Tuesday’s Tip – Searching the Newspapers for the Rest of the Story About David Shackford’s 1862 Drowning (Blog 360)

Earlier this month we shared an article published on Sept 5, 1862 in the Daily Herald that stated that the body of Lt David Shackford who had drowned on August 22 had been found.  We wanted to see if we could learn how he died so we went back to the wonderful Newburyport Public Library Newspaper newpaper archives and searched for Shackford.  We then narrowed the 210 articles to those that appeared in August and September 1862 and found 2 in August, and 4 in September.

The two articles in August pertain to David being voted as a 2 LT and the four articles in September described his body being found and his burial but no articles describing the incident leading to his death.  By reviewing the articles, we were pretty sure there had been an article on the day that he had drowned.  We also learned that two papers were published at this time – the Daily Herald which appeared daily and the Newburyport Herald which was published twice a week.

We know that OCR search engines don’t always find all the articles containing a specific word so we started looking through each newspaper starting on August 22nd and discovered an article in the Daily Herald on August 23, page 2, column 3!  Unfortunately the article was washed out and can’t be read.  So we looked for the next issue of the Newburyport Herald  and found this article published on the 26th of August.

Drowned Lieut David Shackford DROWNED, The Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 26 August 1862, page 2, col 2

DROWNED. On Friday afternoon about 3 o’clock, Mr. David Shackford was drowned near the mouth of
the Merrimac river, at Plum Island Point. Being down on a pleasure excursion, he took a boat to sail, and by some accident lost the runder [sic]. He then anchored, took down the sail, divested himself of his clothes, and
jumped into the water to recover the rudder; that he accomplished and had nearly reached the boat again,
in the strong tide of the channel, when he suddenly sunk and drowned. He was some 35 years old and leaves a family. It was only the night before that he was elected second lieutenant of the Cushing Guard, and was expecting shortly to leave for the seat of war, under the nine months call.

The article published on September 5th inferred that he may have been a victim of a shark.


“DROWNED,” The Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 26 August 1862, page 2, col 2; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 30 August 2016).

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


Maritime Monday – Captain William Gardner Shackford Takes Howard Gould and New Wife on European Cruise aboard Steam Yacht Niagara (Blog 359)

We’ve already blogged about William Gardner Shackford, the captain of the Howard Gould’s Niagara visiting his son Chauncey Shackford but thought we’d share this article we just found which gives a description of the Gould’s journey aboard the Niagara in May 1899.

W. G. Shackford Capt of Niagara HOWARD GOULD AND HIS WIFE SAIL, New York Journal (New York, New York), 2 May 1899HOWARD GOULD


Bound for a Long Cruise
On Their Steam Yacht,
the Niagara.
Mrs. Gould Before Starting Sends
a Check to Endow a Women’s
Hospital Cot.
Howard Gould’s large auxillary steam
yacht, the Niagara, having on board her
owner and his young wife, Mrs. G. U. Kirk-
patrick, Dr. J. C. Taylor and a small party
of friends, cleared her moorings at West
Fifty-eighth street about 2 o’clock yester-
day afternoon and dropped down the North
River, bound for a five months cruise in
the waters of northern Europe.
The Niagara returned early last night to
an anchorage in the upper bay. She was
in time to escape a severe gale from the
westward, which began at 10 p. m. It is
said that the Niagara’s purpose in steam-
ing to the Hook was to adjust her com-
passes and test her machinery. Some ad-
ditional guests are also expected aboard be-
fore the yacht leaves post to-day.
At a small reception held aboard the
yacht Sunday afternoon, except the host
and hostess, none of the Gould fail was
present. The gathering was quite informal
and a charming afternoon was spent on the
decks of the model pleasure craft. Among
those who came to wish Mr. and Mrs. Gould
a pleasant voyage were Mr. and Mrs.
“Jack” Kemble, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bald-
win, John A. Turner F. Wilksbarre and G.
U. Kirkpatrick, who expects to join his
wife and the party at Southampton. Mr.
and Mrs. Sells, who are relatives of the
Goulds, are expected to join them later in
Before leaving, Mrs. Gould sent her check
for $5,000 to endow a cot at the Women’s
Hospital. She has also made arrangements
for several outings on the water for chil-
dren during the Summer. The outings will
be held under the supervision of City Char-
The Niagara, after first touching at the
Azores, will proceed to Southamption; from
there she will visit the Isle of Man, Bel-
fat, go a short way up the Clyde, then
sailing around the northern coasts of Scot-
land, will, if the season proves an open one,
go as far as Spitzbergen. Returning, they
will visit St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copen-
hagen, The Hague, and from Southampton
will sail directly for New York, expecting
to reach here by the middle of September
in time for the international yacht races.
The Niagara is under the command of
Captain W. G. Shackford, who at one
time was commodore of the Pacific Mail
Steamship Company, and several years
ago commanded George Gould’s steam
yacht, the Atalanta. She carries a comple-
ment of seventy-eight men. The cook’s and
steward’s department are looked after en-
tirely by Japanese.
During the past Winter many important
changes and improvements have been made
in the interior fittings of the yacht. The
smoking room and saloon, or social hall,
have been newly decorated. A valuable
piece of sixteenth century tapestry, repre-
senting a village scene, has been placed in
the latter apartment.


