Submitted by:   Diane Shackleford Small    402-489-7447           1/22/1999

Hi,  My name is Diane Shackleford Small. I grew up in the Philadelphia area. My father was Dr. Robert William Shackleford. His mother did extensive research on the Shackleford family, also utilizing the Shackleford Clan book during the 1950's. According to her we are descendents of the immigrant Roger. Our branch would be James and Elizabeth Robbins. I have much information to share although I cannot attest at all times to the accuracy. Some is written and other is word of mouth from my grandmother.

Our family history includes Chattanooga TN(where my Dad's father was from-George Gordon Shackleford), Robins Neck Virginia, Jackson Co, Mississippi. My grandmother wrote a little book compiling the information she had gathered almost 50 years ago, I have the book.

Once I have a moment, I will transcribe what I have. Looking through the information on the Internet, I did find references to Roger and James from the early 1600's. I will be in touch.

correction on Colyar info--------

Judge George Washington Shackleford married Josephine Cotton

Their children were


Pauline(?) she married Loius St. Clair Colyar

Now I will transcribe parts of my grandmother's book which I am sure you may find helpful. Also included in the book are copies of letters she wrote to T.K.Jones who helped her with our family tree back in the 1950's. I'l send what I can now. Also I will first include our family tree starting with me

Diana Shackleford Small

My parents:  Eleanor Wolper Shackleford  &  Robert William Shackleford M.D.

My Dad (Robert William Shackleford), was also married before to Audrey ---(I'll get name later)  Dad had 5 children total:

Robert William Shackleford' s parents:

Nora Carolyn Fell Shackleford from Buffalo, New York and George Gordon Shackleford Chattanooga, Tenn.

Children of Nora Carolyn Fel & George Gordon Shackleford:

George Gordon Shackleford Jr. married Mary Louise Sweetz?(sp)(Chatranooga, Tenn)

Jayne Shackleford  married Larry Haynes (Jackson, Michigan)

Irene Shackleford  (died as infant)

Robert William Shackleford  born 1-28-25 in Rochester, New York died 1-24-92 in Norristown, PA. He was educated at the University of Rochester, undergrad degree in chemistry, was in the US Navy on submarines during WWII(USS RAY). He went to Med School in New York City- Flower and Fifth Avenue.

Dad's grandparents:  

Grace Gordon (Cincinnati, Ohio) & Ernest Shackleford (Chattanooga, Tenn)

James Fell  & Nora Barry

Dads great grandparents:

Wiliam J. M. Gordon pharmacist in Cincinnati Ohio & Anna Farnum Cincinnati,Ohio        They owned the Farnum/Gordon estate called Mt. Airy.We have documentation awards for his role in glycerin and sugar coated pills from the Cincinnati Exposition from 1872 and 1873.I am working on this branch now with not much luck.

Judge George Washington Shackleford & Josephine Cotton

Judge George Washington Shackleford's parents: Edmund Shackleford &  Philadelphia Ferguson

Now I'll copy some add'l info from my grandmother's book. Some parts are illegible.

From the Jefferson Count History compiled under the WPA Writer's Project: Writer Susie Powell, page 325.Vol. 2 "George Washington Shackleford was elected probate judge in 1858 and was a profound lawyer, wise judge and jovial gentleman and warm friend. He served from 1858 to 1866, when he was deposed to the military. He was a descendent of one of the oldest, largest and most influential families in Jefferson County. The Dardens, Burches, Truly, Sto... and Flemings were relatives of his. His mother was a daughter of Mrs. Ferguson for many years the hostess at Union Town in this county. Mrs. Ferguson was a sister of John Burch, one of the old pioneers of the Baptist denomination. George W. Shackleford and the Hon. Jeff Truly  were representatives in the legislature, were cousins. Some years ago, Judge Shackleford moved to Chattanooga, but soon after this he died. Thus passed along one of the noblest sons of Jefferson County.

Also, from a sketch of the Ferguson family in the same h....."Mrs. Ferguson, wife of William Ferguson, had several daughters, one of ....Philadelphia Ferguson married Edmund Shackleford who had come to Union Town and opened a tan yard and hat factory with branches in Greenville and the Wallace Place near Red Lick."

Note: Mrs. Edward L.Trenhelm 960 Bellevue, Place Jackson, Miss was the correspondent we used in securing the above. She states that Mr. Will Shackleford of Rosedale, Miss. and Mrs. Warren Jackson (Mary Botts Shackleford), Mrs. Robert Bruce McLeod, Hattesbury, Miss. all have Shackleford lines.

