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Shackleford Diary - Family Trials

In 1855, William Franklin Shackelford's uncle Caleb and aunt Frances filed a bill of complaint against another aunt, Sarah, and a man named Benjamin Matthews over land that had been left to William's great-aunts Nancy, Polly, and Caty in 1810. This complicated case reveals a great deal about the Shackelford family in Culpeper County, Virginia in the late 1700s and early 1800s that would otherwise be unknown.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Ruth Galloway Shackelford

Ruth Galloway Shackelford was born and raised in Boone County, Missouri, in a family that had emigrated from Kentucky. Ruth's family and upraising formed her character, which is evident in her diaries. She was not alone in being reluctant to uproot her family to travel to California, as is evident from the testimony from other women in Lillian Schliessel's book "Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey".

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Deep Mapping

Back from an excavation vacation, Jen discusses deep mapping as a framework for studying the Shackelfords' journeys in 1865 and 1868. Included is a discussion of geography, spaces vs. places, and how Jen intends to create a Shackelford deep map for public consumption.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - End of the Road

The last entry of Ruth Shackelford's published 1868 diary ends as the Shackelfords were about to cross the Red River from Texas to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). From other sources, we know the Shackelfords did return to Missouri. In this episode, we'll explore their probably route for the end of their travels, summarize what happened to them after they returned to Missouri, and discuss on-going questions about their travels.

Jen Glaubius
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