Treasure Chest Thursday – Gracie N Shackford’s Eleventh Birthday Party (Blog 383)

The Newburyport Daily News published this cute article on Dec 8, 1894:


Gracie N. Shackford, daughter of Commo
dore C H Shackford, had 20 of her little
girl friends over last evening to cel-
ebrate her 11th birthday. Songs, recita-
tions, supper and magic lantern views
made up a pleasant evening The presents were very nice, to the number of 28.

Grace N Shackford, the daughter of Charles Henry and Clara Eva (Burke) Shackford and granddaughter of David and Lydia Eva (Short) Shackford.was born December 6, 1883 in Newburyport.  From the age of 19 to 29, Grace worked as a telephone operator and married Forrest Glover Hills on Jan 22, 1913. Forrest was only 40 when he died on January 11, 1927.  Grace lived with her mother and three daughters, Helen, Eva, and Ruth in 1930, then with her mother and two granddaughters in 1940.  We’re not sure when she died or where she was buried.

We’re not sure yet how her father Charles obtained the title of Commodore.

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“Birthday Party,” Newburyport Daily News (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 8 December 1894; digital images, Newburyport Public Library ( : accessed 10 November 2016).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Grace N Schackford m Forrest G Hills, 22 January 1913; digital images, ( : accessed 6 September 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, (www/ : accessed 7 September 2016), Grace N Shackford.

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