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Sheckels of Randolph County, MO

Looking for info on Henry Sheckels, Ellen (Sheckels?) Gooding & descendants. Henry lists his birthplace as Shelby Co., MO in 1840. The Sheckels family moved to Randolph Co., MO, in about 1844, where Ellen was born in about 1850. Both Henry & Ellen were listed as mulattoes per the 1850 Slave Schedule. Their mother was listed as black. Likely father was either Peter (owner) or George Sheckels (owner's eldest son). Peter passed away in 1849, leaving both Henry & Ellen to his widow Elizabeth.

Henry fled in 1864 and joined the 68th US Colored Infantry as a private, where he was soon promoted to sergeant, court-martialed & busted to private (unknown offense), then promoted again to sergeant before his 1866 discharge. Henry married & had a daughter, but it appears they both passed away by 1900. Henry was a hostler in Keokuk, IA in 1870 and Chicago before living at the Danville (IL) Soldiers Home. Henry was buried in Ottumwa, IA after his death in the early 1930's.

I have little info on Ellen, other than she was living in Chicago in the early 1900's under the name "Mrs. Ellen Gooding." I cannot locate her in the census records after 1860.

Any info on these two would be greatly appreciated - I also have some more info on Henry that I could share.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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