Following data from ---Notes sent me by Cousin Josephine Jernigan

"Judge Geo.W.Shackleford, aged 53 died about 9 o'clock yesterday morning"-no date."When quite young he was Judge of the Probate Court in Mississippi previous to the innauguration of the Chancery Court in that state. He was a partner in Mississippi of the Hon. Hiram Cassidy and as a law firm they enjoyed a reputation second to none in that state. He was a younger brother of  Thomas W. Shackleford, who was for a number of years Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Mississippi.

"Deceased was born in Jefferson County, Miss.near Fayette at which place he lived prior to his removal to Chattanooga last April."

There are very complimentary writeups; also resolutions written by the Bar Assn. of sympathy to the family. Also are obituary notice of Mrs. Sara Shackleford of Canton, Miss. Jan13 no year. "Wife of the late Judge Thomas W. Shackleford, aged 80."

A writeup of Mother and Daddy's wedding from Fayette Miss."Chronicle"-no date.

From Bom's ( note from diane---yes this is how she spelled it) obituary notice-no date but she died in fall of 1918. "Mrs. Shackleford's father, John Cotton , was of Virginia birth, her mother of Mississippi. Her husband was of French and Scottish descent. She was reared at Greenwood, the plantation home of her father which was shelled during the Civil War compelling the family to seek refuge in Alabama and other parts of Miss. "Greenwood is just outside of Edwards,Miss inherited by Aunte Maude, Mrs. Sidney E. Thomas and later sold.

Grandfather's and Bom's plantation near Fayette, Miss. was called Lochiel, mother and Uncle Ernest were raised on this plantation. After mother married they all came to Chattanooga where grandfather practiced law and Uncle Ernest was educated.

George Gordon Shackleford Sr. had one sister Grace Gordon Shackleford. I have pictures of them taken as small children in Chattanooga. My dad was the spitting image of his father George. Grace Gordon Shackleford married a man named Ellis and lived and died in the Chicago area, they had one daughter named Grace Ellis. Grace never married, she would be my Dad's cousin and may still be alive. My mom was going to check for me.

She was somewhat unreliable with family history. My mother met Grace Gordon Shackleford before she died, a very genteel high class softspoken lady.

Records From St. Paul'sChurch Chattanooga, Tenn.  Baptisms:

Date:1893, Jan.1st, Circumcision Day Name: Grace,  Parents: Ernest Valentine Shackleford, Grace Gordon Shackleford. Sponsors-Mrs. Shackleford, Mrs. C.S.Colyar, Mr. W.J.M.Gordon. Date of birth August 15th,1891.Officiating Clergyman W.M.Pettis

Date 1893, Jan1st, Circumcision Day. Name: George Gordon,  Parents: Ernest Valentine Shackleford, Grace Gordon Shackleford. Sponsors-Mrs.S.Colyar, Mrs.W.J.M.Gordon, Mr.W.J.M.Gordon. Date of birth November 1892. Officiating Clergman W.M.Petttis     Above record is on pages 149,150 of volume I.


Name:  Pauline Shackleford Colyar, Parents: Louis St. Clair Colyar, Pauline Collyar, Sponsors:  Miss Rosale Suval, Mrs. Ernest C. Shackleford, Prof.J.R.Baylor Date and place of birht 1901, 15th Aug. Chattanooga, Tenn,  Date and place of baptism:1910, 16th Sept.St.Paul's Church Chattanooga. Officiating Minister W.J.Loaring Clark, Page 124-125 VolI


Grace Shackleford,George Shackleford, St. Paul's Church May23,1909 Sunday Evening 1st Sunday after Ascension.Confirmed by Rt.Rev.Thos.F.Gailor,D.D. Bishop of Tennessee Presented by W.J Loaring Clark Rector. Record page 142 VolI


Name: Josephine Shackleford, Last residence Chattanooga date death 30th Nov.1917 Place of interment, Forest Hills, Date Dec.2,1918. Minister-Whthe Kinsolving (page 212-213 VolII)

Name: Louis St.Clair Colyar. Age 76, male last residence Lookout Mountain Tenn.Date of Death, Feb.10th,1932, cause of death diabetes, Forest Hill Cemetery Date Feb.11,1932. Minister, Oliver J. Hart.(page276-77 vol IV)

Name: Mrs.Pauline S. Colyar (Louis St.Clair)age 76.Last residence Birmingham Alabama Date of Death, January7,1937. Cause of Death, parkinson disease.Place of interment, Forest Hills Cemetery,date January 10,1937. Minister,Charles W. Sheerin (pg266-7 of Vol.V)

Marriages April 27, Saturday 1918.Warren Philip Jernigan and Josehine Shackleford Colyar.Vol1,pg119 of Marriage Register.

