Sunday’s Obituary – Mrs Melvina (Currier) Shackford (1840-1917) – Died on her 77th Birthday (Blog 465)

Obituary Melvina ShackfordMrs. Melvina C. Shackford, widow
of the late Granville Shackford, and
a highly esteemed lady, died Monday
morning at 4 o’clock in this city, at
the age of 77 years. Mrs. Shackford
made her home in Saco for many
year and went from there to Old
Orchard where she took an active
part in the Methodist church. She
was of a loving and kind disposition,
and her friends speak of her in glow-
ing terms for her many acts of kind-
ness.
Mrs. Shackford died on her birth-
day.
She is survived by one daughter,
Mrs. Howard Gilpatric of Hingham,
and one grandson, Howard Gilpatric,
also of Hingham.

 

Melvina Currier was born to Oren and Patience (Hanson) Currier on July 30, 1840 in Dover, Maine.   Her mother died in Dec 1856 when she was 16 and father remarried in September 1857.  In 1860 Melina was living at home in Athens working as a factory hand and her father died in 1864.  By 1870 she had moved to Biddeford where she was running a boarding house for a cotton mill.

On June 12, 1872 Melvina married Granville Shackford, a civil war veteran.  They moved to Saco and lived on Boom Road where Granville had a farm and served on the city council.  By 1900 they had moved to Old Orchard where they resided until Granville’s death on December 11, 1916.  Granville’s pension was transferred to her on January 5, 1917 but she died six months later on July 30, 1917 in Biddeford.  She was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.  We’re fortunate to have found her obituary which lets us know that she was very involved in the Methodist church and was loved by many in her community.

CHILDREN:

Jesse Maria Shackford (1873-1939) – married Howard Gilpatric in 1899.

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SOURCES:

1860 United States Federal Census, Somerset County, Maine, population schedule, Athens, page 357, dwelling 24, family 25, Oren Currier; digital image, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 April 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Biddeford, Page 82, dwelling 529, family 573, Melvina Currier; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 April 2018).

1880 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 203, Page No 29 crossed out and replaced with 30, dwelling 274, family 379, Granville Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 April 2015).

1900 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Old Orchard Town, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration Distric No 246, Supervisor’s District No 109, Sheet No 10 (A), dwelling 191, family 291, Granville Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 27 October 2013).

1910 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Old Orchard Town, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 254, Sheet No 5B, Everolln Avenue, dwelling 187, family 202, Granville Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 October 2013).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 8 April 2018), Patience Currier.

Maine State of Maine, “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch(www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 October 2013), Melvina Currier b. 30 Jul 184

“OBITUARY. MRS. MELVINA C. SHACKFORD,” The Biddeford Weekly Journal (Biddeford, Maine), 3 August 1917; digital images, Biddeford Library(http://biddeford.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 8 February 2018).

“United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934,” digital image, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 18 May 2014), Granville Shackford.

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