Reverend Mordecai 1840-1920 Descendants

By Philip Shaddock

I would like to thank Jennifer Shaddock for her contributions to this page.

The story of the Virginia Shaddocks is told on the main page. Reverend Mordecai Edward Shaddock is descended from one of the two brothers, Mordecai Shaddock 1795-1822. There is a bio of Mordecai on the Virginia page and a family tree. 

Mordecai Edward Shaddock and his son.

Mordecai Edward Shaddock grew up with a step father and no siblings. His father Mordecai had died suddenly in 1822 at the age of 27. His mother remarried Robert Wright (1803-1865) on Mar. 11, 1845.  The marriage produced one child, John Herndon Wright, born in 1852 when Edward Shaddock was 12 years old. 

We know he used to call himself by his middle name because that is how he gave his name to a census taker and a city directory. He could have been named after his uncle. He had nine children who would found families throughout the south from Virginia to Texas to Florida.

Edward would see action in the Civil War. He enlisted in Company B (Caroline Light Dragoons), Virginia 9th Cavalry Regiment on 06 May 1861. It fought mostly with the famed Army of Northern Virginia. 

Edward entered as a private and was promoted to Full Corporal on Nov. 1, 1863. Sometime later he was promoted to Full Sergeant. 

Edward's company fought in many conflicts, from Seven Pines to Gettysburg, and after serving in North Carolina participated in the Battle of Drewry's Bluff. Later the unit was involved in the Petersburg siege north of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign.

It lost 9 killed, 34 wounded, and 23 missing of the 150 at Malvern Hill, and of the 318 engaged at Gettysburg more than half were disabled. Edward was apparently among those wounded. The unit reported 47 casualties at Drewry's Bluff, and many captured at Five Forks and Sayler's Creek.

He mustered out on 09 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA. He was among 2 officers and 37 men who surrendered on April 9, 1865. This is where one of the last battles of the Civil War was fought and where Confederate army commander Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant. Edward had not reached his 25th birthday. What he must have experienced in the previous four years is impossible to imagine, especially the battle at Gettysburg. When the Battle of Gettysburg was over on July 3, 1863, 51,000 soldiers were casualties (killed, wounded, captured or missing) in what remains the largest battle ever fought in North America. It must have deeply affected him. He became a baptist at age 14, but his religious faith may have been deepened in the war. 


Sallie Jennings, Edward's wife.

In 1871 he married Sallie Jennings (1849-1917) in Lynchburg County, about 150 miles west and south of where he was born in Upper Zion. Sallie was from Lynchburg. His first son, Edward Jennings ("EJ") Shaddock was born the next year. Many people think that Edward Shaddock was called Mordecai, but the fact "Edward" is the name he used and gave to his first son. I would think that the isolation he felt as a child and the horrors he experienced far from home in the war would have made "family" an important anchor for his life. 

After his marriage he became a Baptist preacher and teacher. His son Edward was born in Tennessee in 1872, as was his second son William Bransom Shaddock in Dyersburg, Tennessee in 1873. This family does not forget Archibald Bransom.

His daughter Alice was born in Gibson County, Tennessee in 1875, while his daughter Millie was born in Fulton County, Kentucky in 1878. Finally around 1880 he moves to Louisiana, where he would spend the rest of his life. He located in Avoyelles parish where he was Baptist State Sunday school organizer. In 1890 he moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana where he was principal of Lake Charles college for some time. In 1917 he lost his wife Sallie and then died himself in 1920.  

At his funeral Dr. Early had this to say about "Father Shaddock:"

Elder Shaddock has been a Baptist minister for nearly fifty years and a loyal consecrated Christian [since he] was 14 years old.  During this time as a teacher and preacher he has gone over the state as a missionary and has planted many schools and churches.  People converted and baptized under his preaching are numbered only by the thousands.  Truly a great reward to greet him on the other side quietly and when he quietly and sweetly breathed his last in this world.

Edward Jennings Shaddock (1872-1951)

Rev. Edward and Sallie Shaddock may have been following English tradition when they named their first born son Edward. His son was popularly known as "EJ" as he grew up. He married Fanny Malissa Nantz (1885-1958), who was from Jasper, Texas. He was a bookkeeper at a lumber mill. In 1930 his house was worth $50, or so he told the census taker. In 1940 he worked for a rental agency. He had seven children (see the genealogy below). He died at the age of 72 in 1951. His wife Fanny died seven years later.

William Bransom Shaddock (1873-1934) 

William Bransom Shaddock in his Spanish American War uniform
He was a private. Picture was taken in 1898 when he was 25.

Once again we encounter "Bransom." In fact that is the name he chose to call himself. His first birth name, William, was Rev. Edward Shaddock's father's name. He was preserving the names of his ancestors in his children, passing them on to us so they are not forgotten.  

We know a lot about Bransom because Jennifer Shaddock Dixon's aunt Julia preserved family documents. In the gallery of the tree I maintain on Ancestry.com there are letters, pictures and documents that provide clues to his life and family. 

At the left is a portrait of him in 1898 during the Spanish American War. He was 25. As I said before, Virginian Shaddocks consistently served their country when called upon.

Four years after the war he married Lillian Julia Tureman (1874-1971) from Livingston, Alabama. He met his future wife through Rev. Eddleman and his wife Janis, who was Lilly's sister. He was a traveling salesman. His thoughts apparently never strayed far from home. We have a wonderful letter he wrote on the letter head of the company he worked for, Bryan Company, which sold implements and general merchandise. Click here to read the letter. It is very touching. 

