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 November 1951 Vol. 7 No. 7

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.



Since this little leaflet is dedicated to genealogy, and since this writer has devoted so much time, energy and effort, as well as money, to the collection of genealogical information, we feel that a few words concerning the subject is in order at this time and at this point.

The genealogical passion is one sport of the "enthusiasm of humanity". There is a special pleasure in the study of men, their families and generations; there is scientific gain in the knowledge of their acquired and trannsmitted tendencies, as character rubs against character light is struck to fall upon the pages of history until the past is illuminated afresh with these household fires. And when the families and generations are the students own, when it is the lines through which he himself has descended that he is exploring to their source, the pastime becomes in the deepest degree a passion and consumes its object until almost he is turned into a victim.

We know of no better literary service which a person properly qualified may undertake than the preparation of a family history. Beginning with his contemporaries, to locate those in their several environments, and then trace them back step by step to the common stock, eliciting from a thousand


quarters the names, facts, dates, pictures, portraits and anecdotes, which make up history, as useful an occupation as it is fascinating.

On our recent tour, while working in the Virginia State Library, we had the pleasure of watching two very well known genealogists in action. They were earning a very generous fee, and they were happy and conscientious in their work, and by their intense enthusiasm a spirit of friendliness and good will seemed to radiate all over the place.

Happy the man or woman whose patience is equal to the performance of such work in such an enterprise. If one has the divine spark to begin with, it burns more and more brightly by what it feeds on.

We have never solicited financial aid from any person in the compilation of our Shackelford genealogy, nor do we ever intend to. But we have solicited co-operation, that is, we have requested any of you and all of you to pass along any data of any branch of the family that you might have or could garner, or give us the name and address of any person that, in your opinion, might have additional records. We are making that request again right now. All birth, marriage and death announcements, as well as bible records, will be appreciated. And we have always, and still solicit correspondence. Please do not forget us along these lines. Thanks.


"Benjamin Jones and Nancy Dollarhide, married in Hendricks County, Indiana, August 6th, 1840"-


Captain Jack Shackelford, of Texas

In your Shackelford Clan Magazine for December 1845, is a story of Captain Jack Shackelford, Texas hero and Patriot. The following story and verses appeared in a news paper of that day, and reflects the spirit of the times of the men of that era. And in consideration of those who descend from or are related to that branch of the family, that it would not be amiss to repeat the story here.

Captain Jack Shackelford commanded his famous company of "Red Rovers" and was in command, the command of Colonel Fannin, who after a hard fought battle,


surrendered to the Mexican forces under General Urrea on the Galeta, in March 1836, (Texas War for Independence) and were later shot at Goliad, in violation of the terms of surrender, March 27th, 1836. Three hundred and eighty officers and men in all, including the entire company of Red Rovers, in which was one of Captain Shackelford's sons and a nephew. Only two men were permitted to escape the massacre. The following verses were a part of the above story.

Tell Mexico's degraded sons,

Their bloody debt shall yet be paid;

For Fannin and his martyred ones,

Due vengeance stands too long delayed.

The blood stained soil of Goliad,

Still rises darkling on your sights;

And shows the treacherous fate they had,

Up: men of Texas, for the fight.

And think ye others will not lend,

In such a case, a helping hand;

Will relatives forget the end,

Of those beloved men--The Georgia band?

Will Shackelford forget his boy,

Will not Duvall come with delight?

Lo; Thousands hail the shout with joy,

Up: men of Texas, to the fight.


Since this copy of the magazine is following so closely those of September and October, there will be no family news in this one. No time to have received letters from any of you.


Mason County Kentucky Shackelfords.

James B. Shackelford, son of John and Ann Lyne-Shackelford, was born March 1725, probably in King & Queen County, Va. Our records show that he died in Mason County, Ky., 1800; but that date seems to be slightly in error, as his estate was appraised in January 1809. But he did die in Mason County, Ky.

