Charles Henry Shackford, the son of David and Lydia (Short) Shackford was born on March 20, 1857 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. We find him listed in the census with his parents and siblings Emily, Mary Ann, and Sarah J in 1860 and know he lost his father when he was only five years old. In 1865, 1870 and 1880 he was living with his mother who was working as a landlady and keeping house – the house in 1880 was at 37 Fair St.
Charles married Clara Eva Burke, the daughter of John and Mary N (Sawyard) Burke in Newburyport on March 29, 1882. We tried to find a record in Newburyport newspapers but discovered that the newspapers from 1882 are not included in the collection.
Charles was working as a hairdresser at the time of his marriage and continued in that occupation until his death, listing his position as a barber later in life. He also was elected councilman in Newburyport serving around the 1898 timeframe. We also believe he was active in harbor activities, something we’ll continue to research as we continue to access the Newburyport newspapers available through the Newburyport Public Library. Charles died on September 25, 1928 in Newburyport.
Charles Corliss Shackford (1882-1947) – married Florence Janet Hey, worked in the lumber field, lived in Newburyport, Dorchester, Mass, Philadelphia, and Medford, Mass
Grace N Shackford (1883-????) – married Forrest Glover Hills, worked as telephone operator, lived in Newburyport
1860 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Page No 16, dwelling 115, family 135, David Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2016).
1865 Massachusetts State Census, Essex County, population schedule, Newburyport, dwelling 1, family 1, Lydia Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 16 August 2014).
1870 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Page No 41, dwelling 315, family 372, Lydia Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 August 2016).
1880 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 225, Page No 4, 37 Fair, dwelling 29, family 37, Lydia Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 28 August 2016).
Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Charles H Shackford, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 September 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..
“UNDERWAY FOR THE YEAR TO COME and COMMITTES FOR THE YEAR,” Newburyport Daily News (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 4 January 1898; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 7 September 2016).
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 5 September 2016), Charles H Shackford