Wedding Wednesday – Cora A Shackford Marries Rev Charles Tilton in 1883 (Blog 448)

Cora A Shackford, the daughter of Nathaniel and Mary E (Cleaves) Shackford was born March 22, 1860 in Lowell, Massachusetts.  She attended school in Charlestown and in Lasselle Seminary, Auburndale.  We presume she met Charles Tilton, the son of Rev Rufus and Harriet (Newell) Tilton, her future husband while he was boarding at her parent’s home in 1880.  They married on June 7, 1883, the day after he graduated from Boston University School of Theology.

Tilton-Shackford Wedding Boston Daily Globe June 8, 1883 at Newspaper Archive“Tilton-Shackford. A largely-attended wedding took place last evening in the Monument Square M. E. Church, between Miss Cora A Shackford, daughter of Mr and Mrs Nathaniel Shackford of Charlestown, and Rev Charles Tilton, pastor of the City Point M E Church, South Boston. The couple were united in the bonds of matrimony by Rev W T Perrin, pastor of the church, after which ceremony a private reception was held at the residence of the bride, on Union street. The ushers were C W Marsh, Frank Dantforth and Thomas Hodgden of Charlestown, and Henry Munday of Cambridge. The happy couple will reside in South Boston.

The couple moved a lot as Charles served in many Churches – in South Boston, Haverhill, Winthrop, Salem, Derry, New Hampshire, and Byfield.  They returned to South Boston as their final church assignment in “active ministry”.   Cora died in Byfield, Massachusetts on March 11, 1930 after a long illness followed by Charles five years later on August 2, 1935.


Rufus Harold Tilton (1884-????) – Attorney, Springfield, Mass

Francis Mallalieu Tilton (1888-1957) – Managing Representative in Huntington, West Virginia – married Drusilla Morris

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1880 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population census, Boston, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 613, page no 8, 5 Maine Court, dwelling 50, family 74, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 28 November 2013).

“DERRY DOINGS,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 14 March 1930; digital images, ( : accessed 19 July 2017).

Foster R. S., Bishop, A History of the Milford Methodist Episcopal Church: With Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Its Pastors and an Introduction by Bishop R.S. Foster (Riverside Press, 1888), page 139; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 19 July 2017.

Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, MARRIAGES REGISTERED in the City of Boston for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty three page 83, Charles Tilton m Cora A Shackford, 7 June 1883; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 March 2014).

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“REV CHARLES TILTON DIES AT BOSTON,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 9 August 1935; digital images, ( : accessed 19 July 2017).

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