He married a second time, his first wife being Elizabeth Scott, by whom he had two children, both daughters, namely Mary and Amy or Anny. (Our records


show the latter spelled both ways). Mary married George Grant, and Amy married Alexander Parker. We have more or less data of the descendants of James B. Shackelford, but all of our efforts to learn anything of the descendants of Amy Shackelford-Parker, have proved fruitless in the past. But on our 1951 tour we found a few data, some of which we pass on to you now.

We found nothing to indicate where Alexander Parker and Amy Shackelford married, but it was probably in Fauquier Couty, Va. We found nothing that indicates where or when Alexander Parker died, but it was probably in Virginia. Information of this nature from any person will be greatly appreciated.

Will of Amy Parker

I, Amy Parker, of the County of Mason, and State of Kentucky, do hereby make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

First: I give and bequeath to my grandson Oscar F. Bower, the following slaves towit: Strother, Joe and Lucy, his wife; Jenny and her two children-Frank and Maria; Rachel and her three children--Mahala, Willie, and Sylvia; Also Charlotte and her two children--Melvinia and Harriet, them and their increase, to him, the said Oscar F. Bower, and his heirs forever.

My Will and deisre is that my grandson Oscar F. Bower shall pay to his mother Elizabeth Scott Bower, at my decease, the sum of three hundred dollars, or surrender to her the said Elizabeth, the last mentioned slaves-namely Charlotte and her two children-Melvinia and Harriet.

Second: I give to my daughter Lucy Lindsey, my negro woman Clary and her two children--Louisa and Mary, to her the said Lucy and the lawful heirs of her body, to them and their heirs forever.

Third: My Will is also that my grandson Oscar F. Bower, having undertaken to manage and attend to my business, that he shall have all the net proceeds arising from the farms of which I am in or may be in possession during my life, he defraying the


necessary expenses of the famiily out of the proceeds of said farms. And my Will and desire is further for the said Oscar F. Bower, to have a bed with complete furniture, to him and his heirs forever.

Fourth: My Will and desire is that all my stock of horses, mules, cattle, sheep and hogs, my plantation utensils, wagons, carts, etc, together with household and kitchen furniture shall be, at my decease, sold, and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided among my three children named--Richard Parker, Elizabeth Scott Bower and Lucy Lindsey, to them and their heirs forever.

And lastly, I appoint my grandson Oscar F. Bower, executor of this my last Will and Testament, without being required to give security in any manner whatsoever.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of April eighteen hundred and thirty. (April 4th, 1830)


Signed--Amy X Parker


Lawson Dobyns, Bellville G. Moss, and William White, witnesses.

Will book I, page 322, Mason County, Kentucky.

Probated August 1833.


Will of William Parker

I, William Parker, of Mason County, Kentucky, do hereby make my last Willl and Teestament in manner and form following, that is to say:

First: After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath to my mother Amy Parker, all my estate both real and personal, for and during the term of her natural life, to do with it as she may think proper, without being required to give security.

Second: After the decease of my mother, it is my desire that my executor hereafter named, take charge of the whole of my estate-real and personal, and manage it to the best advantage for the benefit of my sister Lucy Lindsey's children, until William F.


Lindsey arrives at the age of twenty one.

Third: I give and bequeath to William Lindsey, when he comes to be twenty one years of age, all my interest in a lot in the town of Maysville, and the first choice of one half of the balance of my land, two negroes named Judah and John, and her increase.

Fourth: I give and bequeath to Richard A. Lindsey, when William Lindsey arrives at the age of twenty one, all my land not otherwide Willed.

Fifth: I give and bequeath to my brother Richard Parker, all the balance of money coming to me from him for the purchase of the land upon which he now lives.

Sixth: I desire that William Washington Rozel be put under the care of David Lindsey to give him a good English education at my expense, and when he arrives at twenty one years of age I give and bequeath him a horse, saddle and bridle and three hundred dollars.

Seventh: When William F. Lindsey arrives at twenty one years of age, all the rest of my estate, both real and personal, of what nature or kind soever it may be, not herein before particularly disposed of, I desire may be equally divided among the whole of my sister Lucy Lindsey's children, which I give to them, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my mother Amey (sic) Parker, executrix, and at her death David Lindsey, executor, of this my last Willl and Testament, hereby revoking all other or former Wills or Testaments made by me heretofore.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of May, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty nine. (May 1st 1829).

