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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. April 1954. Vol. 9. No. 12.


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.



Continued from page 2 of your March issue.

Then it will be necessary for you to seek information through other sources. You may then have to obtain the services of some one else to do the work for you. But before we mention this we see that we have forgotten to mention another very important source that you may find in your local courthouse, that is, if you happen to be where your ancestors lived. In this case we refer to the court records.

In some States we have Circuit Courts, in other States they call them Superior Courts, and still in other States they are District Courts. So if by any chance there was a contest of a will, or if no will and some of the heirs were not satisfied with the share of the estate allotted them, then in all probability there was a law suit involved; and when you find that situation it becomes necessary to make a search of the Circuit, Superior or District Court records, where often times you can find the names of many, or even all of the heirs, along with a mention of the relationship of each.

If you live near a Public or Genealogical Library you will find information from many sources. There are Family Histories, State Histories, County Histories, and in many States, perhaps all of them, they have a State Historical Society where they publish State Records. So a perusal of those records may bring the desired information. Then

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when you have learned from which State your ancestors or ancestor came, it may be necessary to begin all over again.

There are many Genealogical and Historical Societies. The State Historical Society of the State wherein you are interested will always be good to become a member of so that you can receive their Magazine or Quarterly each month. Then we have The National Genealogical Society, of Washington, D.C. The New England Historic-Genealogical Society, of Boston, Mass. The Institute of American Genealogy, Chicago. Genealogy & History of Washington, D.C. The Everton Publishers of Logan, Utah. The Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. And most any large Public Library in any City has a genealogy section.

Then we have the patriotic organizations such as The Daughters of the American Revolution, also the Sons of the American Revolution, and many many more. All of whom have large Genealogical Libraries.

The census records at Washington of most of the States for 1790 thorough 1810, and for all the States from 1820 through 1880, that are available to the public.

Many of the States have their own census records from the time they became a State through 1880. In some States they have excellent collections of old news papers. For example: In the University Library, Columbia, Mo., they have the Missouri census records from 1830 through 1880, and the largest collection of old news papers it has ever been the pleasure of this writer to see, and they are available to the public. They have papers there that ante-date the American Revolution.

The census records, the early ones, for Virginia and Kentucky, were destroyed. So in both States the early Tax Lists substitute for the first census records. The tax lists for Virginia may be seen at The Virginia State Library, Richmond, Va. And those for Kentucky at The Kentucky Historical Society, Old State House, Frankfort, Kentucky.

In the next issue we will tell you of some of the Colonial Records that can be seen and where.

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This issue completes our ninth year, volume Nine. And it has been you that has made it possible, and the results have been gratifying indeed. However, subscriptions have fallen to a new low, we need new subscribers. There has been many of you that have been subscribers from the beginning, and we are grateful indeed. Some have dropped by the wayside, new ones have been added, we have enjoyed sending our little leaflet to those of you who want it, but as has been stated several times recently, unless our subscription list can be brought back to something near what it should be we will have completed volume Ten., which will begin with the next issue.

This month it is our pleasure to welcome Miss Mary Liles, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mr William F. Shackelford, of Decatur, Ga.; and Mrs R. J. McDonald, of Whittier, Calif, as new subscribers. And the following subscription renewals from Dr John A. Shackelford, of Martinsville, Va.; who also included a two years renewal for his aunt -- Mrs Pearl S. Richardson, of Axton, Va., and his own renewal was for two years. Also Mrs Margaret A. Johnson, of Culpepper, Va.; Mrs George A. McIntyre, Jr, of Marion, S.C.; for two years. Mrs Jennie G. Seitz, of Fresno, Calif.; Rev Franklin S. Moseley, of Livingston, Ala.; Dr B. H. Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga.; three years, and a two years subscription for his son -- W. F. Shackelford, mentioned above. Mrs B. E. Jones of Yazoo City, Miss.; two years; Mrs Ada A. Hinton, of Milton N.C.; Miss Dorothy E. Albertson, of Dallas, Texas.; and Mrs Pearl S. Richardson, of Axton, Va., who also sent along her renewal for herself. To all of whom we are extremely grateful and say again -- "Thanks A Million" to each of you.

Very little data came in this month, but we are happy to acknowledge data sent along by the following: Mrs Willie Mae King, of Columbus, Miss.; Mrs Edna J. McMullen, of Tampa, Florida.; Mrs Margaret A. Johnson, of Culpepper, Va.; Dr B. H. Shackelford, of

Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs B. W. Gandrud, of Tuscaloosa,

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Ala.; and Mr George R. Shackelford, of Texarkana, Arkansas.


"It is well to remember that very small worries make extremely large shadows"--


We have the pleasure of introducing three new members of the Clan this month, but two of them are belated reports.