Record of Forest Hills Cemetery,Chattanooga

Josephine Cotton Shackleford, age:79 Died Nov.30,1917 Buried December2,1918.

George W.Shackleford, born in Mississippi in 1830,died March7,1883 and buried March 8th,1883.

Both Mr.and Mrs.Shackleford are buried on the L.S.Colyar lot which is described as Lot 222, section 2 on which there is one unoccupied grave.There are no markers on the five adult and one infant grave. Submitted by Mary Porter Quillian,cashi...

Jan 27, 1999

I found a mistake! on the records from Forest Hills cemetery- Josephine Cotton Shackleford age79 died Nov30, 1917. buried December 2, 1917. (I originally had 1918.) also some handwritten notes from my dad:

John Cotton(from VA) and his Wife (no name, she was from Mississippi) had 3 daughters

1.Maude married Sidney Thomas from Birmingham Ala.

2.Josephine married G.Washington Shackleford

3.Medora married( No first name ) Field from Mississippi

Josephine and GW Shackleford had 2 children

1.Pauline married Louis St. Clair Colyar

2.Ernest married Grace Gordon

Pauline and Louis had 2 children

1.Josephine (Jernigan)

2.Pauline (unmarried)

This will help explain the reference to Cousin Jernigan in my notes to you.

We also have George Gordon Shackleford's Honorable Discharge Papers from the Army (WWI)

He was discharged from Camp Grant Illinois, enlisted at 25yo on 9-3-1918 at Chicago discharged 11-27-1918, occupation:civil engineer

He was Pvt Co.E 5th Limited Service Regiment 161st Depo Brigade US Army description: gray eyes, light brown hair,fair complexion 5foot 10 1/4inches.

Feb. 8, 1999

This woman was dad's father's(George Gordon Shackleford) grandmother.

Obituary of Josephine Cotton Shackleford wife of Judge George Washington Shackleford

Mrs. Shackleford Died Yesterday Afternoon---From Chattanooga Times--No Date

Mrs. Josephine Shackleford, mother of Mrs. L.S. Colyar and among Chattanooga, best known and best loved women, succumbed to a long illness yesterady afternoon at the Colyar Mansion on Missionary Ridge. She fell into eternal sleep about 4 in the afternoon. Funeral arrangements will be announnced tomorrow.

Mrs. Shackleford's death will be mourned with keen regret by those who were honored by her acquaintance. Her friends were a host, comprising all of the residents. She was of that class of women, who gave the greatest incentive to the martial spirit of the Old South. Reared in Mississippi, she gave an unwielding devotion to the sacred lost cause, typical of the heroines of the period when the souls of men and women were tried in the furnace of sacrifice. Gentleness and tenderness were manifested in the suffering of her people and her verve and complacency never failed her in the darkest hours of emergency.

For nearly forty years Mrs. Shackleford resided in Chattanooga. In the earlier days she was frequently joint hostess with Mrs.Colyar at the hospitable home. On one occasion the then daughter of the Confederacy, Miss Winnie Davis was a guest of the ladies and by them was made the honoree of an elaborate reception which, for pleasing details, was rarely, if ever been surpassed in the history of the city.

Mrs. Shackleford 's charming demeanor and her well stored mind and graciousness endeared her to all.

Mrs. Shackleford Laid To Rest Today Many Beautiful Floral Pieces Offered Mrs. Mary Brabson Littleton Pay Tribute to Character of Well Known Woman

The last rites over the body of Mrs. Josephine Shackleford mother of Mrs. L.S.Colyar and one of Chattanooga's bestknown and best loved women who died Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Colyar MMansion on Missionary Ridge. Services were held at the Colyar Residence., Mondaay afternoon, at 2. Rev. Wythe Kinsolving, rector of St.Paul's Episcopal Church, conducted the services. Mrs.W.H.Pryar sang. The interment took place at Forest Hills Cemetery. Services at the grave were private.

