Wedding Wednesday – James Murray Shackford marries Mrs Binie Hatch-Wincup in Chicago in 1898 (Blog 430)

James Murray Shackford, the son of John Edward and Mary Astern (Harris) Shackford was born on February 18, 1853 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  We find James’ father in St Louis in 1850 working as a clerk and in Toledo Ohio in 1853 which is where his mother died in Aug 1854 when James was only 18 months.  After his mother’s death, James and his brother Charles Albert were brought up by their great aunt Sarah and her daughter Mary Jane in Berwick where they attended the Berwick Academy.  In 1870 when he was 17, James lived with the William Henry family where he was a locomotive apprentice and in the home of Samuel Kingsbury where he was a machinist apprentice.  He then attended Cornell where he obtained a degree as a mechanical engineer and became a member of the fraternity Chi Phi.  James’ father remained in the St Louis area where he married someone from that area and had two children.

On April 3, 1877, James married Mary C Farrell in Galesburg Illinois and the family moved to St Paul, Minnesota where James worked as a draftsman.  They returned to Illinois where their son Daniel Robert Shackford was born in 1882.  Sadly Mary died on Aug 5, 1894 at the age of 37.

In February 1897, James was accepted into the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution based on research he provided regarding his mother’s family line of Harris back to Wentworth Hunking, Chairman of Portsmouth Committee of Safety.  We don’t find any documentation of a submission based on his ancestor Paul Shackford (1702-1786) although other descendents of Paul used that lineage as the basis of their submissions.

On March 10, 1898, James married Binie Hatch Wincup, the widow of Charles Wincup who had died in April 1890.

J M Shackford m Winecup-Hatch Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph March 11, 1898
Bloomington Weekly Pentagraph, 11 March 1898


Mr. J. M. Shackford and Mrs Binie Hatch-Wincup United Yesterday at M. Andrew’s Church

–  Yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, in St.
Andrew’s Episcopal church, corner of
Washington boulevard and Roby streets,
was celebrated the marriage of Mr. James
Murray Shackford and Mrs. Binie Hatch
Wincup, of Chicago. The pastor of the
church, Rev. William C. DeWitt, officiated,
in the presence of only a few of the friends
and relatives of the contracting parties.
Both of the people who were united yes-
terday are very well and favorably known
in this city. Mr. Shackford has been con-
nected with the Alton for some time and is
now a mechanical engineer for the road.
Mrs. Wincup is a former resident of this
city. She has been a resident of Chicago
since last fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Shackford will return to
this city on Monday of next week. They
will reside temporarily at 308 North Madi-
son street.

James, Binie, Daniel and Binie’s two children Tom H and Mary B remained in the Bloomington area in 1900 and then moved to Chicago where unfortunately Binie’s daughter Mary died of typhoid fever in September 1901.

They then moved to Scranton where they remained joined by Binnie’s mother Mary before 1910 until James’ death on September 14, 1928.  James was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois.  His wife Binie died in Los Angeles on Nov 16, 1936 and was cremated, ashes location unknown.


with Mary C Farrell:

Daniel Robert Shackford (1882-1926) – joined the military before 1904 and moved to Norfolk, Virginia.  Married Helen Griest Lyon

stepchildren – of Charles Wineup & Binie Hatch but mostly raised by James

Tom Hatch Wineup (1886-1930) – lived in Illinois, married Pauline Graf, lived in Chicago, Ill

Mary Bills Wineup (1888-1901) – died in Chicago age 13, buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur

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