Submitted by: Diane Miller   dianermiller @                      Mon Sep 28, 1998             Address updated December 22, 2006

I am searching for info on Melissa Shackelford born 1862 Ark. She married L.C.Estes (my ggg-grandfather) in Dallas Co. Tx. in Sept. 1875.

They are shown on the 1880 Hill Co. Tx census with three children:

Ann 3yrs,

Florence 2yrs,

Thomas 5mos.

Melissa stated that her parents were from Arkansas. She was only 15 when she had her first child so I feel that she must have come from Arkansas with her parents. I would appreciate any help.

More information sent from Diane

Patricia, thank you so much for adding me to your list. I have a certified copy of the marriage certificate of L.C. Estes and Melissa J.(Malissa) Shackleford m: 2 Sept 1875, Dallas Co.Tx. Vol.E pg 234 Marriages Records of Dallas Co. Tx. You are welcome to add it your marriage list if you would like. You need one from Texas anyway.

Did you know that there was a Capt. Shackelford at the Fannin Massacre, Battle of Goliad that actually survived, there was another Shackelford that did not. I have names and documentation if you are ever interested. As a matter of fact I have not been researching Shackelford long but I do have an assortment of Shackleford data, mostly Texas with some Arkansas, Missouri and Illnios if anyone is ever interested. Thanks again, Diane Miller

Joseph Estis to Anna Shackelford   Dallas Co. TX -- 26-July-1874

Andrew Jackson Estes to Sarah William Shackelford--unknown--probably about 1870's

Feb 23, 1999

My gg grandfather Leonard C. Estes married Melissa J. Shackelford in Dallas Co. 1875. In my search to find Estes data in Mississippi. I ran across alot of Shackelford data that I have no idea if I will ever need until I identify Melissa's parents. I decided to pass it along in hopes that it will be of value to some Shackelford researcher.

Data obtained from a USGENWEB/MS search on Shackelford

Rucker Cemetery, Tippah Co., MS


** Shackelford, Annie L.               5/14/1889 7/26/1889 dau. of S.G. and S. A.

Shackelford, Joseph L.            12/23/1890 10/03/1861

Shackelford, Joseph Samuel    6/25/1975 age 53 years

Shackelford, Lillian J.               4/02/1896 wife of T.M.

Shackelford, Ruby M.             2/18/1891 wife of J.L.

** Shackelford, S. A.                 10/25/1863 7/31/1922 (appears she was Sallie Morton married Dec 29, 1886 in Tippah Co., MS listed below)

(Donnie Shackleford# 47 has her name as Sallie A. Morton Shackelford)

** Shackelford, S. G.                    2/23/1856 5/15/1906 husband of S. A. (appears his marriage is listed in Tippah Co. below) (Donnie Shackleford# 47 has his name as  Samuel Gibson Shackelford)

Shackelford, Sammie G.          3/08/1885 8/02/1885 son of S.G. and S. A.

Shackelford, Terry M.            6/23/1893 12/03/1962

Tippah County MS, Marriages

** SHACKELFORD, A E  to ANDERSON, W W                           1871    3 184 B

(Mary Ann Elizabeth Shackeford & William Walter Anderson) (sister to John Henry , Catherine, Sarah & Georgia Shackelford)

** SHACKELFORD, Anna  to COVINGTON, Walter              Dec 30 1886    4 419 B

(Georgia Ann Shackelford & Walter Covington) (brother to Mary Lou Covington) (Georgia sister to John Henry, Catherine Sarah & Mary Ann Shackelford)

** SHACKELFORD, C D  to TIGERT, D T                                Sep 18 1884     4 214 B

(Catherine Caldonia Shackelford & David T. Tigret) (sister to John Henry, Georgia , Sarah & Mary Ann Shackelford)

SHACKELFORD, George to  DANIEL, L J                                        1871    3 184 G

** SHACKELFORD, J H to   COVINGTON, Mary Lou             Feb 14 1889   5 155 G

(John Henry Shackelford & Mary Lou Covington) (sister to Walter Covington) (John brother to Georgia, Catherine, Sarah & Mary Shackelford)

SHACKELFORD, Mary Lou  to BONE, Rev W D                Dec 15 1892   6 60 B

** SHACKELFORD, S G to   MORTON, Sallie                          Dec 29 1886   4 414 G  (they are listed in the Rucker Cemetery above)

