Military Monday – Notice Anything Wrong with Roy Frank Shackford’s Maine WWI Draft Card? (Blog 463)

Have you ever filled out a form and listed today’s year instead of the year of your birth date?  We suspect this is what happened when someone created this card for the state of Maine documenting that Roy Frank Shackford, born in 1918 registered for the WWI draft in 1918.

Roy Frank Shackford WWI Draft Registration MaineName, Shackford, Roy Frank;  Age 38; Residence 10 Turner Ct, Bath, Maine; Serial No 26; Order No A1181; Date of Birth 1-17-18; Nationality, Native Born; Race, White; Occupation, Candy Maker; M or S, M; Local Board Sagadahoc Co; Relative, Alice Frances Shackford; Relationship Wife; Address 10 Turney Ct, Bath, Maine

Roy’s birth year is still filled with a bit of uncertainty as his Vermont birth record shows a birth date of January 17, 1881 but his US World War I draft card shows a birth date of January 17, 1880.  We’re recording the year of 1881 in our genealogy software because the birth record was most likely recorded closer to the time of his birth.

Roy Frank Shackford Birth RecordBIRTH-MALE
Shackford, Roy Frank p1303, Date of Birth 1881 January 11, Maiden Name of Mother Jennie Sparks, Mother’s Birthplace Dover, Mother’s Residence Brattleboro, Full Name of Father Albert Shackford, Father’s Birthplace Worcester Mass, Father’s Occupation Mechanic, Townshend, Henry Salisbury Town Clerk.

but his US draft card shows a birth date of Jan 17, 1880.

World War I Draft Registration Roy Shackford

REGISTRATION CARD
SERIAL NUMBER 26 ORDER NUMBER a1181
1 Roy Frank Shackford
2 Permanent Home Address 10 Turner Court Bath Sagadahoc Maine
3 Age in Years 38 4 Date of Birth January 17 1880
RACE 5 White
U.S. CITIZEN 10 Native Born
PRESENT OCCUPATION 16 Candy Maker EMPLOYER’S NAME 17 John F Clary
18 PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT OR BUSINESS 170 Rout Bath Sagadahoc Maine
NEAREST RELATIVE
Name 19 Alice Francis Shackford Wife
Address 10 10 Turner Court Bath Sagadahoc Maine
signed Roy H Shackford
REGISTRAR’S REPORT
DESCRIPTION OF REGISTRANT
HEIGHT 22 Medium
BUILD 25 Medium
COLOR OF EYES 23 Light Brown
COLOR OF HAIR 28 Slightly Bald
signature of registrar Edward William Champion
Date of Registration September 12, 1918

We’ve written about Roy’s marriage to Alice Francis Savage but hadn’t mentioned their children.

CHILDREN:

Jeannette Frances Shackford (1915-1992) – married John Alden Green

SOURCES:

“Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 29 January 2018), Roy Frank Shackford.

Parkes Joanne Shackford, “Wedding Wednesday – Roy F Shackford and Alice Savage (Blog 32),” Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History – Blog 32, 13 May 2013 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/shackford-blog/wedding-wednesday-roy-f-shackford-and-alice-savage : accessed 29 January 2018).

Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XFCQ-8X7, Roy Frank Shackford, 17 January 1881; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 5 June 2013).

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 29 January 2018), Roy Frank Shackford.

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Shackford Family History Blog is Mentioned in New England Historic Genealogical Society’s American Ancestors Magazine! (Blog 462)

Cover American Ancestors Winter 2018
NEHGS’s American Ancestor’s Winter 2018 Cover

We were pleasantly surprised to receive our copy of American Ancestors and discover an article describing how we used the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Historic Catholic Records Online Project to help discover Catherine (Mullet) Shackford’s parents.

We’d written multiple blogs that described our research about Catherine (Mullet) Shackford describing steps which first took us in the wrong direction.  We wrote a blog wondering why Catherine, my second great grandmother was buried in a plot belonging to Edward W Rowland,  finding the will of Edward’s wife Anna which mentions Catherine and assuming the names of her mother, then rereading Anna’s  will and finding documents in the Historic Catholic Records which helped us realize that Anna was not Catherine’s sister but her step-sister-in-law and helped us find Catherine’s mother’s parents names which are Daniel and Mary Dulley.

This article titled Discoveries from Historic Catholic Records Online which was written by Jean Maguire can be found on page 31 of the Winter edition of American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society.  We wish to thank all the members of the team of individuals who helped create images of these important records, transcribe them, and fund the project to help ensure that many folks can see them online!  Also a large thanks to Jean who publishes many interesting articles for the New England Historic Genealogical Society!