Alan Vann, lusty little potential president, arrived on this orb January, 7, 1953, and will henceforth make his home with the proud parents -- Mr and Mrs William F. and Vann Fogleman Gibson-Shackelford, of Atlanta, Ga. The little man was born in Denver, Colo, while his father was serving his country in the U. S. Army.

Sallie Carruthers, buxom little princess, arrived at the home of her proud parents Mr and Mrs George A. and Virginia Shackelford-McIntyre, Jr, of Marion, S.C., August 11, 1953. She is their second child.

Another potential president is lusty little Jeffrey Lynn, son of Mr and Mrs Robert R. and Gloria Curtis-Morris, of Alexandria, Va., who arrived at their home January, 4, 1954. And at last report all the babies and mothers were doing fine, and no complaints from the papas either.

No marriages were reported to us the past two months, but there was one approaching marriage announced. Mr and Mrs Tommie Lester Shackelford, of Dalton, Ga., announced the approaching marriage of their lovely daughter -- Miss Betty Jane, to Mr Rudolph J. Spoelstra, son of Mrs H. J. Spoelstra, of Hengelo, The Netherlands. The wedding is to be some time in the spring.

Congratulations and best wishes to their future happiness.

And now it becomes our duty, sad though it be, to report the death of four of our number since our last issue went out to you.

Word has just reached us that Dr James Harvey

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Kemper, of Indianapolis, Ind, in June of 1953. Our correspondent failed to give details, but we know that Dr Kemper was a descendant of John and Polly McQuaid-Shackelford, of the Shelby County, Kentucky Shackelfords.

Miss Daisey Shackelford was born the daughter of John M. and Annie Mae Shackelford, in Lowndes Co, Miss., February, 22, 1884. She finished her earthly chores in Gadsden, Alabama, January, 22, 1954; she was never married. She died at the home of her sister in Gadsden, Alabama, where she had lived for the past thirty five years, and was buried in Gadsden. Survivors include two sisters, a host of nephews and nieces and other relatives.

William Osborn Shackelford, was born the son of Mr and Mrs George Robert Shackelford, in Horatio, Ark, May 6, 1927, and was accidentally killed in a tragic automobile mis-hap near Texarkana, Texas, February, 11, 1954, while en-route to the Day-Zimmerman, Inc, Plant, where he had been employed for several years.

Survivors include his wife -- Mrs Mary E. Shackelford, his parents -- Mr and Mrs George Robert Shackelford, of Texarkana, Ark., five brothers, one sister, and a host of other relatives. He was a descendant of John Shackelford, who died in Shelby County, Ky., in 1819; and his wife -- Anne.

Hiram Wilhoit, age 76 years, former president of The Woodford Bank and Trust Co, and former State Banking Commissioner of Kentucky, died in Versailles, Ky, February, 20, 1954.

Mr Wilhoit was twice married, first to Miss Jessie Henton, daughter of James Q. and Betty D. Hampton-Henton, whom he married June, 8, 1919, and to which union were born two children -- ie James Henton, born 1921, and died in Infancy; And Darnaby Henton, born December, 22, 1922, and gave his life for his country in 1945, during world war two.

Survivors include his wife, one brother and two sisters, and a host of other relatives.

Therefore we, on behalf of the entire Clan, extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved.


In our March number we gave you some of the

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estate records of Henry County, Va., and since the Shackelfords of Henry and Pittsylvania Counties are closely related apparently, we now give you a few of the records to be found in Pittsylvania.

The first Shackelfords in Pittsylvania County were John, Francis, William and Thomas. John was there as early as 1777, and is evidently the same John whose wife was Anne, and who died in Shelby County, Ky., 1819. This John was a member of Peter Hogg's Rangers in the war against the Indians in 1755, and he is mentioned as sheriff at one time. But soon after the year 1790 his name disappears from the records of Pittsylvania and we find him there no more, he evidently left, as there is nothing about him in the estate records.

Francis Shackelford, whose wife was Eunice, also owned land in Caswell County, N.C. He died in 1785 leaving a will which has been published in this Magazine in a previous issue.

Henry Shackelford was there, in fact there were two Henrys there, one of them the son of Francis, and the other who died in Henry County, in 1806.

Thomas Shackelford, whose wife was Catherine, (called Caty) was in Pittsylvania County as early as 1799, for that year he appears as a purchaser of land. See Deed Book 12, page 154.

John Shackelford, whose wife was Jane, sold land in Pittsylvania April, 16, 1808, to William Dyer,. Deed Book 16, page 13. This was evidently the son of Henry, of Henry County.

