Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

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

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Lubbock, Texas October 1951 Vol. 7 No. 6


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.



After we finished our work at Frankfort we made a flying trip down to Lancaster, Ky., for another quick look-see at the Garrard County records, where we had another very pleasant little visit with our good friend-Mr. Forrest Calico, and where we were again shown the splendid courtesy and consideration by the affable Mr. Layton, the County Clerk.

From Frankfort we journeyed on over to Lexington, taking time out to stop over and examine the records of Woodford County. Then at Lexington we spent almost three busy weeks looking at one of the most complete set of records it has been our pleasure to see, and enjoying the friendliness and hospitality of the J. R. Johnson family, Misses Henrietta and Emma B. Coons, Mrs. Lucy C. Ware, and others of the good people of Lexington, not to mention Mrs. Little and her saintly little mother, the people with whom we roomed during our sojourn in that City.

After Lexington we journeyed to Cincinnati where we spent some three or four days in their wonderful Library. Then crossing back into Kentucky to examine the records in Kenton and Campbell Counties, Ky.

We wanted to make several stops in Ohio, but as we knew our time was too limited for that we confined our Ohio work to Cincinnati, and from there to Ross County. Finishing Ross County in one day we again


drifted back down into Kentucky, making our first stop at Maysville where three days were required to make a complete search of their records. From there we wanted to go to Montgomery County, but due to bus connections we had to go by way of Lexington. Then after Montgomery we worked the records in Clark, Wolf, Breathitt, Lee, Madison and Laurel Counties. From Laurel County we went to Knox Co., one of the older Counties of Kentucky. But we were sorely disappointed when we arrived there. They had held their election just a day or so before, and since they had the ballots locked in the vault where their records were kept, no one was permitted to enter the vault, not even the Clerk, until several days hence, so we had to be on our way and without knowing what we may or may not have found.

From Knox County we went to Pineville where we examined the records of Bell County, Ky., then on over into Tennessee for Claiborne County, then back to Pineville and to Harlan where we worked for two days, and where we met a very lovely member of the Clan working in the courthouse--Miss Irene Shackelford, of Harlan. After leaving Harlan we went to Whitesburg and worked the records of Letcher Co., where we finished our work in Kentucky for 1951.

After leaving Kentucky our first stop was Jonesville, Lee County, Va. Then we went to Christianburg, Va., by way of Bristol, Tenn. From Christainburg, Va., we went to Lewisburg, W. Va., for one day, then to Charleston, W. Va., where we spent three days searching the records in their State Archives. Then back to Virginia where we made our first stop at Amherst, then to Buckingham where we were again disappointed to learn that all of their records had been destroyed prior to 1865. Then we went to Powhatan Court House for one day; then as Grant did, so did we--on to Richmond. But unlike Grant, we did not capture Richmond, Richmond captured us, where we spent seven busy but happy weeks. In the Virginia State Library they have micro-film records of almost all Virginia Counties, complete where records have not been destroyed, from the beginning of the


County down to about 1865. And while there we made a complete search of all available records of some forty five Virginia counties, and a partial search of several others.

After finishing our work in Virginia we did something that we have wanted to do for these many many years. On the evening of October 9th we left Richmond bound for new England, a section of the United States that this writer had never before visited. So we made a flying trip through Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and into Maine. And to say that we enjoyed that little journey would be putting it mild indeed. Those of you, if any, who have not seen New England in October simply have no idea what you have missed.

Returning to Richmond we made a one day stop at Willimsburg, Va., where we made a special trip to interview Mrs. Eva Conner, and while there we met her very charming mother--Mrs. Evelyn Lindsey, fomerly Miss Evelyn Lavinia Shackelford. We found both of them to be very charming hostesses, as well as very much interested and co-operative in the genealogy of their Shackelford ancestors.

It was our original plan to see several other members of this particular branch of the family, but time had run out on us, and so we had to turn our attention to matters in the direction of home. So after Williamsburg we made one more stop in Virginia, at Fincastle, then down to Spartanburg, S.C.

