Military Monday – Charles Beacham Shackford, Pvt, WWI, 151st Dep Brigade (Blog 399)

Charles Beacham Shackford, the son of Jesse Fred and Edith M (Beacham) Shackford was born May 22, 1892 in Eaton, New Hampshire. His father was employed as a grain dealer at the time of his birth.  We find Charles and his sister Hazel in two 1900 censuses – once on June 12th in Conway with their parents Fred J and Edith M and a week later on June 19th in Eaton, New Hampshire with their grandparents Caleb and Lydia A (Hamilton) Shackford.  In 1910 we find the family in Carroll, New Hampshire.  Charles was 17, his father was running the general store and the children’s grandmother Belinda A (Stillings) Beacham was living with the family.

On June 5, 1917 Charles completed his draft registration card stating he was 25 years old, a farmer, and had no dependents.  The card shows that he was of medium height, medium build, had dark eyes, black hair, and had no disabilities.  We have no record of his military service other than an application for his headstone stating he served as a private with the 151 Depot Brigade.  The brigade was at Fort Devens in Ayer Massachusetts and was created September 15, 1917 to receive soldiers and prepare them for deployment.  According to Charles headstone application, he enlisted on May 15, 1918 and was discharged honorably on Dec 5, 1918.

After his discharge we find Charles in 1920 living in Eaton with his grandmother Lydia, a widow and working as an auto driver.  On January 31, 1929 he married Mildred Beatrice Leavitt who had previously married and divorced a Mr Doherty.  In 1930 we find Charles in Sandwich, New Hampshire working as a carpenter and believe we find Mildred in the 1930 census in Manhattan working as a private secretary in a textile company.  They were divorced on July 2, 1932 – the cause states abandonment and refusal to cohabit.

Charles died of pneumonia and myocarditis on November 30, 1939 in Sandwich where he was still working as a carpenter.  He was buried in the Eaton Cemetery. We know of Charles’ military service because of this application for a headstone and a photo of his gravestone which can be found at FindAGrave.

headstone-application-charles-b-shackford

APPLICATION FOR HEADSTONE

Enlistment dates May 15, 1918
Discharge dates Dec 5, 1918 Hon
S#5794571
Shackford, Charles B. Rank Pvt Company 26th US Regiment 151st Dept Brig [Rec Batallion crossed out, jsp], Date of Death Nov, 30, 1939
Name of cemetery blank, Located in City Eaton, State N.H., If World War Veteran Division None State N.H., Emblem Christian
To be shipped to Ralph W Shirley Post #46, American Legion at Consway, N.H.
Stamped May 29, 1940, Jul 1940, Ordered 2543047, Shipped 7-19-40, Request signed by Norman G. Nickerson, Adjutant, Conway, N. H. Date May 10, 1940.

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SOURCES:

1900 United States Federal Census, Carroll County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Conway, enumeration district (ED) 17, Sheet No 16A, dwelling 339, family 380, Fred Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 January 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Carroll County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Conway, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 19, Sheet No 3A, dwelling 51, family 58, Jesse F Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 February 2015).

1920 United States Federal Census, Carroll County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Eaton, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 22, Sheet No 2B, dwelling 49, family 54, Lidia Shackford; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 February 2015).

1920 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Stoneham, enumeration district (ED) 464, Sheet No 22A, dwelling 423, family 510, Winfield Leavitt; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 January 2017).

1930 United States Federal Census, Carroll, New Hampshire, population schedule, Sandwich, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 2-16, Sheet No 7A, dwelling 152, family 162, Charles Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 February 2015).

1930 United States Federal Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, Manhattan, Mildred Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 January 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2014), Charles B Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 36667898.

“New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 January 2017), Charles B Shackford m Mildred B Leavitt.

“New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 June 2013), Charles B Shackford divorced Mildred B Shackford

New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947, , Charles B Shackford, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 February 2015); New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , Charles Shackford, 22 May 1892; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 February 2015); “New Hampshire, Birth Records, through 1900.” Online index and digital images. New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 2 January 2017), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZJ3-MSM, Charles Beacham Shackford, June 5, 1917; citing Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,711,716

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