One John Shackelford was still living in Pittsylvania County in 1817. Deed Book 22, page 218. This was very likely the son of Francis.

Commissioners were appointed to adjust the accounts of Thomas East, guardian in the rights of his wife -- Martha Ann Shackelford, February 1838. Order Book 34, page 77.

Thomas Shackelford was deceased and his estate appraised May, 12, 1809. His wife Catherine was deceased and her estate appraised February 20, 1824. Order Book 4, page 198. Order Book 7, page 360.

A law suit shows that one William Shackelford was in Pittsylvania as early as 1770, when he sued

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Joseph Cook in August 1770. Order Book 1, page 242.

Henry Shackelford was deceased and his estate appraised October, 2, 1829. Order Book 9, page 273.

Lucy Burton was deceased and her estate was appraised October, 13, 1841. Order Book 13, page 319.

Anna Shackelford, Joseph S. Rice, John T., Nancy, Absalom, William, Ann and Mary H. Shackelford, all children and heirs of William Shackelford, deceased, agree to permit his widow -- Mrs Ann Shackelford, to possess all property during her life time, January, 3, 1845. Deed Book 50, page 13.

The Court ordered several men as Commissioners to divide the land of Thomas Shackelford, deceased, into two equal parts, half to Richard D. Shackelford and half to John L. Shackelford, subject to the dower of Catherine Shackelford, the widow of Thomas, September, 15, 1815. Order Book 17, p 41.

The full name of Richard D. Shackelford is said to have been Richard Dunford, and that his mother was a Dunford. Her given name was Catherine, that we know. Can any one confirm the fact that she was Catherine Dunford?

Richard D. Shackelford was a Captain in the war of 1812, and settled in Marengo County, Alabama but later moved into Choctaw County. Additional information of his descendants will be appreciated.

The full name of John L. Shackelford, brother of Richard D., was Jonathan Lyon. He married Sarah Chisenhall, daughter of John Chisenhall and Rebecca Buckley, December 19, 1816. He then moved to Marengo County, Alabama, and still later to Phillips County, Ark, where he died. They had 12 children .

Henry Shackelford was deceased and his estate appraised September 1829, and Mathilda Shackelford was administratrix. Order Book 28, page 33.

Matilda Shackelford was appointed guardian of Martha Ann Shackelford, daughter of Henry Shackelford, deceased, December 1830. Book 28, page 420.

Martha Shackelford had been deceased three months in March 1837, when Ben Watkins was appointed her administrator. Order Book 33, page 294.

There was one Unity Shackelford in Pittsylvania Co, 1797. Book 8, page 302. Query: Who was she?

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One Thomas Shackelford was an orphan and was bound out to Jeremiah Head, in June of 1802. Order Book 10, page 211. Query: Who was he?

One Francis Shackelford was deceased and his estate was advertised for sale October 1802. Order Book 10, page 267. Was the orphan Thomas a son of this Francis?

John L. Shackelford and his wife -- Sarah, of Marengo County, Alabama, sell their one-eighteenth (1/18) interest in the estate of Jesse Buckley, deceased, January 5, 1844. Sarah Chisenhall-Shackelford being a niece and heir of Jesse Buckley. Deed Book 48, page 253.

Thomas R. Dix sold a tract of land containing 493 acres in Pittsylvania County, to the following persons: W. Lyon, J. L. Shackelford, R. Dade, J. R. Anderson, S. Brooks, N. Lyon, W. Shackelford, J. M. Hightower, J. Hudson, J. Bennett, Dr Hoge, John Bennett, J. R. Lipscomb, and A. Shackelford, all of Pittsylvania County, July, 29, 1844. Deed Book 48, page 448. No reason or relationship shown. This might indicate that the mother of John L. Shackelford was a Lyon.

It seems that Richard D. Shackelford first went to Perry County, Alabama, as he is mentioned as being there when he sold the land he inherited from his father -- Thomas Shackelford, January, 15, 1830. Deed Book 31, page 624.

Daniel Taylor was of Ray County, Mo., in 1833, at which time he gave power of attorney to Mumford Taylor, of Pittsylvania, to collect his share of the estate of Henry Shackelford, deceased, November, 8, 1833. Deed Book 35, page 359. Then another instrument concerning this estate and the same man was dated September, 25, 1835.

John and Malinda Shackelford sold a tract of land in Pittsylvania County, to James Woodall, November, 9, 1822. Deed Book 25, page 138.

This John Shackelford married Malinda Wicher, and moved to and died in Ray County, Mo.

We have several more items that we wanted to give you of Pittsylvania County Shackelfords, but space will not permit us to do so. More Virginia records next month.

Until then -- Adios, the Editor.

[Transcribed 6 Jun 1998 by Tee Forshaw]

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