Sunday’s Obituary – Samuel Garland Shackford, Civil War Veteran (1818-1886) (Blog 367)

The Farmington News published this short obituary about Samuel G Shackford on October 23, 1885

Farmington News, 23 Oct 1885

Samuel G. Shackford, a veteran of
the late war, for many years a hotel
keeper in Dover and Barnstead, and for
some time leader of the Barnstead brass
band, died on the 9th inst., at his home
in Barnstead.


Samuel, the son of Josiah Ring and Mary Louise (Garland) Shackford was born January 30, 1818 in Barnstead, New Hampshire and married Margaret Bean Foss, the daughter of John and Alice (Nutter) Foss.  We find the family in Barnstead in the 1850 and 1860 census with Samuel’s occupation listed as shoemaker and innkeeper.

Margaret died on July 8, 1859 at the age of 43 leaving Samuel with four young children Albert Foss (age 13), William Henry (age 10), Mary Ann (age 7), Leonard S (had died in 1856), and Ida Jane (age 2).  He enlisted as a private on November 30, 1861 leaving some of his children with the Huse family.  He served with the 8th New Hampshire which was sent to New Orleans and Baton Rouge where he served with members of the Huse family.  Samuel mustered out of the military on January 18, 1865 and was serving as a Justice in Barnstead later that year. We find records of him running stables in 1868 and 1870, working as an innkeeper in 1870 living with his children who are either in school or working in a shoe factory.

On Dec 19, 1872 he married Esta L Higgins, the daughter of Joseph and Betsey (Hamor) Higgins and on April 30, 1877 he filed for a civil war pension.  By 1880 he was living with his son William who was also listed as the hotel keeper but Samuel who was now 62 was suffering from rheumatism.  He died from chronic rheumatism and pneumonia on October 9, 1885 and was buried in the Barnstead Centre Graveyard.

Children (with his first wife Margaret Bean Foss):

Albert Foss Shackford (1836-1927) – married Helena Augusta Huntress, worked as town clerk, post office, and as a shoemaker

William Henry Shackford (1849-1899) – married Margaret Augusta Smart, worked as innkeeper

Mary Ann Shackford (1852-1931) – married Lyman Jenkins,

Leonard Shackford (1855-1856)

Ida Jane Shackford (1857-1929) – married Frank Elmer Palmer



1850 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstaead, page 413 (penned) 207 (stamped), dwelling 972, family 1054, Saml G Shackford; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 October 2013).

1860 United States Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, Page No 47, dwelling 377, family 392, Samuel G Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 7 October 2013).

1870 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, Page No 20, dwelling 188, family 198, Saml G Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 October 2013).

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Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 1 August 2014), Samuel G Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 11519620.

“HUSE FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE. 1837-1898,” ; MSN/CW 5054-1 to MSN/CW 5054-347; Manuscripts of the American Civil War; University of Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collections, Notre Dame University. describes 22 written between February 1862 and February 1865 by Pvt. Samuel G. Shackford of Barnstead, a widower whose daughter lived in the Huse household during the war.

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New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Samuel G. Shackford and Esta L. Higgins, ; index and images, Family Search ( : accessed 13 November 2015).

Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire 1861-65. (NHRoster) Published in 1895 and Eighth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry

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