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Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords

Editor: T. K. Jones 2306-8th St. Lubbock, Texas

$2.00 A Year Published Monthly 15c A Copy

Lubbock, Texas January 1957 Vol. 12. No. 9


Motto: A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors, are not likely to achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.



We are now going to discuss some of the descendants of Richard and Mary Ann Roberts Shackelford. This Richard was a son of Roger and Carey Baker-Shackelford. He was born in Virginia, probably Hanover County, December 14, 1750. Died in Madison County, Alabama, January 11, 1824. His wife was Mary Ann Roberts, whom he married in Virginia, probably in Halifax County. He left a will in Madison County, Alabama, dated December 29, 1823, just two weeks before he died, in which he made mention of nine children, but named only seven of them. (See your Shackelford Clan Magazine for April 1947).

His will has been published and much has been written about his descendants, but in this issue we are going to give you a little additional information, and see if some one can help us out on whom we have so little, including those elusive Mitchells.

When Richard Shackelford wrote his will the first legatee named was his son-in-law Isaac Mitchell, thus leading us to believe that his daughter -- wife of Isaac Mitchell, was desceased. He named the daughters and their husbands that are known to have been living at that time.

So from the will we do not know names of his daughters that married Isaac Mitchell and Abner Pyles,

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But he had a son Richard, Jr., born June 26, 1787, married Frances Arnold, later moved to Texas and died in Smith County, Texas, in 1868.

Richard, Jr. left an old Bible that contained the names of his own children, and several of the other Mitchell children. In 1942 this old Bible was in possession of Mrs Jean Rinehart, of Big Spring, Tex. Mrs Rinehart copied the records from that old Bible for us, but when she sent them to us she said that much of the writing, being so old, was very dim, and in a few cases almost completely obliterated. We mention this because of the slight discrepancy in one of the dates that we shall mention.

According to that old Bible the following children were children of Isaac and Sally Mitchell. So by this we learn the name of the wife of Isaac Mitchell. Their five children, as follows:

Frances----------------(born January 28, 1793)

Mary-------------------(born September 6, 1794)

Richard Shackelford----(born January 26, 1796)

Daniel------------------(born January 20, 1798)

Isaac-------------------(born June 25, 1802)

Since Richard Shackelford, Sr., and Richard, Jr., were both living in Laurens County, S. C., in 1802, it is reasonable to assume that Isaac Mitchell was living in the or near the same place. It also appears reasonable to assume that Isaac Mitchell left there soon after 1802, or that his wife died soon after that date, or there would have been other children born and recorded in the same Bible.

Records of Madison County, Alabama, show that he, Isaac Mitchell, went to that County. But there is nothing to show that he died there. Other descendants claim that the Mitchells moved to Texas, but we have never located them. Therefore any information of descendants of the above named Mitchell children would be greatly appreciated.

We have recently received records from Madison Co., Alabama, of one Richard Mitchell. These records show a slight discrepancy in the birth date of the Richard Shackelford Mitchell mentioned above, and this

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Richard. We will herein give you the family record of the Richard Mitchell that remained in Madison County, Alabama; and should any one be able to confirm the fact that he was a son of Isaac, or not a son of Isaac, we shall be forever grateful. His family is as follows:

Richard Mitchell was born, place not shown, January 21, 1796, date of his death is not shown. And it will be noted that this Richard was born January 21st, while the known son of Isaac was born, as we have it, January 26, both dates being in the same month and year. And as the old Bible was so old and the writing so dim, we feel it safe to assume that they are one and the same person.

This Richard Mitchell married Mary (Polly) Stone, August 17, 1815. She was born November 4, 1797. Date of death not shown. They had ten children, as follows:

Eli-----------------(born June 18, 1816)

Sarah--------------(born August 5, 1818)

Isaac--------------(born October 8, 1820)

Prisilah------------(born June 21, 1823)

Margaret----------(born November 5, 1825)

Everline------------(born February 29, 1828)

Anner--------------(born September 18, 1830)

Mary C.-----------(born March 5, 1833)

Andrew J.---------(born March 5, 1836)

James M.----------(born July 5, 1839)

Of the above children we find that Everline (Eveline) Mitchell married Crusen Snyder. And Anner (Anna) Mitchell married Hezekiah Ford.

One Margaret Mitchell, parentage not shown, married Josiah Miller, August 12, 1819.