Following is the list of those who served as active pallbearers:

J.B.Robinson, F.B.Voigt, Sam Erwin, T.R.Preston, C.S.Littleton, W.B.Garvin, Henry Stewart and J.L.Hutcheson. Honorary pallbearers were: J.C.Howell,Col. Ed.Watkins, J.A.Caldwell, Frank Hutcheson. Prof. J.R Baylor and Dr.B.Travis.

The floral offerings were lavish and beautiful . Mrs. Shackleford's father John Cotton was of Virginia birth, her mother of Mississippi. Her husband was of French and Scottish descent. She was reared at Greenwood, the ....... home of her father, which was shelled during the Civil War, sending the family to seek refuge in Alabama and other parts of Mississippi.

In 1884 Judge and Mrs. Shackleford came to Chattanooga. Judge Shackleford died here, since that time Mrs. Shackleford and her family have resided in this city. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Louis St. Clair Colyar, her son Ernest and wife andd four grandchildren, Mrs. Josephine Colyar Jernigan, Miss Pauline Colyar, Mrs. Grace Shackleford Ellis, George Gordon Shhackleofrd- and two sisters, Mrs. Sidney Thomas of Birmingham, Alabama and Mrs. Medora Field of Mississippi.

The following beautiful tribute to Mrs. Shackleford is paid by Mrs. Mary Brobson Littleton, a warm personal friend of the deceased:

Mrs. Josephine Shackleford was a woman of rare and delightful personality, once known, never to be forgotten. In the winter of her days she preserved the youth of her spirit, entering into social events and domestic concerns, with vital interest and enthusiasm. No one could mistake her for other than a Southern lady of the old school, tenacious of early loyalties, true to the home ideals of the Old South, dedicated to duty, rewarded by the devotion of a daughter annd son-in-law and grandchildren who considered her first in all that pertained to the domestic circle.

Proud in the sense of noblesse oblige, exclusive, yes, very, without apologies, tenacious of social lines as well as by blood and breeding.

New friends were selected with studied dis......ation, but once her friend, she .....d them for the best and loved them to the end. Possessed of a vigorous mind, she was abreast of the times and all the pertained to literature and social lift. She was one in interest and enthusiasm with the youngest of her grandchildren, enjoying their honors and pleasures as much as they did. "Of classical scholarship, her nature and surroundings were dominated by the Greek love of beauty. Colyarton is an expression of her exquisite taste and unusual culture. There is not a fluted column, nor architectural line nor work of adornment that does not bear the impress of her selective judgement. Every memory of the spacious home, so often the scenes of beautiful hospitality, is filled with the warmth of her welcome and the charm of her distinguished conversation.:

The flower garden was all in all her care. Few there are of her friends who have not shared, through her generosity, in the gorgeous bloom of daisies and lilacs and lillies.

During her last illness, shadows of ..... the long ago draped her couch, from out of the past was a faithful colored servant, Aunt Mary, who had been with her since the infancy of her children and who came with her to Tennessee from Mississippi. She fell asleep gently as a child in its mother's arms and smiled in death as if she was confidently  awaiting the resurrection morning. Her death was in the winter time of her life. When her flowers too, were sleepinng and her going was like the passing ..... .... ...., its pioneer... ... ... ..... .... its honor ....

Mail Received: Feb. 9, 1999

Letter Written to Cousin Grace Ellis from Nora Shackleford (Grace is the daughter of Grace Shackleford Ellis)

No Date

Dear Grace,

Sometime ago I promised you I would try to arrange the material I had on the Shackleford family into some sort of a story that you might keep.

I had hoped that someday I could take a few months off in the winter and make the trip to Mississippi where I have many friends and while there try to run down the Cottons and Fergusons. That is another story on each and I know Mrs. Trenholm is capable of doing the work.

The old picture you have which is a copy of the painting comes from Josephine Cotton's mother's family and their home was in Edwards, Mississippi. That I have gleaned from Mrs. Stewart in Memphis. Aunt Maude knew so much but she is gone.

What I have given you is from my own study of the two genealogies Mr. Jones let me take-from some research of my own. I personally examined the first Virginia land grants in the reference library in Cleveland. How they have them  I don't know, unless old John D. Rockefeller's endowment broght them. It could be.

If Aunt Daisy had not written me something of the family when she accepted me into the fold-I could never have helped Mr. Jones as it was my lead on Philadelphia Ferguson that was the "Open Sesame" to a family he had vainly tried to find for years.

