Wednesday Wedding – Richard Shackford, Wharf Builder of Boston Marries His Housekeeper, Isiphene Mann Eighteen Months After His First Wife Dies (Blog 445)

We learned about Mrs Isiphene Shackford from this obituary found in the the Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald

Mrs Isiphene Shackford Slips from South Surry, Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald (Bar Harbor, Maine), 22 January 1886
Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald, 22 Jan 1886

The remains of Mrs. Isiphene Shackford who died at her home in Winthrop, Mass., on New Year’s day, were brought to Surry for internment, and placed in Morgan’s Bay cemetery, on Thursday last.

The Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection listed her husband as Richard Shackford which helped us place him as Richard, the son of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford who was born on October 3, 1812 in Chester, New Hampshire.  On March 22, 1840, he married Elizabeth Rankin who died in Winthrop on May 30, 1864.

We don’t know when Isiphene started working as Richard’s housekeeper but the 1865 census taken on May 13, 1865 after her death shows Richard Shackford, age 53 living in Winthrop with his housekeeper, Isiphenia Mann, age 24.

They married on December 7 of that year:Marriage Record Richard Shackford Isiphene Mann

MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN THE Town of Winthrop for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-five, page 5 Richard Shackford, Winthrop, age 53, Wharf Builder, born Chester, N.H., parents Samuel & Hannah Schackford, Second, Porter M Winton Pastor, M. E. Chc, Winthrop
Isiphenia Mann, Winthrop, age 25, born Surry, Me, parents Robert & Hannah Mann

Isiphenia whose name is spelled many ways – Isiphenia, Isiphena, Josephine, Isiphemia, and Isiphene was the daughter of Robert and Hannah (Eaton) Mann, born in Surry, Maine on February 21, 1841.  She and her husband Richard are found in the 1870 and 1880 census records living in Winthrop — Richard with an occupation as a bridge builder – his previous occupations were wharf builder, pile driver.  He also served on the Boston Common Council and was a selectman in Boston during the Civil War

Isiphene was only 44 when she died of peritonitis on Jan 1, 1886 after being ill for five days.  She was buried in the Bayview Cemetery in her home town of Surry, Maine.  Her husband Richard died on April 6, 1895 and was buried in Wells, Maine next to his first wife Elizabeth.

CHILDREN: (with wife Elizabeth Rankin)

William Henry (1842-1846) – buried in Wells, Maine

Mary Ann Shackford (1845-1845) – buried in Wells, Maine

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1865 Massachusetts Census, Suffolk County, population census, Winthrop, no page number, dwelling 72, family 82, Richard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 April 2015).

1870 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Winthrop, Page No 6, dwelling 42, family 47, Richard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 April 2015).

1880 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population census, Winthrop, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 575, Page No 18, dwelling 94 family 99, Richard Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 21 April 2015).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 17 July 2014), Mary M. Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131853042.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 17 July 2014), William Henry Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131853071.

“Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990,” index and Images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 April 2015), Isiphenia Shackford.

“Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 April 2015), Richard Shackford m Isiphemia Mann 7 Dec 1865.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Elizabeth Shackford, 30 June 1864; digital images, ( : accessed 10 August 2013); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, , Richard Shackford, 3 October 1812; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 April 2015).

“Slips from South Surry,” Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald (Bar Harbor, Maine), 22 January 1886; digital images, Digital Archives of the Friends of Island History ( : accessed 10 January 2014).

Town of Winthrop, Town of Winthrop : Record of Deaths 1886 (1886), ; digital images, ( : accessed 12 July 2017

Updated on 7/23/2017 to reflect correct Elizabeths’ month of death as May and the year Isiphene’s year of death as 1886.  We wish to thank Cathy who noticed this error.

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