SOURCES:

Maguire Jean, “Discoveries from Historic Catholic Records Online,” American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (Winter 2018, Vol 18, No 4), page 31.

Sunday’s Obituary – Lizzie May (Shackford) Burke (1884-1984), aged 99 Volunteered 10,000 Hours at the VA!! (Blog 461)

Lizzie May Shackford, the daughter of William Bell and Mary Eliza (Howe) Shackford was born Aug 3, 1884 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.  In 1900 she and her mother were living with Lizzie’s grandfather William T Howe.

On April 27, 1904, Lizzie married William H Burke who worked as a commercial traveler, a traffic clerk for a rubber factory, and a salesman for a bedding company.

From Lizzie’s obituary, we know she died January19, 1984, lived at 195 North Main Street, worked as a secretary at the First Savings & Loan Association, and spent 10,000 hours volunteering at the Veteran’s Association (what an amazing service to veterans!!!) and also helped the Sharon Advocate operate when the person who ran the paper went on vacation .

Obituary, Lizzie (Shackford) Burke

Obituary Lizzie May Shackford Burke The Sharon Advocate (Sharon, Massachusetts), 26 January 1984
The Sharon Advocate, 26 Jan 1984

Lizzie M. (Shackford) Burke,
99 of Sharon, died Jan 19, 1984
at the Home for Aged Women in
Jamaica Plain.
She was the wife of the late
William H Burke, a longtime Sha-
ron resident and for many years
lived at 195 North Main Street.
After retiring as a secretary
from the first Federal Savings &
Loan Assn in Boston, she did
10,000 hours of volunteer work at
the VA Hospitals in Boston.
There were no visiting hours
and the funeral service and burial
were private, with arrangements
made by the John L. Keeling &
So Funeral Home, 8 Front St,
Walpole
Years ago, while Mrs Reeve’s
mother, Mrs E. Gilmore Richards
who then ran the paper was on
vacation, Lizzie Burke stepped in
and took care of the Sharon Ad-
vocate’s office for her.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1900 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Chelsea, enumeration district (ED) 1568, Sheet No 18A, dwelling 233, family 296, William Howe; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 12 November 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Chelsea, enumeration district (ED) 1678, Sheet No 4B, William H Burke; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 January 2018).

1920 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Sharon, enumeration district (ED) 266, Sheet No 25A, dwelling 569, family594, William H Burke; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 January 2018).

1930 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Sharon, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ).

1940 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Sharon, enumeration district (ED) 11-254, Sheet No 15A, house no 195, visited no 317, William H Burke; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 January 2018).

“LIZZIE BURKE,” The Sharon Advocate (Sharon, Massachusetts), 26 January 1984; digital images, Sharon Public Library (http://sharon.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 8 November 2017).

Massachusetts “Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 5 June 2017), Lizzie M Shackford, b 3 Aug 1884.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , William H. Burke and Lizzie M. Shackford, 27 April 1904; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 July 2015).

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Sunday’s Obituary – Donna May (Shackford) (Brown) (Nole) Barber (1896-1965) (Blog 460)

We actually haven’t found an obituary for Donna May Shackford (my grand aunt) but since we recently obtained her death record and aren’t sure if an obituary exists, we thought we’d compile what we could find about her life.

Donna May Shackford, the daughter of Joseph Edward and Donna Lovilla (Evans) Shackford was born on April 11, 1896 in Syracuse, New York.  Donna was six when she attended her parent’s 15th anniversary and only twelve when her mother who had been ill for three years died in July 1908 of chronic obstruction of the bile duct.  The Syracuse Herald mentions that after her mother’s death, she spent a week at Skanteles Lake with the Huber family.

Donna May Shackford performs Piano CONCERT AT HOLY NAMES,The Rome Daily Sentinel, 28 April 1916; digital images, Fulton History
Rome Daily Sentinel, 28 Apr 1916

Donna attended Brighton School until she was fourteen, Syracuse Central High School where in 1912 she participated in a school production of “The Merchant of Venice.” and the Academy of Holy Names in Rome, New York where she won many awards and performed in multiple recitals and solos.

