Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

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

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Lubbock, Texas September 1951 Vol. 7. No. 5


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.



It has been said that the most magic words, two most magic words, in the English Language are "Home and mother", and this writer can very well go along with that thought. And since we have not had a mother in more than forty five years, then to us "home" becomes the most magic.

We wish to give you an account of our 1951 tour, but it began so long ago that we have about forgotten many of the things that happened. We left home at noon the 12th of May, and we arrived back here late in the afternoon of November the 11th. Having been away, counting the day we left home and the day we returned, exactly six months.

We have spent one of the most pleasant years of our entire life this past twelve months, and from a genealogical point of view, the most profitable.

Since the 12th day of May this writer has been in twenty three States, searched the records in 93 Counties, 8 Libraries, searched the tax lists for 14 Counties where other records had been destroyed, read census records of 32 Counties for either one or all of the census years of 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880.

In addition to the above we took time out to visit relatives for four or five days in St. Louis, and one week in Henderson County, Tenn., the latter being the place of our birth. And we know that it


was our pleasure to have met some of the very nicest people that it has ever been our good fortune to meet.

As before stated, we left here Saturday May 12th, Fayetteville, Arkansas, being our first stop where we began our work. After finishing our work there we journeyed on up to Neosho, Mo., where we had the pleasure of meeting and being entertained over night in the home of Elder William J. Shackelford and his very charming wife. And may we say here that never have we met finer people, nor have we ever been shown more kindness, courtesy and consideration than was shown us by Elder Shackelford and his good wife.

Leaving Neosho we pushed on up to Springfield, Mo., where we took a look-see at the records of Greene County, then over to Marshfield and examined the records of Webster County. Also at Marshfield we had a short, but a very pleasant visit with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henry Robertson.

It had been our original plans to work two or three counties between Springfield and St. Louis, but bad bus connections forced us to change our plans, so after leaving Marshfield we went directly to St. Louis where we spent four days visiting one of our favorite cousins in Granite City, Ill., just out of St. Louis, and four of our nephews and nieces, three of whom we had not seen in thirty years. And while there Mrs. Alley, one of our nieces, called her mother--our eldest sister, who immediately left her home in southern Missouri, for St. Louis, and arrived at midnight that night. So we had a small reunion before our visit was completed. We were enjoying ourself so much that parting was sad, but we knew that to accomplish our task we had to push on. So took our leave.

After crossing the river we made a careful examination of the records in Madison and Randolph Counties, Ill. From Chester, Ill. we went to Evansville, Indiana. After looking at the records in Vanderburgh County, we went to Boonville and worked the records of Warrick County, and met one of the most interesting men that it has ever been our pleasure to meet--Mr. Thomas J. Dillingham, a


walking history if we ever saw one. Mr. Dillingham has almost as many records of Warrick County in his home as will be found in the court house, and in much better condition. All of his records are indexed and cross indexed, so that he can find any name among them at a single glance. Any person interested in records of Warrick County, Indiana, certainly should contact Mr. Dillingham.

In addition, Mr. Dillingham is copying the epitaphs from every tombstone in the county, and has most of them completed, indexing and cross indexing as he goes, and he has a remarkable collection of Indian Curios. And the most astounding feature of this story is the fact that Mr. Dillingham is not a man of wealth, and earns his living carrying the mail. We spent two of about the most pleasant hours of our life in his presence.

From Boonville, Ind., we went to Green Castle, via Evansville, on which journey we had another of our travel unpleasant incidents. We had been on a bus practically all night, and having purchased our ticket straight through to Indianapolis, but with a stop over planned for Green Castle. We went to sleep and a careless bus driver never notified us when we arrived in Green Castle, so finding ourself in Indianapolis we had to double back to Green Castle, where we spent one and one half days searching the records of Putnam County.

Then unfortunately we found ourself in Idianapolis on May 29th, just the day before the big Speedway Classic. And let us warn you, if any of you are not already aware of it, that it will cost you a lot of money to remain in Indianapolis over the weekend of any May the 30th. But we survived and had the pleasure of working the records of Hendricks and Montgomery Counties, as well as spending thee days in the State Library.

