Sunday’s Obituary – The Charles J Shackford Who Died While Sitting in a Chair in 1894 was 60, not 78 (Blog 380)

The Boston Daily Globe reported the death of Charles J Shackford on 22 Dec 1894 as follows:

death-notice-charles-j-shackford-boston-daily-globe-dec-22-1894Charles J. Shackford of 21 Ireson av
died while sitting in a chair at that
place yesterday, from a complication of
diseases. Mr Shackford had resided in
Lynn about 18 years, and was 78 years
of age. He leaves a wife and two

We reviewed death records to learn more about this Charles and found Charles J Shackford, a shoemaker who  died in Lynn on December 21, 1894.  The death record lists him as 60 years, 1 month, and 17 days with cause of death listed as apoplexy  The death record lists his parents as Isiah and Mary Garland.

This Charles J Shackford is most likely the son of Josiah R Shackford and Mary Louise Garland born in Barnstead, New Hampshire on November 4, 1834.  We find him in the 1850 census living with his parents and siblings Sylvanus, George W, Hannah, and Frances H A. (We’ve previously written about Samuel Garland Shackford and Elbridge Garland Shackford)

Charles is found next serving with the Sixth Regiment Infantry in Lowell as a 3rd Lieutenant on April 7, 1857.  On December 25, 1858 he married Sarah A King, the daughter of William and Olive (Place) King and  in 1860 was living with his parents and wife in Barnstead.

We find no record of Charles during the civil war or in the 1870 census but find him living at 5 Pearl Street in Lynn as a shoemaker in 1878.  In 1880 we find the family now with two children, Ellita P, age 13 and Lillia A, age 6 in Lowell.  While Charles has been an unemployed shoemaker for three months, the family is earning a living running a large boarding house with eleven boarders.   Jobs must have been scarce in 1880 as most of the boarders are also unemployed shoemakers.

The family remained in Lynn moving frequently living at 202 Essex, 208 Essex, 420 Essex, and 21 Ireson until Charles’ death on December 21, 1894.  He was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.  Sarah remained at 21 Irelson and in 1900 was sharing the home with her two daughters, their husbands, and a granddaughter.  In 1910 she was living with one daughter, and two grandchildren. She died at 21 Ireson on August 2, 1913 and was also buried at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.


Ellita P Shackford (1867-1938) – married Edward Martin McElkinney

Lila Adella Shackford (1873-1944) – married Edwin Clayton Macomber

Sarah may have had more children as the 1900 census states that Sarah had 4 children and 2 living

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1850 United States Census, Barnstead, Belknap, United States, population schedule, , p. 405 (penned) p 203 (stamped), Dwelling 907, Family 988, Josiah R Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 May 2013);

1860 United States Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, Page No 40, dwelling 323, family 334, Josiah R Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 30 October 2016).

1880 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Lowell, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration No 212, Page No 28, House No 5, dwelling No 152, family No 222, Chas J Shakford; digital image, ( : accessed 30 October 2016).

1900 United States Federal Cenus, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Lynn, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 364, Sheet No 12, 21 Irelson, dwelling 171, family 264, Sarah A Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 October 2016).

1910 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Lynn, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 378, Sheet No 13B, 21 Irelson, house visited 216, family 293, Edward M McElhinney; digital images, ( : accessed 30 October 2016).

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