Military Monday – Headstone for Nathaniel H Shackford (1801-1877) (Blog 437)

The application for Nathaniel H Shackford’s headstone reads:

N H Shackford Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904Shackford N H
Pvt Co B Regt 21
Mass Infy
City or Town Fitchburg
County and State Worcester Mass
Date of death Mch 14-1877
by Sheldon & Sons
Contract dated July 8-1887

Nathaniel’s military record shows he enlisted in the 28th Regiment, Massachusetts, Infantry Co B in Worcester, Massachusetts on Oct 9, 1861, mustered in the military on 12/13/1861 and was discharged for disability on 1/20/1862.  We believe he lied about his age stating he was 41 when he was actually 60 years old which made it difficult to place him amid the Shackford family tree due to the age discrepancy.

Nathaniel, the son of Theodore and Dorothy (Kimball) Shackford was born July 22, 1801 in Chester, New Hampshire and married Abigail Bailey in Pembroke on Feb 20, 1823.  He’s mentioned in his father’s will which was written in 1837 and is found in the 1850 census with wife Abigail and children Mary (22), Charlotte (15), Charles H (11), and Ellen (7).

We suspect the marriage with Abigail ended before 1855 as we find Nathaniel living alone in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1855 and find Abby Shackford living with some of her children in Pembroke in 1860 where she is working as a boarding housekeeper.  Also by 1858, Nathaniel is pursuing custody of his son Albert Eugene Shackford from his wife Emeline Shackford in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Nathaniel and Emeline must have worked things out as they are found together in the 1860 and 1865, and 1870 censuses and had two other children Elmer Ellsworth Shackford born in 1862 and Charles Hiram Shackford born in 1867.  They lived at multiple other residences – 46 Blossom St, Laurel St, 9 Mill St, 10 Mill St, and 7 Newton Place before Nathaniel died in Fitchburg on March 14, 1877 at the age of 75.  He was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel’s wife Emeline filed for a widow’s pension on Feb 28, 1885.  She lived in Fitchburg and Leominister where she died on Nov 7, 1895.


(with Abigail Bailey)

Mary Bailey Shackford (1827-1904) – married Charles Runlett Emerson

Leonard Shackford (1830-1899) – policeman in Cambridge, Mass., married Lydia L Gove

Betsy Shackford (1831-1832)

Theodore Bailey Shackford (1833-1907) – omnibus conductor in Cambridge, married Melvina Grant, Almira, and Sarah Jane Hooper

Charlotte Jane Shackford (1834-1887) – married Nathaniel Chapman

Charles Henry Shackford (1838-1911) – Teamster, Boston, married Minerva E Dow

Ellen Shackford (1843-1926) – married John Gilman Bartlett

(with Emeline E (Lovering) Bliss)

Albert Eugene Shackford (1857-1905) – moved to Rutland, Vermont, worked in a mill, toy factory, life insurance agent, married Betsey Jane Sparks

Elmer Ellsworth Shackford (1862-1938) – train conductor, railroad manager.  Moved to Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, and Indiana.  Married Elmira Isabelle (Holman) Shackford, his brother’s widow

Charles Hiram Shackford (1867-1887) – married Elmira Isabelle Shackford, died of typhoid fever age 19

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1850 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Allenstown, page number crossed out, dwelling 474, family 479, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 November 2013).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Worchester County, population schedule, Fitchburg, page 2, dwellng 25, family 34, Nathaniel Shackford in household of L P Newell; digital images, ( : accessed 28 June 2015).

1860 United States Federal Census, Middlesex, Massachusetts, population schedule, Groton, Page 70, Dwelling 541, Family 541, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 18 August 2013).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Fitchburg, Worcester, population schedule, , Dwelling 350, Family 413, N H Shackford; digital image, Family Search ( : accessed 17 June 2013).

1870 United States Census, Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, population schedule, , Page No 119, Dwelling 769, Family 1036, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 June 2013).

