Lydia A. Buck.
Lydia A. Buck, wife of Abijah R. Buck,
clerk of the Wood Memorial Church, died
at the her home, 180 Windsor street, Cam-
bridge, Tuesday. Mrs. Buck had been
an invalid for twenty years, and death
has ended a life of long suffering. She
bore her affliction with remarkable for-
titude and patience, and loved her family
dearly. A husband, son and daughter
survive her. The funeral was held Thurs-
day afternoon at her residence. Rev.
Isaiah W. Sneath of the Wood Memorial
Church conducted the service. The burial
Lydia, the daughter of Noah and Hannah (Smith) Shackford was born about 1829 in Alfred, Maine. In 1850 we find her in Alfred with her father Noah, his second wife Bethulah and siblings Japhet, Abigail, William K, Bethular J, and Stephen S. When the 1860 census was taken in September, she was living at home in Alfred, Maine with her father, Noah, stepmother, and siblings William and Bethular next to brother Japhet but on September 13, 1860 she married Abijah R Buck, a machinist in Boston, Massachusetts.
The family was in Boston in 1865 but moved to Cambridge by 1870 where they settled on Winsor Street where Abijah continued his profession as a machinist and they raised two children.
Lydia died on January 5, 1892 in Cambridge from exhaustion from pneumonia at the age of 63. Lydia’s husband Abijah remained in Cambridge until his death at age 74 on September 22, 1908. We’re thankful for this obituary which gives us a bit more information about Lydia’s life than we can gather from the vital records we’ve found.
Fred Maye Buck (1863-1900) – worked as a machinist, married Lillian E Merrill
Mary Lucille Buck (1868-1900) – single
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1850 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Alfred, page 392, dwelling 118, page 128, Noah Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 December 2013).
1860 US Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Alfred, Page No 1, dwelling 7, family 7, Noah Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 August 2017).
1865 Massachusetts census, Suffolk County, population schedule, Boston, dwelling 1382, family 2408, Abijah R Buck; digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQHD-MH9 : accessed 30 August 2017).
1870 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Cambridge, Page No 47, dwelling 351, family 377, Abijah R Buck; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 August 2017).
1880 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Cambridge, enumeration district (ED) 431, Page 1, dwelling 8, family 11, Abijah R Buck; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 August 2017).
“Lydia A. Buck,” Cambridge Chronicle (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 9 January 1892; digital images, Cambridge Public Library (http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com : accessed 30 August 2017).
Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED in the City of Cambridge for the Year eighteen hundred and ninety-two, page 100, Lydia A Shackford w. of Abijah R Buck, death, 5 January 1892; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2013).
Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , Abijah B Buck m Lydia A Shackford, 13 September 1860; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 August 2017).
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