After our work was finished there we dropped down to Franklin, Indiana, where we had the pleasure of meeting and being entertained in the home of Mr. Maynard L. Richardson and his very charming wife. And like others heretofore mentioned, never have


we met finer people, nor have we ever been shown more courtesy, kindness and co-operation than was given us by the Richardsons. We had formerly had a great deal of correspondence with Mr. Richardson, and we knew he was a gentleman of the first order, but we can now say that their courtesy exceeded our fondest expectations.

Finishing our work there we headed for Kentucky, and strange as it seems, back via Evansville. While in Evansville this time we had a few minutes visit with Mr. Lucian P. Shackelford, which we enjoyed very much. But since he was about to leave we had to cut our visit much shorter than we had planned.

This time from Evansville we went to Morganfield, Ky., where we examined the records of Union County, and from there we went to Calhoun, Ky., McLean County, where we really hit the jackpot. There we found information that we had searched for for a number of years, we identified them so that we can now place them in the record in their proper place, and we met Mrs. Mattie Shackelford, Mr. Harry Shackelford, and Mr. Ben Stiles, three very fine members of the Clan, all of whom treated us with kindness, courtesy and co-operation, and sent us away with a memory of a visit that we shall always cherish.

From Calhoun we went to Louisville where we remained for ten days, and while there we made a search of the Jefferson County records, and spent the balance of the time searching the records to be found in the Filson Club.

Then we journeyed over to Shelbyville, in Shelby County. We had been there once before, but this time we made a full and complete search of all their records and satisfied ourself as to what can and/or what cannot be found there.

Then from there we went to Frankfort where we spent two very busy weeks, all of the time but two days, we worked in the Library of the Kentucky Historical Society, where we enjoyed the kindness and helpfulness of Mr. Bayless E. Hardin, the Secretary Treasurer, and his able assistant--Mr. G. Glen Clift.

The other two days we occupied ourself searching


Statistics for the entire Sate of Kentucky.

(continued next month)


"When your work speaks for itself you should never interrupt"--Henry J. Kaiser.


While we were on tour we received subscriptions and subscription renewals from many of you, and as we were on the move so much and in so many different places it is entirely possible that we lost some of your letters; therefore if your name does not appear here please let us know and we shall be happy to make any necesssary corrections.

We wish to welcome the following new subscribers: Mrs. Martha Shellabarger, of Kirkland, Wash.; Miss Mary L. Shackelford, of Boonville, Mo.; and Mrs. Vera B. Barnes, of Lovell, Wyoming. And the following old subscribers who sent in their renewals: Mrs. Lucy C. Ware, of Lexingrton, Ky.; Mrs. Nora Fell-Shackelford, of Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. Lucy S. Brown, of Blacksburg, Va.; Mrs. C. W. Purcell, of Huntington, W. Va.; Mrs. Hallie R. Finley, of Atlanta, Ga.; Dr. B. L. Shackleford, of Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. M. H. Netherton, of Gentry, Ark.; and Mrs. W. M. Bellamy, of Wilmington, N.C. The last named three persons renewing for two years each. To all of whom we again express our sincere thanks.

And from the following persons we received additional data: Mrs. Martha Shellabarger, of Kirkland, Wash.; Mrs. Cecil B. Taylor, of Clifton Forge, Va.; Mrs. Ivy Nickle, of Swanton, Ohio; Mrs. Mary E. Churchill, of Denver, Colo; Mr. Maynard L. Richardson, of Franklin, Ind.; Mrs. Virginia B. Schurr, of San Diego, Calif.; Miss Mary L. Shackelford, of Boonville, Mo.; Mrs. Ruth S. Veach, of Trion, Ga.; Mrs. Lucy R. S. Brown, of Blacksburg, Va.; Mr. J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs. Lucy C. Ware, of Lexington, Ky.; Mr. Horation (sic) H. Powell, of Louisville, Ky.; and Elder William J. Shackelford, of Neosho, Mo. To all of whom we are grateful beyond words to express.

We do appreciate such splendid co-operation.


"When a man blames others for his failures, it is a good idea to credit others for his successes"--


We will not attempt to bring you all the family news up to date in this one issue, so will give you the report of the births, marriages and deaths in the October issue, which will accompany this one.