Donna is listed in her father’s Nov 1920 obituary as Mrs William J Brown but as of yet we have not found a marriage record or any information about William.  Our next record of Donna is found in the 1925 census in Buffalo, New York living at 23 Tenth Street with roomer Victor Nole – her occupation is housework and his is storekeeper.  According to the Buffalo Courier, a Victor A Nole of 64 Myrtle St and Donna M Shackford, 68 Prospect applied for a marriage license about a year later on 12 Feb 1926.  We haven’t found a marriage record yet but find Victor A and Donna in multiple Buffalo city directories over the next years. We also find Victor listed in multiple news stories related to illegally selling liquor, car accidents, and driving without an operator’s permit.

We believe that Donna and Victor divorced on June 18, 1947 based on his second marriage application.  The Buffalo Courier lists that she and Oscar James Barber who both listed the address of 25 Olsen applied for a marriage license on July 15, 1947.  While we can’t find a marriage record, we find them listed together in multiple Buffalo directories where they continued to live at 25 Olsen.

Donna and Oscar moved to Los Angeles around 1963 where they lived at 421 South Chapel in Alhambra, California.  She died two years later on February 23, 1965 of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease at the age of 68 and was buried at the Resurrection Cemetery on Feb 27, 1965.

Unfortunately the research we’ve done doesn’t tell us much about Donna other than her musical skills but perhaps it will help someone someday know a bit more about her.  We’ll keep looking for an obituary and any additional articles that tell us more.  We haven’t found any source information regarding that marriage at this time but since the marriage records for Erie are not easily available, we’re not ruling out another marriage.

Here’s a copy of Donna’s death record

Death Record Donna May Shackford Barber

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

CERTIFICATION OF VITAL RECORDSTATE OF CALIFORNIA

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

State File Number 65-027003 CERTIFICATE OF DEATH DISTRICT AND 7001 CERTIFICAT NUMBER 7871

1a NAME OF DECEASED – FIRST NAME Donna MIDDLE NAME May LAST NAME Barber

2a DATE OF DEATH February 23, 1965 2D HOUR 7:45 P M

3 SEX Female 4 COLOR OR RACE Cauc.  5 BIRTHPLACE New York 6 DATE OF BIRTH April 11, 1896 7 AGE 68

8 NAME AND BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Joseph Shackford, Unknown 9 MAIDEN NAME AND BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Donna Evans, Unknown, 10 CITIZEN OF WHAT COUNTRY USA  11 SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER 066-12-2426

12 LAST OCCUPATION Housewife 13 NUMBER OF YEARS IN THIS OCCUPATION 46  14 NAME OF LAST EMPLOYING COMPANY Own Home

16 DECEASED WAS EVER IN U S ARMED FORCES No 17 SPECIFY MARRIAGE Married  16 a NAME OF PRESENT SPOUSE Oscar J. Barber 18s PRESENT OR LAST OCCUPATION OF SPOUSE Maintenance Man

19c STREET ADDRESS 421 S. Chapel Avenue

19c CITY OR TOWN Alhambra 19s COUNTY Los Angeles 19c LENGTH OF STAY IN COUNTY OF DEATH 2 YEARS 19F LENGHT OF STAY IN CALIFORNIA 2 YEARS

20a LAST USUAL ADDRESS 421 So. Chapel Avenue 20s IF CITY CORPORATE LIMITS X 21a NAME OF INFORMANT Oscar J. Barber

20c CITY OR TOWN Alhambra 20S COUNTY Los Angeles 20c STATE CALIFORNIA 21s ADDRESS OF INFORMANT 421 S. Chapel Avenue

PHYSICIAN OR CORONER’S CERTIFICATION  22 PHYSICIANS Theo J. Carpenter???  MD CORONER

S Baras In MD Sep Med Exam

22a CORONER Investigation                                   22 ADDRESS Los Angeles Hall of Justice Feb 29 1965

FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND LOCAL REGISTRAR

23 Burial 24 DATE 2-27-65 25 NAME OF CEMETERY Resurrection Cemetery Signature Allison Moore 3256

27 NAME OF FUNERAL DIRECTOR Mater Mortuary Alhambra, Calif.  DATE Feb 25, 1965

30 CAUSE OF DEATH Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

33 AUTOPSY Autopsy

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1900 United States Federal Census, , Syracuse City, Ward 19, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 161, Supervisor’s District 12, Sheet No 6, B, House No 210, Dwelling 121 (corrected), Family 128, Joseph Shackford head; digital images, (: accessed 14 August 2013).

1910 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 189, Sheet No 9A, 210 Beard Avenue, Visited No 175, Family No 190, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com)

1925 New York State Census, Erie County, population schedule, Buffalo, page 46, Donna M Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ).