Other Mitchell marriages in Madison County, Alabama, as follows:

Daniel Mitchell married Ruth Malot Young, February 14, 1820.

Archibald Mitchell married Amy Robinson, November 9, 1820.

Jeremiah Murphy married Nancy Mitchell, April 23, 1821.

James Mitchell married Matilda Baker, December 20, 1821.

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J. J. Bain married Sally Mitchell, August 15, 1822. Michael Mason, M. G.

John N. Mitchell married Sarah Hutchinson, October 7, 1825.

Benjamin F. Clark married Polly Mitchell, June 10, 1824. Solemnized by Z. W. Baker, minister.

William Mitchell married Deborah Dickson, January 4, 1827. Solemnized by Thomas M. King.

Isaac Mitchell, Sr. was evidently the son-in-law of Richard Shackelford, and he appears to have married a second time, as we find one Isaac Mitchell, Sr. with a wife named Martha (Patsy). He was in Madison County, Alabama, as late as 1829.

What became of him and others of his descendants is information greatly to be desired.

Richard and Mary Ann Roberts-Shackelford had another daughter named in his will as Margaret, wife of John Cook.

And we have very little information of the Cook family, therefore would be grateful for anything additional.

John Cook was known as Major John Cook, and records of Madison County, Alabama, show that he died July 8, 1822. And from the deeds and settlement of his estate we find that John and Margaret Shackelford-Cook had the following children:

Emily----------(married Calvin Shackelford (cousins))

Margaret------(married James Harrison ??)

Isaac----------(married Mary Ann ??)

Clayton--------(married Telitha or Tabitha)

Mary Ann-----(married ??)

John B.--------(married ??)

Elizabeth-------(married Alfred Hathcock)

Our records show that John and Margaret Cook had a daughter Margaret that married James Harrison, but this is questionable, as she does not show up in the division of John's estate.

Margaret Shackelford-Cook married for her second husband -- John Hathcock. We have no record of any children being born to that union.

We will be grateful for any and all additional information of the Major John Cook family.

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Richard and Mary Ann Roberts-Shackelford had a daughter named Frances, whom he mentioned as second legatee in his will, as Frances Landrum, wife of John Landrum.

The Landrum family remained in South Carolina, and we have previously mentioned them in the magazine, but for the benefit of those from whom we have recently received inquiries, we herewith give you a copy of John Landrum's will and family.

Rev. John Landrum was born in Chatham County, N. C., May 10, 1765. He died in Edgefield County, S. C., December 24, 1847. He married Frances, second daughter of Richard and Mary Ann Roberts-Shackelford. We do not have her birth or death date, nor do we have the date of their marriage. In his will he mentions only seven children, but our records show them to have had ten children, as follows:

Lucinda W.------------(married Winburn Asa Lawton)

Elizabeth C.------------(married Major John Swearingen)

Rebecca S.------------(married Allen Bartlett Mims)

Dr John J.--------------(married Margaret Lucretia Smyly)

Mary S.----------------(married Lewis Miles)

Narcissa----------------(no other records)

Nancy------------------(no other records)

Harriet B.---------------(married Aquilla Miles)

Benjamin Franklin-------(married Rebecca Miles)

George------------------(drowned in childhood)

From the above it would appear that the Landrum children were right fond of the Miles family.


I, John Landrum, Sr., of Edgefield, S. C., being in good health and sound disposing mind, knowing the uncertainty of life, feel desirous of disposing of the property which the Lord has helped me with, to give and bequeath it in the manner following, towit:

First: It is my will and desire that such property as I have already given off to my children, remain theirs, to them and their children, forever, it being as just a division as I can make, with the exception of the part given to my daughter -- Rebecca S. Mims, whom I intended to give on[e] hun-

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dred dollars more, and should I not be able to give her the one hundred dollars during my life, it is my will that my executors pay to her trustee the said amount before my estate is divided between my heirs.

Secondly: It is my will that each of my lawful heirs, at my death, shall share my property that then shall remain, equally between them, with this special condition -- That my sons have their property in fee simple, and that my son J. Landrum receive such property as may fall to the share of my daughter -- Elizabeth C. Swearingen and my daughter -- Harriet B. Miles children, in trust for them. It is expressively my desire that such property as they receive from my estate be not subject to their husband's debts, but the support of the whole family.

Thirdly: It is my will that the portion of my estate that is to be for the support of my daughter -- Rebecca S. Mims, be given in trust to Mr. John Swearingen, and not subject to her husband's debts, but for the support of the whole family.

