there in the lineage. It must be remembered that the woman is just as important as the man. To complete the genealogy it is just as important to know who the woman was, as to know who her husband was.

We frequently have records sent to us showing a family, for example, the name of the husband as John Shackelford, whose wife was Mary Shackelford. Of - course we are aware already that when she married John Shackelford she then became Mrs Mary Shackelford. But what was her name before she married?

Where there are double given names both should be shown wherever and whenever possible. Exact dates should always be given when possible, because we have received several records where dates were not shown, and an entire generation has been omitted. Where it is impossible to show exact dates, then approximate dates should be included.

And the importance of the place cannot be over emphasized. For example: Our paternal ancestor was a man named John Jones. He was a soldier during the Revolution, and from North Carolina. We wrote the Pension Bureau for a copy of his military record stating simply that he was John Jones, and from

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North Carolina. We were curtly informed that there were thirty men of that name in the army from the colony of North Carolina during the Revolution.

Thus we see, that in making a genealogical record complete, it is necessary to know the full name, where they lived and at what time they lived. And the maiden name of the wives so that both lines can be extended.

We are also aware that in many cases it is next to impossible to find all the above information. We are aware too, that we can never achieve perfection, but we can and should always strive for it.

This writer has always tried to live by a rule that was taught us by our mother during our childhood, that is, that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

It is much better that we do less and do it well, than to do more and only half do it.


"It can be remembered that the reason there are always a few large apples on top of the basket, a much greater number of smaller ones are at the bottom holding them up"-------------------------

In your April issue we gave you a copy of the Will of Robert A. Snorgrass, of Moniteau Co, Mo. The eldest son of Robert A. Snorgrass, was Isaac. Following is a copy of the Will of Isaac Snorgrass.

Will of Isaac Snorgrass.

I, Isaac Snorgrass, of the City of Tipton, in the County of Moniteau, and State of Missouri., being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and anulling all other Wills by me heretofore made.

1st: I give, bequeath and devise to my beloved wife Clara D. Snorgrass, one third of my estate both real and personal or mixed, after the payment of all my just debts; to have, hold, use and occupy during her natural life or widowhood. At her death, or in case she shall remarry, her said

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interest shall be divided equally between all of my children, share and share alike; provided that my said wife may make, and she is hereby authorized to make any other different arrangement in regard to her interest in my said estate that may be satisfactory to her and my said children, and if such different arrangement shall be made it shall take the place and be in lieu of this bequest.

2nd: I give, devise and bequeath to my son William P. Snorgrass, a certain tract of land on which he now resides, and which is more fully described as ninety acres, west half of southwest fractional quarter, and west half northwest fractional quarter of section twenty eight, of township forty five, of range seventeen; contain ing in all one hundred and sixty acres. My said son William P. Snorgrass to pay a balance due me of something over fourteen hundred dollars, no interest shall be collected on said balance.

3rd: I give, devise and bequeath to my son Dunaway Snorgrass, sixty acres of land situate in Morgan County, Missouri, being the south part of the east half of the south west quarter of section nineteen, in township forty four, of range seventeen; said land shall be estimated at one thousand dollars, and shall be charged to him on final settlement of my estate; to have and to hold the same, to him my said son Dunaway, during his natural life, and at his death, to his lawfully begotten children, share and share alike. I have heretofore given to my son Dunaway three thousand dollars, and on final settlement he shall be charged with two thousand dollars. Should there be any balance due my said son Dunaway from my estate on final settlement, the same shall be paid to testamentary trustees to be hereinafter named.

4th: I give, devise and bequeath to my son Daley Snorgrass, eighty acres of land situate in Moniteau County, and being the southeast quarter of the north east quarter, and the northeast quarter of the south east quarter of section twenty nine, in township forty five, of range seventeen; to have and to hold the same to my said son Daley, during his natural

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life, and after his death to his lawfully begotten children, share and share alike--said land shall be estimated on final settlement of my estate at the sum of seventeen hundred and sixty dollars, which amount shall be charged to my said son Daley in final settlement of my estate. Should there be any thing more due my said son Daley, on final settlement of my estate, it shall be paid to the testamentary trustees to be hereinafter named.

5th: I give, devise and bequeath to my son Lacy Snorgrass, Lot number seventy eight, situate on Morgan Street, in the City of Tipton; said lot shall be estimated at eleven hundred dollars, and charged to my son Lacy on final settlement of my estate. My son Lacy and my son-in-law Amandus P. Fitchen, owe me the sum of ten thousand dollars, for which I hold their joint note bearing interest at the rate of five per cent per anum. It is my will and desire that no interest shall be collected on said note for two years, and I further direct that my said son Lacy, and my son-in-law Amandus P. Fitchen, shall use and occupy the store house they now occupy, with all the appurtenances thereto belonging, at a rental of forty dollars per month until final settlement of my estate. (Continued next month.)


"A man or a woman is not old until regrets take the place of dreams"


We are delighted because of the number of subscriptions that have come in the past month. Keep this up for two or three months and our subscription list will be back to par. We are happy to welcome the following new subscribers: Mrs Homer L. Robinson, of Georgetown, Ky.; Mr S. Ray Sweeney, of Warrensburg, Mo.; and Elder William J. Shackelford, minister Church of Christ, Neosho, Mo. And also subscription renewals from the following: Mrs Vernon E. McArthur, of Hutchinson, Kansas,; Rev Franklin S. Moseley, of Linden, Ala.; Mrs Thomas J. Shackelford, of Athens, Ga.; Mrs C. W. Matthews, of Woodland, Ga. for two years.; Mrs R. V. Blair, of Nashville, Tenn.; Mr Odis Shackelford, also of Nashville,

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who included one also for his mother Mrs Eliza Shackelford, of Milan, Tenn.; Mrs A. C. Ellis, of Los Gatos, Calif.; Mrs J. B. Shackelford, of Jones, La, two years, and who also included one each for Miss May Shackelford, of Bentonia, Miss.; Mrs C. C. Crim, of Jackson, Miss.; and Mrs G. C. Walker, of Lancaster, Ky. All of which makes us very happy indeed, for which and to whom we shall be forever grateful.


