This is what I know of Jeremiah and his children. I do have more on his children, who they married, their children, etc and will post later.
JEREMIAH SHACKELFORD was born Abt. 1773 in Culpepper County, Virginia and died 1858 in Shelby County, Kentucky. He married (1) SARAH "SALLY" SHACKELFORD February 22, 1802 in Shelby County, Kentucky, daughter of JOHN SHACKELFORD and MANNAH (UNKNOWN). She was born Unknown in ?, and died Abt. 1820 in Shelby County, Kentucky. He married (2) MARY MATTHEWS November 02, 1821 in Shelby County, Kentucky, daughter of BRADLEY MATHEWS. She was born Unknown in ?, and died December 1865 in Shelby County, Kentucky.
Notes for JEREMIAH SHACKELFORD:
I, Jeremiah Shackelford, do devise my whole estate to my wife, and give her power to dispose of it, except my slaves.
At the death of my wife all estate, real and personal, left by her, to be sold by my esecutors, and out of the proceeds transportation of all my servants to Liberia, and their support for six months, six months after they get there. I emancipate all my slaves and their future increase.
Remainder of proceeds of sale of my entire estate, with my debts due, or credits due, after paying my just debts, I dispose of as follows:
First: I give to my daughter&endash;Sarah Durbin, wife of Thomas Durbin, of Hardin County, $300.00. (Three hundred dollars) in full of all she may have of my estate; I having given her more heretofore than any other child.
Second: The rest and residue to be divided into three equal parts, I devise one third to my daughter&endash;Maria Park, of Hardin County; one third to the children of my deceased daughter&endash;Elizabeth Williamson, and one third to the children of my deceased son&endash;John Shackelford.
If any of my servants prefer going to Ohio, or any other part of the United States, in that case only a sufficient outfit to take them there to such a place.
I appoint my wife&endash;Mary Shackelford, Absalom Matthews and Martin D. McHenry, executors. Neither being required to give bond or security.
M. D. McHenry, James McHenry, and E. B. Williams, witnesses.
Dated May, 27, 1856, and recorded in Will Book 26, pages 530/31, Shelby County, Kentucky.
Probated September 1859.
The following notes can be found in several issues of The Shackelford Clan Magazine 1945-1957, by Thomas Kelly Jones.
December 1946: "The following men were in Shelby County, Ky., 1820: Sterling, Jeremiah, John, and Hiram Shackelford. All of them were between 45 and 60 years of age, all married and with families."
September 1947: "But we found in the tax lists of Shelby County, the following:: John, Sr, John, Jr, Robert, Jeremiah, and Sterling Shackelford, all in Shelby County, as early as 1805, some as early as 1800."
June 1950: "In 1803 Jeremiah and Sterling Shackelford appeared in Shelby County. Marriage records show that Jeremiah, son of John and Ann Shackelford, married for his first wife -- Sarah (Sally) Shackelford, also daughter of a John Shackelford, February 22, 1802."
June 1951: "In your Clan Magazine for December 1947, pages 2 and 3, will be found the Will of another John Shackelford, whose wife at that time was Agnes. And among his several children was a daughter Sarah, who was then deceased. The first mentioned John died 1819, in Shelby County, Ky. The last mentioned John died 1828, in Hardin County, Ky. Both of the above mentioned Johns lived at one time in Shelby County, where Jeremiah, son of John and Anne, married Sarah, daughter of the other John, February 22nd, 1802."
Jeremiah Shackelford, son of John and Anne White-Shackelford was born in Culpepper County, Virginia about 1773 and moved to Kentucky with his parents. It was in Shelby County, Kentucky that Jeremiah first married. His first marriage was to another Shackelford, daughter of John Shackelford and Agnes Withers "John, father of Sarah, is said to have married three times. We have never found but one marriage record for him, and that was when he married Agnes Withers, February 20th, 1819, in Hardin County, Ky." Sarah died prior to 1821 and Jeremiah then married Mary Mathews, a daughter of Jonathan Mathews. Even though Jeremiah died in 1858, his Estate Settlement was completed on January 01, 1866, at which time his wife, Mary was desceased. The amount of his settlement "W.P. Zeaman Distributor: administered by Levi Williamson was for $6,494.26.
Additional records can be found on Jeremiah as a witness on the Marriage Bond of America White Shackelford, his sister, to Harvey Sloan on December 07, 1832.
