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Shackleford Diary - The Kirklands

Abraham Kirkland and his family became close friends with the Shackelfords on the 1865 trip from Missouri to California. In this episode, Jen discusses that relationship, the Kirklands penchant for naming children after relatives and blacksmithing.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - The Rhyne Family

A third family set out with the Shackelfords and Gatewoods from Clark County, Missouri on May 1, 1865. The family of Mr. Rhyne and his daughters. In this episode, a look at the Rhyne family from Ruth's diary and other sources, and the questions that are yet unanswered.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - The Gatewoods

Atwell B. Gatewood was born in Stafford County, Virginia and moved when young to Missouri. In this episode, his family is explored and then the three families of the adults of the Shackelford-Gatewood familes on the 1865 journey (Galloway, Shackelford, and Gatewood) are compared.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - William Franklin Shackelford

Ruth's husband, William Franklin Shackelford, who she called Frank, was born in Culpeper Co. Virginia, but came to maturity in Missouri. In trying to understand the Shackelfords' 1865 and 1868 travels, we look at Frank and his family.

Jen Glaubius
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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

Shackleford Diary - Mr. Gatewood

Mr. Atwell Gatewood had been a widower for almost 3 years, raising 3 boys by himself, although probably with help from the Shackelfords. While in Hood county Texas, he meets and marries Miss Oxier, changing the dynamics of the group.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Center Mills, TX

The Shackelfords and their traveling companions, the Kirklands and Gatewoods, stopped at Center Mills, Hood county, Texas for a month to rest their horses. Ruth's account of their time in Hood county can be put into context with local histories, but her descriptions of the area and events also add facts and color to those local histories.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Horsehead Crossing

In late June 1868, the Shackelfords reached Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River in west Texas. Ruth wrote vividly about the crossing and in this episode, Jen examines their experience in light of other travelers. Plus an update on mapping progress!

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Barilla Station

On June 23-24, 1868 the Shackelfords crossed paths at Barilla Station with the family of Harriet Bunyard who were traveling from Texas to California. In this episode, Jen discusses Barilla Station, crossing paths, Buffalo Soldiers, and progress on mapping using BLM GLO plat maps.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Apache Pass

On May 17, 1868, the Shackelfords traveled through Apache Pass, the site of much fighting between the U.S. Army and the Chiricahua Apache, due to its strategic position. In this episode, Jen provides context about Apache Pass and the Apache Wars, which began with events at the pass.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Butterfield Overland Mail Route

In April 1868, the Shackelfords were traveling beside the Gila River (which Ruth called "the Heeley") along the Butterfield Overland Mail Route. In this episode, Jen discusses in-law etiquette, the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, and the roadmap for Shackelford maps.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - On the Road Again

On Wednesday, April 8, 1868, the Shackelfords left San Bernardino, California for Texas and ultimately, Missouri. Who was traveling with the Shackelfords on this journey and how did Ruth feel about being on the road again? Also in this episode, some contemplation about lying maps.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Ending, Beginning, and Middle

The last entry of Ruth Shackelford's 1865 diary is on November 5, 1865 signifying the end of their journey from Missouri to California. But reaching this entry is only the beginning of the research on the Shackelfords' journey and the middle of mapping their 1865 path.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Sweet Freedom's Plains

Partly in honor of Black History Month (February) and also because it's fascinating, in this episode Jen relates insights from the book "Sweet Freedom's Plains" by Shirley Ann Wilson Moore about the experiences of Black people on the western trails. Did the Shackelfords interact with Black people on their travels, and if so, did Ruth record those interactions? Jen discuss the possibilities and also gives an update on exporting the Shackelford location data from nodegoat.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Trails

The Shackelfords traveled to California mostly following the regular trail, until they reached Utah. In this episode, Jen discusses the various trails to California and who should get credit for those trails. Then she describes (perhaps in agonizing detail, sorry) her process for adding Indigenous territories to the locations mentioned by Ruth Shackelford in her diary. It's a work-in-progress that needs a lot of work...

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Indigenous Peoples, Pt 1

One of the issues I've grappled with since before beginning this project was how to put the Shackelfords' journey into context, especially with regard to Indigenous peoples. This episode is the beginning of a conversation grappling with what is owed to Indigenous peoples and how to include and center them in research, such as mapping Ruth Shackelford's diaries.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Oregon Trail

Happy New Year! Jen took a break from mapping over the holidays and instead played the game Oregon Trail. This episode also includes a discussion of illnesses pioneers suffered and a new source for information about the Shackelfords' journey!

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - The Mystery of Dogtown and Doby

The Shackelfords traveled near Fort Kearney on June 9-10, 1865 and passed through the towns of Dogtown and Doby . . . neither of which exist today. In this episode, Jen discusses music along the trail and how she solved the mystery of where Dogtown and Doby were located.

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Which Stream Is It, Anyway?

The first death Ruth Shackleford recorded during her journey, but certainly not the last, was on May 17, 1865. The entries from May 16 and 17, 1865 also provide good examples of problems identifying streams from the diary. And a new feature, Listener Q&A!

Jen Glaubius

Shackleford Diary - Setting Out

On May 1st, 1865, Ruth Shackleford's family set out for California from Missouri in their covered wagon. In this episode, Jen describes the beginning of her journey mapping Ruth Shackleford's diary.

Jen Glaubius

The Helonaki Deep Dive Preview

The Helonaki Deep Dive podcast preview. Explorations in mapping and analysis for historical and archaeological research using open-source tools.

Jen Glaubius

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