28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company B ( : accessed Nathaniel Shackford),

Carter N. F., Rev, History of Pembroke, N. H. 1730-1895: In Two Volumes, Vol. II.-Genealogical (Concord, N. H.: Republican Press Association, 1895), page 295; digital images, Hathi Trust ( : accessed 17 March 2016

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973, Theodore Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch, (: accessed 24 February 2014); Merrimack, Probate Records 1839-1875 vol 16, page 219-220 (Image 114).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920, , Nathaniel Shackford m Abigail Bayley, 20 February 1823; database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 July 2013).

“U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934,” digital images, ( : accessed 18 August 2013), Emeline Shackford widow of Nathaniel Shackford.

“U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865,” database, ( : accessed 14 May 2013), Nathaniel Shackford, 28th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry; citing M544 roll 36.

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Tuesday’s Tip – Newpaper Article Tells Us Details about Charles H Shackford (Blog 321a)

We LOVE newspaper articles because we learn details about a person or family that we wouldn’t find in a vital record.

For example this notice appeared in the The Fitchburg Sentinel on June 28, 1883:

Fitchburg Sentinel Jun 18 1883 Emeline Shackford liberated Son CharlesLiberation Notice
I this day give my son, Charles H. Shackford, the time during the remainder of his minority, and I shall neither claim any of his wages or pay any debts of his contracting after this date.
Fitchburg, June 27, 1883 je27 st

From vital records, we know that Charles, the youngest son of Nathaniel and Emeline (Lovering) Shackford was born on June 13, 1867 and was ten when his father died on March 14, 1877.  Charles’ oldest brother Albert married in 1879 and had moved to Vermont and elder brother Elmer had moved to Boston and was working on the railroad.

In 1883 when this liberation notice was published, Charles was 16, the only child living at home with a widowed mother and was working at the Simonda Manufacturing, a company which made saws and machine knives.  He was boarding with his mother at 5 Green street in Fitchburg, Mass. By 1885 he was still employed at Simonda Manufacturing and mother and son were living at 115 Myrtle in Fitchburg.

Without the newspaper article we wouldn’t know this aspect of the relationship between Charles and his mother.  We don’t know who initiated the Liberation Notice – perhaps Charles wanted to ensure he kept his salary or his mother wanted to ensure she didn’t inherit his debts or this was some sort of requirement for young employees.

We do know that Charles married Elmira Isabelle Holman in Keene, New Hampshire on May 17, 1886 and died of typhoid fever nine months later on Feb 14, 1887.

Charles was only 19 years old, had been working since he was at least 16, had probably been supporting his mother, and had a new wife. He was buried in Keene with a very nice gravestone.

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Fitchburg Directory, Containing a General Directory of Its Citizens, Business Directory, New Map, Street Directory, City and County Register, Etc. No. XI, For the Year Commencing January 15th, 1883 (N.p.: Price, Lee & Co, 1883), page 137, Emeline E Shackford; digital image, Google eBooks ( : accessed 28 June 2015).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 17 July 2014), Charles H Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 100804479

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, BIRTHS registered in the Town of Fitchburg in the year 1867, Charles Hiram Shackford, 13 June 1867; digital images, ( : accessed 18 July 2013); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Nathaniel Shackford, death, 14 March 1877; digital images, ( : accessed 31 July 2013); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947,, Charles H Shackford, 14 February 1887; digital images, FamilySearch, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947 ( : accessed 6 June 2014).

New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947,” digital images, ( : accessed 31 July 2013), Chas H. Shackford m. Elmaria Isabel Holman May 17, 1886.

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Amanuensis Monday – In 1858, Nathaniel Shackford of Pembroke Asks For Custody of His Son Albert Eugene Shackford (Blog 321)

On November 18, 1858, Nathaniel Shackford of Pembroke, New Hampshire told the Worcester County court that he was the father of Albert Eugene Shackford who was being kept at the Nashua House on Lincoln Street in Worcester by his wife Emeline E (Lovering) Shackford.

