Sunday’s Obituary – Sarah Lincoln (Harris) Shackford (1834-1897) (Blog 338)

Sarah Lincoln Harris was born July 28 1834 in Barnstable, Massachusetts to Rev Edward Nathan and Mary Ann (Robblee) Harris.  She was only 18 when she married William Shackford in St John, New Brunswick where we believe her father was working as a minister.  Her husband received his seaman’s certificate in Philadelphia, served aboard the Nahant in 1864, and was honorably discharged on November 11, 1865 while they kept a home in Eastport, Maine.  They moved to Philadelphia before 1880 and in 1881 he served aboard the S S Ohio and then worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company traveling to and from Colon.   They raised two daughters, Caroline Noyes and Marcia Parepa and on occasion accompanied him on a trip to Colon.  The family was occasionally mentioned in the newspaper when they summered in Cape May.

When Sarah died on October 2, 1897, her obituary was published the next day in the New York Times:

Death Notice Sarah Lincoln Harris Shackford New York Times 3 Oct 1897 -2

Mrs. William Shackford.
Sarah Lincoln Shackford, wife of Capt.
William Shackford, for many years senior
Captain of the Pacific Mail Steamship Com-
pany’s fleet, died at the residence of her
son-in-law, Silas Furman, at the Brockholst,
101 West Eighty-fifth Street, yesterday.
Mrs. Shackford had been ill for some time
past. Her daughter, Miss Marcia Shack-
ford, married Silas Furman, half-brother of
Mrs. James M. Waterbury and Mrs. Frank
Lazarus, last year.


Caroline Noyes Shackford (1854-1913) – music teacher in Baltimore, moved near her sister in her 50s and the two performed opera and sang at church events together

Marcia Parapa Shackford (1872-1933) – married Silas Holmes Furman in 1896

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1860 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Maine, population schedule, Eastport, Page No 95, dwelling 620, family 711, William Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 23 December 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Maine, population schedule, Eastport, Page No 60, dwelling 420, family 472, Wm Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 December 2014).

1880 United States Federal Censu, Philadelphia County, Pennslyvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 122, Page No 3 (penned) 104, (Stamped), 1342 Spruce Street South Side, Dwelling 19, Family 22, William Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 27 October 2013).

Family data, Shackford William & Sarah L Harris – To William & Sarah L from her Father E. N. H. Family Bible, The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of The Original Tongues, (New York: American Bible Society, 1854); original owned in 2014 by Sandra Furman, [address for private use], Furman family member.

“Mrs. William Shackford,” The New York (New York) Times, 3 October 1897; digital images, New York Times ( : accessed 29 July 2014).

“Navy Survivors’ Certificates,” digital images, Fold 3 ( : accessed 3 December 2013), William Shackford; citing page 26.

“New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” digital images, ( : accessed 23 December 2014), Marcia Shackford, aboard S. S. City of Para from Colon, US of C.

“New-Yorkers at Cape May,” The New York (New York) Times, 15 July 1894; digital images, New York Times ( : accessed 26 December 2014).

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennslyvania), 12 May 1895; digital images, Fulton History ( : accessed 5 January 2015).

“U.S., Seamen’s Protection Certificates, 1792-1869,” digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 28 December 2014), William Shackford.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Theodore Shackford (1842-1920) (Blog 337)

This obituary for Theodore who we wrote about on Feb 10, 2014 describing his capture of the Confederate flag appeared in the Dec 2, 1920 Daily Kennebec Journal.

Obituary for Theodore Shackford d 1920 Daily Kennebec Journal December 2, 1920Theodore Shackford, who died Tuesday morning at his home on Elm street, Gorham, gained great distinction during the Civil War by entering the enemy’s lines and returning to his on with the colors of a Confederate
regiment. He was a native of Westbrook, born there 78 years ago. He enlisted in Co. A., 5th Maine Infantry,
and served throughout the war. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow and G. A. R. member. A widow survives.

Theodore’s widow was Bessie C (Morrison) Shackford who was his second wife and the widow of a Mr Briggs.  Theodore and Bessie were buried at the Eastern Cemetery in Gorham, Maine.  He left no children.

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Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 24 February 2014), Theodore Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 121448090

“Maine Gossip,” Daily Kennebec Journal (Kennebec, Maine), 2 December 1920; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 17 September 2014).

Parkes Joanne Shackford, “Military Monday – Corporal Theodore Shackford Captures Confederate Flag at Rappahannock Station (Blog 119),” Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History Blog 119 Theodore Shackford, 10 February 2014 ( : accessed 12 February 2014).

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Treasure Chest Thursday – The Will of Joshua Shackford (abt 1716-1772) (Blog 336)

We don’t know much about Joshua Shackford, the son of Samuel and Abigail (Richards) Shackford.  We believe he and his brothers William and John were baptized in Portsmouth on September, 1716 which puts his birth before that date.  He’s listed in his father’s will which was proved on March 11, 1731 and while he received Chester and Barrington rights, he married Lydia Lovejoy of Andover where the birth of two children, Samuel (who died young) and Lydia (who married Alexander Hodgdon) are recorded.

From his will, we learn that Joshua was a yeoman from Rochester, New Hampshire who now resided in Andover, Massachusetts Bay, left his wife Lydia his two cows, all his money, household goods, and furniture except his brass ketle, warming pan, & two chests which he left his daughter Lydia Hodgdon. He also mentioned a grandson Joshua Hodgdon of Rochester and appointed John Abbott of Andover to administrate his will.


Will of Joshua Shackford Essex County, MA Probate File Papers, 1638-1881, digital images, American Ancestors

In the Name of God. Amen I Joshua Shackford of Rochester in the Province of New Hampshire (now present in Andover in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Yeoman, Being Gifted with such bodily infirmities as gives me reason to think the time of my continuance in this life is but short and having some goods of Estate which I think ought to be disposed of in a different manner from what the Law will do in case I should die intestate, have thought fit while I am favored with the due exercise of my reason to make this my last will and Testament, whereby according to the Dictates of my confines I give and Dispose of the Same in the following manner, viz

1. ly
I Will that my Executor hereafter named give me a Decent Burial out of my Estate (at my Decease) and pay all my just Debts that may be Due, out of the same. I give to Lydia my Wife, my two Cows & all my money, notes of hand Book Accounts, household goods & furniture, all of  every Denomination, to be for her life and improvement & comfortable, Support, for and During the Term of her Natural Life, all the afore said Articles of every Denomination as above said I give to my said Wife as above Except & Excepting my Brass Kettle Warming Pan & Two Chests, which I give to my daughter Lydia Hodgdon of said Rochester.
3: ly It is my Will and I Do hereby Order, that if anything should remain which I have herein given to my afore said Wife after her Decease & her funeral charges paid, that the same be given to my Grandson Joshua Hodgdon of Rochester above said.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint John Abbott the third of Andover afore said Yeoman the Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Testament allowing this and no other to be so. In
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the
Thirty-first Day of July in the Eleventh Year of the Reigh
of our Sovereign Lord George the third of great Britain
France & Ireland King &c. Anno que Domini One Thousand
Seven hundred & seventy one.
Signed, Sealed and Declared by the
said Joshua Shackford to be his last
Will and Testament in Presence of
Asa Carlton
Peter Stewwing???
Benjamin Stevenson
Joshua Shackford



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