Submitted by: Brenda Irby

My name is Brenda Irby and I live in Huntington, West Virginia. I am a first-generation West Virginian, however, so my Shackelford roots are not here, but in North Carolina.

This is my Shackelford line:

My great, great grandfather:

Jesse Bectin Shackelford, b. Nov. 17, 1823, in Greene County, NC., d. Oct. 28, 1892; married Lydia ? (b. 1829 d. Jan. 11, 1918).

Jesse was a preacher at the Harts Meeting House, now the Marlboro Freewill Baptist Church in Greene County, NC.

Jesse and Lydia had nine children.

My great grandfather: Benjamin Harvey Shackelford, b. March 5, 1871 in Greene County, NC; d. July 25, 1940 in Pitt County, NC; married Fanny Lee Carraway, b. Nov. 3, 1869 in Greene County, NC, d. Dec. 26, 1925 in Wilson County, NC.

Benjamin and Fanny had 5 children:

1. Verna Lee Shackelford, b. Jan. 13, 1894 in Greene County, NC; d. April 26, 1924 in Wilson County, NC; married Wiley Columbus Evans, b. Sept. 15, 1882 in Greene County, NC; d. March 1, 1947 in Wilson County, NC. He wasthe son of John Evans and Nancy Whitley Evans.

2. Effie Shackelford, b. 1896, d. Aug. 1966

3. Eliza Shackelford, b. 1898, d. April 28, 1976, m. T. R. Joyner, d. 1983.

4. Jesse Bectin Shackelford, b. 1900 d. Feb. 23, 1963, m. Julia Stroud (died Jan. 18, 1964)

5. John William Shackelford, b. 1902 d. May 18, 1977, m. Mandy Walston (b. Oct. 17, 1901, d. 1994)

My grandmother:

Verna Lee Shackelford and Wiley Columbus Evans had 6 children:

1.Douglas M. Evans, b. 1912, d. May, 1971 (buried in Arlington National Cemetery)

2.Lillian Evans, b. 1915, d. 1956, m. Lucien Bissette

3.Woodrow William Evans, b. July 1917, d. Dec. 14, 1985 in Charles Town, WV, m. Eva Gray

4.Milton Earl Evans, b. Aug. 8, 1919 in Wilson County, NC; m. Odella Fraley b. July 31, 1923 in Elliott County, KY. Both are still living.

5.Alton Jesse Evans, b. March 12, 1922, d. Sept. 7, 1924

6.Fanny Louise Evans, b. April 18, 1924, m. Willis Lee Joyner. Both are still living.

My father is Milton Evans.

Most of the information that I have here was given to my mother several years ago by one of my great-aunts before she died. If anyone on this list is connected to this Shackelford line and has additional information, I hope you will contact me.

More information Brenda has sent

Someone on another mailing list sent this to me and asked me to post it to this list, when he found out that I am researching the Shackelford name. I thought someone on this list might be interested, since it does have Shackelford (Shackleford) information. If you want to reply, you can email him at:  Toms Services  or you can reply to this list and I will forward it to him.  Brenda in WV

The following is an extracted copy of the family Bible of Mason and Margaret (Shelton ) Harding. My understanding is that this copy was made by Gordon E. Lyons of Kansas City, MO. The extracted copy was given to Charles Mallette of Houston, Texas, prior to Mr. Lyon's death in 1974. Mr. Mallette sent a copy of it to me, Tony Servies, of Greenback, TN in 1995.

All I have is a typed copy of the original. Since Mr. Lyons evidently extracted this data, I feel that he did not own the original. Due to the wealth of information that this Bible contains, I thought I'd pass it on to other researchers. I do not have a photocopy of the Bible, and in fact have no further information on it. I would like to locate the original version. If you know where it is, please let me know.

Notes: The extracted copy is a typewritten document. It is subdivided into five "pages" which identified the original page numbers in the Bible.

The data is separated into two columns, which I will designate as Column 1, Column 2 below. The original extractor must have had problems reading all of the data, since there are missing data identified by hyphens (---) and question marks (??). Apparently the Bible was illegible or barely legible.

I will faithfully reproduce all of the typewritten information, except portions that are denoted as strikeouts, since these were the typist's errors (as noted in a footnote). I do not have any information on the copyright date of the Bible, so I don't know if it was authentic or a recollection. My notations are identified with my initials (TLS:)

Page 677 Column 1


Lyda A Sarvis married April 9th 1815

Mason Harding was married the 28th day of April, 1811

Adah Harding was born the fifth of March 22, 1812 (TLS: "the fifth of" was evidently a transposition error from the following line)

Betsy Harding was born the fifth of December 1813

John Scot Harding was born March the eighteenth 1815

Jean Harding was born November the second 1817

Page 677 Column 2


Mason Harding, Sr. was born June 22th 18??

Sarah Harding was born Nov. the eighth 1820

Nancy Harding was born August the 1?, 1828?

William Daniel Harding was born March the 22th 1824

Mary Healean Harding was born April the sixteenth 1826

Perline Harding was born October 31, 1828/9

Page 678 Column 1


Simeon Shackleford son of John & Polly Shackleford Sept. 6, 1811

Emmeline Shackleford born January 9th 1813

???to third a daughter in August 19th 1814 d. 29th of same month

---able Shackleford born May 23rd 1816

William S. Playle son of Thomas-Lydia Playle born May the 2th 1816

James W. Playle born October the 30, 1818

John (or Ann? C. Playle born February 1th 1821

Anderson S. Playle born ------y 17th 1823

Page 678 Column 2


Edmond Reed Shackleford son of Harling and Nancy Shackleford born Oct 13th 1810

Martha Ann Shackleford born April 25 1812

Amelia Shackleford born February 18 1814

Thomas Jefferson Shackleford born April 4 1816

Thomas Playle the son of William and Clary Playle born April 24th 179?

Page 679 Column 1

(TLS: On this page, the Sarvis entries were typed in as "Jarvis" and then a letter "S" was handwritten over them).


Johnathan W. Sarvis son of William & Polly Sarvis born April 11 1798

Lyda A. Sarvis born January 11, 1800; Nancy G. Sarvis born September 25 1802

John A. Jarvis (TLS: This was not overwritten in the extracted copy -- it should have been) born July 22, 1803. Lucinda L. Sarvis born May 14 1806.

William A. Sarvis born April 11, 1808

Samuel H. Sarvis born February 14 181? George W. ? Sarvis Dec 18 1810

Henry M. Sarvis born Nov 30 1812

Julet E. G. Sarvis born January 17, 1817

Emily Finetta Sarvis born December 1th 1819

Madison Barzo (Barge?) the son of Voluntine & Polly Barzo born August the 17 1815

John? Barriger born Jan the 1st, 1797

Page 679 Column 2


John Barriger deceased Feb the 28 1814

Lydia Barriger deceased on the 20 of Nov 1819

Hickerson Barriger deceased on the 28th April 182-

Page 680 No Columns

Begins with the death of 2 Sarvis males 1826, a Wm. Playle d. 1815. An Elizabeth Hartley born June 13 1833 and a Mary Jane Hartley born February 1, 1835. Then it gives Margaret Harding mother of William D. died at 87 years 6/21/1869.

Page 681 No Columns

William D. Harding was married January the 24th 1850

James Clinton Harding was born December 28th 1850

Margaret Elizabeth Thornal was born March the 1 - 1847


If you use this information in your research, please include everything listed above this paragraph as your source document. I want future researchers to be able to know where it originated, how I came to be in possession of the extracted copy, and to understand the comments.

Tony Servies, 1236 Cloyd's Church Rd., Greenback, TN 37742, TLS@USIT.NET

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