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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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



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