John Shacklett [Jean/Jenade de Jacquelot] born in they year 1678 in France and died April 28, 1718 in Charles County, Maryland. He married a woman named Mary [Ward?] probably in France.
There is a persistent family tradition that the Jenade Jacquelot family were Huguenots, among the non-Catholics (Protestants) who fled France for England to avoid persecution. According to the records that I have been able to study, John Sheckerlie (variations on spelling - Shakeley, Sheckley, Shakalit, Shaklet, Jean de Jacquelot) was the first to arrive in America.
John arrived in Maryland with his wife and settled in Charles County, Maryland. John served as a member of Joseph Hanson Harrison's Company of Militia in Charles County Maryland (no dates were available for this service). He was able to build a plantation or farm of some 100 acres and father 8 children by the time he was 39.
He wrote his Will in 1717. This Will can be found in the Hall of Records,
Annapolis, Maryland. Wills AB #3Folio 124 and 125. From references found in the
will, we know that John and Mary had at least eight children with Benjamin being
the eldest son. I am listing the children in the order in which they appear in
the will, except for Benjamin.
Sarah was probably the oldest, followed by Mary and Tabitha. Elizabeth may have been next, but not of marriageable age when the will was written. Ben was the first born son with Michael being next (John gives his services to Mary until Christmas next to finish the incoming crops ) followed by Francis who was probably too young to work the fields. Benjamin apparently came into possession of all his fathers' lands in 1733 with the death of his mother.
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