George Heard & Lish Anne Shackleford married on August 12 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Both were resident in Clark County at the time of their marriage.
George was aged 28. His parents were described as Dark. George had lived with another woman for 2 yrs and they had 1 child together. They were separated by 'adultery'.
Lish was aged 16yrs. Her father was white and her mother Black. Lish was described as yellow.
In the 1860 Census, there are 2 white Shackleford families living in Elkins Township, Clark County, Arkansas.
Thomas J Shacleford born in Tennessee abt. 1832. Acc. to the 1860 Slave Schedule, Thomas J Shacklford of Elking Township had 2 enslaved girls, both Black aged 18 and 11. The 18 yr old is transcribed as age 12 but it looks more like 18 to me. The 11 yr old is marked as a Fugitive from the State.
J M Shakleford born in Tennessee abt 1834. Acc. to the 1860 Slave Schedule, J M Shackleford of Elking Township had 2 enslaved women, one aged 23 and one aged 5, both Mulatto and both marked Fugitive from the State.
The 1860 Slave Schedule also shows an RM Shackelford of Antwine Township, Clark County with 4 enslaved people. One woman, Black aged 30 and 3 boys, Mulatto aged 16, 10 and 6.
R M Shackelford was also born in Tennessee in 1828.
There is also an A T Heard in Arkadelphia in the 1860 Slave Schedule with 4 enslaved people, a woman aged 20 with 2 girls aged 11 and 8 and a boy aged 4. The boy is described as Mulatto and a Fugitive from the State.
I was unable to find a George Heard with a wife Lish at this time in the 1870 Census.
Questions raised and unanswered
Did George and Lish change their names?
Did they leave Arkansas by 1870?
Why were so many small children marked as Fugitive in Clark County Slave Schedules?
Who was Lish' father?
This research was undertaken as a contribution to the #SlaveNameRollProject
Arkansas Marriage 1865
Thomas J Shacleford 1860
J M Shakleford 1860
R M Shackelford 1860
T A & Catherine Heard 1860