Josephus Shackelford was born February 6, 1830 in Portsmouth, Virginia, and died June 5, 1915, in Decatur, Alabama, He is buried in Grange Hall Cemetery, Trinity, AL along with his wife and mother. He was the seventh son of Satterwhite Shackelford Sr. and Courtney Ann Brown. He married Ann Cordelia Stow(e) on June 18, 1855, in Penfield, Georgia. They had eight children together, six daughters and two sons. His wife preceded him in death in 1900 as well as two daughters and one son.
Rev. Josephus Shackelford, D.D. was an author, publisher, educator and pioneer Baptist minister in Northern Alabama. In 1847-1848 he served as a corporal in the Mexican War before returning home and graduating college in Georgia. Rev. Shackelford was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1855. He later served in the Confederate States Army as a Captain in Co. G of the 4th Alabama Cavalry during the Civil War and also served as Chaplain for his regiment before the war ended.
Dr. Shackelford took charge of the Baptist Female Institute, at Moulton, Alabama, in January, 1856. He was also called to be pastor of the Moulton Baptist Church, which he accepted. He remained principal of the school until the war broke it up in 1862, with the exception of one year. He was also pastor of several other churches including Courtland, Liberty ,and Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Shackelford was the founder and editor of a weekly Baptist newspaper, the Christian Herald, which he established at Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama in 1865. He also published a secular paper, The Tuscumbia Times, which was afterwards absorbed by the North Alabamian, which paper he bought. He continued the publication of the North Alabamian until 1875. Shackelford also served as president of the Danville College at Danville, Alabama from 1893 to 1898. Rev. Shackelford was one of the early influences of the Baptist Church in the North Alabama area. In 1876 Elder Shackelford served the State Mission Board as evangelist for north Alabama. He opened a select school in 1879, called the Mountain View High School, which he taught, with the exception of one year, until June, 1889. In 1886, he became associate editor of the Alabama Baptist, and continued with that paper about one year, when he resumed his school at Mountain View again. In the fall of 1889, Dr. Shackelford took charge of a school at Leighton, Alabama.
In 1882, he was, without his solicitation, nominated and elected to the legislature of Alabama, from Morgan County, by the Democratic Party. He served one term of two years and tried to do his duty. In 1891 the Reverend Josephus Shackelford, D.D. wrote and published a book titled History of the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association. During all the years he was connected with the press, in the military and in the legislature, he never ceased preaching. In the sixty plus years of his ministerial life, he spent very few Sabbaths without preaching somewhere.
61 years in the Baptist ministry.
Dear Father, though we miss thee much,
We know you rest with God.
Ann Cordelia Stowe Shackelford
Emma Cordelia Shackelford
Sarah Elizabeth Shackelford Hare
William Bryan Shackelford
Mary Ellis Shackelford Stanley
Anna Courtney Shackelford Sims
Edward J. Shackelford
Edward J Shackford
Susan Virginia Shackelford Briscoe
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