Shackelford Room - Breakfast Room & Living Area

This room is named for the Shackelford Family

This room is being transformed into 
the Breakfast Room and Living Area
Francis and John Shackelford were the first of a handful of men, including John Nelson, John Fulford, Enoch Ward and Robert Turner, who were residents of the Core Sound settlement prior to 1713.

It is believed the Shackelford ancestors lived in a small town near London, England, known as Shackelford Village, Godalming, Surry, England.

Roger Shackelford, the immigrant, was a descendant of William de Shackelford (1490-bef.1558). Roger was born in 1629 in Old Alresford, Hampshire, South East England. He fled England in 1658 with French Huguenot Edward Palmer, who had received a headrights grant of 400 acres in the Virginia Colony. (In the headright system, one received 50 acres of land for every emigrant sponsored to America.) Roger Shackelford married Mary Palmer about 1660; she was on the headrights grant.

Of the many sons of Roger and Mary Shackelford, John and Francis Shackelford were born in Essex County, Virginia, but made their way to the Craven Precinct portion of Bath County (now Carteret County) sometime after 1705. They were the first of a handful of men, including John Nelson, John Fulford, Enoch Ward and Robert Turner, who were residents of the Core Sound settlement
prior to 1713 (then Craven Precinct, Bath County) .
NOTE: Carteret "Precinct" was created in 1722 from part of Craven "Precinct" and both remained as divisions of Bath County until Bath was dissolved in 1739 and all "Precincts" became "Counties."

Moseley's 1733 Map
noted "Shakelford" on
the west side of North River. 
Sometime after 1705, Francis and John Shackelford moved their families* (see below) from Virginia to the Core Sound area of North Carolina, then part of Craven Precinct, Bath County. They were the first of a handful of men, including John Nelson, John Fulford, Enoch Ward and Robert Turner, who were residents of the Core Sound settlement prior to 1713. 

Francis Shackelford became active in the affairs of the Core Sound area by 1708, as did his brother, John Shackelford, by 1709.  

On October 30, 1708, Francis Shackelford and Francis Dawson were witnesses to the transfer of a tract of land which later became the site of Beaufort from Peter Wordin to Farnifold Green.

Both of these men received numerous patents before 1713 and settled on the west side of North River about four miles northeast of the present site of Beaufort. 

The tract of land assigned to Shackelford on Moseley's 1733 map was first surveyed for Francis Shackelford prior to 1713, but his title for it lapsed. John Shackelford obtained a title for it on January 15, 1713/14.

In 1712, in the midst of the Tuscarora War, the General Assembly ordered that a garrison be stationed at Core Sound. The purpose of this garrison, declared by Governor Thomas Pollock, was "to guard the people there from some few of the Coree [Indians] that lurk thereabouts..." This garrision was stationed at Shackelford's plantation near the present site of Beaufort. (Saunders, Colonial Records, II, 2.)

In 1713 John Shackelford and Enoch Ward purchased 7000 acres referred to as the “Sea Banks” from John Porter. The two men divided the property in 1723. Shackelford’s western part was later noted on maps as “Shackleford Banks,” the spelling still used today, unlike the family surname or the spelling in Shackelford’s last will and testament. John Shackelford served in the Militia during from 1712-1733. He was recorded in the Colonial Records, January 9, 1712. "…in ye Garrison at Shackelfords plantation praying Liberty to plant Corne on ye said plantation. Ordered that ye afsd Garrison to have liberty to plant Tend & Gather Corn on ye Said plantation dureing the time they Keep Garrison there as afsd." John was appointed to see "Every ship drawing eight feet of water anchoring at the Banks and Shackelford Banks to charge three shillings six pence per foot."

John Shackelford appeared on the Vestry Book of St John's Parish Vestry Roll from April 1723 thru May 1733. His son, John Shackelford Jr., served in 1747 with the militia when the Spanish invaded the town of Beaufort. John Jr, had four sons to serve in the North Carolina Revolutionary forces. 

John Shackelford's Last Will and Testament 

dated March, 29, 1734, probated September 1734:

To daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Ann, a gold ring each at the price of ten shillings.
Daughter, Sarah, wife of Joseph Moss [Morse] four cows and calves, and liberty to my son-in-law to build a house and shop in the Island Land whereon I now live.

I give liberty to the aforesaid Joseph Moss to whaile off the Banks he paying yearly to My Beloved wife Ann Shackelford during her life and no longer the rent of two barrels of oil for his share of one half of one single boat and to have liberty of no more boats or part of my boats.

To Grandson, John Roberts, two Cows and Calves at the decease of my wife Ann. To grandson William Roberts two Cows and Calves. Daughter Hannah three Cows and Calves. The large Cedar Cubbard and round table in the outer room. Two pewter dishes, three pewter plates, one feather bead blanket and rug. One pair of cotton sheets, one small iron pot and iron skillet.

After the death of my beloved wife Ann I give my son John all the remainder of goods and
Chattle both resale and personal provided my son John does not die without issue, in such case I bequest my estate to my son James and his heirs forever also Island called Carrot.
Witness: Samuel Chadwick, Ephraim Chadwick. Clerk of the Court: Jas. Winright. (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. 4, by Beverly Fleet, Outer Banks of North Carolina by David Stick, UNC Press, page 33.)

The name Shackelford began to disappear from Carteret County after 1792. Many moved
to Onslow and other counties. US Senator John Williams Shackelford (1844-1883), of Richlands, Onslow County, was the 4th G-Grandson of John Shackelford’s brother Francis Shackelford (1665-1722).

John W. Shackelford
4th G-Grandson of
Francis Shackelford
Francis Shackelford (1675-1722) married Sarah Virginia Lewis before 1700. They were
parents of Roger (1700-1779) married Carey Baker in Virginia; Mary, born 1703, married Charles Cogdell in Carteret County about 1723; William (1710-1755); John (1712-1778) married Ann Williams in 1730 and served in the Onslow Militia in 1754.

John Shackelford (1668-1734) married Ann Livingston (1674-1751), after 1695; this was at least his second marriage and it is unclear which children are from his marriage to Ann. John's children included Hannah, born about 1694, married unknown Roberts aboiut 1725; Jane, born about 1696, married Richard Williamson; Elizabeth (1698-1744) married Enoch Ward about 1719; Mary (1700-1768) married Robert Wade about 1723, Enoch Ward (her sister's widower) in 1746 and Ananias Cavenaugh in 1751; James (1702-1759) married Keziah Wicker about 1725; John (1708-1775) served in the Carteret County militia during the 1747 Spanish invasion of Beaufort and had four sons who served during the Revolutionary War; Ann, born about 1710; Sarah, born about 1713, married Joseph Morse about 1734 (1771 Morse House, 215 Front Street).