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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords.

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

$1.00 A Year. Published Monthly. .10c A Copy.

Versailles, Ky. October 1953.


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.



In your August 1953 Magazine, pages three and four, you will find a list of the children of the Thomas Henton Family. By this it will be seen that his second daughter married Alexander L. Wright.


I, A. L. Wright, make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking any and all other will (sic) by me heretofore made.

First: All my just debts and funeral expenses must be first paid.

Second: I give to my beloved wife--Anne E. Wright, the house and lot of land on which we now reside in Versailles, Ky., conveyed to me by Mrs Susan R. Layton, by deed recorded in the Woodford County Court Clerk's Office, in Deed Book 10, page 441; and also all the household and kitchen furniture in said house, except the large eight day clock. I also give to my wife Anne E. Wright, two thousand dollars and my horse and buggy, rockaway and harness.

Third: I give to the Baptist Orphans Home, of Louisville, Ky., one thousand dollars.

Fourth: I give to my nephew--Davis W. Edwards, my large eight day clock, and to his son-Alexander Edwards I give my gold watch and chain.

Fourth (sic): I give to my wife--Anne E. Wright, and my sister-Nancy Wright, and to the survivor for and

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during their natural lives all the rest and residue of my estate real and personal of every kind and description, consisting mostly of about eighty five acres of land in Woodford County, Ky., and an undivided interest of one half interest to about 220 acres of land in Woodford County, Ky.; and at and upon the death of my said wife and sister all of my estate so given to them for and during their natural lives, is to go and is then hereby given to my two nephews--Davis W. Edwards and William H. Edwards, and my niece--Mary J. Sisson, share and share alike.

That portion of my estate going to the said Mary J. Sisson is to be held by her to her sole and separate use and benefit, free both during her life and after her death from the debts, interest and control of her present husband--John Sisson, or of any husband she may hereafter have, with full power in her to dispose of it or any part of it by deed or will.

Sixth: I hereby appoint my wife--Ann E. Wright, executrix of this Will, and direct that no security be required of her as such.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of December eighteen hundred and ninety three. (December 19, 1893.)

Signed--A. L. Wright.

Sam S. Darneal and George B. Minary, Witnesses.

Will Book 5, page 464, Woodford County, Ky.

Probated September 22, 1902.


Alexander L. Wright, parentage not known, was born January 14, 1815, and died in Woodford Co, Ky., September 6, 1902. He married Ann Eliza Henton, second daughter of Thomas Henton, Jr, and his first wife--Mildred Darnaby, September 7, 1858. She was born in Woodford County, Ky., May 1, 1824, and died in 1909. They had but one child--ie:

Mary M.,--(born Sept 16, 1859. died Feb 26, 1862.



I, Thomas E. Henton, of the County of Woodford,

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and State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and memory, do make the following as my last Will and Testament--towit:

After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife--Sally Henton, all my household and kitchen furniture, my rockaway, horse and harness; and if she prefers, all my horses may be sold and she to have money enough out of my estate to buy a good horse.

If it is thought best by my executor to pay off my debts immediately, then and in that event it is my will and desire that the whole farm on which I now reside be sold, and after the payment of all my debts it is my desire that the remainder of the money arising from such sale shall be invested in land in such location as my executor hereinafter named, may think best for the interest of my wife and children, and in such land so purchased to be equally divided as to quanity and quality between my wife--Sally Henton, and my three children-viz: Thomas E., Nelly and Mary Henton. And in the event of the death of either one or more of said children before arrival at lawful age, then and in that case it is mt (sic) will and desire the remaining child or children shall have the portion of such deceased child or children.

And any interest I may be entitled to in the estate of my late father--Thomas Henton, deceased, at the death of my mother--Mrs Nancy Henton, it is my will and desire it shall be equally divided between my three children above named, and in the case of the death of either one or more of said children before arriving at lawful age--then and in that event the surviving child or children to have the portion of such deceased child or children.

It is my will and desire that my son--Thomas E. Henton shall have my gold watch and diamond pin.

It is my desire that this instrument is meant to make all my children equal in the division of my estate. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of July eighteen hundred and seventy seven. (July 14, 1877.)

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Signed--Thomas E. Henton.

A. L. Wright, and William Bayette, witnesses.

Will Book W, page 151, Woodford County, Ky.

