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Re: Henry Shacklett -- Loudoun Co. VA`
Posted by: Mike Hutchinson Date: July 26, 2000 at 19:30:36
In Reply to: Re: Henry Shacklett -- Loudoun Co. VA` by Merv of 218

Hi Merv

I was delighted to see that you might have some information on Henry Shacklett of Loudoun Co. VA

I am hoping that Henry Shacklett might indirectly lead me to where I am looking, which involves the Berkley family of Loudoun Co. I am actually looking for ancestors of a George William BERKLEY, b. 4 July 1814. I think his brother-in-law was Henry Shacklett. Here is what I do know:

The parents of George William Berkley were George BERKLEY and Susanna BARTLETT. I have no info on these two except m. 31 Dec. 1799, and can go backward no further on either parent.

The other siblings of George and Susanna included (but are not necessarily limited to, I suppose) at least:

Francis Berkley
Elizabeth Berkley
Lucinda Tripplet Berkley (1800-1865), m. Benjamin DUNCAN 1825

I have just had no luck finding additional information on these Berkleys.

However, what I also have are some very interesting photocopies from the county clerk's office in Loudoun County, from 1828, that involve a judicial dispute that arose upon the death of George (Sr.), regarding the division of his estate and the distribution among the heirs of his rather large slave-holdings. These records are actually quite chilling, as you read the price to be placed, in order to equalize the distribution among the heirs, on the heads of the various slaves, (e.g, "Old Jim 100 off worth 100 dolls. less than nothing")

The court allocated these slaves in five "lots," one to George William Berkley (my guy), one to "Susannah Birkley" (I assume widow), one to [illegible], one to "Benjamin Duncan and Lucinda his wife," and one to "Henry Shacklett and Elizabeth his wife."

Aha, I speculate, "Elizabeth" is George Sr's daughter, and she married a Henry Shacklett !! Since I've had no luck tracing son George William Berkley, I wonder if maybe somebody related to Elizabeth (Berkley) Shacklett and George Shacklett has researched the Berkley line, and has found what I have not . . .

Interestingly, this lawsuit bears the caption "Benjamin Duncan and wife, the plaintiffs, vs. Susanna Berkley, the defentdants." Looks to me like daughter and her husband are suing widowed mom ! I count 27 slaves distributed among the heirs, with each of the five "lots" worth about $1100, which must have been a sizeable amount in 1828.

In any case, I wonder if you have any additional information on Henry Shacklett's in-laws. Whether you do or not, I would be quite happy to send you copies of the court materials I have. Just send me your mailing address.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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