Harrison S. Shackleford
& Mary L. Weeden
Some Notes on
- Born 1805 in VA
- Married about 1827 in
Davidson Co, TN
- 1840 census in Coffee
- 1848-1849 White Co,
TN tax rolls for District 6 (Cassville area)
- 1850 District 7 of Van
Buren Co, TN
- 1854 Postmaster in
Manchester of Coffee Co, TN
- 1860 census in Coffee
- Manchester merchant,
trustee, & justice of the peace
- 1870 census in Coffee
Co, TN (retired merchant)
- 1875-1877 Member of TN
Note 1: It appears that
Harrison Shackleford (Shackelford) may have moved his family from
Coffee Co, TN to White Co, TN (about 50 miles or so) for a brief
time in the 1840s, then moved to Van Buren County, and then returned to Coffee County.
Note 2: The name of a D.T. Shackleford appears on a White
County, TN court document on July 1, 1855.
Source: Frames 002430 & 002431 of White Co, TN microfilm Roll #153, Probate
Records, Volume G-P, 1807-1899.
Note: 3: The name of Brown Shackleford appears a March 22,
1856 White Co, TN document.
Source: Frames #001177 & following of White Co, TN microfilm roll #
154, Probate Records, Vols. R-Z, 1807-1899.
Note 4: D.V. & Aletha Shackleford names appear on a White Co,
TN document from the mid-1870s.
Source: Frame #001500 of White Co, TN microfilm roll # 154, Probate
Records, Vol. R-Z, 1807-1899.
Emily V. Shackleford
& Thomas S. Colley
Some Notes on
Born in December 1828 in TN
Harrison & Mary
May 18, 1854 in Coffee Co, TN
still in Coffee Co, TN
Thomas Kelly Colley on 1860
census as their son
to Franklin, TN (Williamson County);
T.S. Colley appears on the Williamson Co, TN 1900 census
Pearl's (Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon's) autobiography names T.S.
Colley as her grandfather
"The only name we have of those who
taught in that old house [original log building used by Union School in Hickory Valley of
southern White County, TN] is that of Miss Emma Shackleford and that
was about 1848."*
Based upon the following
pieces of circumstantial evidence, we believe that this "Miss
Emma Shackleford" who taught at the "Old Union" School was "Emily V. Shackleford," daughter of
Harrison and Mary Weeden Shackleford and grandmother of the
famous comedienne known popularly as "Minnie Pearl":
- "Emma" was a
common nickname for "Emily."
- The Shackleford
surname was not a common name in Middle TN of the mid-1840s.
Thus, it is not likely that there were two "Emily
Shackleford" persons of the same general age in the Middle
TN area at that time.
Shackleford did own land in southwestern (Cassville area)
White County, TN in 1848 & 1849. Although that was not
in the same community (Hickory Valley) as the Union School,
it was just a few hours away by horse.
Shackleford's "Emily" would have been about twenty years old
in 1848, when "Miss Emma Shackleford" taught school at Union
- Although a bit
young for a teacher, it is very possible that she could
have been a school teacher at the age of 20. That
would not have been unusual.
Shackleford's "Emily" would have been a "Miss" (unmarried)
in 1848 (as was "Miss Emma Shackleford" the
teacher), since she married Thomas S. Colley in 1854.
- Emily V.
Shackleford's sister, Susan (Marcell), was a Cumberland
Presbyterian (and had been so since her youth).**
That might be an indication that the Shackleford's
were affiliated with this denomination. If so, that
could explain how "Emma" became a teacher at the Union
School, which was held in the Union Cumberland Presbyterian
Church meeting house. Perhaps the Harrison Shackleford
family attended the Union Church (or had some affiliated
connections to it) while they lived in White County, TN in
the late 1840s.
*Source: Article by W.W.
"Uncle Billie" Young in April 25, 1929 edition of the
Sparta News (Sparta, TN).
**Source: Obituary of Susan Mariah (Shackleford)
Marcell, published in August 28, 1874 edition of The
Democrat in Manchester, TN.
Thomas Kelly Colley
& Fannie Tate House
Some Notes on
Thomas Kelly Colley:
Sarah Ophelia Colley
& Henry Rolffs Cannon
Some Notes on Sarah Ophelia
- Born October 25, 1912 in
- Adopted her stage name
of "Minnie Pearl"
in about 1936
- Married Henry Rolffs
Cannon on February 23, 1947 in Nashville, TN
- Inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975
- Died March 4, 1996 in