Friday Faces From the Past – Joseph Edward Shackford (1849-1920) (Blog 407)

Joseph Edward Shackford, the son of William Brown Shackford and Catherine T (Mullett) Shackford was born Oct 22, 1849 and baptized at the Holy Cross Church in Boston on December 6, 1849.  We find him in the 1850 census with his parents and sister May Kate Shackford, age 4; in the 1855 Massachusetts census, in the 1860 census, and in the 1865 Massachusetts census.

Joseph would have just turned 16 when his father who had served in the Civil War died in November 1866 and started work sometime thereafter working as a clerk at 22 Broad St.

He married Elizabeth A (Lizzie) Myers, the daughter of Henry J V Myers, a policeman on Feb 10, 1873, and switched from clerking to working as a bookkeeper.  The family moved to Watertown, Massachusetts where we find Joseph, Lizzie and two children William Henry  and Joseph Edward in the 1880 census and also where Joseph and his wife won prizes at the Grand Army Fair in Dec 1881.  Sometime thereafter the family moved to Syracuse where our first record pertains to their December 1866 divorce which was described in the Syracuse Herald.  The newspaper stated that the suit alleged adultery by Mrs Shackford and gave custody of the two sons William H and Joseph E to their father.  The newspaper also described Joseph’s job as a commercial traveller.

Ten months later on October 20, 1887, Joseph married Miss Donna Lovilla Evans of Chicago, the daughter of Thomas Evans in a “Brilliant Social Event” and describes the happy couple departing for their future home in Syracuse, NY. They first moved to 2 East Castle Street, then to 103 East Castle.  In 1892 we find Joseph, Donna, William and Joseph along with a new son Arthur Evans Shackford in Syracuse. The couple celebrated their 12th anniversary in October 1899 with card games and dancing and appeared in multiple other newspaper articles describing entertaining.

They appeared in the 1900 census with two new children Thomas L and Donna M Shackford and are mentioned in the 1902 newspaper celebrating their 15th anniversary celebrating by playing whist.  They were also mentioned in the newspaper in 1903 due to electrical light fires occurring in the home.

In 1908, Donna who had been ill for three years died at the age of 43 due to an obstructed bile duct.  From the 1910 census we see that Joseph who was working for the National Lead Company hired a servant to help out at home as he was still traveling.  In 1914 he received an award in New York in the white lead selling competition.  In 1917 he was recognized in the Syracuse Herald for his 30 years of work representing the National Lead Company.  He died on November 28, 1920 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse.  His obituary describes his very active involvement in the masons & other clubs in Syracuse.

Obituary Joseph E Shackford, Syracuse Journal, 29 Nov 1920

J. E. Shackford, Leading Mason, Dies in Hospital


Member of Many Orders and of Citizen’s Club Passes Away

Joseph E. Shackford, 71, well
known in Syracuse Masonic circles
and for the past 32 years a resident
of the city, died Sunday night at St.
Joseph’s Hospital. Mr Shackford
was for 29 years with the National
Lead Company, retiring from active
business four years ago.
He was a member of Central City
Lodge, No 305, F. and A. M., Central
City Chapter, No. 13, R. A. M., Cen-
tral City Council, No. 70. Central
City Commandery, No. 23, Knights
Templar and of the Central City
Scottish Rite bodies. He was also a
member of Ziyara Temple, Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine, Keder Khan
Grotto, and the Citizens’ Club of
Mr. Shackford is survived by four
sons: Joseph E., Jr., of Baldwins-
ville; Thomas L. of St. Augustine,
Fla.; Arthur E. of Syracuse, and
William H. of Troy, and by a
daughter Mrs. William J. Brown of
New York City.
Masonic funeral services will be
held at the undertaking rooms of W.
A. Fancher, 112 Seymour st., at a
date and hour to be fixed later.

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with Elizabeth A Myers

William Henry Shackford (1873-1958) – married Anna Mooney, worked for Aetna Mills, , lived in Troy, New York

Joseph Edward Shackford (1876-1948) – married Etta May Chadwick, salesman for Puget Sound Works, , lived in Seattle, Washington

with Donna L Evans

Arthur Evans Shackford (1889-1965) – married Josephine Clara Essig, salesman, inspector factory, lived in Syracuse, NY

Thomas Leon Shackford (1892-1959) – married Ruth Hopkins, Eugenie R Edwards, lived in Evanston, Illinois, St Augustine, Florida

Donna May Shackford (1896-1965) Married William J Brown???, Victor Anthony Note, and Oscar J Barber


1850 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Ward 10, Dwelling 662, Family 1057, Wm Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed ).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Suffolk County, population schedule, Ward 10, page 30, Dwelling 180, Family 209, William B Shackford; digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 13 May 2013).

1860 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, 12th Ward, Boston, Page No. 185, Dwelling 1145, Family 1494, Wm B Shackford; digital image, ( : accessed 13 July 2013).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Boston, Suffolk, Ward 12, City of Boston County of Suffolk, Dwelling 3324, Family 5397, William Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 May 2013).

1880 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Watertown, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 420, Supervisor’s District do, Sheet A, Page 21 (penned), Page 11 (stamped), Dwelling 188, Family 220, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 16 July 2013).

1892 New York State Census, Onondaga County, population index, Syracuse, Ward 11, Page 4, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 November 2013).

1900 United States Federal Census, , Syracuse City, Ward 19, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 161, Supervisor’s District 12, Sheet No 6, B, House No 210, Dwelling 121 (corrected), Family 128, Joseph Shackford head; digital images, (: accessed 14 August 2013).

1910 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 189, Sheet No 9A, 210 Beard Avenue, Visited No 175, Family No 190, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 8 November 2013).

Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 14 December 1881; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives ( : accessed 16 July 2013).

“Brilliant Social Event,” Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887; Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 29 January 2014).

FOR ANNIVERSARIES.,” The Syracuse Journal, 25 October 1902; Fulton History ( : accessed 24 January 2014).

“HAD BEEN ILL THREE YEARS Mrs. Donna Evans Shackford Died This Morning,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 13 July 1908; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 10 December 2013).

“J. E. Shackford, Leading Mason, Dies in Hospital,” Syracuse Journal, 29 November 1920; FultonHistory ( : accessed 23 January 2014); Syrause NY Daily Journal 1920-6321.

“J. E. Shackford Veteran Salesman Who Knows Paint,” The Syracuse Herald, 1917; FultonHistory ( : accessed 23 January 2014).

LIGHT WIRES’ PRANKS Fires and Explosions in the Nineteenth. In a Score of Houses,” The Syracuse Herald, 2 August 1903; FultonHistory ( : accessed ).

“Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900,” digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 25 January 2017), Joseph E Shackford; Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.6, 1844-1850, Vol 6, Page 529, December Baptisms 1849.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN THE CITY OF BOSTON, FOR THE YEAR 1873, No 46, February 10, Joseph E Shackford, Elizabeth A Myers, ; digital images, ( : accessed 14 July 2013); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

The Painters Magazine and Paint & Wallpaper Dealer January 1914 (n.d.), page 162; digital images, Google eBooks ( : accessed 23 January 2014.

“Mr Shackford’s Suit,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 19 December 1886; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 10 December 2013).

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

Updated 12/9/2017 to update Donna May Shackford’s year of death and the names of her husbands, 12/10/2017 to add link to blog about Donna May

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