The chapter titled Captain John Shackford and Family in Eastport and Passamaquoddy: A Collection of Historical and Background Sketches was written by William Shackford’s nephew, Samuel Shackford of Chicago. A part of this chapter describes the life of William Shackford (1783-1870).
William, the second son of John and Esther, born at
Newbury Nov. 23, 1783, was a seaman from early boy-
hood. He commanded the “Active” in 1807, afterward the
“Sally,”, “Orient,” “Blockade,” “Five Brothers,” and was
engaged principally in the West India trade. He com-
manded the brig “Dawn,” which was taken by a French
cruiser during the wars of Napoleon I. and taken into France.
On being released, he crossed over to England, and from
there worked his passage home as a sailor before the mast.
He then commanded the “Lady Sherbrook” and the “Sarah.”
His last vessel was the “Splendid,” a fine vessel, built espe-
cially for the passenger trade between Eastport and Boston.
About 1822, at the age of fifty, he retired from the sea, and
engaged with his brother Jacob and the Hon. Lorenzo
Sabine in mercantile pursuits. He died in 1870, aged eighty-
seven, leaving, by his second wife, Mary, daughter of Cap-
tain Jacob Lincoln, sons,- John William, who for many
years commanded the steam packet-ship “Illinois” and
other ocean steamships, and is now master of Jay Gould’s
famous steam yacht “Atalanta”; Captain Edward Wallace, a
successful ship-master; and Ebed Lincoln, who, after serving
in the Union Army during the Rebellion, settled at St. Paul,
Minn., where he is now, a thrifty merchant.
This document doesn’t list William’s first wife whose Sept 2, 1836 or 1837 death was reported in Kenneth Wiley’s Vital Records from the Eastport Sentinel of Eastport, Maine 1818-1900. She was buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Eastport, Maine.
by first wife Sarah Ann Batson (1788-1836/7)
John B Shackford (1807-1807)
Abigail Shackford (1809-1813)
Sarah A Shackford (1812-1814)
by second wife Mary Cutter Lincoln (1814-1867)
John William Shackford (1839-1905) – famous ship captain, commander of the “Illinois” and “Atlanta”, marine superintendent,
Edward Wallace Shackford (1840-1919) – ship captain, married Clara R Gardner and Adelaine Tobey
Mary Cutter Lincoln Shackford (1841-1913) – married Andrew Washington French
Eben Lincoln Shackford (1842-1908) – served as Quartermaster in Civil War, moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota where he worked as a merchant, married Lucy H Parritt
Sarah Ellen Shackford (1844-1929)
Charles Russell Shackford (1849-1850)
Charles Joseph Shackford (1854-1870) – lost at sea
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Kilby William Henry, Eastport and Passamaquoddy: A Collection of Historical and Background Sketches (Eastport, Maine: Edward E Shead & Company, 1888), page 449; digital images,, Chapter, XIV. CAPTAIN JOHN SHACKFORD AND FAMILY. By Samuel Shackford, of Chicago, Ill., Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 January 2015.
Wiley Kenneth L., editor, Vital Records from the Eastport Sentinel of Eastport, Maine 1818-1900: Note: Cover and title page of my hard copy edition are misspelled as “Eastport Sentinal” (Camen, Maine: Picton, Press, 1996), p. 160.
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