“CONCERT AT HOLY NAMES,” The Rome Daily Sentinel (Rome, New York), 28 April 1916; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 12 January 2014).

Donna May Barber, death certificate Certificate Number 7871 (23 February 1965), State of California, Department of Public Health, Sacremento, California.

“THE ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES RECEIVES A REPORT OF THE REGENTS ON MUSIC THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS,” The Rome Daily Sentinel (Rome, New York), 15 August 1914; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 9 December 2017).

“FOR ANNIVERSARIES.,” The Syracuse Journal, 25 October 1902; Fulton History (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 24 January 2014).

“Marriage Licenses,” Buffalo Courier (Buffalo, New York), 12 February 1926; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 30 October 2017).

Pennslyvania, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950, , Victor A Nole, ; digital images of short records, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 30 October 2017).

Sixtieth and Sixty-First Annual Reports of the Department of Public Instruction of the City of Syracuse for the years Ending July 31, 1908-1909 (Syracuse, New York: Single Press, 1909), page 81-86; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 10 December 2017.

“Students Present Play,” Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, New York), 13 January 1912; FultonHistory (www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 9 December 2017).

The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 9 August 1908; digital images, FultonHistory (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 24 January 2014).

The Utica Sunday Tribune (Utica, New York), 31 January 1915; ditial images, FultonHistory (www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 9 December 2017).

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 9 December 2017), Oscar J Barber; Buffalo Directory, 1951.

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2017), Victor A Nole; Buffalo Directory, 1932.

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2017), Victor Nole; Buffalo Directory, 1942.

“U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2017), Donna M Barber.

“VITAL STATISTICS,” Buffalo Courier-Express (Buffalo, New York), 16 July 1947; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 7 December 2017).

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Updated 12/11/2017 title and section to add that Donna was listed as Mrs William J Brown in her father’s obituary.

Military Monday – Emma (Robbins) (Cogswell) Shackford Receives Widow’s Pension (Blog 459)

Emma Frances Robbins, the daughter of Wells and Emma Baldwin (Youngsman) Robbins was born December 1843 in Antrim, New Hampshire.  She married Joseph Henry Lyman Cogswell. on October 18, 1861 at the young age of 17.  Her husband had enlisted  in Company I of the New Hampshire 7th Infantry.  Joseph died of pneumonia only three months later on January 4, 1862 while serving in the 7th Infantry.

About three years later, on February 12, 1865, Emma married Byron W Shackford the son of Edrick and Caroline (Huntoon) Shackford. Byron, a blacksmith died six months later on Sept 19, 1865 of typhoid fever leaving Emma, a widow at the age of 21.

After the death of her second husband, Emma who had been living in Canaan moved to Concord where she worked as domestic servant and housekeeper for Daniel C Allen’s household.  While living in this household she applied for and was granted a pension as the Army widow of Joseph H L Cogswell.  She was paid at the rate of 16, then 20, 25, and 30 during the last year of her life.

Pension Emma F Robbins Cogswell Shackford

Name Cogswell [crossed out, jsp] Shackford Emma F
Certificate No 12255 ARMY WIDOW Law: Civil War
Name of Solder Joseph H L Cogswell
Service Pri 27″ N H Vol Inf
Class Rate 16 Date of Commencement 16 May 1901 Date of Certificate 3 May 1902
Act of March 3, 1901
Class Inc 20 Sept 8 1918 Date of Certificate Sept 27 1916
Class Inc 25 Oct 6, 1917
Inc 30 May 1, 1920
Transferred from CONCORD
Died April 9/21 Bureau notified Jul 23 1921
Former Roll No 1091 Oct 3, 1918

Emma remained in Concord until 1920 when she moved to Lyme where she died at the age of 77 on April 12, 1921 of arteriosclerosis and bronchitis’s.  She was buried in Dorchester.

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Cenus, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dorchester, page 235, dwelling 1708, family 1803, Wells Robbins; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 5 November 2017).

1860 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dorchester, Page No 86, dwelling 705, family 686, Wells Robbins; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 November 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, dwelling 60, family 80, Frances Shackford in home of Daniel Allen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 November 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, population schedule, Concord, enumeration district (ED) 169, Page No 11, dwelling 85, family 120, Emma F Shackford in home of Daniel C Allen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 November 2017).

1900 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, enumeration district (ED) 152, Sheet No 15, dwelling 339, family 378, Emma F Shackford in home of Daniel C Allen; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 5 November 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, 194, dwelling 39, family 58, Emma F Shackford in home of Daniel C Allen; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 5 November 2017).