After making a careful examination of the records at Spartanburg, we called our good friends-The McGuinns, where we have always found the latch string outside, along with free room and board, and hospitality second to none any place any time. And while there we met new friends--Mr. and Mrs. Alvon S. Jones, (no relation) who took us out and treated us to one of the most sumptuous dinners it has ever been our pleasure to enjoy. After this splendid dinner we returned to their home for a discussion of genealogical topics. And much to our shame we became so engrossed in our subject that we kept those good


people awake until three o'clock in the morning.

We also examined the records in Greenville, S.C., then into Georgia where we spent one and one half days at Elberton, one day each in Pike, Upson, Talbot, Merriwether, Coweta, Troup, Heard and Carrol Counties. In Newnan, Ga., we met Miss Daisey (sic) Peddy, another very charming member of the Clan, where we enjoyed a short but interesting little visit.

It was our original plans to do more work in Georgia, some in Alabama and Mississippi, but time ran out on us for this year, and being so tired and homesick we finished our work at Carrolton, Ga., and called it "finis" for 1951.

As before stated, we took time out for one week to visit relatives in Lexington, Tenn., and spent two nights in Memphis visiting other relatives, a visit that was enjoyed very much. Then home.

And so that gives you a brief story of our work for 1951. We found our task entirely too much to complete this year, we had hoped to finish, but we just could not do it. We never found all the information that we had hoped to find, but we did find much that we have been searching for for a number of years, so all in all we consider our time well spent. We returned home tired, but happy.

When will we go again? That remains to be seen, but go again we will if we are permitted to live and retain our present health. So until we go again we shall busy ourself telling you of the information we found this time.


"The man who is always wrapped up in himself, is usually found to be a very small package"--


Although most, if not all, of you, knowing that we were out of town for several months, favored us with the news of five new members of the Clan who put in their appearance during the time.

Cathy Ann, a lovely little cherub, arrived on this orb May 9th, 1951, and will henceforth bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Lynn and Shirley Ann McGinnes-Havener, of Kansas City, Missouri.


Then on May 28th, 1951, old Dock Stork swooped down on the home of Elder and Mrs. William Jackson and Johnnie Bell Case-Shackelford, of Neosho, Mo., and delivered to them a lust little son that shall be known as William Jackson, Jr.

Just two days later, May 30th, 1951, another of the sugar and spice and everything nice variety, arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Alice Darlene DePalma-Pierson, of Lynwood, California, who is to be known as Seynthia. (sic)

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Mawrence (sic) Stanford and Jane Shackelford-Haynes, of Philadelphia, was blessed by the arrival of a choice morsel of femininity on June 28, 1951, that was christened Holly Robson.

Royal Randolph, Jr. put in his appearance August 5th, 1950 (belated report) and will henceforth bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Royal Randolph and Alice Murdock-Brown, Sr., of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

To each of the happy parents and fortunate babies we extend congratulations and best wishes.

Miss Carolyn Robb Long, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. and Evelyn Clarie Shackelford-Long, of Kansas City, Mo., became the lovely bride of Mr. William Neil Franklin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Franklin, also of Kansas City, May 22nd, 1951.

To whom, and on behalf of the entire Clan we extend most sincere congratulations and best wishes.


Only two deaths were reported to us, but since we have been away six months we are sure there has been several more. But we give you here what has been reported to us.

Mr. H. Bernard White, of Spartanburg, S.C., born a son of the late Joesph King and Donie May Shackelford-White, January 25, 1893. He died suddenly in the hospital at Spartanburg, June 24, 1951. He married Miss Winnie Ethel Hames, data not known, to which union were born two daughters and one son, all of whom survive. Survivors also include his widow, three grandchildren, two sisters and five brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.


William Edward Shackelford, of Richmond, Va., was born the son of William E. and Nannie Byrd-Shackelford, of Saluda, Va. (date not shown) He passed to his eternal reward at Richmond, Va., November 6th, 1951. Survivors include four sisters and two brothers. No age or wife or family was mentioned in the item sent in by our correspondent for this gentleman, but it was stated that he was the business manager of Westbrook Sanatorium for thirty three years.

We would be very grateful for any additional information of this family.

On behalf of the entire Clan we extend our profound sympathy to each of the bereaved.


"Adversity tries the great man; prosperity the small one"--Cresap Bulletin.