I did find a very old grant dated 1622 in Cleveland on one William Cotton who came to Virginia and also a grant to a Mr. Sorsby. I believe these are the beginnings of Bom's family. Was it not Sorsby-the name on the old print? You let me know.It is in this line you will find a DAR I believe and Mr. Jones says that Mr. James B. Shackleford, father of Emund did his part. Any service rendered the colonies is enough-it is not always an enlisted amn as some think. Let me have your reaction on this-iis it clear enough for you to understand? I will help you with it when I see you.

I reserved some gray leaves from your book to mount a picture of Colyarton on it. I can get the photos from the newspapers in Chattanooga and in their old files there are some exquisite pictures of the interior and write-ups about Winnie Davis. Josephine had all these in a scrapbook, Bom left and I hope she hasn't lost them.

Strangely enough-she asks me now for information for little Jo. I yet can't see how you all didn't car for records. as you see I even got cemetery and church records myself. Of course, I am pretty lax myself-I didn't have my own baptismal record-had to write to the church for it so I could get a passport. No denying who I am now for the old USA-get everything on a passport.

I will send you the birthdays etc. of all the Shackleford kiddies when I check there with Jane and we'll add another list soon. I am still hoping that the Gordons will send me the family tree from Cincinnati. Nellie Newton sad they had it.

Much love now for Merry X-mas.                                                                                                                       Devotedly, Aunt Nora  (Nora Fell Shackleford)

Feb. 11, 1999

I am finally going through My grandmother's research in earnest. She has a lot of info, especially on land and wills regarding Edmund Shackleford and his wife Philadelphia Ferguson.

I. think a lot of this may be helpful. IT sounds as if Judge George Washington Shackleford from Mississippi "was deposed to the military" after 1866 but have not found anything on him. I also wish I knew more about his wife Josephine Cotton. she was raised on a plantation called Greenwood outside Edwards Mississippi. Her Dad's name was John Cotton.

From Nora Shackleford as follows:


James Chamberlain- Polina Ferguson, July 31, 1806. A-32, NOTE: apparently Paulina Ferguson (Philadelphia Ferguson's mother) was married twice--William Ferguson and James Chamberlain and had children by each marriage. This is verified by her will below in which she lists children from both marriages.


Thomas Lovall and wife to Edmund Shackleford filed April 8, 1811

Thomas Lovall of the County of Jefferson, Mississippi Territory of one pa..and Edmund Shackleford of the County and Territory aforesaid of the other Deed to 136 acres and 50 chains in said county adjoining David Carradinne's land. B-1 pg 398.

Caleb Potter 35 ux to Edmund Shackleford both of Jefferson County, Mississsippi Territory for the som of 1500$. An original Spanish Grant to Anthony Hut....bearing date 1790 on the South fork of Coles Creek containing 146 acres. Filed for record March 1, 1813. C-1 pg. 12.

Edmund Shackleford of Jefferson County, State of Miss. to Fisk Y. McNeill of  Natchez, Miss. Sale of slaves. Recorded June 13, 1821. A, pg 182.

Edmund Shackleford to Prosper King et al, 270 acres, Spanish grant, lying 1 mile south of Greenville in the county of Jefferson, 300 acres 1 mile north of Greenville, also 50 acres granted by Spanish Govt to Wm. Ferguson deed, adjoining the tract of land on which Paulina Ferguson now resides, all 1 house and 12 lots in the town of Greenville, Also slaves, horses, mules, sheep, hogs, waggons, carts and crop of cotton and stock of leather, Incon. of the sum of 10,000$. Recorded September 5, 1822. C-238.

Edmund Shackleford and wife to F.B.Harrison. Edmund Shackleford and Philadelphia Shackleford, his wife, 40 1/2 acres in Jefferson Co., for 405$. recorded Dec. 23, 1822. A- 246.

John Burch and wife to Edmund Shackleford 70 acres adjoining Uniontown. Recorded Dec. 24, 1825. A- 436.

Alexander Callender to Edmund Shackleford, 297 acres on Coles Creek bound by lands of Harrison, Moore, Coleman. Dec. 24, 1825. A-436.

Washington Burch et ux to Edmund Shackleford, 94 acres part of land owned by William Ferguson, Spanish Grant. Dec. 24, 1825. A-436.

Thomas Hill to Edmund Shackleford land on Coles Creek. Jan. 7, 1826

Paulina Ferguson to Edmund Shackleford all dower or third of tract of land conveyed by Wm. Ferguson deceased husband to the trustees of Union Town. In the town and along Cowles Creek. April 6, 1821.