After many years of tracking the descendants of the descendants of John and Anne White-Shackelford, none seem come close to the confusion as to the family and descendants of Jeremiah. Jeremiah's first wife as mentioned was Sarah "Sally" Shackelford, daughter of another John Shackelford and his first wife Mannah. Their is no doubt these two Shackelford families were related and as consequence Jeremiah and Sarah were cousins. After Sarah died, Jeremiah married Mary Matthews, a daughter of Bradley Matthews. Mary's brother, Jonathan Matthews, married Susan Ballard, who was a sister of James Ballard. James Ballard married Elizabeth "Eliza" Betsy Shackelford who was a sister of Jeremiah. The father of James Ballard was Bland Williams Ballard who married for his third wife, Diana Mathews. Diana Matthews was a sister of Mary Mathews, Jeremiah's second wife. Elizabeth Ann Shackelford, daughter of Jeremiah and his first wife Sarah married Levi Williamson I. Levi had a brother by the name of Bland H. Williamson and Bland married Elizabeth Anne Ballard, a daughter of James Ballard and his wife, Elizabeth "Eliza" Betsy Shackelford, the sister of Jeremiah. Even more on Bland Williams Ballard, his first wife was Elizabeth Ann Williamson. Elizabeth was a brother of John Williamson II, the father of Levi who married Elizabeth Ann Shackelford, daughter of Jeremiah.
In tracing the descendants of Jeremiah I have found some interesting biographies of those connected in some way to his children's ancestors, such as the case of his daughter Elizabeth Ann Shackelford-Williamson. As mentioned she married Levi and the various family webs are in the previous paragraph. The father of Levi was John Williamson II, the following is a short biography.
"John Williamson was taken captive by Indians when only eleven years of age; he remained with them 4 years and was bought by some fur traders coming from Monongehela to Louisville for 24 gallons of whiskey. At the time he was taken his father and brother, James, were both killed at Lyons Station, 8 miles east of Louisville. After his escape from the Indians he sent several scouts after them and several companies under Gen. Anthony Wayne; he was one of the spies that brought on the engagement that was fought on the 20th of August,1794, on the Maumee River; in 1812 he volunteered again, was promoted to Captain and was in the Battle of the River Raisin, 1813, was recaptured by the Indians, taken to Detroit and burned at the stake. His family resided in Shelby County, Kentucky."
More About JEREMIAH SHACKELFORD:
Burial: 1858, Shelby County, Kentucky
Notes for SARAH "SALLY" SHACKELFORD:
In the Shackelford Clan Magazine for December 1947, you can find the Will of another John Shackelford, whose wife at that time was Agnes. (Agnes Withers) And among his several children was a daughter Sarah, who was then deceased. The first mentioned John died 1819, in Shelby County, Ky. The last mentioned John died 1828, in Hardin County, Ky. "John, father of Sarah, is said to have married three times. We have never found but one marriage record for him, and that was when he married Agnes Withers, February 20th, 1819, in Hardin County, Ky. But we know that he had been married prior to then. " Agnes was not the mother of Sarah Shackelford, she was most likely the daughter of John's first marriage, whose name is unknown but believed to be Mannah (unknown).
The following is the Will and Testament of John Shackelford, father of Sarah Shackelford.
WILL OF JOHN SHACKELFORD, SR.
In the name of God, Amen: I, John Shackelford, Sr., of Hardin County, Kentucky, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and ordain this as my last Will and Testament.
First: I recommend my soul to Almighty God, and desire my body to be interred in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors.
I will and direct that all of my just debts and special charges against me, usually paid.
I will and bequeath to my beloved wife -- Agnes Shackelford, during her natural life or widowhood, the tract of land and farm that I now live on, and the tract adjoining, which I purchased of Joseph Van Meter; also my negro man -- Joe, together with all my household furniture, farming utensils of every kind, my gig, or two wheeler car, my wagon, wheat fan, grindstone, and carpenter tools, five horses, the choice of all I may have at my death, together with all my stock of cattle, hogs, sheep and domestic animals not above mentioned. And at the death of my wife -- Agnes Shackelford, or in the event of her marriage, at the happening of either of these events, I will and bequeath unto my son -- William Scott Young Shackelford, and my daughter -- Judith Maria Shackelford, the above named tracts of land, all the land I may die seized of or possessed of, to them and their heirs forever; and all the stock, farming utensils of every nature on the farm or in the possession of my wife at her death or marriage.
I will and bequeath unto my son -- William S. Young Shackelford, and my daugher -- Judith Maria Shackelford, that my negro man -- Ben, man Andy and wife Libby, be sold and that the money for which they may be sold, be equally divided between my son Thomas Shackelford, and my daughter Peggy McGehee, and my daughter -- Milly Tilly; that is, my son Thomas one third part, my daughter Peggy one third part, and my daughter Milly Tilly, one third part.
I desire that my wife have the right of taking the above named negro woman -- Libby, by paying the appraised value. At the death or marriage of my wife I desire and will that my negro man -- Joe, be sold and the proceeds of such sale be equally divided between my children -- Thomas, Peggy, Milly, William S. Young and Judith Maria Shackelford; that is, an equal fifth part to each. And at the death of either of my children -- William S. Young Shackelford or Judith Maria Shackelford, before they arrive at age or without issue, then the share of the one dying is to be divided into four equal parts or shares, one share to the surviving one, one to Thomas Shackelford, one to Peggy McGehee, and one to Milly Tilly.