I, Sterling Shackelford, of Putnam County, Indiana, being in good general health and of right exercise of mind, make this my last Will and Testament.

First: I desire that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life. And as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with I dispose of the same in the following manner, towit;

I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible, out of the first monies that shall come to the hand of my executor, from any portion of my estate. After which I will that all my remaining personal property go to my beloved wife during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided between my daughter-Amelia Hardin and my son John W. Shackelford; and that all the real estate of which I shall die seized of or possessed of shall be divided as follows: towit: My two sons Thomas J. Shackelford and John W. Shackelford, shall have the west half of the southwest quarter of section twenty seven; also the north half of the east half of the southwest quarter of section twenty seven. Also my daughter-Amelia Hardin shall have the south half of the east half of the southwest quarter of section twenty seven. All being in township sixteen, north of range three west.

I also direct that my two sons--Thomas J. Shackelford and John W. Shackelford, pay my son Edmund R. Shackelford, fifty dollars as his remaining portion of my estate. Also Sarah S. Hardin, John S. Hardin, and James A. Hardin, my grand children, one hundred


and twenty dollars each at the age of twenty one years. Also George W. Shackelford, my grandson, one hundred dollars at the age of twenty one.

I also will the legacy coming to me in Kentucky, to Thomas J. Shackelford and John W. Shackelford, to redeem the east half of the southwest quarter of section twenty seven, (the above described lands) from under mortgage. And I hereby make and ordain my two sons Thomas J. Shackelford and John W. Shackelford, executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I, Sterling Shackelford, the testator, have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh of June eighteen hundred and fifty. (June 27, 1850).

Signed--Sterling Shackelford

James McManny, John Johnson and Lewis Epperson, witnesses.


My grandson-James A. Hardin, having deceased since this my last Will was made, I now direct that Thomas J. Shackelford and John W. Shackelford pay over to Edmund R. Shackelford, after my decease, and after my beloved wife's decease, the one hundred and twenty dollars set apart to my above named grandson.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourteenth of January eighteen hundred and fifty two. (January 14th, 1852).

Sig--Sterling Shackelford

Recorded in Will Book 1, pages 110-111.

Probated September 24th, 1853, Putnam Co., Ind.

Sterling Shackelford died August 30th, 1853.

Sterling Shackelford was born in Virginia, and was a son of John and Ann Shackelford, who died in Shelby County, Ky. (See Shackelford Clan Magazine for November 1947).

Sterling Shackelford married Nancy McQuaid or McQuade, in Shelby County, Ky., October 11th, in the year 1809.


There is something exceedingly strange about the record of the family of Sterling Shackelford. As will be seen by his Will, he mentioned only four children, although he did have at least one son deceased, as is proven by other records. But note the following; He was in Shelby County, Ky., 1820, with his family listed as follows: three males under ten, one male ten to sixteen, one male sixteen to eighteen, one male eighteen to twenty six, one male twenty six to forty five, and one male forty five to sixty. Two females under ten, one female ten to sixteen, one female sixteen to twenty six, one female twenty six to forty five; for a grand total of fourteen.

Of course, this record indicates that he may have had a married son or daughter living in the home with him, but since he was married in 1809, having been married but eleven years the ages of some of the above males and females do not correspond to the idea of a married son or daughter. There is always the possibility however, that he could have been married a second time. Therefore, should any person seeing this, have information that will help us to get this record straight, we wll be forever grateful.

Sterling W. Shackelford, son of Sterling and probably his wife Nancy McQuaid, married Harriet M. Proctor, marriage license June 14, 1842. And were the parents of George W. Shackelford, grandson mentioned by Sterling, Sr., in the above Will. The son Sterling W. died in 1850, as he is mentioned as being decease November 19th, 1850.

Mark Hardin seems to have married two daughters of Sterling Shackelford, Sr. Mark Hardin and Martha Ann Shackelford married January 17th, 1833.

Mark Hardin and Amelia Shackelford married, marriage license August 25, 1840. Then Mark Hardin died in 1845. After his death his widow Amelia Shackelford-Hardin married John B. Swain July 23, 1853.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor.

Transcribed by Alex Early November 1998


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