Wm. Ferguson to Edmund Shackleford. all right title and interest to the wi... tract of land. July 1, 1819. A-448.

Edmund Shackleford et ux to F.B.Harrison, 100 acres of land for the sum of 1000$. Oct. 16, 1826.

Edmund Shackleford and wife to James G. Harrison. Land in Jeff. Co., The Mar... Hackler Spanish Grant. Nov. 2, 1827. B-154.

Edmund Shackleford and wife to John Jones. Calendar Tract in Jefferson Co., State of Mississippi , Feb.23. 1826. B-207.

Articles of Agreement between Philadelphia Shackleford et als about the S.W. Corner of tract of land called the Ferguson Tract lying on the Waters of Coles Creek in the county of Jefferson, Granted to Wm. Ferguson, deed by Spanish Govt. March 20, 1836.

Philadelphia Shackleford to W. Ferriday of Adams County, Miss. All lands possessed by her on the S. side of Coles Creek, Union Town with exception of 85 acres on which she now resides allotted to her in the division of the real estate of her father, the late William Ferguson. May 23, 1837. C-56.

Cicero N. Stampley to George Washington Shackleford, July 6, 1860 Land 236 acres in Jefferson County known as the Collin Place abd china Grove.K-...

Wm. H. Fox et ux. to Geo.W.Shackleford, Deed to lots in town of Fayette,....

Geo.W. Shackleford and Josephine his wife to Thos.Shackleford of the County of Madison, Lots in town of Fayette, 1861. K-746.

Felix Walker to Mrs. Josephine Shackleford of Chattanooga,Tenn., New P....Plantation, 1888. CO-305.

Geo. W. Shackleford and Pauline Shackleford to Mary Truly. Deed to Lots...Fayette. II-1881. Last deed of George Washington Shackleford

Felix Walker to Josephine Shackleford. Land in Jefferson County 1885.


From Will of John Ferguson, Petit Gulph, Miss.

"First I give and bequeath unto my nephew John Ferguson Shackleford one.... of mercantile establishment in Petit Gulph and if he dies before he is 21, shall be divided between his brothers and sister---------------I appoint------- and Edmund Shackleford executors of my will." Sept. 20, 1820. A-65.

From Will of Paulina Ferguson.

"Second I give to my daughter Philadelphia Shackleford and her heirs the following slaves----------six negro slaves to my son, Thomas Jefferson Chamberlain----------to my son Lewis B.Chamberlain, slaves----------My son Samuel B. Ferguson 1000$."Oct.28, 1841. Probate Record D-475.

George Washington Shackleford, Judge of Probate from Jan. 4, 1859 to March 2, 1869, Probate Record, 1859, P-541.


Philadelphia Shackleford relinquishment of right of administrix on Estate of Edmund Shackleford her decd husband to Thos.A.Elam, Dec.18,1834.

K.Elam, James Payne and Wm. Ferriday make bond before Jno. M.Whitney, Judge of Probate, for Jefferson County to amount of $5000 as administrators of estate of Edmund Shackleford, deceased. Dec. 22, 1834. Drawer C-133.

Philadelphia Shackleford made bond for 1275$ as guardian of her son John Ferguson Shackleford, minor orphan, Dec.25,1835.

Philadelphia Shackleford sold timber and bark to Wm. Ferriday on the land of her son, John Ferguson Shackleford and being 85 acres lying on the water of Coles Creek in the county of Jefferson near Union Town used to complete his education at school in Kentucky(1835). La... a student at Oakland College, Rodney, Mississippi.

Philadelphia Shackleford, gdn. of John Ferguson Shackleford, minor, sold all of the said real estate of said John Ferguson Shackleford in Jefferson County to William Ferriday for 5140$ and invested the proceeds in the purchase of 1000 acres of land lying in Yaazoo County, Miss. to wit: S 1/2  of section 8 and S 1/2 of section 9 and SE 1/4 of section 9 abd NE 1/4 of section 17 and N 1/2 of W 1/2 of NW 1/4 of section 10 all in township 8, Range 44 West, Yazoo Co. November 27, 1837.

On the death of John Ferguson Shackleford in 1839 his mother Philadelphia Shackleford was released. Drawer C-152.

