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Genealogy of the Shackelfords and Shacklefords

Editor: T. K. Jones, 251 Morgan St., Versailles, Ky

$1.00 a year. Published monthly. 10¢ a copy.

Versailles Ky. March 1954. Vol. 9. No. 11.


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.



This will be the third in a series of articles concerning methods, which in the humble opinion of this writer, are the best to be used in order to achieve maximum success in our search for information of those long since gone from mortal scenes.

If you fail to find the desired information in a will book, then look for the settlement of the estate in The County Court Records. As stated in your February Magazine, often it will be found that even though a man or his widow left a will they did not mention the names of their children, but simply stated that their property was to be divided among all the children. So we have often found that by searching the estate settlements the names of the heirs are all mentioned. If either or both of the parents died before the children reached maturity it will often be profitable to look at the Guardian Books and Accounts. This will be profitable for two reasons usually, ie: it will show the names of the children, and very likely the guardian will be clue for obtaining and ascertaining information, as he is likely to be some member of the family, and his name perhaps a clue to other family lines.

Failing in your search among the estate settlements and guardian accounts, you will still have a chance to find the information you want in the

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Deed Records. This writer has found some very fine records among the deeds, and in some cases they may be your best source. For example, we often find the division of an estate wherein all the heirs, children and now and then the grand children, sign the deeds, and wherein the relationship is stated.

And when making an examination of deed records it is very important that you keep a close watch for instruments grant the Power of Attorney. Those particular instruments almost every time will show the place, State and County, from whence the person came. And to know the place your ancestors are from is all important if you wish to extend the line.

And never forget the importance of marriage records. Neither the wills, estate records or deed records will show the maiden name of the women, so unless you know to begin with, the maiden name of your several times grandmother, you will have to find her marriage record in order to determine her maiden name and to extend that particular line.

It is often the case that among the very old records that a marriage records cannot be found, which we shall explain in future articles; so in order to determine the maiden name of the grand mother you will have to examine other records, enter through the back door so to speak, for by making an examination of other records you may find where her parents left a will, and often it will be found that her father will not only mention his daughter -- the one for whom you are seeking, but will also mention some or all of her children, particularly if she happened to be deceased at the time the will was made.

Now shall we say that you have obtained all the information from your parents, relatives, the old people in the neighborhood, or those that were in the same community where your people lived at the time, and from any and all the old Bibles that you can locate; and that information requires your going into another State to seek additional information, and you find the expense or the inconvenience, or both, more than you wish to bear --

(Continued In The Next Issue)

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In our February number we closed with the paragraph discussing the tax lists of Spottsylvania Co, Va., with the year 1800. Now we will continue where we left off at that time.

In Spottsylvania in 1800, according to the personal tax lists, we find the following. All Shackelfords of course; Leonard with 1 white tithe and no blacks. Samuel with two white tithes and two blacks. Zach with no white tithes and 5 blacks.

Then in 1803 we find the following: Zach with 1 white tithe and 1 black; Benjamin with 2 white tithes and no blacks; John (H) reappeared this year with 1 white tithe and no blacks, and Richard with 1 white tithe and no blacks.

Among the estate records of Spottsylvania we find the following:

Ann Shackelford, William Ail and his wife -- Mary Ail, Walker Ail and his wife -- Elizabeth Ail, sold a tract of land in Spottsylvania County to Benjamin Reynolds, October 24, 1787. Deed Book L, page 415.

Ann Shackelford is evidently the widow of Richard; and Mary and Elizabeth Ail are her two daughters. This is all we could find on this family, so additional information of them will be appreciated, particularly of the two Ail families.

And for our friends in Kentucky - Darnaby descendants, we found the following:

William Darnaby was deceased and his will was probated November 1, 1785, in which he names among several others, the following grand children: James, William, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Mary Owen. See Will Book E, page 707. (we have previously published the will of William Darnaby, Sr, the same William as we mention here.)

Jacob Owen was deceased and Mary Owen and William Darnaby were administrators, September 1, 1760. Robert Dudley and James Redd were securities. Will Book C, page ??. (the page number was obliterated).

This is no doubt the son-in-law of William Darnaby, the father of the five Owen grand children mentioned in William Darnaby's Will.

William Darnaby, Jr, was deceased and Judith Darnaby was the administrator, July 6, 1767. Will Book D, page number not shown, Judith Herndon, sec.