Probated August 9, 1877.

Codicil to above Will named A. L. Wright as an executor, his brother James Henton, and his wife-Sally Henton, were named as guardians of his three children--Thomas, Nelly and Mary. Same witnesses and same date.

Thomas Edward Henton, only son of Thomas Henton and his first wife--Mildred Darnaby-Henton, was born in Woodford County, Ky., July 18, 1877. He was married to Sarah (Sally) Hammon, August 15, 1871. She was born April 25, 1846, and died in Woodford Co, November 19, 1930. They had only three children:

Thomas Edward, Jr, ---(married Ethel Mastin)

Nelly.,-----------------(married Alex Latta Edwards)

May.,------------------(never married.)


Ambrose Ellis Henton, eldest son of Thomas Henton and his second wife--Nancy Darnaby, was born in Woodford Co, Ky., March 19, 1838, and died August 1, 1912. He was married to Sarah Hansbrough, parentage not known, October 20, 1859. She was born December 3, 1844, and died November 5, 1906. They had no children.


Rev Richard M. Dudley, parentage and dates not known, married Mary Catherine Henton, only daughter of Thomas Henton and his second wife--Nancy Darnaby, April 3, 1877. She was born December 26, 1846, and died November 9, 1915. They had five daughters, ie:

Anne.,-----(married W. O. Shewmaker)

Mary.,-----(married W. H. Pittman) (Pittman) (sic)

Jane.,-----(married R. E. Harvey)

Rose.,-----(married Ralph Scarce)

Louise.,---(never married.


James Q. Henton, youngest son of Thomas Henton and his second wife--Nancy Darnaby, was born in Woodford County, Ky., August 9, 1853, and died in Woodford County, Ky., June 8, 1924. He married

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Miss Betty D. Hampton, parentage not known, February 12, 1884. She was born in 1861, and died 1908. They had at least five children, as follows:

James Dudley.,----(married Elizabeth Culter)

Samuel Hampton.,-(married Mary K. Worthington)

Jessie.,------------(married Hiram Wilhoit)

Wade.,------------(married Natalie Brother)

Mary Darnaby.,---(never married)



Mr and Mrs Cornelius L. Shackelford, of Macon, Ga, recently announced the approaching marriage of their lovely daughter--Lottie Matilda, to A3c Bobby Gene Cox, of Robins Air Force, Ga., and Oak Hill, W. Va., son of William A. and the late Mrs Myrtle S. Cox, of Oak Hill, W. Va., for September 8th, 1953, at Macon, Ga.

Mr and Mrs J. I. Shackelford, of Birmingham, Ala., recently announced the approaching marriage of their charming daughter--Miss Martha Jane, to Mr Robert C. Ruble, son of Mr and Mrs Clyde Ruble, of Bismarck, Mo., for October 10, 1953. Miss Shackelford is a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Mo; and Mr Ruble is at present serving in the U. S. Air Forces, Craig Field, Selma, Alabama.

So on behalf of the entire Clan we wish to extend sincere congratulations and best wishes for long and happy lives together.


Our information of the descendants of the last five children of Edward Darnaby and his wife--Mildred Ellis, is very scant. Therefore anything additional that any one can pass along to us will be a valuable addition to the record.

James A. Darnaby, son of Edward and Mildred Ellis-Darnaby, was born in Fayette Co, Ky., 1815. Died in 1890. He married Susan D. Crim, parentage not known, marrieage bond dated May 16, 1851. Our records show them to have had but two children, as follows:

Mattie M.,------(married J. Howard Weathers)

Nancy M.,------(married Samuel P. Nunnally)

J. Howard Weathers, son of Albert and Sarah Scott-

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Weathers, dates no (sic) known, married Mattie M. Darnaby, daughter of James A. and Susan D. Crim-Darnaby, bond dated January 17, 1874. Our records show four children born to this union:

Susie.,------(married Benjamin Madison Darnaby)

Mattie.,-----(born ??, married ??.

Howard.,---(born ??, married ??.

Sarah.,-----(married Cecil Green)

Samuel P. Nunnally, dates and parentage not known, married Nancy M. Darnaby, daughter of James A. Darnaby and Susan D. Crim, October 24, 1883. Our records show six children born to this union:

James.,--------(married Ruth Griffith)

Eva.,----------(born ??, married ??.

