I have received information on Shackleford/Shackelford family members of color and will list what I have received. If you can add to this line, please send your information to me and I will post it.

Submitted by: Sue Lattea             June 14, 1999

Here is the information on the Land Grants and marriages:

Herschel Shackleford, Jr., his father and grandfather, were reared in the town of Shackleford, Virginia, in King & Queen County. All records for King and Queen County and Glousester County were destroyed. They are the ancestors of slaves owned by the Shacklefords who took the Shackleford name when they were freed.

Submitted by: Marian E. Douglas                           October 22, 2001

Shackelfords: Black American Genealogy -KY, Missouri, Leavenworth KS, etc.

You can write her at: Localita Rimbomba, Via delle Sibille 3, 00060 Sacrofano (Rome), Italy

or phone her at: Italy Phone: 39-06-908-3198

My late Grandfather Reuben R. Nichols from Leavenworth KS named our enslaved ancestor Priscilla Shackelford and the region she was from - KY and/or MO. Maybe Frankfort KY area.

Laura Tully - LETully32138@aol.com - found this Black Shackelford family that is probably mine. She writes that this was the only Shackelford family of color in the 4 counties in Kansas where Shackel/lefords were listed in the 1870 census.

October 2001

African American Shackelfords: KY, Missouri, Leavenworth KS, etc.

Shackelford Quarterly, Vol. 6, #4, includes 4 counties in Kansas wherein Shackel/lefords were listed in the 1870 census. Leavenworth Co., KS listed the following:

                                           race  occupation birthplace

Shackelford, David, age 26 (black) laborer b KY

Nancy 30 black keeps house MO

Moses 20 mulatto works brickyard MO

John 18 mulatto works brickyard MO

Jake 14 mulatto at home MO

Mary A. 12 mulatto at home MO

Martha J. 8 mulatto at home MO

Isaac 7 mulatto MO

Dora 3 mulatto KS

William 1 mulatto KS

Katherine 1 mulatto KS

(William & Katherine are twins.)

Reply to Marian by Patricia Viellenave

It seems strange that their children would be listed as Mulatto when they are listed as black do you know if David was the father or someone else? Also I see that David is listed (black) could he have been a mulatto thus that is why the children are listed as mulatto? Do you by chance have any pictures of David & his family?

You might check the 1880 census and see what comes up and also see what wills you can find for any Shackelfords in the area where Priscilla was as many slave owners mentions those of color in their wills.

What have you found in the 1850 & 60 census for any of them in KY? Do you have a county in KY they were in?

Keep reading the Shackelford magazine and see what you can find as well.

I will keep my eyes open for anything I can find on them as well.


Marians Reply:

Hi Patricia,

Thank you for your help in posting this information.

As you may know, 1870 was the first U.S. Census that included Black Americans.

1870 was the first U.S. Census after enslavement was stopped. Due to enslavement Black American family history is different from what you are probably used to. Due to slavery our genealogy research also is different from other Americans.

Thanks. Marian Douglas

Reply to Marian by Patricia Viellenave  Oct 24, 2001

Hello Marian,

I am aware your research would take a different way than mine but I also know that in order to help you I would need to have the answers to the questions I asked, if you will re-read them and send what answers you do have then I may beable to help in some manner. Try researching a Native American line as I have it is harder than those of color so I know what you are facing in that direction. Patricia

I thought your website asked for researchers to send information on Black Shackelford families for that information to be added to your website.

In that way Black Shackelford families may contact each other.

True Marian and that I have done but I was willing to see if I could also be of help to you in your research of your Shackelford family.

Iinformation is listed in chart number 231

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