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Mary Owen was deceased and William Daranby was the administrator, November 22, 1771. Michael Robinson security. Will Book D.

This estate apparently was not settled until after the death of William Darnaby, Sr, for we find that again Jacob Owen is mentioned as being deceased, and William Owen is the administrator, with Thomas Minor as security, July 3, 1787. And on the same date we also find Mary Owen as being deceased, and William Owen as administrator, with Thomas Minor as security. Both have the same references.

John Darnaby, son of William Darnaby, deceased, of Spottsylvania County, apprenticed himself to Ambrose Dudley to learn the art of house joiner and carpenter, Dec, 15, 1774. Deed Book J, page 315. Additional information of the Owen descendants mentioned above, would be greatly appreciated.

In the Hanover County tax lists we found only one Shackelford, that of Judith Shackelford in 1783, and she had 144 acres of land, and she is mentioned only in the year 1783, then she appears to have moved over into King and Queen County. (See King & Queen Tax Lists for 1784 through 1807.)

Roger Shackelford, our own ancestor, died in King & Queen County, leaving a will dated 1779, where in he mentioned among several others, a son James that was deceased. And among the fragments of Hanover records we find that one James Shackelford was deceased and his estate was appraised and advertised for sale May, 15, 1778. And Judith Shackelford was the executrix of his estate.

In the King & Queen Personal Tax Lists she had a son Richard who was 16 years of age and older in 1790. He appeared on the tax list in 1795, so he must have been born by or before 1774.

We would be very grateful for information of the descendants of James and Judith Shackelford.

We had time for but a few checks of the Caroline County Tax Lists, but we did find the following:

John Shackelford was there in 1783, with 2 whites

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and three blacks.

James makes his appearance in 1787 with 1 white and no blacks.

John seems to be the only one there in 1788, but in 1789 both Henry and Daniel show up, each with 1 white and no black tithes.

James is back in 1790 with 1 white and 1 black.

Then Samuel appears in 1794 with 3 whites and 2 blacks.

William Shackelford, (known as Buck) who died in Henry County, stated in his pension petition that he was born in King William County, later he moved to Caroline Co, then to Powhatan, later to Montgomery Co, and from there to Henry County.

And since we know that William (Buck) Shackelford, was a son of Henry, and that he had brothers James, John, Daniel and Samuel, also Henry, we feel sure that the above named Shackelfords were the father and brothers of William (Buck) Shackelford.

Although we also know that the Rev John Shackelford, who came to Kentucky, was a native of Caroline County, born there in 1750, and died in Fayette County, Ky., 1829. At the time of his death he had only one heir, a son -- James Shackelford, evidently the same James that lived in Garrard County, and who later moved to Clay County, Missouri.

Since we know that Henry Shackelford, Sr, mentioned above, moved to Henry County, died there in 1806, we now wish to mention other records of Henry and Pittsylvania Counties, in an effort to clear up some of the problems regarding his descendants, some of whom are still in Henry County.

Henry Shackelford, Sr, who died in Henry County in 1806, leaving a will in which he mentions one daughter -- Susanna Jacobs, and sons -- John, William, James, Henry, Daniel, and the children of his deceased son Samuel. The son John was named as executor.

But John was also deceased by or before November, 9, 1812, and his wife Jane was named as the administrator. See Order Book 10, page 115.

The following were named as heirs of John Shackelford, but no relationship shown. And he left no will.

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Isabell Shackelford., (married James Powell)

Nancy " ., (married Benjamin Dent)

Jane " ., (married John Taylor)

Lucy " ., (married John Wilson)

Rebecca " ., (married John Creasy)

John " ., (married Malinda Wicher)

Milly " ., (married Mumford Taylor)

Sidney " ., (married ??)

Patsy " ., (married ??)

Henry " ., (married ??)

Sindy (Lucinda) " ., (married Daniel Taylor)

Of the above we know that some of them married and lived in Pittsylvania County. We also know that some of them moved to Clay County, Missouri.

Query: Were all of these the children of John, or were some of them the children of his deceased brother -- Samuel?

The second son of Henry, know as (Buck) Shackelford, whose name was William, evidently married a second time, for we find where his wife -- Tabitha relinquished her right of dower to a tract of land July 1806. See Deed Book 8, page 89.