We almost forgot to mention another of the very prominent and most affable of the Clan members we met on our tour, and we would be derelict in our duty if we failed to do so at this point. We refer to Mr. Nevyl Shackelford, the genial and efficient Editior of The Beattyville Enterprise, of Beattyville, Ky. We had had some correspondence with Mr. Shackelford, but had never had the pleasure of meeting him until this year. We found him to be as genial and courteous as any one would expect, and as co-operative as well. He is one of the best known journalists in Eastern Kentucky, and after talking with him for a few minutes we could well understand why he had recently been promoted to Editor of both the Beattyville Enterprise and Owsley County News. We came away from Beattyville greatly refreshed after having met and talked with Mr. Nevyl Shackelford.



In the September issue we gave you a copy of the Will of Sterling Shackelford, Sr., of Putnam County, Ind., wherein he mentioned only four children, but according to another record there appears to have been several others. We do know that there were at


least five--namely:

Thomas J.---------------------(married Mary Ashby)

John W.-----------------------(married Louisa Allnut)

Amelia-------------------------(married Mark Hardin)

Edmund R.---------------------(married Eliza Ann Gregory)

Sterling W.---------------------(married Harriet M. Proctor)

There appears to have been another daughter--Martha Ann, who also married Mark Hardin, Jan. 17, 1833. Mark Hardin married Amelia Shackelford, marriage license dated August 25, 1840.

Then among the Putnam records we also find another mystery. John W. Shackelford secured a marriage license to marry Louisa Allnut, December 3, 1858. He, or another John W. Shackelford, secured a marriage license to marry Mary L. Kendall, December 24, 1858.

Our first thought here was that he first secured a license to marry Louisa Allnut, and the marriage was never consumated; and then later he married Mary L. Kendall. Other records however, prove this theory to be an error, as John W. Shackelford and his wife--Louisa, deed land to Jacob Pefley, March 12, 1859. Deed Book W, page 73.

Who then, was this other John W. Shackelford? Or was Louisa Allnut and Mary L. Kendall one and the same person? And did John W. err in securing his license and had to do it all over again? We would be grateful to any person that could help us out on this problem.

Sterling Shackelford, Sr., either had other children than those mentioned in his will, or there were other Shackelfords in Putnam County, as we find another marriage as follows:

George C. Bunton married Eliza Shackelford, May 11, 1855. However, we believe this to be one of the Hendricks County, Indiana, Shackelfords.

Mary Shackelford, relationship not shown, but in all probability the wife of the above named Thomas J. Shackelford, left a very short will in Putnam Co., Ind., in which she names her sons Thomas M. Shackelford and James S. and Linnie Shackelford


as a daughter-in-law, and Freddie Scott, a grandson. Dated July 12th, 1880, and probated July 29, 1880. Records in Will Book 2, page 332.

One Thomas J. Scott married Sarah J. Shackelford, December 17, 1868 in Putnam County, Indiana.

In partition Book A, page 163, we find the division of a Shackelford estate wherein Mary Shackelford was the widow, with James Shackelford, Thomas Shackelford, Silas F. Shackelford, and Sarah A. Scott, wife of Thomas Scott, mentioned as children. The wife of Silas F. Shackelford was named Linnie.

Many of the Putnam County Shackelfords removed to Montgomery County, Indiana. Thomas J. Shackelford died in 1866.


We find several Shackelfords in Hendricks County, Indiana, some of whom moved over there from Putnam, but others who did not. We mention here those who did not come from Putnam County.

Reuben Shackelford and wife Nancy, were there in 1845. Richard Shackelford and wife Eliza, were there in 1855. James and Isabell were there in 1854, but in 1860 had removed to Davis County, Iowa. Baler Shackelford was there as late as 1856.

Marriage records in Hendricks County, Indiana.

James Shackelford married Isabell Darnall, February 21st, 1839.

George S. Shackelford married Elizabeth Strange, January 21st, 1844.

Baler S. Shackelford married Clarissa Ann Flathers, September 3rd, 1850.

John W. Shackelford married Maria Wingard, January 30, 1867.

John W. Shackelford married Margaret C. Smith, December 25, 1870.

We believe these Hendricks County Shackelfords came up into Indiana from Mercer County, Ky. Any person seeing this that can supply information that will confirm our opinion or prove it in error will be doing us a great favor, and will be appreciated.

Until next month, Adios--The Editor

Transcribed by Alex Early December 1998


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