Mrs. Mary Tinkham Shackford died yesterday at her home in Winnetka aged 79 years. She and her husband moved in 1853 to Chicago from Maine and took up their residence on the north side, where they lived until after the great fire. During the civil war Mrs. Shackford was prominent in the work of the “Solders’ Rest,” which cared for hundreds of soldiers. She also was prominent in the work of Unity church. A husband and a daughter – Mrs. W. A. Otis of Winnetka – survive.
MARY MARIA (TINKHAM) SHACKFORD
Mary Maria Tinkham, daughter of Abiel Wood and Charlotte (Ilsley) Tinkham was born in Portland Maine on Oct 6, 1827. In 1850 she was living with her brother Smith Tinkham, a merchant in Eastport, Maine where she married Samuel Shackford on July 22, 1851. By 1860 they were living in Chicago where Mary was very involved in helping civil war soldiers. In 1863-4 Mary was the directress and acting secretary of the Chicago Soldier’s Home and on the Auditing Committee of the Home and Rest.
Sadly, Mary was one of the 100,000 families that lost their home on October 10, 1871 during the Great Chicago Fire, an event described in an article published in Our Young Folks by Mary’s 14 year old daughter Elizabeth. The family moved to Winnetka where they remained the rest of their lives. She died on June 24, 1906 and was buried at the Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum in Chicago. Her husband Samuel died on December 19, 1908 and was buried alongside her.
Elizabeth Lincoln Shackford (1857-1947) – married William Augustus Otis, author, lived in Winnetka IL and Tucson, AZ
Frederick Lincoln Shackford (1861-1862)
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