I will and bequeath to my grandson -- Samuel Shackelford, the son of my son Robert, my large shot gun; and all my property not herein named I will and direct that at the death of my wife, to be divided among my children.
I bequeath to my son -- John Shackelford, twenty five cents as a full share of my estate. I exclude him from all share or legacy in my estate further than the said twenty five cents.
I bequeath unto the children of Sally Shackelford, deceased, twenty five cents in full of their shares of my estate, having advanced to Jeremiah Shackelford, their father, more than his part or portion.
I hereby nominate or constitute and appoint my worthy friend -- Dr Bryan R. Young, and my brother-in-law John Withers, my executors, and my wife also as executrix, of this my last Will and Testament; and desire to qualify them without giving any security.
I revoke all former wills by me made, and desire this enclosure as my last Will and Testament, In testimony whereof I have herein set my hand and seal, this the 29th day of January, 1828 (January 29, 1828). In Hardin County, Ky.
John R. Stockman, Hugh Mulholland, Lewis Helm, Witnesses.
Sig -- John Shackelford.
Sworn in court, and probated May 1828, by Hugh Mulholland and Lewis Helm, Hardin County, Ky.
More About SARAH "SALLY" SHACKELFORD:
Burial: Unknown, Shelby County, Kentucky
More About MARY MATTHEWS:
Burial: 1865, Shelby County, Kentucky
Children of JEREMIAH SHACKELFORD and SARAH SHACKELFORD are:
2. i. MARIAH SHACKELFORD, b. 1803, Shelby County, Kentucky; d. 1856, Hardin County, Kentucky.
3. ii. SARAH SHACKELFORD, b. Unknown, Shelby County, Kentucky; d. Unknown, ?.
4. iii. JOHN SHACKELFORD, b. Unknown, Shelby County, Kentucky; d. Unknown, ?.
iv. JAMES SHACKELFORD, b. 1805, Shelby County, Kentucky; d. April 1845, Hardin County, Kentucky.
Notes for JAMES SHACKELFORD:
James Shackelford never married. the following is a copy of his Last Will & Testament:
Will of James Shackelford
In the name of God, Amen:
I, James Shackelford, of Hardin County, State of Kentucky, being in a weak state of health, but of sound memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, for the settling of my worldly affairs, do make this my last Will and Testament.
I place in the hands of my Executors hereinafter named, all my estate except what is hereafter named, to be disposed of in the following manner-towit: After my debts and funeral expenses are paid, my will and desire is, that the interest arising from the same shall be appropriated to the use and maintenance of Sarah Shackelford, widow of my brother John Shackelford, deceased; and for the use, maintenance and education of his four children-viz John, Maria, Eliza and Jeremiah. And if the interest and proceeds should not be sufficient to give them a reasonable support and education, said Executors may make use of as much of the principal as will be required for the same with this proviso: that in the event the above named Sarah Shackelford should marry, she shall have a horse, saddle and bridle, bed and furniture, and such other household furniture as she had when she married my brother John Shackelford, deceased, and nothing more. But if she should not marry and keep the above named children together, my will and desire is that she remain on my farm where we now live, and have the use of same together with the use of my negro boy Charles and negro woman Allis and her increase, and all the stock of every description, also wagons, ploughs, plows, gears, tools, Household and kitchen furniture now on the place; until the youngest child becomes of age.
And the above named Sarah Shackelford has the right to pay off my debts with the above named property, with the exception of the negroes and land. But if she should not think proper to keep house and the above named children together, then the above named property is to be sold, with the exception of the negroes, who are to be hired out until the above named children become of age, and my estate be equally divided between the above named surviving children, and the said Sarah Shackelford, who are to have share and share alike.
I will and bequeath to my two nephews John and Jeremiah Shackelford, as above named, my two shot guns, to be given to them at what age my Executor may think best. My will and desire is that my gold watch be kept by my friend Richard Richards until he can sell it for what he may consider a fair price, he then to hand the proceeds to my Executor hereinafter named. My will and desire is that my Executor shall be qualified in the usual manner with this exception-that they shall only give bond for their faithful performance, as I wish Sarah Shackelford to have the liberty of selling any of the personal property with the advice and consent of my Executors.
And I lastly nominate and appoint my friends John English and Richard Richards, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all other Wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty ninth day of January, eighteen hundred and forty five. (Jan 29th, 1845)
Robert English and J. S. Waide, Witnesses.
Probated May 1st, 1845.
Recorded in Will Book E, page 103. Hardin Co, Ky.
More About JAMES SHACKELFORD:
Burial: 1845, Hardin County, Kentucky
5. v. ELIZABETH ANN SHACKELFORD, b. 1806, Shelby County, Kentucky; d. Unknown, ?.
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