Could you post the will? This is very confusing. I have Sarah Lewis as the wife of Roger's father Francis with the note that some believe that Roger's parents were James Shackelford and Elizabeth Robbins. This is the will that I have for Roger [1700-1779]:
From Shackelford Clan Magazine, March 1947 Vol. 2. No. 11, from online site:
WILL OF ROGER SHACKELFORD
In the name of God, Amen: I, Roger Shackelford of the County of King and Queen, Parish of Stratton-Major, (Colony of Virginia), being of sound and perfect memory, do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, viz:
I give to my grandson - John Shackelford, son of William Shackelford, deceased, one shilling sterling, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Then I give to my grandson - William Shackelford, son of William Shackelford, deceased, one shilling sterling, to him and his heirs and assigns
I then give to my son - John Shackelford, twenty pounds.
I then give and bequeath to my daughter - Sarah Shackelford, one negro girl named Betty; to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
I then give and bequeath to my son - Roger Shackelford, two negroes namely - Angelo and Isaac; to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
I then give to my son-in-law - John Glass and his wife Betty Glass, one negro boy named Tom, during their natural life, and after their death
I then give and bequeath the said negro boy named Tom, to be sold and the money to be equally divided among the children of the said John and
Betty Glass. (John Glass was a Revolutionary soldier. The Editor).
I then give and bequeath to my son Richard Shackelford, one negro boy named Edom, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
I then give and bequeath to my two grand daughters, children of my son - James Shackelford, deceased, two negroes to wit: Doll and Lewis, to
them and their heirs and assigns forever.
I then give and bequeath to my son - Robinson Shackelford, all the lands over the road, called by the name of Archers; also one negro boy named
David, to and his heirs and assigns forever. Also my desire is that he may have the liberty of getting and disposing of what timber he desires out
of the dragon swamp. I further desire that he may have the liberty to raise or engraft and sell my nursery of young trees, which money is to be
made use of toward paying for the land I am now living on, and what money may be wanting after that, to pay for my land and other debts.
I desire my executors, hereafter named, may sell as much of my personal property and estate as will pay them, after making use of what money
there is now due me; also the crops of grain that may hereafter arise, for the use of paying my just debts.
Then I lend my loving wife all the land I now live on except the land heretofore mentioned that I give to my son Robinson; to live on during her
natural lifetime, she not making any waste of the timber thereon, or disposing with any from the said land only for the use of the plantation. I also
lend her two negroes - old Tom and Tabb, during her natural lifetime. And I further lend her the balance of my personal estate, after which debts
are paid, during her natural lifetime, and after her death I give and bequeath all the land and the two negroes - Tom and Tabb, also all the personal
estate that can be found, to my son
Robinson Shackelford, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
I further desire that the two negroes - Tom and Tabb, that I lent my wife, may not be removed off the land whereon I now live during my wife's
Lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my friend - Lyne Shackelford, George Lyne, Humphrey Garrett and Charles Collier, to be my executors of
this my last Will and Testament.
I hereby revoke all other wills heretofore by me made in writings. Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day, the twenty fourth day of
December, one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine. (December, 24, 1779).
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Thomas Dillard, Jr., Thomas Bland, John Sadler, and Ann Bushrod Carpenter
Sig - Roger Shackelford.