When she was 16, Isabel was living in Bedford, Virginia with her father who was working as a preacher and her brother Theodore who was working as a bookkeeper. By the age of 19, Isabel was attending Randolph-Macon Women's College in the class of 1905 where she went by the name Lille Bell, was one of the charter members of the Alpha Xi Chapter of the Delta, Delta, Delta sorority and received Philosophy Honors.
In 1907 The Times Dispatch published this wonderful description of her wedding to Gustavus Walker Dyer. The newspaper mentions that her father performed the ceremony. Unfortunately he died two years later.
Lynchburg Social. ...
A large assembly was present Thursday night at 9:30 o'clock at the Rivermont Avenue Methodist Church to witness the brilliant marriage of Miss Isabel Temple Shackford, the talented daughter of Rev. J. W. Shackford, president of the Lynchburg District of the Methodist Church, to Professor Gustavus Walker Dyer, an instructor at the Vanderbilt University. The ceremony was performed by the bride's father, a former pastor of the church, her husband having been a former pastor of the same church.
Miss Mary K. Shackford, a sister of the bride, was the maid of honor, and Mrs. John Walter Shackford matron of honor. Mr Summerfield B Lambeth of Bedford City, was the best man.
The other attendants were Miss Mary Cheatwood of this city, and Mr William A Lambeth, of Greensboro, N. C., Miss Joe Mellwaine of Petersburg, and Mr Theodore Shackford, of this city.
Gustavus and Isabel settled in Nashville, Tennessee where he worked as a Sociology and Economic Professor, adviser to the Southern States Industrial Council, and Archivist of the State of Tennessee. They raised six children. Gustavus died in 1948. Isabel lived until age 95.
Josephine Shackford Dyer (1908-2004) - married James William Crutcher
Gustavus Walker Dyer (1909-2001) - married Dora Hudson
Alice Temple Dyer (1912-????)
Theodore Kingsbury Dyer (1918-2004)
David Patterson Dyer (1920-1999) - married Eloise Miles
Anne Pleasants Dyer (1923-????)
I'd love to know more about Isabel's life. I wonder if she ever read her father's wonderful diary which describes his spiritual life in Virginia after the Civil War and his love for his wife Cora (Isabel's mother).
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol XV (May 1900), online archives, Google eBook (books.google.com : accessed 25 September 2013), page 89
Brodieandrt, "Gustavus Walker Dyer," Geo Dyer, b 1753, Prince Georges Co MD, discussion, 30 May 2006 (http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dyer_family/conversations/topics/125 : accessed 25 September 2013).
"Calling Roll, Preacher Dies," Richmond (Virginia) Planet, 18 September 1909; digital images, Library of Congress Chronicling America (: accessed 26 July 2013), http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
Johnston Joseph S, editor, The Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford King and Queen County Virginia 1868-1893 (N.p.: Library of Congress, 1991), p. 376
"Lynchburg Social," The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), 23 June 1907; digital image, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 27 July 2013).
"Old Yearbooks," database, Old Yearbooks (http://www3.old-yearbooks.com: accessed 29 July 2013), Lynchburg, VA Randolph-Macon Women's College Class of 1905, Lillie Bell Shackford, Lynchburg, Va.
Priddy Bessie Leach, Amy Olgen Parmelee, and Rachel Louise Fitch, A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1907 (Galesburg, Illinois: The Mail Printing COmpany, 1907), pages 180, 181, 247; digital images, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 25 September 2013
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