1920 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Lyme, enumeration district (ED) 58, Sheet No 4, dwelling 88, family 91, Emma F Shackford boarder in home of Ezra B Alden; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 November 2017).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSVP-QB4, Emma Robins Shackford, 9 April 1921; index and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 20 May 2013).

New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947, , Joseph H L Cogswell, 4 January 1862; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 November 2017); New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSLH-XZK, Byron W Shackford, 19 September 1865; digital images, FamilySearch, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947 (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2014).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Byron W. Shackford and Emma F. Cogswell, 23 February 1865; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 December 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Joseph H. L Cogswell and Emma F. Robbins, 18 October 1861; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 December 2015).

“United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1832324 : accessed 18 September 2013), Emma F Cogswell Shackford (Robins); citing Pension Payment Cards, Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C..

Military Monday – Mrs Abby Augusta (Hill) Meserve References Samuel Shackford’s Service as Basis of Her Daughters of the American Revolution Application (Blog 458)

Abby Augusta Hill, the daughter of Levi Gerrish and Abigail  Burnham (Shackford) Hill was born August 16, 1842 in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  She lived with her parents until her marriage to Major William Neal Meserve on November 30, 1864.

William served another term in the military from  December 14, 1864 to June 17, 1865 and then the new family lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts with William’s father Isaac in 1865.  He must have needed time to rest as he had served at the Battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Sulphur Springs, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson, Campbell’s Sta., Knoxville, Spottslyvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburgh, Weldon R. R., and Peebles Farm.  They moved to Norfolk, Virginia before 1870 where William worked as a dentist.  He then pursued the ministry obtaining a degree from the Theological Institute and was ordained in 1874 in Santa Cruz, California.  He lived in Oakland, Antioch, Philadelphia and Durango before the family settled in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1880 where William worked as a clergyman.

By 1881 the family was in Durango, Colorado and in June 1885 William moved the family to El Paso, Colorado.  Sometime thereafter William abandoned the family and moved to California alone.

Abby remained in Colorado and around 1897 applied for and was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution as member 21103.

DAR Lineage Mrs Abby Hill Meserve Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Historian General, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XXII. 21001-22000 1897 (Wash

MRS. ABBY HILL MESERVE. 21103
Born in Somersetworth, New Hampshire [should probably be Somersworth, New Hampshire, jsp]
Wife of Maj. William Neal Meserve.
Descendant of Capt. Samuel Shackford and of Solomon
Buzell, of New Hampshire.
Daughter of Levi Gerrish Hill, A. M., M. D., and Abigail Burn-
ham Shackford, his wife.
Granddaughter of Andrew Neal Hill and Sallie Leighton, his wife;
Samuel Shackford and Nancy Buzell, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Samuel Shackford, Jr., and Nancy Walker, his
wife; Solomon Buzell and Elizabeth Burnham, his wife.
Gr.-gr-grandaughter of Samuel Shackford and Mary Elizabeth
Marshall King, his wife.
Samuel Shackford (1728-1812), served in the Rhode Is-
land and Burgoyne campaignes. He was born in Newington;
died in Portsmouth, N.H.
Solomon Buzell, (1761-1812), served in the Rhode Island
campaign, 1778. He died in Northwood, N.H.
Also Nos. 14175, 15093, 19352

In 1900, Abby was living in Grand Junction, Colorado with her son Richard and a cousin, Mary Kingsley Shackford. She remained in Grand Junction until her death due to pneumonia at the age of 70 on December 21, 1912.  She was buried with her parents in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, New Hampshire.   Her husband William Neal Meserve who had moved to California around 1886 died in  San Diego and was buried there in the Mount Hope Cemetery

CHILDREN:

Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) – dry goods, textile manufacturing, collector of civil war photographs, married Edith Turner

William Curtis Meserve (1868-1950) – married Olive A Dodgion

Richard Earle Meserve (1871-1953) – mechanical engineer, married Lola Eudora

John Shackford Meserve (1873-1955) – physician,  married Edith Johnson Connor

Philip French Meserve (1876-????) – believe he died young

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

Note:  Information found in these older Lineage Books is not necessarily sufficient proof to use for a descendent’s application for acceptance into the Daughters of the American Revolution – a future DAR applicant may also need to provide additional information proving their descendent relationships.

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dover, page 109 (penned), 55 (stamped), dwelling 567, family number 857, Levi G Hill; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2015).

