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L. Shadrach Futrell (1831-1906)

By Roger


L. Shadrach Futrell of Trigg County, Kentucky, served in the Confederate States army as both a cav- alryman and an artilleryman. Like many Confederate soldiers, he served in more than one unit during the war. Initially, he enlisted in Woodward’s Second Ken- tucky Cavalry at Hopkinsville. When it disbanded, he joined Farris’ Battery of Missouri Light Artillery. He took pride in having served in Woodward’s Sec- ond Kentucky Cavalry.

L. Shadrach Futrell was a native of the ‘Between the Rivers’ section of Stewart County, Tennessee, just south of the Kentucky-Tennessee stateline.1 The ‘Between the Rivers’ section of Kentucky and Tennessee was a narrow strip of land between the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. When those riv- ers were dammed in the mid 1900s, the Tennessee became Kentucky Lake and the Cumberland became Lake Barkley. The isolated peninsula between the two became the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in 1963.2

is near Ford’s Bay on Lake Barkley.

Shadrach Futrell (1826-89), L.S. Futrell’s brother- in-law and neighbor, did not serve in the Confederate States army. According to his descendants, Shadrach did not enlist in the Civil War and his grave in the Ricks Futrell cemetery was not cataloged by the WPA on their ‘List of Graves of Veterans Registered in Trigg Count ,’ which was compiled in 1939-40.10

L.S. Futrell farmed, worked as a cabinetmaker, and built coffins for the Laura Furnace neighborhood.11 The nearest town of note to L.S. Futrell’s home was Canton which hosted an active river port and stagecoach hub.

L.S. and Charity Futrell had five children: James Madison Futrell, Mary Caroline Futrell, Isaac Rix

L. Shadrach Futrell was the son of Isaac and Levica (Cook) Futrell.3 He grew up on the south fork of Rushing Creek near where it emptied into the Ten- nessee River. Toda , the Isaac Futrell farm site is just south of Rushing Creek Cemeter , which sets high on a ridge overlooking Kentucky Lake’s Rushing Bay.4

L. Shadrach Futrell was named Shadrach at birth, but became ‘Little’ Shadrach after his marriage to distinguish himself from his wife’s older brother and his wife’s uncle, who were both named Shadrach.5 In later years, L. Shadrach Futrell simply signed his name L.S. Futrell.6

L. S. Futrell moved within the ‘Between the Riv- ers’—from his childhood home on Rushing Creek to Trigg County, Kentucky---when he married Miss Charity Futrell, a distant cousin, on 3 January 1856.7 Charity Futrell was the daughter of Ricks and Sarah (Outland) Futrell of the ‘Between the Rivers’ section of Trigg County;8 Sarah suffered from mental illness and could not care for herself, so L.S. and Charity lived with Sarah at the Ricks Futrell home place on the west fork of Laura Furnace Creek near the Cum- berland River.9 Laura Furnace was some six miles northeast of L.S. Futrell’s childhood home at Rush- ing Creek. Today, the old Laura Furnace community

L. Shadrach Futrell in 1905 as he prepared to leave on trip to Texas.


2007 Kentucky Ancestors V42-4

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