Submitted by: Diane Shackelford            Sep 25, 1998

I'm writing to you in hopes that someone out there can help me out. I have been searching for the father of John M. Shackelford b.1806 in Ky for a Long time. I think I might have found him, but need verification.

In the February 1957 issue of the Shackelford Clan Magazine there is information about Capt. James Shackelford being in the war of 1812, living in Casey County, KY. I checked my CD Census Bundle and found this James in the 1810 census. There was a male under the age of five, which Could be our John. The one thing that really got me excited is the fact that James was a farmer and gunsmith at the time he enlisted in the war of 1812. My husband inherited a Kentucky Longrifle that was made by his ggg-grandfather, and has the initials JS inlaid in the stock with silver.

If anyone has ANY information about the children of Capt. James Shackelford, I hope they will get in touch with me. Thanks a million!!!

Update Jan 12, 1999

HELP!!! John M. Shackelford was born in 1806 in Kentucky. He married Mary Martin. They are found in the 1850 MO census, living in Gentry County. Mary was 22 years younger than John. Our huge problem is finding out who John's parents were. With all the Shackelfords out there, you would think that someone has this name, not knowing a whole lot about him.

John was a farmer. He moved his family to Iowa just before the Civil War and that is where he died. He had three sons, James William, Louis (Lewis) and Lincoln. James William was born in 1854, Gentry County, MO. James built the Shackelford Brick Yard in Des Moines, which he operated until it burned to the ground. Most of the streets and sidewalks in Des Moines were paved with Shackelford brick.

The family has possession of a Kentucky Longrifle that we believe was made by either John or his father. The initials JS, made of silver, are inlaid in the stock.

Both John and Mary are buried in the Rising Sun Cem. just outside of Des Moines, IA. We were hoping to get more info. on them from the cem. records. Unfortunately, all of the records prior to 1933 were burned.

Any ideas on where else to look for this couple? Any and ALL suggestions and help would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks,


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