Additional information has come in from a number of you, whom we shall mention in the June issue. But not so very much that we can report here.

A belated report comes to us of the birth of a lovely baby daughter to Mr and Mrs Charles Garvey and Mary Kathryn King-Turkington, of Lexington, Ky., October 28th, 1950. The little lady to be known as Cynthia Ann.

Mr and Mrs George A. and Virginia Shackelford-McIntyre, Jr, of Marion, S.C., are the proud parents of another of the sugar and spice and everything nice variety, since March 5th, 1951. This little lady to be known as Virginia Ann. It is the first child for both the Turkingtons and McIntyres.


Only two weddings to report this month. Mrs Cammie Morris-Farnell, and Mr Stewart McClanahan Shackelford, both of Columbus, Miss., exchanged marriage vows at Meridian, Miss., February 27th, 1951. Mr Shackelford is a son of the late Mr and Mrs John W. and Ola Easley-Shackelford, of Columbus. The parents of Mrs Farnell were not mentioned by our correspondent.

Mr and Mrs Cooper and Elizabeth B. Shackelford-Blanton, of Lynwood, Calif., announce the marriage of their lovely and talented daughter Jane Ann, to Mr Robert D. Hancock, of Compton, Calif., March 17, 1951. The nuptials at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Mr Hancock is a graduate of the University of California, and The California Institute of Technology, and is an Electronics Engineer. Mrs Hancock is a grand daughter of our good friends Mr and Mrs Irvin M. Shackelford, Sr, of Eden, Mississippi.

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And on behalf of the entire clan we extend sincere congratulations and best wishes to each of you. May you always be as happy as you are right now.


Four of our number have passed from the toils and cares of this chaotic world since our last issue came to you; or at least four have been reported since that time, two of them very belated reports.

Mr Joel Tom Garvey, Jr, of Owenton, Ky., was born the son of Joel Tom Garvey, Sr, and Penelope Edwards, in Owen County, Ky, January 19th, 1879. He passed to his eternal reward at this home in Owenton, Ky., August 11th, 1950. Survivors include his widow, Mrs Hattie Garvey, and a host of nephews and nieces. He had no children.

Mr Garvey was the youngest of twelve children, all of whom preceded him in death. Thus a father and mother and twelve children have completed their mission on earth, and passed from this mortal probation.

Mr James B. Shackelford, of Gloucester Point, Va., age 48 years, died September 18th, 1950. He was a son of Mr Sam Shackelford, and the late Mrs Lillian Thomas-Shackelford, and the husband of Mrs Vernell Fields-Shackelford. Survivors include his widow, his father and one sister.

One of the oldest and most beloved of our clan is now gone from our midst. Mr Lester Darnaby was born the son of William Luther and Elizabeth True-Darnaby, of Scott County, Ky., October 29th, 1860. He died at his home near Lexington, Ky., February 27th, 1951. We wish we had the space to tell you the history of Mr Darnaby and the home where he lived, but we do not. He never married, and is survived by three nieces, two great nieces and one great nephew, and friends numbered only by those who knew him.

Mrs Martha Franklin was born the daughter of Mr and Mrs Benjamin M. and Susie Weathers-Darnaby, of Lexington, Ky., May 5th, 1910. She was distantly related to Mr Lester Darnaby. She passed to her eternal reward at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, Ky., March 21st, 1951, after a short illness.

Survivors include one daughter Sue Grace Franklin, her mother, one brother and one nephew.

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So on behalf of the entire clan we extend our deepest sympathy and offer consolation of hope.


"Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of some one else"--Cresap Bulletin--


Isaac Snorgrass, a copy of whose Will is to be found on page three, this issue, was apparently married three times. We could not find a record of his first marriage, but he evidently married first in Kentucky, and apparently his first wife was the mother of his children. We found the following marriages in Moniteau County, Missouri.

Isaac Snorgrass, and Mrs J. B. McCutcheon, married January 10th, 1883. (second marriage ?)

Isaac Snorgrass, and Mrs Clara D. Fitchen, married December 7th, 1885. (third marriage ?)

One William Snorgrass, married Frances Carpenter, February 22nd, 1865.

Dunaway Snorgrass, and Mrs Mary Virginia Ritchey, married December 17th, 1867. (1867)

Daley Snorgrass, and Ellen Robertson, married December 8th, 1870.

Lacy Snorgrass, and Bertha J. Cashot, married February 15th, 1885.

We found no marriage records for Sarah M., Jane S., America and Clyde Snorgrass, other children of Isaac Snorgrass.

One other marriage record in Moniteau County, Mo, was of particular interest. Robert Shackelford and Emily Read were married January 21st, 1866. But they had evidently been married prior to that date once before. Mr Shackelford, in his application for a marriage license, stated that she was a former wife, and that they had seven children, four females and three males. But he mentioned none of them by name. See marriage Book 1, page 39, Moniteau County, Missouri.

Any additional information of the Snorgrass descendants of Moniteau or Morgan Counties, Mo., will be greatly appreciated.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor.

Transcribed by Sara Binkley Tarpley and Emily Sara Tarpley, October 25, 1998.

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