Military Monday – Emma (Robbins) (Cogswell) Shackford Receives Widow’s Pension (Blog 459)

Emma Frances Robbins, the daughter of Wells and Emma Baldwin (Youngsman) Robbins was born December 1843 in Antrim, New Hampshire.  She married Joseph Henry Lyman Cogswell. on October 18, 1861 at the young age of 17.  Her husband had enlisted  in Company I of the New Hampshire 7th Infantry.  Joseph died of pneumonia only three months later on January 4, 1862 while serving in the 7th Infantry.

About three years later, on February 12, 1865, Emma married Byron W Shackford the son of Edrick and Caroline (Huntoon) Shackford. Byron, a blacksmith died six months later on Sept 19, 1865 of typhoid fever leaving Emma, a widow at the age of 21.

After the death of her second husband, Emma who had been living in Canaan moved to Concord where she worked as domestic servant and housekeeper for Daniel C Allen’s household.  While living in this household she applied for and was granted a pension as the Army widow of Joseph H L Cogswell.  She was paid at the rate of 16, then 20, 25, and 30 during the last year of her life.

Pension Emma F Robbins Cogswell Shackford

Name Cogswell [crossed out, jsp] Shackford Emma F
Certificate No 12255 ARMY WIDOW Law: Civil War
Name of Solder Joseph H L Cogswell
Service Pri 27″ N H Vol Inf
Class Rate 16 Date of Commencement 16 May 1901 Date of Certificate 3 May 1902
Act of March 3, 1901
Class Inc 20 Sept 8 1918 Date of Certificate Sept 27 1916
Class Inc 25 Oct 6, 1917
Inc 30 May 1, 1920
Transferred from CONCORD
Died April 9/21 Bureau notified Jul 23 1921
Former Roll No 1091 Oct 3, 1918

Emma remained in Concord until 1920 when she moved to Lyme where she died at the age of 77 on April 12, 1921 of arteriosclerosis and bronchitis’s.  She was buried in Dorchester.

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Cenus, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dorchester, page 235, dwelling 1708, family 1803, Wells Robbins; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 5 November 2017).

1860 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dorchester, Page No 86, dwelling 705, family 686, Wells Robbins; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 November 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, dwelling 60, family 80, Frances Shackford in home of Daniel Allen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 November 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, population schedule, Concord, enumeration district (ED) 169, Page No 11, dwelling 85, family 120, Emma F Shackford in home of Daniel C Allen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 November 2017).

1900 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, enumeration district (ED) 152, Sheet No 15, dwelling 339, family 378, Emma F Shackford in home of Daniel C Allen; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 5 November 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, 194, dwelling 39, family 58, Emma F Shackford in home of Daniel C Allen; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 5 November 2017).

1920 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Lyme, enumeration district (ED) 58, Sheet No 4, dwelling 88, family 91, Emma F Shackford boarder in home of Ezra B Alden; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 November 2017).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSVP-QB4, Emma Robins Shackford, 9 April 1921; index and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 20 May 2013).

New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947, , Joseph H L Cogswell, 4 January 1862; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 November 2017); New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSLH-XZK, Byron W Shackford, 19 September 1865; digital images, FamilySearch, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947 (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 28 May 2014).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Byron W. Shackford and Emma F. Cogswell, 23 February 1865; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 December 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Joseph H. L Cogswell and Emma F. Robbins, 18 October 1861; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 December 2015).

“United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1832324 : accessed 18 September 2013), Emma F Cogswell Shackford (Robins); citing Pension Payment Cards, Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C..

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