** SHACKELFORD, Sallie A J  to MARTIN, J D                       Oct 23 1884   4 217 B

(Sarah Adeline Jones Shackelford & James Dixie Martin) (sister to John Henry, Georgia , Georgia & Mary Ann Shackelford)

SHACKELFORD, Wm  to ATKINS, Rebecca M                   Oct 14 1858   1 19 G

Pontotoc, MS 1850 Federal Census

18 1980 1980 SHACKELFORD S W                          60 M JAILER  700 VA

19 1980 1980 SHACKELFORD COURTNAYE        40 F VA

20 1980 1980 SHACKELFORD ROBERT                 33 M PRODUCE DEALER VA

21 1980 1980 SHACKELFORD RICHARD              28 M PRINTER VA

22 1980 1980 SHACKELFORD JOSEPHUS             20 M FARMER VA


24 1980 1980 STONE SEFRIDGE                              45 M WAGONER

Clear Creek Cemetery, Tippah Co., MS

Shackelford, J. H., Rev.                    7/11/1890     29 yr. 10m 20d

Shackelford, J. P.                              5/15/1909  - 1/24/1911


Shackelford, Joseph J.                    3/14/1822  - 6/17/1906

Shackelford, M. B.                           3/26/1881 -   2/22/1910

Shackelford, Sarah J.                       8/22/1835 -   1/28/1891

Ashland Cemetery Est. 1871

Sherrell, Polly Shackelford            09-27-1916 - 02-08-1997

Two Double Markers/with 09-27-1917 - 02-09-1997 in the middle of the Marker. Marker Has Shackelford on both sides with out names. The Marker behind this one has on it/Joseph Arnold

Shackelford                                      03-04-1878 - 10-04-1962

Shackelford, Daisy Brunson          02-12-1882 - 09-26-192?

Shackelford, Alice Brunson           11-22-1880 - 01-07-1960

Shackelford, Charles Arthur           03-04-1873 - 03-15-1966

Pine Grove Cemetery, Tippah Co., MS

Shackelford, Annie Liza                   2/15/1903  - 10/12/1990 wife of T.W.

Shackelford, Elizabeth                      2/20/1942 (was not listed as birth or death date)

Shackelford, James J.                      12/06/1937 -   1/27/1994

Shackelford, Thomas W.                11/25/1905  - 1/09/1985

Charleston Cemetery North East Ward

Charleston Cemetery is located at Charleston Mississippi: Indexed by Nick Denley. Nick is Chancery Clerk of Tallahatchie County Mississippi.


Shackelford, Elwyn R.                   03-03-1924 - 12-11-1995

Shackelford, Marie L.                    07-30-1903 (was not listed as birth or death)

Shackelford, Ryan Brunson         04-07-1901 - 12-30-1950

Paynes Chapel Cemetery, Tippah Co., MS

** Shackelford, Fannie Viola             2/14/1883  - 5/01/1966 wife of J.J.

** Shackelford, J. J.                            6/10/1874 -   12/13/1937

** Shackelford, Ruby Jane                9/02/1918 -   8/09/1919 dau. of J.J. and F.V.

Dec 26, 1998

In my search to find the identity of the parents of my gg grandfather, Leonard Core Estes and his wife (my gg grandmother) Melissa (Malissa) J. Shackelford, I have found three Estes/Shackelford marriages.

Joseph Estis to Anna Shackelford -- Dallas Co. TX -- 26-July-1974

** L.C Estes to Melissa J. Shackelford--Dallas Co. TX--3-Sept-1875 (L.C is Leonard C. Estes)

Andrew Jackson Estes to Sarah William Shackelford--unknown--probably about 1870's.

Any info about these three Shackelford women would be appreciated.

Question: I have been working in genealogy less than a year and could use some advice. It is reasonable to think there may be a connection between 2 or more of these couples or is just one of those flukes of fate in genelogy research?  Thanks for any and all help.  Diane Miller

Posted: January 10, 2000

When I first started researching my gggrandmother, Melissa J. Shackelford, I read on a web page (I believe it was in Tenn.) that the Shacklefords settled on Core Creek named for the Coree Indians. I did not note the page and now I can't find it. My gggrandfather was named Leonard Core Estes, he married Melissa. Does any one have any information about the Shacklefords and Core Creek?

Link to Texas Handbook Online posted by Diane Miller   January 10, 2000  

(Patricia Viellenave notes: ** & underlined means I have entered the information into my data base, ( ) in means these are my remarks)

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