Lilly Shaddock and her daughters Betty Brown (left) and Sallie (right)

In the gallery there is a neat, typewritten letter written by Sallie, who never married and was a public school teacher. It was written around 1935 and tells of a fire started in the house she shared with her mother Lilly. It was started by two boarders who smoked. Although the house did not burn down, it caused enough damage to make the local paper. Near the end she makes a number list of questions her readers might want answered, like "Did you have insurance?" (yes). She concludes with:

"If you detect anything in this newsletter which approaches a dramatic description, please "rule it out" as that is not my intention. I just want to inform our friends and relatives of the fire."

I wish she was my teacher.

Bransom and Lilly had five children:

     - Sallie Kate ShaddockSallie Kate Shaddock 1903–1996
     - William E Shaddock 1904–1950
     - Bettie Brown Shaddock 1906–2000
     - Carroll Wade Shaddock 1908–1987
     - Clarence Leo "Shady" Shaddock Sr. 1911–1995

A note on a portrait of Bransom says something I find very sad, "He lived until his children were adults but died before most of his grandchildren were born." He died Oct. 14, 1934.

Robert McGee Shaddock 1883-1957

Rev. Edward Shaddock's third son was a car salesman in Crowley, Louisiana, according to a census record in 1930. He married Louella Guidry. Sometime before 1945 he moved to Charles Lake, Louisiana, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Carroll Bitting "CB" Shaddock Sr. 1885-1948

CB Shaddock was another traveling salesman. A tragedy early in his life was the death of his young bride Lillian E McWhorter 1893-1912. She had been visiting relatives on Thanksgiving when she suddenly took ill and died of typhoid fever. She was only 19. 


CB married her sister Nellie Rivers McWhorter (1896–1980) two years later. That marriage lasted for another 15 or 16 years but ended in divorce. 

He owned his own home in 1920 in Beaumont, Texas, which was valued at $12,000, about $165,000 in today's dollars. But when he was 54 in the 1940 census he was living in a rooming house. 

At the age of 62 years, he died of a "coronary occlusion." His death certificate notes he was in the "grocer business." It was signed by his only child, Dr. C.B. Shaddock of Orange, Texas.

Carroll Bitting Shaddock, Jr. was born less than a year before his mother Lilly died. 

He married Hulda Martha Gaertner, born in Malone, Texias Oct 7, 1917 to a Lutheran Pastor, Rev. Henry Gaertner.  

William Charles (Bill) Shaddock, son of Dr. C.B. Shaddock.

Bill Shaddock provides a brief synopsis of his family:

My Dad, C.B. Shaddock, Jr., was born in Beaumont, Texas and went to Baylor University and Baylor Medical School. He did his residency at Providence Hospital in Waco, where he met Hulda who was in nurse’s training there. He served in the Medical Corps, U. S. Army during WWII. He was first stationed in Brisbane, Australia and from there was sent to a hospital in Papau, New Guinea and then finally to Biack Island. His movements were due to MacArthur’s military moves as the U.S. Army fought up the island chain toward Japan. He established his medical practice in January of 1946 in Orange, Texas.

My Grandfather, C.B. Shaddock, Sr. was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved to Beaumont, Texas. He was a grocery salesman for T S Reed Grocery Company and was quite successful from what I have heard. He later started his own wholesale grocery store, Shaddock Grocery. All were in Beaumont.

C. B. Shaddock, Sr., Lillie McWhorter Shaddock and C. B. Shaddock, Jr. are buried together in Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.

Dr. C.B. Shaddock and his wife Hulda had four children:

Carroll Sidney Shaddock 1940–
Peter Henry Shaddock Jr. 1941–
Patricia "Gail" Shaddock 1946–
William Charles "Bill" Shaddock 1951–

Like his father, he would also die of heart disease. 






To see the genealogy of this family, see the bottom of the Virginia Shaddocks page.


Alice Virginia Shaddock (1875-1946)  and her husband on her wedding day. Picture courtesy Jo Dee Musselman.

Jo Dee writes this about the photograph. "This was her wedding photograph to my grandfather, Robert Patton Howell, a Methodist circuit rider and pastor.  She had been a schoolteacher.  My mother said her mother seemed "to know" things at times, but, was frightened that it was of the devil. 

She lived in our house until she died one night when I was three.  My mother and her mother did not get along, but, she and I adored one another and I had a crying fit when I saw her body being removed from the house surrounded by friends in hats, gloves, and coats.  I was furious she had died in the front bedroom without being in bed with her.  Poor Minnie May, my mother, always had her hands full.

My grandfather died of a heart attack in the 1930s one Sunday afternoon.  I think he was a Howell from Bonham, Texas.  There was a little scandal when a young cousin who was a Socialist visited the parsonage on his way through on the railroad.  My mother, as a child, expected him to be fierce with horns-this was the time of the Bolshevik Rev.-but found he was a mild academic type with wire spectacles.  He was entertained politely and returned to his journey fading from family history.  After all, the minister entertaining a SOCIALIST in the parsonage parlour in south Louisiana could have been scandalous.  Nevertheless, Grandpa was kind, tactfully handled the situation, and all ended well.

Mordecai was a Babtist preacher who established academies.  My mother always felt Cousin Sallie Kate and the Baptist Shaddocks looked down on them because they were Methodists!  Probably she was overly sensitive."



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