Military Monday – Headstone for Nathaniel H Shackford (1801-1877) (Blog 437)

The application for Nathaniel H Shackford’s headstone reads:

N H Shackford Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904Shackford N H
Pvt Co B Regt 21
Mass Infy
City or Town Fitchburg
County and State Worcester Mass
Date of death Mch 14-1877
by Sheldon & Sons
Contract dated July 8-1887

Nathaniel’s military record shows he enlisted in the 28th Regiment, Massachusetts, Infantry Co B in Worcester, Massachusetts on Oct 9, 1861, mustered in the military on 12/13/1861 and was discharged for disability on 1/20/1862.  We believe he lied about his age stating he was 41 when he was actually 60 years old which made it difficult to place him amid the Shackford family tree due to the age discrepancy.

Nathaniel, the son of Theodore and Dorothy (Kimball) Shackford was born July 22, 1801 in Chester, New Hampshire and married Abigail Bailey in Pembroke on Feb 20, 1823.  He’s mentioned in his father’s will which was written in 1837 and is found in the 1850 census with wife Abigail and children Mary (22), Charlotte (15), Charles H (11), and Ellen (7).

We suspect the marriage with Abigail ended before 1855 as we find Nathaniel living alone in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1855 and find Abby Shackford living with some of her children in Pembroke in 1860 where she is working as a boarding housekeeper.  Also by 1858, Nathaniel is pursuing custody of his son Albert Eugene Shackford from his wife Emeline Shackford in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Nathaniel and Emeline must have worked things out as they are found together in the 1860 and 1865, and 1870 censuses and had two other children Elmer Ellsworth Shackford born in 1862 and Charles Hiram Shackford born in 1867.  They lived at multiple other residences – 46 Blossom St, Laurel St, 9 Mill St, 10 Mill St, and 7 Newton Place before Nathaniel died in Fitchburg on March 14, 1877 at the age of 75.  He was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel’s wife Emeline filed for a widow’s pension on Feb 28, 1885.  She lived in Fitchburg and Leominister where she died on Nov 7, 1895.


(with Abigail Bailey)

Mary Bailey Shackford (1827-1904) – married Charles Runlett Emerson

Leonard Shackford (1830-1899) – policeman in Cambridge, Mass., married Lydia L Gove

Betsy Shackford (1831-1832)

Theodore Bailey Shackford (1833-1907) – omnibus conductor in Cambridge, married Melvina Grant, Almira, and Sarah Jane Hooper

Charlotte Jane Shackford (1834-1887) – married Nathaniel Chapman

Charles Henry Shackford (1838-1911) – Teamster, Boston, married Minerva E Dow

Ellen Shackford (1843-1926) – married John Gilman Bartlett

(with Emeline E (Lovering) Bliss)

Albert Eugene Shackford (1857-1905) – moved to Rutland, Vermont, worked in a mill, toy factory, life insurance agent, married Betsey Jane Sparks

Elmer Ellsworth Shackford (1862-1938) – train conductor, railroad manager.  Moved to Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, and Indiana.  Married Elmira Isabelle (Holman) Shackford, his brother’s widow

Charles Hiram Shackford (1867-1887) – married Elmira Isabelle Shackford, died of typhoid fever age 19

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1850 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Allenstown, page number crossed out, dwelling 474, family 479, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 November 2013).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Worchester County, population schedule, Fitchburg, page 2, dwellng 25, family 34, Nathaniel Shackford in household of L P Newell; digital images, ( : accessed 28 June 2015).

1860 United States Federal Census, Middlesex, Massachusetts, population schedule, Groton, Page 70, Dwelling 541, Family 541, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 18 August 2013).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Fitchburg, Worcester, population schedule, , Dwelling 350, Family 413, N H Shackford; digital image, Family Search ( : accessed 17 June 2013).

1870 United States Census, Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, population schedule, , Page No 119, Dwelling 769, Family 1036, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 June 2013).