Nathaniel Shackford Asks for Custody of his Son Albert Eugene ShackfordTo the Hon Henry Chapin Judge of
Probate and Insolvency within and for the County of Worcester
Respectfully compains
That Nathaniel Shackford
of Pembroke in the State of New Hampshire
that he is the father of a child of the name
of Albert Eugene Shackford that said child is of
the age of twenty one months; that said child
is unlawfully restrained of its liberty and kept
from the custody of him the said Nathaniel
Shackford by Emmeline E. Shackford wife of
said Nathaniel Shackford and mother of said
child at the Nashua House (so called) on Lincoln
Street in said Worcester, that the said Nathaniel
Shackford is of sufficient ability to support
said child & is anxious so to do but is unable
to obtain the custody of said child he being
restrained by said Emmelline E Shackford –
and the complaintaint further says that the
said Emmeline E. Shackford is not a proper
person to have the control and custody of
said child – Wherefore he prays that a write
of habeas corpus may be issued to bring the
the body of said Albert Eugene Shackford before
your Honor and to summon said Emmeline
E Shackford to appear to show the cause of
detaining said Albert E Shackford from the
custody of said Nathaniel Shackford,
Worcester Nov 18 1858 Nathaniel Shackford
Subscribed & Sworn to before me
Admin Mazer
Justice of the Peace
Let a writ issue
returnable at the
probate office fortwith

The Judge Henry Chapin required Emeline to bring her son Albert to the court and issued a decision that custody of Albert E Shackford shall be bestowed to Emeline E Shackford, the mother.

The Lowell Daily Citizen published an article on Nov 23, 1858 related to this case with a blunt statement stating that the suit disclosed that Nathaniel was a common drunkard.  Two years later Nathaniel enlisted as a Private into the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry stating he was 41 years old (we believe he was 60) and was discharged for disability three months later on Dec 13, 1861.  He then reunited with Emeline and had two sons, Elmer Ellsworth Shackford born Sept 1862 and Charles H Shackford born June 1867.  After Nathaniel died in 1877 Emeline filed for a pension and was listed in many directories as the widow of Nathaniel H Shackford.

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Massachusetts, Worcester, , “Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, Vol. 1 & 2 A – Z, July 1731-1881,”, (: accessed 17 August 2013), Albert E Shackford

Massachusetts, Worcester, , “Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881,” New England Genealogical Historical Society, (: accessed 15 February 2016), Albert E Shackford Case 52989

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Sunday’s Obituary – Mrs Emeline (Lovering) (Bliss) Shackford (1832-1895) (Blog 320)

We’ve found a wonderful obituary for Emeline E Lovering Shackford from which we learn her husband’s name (Nathaniel), that she was a widow, her cause of death (dropsy), the address she lived at when she died, the names of her parents (Hiram and Annie (Pettey) Lovering), the name of her first husband (William Bliss), that she had a son by her first husband who is still living (George W Bliss, who we had presumed was dead as he did not seem to live with her after 1855), the names of two sons with Nathaniel Shackford who are living (Albert and Elmer Shackford), the name of a living brother (Silas M Lovering), and that she has three living sisters (names not provided).


Death Notice Mrs Emeline Shackford widow of Nathaniel Shackford Fitchburg Sentinel 7 Nov 1895– Mrs. Emeline E., widow of Nathan-
iel Shackford, died of dropsy at her
home, 54 Clinton street, at about 5:30
this morning. She was a native
of Townshend, Vt., and was of a
family of 10 children of Hiram and
Annie (Pettey) Lovering. She came to
Fitchburg with her parents 46 years ago,
and has since resided here. She was
twice married. Her first husband was
William Bliss, by whom she had one
son, George W. Bliss, a resident of Brat-
tleboro; she leaves two other sons, Albert
and Elmer Shackford, the latter of whom
resides at Houston, Tex. She also leaves
one brother, Silas M. Lovering of this
city, and three sisters.

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“Local Matters,” Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), 7 November 1895, Obituary – Emeline E Shackford, widow of Nathaniel; digital images, ( : accessed 25 August 2015).

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