Sunday’s Obituary – Amelia (Blow) Shackford (1861-1939) (Blog 413)

Nashua Telegraph, Jan 19, 1939

Mrs Amelia Shackford, widow of
Charles W. Shackford and a former
well known resident of this city
died at her home 3081 30th st in
Astoria, Long Island, N. Y. Tuesday
Jan 17.
She was born in Scotia, N Y a
daughter of the late Mr and Mrs
Antonie Blow. Mrs Shackford had
been a resident of Long Island for
many years and her friends resid-
ing in this city will earn of her
death with sorrow.
She is survived by one niece,
Mrs Eva Fields, and one nephew
Oscar W. Leazotte, both of Nashua.

Interestingly, Amelia had a living daughter when her obituary was written – Myrtle Belle (Shackford) (Keith) McDevitt.  We don’t know why she wasn’t mentioned in this obituary but a second article about the funeral states that her body was accompanied to Nashu accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law with whom she had been living for many years.  We do believe that the niece and nephew mentioned were the children of her sister Delphine (Blow) Leazott.

Amelia who later went by Millie was born in May 1861 in Scotia New York to Antonio and Olive Blow or Blowe or Blau of Canada – we’re still trying to learn more about her parents.  We find her and her sister Delphine with their father in Nashua in the 1870 census.

She married Charles Wilbur Shackford in Nashua in 1879 and in 1880 was living with Charles’ older brother Henry. She a.  nd Charles then moved to New York where he became very involved in the mill industries until he died of a heart attack in 1912.  In 1925 we find her living with her son-in-law William McDevitt and her daughter in Long Island and in Queens in 1930.  Amelia died on Jan 17, 1939 and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire along side her husband and all three of her children.


Myrtle Belle Shackford (1881-1963) – married Charles Otis Keith, William McDevitt, and Willard Howard Parker

Charles Lester Shackford (1882-1884) – born in Nashua, died in Manhattan

Lawrence Baustt Shackford (1886-1889) born in New Hampshire, died in Manhattan


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1880 United States Federal Census, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, population schedule, Nashua Ward 8, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 151, Page 19, Supervisor’s Districe 87,, Charles W Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 2 May 2013).

1900 United States Federal Census, Kings County, New York, population schedule, City of New York, Borough of Brooklyn, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 261, Sheet No 7 (B), dwelling 63, family 144, Charles W Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 January 2014).

1925 New York State Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Long Island, Queens, enumeration district (ED) Block No 2, Election District No 31,, Page No 17, family 500, Wm E McDevitt; digital images, ( : accessed 15 June 2015).

1930 United States Federal Census, Queens County, New York, population schedule, First Assembly District, New York City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 41-32, Sheet No 1B, dwelling 23, family 24, William McDevitt; digital images, ( : accessed 29 November 2015).

“AMELIA SHACKFORD,” Nashua Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire), 19 January 1939; digital images, Nashua Public Library ( : accessed 24 February 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 22 October 2016), Millie Blow Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 170886610.

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