Then William Shackelford, whose wife was Mary, sold a tract of land to Joseph Martin, land in Henry County, December, 15, 1807. Deed Book 7, page 122. Evidently between July 1806 and December 1807, his wife Tabitha died and he married another wife named Mary.

William (Buck) Shackelford is known to have had at least six children, there may have been others, but we have the names of only six, as follows

William Jr, ---- (married twice, his first wife being, according to our records, a Miss Taylor, the second wife being -- Sophia Lamkin.

Harriet., ------ (born ??, married ??.

Elizabeth., ---- (married 1st Gabriel Stultz, and 2nd John Richardson)

Sally.,--------- (married James Glass)

Lucy., -------- (married 1st James B. Toney, and 2nd Robert P. Burton)

Mary., ------- (married Drury Pulliam*

William Shackelford, Sr, for love and affec-

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tion for his son William Shackelford, Jr., deeds a slave to him April, 18, 1837. Deed Book 12, page 225. Also William Shackelford, Sr, for the love and affection for his daughter -- Harriet Shackelford, he deeds slaves to her. Deed Book 11, page 466.

William Shackelford, Jr, was married twice, and we have only one records showing that his first wife was a Miss Taylor. But we wonder if that is not an error, as we find the following records in Henry County:

William Shackelford and wife -- Sophia, and William H. Norman, sold a tract of land in Henry County, to James Green, August, 18, 1846. Said land due Shackelford and Norman from Arthur H. H. Barnard, said Barnard being the executor of the estate of William Barnard, of Spottsylvania County. William Shackelford and William H. Norman being security for said Arthur H. H. Barnard. See Deed Book 13, page 171.

Why would William Shackelford be due land from the estate of William Barnard unless it was because of his wife or mother? And the date indicates that it would be more likely to be his first wife.

Any one being able to help us out on this would do us a great favor if they would do so.

James Shackelford was appointed guardian for Nancy, Sally, and Milly Shackelford, January 26, 1807. Evidently the children of his deceased brother Samuel. Then on the same date John Shackelford as plaintiff, and William, James and Daniel Shackelford, also Nancy, Sally and Milly Shackelford as their guardian, as defendants, January 26, 1807. See Order Book 8, page 118.

One record shows that Henry Clark and Jonathan Stone were agents for Robert Goodloe and guardians of the heirs of Samuel Shackelford.

Jonathan Stone was appointed guardian for John, Mildred, Jenny, Henry, James and Martha Shackelford, January 8, 1815. Order Book 10, page 255.

Mary Shackelford was the widow of one John Shackelford, deceased, and she and her sons -- Samuel and George Shackelford, purchased a tract of land from John H. and Ann T. Motley, October, 22, 1863. See Deed Book 16, page 464.

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Gabriel Stultz was deceased by or before February 1805.

Henry Shackelford was deceased by or before Jan, 7, 1830. Mary Shackelford, apparently his wife, was also deceased by the same date, and James Woodall was administrator for both.

Joseph Martin was an heir of Henry Shackelford and also of John Shackelford the younger.

Mumford Taylor and John Taylor were heirs of John Shackelford.

John Dent's wife was an heir of Henry and Mary Shackelford.

Daniel Taylor was also an heir of John and Mary Shackelford.

All the above records to be found in Henry County, Virginia, Order Books.


Gabriel Stultz married Elizabeth Shackelford, daughter of William, bond dated February, 11, 1804.

Joseph Fortune married Lucy Shackelford, daughter of John, bond dated February, 13, 1809.

Benjamin Dent married Nancy Shackelford, parentage not shown, bond dated December 17, 1811.

James Glass married Sally Shackelford, daughter of William, bond dated January 3, 1813.

James Woodall married Jane Shackelford, widow of John, marriage bond dated June, 25, 1815.

Robert P. Burton married Lucy B. Toney, marriage bond dated March, 14, 1814.

Drury Pulliam married Mary Shackelford, daughter of William, marriage bond dated September, 14, 1818.

James Barnes Toney and Lucy Baber Shackelford, daughter of William, married -- bond dated May, 7, 1801.

The last marriage just above was in Powhatan County, Virginia.

New subscriptions are not coming in as we would like to have them, and there remains several of you who are apparently allowing your subscriptions to lapse. Wont you lease take care of this little matter at once.

Until next month, Adios -- The editor.

[Transcribed 6 Jun 1998 by Tee Forshaw]

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