Submitted by:  J. A. Longley                Feb 28, 1999

BERTHENA (July 1815 or 1819 - 18 Nov 1865), wife of William Lawless/Lawlis (1804 or 1809 - 1889) was dau. of John and Nancy Shackelford according to her Monongalia Co., WV death rec. (1:34), but some descendants say she was "a Wright". William and Berthena Lawless lived in Cass Dist., Monongalia Co. They married about 1833, but no County marriage Record or mrg. Bond. Both were buried

Possible parents of Berthena were the John (b. ca. 1780, d. by Aug. 1845) and Nancy (b. ?, d. ?) Shackleford who owned land on Ice's Run of lower Buffalo Ck., present-day Marion Co., (West) VA. John bought this in 1830 from Charles & Elizabeth Conaway (recorded in Monongalia Co. Deeds Old Series 10:441).

Have found no Probate record for John. Only known evidence of who John and Nancy's children were is land sale by Susanna & Thornton Billingsley (her husband) and Sarah Shackelford, their 2/3 right to the land that John Shackelford had bought in 1830, sold to Ambrose Shackelford. Berthena is not mentioned. Ambrose Shackelford sold about 97 acres of this to Francis M. McCray in 1862 (Marion Co. Deeds 11:499), and the rest was sold by Ambrose, John S., and Rebecca J. Shackleford to Joseph M. Fleming in 1895 (Marion Co. Deeds 68:248); Edgar Ice was an adjacent land owner.

The only Marriage Bond mentioning a daughter of any John Shackleford was dated 5 May 1827 in Monongalia Co., regarding the marriage intended between Lucinda, dau. of John Shackelford, and Nathan Miller -- but the bride's surety was one French Rogers rather than her father.

The marriage between Susannah Shackleford and Thornton Billingsley on 16 June 1840 by Rev. Benj. F. Sedgwick was recorded in Monongalia Co. (A:72).

A marker for a Susanna Billingsley (1821-1851) is in a Shackleford family cemetery near Barrackville, Paw Paw Dist., Marion Co., near Ice's Run.

Other markers here were for James? Shackleford (1765-1815) (Revolutionary War marker) and S. Shackleford (1767-1815).

Ambrose Shackelford (ca. 1802 - 188?) is said in a County History to have married one Mary Hamilton. This account says Ambrose was a native of Culpeper Co., VA, and came at age 12 with his parents to Barrackville. The 1880 Census enumeration for Marion Co. states that Mary A., wife of Ambrose Shackelford, d. 16 May 1880. The Co. History account does not give his parents' names.

Some descendants of Berthena (Shackleford?) and William Lawless say that one of their daughters had <Indian> ancestry. One version confuses the state of DE (which William Lawless' mother came from to Monongalia Co. in 1796) with Delaware <Indian> ancestry. Another version states that Berthena was of a Pottawatomi band that migrated from Canada.

Would much appreciate hearing from anyone working on ancestry of any of these Shacklefords.

Mar 1, 1999 from Patricia to Judy

The John Shackleford I have as father to Ambrose & Susannah (Thornton) was married to a Sarah, I have this John's death as abt 1842. The Sarah you mention could be his widow or a single dau still at home.

There was a William Lawless marriage bond issued in Monongalia Co., to Lawless, William & Cole, Charlotte, 29 November 1797, could these be the parents of the William Lawless who married Berthena Shackleford???

I know where was a James Shackleford in the Amer. Rev War that was stationed at Fort Prickett and remained in Marion co., VA/WV, but I have never been able to locate him after that, I bet there is a connect with this John and James.  Patricia

Mar 1, 1999

Hi Pat

Thank you for responding to my query.

The John Shackleford I have as father to Ambrose & Susannah (Thornton) was married to a Sarah, I have this John's death as abt 1842. The Sarah you mention could be his widow or a single dau still at home.

**Maybe Sarah was a 2nd wife; these folks have left practically no records in Monongalia and Marion Co. At least that I have unearthed so far. The tax assessor believed John was living at the time of the assessment for 1845 real estate tax.

There was a William Lawless marriage bond issued in Monongalia Co., to Lawless, William & Cole, Charlotte, 29 November 1797, could these be the parents of the William Lawless who married Berthena Shackleford???

**Definitely yes. While Charlotte (Cole), the mother, is another puzzle, her origins are unlikely to be related to my problem with Berthena.

I know where was a James Shackleford in the Amer. Rev War that was stationed at Fort Prickett and remained in Marion co., VA/WV, but I have never been able to locate him after that, I bet there is a connect with this John and James.

**Could be. James at Ft. Prickett didn't leave much record-type data either. There were several family groups in this area with this surname, and I have found nothing connecting them. The more or less accurate published histories of the area focus on the most famous person with this surname, the Rev. Joseph Shackelford, minister in a split-off of the Episcopal Church. I have found no connection in his family with <my> Berthena.

Happy hunting,  Judy

Mar 7, 1999

Acquired this from the National Archives and Records Administration's index to the Gion Miller list of persons who applied for land under US Treaties with the Cherokees.

28755 Shackelford, Fannie M. I.T.

27639 Shackelford, Jessie E. I. T.

27640 Shackelford, Maude E. I.T.

14666 Shackelford, Peachie R. MO

12817 Shackleford, Martha F. Ark.

Anyone can write for the records, but you have to use their forms.

Their index-search website is: http://monitor.nara.gov/cgi-bin/starfinder/7893/images.txt

For keyword, enter Guion Millerr Roll Index and go from there. You can email a request for the right form.   Judy Longley


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