Posted By:Mary K. Johnson
Subject:Re: Shackleford and Harriet Cordin, 1856
Post Date:February 27, 2001 at 19:42:29
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Forum:Oktibbeha County, MS Genealogy Forum
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Thank you for replying to my message! I don't know Harriet's maiden name, but Shackleford was her second husband. She was originally married to James H. Spencer. She, James, and daughter Mary (age 1) are listed on the 1850 Winston, MS census. I am connected to the Spencers. James is also listed as the head of the house on the 1853 Winston, MS census (lists head of house's name only). Then in 1856, Harriet and Shackleford Cordin are fighting to maintain guardianship of Harriet's Spencer children. Apparently the Cordin's were having problems retaining their bond. Don't understand all the issues with that, and I haven't been fortunate enough to read the actual probate court records yet. The original records were said to have burned in 1880 in a courthouse fire, but somehow the LDS church microfilmed them. (I actually had the county clerk in MS suggest that maybe the church microfilmed them BEFORE the fire. Yeah right...)

Anyway, the Cordin family is on the 1860 Oktibbeha, MS census (household 208):

Cardine, S. W. - age 38, H-Carpenter, value = 184, born in AL
Cardine,Harriett - age 26, born in SC
Cardine, Mary - age 3, born in MS
Cardine, David - age 8/12, born in MS
Spencer, John - age 8, in school, born in MS
Spencer, Susan - age 5, born in MS

(note: Mary from the 1850 census was not listed with Harriet in the 1860 census.)

Then what is weird, is that in household 263, William F. Yeager is listed as Guardian of the minor heirs of James H. Spencer. It does not specifically name these heirs, but I am assuming they are John and Susan.

So what I think happened is that James H. Spencer died between 1853 and 1855 (no tomb exists in Oktibbeha or Winston counties), and that Harriet remarried to Shackleford Cardine/Cardin/Cordin about 1856. I cannot prove this, of course, because the marriage records from that time burned in June 1880. Also the probate records (except the ones the LDS church microfilmed and the county clerks know nothing about) burned too. The land deeds survived, but no deeds for James H. Spencer are listed past about 1852.

I really don't know anything else about these Cardine/Cordins. I hope the 1860 census info helped you somewhat. Please let me know if any of this rings a bell for you, because I would like to know what finally happened to the Spencer kids. It seems they vanished off the face of the earth. By the way, the Spencers were from Pickens and Sumter Counties in Alabama. James' aunts/uncles/grandfather are listed on the 1850 Pickens, AL census.

Good luck in your research!
Mary K. Johnson