Fourthly: It is my will and desire that such property as falls to the share of my daughter -- Lucinda W. Lawton, be given in trust to my friend Alex J. Lawton, for the support of herself and family, and not subject to her husband's debts.

Fifthly: It is my will and desire that such property as falls to the share of my daughter -- Mary S. Miles, be given to my son -- B. Franklin Landrum, in trust, for the support of herself and family, and not subject to her husband's debts.

Sixth: It is my will that if my son B. Franklin Landrum shall pay into the hands of my executors, in cash, one dollar per acre for a tract of land between Wolf Branch of Bear Creek, the creek and the original line as surveyed by Buchhalter, containing about three hundred acres, they make him a lawful title to the same.

Seventh: I hereby nominate and appoint my son John J. Landrum and John Swearingen, my executors to this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others; as witness my hand and seal this January,

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thirteenth eighteen hundred and forty three, in the sixty seventh year of American Independence.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Lewis Clark, Thomas Morris, and Benjamin P. Lockwood.

Sig -- John X (his mark) Landrum.

Recorded December 19, 1843.

Will Book D, page 303, Edgefield, S. C.

Of the above children we have more or less data on two or three of them. The Lawton family appears to have remained in South Carolina.

John Swearingen is said to have moved to Russell County, Alabama. Also Allen Bartlett Mims.

The Lewis Miles family is said to have moved to Chatham County, Georgia.

We have never learned what became of the Aquilla Miles family. Benjamin Franklin Landrum, our records show, remained in South Carolina.

Anything additional on any of the John Landrum - Frances Shackelford descendants will be greatly appreciated.


"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man" -- Bacon


We won't have the space to bring you up todate on the family news in this issue, but as the February number will accompany this one, we will give you what we can and the balance next month.

A buxom little daughter arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs Clyde and Sarah Maud Lewis-Maness, of Jackson, Tenn., October 19, 1956. She will bear the name of Jimmie Kay. Maternal grandmother is Mrs Ada Shackelford-Lewis, also of Jackson, Tenn.

Then our good friends Mr and Mrs J. R. Johnson, Sr., of Lexington, Ky., report the arrival of a new grand daughter, the little lady to be known as Karen Lee, arrived at the home of Rev. and Mrs J. R. Johnson, Jr., of Louisville, Ky., December 4, 1956.

So in order to even up the score old Dock Stork stopped at the home of Mr and Mrs Glavis and Betty

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Jane Lewis-Wood, of Lexington, Tenn., and delivered twin sons, the lusty little gentlemen to be known as Barry and Larry. The date was December 6, 1956.

Congratulations and best wishes to all.

No marriages were reported since our last issue, but we do have two deaths, one of them a very sad affair.

W. M. (Tommy) Shackelford, age 49 years, of Mercer County, Kentucky, died in the Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg, Ky., December 21, 1956, after a long illness. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, one brother, two sisters, and two grand children.

We cannot identify the last named Mr Tommy Shackelford, so would be grateful for information of his branch of the family.

Little Stanley, six months old son of Mr and Mrs Thomas and Eddie May Sego-Todd, of Lexington, Tenn., died December 23, 1956. Cause not stated, they found him dead in bed on that date.

And on behalf [of] the entire Clan we extend our deepest sympathy and profound regrets.


We wish to thank the following persons for additional data sent in since our last issue: Mr Read H. Putnam, of Evanston, Wyoming; Mr J. R. Johnson, of Lexington, Ky.; Mrs H. C. Jones, of New Market, Ala.; Mr M. T. Shackelford, of Cisne, Ill.; Mr S. D. Breeding, of Austin, Texas; Mrs William M. Brown, of Versailles, Ky.; and it would require an entire issue of the magazine to amply thank Miss Mildred Murphy, and particularly Mr John F. Morrison, Jr., for an entire book of records that he sent in. Mr Morrison, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Miss Murphy, of Los Angles, Calif.

A new Genealogical Quarterly is now being published in Memphis, Tenn., title of which is "Ansearchin' News." We had never heard of them, but some way they obtained our address and in the last issue gave us a nice plug. For which we are grateful. Any one interested in information from Memphis, Tenn., or Shelby County, give them a trial.

Until next month, Adios -- The Editor.

Transcribed by Stephen William Shackelford, August 15, 1998 - Austin, Texas.


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