Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameWilliam Shackelford 111, 5G Uncle
Death23 Dec 1777 Age: 39
FatherRoger Shackelford (ca1700-1779)
MotherCarey Baker (1714-1765)
Marriage1755, Louisa Co VA
Notes for William Shackelford
William Shackleford was a 2nd Lieutenant, 14th Virginia Regiment in the Revolutionary War and died of wounds Nov. 23, 1777, at the Battle of Germantown. (Pension Office Record)


In the name of God, Amen:

I, William Shackelford, of the County of Halifax and Parish of Antrim, being in perfect health, praised be God, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz: My will and desire is that my land whereon I now live should be sold at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named, and that my just debts be paid out of the sale at the discretion of my executors, and that my just debts be paid out of the sale of the said land. But in case I engage for land or lands in Henderson's purchase there or about the waters of the Ohio, then and in that case I desire my executors to secure the said land after paying my just debts out of the profits arising from the aforesaid lands, whereon I live.

Also at the discretion of my executors my family be moved to those lands secured by them if convenient, and if not, that they purchase other lands for my family where they think most proper.

Now my will and desire is that my beloved wife Rebecca Shackelford enjoy my whole estate, both real and personal, together with raising, maintaining and schooling my children during her natural life or widowhood, and at her decease or marriage I give and bequeath and dispose of all my said estate to be equally divided among my children then living, to them and their heirs.

In case my beloved wife lives until my children come of age or marry, in that case, she at her discretion, may give them or any of them, any legacy not exceeding their proportional part.

I hearby appoint my beloved wife, and my brothers John Shackelford and Richard Shackelford, as guardians to my children and executors to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 31st day of March anna Dmmini, seventeen hundred and seventy six. (March, 31, 1776)

Sig&emdash;William Shackelford.

Edwin Garlington, John Dickie and Sarah Dickie, Witnesses.

Probated September 17, 1778.

Will Book 1, page 254, Halifax County, Virginia.

It will be noted in the above will that William Shackelford named his wife Rebekah and his brothers&emdash;John and Richard Shackelford, as guardians of his children and executors of his will.

Ref: The Shackelford Clan Magazine, Vol 12, No 8, Dec 1956
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