Tombstone Tuesday – Elizabeth (Wells) Shackford, wife of Joseph Greenleaf Shackford (Blog 388)

Elizabeth Wells who went by Betsey was born about July 9, 1796 (calculated off the dates on her gravestone) to the Wells family who we believe lived in Newburyport. We’re pretty certain she had an older sister named Joanna who was born about 1791 but are not certain who their parents were.

Elizabeth married Joseph Greenleaf Shackford, the son of Levi and Tamizen (Greenleaf) Shackford in Boston – the marriage was formally announced on March 20, 1825, and they were married by Rev James Saine on May 5, 1825. Elizabeth’s sister Joanna Wells married Aaron Robinson in Newburyport and they moved to Gilford, New Hampshire.

We find Joseph working as a laborer in Norfolk in 1929, living at the rear of 415 Washington in 1831.  In 1836 we find him working as a sign painter and living at 29 Boylston Street with a William B Shackford, either his brother or his nephew William Brown Shackford.

The 1840 census shows two individuals in Joseph’s residence which is now in Newburyport – we assume the second person is his wife Elizabeth.  The couple is still in Newburyport in 1850.  Joseph’s occupation is showing as mariner in the 1855 census but is listed as laborer in the 1860 census.

Joseph,  died in Newburyport on March 25, 1863 of dropsy at the age of 64.  His death record lists his occupation as a mariner.  He was buried in the First Parish Burying Ground in Newburyport.  His wife Betsy lived at 13 School Street in Newburyport and was living with a Mary Pike in 1870. By 1880 Elizabeth moved to Gilford and was living with her niece Marietta Gilman, the daughter of Joanna Wells.  Elizabeth on Aug 11, 1886 – while the death is registered in Newburyport, a review of the register shows the death occurred in Gilford.  She was buried near her husband in the First Parish Burying Ground.  Her tombstone reads

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ELIZABETH
WIFE OF
JOSEPH G. SHACKFORD
DIED
AUG 11, 1886
AGED 90 YRS 1 MO
2 DAYS

We thank Jeffrey James for sharing this image of Elizabeth’s tombstone at FindAGrave and giving us permission to use the image in our blog.

Children:

Bridget Shackford – possible child

 

 

 

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SOURCES:

1840 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Joseph G. Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 August 2014).

1850 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, page 731, dwelling 262, family 380, Joseph Shakford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 August 2014).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Essex County, population schedule, Newburyport, Ward 2, page 278, dwelling 214, family 309, Joseph G Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 16 July 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Page No 74, dwelling 528, family 567, Joseph G Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 13 July 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Ward Two, Page No 27, dwelling 213, family 251, Eliza Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 July 2014).

1880 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Gilford, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 5, Page No 29, dwelling 250, family 349, Joseph R Gilman; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 November 2016).

The Boston Directory Containing Names of the Inhabitants, their Occupations, Places of Business and Dwelling Houses, with Lists of the Streets, Lanes and Wharves; the Town Officers, Public Offices and Banks,and Other Useful Information (Boston: Charles Stimpson, Jr, 1829), page 238, Joseph G Shackford; digital images, Boston Athenaeum (http://cdm.bostonathenaeum.org/ : accessed 8 October 2016).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2014), Elizabeth Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131556511

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED in the City of Newburyport from other towns for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty-six, page 280, Elizabeth Shackford, 11 August 1886; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 16 July 2014).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Joseph Shackford & Betsy Wells, 20 March 1825; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 November 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

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Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Boston Marriages, 1825-1840, page 352, Joseph Shackford & Betsey Wells, 5 May 1825; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 August 2014); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Joseph G Shackford, 25 March 1863; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 July 2013); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Newburyport Directory, Containing the City Record, the Names of the Citizens, and a Business Directory, Number XI (Boston: Hosea T. Crofoot, No 19 State Street, 1864), page 113, Elizabeth Shackford, widow of Joseph G. h 13 School; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 August 2014).

Stimpson’s Boston Directory: Containing the Names of the Inhabitants, Their Occupations, Places of Busiess, and Dwelling Houses, and the City Register (Boston: Stimpson and Clapp., 1831), page 287, Joseph G Shackford and William Shackford; digital image, InterNet Archive (https://archive.org : accessed 8 October 2016).

Stimpson’s Boston Directory;: Containing The Names of the Inhabitants, Their Occupations, Place of Business, and Dwelling Houses, and the City Register, with Lists of Streets, Lanes and Wharves, The City Officers, Public Offices and Banks and Other Useful Information (Boston: Stimpson and Clapp, 1836), p. 329, Joseph Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://archive.org : accessed 13 May 2013).

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