1860 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Ward 3, Dover City, Page No 103, dwelling 542, family 835, Levi G Hill; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2015).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Norfolk County, population schedule, Roxbury, dwelling 105, family 117, Isaac H Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Virginia, population schedule, Norfolk, Page No 25, dwelling 171, family 226, Wm N Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, Litchfield, County, Connecticut, population schedule, Harwinton, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 28, Page No 1, dwelling 3, family 3, Wm N Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 August 2015).

1885 Colorado State Census, El Paso, population schedule, , William Meserve; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017)

1900 United States Federal Census, Mesa County, Colorado, population schedule, Grand Junction, enumeration district (ED) 74, Sheet No 7A, dwelling 182, family 163, Abby H Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Mesa County, Colorado, population schedule, Grand Junction, enumeration district (ED) 94, Sheet 5A, dwelling 91 family 97; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Historian General, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XXII. 21001-22000 1897 (Washington, D.C.: 1906), page 37; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com :

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States San Francisco (San Francisco: 20 November 1895), Meeting Agenda Nov 20, 1895; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 23 October 2017.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Wm. N. Meserve and Abbie A. Hill, 30 November 1864; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2015).

“North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts, 1642-1977: NH, Strafford: Dover-Pine Hill,” digital images, AmericanAncestors (https://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 13 September 2017), Buckleys buried in Pine Hill (no 1074, p, 256).

Note:  Update re proper spelling of Somersworth NH thanks to a suggestion by Janice at Genealogy Bloggers on 1 Nov 2017.

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Sunday’s Obituary – George Shackford of East Boston (1818-1888) “Life’s Contract Fulfilled” (Blog 457)

We love the title of George Shackford’s obituary – “LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED”

George Shackford, the seventh child of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford was born on August 6, 1818 in Chester, New Hampshire.  When he was 23, his father died and left him $1 as a token of remembrance – the homestead in Chester given to George’s older brother Jonathan.

According to William Cutter’s Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4, George moved to Boston at a young age beginning his profession as a wharf and bridge builder.  We find him in Boston by 1845 living at 7 Gouch St.  He was listed as wharf builder at the age of 33 on April 13, 1853 when he married Rutha Elizabeth Crosby, the daughter of Alonzo and Rutha (Bemis) Crosby.  The next year, he and his brother Richard were formally authorized to build a wharf in East Boston.  According to Cutter he was responsible for repairing wharfs along Atlantic Avenue in Boston and in East Boston and rebuilt the Meridian Street Bridge in Chelsea.  George continued with his occupation of wharf building and bridge contractor living at 98 Decatur, Boston, 69 Saratoga St, and eventually 76 Saratoga St where he died.  George died of complications of Bright’s Disease in Boston at the age of 70 on December 30, 1888. This obituary was published in the Boston Globe the next day:

Obituary George Shackford 1818-1888 Boston Daily Globe December 31, 1889
Boston Daily Globe, 31 Dec 1888

LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED

Death of George Shackford of East Boston

George Shackford, one of the oldest and
most prominent citizens of East Boston,
died at his home, 76 Saratoga street, yester-
day after a lingering illness, of
Bright’s disease. Mr. Shackford was 70
years of age and resided nearly all his life
in East Boston. He carried on a very suc-
cessful business as a bridge contractor until
two years ago when he was stricken down
with the disease which caused his death.
He was a most interesting companion and
was universally respected. The date of the
funeral has not yet been settled upon. Mr
Shackford leaves a widow, one son and a
daughter, both of whom are married and
reside in East Boston.

George’s wife Rutha died at the age of 84 on June 13, 1914 in Boston.  They were both buried at the Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

CHILDREN:

George Alonzo Shackford (1854-1942) – worked with his father in the bridge and wharf building business – married  Mary Pinkham and Alice Blaker Pote.

Hannah Elizabeth Shackford (1856-1907) – married William G Grady

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SOURCES:

Cutter William Richard, A. M , editor, Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908), page 1804; digital images, Google E-Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 13 September 2013.

“LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED Death of George Shackford of East Boston,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 December 1888; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 19 September 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , George Shackford m Ruth E Crosby, 13 April 1853; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 31 March 2014).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED in the City of Boston for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty-eight, page 438, George Shackford, death, 30 December 1888; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2013).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, , Rutha E Shackford, 13 June 1914; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 15 August 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , George Shackford, 6 August 1818; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 September 2013); “New Hampshire, Birth Records, through 1900.” Online index and digital images. New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1854 Together With the Rolls and Messages (Boston: William White, Printer to the State, n.d.), Page 81; 1854, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 July 2017.

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