Surname Saturday – Sarah J (Shackford) (Holker) Hobson Changes Children’s Last Names from Holker to Hobson (Blog 361)

Because David Shackford may descend from Levi Shackford via Levi’s daughter Susanna, we’re spending some time researching his descendants in the hope that we may learn more about the Newburyport Shackford families.

David Shackford married Lydia (Short) Shackford on 14 Sep 1849.  Their first child, Sarah J Shackford was probably born in June 1850 as she is listed as age 3/12 when the census was taken on Sept 5, 1850.

Sarah would have been 12 when her father died in 1862.  Her mother worked as a landlady and by the age of 20, Sarah was contributing to the household income working as a school teacher until after she turned 30.

On April 18, 1882 Sarah married John Holker, a stove dealer and on Oct 1, 1882 gave birth to two boys, David Emery Holker and Frank Emery Holker.  Its unclear what happened in their relationship but by 1886, Sarah was living back at her mother’s home on 37 Fair Street.

Name change of Sarah Shackfords twins David E and Frank E Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1895 Boston Wright & Potter, 1895), page 756
Acts and Resolves Passed by General Court of Massachusetts, 1895 p. 765

We haven’t found a divorce record yet but on September 2, 1893 Sarah married Edward M Hobson and a little over two years later, on Dec 17, 1894 had the courts formally change her twelve year old boy’s last names from Holker to Hobson.  We find them living with their new father in 1900.  Frank had married by 1903 and was living independently but David was at home in 1910 and married in 1916. Sarah and Edward lived in Newburyport, and Newbury.  Edward died on April 11, 1932 and Sarah on Nov 9, 1933.  They are buried together in the Rowley Burial Ground in Rowley, Massachusetts.

Children of Sarah Shackford:

David Emery Holker (1882-1946) – name changed to David Emery Hobson married Glady L Gordon

Frank Emery Holker (1882-1971) – name changed to Frank Emery Hobson married Edith Mabel Hills

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, no page number, previous page stamped 352, penned 703, dwelling 107, family 158, David Shackford in household of Henry Lunt; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2016).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Essex County, population schedule, Newburyport, dwelling 1, family 1, Lydia Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 16 August 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Page No 41, dwelling 315, family 372, Lydia Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 August 2016).

1880 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 225, Page No 4, 37 Fair, dwelling 29, family 37, Lydia Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 28 August 2016).

1900 United States Federal Cenus, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, , enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 469, Sheet No 13B, dwelling 313, family 344, Edward M Hobson; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 August 2016).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 August 2016), Edward M Hobson, Find A Grave Memorial# 94304554

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 July 2014), Sarah J. Shackford Hobson, Find A Grave Memorial# 94304575.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, , David Emery Holker, ; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 August 2016).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, , Frank Emery Holker, 1 October 1882; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 August 2016).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , John Holker m Sarah J Shackford, 18 April 1882; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 March 2014).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Sarah J Holker m Edward M Hobson, 2 September 1893; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 August 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

“Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts Marriages to 1850,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2016), David Shackford m Lydia E Short.

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1895 Together With the Rolls and Messages (Boston: Wright & Potter, 1895), page 756; digital images, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 28 August 2016.

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