" I find no probate papers on Geo.W.Shackleford estate. Last mention of him in 1881. Only one item, the one enclosed on estate of Edmund Shackleford  per Helen Harper."


i. Thomas G. married Sarah T. Moore

ii.George Washington married Josephine Cotton

iii.Edmund Jr. (was in Ashley Co. Arkansas in 1850)

iv.John Ferguson never married, died while attending college in 1839.

I found from my grandmother's book the cause of deathof Edmund (married to Philadelphia Ferguson)

From the correspondence of Nora S. with T.K.Jones: " I was about to forget some data that came to me from Mrs. Helen B. Lindsey of Newport, Ky. It is as follows: Edmund Shackelford, of Jefferson County, Miss. died April 30, 1833 of cholera. From Kentucky Historical Register. He was a native of Virginia."

Feb. 23, 1999

I have some good news! My cousin in Chattanooga sent me more information on The Colyar Estate.Pauline Shackleford and Loius Colyar are the couple mentioned in the article. Pauline who was also called Daisy parents were Josephine Cotton and George Washington Shackleford. I will forward a copy of the home info when I get it transcribed.

Feb. 23, 1999

Also, I found a link even farther back on the Shacklefords by accident while looking through Mississippi history on the internet.I will give you the e-mail address to share with everyone. It is about the early settling of Misissippi and the Natchez trace. William Ferguson migrated from Virginia to Mississiipi in the later 1700's. His daughter Philadelphia Ferguson married Edmund Shackleford.

In the correspondence I sent you from my Grandma Nora Shackleford, she mentions in her letter that she gave TKJones information on the beginnings of the Ferguson family in Virigina. Is there any way to find out that information? I would like to trace them back to Scotland. Apparently, there was a Scottish settlement in Mississippi, but what I need is the link to Virginia. So far, I have not had any luck.

The e-mail address on William Ferguson is

It is exciting to know the house still stands. How hard it must have been, the Natchez Trace was plagued with robbers etc. and there was always the Indian threat! You can also find links to the history of the Natchez Trace as well.

Well, watch for the additional info later today. Thanks,


The following information was wriiten up in a book outlining the history of Chattanooga, the author is a friend of my first cousin Chrissy Shackleford.


"Along with the rise of the soda fountain and the automobile, some magnificent new homes were going up in Chattanooga during the early 1900's.

One of the city's most beautiful mansions was Colyarton on Missionary Ridge. It was started soon after 1900 by the L.S.Colyars. The couple had enjoyed their fine home on East Fourth Street, but Mrs. Colyar (Daisy Shackleford) wanted aresidence like those she grew up with in Mississippi.

She took an arcitect, a conntractor and a photographer to Natchez. Then her husband acquired a site on the ridge with a commanding view. A beautiful mansion in the Italian Renaissance style was palnned. Before it was comlpeted, Mrs. Colyar and her mother (Josephine Cotton Shackleford) went to Europe to select the furniture. The stairway was brought from Italy, and an artist came to paint the murals.

The completed Colyar showplace had thirty rooms, plus servants' quarters. Corinthian columns and marble floors extended around the entire house, except for the annex which contained the kitchen and pantries. The visitor approached the house through palms and exotic plants before reaching the door knocker, which once adorned a palace in Florence, Italy. A view could then be gained of the hhalls and staircase, as well as the carved mahogany tables and large porcelain and bronze vases. The staircase was of mahogany also, with lios depicted at the base. The staircase landing was 'large enough to accomodate and orchestra' and was lighted by three tall cathedral windows of cut crystal, set in copper. Also on the first floor were a Dutch breakfast room, a spacious library, a drawing room in Loius XV style with furniture in gold, and a state dining room with a Florentine ceiling and walls paneled in ivory. The bedrooms - each furnished with rare mahogany and rosewood and a private bathroom- were on the second floor. There were more bedrooms on the third floor, in addition to a ballroom and a billiard room.

Colyarton was one of Chattanooga's finest mansions, situated majestically on Missionary Ridge. It was built by the  L.S.Colyars, who entertained lavishly in the brief time they occupied the house. It was later a private sanitarium. A move to preserve the house in the 1950's was unsuceesful. Workmen quickly toppled the stately columns and wrecked the remainder of the splendid structure.


The L.S. Colyar home at 602 East Fourht Street also featured an elegant dining room. The sideboard, mantel,chairs and table were of solid natural oak, handsomely hand-carved. The tablecloth, which was a lovely piece of Persian art, came from Berlin, and the linnen separating the bay window was from Madagascar. The sideboard and mantel were covered with rare old china, glass and royal Dresden vases of antique design. The carpet was of a beautiful material that matched the walls and woodwork.