Signed--William Parker

Sam McAdams, and W. T. Taliaferro, witnesses.

Will Book G, page 423. Mason County, Kentucky.

Probated June 1829.


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"--


Thus we see that, according to the Wills of Amy Parker and her son William Parker, Alexander Parker and his wife, Amy, had at least four children:

Wiliam Parker------------------(apparently never married)

Richard Parker-----------------(married ??

Elizabeth Scott Parker----------(married William Bower)

Lucy Parker--------------------(married David Lindsey)

William Bower and Elizabeth Scott Parker, married March 25, 1800. Our records show this marriage in both Fauquier and Caroline Counties, Va. But more than likely it was in Fauquier.

David Lindsey and Lucy Parker, married in Mason County, Ky., September 25th, 1811.

Other marriage records in Mason County Ky., show the following marriages, no relationship shown:

Jacob Parker and Jemima Campbell, married April 8th, 1802.

Benjamin Lee and Susan Parker, married December 24th, 1815.

The last two Parkers mentioned may or may not have been children of Alexander and Amy. We would like to know.

In our next issue we will give you copies of the Wills of Richard Parker and David Lindsey.


For several years we have sought information that would prove the ancestry of Abner Terry Shackelford, born in Virginia 1796. Descendants claim that he was from Culpepper County, Va., but have no definite proof. One Abner Shackelford married Elizabeth Wright, in Pittsylvania County, Va., 1795. We are of the opinion that Abner Terry was a son of that union, but neither do we have definite proof. We will be happy to purchase information from any person that will show the parentage of Abner Terry Shackelford. He married Nancy Gossett for his first wife, March 15th, 1818, in Pulaski County, Ky. They had the following children:

Sanford Richard-------------(married 1st Sarah Stamper)

Frances---------------------(married Travis S. Lawson)

Alfred-----------------------(married 1st Mary Sheffield)

Emma-----------------------(married James John Moore)


Greenberry-------------------(married 1st Elizabeth Puckett)

Evaline-----------------------(married Wm Preston Sheffield)

Caroline----------------------(married William R. Trent)

Mary A. (Polly)---------------(married John Wesley Horton)

James Porter------------------(married Elizabeth Gilvin Crain)

Sorvillah-----------------------(never married)

Julia Ann----------------------(married Galvin H. Taylor)

Sarah Jane--------------------(married Stephen Swango)

Abner Terry Shackelford, then married for his second wife Rebecca Ann Daniels, by whom he had one son--Samuel. Abner Terry Shackelford married in Pulaski County, Ky; but evidently never lived there, as he seems to have moved to Breathitt Co., Ky., immediately after his marriage.

Sanford Richard Shackelford, son of Abner Terry and Nancy Gossett-Shackelford, was born in Kentucky, 1819. He is said to have died on his return home from the war in 1865. He married Sarah Stamper, and they had the following children:

Marion McDonald---------------------(married Melissa Kincaid)

Amenda--------------------------------(no other record)

Nancy Jane-----------------------------(no other record)

Caroline---------------------------------(no other record)

Louise-----------------------------------(married George Miller)

Mandrell Ellington-----------------------(married Mariah Scott KinCaid) (sic)

Lamar-----------------------------------(no other record)

Elizabeth Evaline-------------------------(married Samuel P. Oliver)

Julia Ann---------------------------------(married Walker T. Oliver)

Otilla Mary Bell--------------------------(married Green Taulbee)

Margaret C.-----------------------------(married Douglas Hobbs)

Sherman Sanford------------------------(married Matilda Tutt)

William H.-------------------------------(no other record)

Travis S. Lawson, according to census records, was born in Kentucky, 1810. He married Frances Shackelford, daughter of Abner Terry and Nancy Gossett-Shackelford. From available records it appears that they had only one child:

Isaac N. Lawson, born in Kentucky, 1857.

Trusting all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Until next month, Adios--the Editor.

Transcribed by Alex Early December 1998

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