“HOWARD GOULD AND HIS WIFE SAIL,” New York Journal (New York, New York), 2 May 1899; digital images, Library of Congress Collection New York Journal and Related Titles, 1896 to 1899 (https://www.loc.gov : accessed 25 August 2016).

Sunday’s Obituary – Lucy Maria Shackford (1814-1840) (Blog 358)

Lucy Maria Shackford, the daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Buzzel) Shackford was born in 1814 in Barrington, New Hampshire and grew up in a large family, one of ten children. She was 18 when her father died and was mentioned in his will as one of the daughters who were able to remain in the east chamber of her father’s home with wood cut up as long as she remained unmarried and that she would receive $50 when she was married.

Sometime during 1840 Lucy moved from New Hampshire to Virginia to teach in a Virginia school and died in Great Bridge Virginia.  Her obituary was published in the New Hampshire Statesman and State Journal and the Newburyport Herald.

Obituary Lucy Maria Shackford Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 22 September 1840
Newburyport Herald, 22 Sept 1840


In Virginia, Norfolk County, at Great
Bridge, on the 14th Aug last, Miss Lucy Ma-
ria Shackford, aged 26 years, daughter of the
late Samuel Shackford, Esq. of Barrington.
Miss Shackford left New England but a few
months since for the purpose of teaching
school in Virginia.

We’re not sure what brought Lucy to Virginia but perhaps she was following her brother John William Shackford who had moved south around 1837.  We’re hoping someday to learn a bit more about this adventuresome young lady’s short life.

We’d like to thank the Newbury Public Library for scanning these newspapers which are allowing us to learn more about Shackford family history!


“DEATHS.,” New Hampshire Statesman and State Journal (Concord, New Hampshire), 19 September 1840; digital images, Godfrey Memorial (http://godfrey.org : accessed 18 February 2014).

“DEATHS.,” Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 22 September 1840; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 27 August 2016).


Follow Friday -Thanks to The Ancestor Hunt We Found an Article About David Shackford’s Death in Newburyport (Blog 357)

We’ve been following The Ancestor Hunt blog by Kenneth R Marks on and off. We turned it off during our recent genealogy trip to cut down on e-mails but are very glad that we turned back on his blog due to the recent article about 18 Historical Newspaper Digitization Projects and mentioned an article stating that the Newburyport Public Library had digitized numerous old newspapers.  We did a search of the newspapers and found 210 articles that mention Shackford including this article about the death of David Shackford.

David, the son of Susan Shackford (no husband named), was born August 15, 1826 in Newburyport, Massachusetts and married Lydia Short on Sept 14, 1849. He was a shoemaker and served with the Minute Men on April 15, 1861 and died by drowning on August 22, 1862 the day after being elected as a 2d Lieutenant.  He was buried in Old Town, Newburyport.


Sarah J Shackford (1850-1933) – school teacher, bookkeeper, married John Holker then Edward M Hobson

Emily Corless Shackford (1854-1885)

Charles Henry Shackford (1857-1928)

Mary Ann Shackford (1859-1869)

Everett Archer Shackford (1862-1865)

Note:  We’re not sure who his mother descended from – possibly she was a daughter of Levi Shackford – not sure yet.

David A Shackford - The body of Lieut Shackford,,Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 8 August 1862.JPG
The Daily Herald, 5 Sept 1862

The body of Lieut. Shackford, who was drowned
on the 22d ult., was recovered on Thursday morning
Mr. Edward Dole, who had gone to the meadows, dis-
scovered the body some ten feet above low water mark,
and immediately returned with the information, when
several of the friends of the deceased went to the spot,
and taking charge of it brought it to the city. Its con-
dition renders interment immediate; and we learn that
arrangements are in progress, and that the funeral will
take place from the Purchase street church this fore-
noon, at 10’o’clock. The services will be conducted
by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Butler.
The other clergymen of the city are invited and no
doubt will by present. We learn also that the City
Government, the Veteran Artillery Association , the
Cushing Guard, Mr. Stone’s Company and the sever-
al engine companies of the city will probably be in
The supposition was entertained by those present at
the time Lieut. Shackford so suddenly disappeared
from their view that he had been seized by a shark,
and we hear that circumstances are decisive on this

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“The Body of Lieut Shackford,” The Daily Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 5 September 1862; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 26 August 2016).

“Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 14 May 2015), David Shackford

Creasey George W., The City of Newburyport in the Civil War (Forgotten Books, 1903), page 75; digital images, Forgotten books (www.forgottenbooks.org : accessed 15 July 2014.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED IN THE City of Newburyport for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-two page 256, David Shackford, 22 August 1862; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 10 January 2014).

Nason George W., History And Complete Roster of the Massachusetts Regiments, Minute Men of 1861 Who Responded To the First Call of President Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1861, To Defend the Flag And Constitution of the United State (Boston, Massachusetts: Smith & McCance, 1910), page 238; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 23 May 2014.

Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I. Births (Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1911), page 347 and; digital images, Essex County Ma (http://essexcountyma.net/ : accessed 12 July 2014.

Updated Aug 30, 2016 – removed the middle initial A.  (We’d reviewed every source we’d found pertaining to David Shackford and do not find any reference to a middle initial or middle name and are uncertain why we added a middle initial.)

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

Treasure Chest Thursday – Capt William Moore Shackford of Ship Roberts Shares Updates of 1811 War between England and France (Blog 356)

Here’s a great example of how the news traveled from ship captains to newspapers in 1811 back in the times before telegraphs or telephones.  We believe that the Captain Shackford of the ship Roberts is Captain William Moore Shackford  This ship seems to sometimes be listed as the Robert and other times as the Roberts.

Capt Shackford of Roberts Shares News of War Cooperstown Federalist., April 20, 1811, Page 3, Image 3

NEW YORK, April 12

Latest from Lisbon – The ship Roberts, Shackford arrived here from New-Orleans, spoke on the 7th of April, in latitude 37,80, longitude 74, the brig Heroine, of and for Norfolk, 25 days from Lisbon the captain of which vessel informed, that there had been a movement in the armies, and that the English were in close pursuit of the French, who were on a precipitate retreat.  The wind blowing very bad, capt Shackford could not get any further particulars.


Cooperstown Federalist, April 20, 1811, NYS Historic Newspapers, http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/, accessed 24 Sept 2016

Note:  A List of Cargo for Ship Roberts, Capt Shackford, sold to Samuel Lyle in New Orleans on account Dec 5, 1812 is in file 93-6 at the Harvard Law School Library in the file of the Law Office of Robert and Theodore Sedgwick III, Esqs.Call No HOLLIS 5999640.  It would be interesting to learn what cargo was aboard the ship!

Also in the New Hampshire Fire and Marine Insurance Papers at the Portsmouth Athanaeum, there is a letter from W. M. Shackford abandoning this ship to the insurance company because of declaration of war. That letter would be fascinating to read! (yes, we were just there but finding this letter is now on my list of items to research on a return trip)

Wedding Wednesday – Marshall Frank Shackford Marries Bernice Evangaline Norton Sept 8, 1908 (Blog 355)

Marriage Marshall Shackford Bernice Norton WEDDED NORTON-SHACKFORD, The Springvale Advocate (Springvale, Maine), 18 September 1908A quiet wedding took place at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. John G.
Norton, Buxton, Me. Sept, 8,
1908, at 10.30 a.m. Rev. I. J.
Merry pastor of the Congregational
church of Groveville officiated.
The contracting parties were Miss
Bernice Evangeline Norton of Bux-
ton and Mr Marshall Frankling
Shackford of White Rock, Me. The
bride wore a dress of Amber silk
with garniture creame lace and carri
ed a bouquet of roses and carna-
tions. She was given away by her
father, Mr. John Gage Norton, the
double ring service being used. The
bridesmaid Miss Agnes Hill was very
prettily attired.
The wedding dinner was served
at the home of the bride’s parents,
which was very attractively decorat-
ed, after which the happy couple at
once departed for a wedding trip to
Niagra Falls and other resorts.
The bride wore a traveling suit of
“Alice Blue.” Upon their return
they will take up their residence
with the bride’s parents where they
have rooms finely furnished. Among
the furnishing much admired were
a splendid mahogany chamber set,
two ancient mirrors, one being
of a ancient landscape hand
painted design, two mahogany
standard center tables and a very
fine, tall maple chiffonier. This an-
cient furniture is no doubt 150 years
old. Prominent amonst the many
wedding presents was a large, fine
landscape view presented by the
bride’s Sunday school teacher and
class of the Congregational church
of Groverville. The following cards
were issued:
Mr. and Mrs. John Gage Norton
announce the marriage
of their daughter
Bernice Evangeline
Mr. Marshall F. Shackford
Tuesday a. m. Sept. 8, 1908.