The rarest curiosity in the Colyar dining room was a large punch bowl of silver and gold inn mosaic representing a steeplechase. There was only one other like it in America. Another beautiful piece was a German beer mug and pitcher finished with a delicate workmanship. There was also a tea set from Algiers. The teapot, sugar bowl, cream pithcer, cups and saucers were silver engraved and were ornamented in an elegant style. They were set with torquoise and coral. On the spacious sideboard were utensils from the Medddditerranean used for serving oysters. They were situated by pretty little Dresden butter plates, hand-painted ice cream dishes with a portrait in the center of each, artistically-painted plates, rare cut glass over 100 years old, colorful tea plates, imported Japanese plates enameled in white and gold, tortoise shell nut plates from China and hundreds of other items of glass, china and silverware. Mrs. Colyar also owned a set of silver and gold spoons, with the image of a different Apostle and their name and a Bible verse engraved on each. A large picture of Jefferson Davis, taken a short time before his death, was displayed on the mantel. On all sides of the walls were beautiful pictures imported from different parts of the world. Mrs. Colyar was said to have the rarest collection of bric-a-brac in the South. A visitor could easily spend several days looking at the curiosities shae and her mother had gathered in the Old World.

The Colyars had moved to Chattanooga from Rising Fawn, Georgia, in Dade County, in the mid-1880's. Colyar operated a blast furnace at Rising Fawn, and he was also involved in mining at Attalla, Alabama and elsewhere.

Mrs. Colyar was the former Daisy Shackleford of Natchez, Mississippi.


"Diverting attention somewhat from the Spanish Conflict, a group of Chattanoogans determined that an elaborate "Spring Festival", complete with parades and pageantry, should be held in early May (1898), The idea of the festival was first suggested by Louis D. Wildman at a meeting of the Young Men's business League in 1897. Wildman was the owner of the Wildman One-Price Clothing Company at 809 Market Street. A group of leading businessmen met January 22, 1898, and endorsed the festival idea as a means of promoting Chattanooga and drawing visitors from area towns.

Accordingly, Baldur, the God of Spring, arrived by river on the morning of May 3 at the foot of Market Street. At the same time, Admiral George Dewey was facing the Spanish Armada. Baldur was greeted by a reception committee and an honor guard and was ushered onto a large float that already held eight men and four "fair young ladies." Then there was a grand "flower parade" with a crowd estimated at 75,000 lining Market Street and other downtown thoroughfares. It was "the most magnificent sight ever seen in the city or this section of the South."

Many of the town's most prominent citizens had spent weeks having their "traps" and landaus elaborately decorated in beautiful and original floral arrangements. Mrs. J.P.Pemberton had a double seat trap that featured white chrysanthemums, while E.G. Richmond's landau was adorned with deep violet and lavender morning glories. The high trap of Mrs. John T. Lupton was done entirely in violets. Blooded bays trotted in front of Mrs. L.S.Colyar's elegant landau, which was brightened by burnt orange and yellow chrysanthemums. The umbrellas in Mrs. J.Polk Smartt's trap matched the morning glories that clung to the sides of the vehicle.

Riding in a 'dainty little pony cart' were Burch Cooke Swaney (bearing the names of several of his illustroius Chattanooga antecedents), Frances Penelope Swaney and Florence Clift. The parade also included floats and queens from the various Chattanooga suburbs, as well as fire companies from many surrounding towns."

My mother finally sent me all my grandmother's stuff. In it, I found 2 4x4 pieces of note paper with the following info. I don't think it is related to us but I am sure someone will find it useful. It may not make complete sense but I am writing what is written.

(Method of Transporation)  From the Dept. of Archives and History Atlanta,Georgia

Executive Minutes, original books on file in this department, p.303 Nov.9 1801.

Governor filed the following passports.

"That passports through the Creek Nation to the settlements on the Lone(sp) and Don Bigby river(sp) be prepared for the following: Reuben Westmoreland and family, and John Shackleford which we represented and signed by the Governor.

p.28 Dec. 9, 1809

Ordered that passports be prepared for the folowing persons to travel through the Creek nations to for John Coyle, and one for Matthew Coyle and one for Nathan Shackleford, one for James Young and for Matthew Pearce which werre present and signed by the Governor."

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