Amanuensis Monday – In 1858, Nathaniel Shackford of Pembroke Asks For Custody of His Son Albert Eugene Shackford (Blog 321)

On November 18, 1858, Nathaniel Shackford of Pembroke, New Hampshire told the Worcester County court that he was the father of Albert Eugene Shackford who was being kept at the Nashua House on Lincoln Street in Worcester by his wife Emeline E (Lovering) Shackford.

Nathaniel Shackford Asks for Custody of his Son Albert Eugene ShackfordTo the Hon Henry Chapin Judge of
Probate and Insolvency within and for the County of Worcester
Respectfully compains
That Nathaniel Shackford
of Pembroke in the State of New Hampshire
that he is the father of a child of the name
of Albert Eugene Shackford that said child is of
the age of twenty one months; that said child
is unlawfully restrained of its liberty and kept
from the custody of him the said Nathaniel
Shackford by Emmeline E. Shackford wife of
said Nathaniel Shackford and mother of said
child at the Nashua House (so called) on Lincoln
Street in said Worcester, that the said Nathaniel
Shackford is of sufficient ability to support
said child & is anxious so to do but is unable
to obtain the custody of said child he being
restrained by said Emmelline E Shackford –
and the complaintaint further says that the
said Emmeline E. Shackford is not a proper
person to have the control and custody of
said child – Wherefore he prays that a write
of habeas corpus may be issued to bring the
the body of said Albert Eugene Shackford before
your Honor and to summon said Emmeline
E Shackford to appear to show the cause of
detaining said Albert E Shackford from the
custody of said Nathaniel Shackford,
Worcester Nov 18 1858 Nathaniel Shackford
Subscribed & Sworn to before me
Admin Mazer
Justice of the Peace
Let a writ issue
returnable at the
probate office fortwith

The Judge Henry Chapin required Emeline to bring her son Albert to the court and issued a decision that custody of Albert E Shackford shall be bestowed to Emeline E Shackford, the mother.

The Lowell Daily Citizen published an article on Nov 23, 1858 related to this case with a blunt statement stating that the suit disclosed that Nathaniel was a common drunkard.  Two years later Nathaniel enlisted as a Private into the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry stating he was 41 years old (we believe he was 60) and was discharged for disability three months later on Dec 13, 1861.  He then reunited with Emeline and had two sons, Elmer Ellsworth Shackford born Sept 1862 and Charles H Shackford born June 1867.  After Nathaniel died in 1877 Emeline filed for a pension and was listed in many directories as the widow of Nathaniel H Shackford.

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SOURCES:

Massachusetts, Worcester, , “Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, Vol. 1 & 2 A – Z, July 1731-1881,” ancestry.com, http://ancestry.com (: accessed 17 August 2013), Albert E Shackford

Massachusetts, Worcester, , “Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881,” New England Genealogical Historical Society, http://www.americanancestors.org/ (: accessed 15 February 2016), Albert E Shackford Case 52989

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