Marshall Frank Shackford was the son of Robert F and Caroline (Usher) Shackford, born in Gorham, Maine on October 29, 1883.  He and Bernice had one daughter Louise Josephine Shackford born in 1911 and Bernice unfortunately died of uremia while pregnant on October 10, 1916.


Louise Josephine Shackford (1911-1991) – married Chester Hope Stamps


“WEDDED NORTON-SHACKFORD,” The Springvale Advocate (Springvale, Maine), 18 September 1908; digital images, (http://springvale.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 23 August 2016)


Sunday’s Obituary – Mary Maria (Tinkham) Shackford (1827-1906) – Prominent in Chicago’s Soldier’s Home and Rest (Blog 354)

Mrs. Mary Tinkham Shackford, Obituary, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 25 June 1906, page 4 online archives
Chicago Daily Tribune, June 25, 1906, Page 4, Obituary Mrs Mary Tinkham

Mrs. Mary Tinkham Shackford died yesterday at her home in Winnetka aged 79 years. She and her husband moved in 1853 to Chicago from Maine and took up their residence on the north side, where they lived until after the great fire. During the civil war Mrs. Shackford was prominent in the work of the “Solders’ Rest,” which cared for hundreds of soldiers. She also was prominent in the work of Unity church. A husband and a daughter – Mrs. W. A. Otis of Winnetka – survive.


Mary Maria Tinkham, daughter of  Abiel Wood and Charlotte (Ilsley) Tinkham was born in Portland Maine on Oct 6, 1827. In 1850 she was living with her brother Smith Tinkham, a merchant in Eastport, Maine where she married Samuel Shackford on July 22, 1851.  By 1860 they were living in Chicago where Mary was very involved in helping civil war soldiers.  In 1863-4 Mary was the directress and acting secretary of the Chicago Soldier’s Home and on the Auditing Committee of the Home and Rest.

Sadly, Mary was one of the 100,000 families that lost their home on October 10, 1871 during the Great Chicago Fire, an event described in an article published in Our Young Folks by Mary’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. The family moved to Winnetka where they remained the rest of their lives.  She died on June 24, 1906 and was buried at the Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Chicago.  Her husband Samuel died on December 19, 1908 and was buried alongside her.


Elizabeth Lincoln Shackford (1857-1947) – married William Augustus Otis, author, lived in Winnetka IL and Tucson, AZ

Frederick Lincoln Shackford (1861-1862)



1850 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Maine, population schedule, Eastport, page 575 (penned), 258 (stamped), dwelling 299, family 540, Smith Tinkham; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 16 November 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago, Ward 7, Page No 1, Samuel Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 22 November 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago, 19th Ward, Page No 58, dwelling 413, family 412, Saml Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 November 2014).

1880 United States Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Winettka, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 228, Page No 217, dwelling 257, family 263, Samuel Shackford; digital images, Anestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 November 2014).

1900 United States Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, New Trier Township, Winnettka Village, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 173, Sheet No 13, dwelling 185, family 188, Samuel Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 November 2014).

Andreas A. T., History of Chicago From the Earliest Period to the Present Time in Three Volumes. Volume II. – From 1857 Until the Fire of 1871 (Chicago: The A. T. Andreas Company, 1885), page 312-3; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 17 November 2014

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 14 July 2016), Maty Maria “Mary” Tinkham Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 166665189.

“Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922, 1955-1994,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 July 2014), Samuel Shackford, d 19 Dec 1908.

Maine “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 16 November 2014), Samuel Shackford m Mary Maria Tinkham

Maine State of Maine, “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” index,” database, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 16 November 2014), Mary M Tinkham b. 6 Oct 1827.

Organization, Constitution and By-Laws of the Soldiers’ Home in the City of Chicago (Chicago: S P Rounds, 1863), page 8; digital image, Hathi Trust (http://babel.hathitrust.org/ : accessed 13 November 2015.

“Soldier’s Home,” Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 26 November 1864; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 27 November 2014).