Treasure Chest Thursday – In 1874, Caroline E (Shackford) Palmer Must Obtain Her Husband’s Permission to Administer Her Brother’s (Thomas Shackford’s) Estate, (Blog 469)

Thomas Shackford, the son of William and Mercy (Rose) Shackford, my second great uncle was born on October 30, 1815 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Thomas was a very successful deaf-mute who received his early education at the American Asylum in Hartford, worked as a carpenter and became chairman and later treasurer of the Association of Deaf-Mutes. He was working on a petition for state funding when he died on his way home in Brookline on January 29, 1874 in Boston due to heart disease.  His last rites were held at his sister’s home (Caroline L Palmer) and he was buried in Weymouth, Massachusetts. 

Most likely the law required Thomas’ sister Caroline to first obtain permission from her husband, Charles L Palmer in order to be the administrator of her brother’s estate which is why a copy of this letter of permission was filed in Thomas’ probate records.

Charles L Palmer gives permission to Caroline E (Shackford) Palmer to Manager Sister's EstateI, Charles L Palmer, husband of Caroline E Palmer, hereby assent to the appointment of my said wife as administratrix of the estate of Thomas Shackford late of Brookline, Massachusetts, deceased.

               Brookline, Feby 10th 1874

               Charles E Palmer

The other treasure we find in the probate record is this listing of Thomas’ living siblings.  My second great grandfather, William Brown Shackford was not included as he had died in 1866 but the listing includes my third great grandmother Mercy (Rose) (Shackford) Newell.

Thomas Shackford Probate Heirs List16396:4

To the Honorable the Judge of the Probate Court in and for the Country of

Norfolk:

Respectfully represents Caroline E Palmer, married woman

of Brookline in the County of Norfolk that Thomas Shackford who last dwelt in Brookline in said County of Norfolk, died on the twenty ninth day of January in the year of our Lord, died on the twenty ninth administered, leaving no widow, whose name is and as his only next of kin, the persons whose names, residence, and relationship to the deceased are as follows, viz:

  Mary Newell, of said Brookline, mother of deceased [Mercy (Rose) Shackford married Joseph Newell after the death of her husband William Shackford in 1831, jsp]

  Louisa Cushing, of Wymouth, Mass, sister of deceased [Louisa married Edward Cushing, tsp]

  Abner R. Shackford, of Boston, “, brother ” ”

  Emeline Cushing, of Weymouth, ” sister ” ” [Emeline married Peter Cushing — I have a DNA match with one of these descendants, jsp]

  Caroline E. Palmer  sister ” ” [Caroline married Charles Lewis Palmer, Lebbeus H Varney, and Joel Whittemore, jsp]

That your petitioner is entitled, as next of heirs of said deceased, to take such administration, and that the deceased, leaves no debts.

  Wherefore your petitioner prays that she may be appointed Administratix of the estate of said deceased.

   Dated this tenth day of February A.D. 1874.

          Caroline E. Palmer

  The undersigned, being all the parties interested in the foregoing Petition, desire the same may be granted, without further notice.

                       Mercy Newell

Louise Cushing

                       Abner R. Shackford

                       Emeline Cushing

                       Caroline E Palmer

Unfortunately the records that are available at this time don’t let us know what was included in Thomas’ estate.

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SOURCES:

“Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1877,” database with images, New England Historical Genealogical Society(https://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 2 May 2018), Thomas Shackford; Norfolk Cases, Case 16396:1.

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Wedding Wednesday – 18 yr old Louisa Shackford Married 18 yr old Edward Cushing on Feb 3, 1840 (Blog 373)

We have two sources for the birth date of 15 Jul 1821 of Louisa Shackford, the daughter of William and Mercy (Rose) Shackford:  the letter from her brother Abner R Shackford sent to Samuel Shackford in 1888 and a calculated birth date based on her death record recorded in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Louisa lost her father when she was 9 years old.  She was 18 when she married 18 year old Edward Cushing, the son of Thomas and Hannah (Lincoln) Cushing on 3 Feb 1840 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Their marriage was also announced in the Feb 12, 1840 edition of the Columbian Centinel.

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We find Edward and Louisa and their family living in Weymouth in the 1850, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1870, and 1880 censuses – Louisa’s mother Mercy (Rose) (Shackford) Newell was living with them in 1860.

Louisa’s husband Edward was a member of the Weymouth militia in 1856 and 1857 who was 41 and working as a boot treer when he enlisted in Company H of the 12th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.  He received a bullet in the arm during the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1863, was moved to the Invalid Corp on July 1, 1863 and mustered out on November 17, 1865 when the war had ended.  His family received family aid during the years he served – $144 dollars in 1863 and $128 in 1864.

After the war, Edward continued to work as a boot treer (a worker who cleans and dresses completed shoe uppers and irons out wrinkles).  The family lived in Weymouth at Walnut north of the Braintree line.

Edward joined the Reynolds Post No 58 in 1868 and was elected Junior Vice Commander in 1871. The post wrote a moving obituary when he died of pneumonia on January 27, 1882 and called him a “genial, generous hearted comrade who would miss him a a wise and judicious counselor.”  His wife Louisa died two months later on March 9, 1882 of oedema of the lungs.  They were buried together at the Village Cemetery in Weymouth.

Children:

William Edward Cushing (1840-1891) – served in civil war, married Elizabeth Carnell

Mary B Cushing (1843-1859) – died age 16 of lung & typhoid fever

Charles Thomas Cushing (1845-1846)

Frank Cushing (1848-1850) – died age 2 of influenza

Emery Lester (1854-1914) – married Mary Elizabeth Shaw

Florence Cushing (1856-1933) – married George Walter Thayer

Nellie Louise Cushing (1860-after 1940) – married George Addison Lovell, divorced, then married William Joseph Chaplin

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Quincy, page 527 (penned), 264 (stamped), dwelling 398, family 537, Edward Cushing; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 1 July 2014).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Norfolk County, population schedule, Weymouth, no page number, dwelling 25, family 32, Edward Cushing; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 July 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Weymouth, page 65-2?, dwelling 1424, family 1645, Edward Cushing; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 July 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Weymouth, Page No 28, Edward Cushing; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 1 July 2014).

1880 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Weymouth, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 534, Page No 46, dwelling 347, family 489, Edward Cushing; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 July 2014).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 6 August 2015), Edward Cushing, Find A Grave Memorial# 94226274.

“Letter from Abner R Shackford to Samuel Shackford Nov 25, 1888,” 1988.325.1, [Research on Shackford family genealogy], ; Samuel Shackford, Winnetka Historical Society, Winnetka Illinois.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, p. 98, Louisa Cushing, 9 March 1882; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 May 2013); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Edward Cushing, 1863; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 October 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Edward Cushing, 1856; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 October 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED IN THE Town of Weymouth for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty-two page 2, Louisa Shackford Cushing, death, 9 March 1882; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2013).

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 12 October 2016), Edward Cushing.

“U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 October 2016), Edward Cushing; Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil WarGAR Dept of Massachusetts 1866-1947 (Sargent).

“U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930,” Images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 October 2016), Edward Cushing and Louisa Shackford.

Weymouth Historical Society, History of Weymouth Massachusetts in Four Volumes Vol. 1 Historical (Boston: Wright & Potter, 1923), page 358; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 31 July 2016.

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