28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company B ( : accessed Nathaniel Shackford),

Carter N. F., Rev, History of Pembroke, N. H. 1730-1895: In Two Volumes, Vol. II.-Genealogical (Concord, N. H.: Republican Press Association, 1895), page 295; digital images, Hathi Trust ( : accessed 17 March 2016

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973, Theodore Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch, (: accessed 24 February 2014); Merrimack, Probate Records 1839-1875 vol 16, page 219-220 (Image 114).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920, , Nathaniel Shackford m Abigail Bayley, 20 February 1823; database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 July 2013).

“U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934,” digital images, ( : accessed 18 August 2013), Emeline Shackford widow of Nathaniel Shackford.

“U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865,” database, ( : accessed 14 May 2013), Nathaniel Shackford, 28th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry; citing M544 roll 36.

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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.

This (and all other posts on this website) are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared here as we are hoping to learn more of these families or hear from any descendants.  We’re also looking for any other source information pertaining to this family line.  And if you liked or learned something new from this post, please like the post or at Facebook as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!


“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.

Follow Friday -Thanks to The Ancestor Hunt We Found an Article About David Shackford’s Death in Newburyport (Blog 357)

We’ve been following The Ancestor Hunt blog by Kenneth R Marks on and off. We turned it off during our recent genealogy trip to cut down on e-mails but are very glad that we turned back on his blog due to the recent article about 18 Historical Newspaper Digitization Projects and mentioned an article stating that the Newburyport Public Library had digitized numerous old newspapers.  We did a search of the newspapers and found 210 articles that mention Shackford including this article about the death of David Shackford.

David, the son of Susan Shackford (no husband named), was born August 15, 1826 in Newburyport, Massachusetts and married Lydia Short on Sept 14, 1849. He was a shoemaker and served with the Minute Men on April 15, 1861 and died by drowning on August 22, 1862 the day after being elected as a 2d Lieutenant.  He was buried in Old Town, Newburyport.


Sarah J Shackford (1850-1933) – school teacher, bookkeeper, married John Holker then Edward M Hobson

Emily Corless Shackford (1854-1885)

Charles Henry Shackford (1857-1928)

Mary Ann Shackford (1859-1869)

Everett Archer Shackford (1862-1865)

Note:  We’re not sure who his mother descended from – possibly she was a daughter of Levi Shackford – not sure yet.

David A Shackford - The body of Lieut Shackford,,Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 8 August 1862.JPG
The Daily Herald, 5 Sept 1862

The body of Lieut. Shackford, who was drowned
on the 22d ult., was recovered on Thursday morning
Mr. Edward Dole, who had gone to the meadows, dis-
scovered the body some ten feet above low water mark,
and immediately returned with the information, when
several of the friends of the deceased went to the spot,
and taking charge of it brought it to the city. Its con-
dition renders interment immediate; and we learn that
arrangements are in progress, and that the funeral will
take place from the Purchase street church this fore-
noon, at 10’o’clock. The services will be conducted
by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Butler.
The other clergymen of the city are invited and no
doubt will by present. We learn also that the City
Government, the Veteran Artillery Association , the
Cushing Guard, Mr. Stone’s Company and the sever-
al engine companies of the city will probably be in
The supposition was entertained by those present at
the time Lieut. Shackford so suddenly disappeared
from their view that he had been seized by a shark,
and we hear that circumstances are decisive on this

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“The Body of Lieut Shackford,” The Daily Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 5 September 1862; digital images, Newburyport Public Library ( : accessed 26 August 2016).

“Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans,” digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 May 2015), David Shackford

Creasey George W., The City of Newburyport in the Civil War (Forgotten Books, 1903), page 75; digital images, Forgotten books ( : accessed 15 July 2014.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED IN THE City of Newburyport for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-two page 256, David Shackford, 22 August 1862; digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 10 January 2014).

Nason George W., History And Complete Roster of the Massachusetts Regiments, Minute Men of 1861 Who Responded To the First Call of President Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1861, To Defend the Flag And Constitution of the United State (Boston, Massachusetts: Smith & McCance, 1910), page 238; digital image, Google Books ( : accessed 23 May 2014.

Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I. Births (Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1911), page 347 and; digital images, Essex County Ma ( : accessed 12 July 2014.

Updated Aug 30, 2016 – removed the middle initial A.  (We’d reviewed every source we’d found pertaining to David Shackford and do not find any reference to a middle initial or middle name and are uncertain why we added a middle initial.)

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