Treasure Chest Thursday – An Act to Authorize Richard Shackford and George Shackford to Build a Wharf in East Boston – 1854 (Blog 446)

While researching Richard Shackford, we discovered this document which authorized him to build a Wharf in East Boston.  We’ve since found city directories which place the wharf from Border, foot of Lexington street and know that Richard lived at 15 Lexington.  We’ve added a map at the end of blog that shows that location – we don’t know the history of this area but it appears that the area where the original wharf was may have been filled in.

An Act to Build a Wharf - Richard Shackford and George Shackford

An Act to authorize Richard Shackford and George Shackford to build
a Wharf.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represnta-
tives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of
the same, as follows:
Richard Shackford and George Shackford, proprietors of
land and flats in that part of Boston called East Boston,
bounding on Border Street, are hereby authorized to build
and maintain a wharf upon and from their said premises
into Boston harbor, as far as the line established by the
act entitled “An Act concerning the Harbor of Boston,”
passed on the seventeenth day of March, in the year one
thousand eight hundred and forty; and shall have the right
to lay vessels at the end and sides of said wharf, and to
receive wharfage and dockage therefor; provided, however,
that this grant shall not be construed to extend to any flats
or lands of this Commonwealth, lying in front of the flats
of any other person, or which would be comprehended by
the true lines of such flats continued to said commissioners’
line; and provided, further, that so much of said wharf, as
may be constructed below low-water mark, shall be built on
piles, which piles shall not be nearer to each other than six
feet, in the direction of the stream, and eight feet in a
transverse direction, and that this act shall in nowise impair
the legal rights of any person whatever. [Approved by the
Governor, March 24, 1854.]

Today’s map of Boston from Google Maps showing the wharf area at the intersection of Border and Lexington St.

Probably location of Richard and George Shackford's Wharf

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SOURCES:

The Boston Almanac and Business Directory. 1874 Vol. 34 (N.p.: Sampson, Davenport & Co., 1874), page 124 – WHARVES., Shackford & Co.’s; digital image, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 July 2017).

The Boston Almanac and Business Directory. 1876 Vol. 41 (N.p.: Sampson, Davenport & Co., 1876), page 153, Shackford & Co.’s, Border, ft. Lexington, E.B; digital image, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 July 2017).

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1854 Together With the Rolls and Messages (Boston: William White, Printer to the State, n.d.), Page 81; 1854, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 July 2017.

Sumner William H., A History of East Boston; with Biographical Sketches of Its Early Proprietors, and An Appendix (Boston: J. E. Tilton and Company, 1858), page 702; digital images, Hathi Trust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 July 2017.

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Wednesday Wedding – Richard Shackford, Wharf Builder of Boston Marries His Housekeeper, Isiphene Mann Eighteen Months After His First Wife Dies (Blog 445)

We learned about Mrs Isiphene Shackford from this obituary found in the the Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald

Mrs Isiphene Shackford Slips from South Surry, Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald (Bar Harbor, Maine), 22 January 1886
Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald, 22 Jan 1886

The remains of Mrs. Isiphene Shackford who died at her home in Winthrop, Mass., on New Year’s day, were brought to Surry for internment, and placed in Morgan’s Bay cemetery, on Thursday last.

The Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection listed her husband as Richard Shackford which helped us place him as Richard, the son of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford who was born on October 3, 1812 in Chester, New Hampshire.  On March 22, 1840, he married Elizabeth Rankin who died in Winthrop on Mary 30, 1864.

We don’t know when Isiphene started working as Richard’s housekeeper but the 1865 census taken on May 13, 1865 after her death shows Richard Shackford, age 53 living in Winthrop with his housekeeper, Isiphenia Mann, age 24.

They married on December 7 of that year:Marriage Record Richard Shackford Isiphene Mann

MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN THE Town of Winthrop for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-five, page 5 Richard Shackford, Winthrop, age 53, Wharf Builder, born Chester, N.H., parents Samuel & Hannah Schackford, Second, Porter M Winton Pastor, M. E. Chc, Winthrop
Isiphenia Mann, Winthrop, age 25, born Surry, Me, parents Robert & Hannah Mann

Isiphenia whose name is spelled many ways – Isiphenia, Isiphena, Josephine, Isiphemia, and Isiphene was the daughter of Robert and Hannah (Eaton) Mann, born in Surry, Maine on February 21, 1841.  She and her husband Richard are found in the 1870 and 1880 census records living in Winthrop — Richard with an occupation as a bridge builder – his previous occupations were wharf builder, pile driver.  He also served on the Boston Common Council and was a selectman in Boston during the Civil War

Isiphene was only 44 when she died of peritonitis on Jan 1, 1866 after being ill for five days.  She was buried in the Bayview Cemetery in her home town of Surry, Maine.  Her husband Richard died on April 6, 1895 and was buried in Wells, Maine next to his first wife Elizabeth.

CHILDREN: (with wife Elizabeth Rankin)

William Henry (1842-1846) – buried in Wells, Maine

Mary Ann Shackford (1845-1845) – buried in Wells, Maine

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SOURCES:

1865 Massachusetts Census, Suffolk County, population census, Winthrop, no page number, dwelling 72, family 82, Richard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 April 2015).

1870 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Winthrop, Page No 6, dwelling 42, family 47, Richard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 April 2015).

1880 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population census, Winthrop, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 575, Page No 18, dwelling 94 family 99, Richard Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 April 2015).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2014), Mary M. Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131853042.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2014), William Henry Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131853071.

“Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990,” index and Images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 April 2015), Isiphenia Shackford.

“Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910,” index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 6 April 2015), Richard Shackford m Isiphemia Mann 7 Dec 1865.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Elizabeth Shackford, 30 June 1864; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 August 2013); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, , Richard Shackford, 3 October 1812; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 6 April 2015).

“Slips from South Surry,” Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald (Bar Harbor, Maine), 22 January 1886; digital images, Digital Archives of the Friends of Island History (http://islandhistory.newspaperarchive.com/ : accessed 10 January 2014).

Town of Winthrop, Town of Winthrop : Record of Deaths 1886 (1886), ; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 12 July 201

 

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