Samuel.,-------(born ??, married ??.

Coleman.,-----(born ??, married ??.

Nancy D.,-----(born ??, married ??.

Clifton.,-------(born??, married ??.

For the family of William Darnaby, son of Edward and Mildred Ellis-Darnaby, see your Clan Magazine for March 1953.

Edward L. Darnaby, son of Edward and Mildred Ellis-Darnaby, dates not available, married Lucy Ellis, September 7, 1823. No further record of this family. One Edward L. Darnaby married Susan Rogers, December 27, 1837. Query: Was he the same as the one above, or was he the elder Edward who married Mildred Ellis for his first wife?

There appears to have been three men in Fayette County of the name--James Weathers. One James Weathers married Eliza Darnaby, daughter of Edward and Mildred Ellis-Darnaby, January 6, 1829. And we have no further record of this family. Can any one supply us with additional information.

John Hunt Darnaby, son of Edward and Mildred Ellis-Darnaby, was born in Fayette County, Ky., 1805. He died in Fayette County, February 13, 1890. He married for his first wife--Mildred Mitchell,

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daughter of Boswell Mitchell. She was born May 18, 1811, and died March 20, 1849. They had but one child--a son James, of whom we have no more record.

John Hunt Darnaby then married for his second wife--Mary Stuart, daughter of James Stuart, 1858. They had two children--namely:

Samuel.,------(born ??, married ??.

Susan .,-------(born ??, never married.

Miss Susan Darnaby, the last mentioned daughter of John Hunt Darnaby, is still living, and is one of the most charming and gracious persons one would ever want to meet. In addition to being a walking history, she is indeed one of the first ladies of Fayette County, Ky. Those of you who have never met Miss Sue, as she is affectionately known, have indeed missed a treat.

And so ends our discussion of the Darnabys.



To the Honorable--The General Assembly of the State of Virginia. The petition of Alex Shackelford, of the County of King & Queen and State aforesaid, a soldier of the Revolution, humbly showeth that your petitioner enlisted on the third day of February 1777 by Charles Collier, Captain in the First Regiment of the Virginia Line then in Williamsburg, that on the 29th of March following, your petitioner was marched with the company to which he belonged from Williamsburg to Valley Forge, in the State of New Jersey, at which place the troops arrived on the 29th of April following. That your petitioner was at the battle of Monmouth fought on the 28th of June 1778, in which battle your petitioner had the sight of his right eye taken away by the violent wind produced by a twelve pound cannon ball passing within two inches of his face, which ball directly after, killed Griffin Fauntleroy, aide to General Washington, by whom he was then on horse back. That from aforesaid disaster your petitioner was confined from the 28th of June to the 29th of November 1778.

Your petitioner was, after his discharge from the hospital, on various duties until October 1779, when

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he, with all who took no certificate of enlistment were turned over to the Continental Establishment, after which your petitioner was at the siege of Yorktown by General Washington, which was surrendered to the Americam (sic) Troops on the 19th of October, 1781.

On the 29th of October your petitioner was discharged and returned to his friends in King and Queen, where he has remained ever since, a peaceable cultivator of the soil for his subsistence.

Your petitioner is now in the sixty seventh year of his age, worn out at length with labor he is no longer able to support himself by the labor of his hands. Your petitioner therefore prays that your Honorable Body will make some provisions for his maintenance in his latter days, and your petitioner will ever pray. Dated November 28th, 1826.

Signed--Alexander Shackelford.


Alexander Shackelford was born October 27, 1759. He was still living, as will be seen by the above petition, in 1826.

We have no further record of the family of this man except the tax lists. The tax list for 1783 shows that he was the head of a family of five, and it also shows that he had a son Charles in 1789 who was over twenty one years of age.

We would be deeply grateful for any additional information of his family and descendants, as well as his ancestry.

Since we need and must have additional new subscribers in order to continue publication we will offer a one years subscription renewal to each and every person who will send us five new subscribers. And we will accept four dollars ($4.00) as full payment for any five new subscriptions. Why not help us to keep on keeping on by sending the Magazine to relatives and/or friends, for Christmas.

Remember that all questions by subscribers will be answered gratis. And we will still be grateful for all birth, marriage and death announcements among Clan members everywhere.

Until next month, adios--The Editor.


Transcribed by Sandra A. Shackelford

July 19, 1998


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