At the age of 20, John was serving in the British Army under the command of Captain Francis Kirtley and Colonel Peter Hogg. His service was documented August 1780. John served in the French Indian War in the expedition against the Indians in 1755. He was listed as a Cpl John Shackelford, age 20, from Abermale County, Virginia. He survived the "Battle of The Wilderness" in which 977 of 1495 British and Colonial Soldiers were killed.
After the war he returned to Virginia and married Anne White, the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Martin White. After the death of Anne's father in 1777, she and John moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia and purchased land. John and Ann moved to Washington County, Kentucky in 1796 and shortly after 1800 moved to Shelby County, Kentucky.
WILL OF JOHN SHACKELFORD
Knowing the uncertainty of death, I, the said John Shackelford, being weak in body, but of sound understanding, do proclaim the following to be my last Will and Testament. First: All of my just debts to be paid.
To my wife & en dash; Anne Shackelford, I leave all of my estate, both personal and real; and after death the estate to be divided.
To my daughter & en dash; Milly Shackelford, I give three Negroes & en dash; James and his children, Lucy and Richmond; provided that if she dies without issue that her share shall go to her sisters equally.
And to the heirs of my daughter & en dash; Polly Ann Hewlett I give three Negroes & en dash; Caroline, Phoebe and Laco. But in case Polly Ann dies without issue, her part to go to her two sisters.
To my son & en dash; Jerimiah Shackelford, I leave my plantation containing 175 acres of land.
I have given to my sons & en dash; John, William, and Sterling Shackelford, and to my daughter & en dash; Nancy R. Gregory, 50 acres of land each.
I give to my son William, my boy & en dash; Nat, and to my son Mordecai I will $550.00, (five hundred and fifty dollars), which is to be raised by the sale of my property.
To my son & en dash; Sterling Shackelford, I give my Negro boy & en dash; Barbara. To the heirs of my deceased son & en dash; John Shackelford, I will $400.00 (Four hundred dollars) to be equally divided between them and the children of my deceased daughter & en dash; Nancy R. Gregory.
After the death of my wife & en dash; Anne Shackelford, all of my personal property, and my two Negroes & en dash; Cupid and Dilce, to be sold, and if the sales of the property hereby directed to be sold should bring more money than is devised by this will, the over plus to be divided into two equal parts, one for Betsy Ballard and one for Milly Shackelford.
I appoint my wife & en dash; Anne Shackelford, and son William, and William Hewlett, to be my executors.
His Sig & en dash;
Marked with X
Samuel W. White and William Johnston, witnesses.
Dated June 10, 1819. Recorded in Will Book 5, pages 434/35, Shelby County, Kentucky
Estate appraised January 1820, and probated October, County Court, Shelby County, Kentucky., 1822
THE PARENTS OF JOHN SHACKELFORD
As to the idenity of John Shackelford's parents, there has been, over the period of many years, a differance in opinions among many Shackelford researchers.
One opinion has it that James B. Shackelford who married Elizabeth Lewis as the parents of John. Another has it that John Shackelford and Ann Lynn where his parents. Both opinions have merit. However, the exact answer is inconclusive. Regardless of the parentage, John is a direct descendant of Roger, the immigrant. John's ancestors can be viewed on the Web Page of William O. Shackelford.