Sunday’s Obituary – The Charles J Shackford Who Died While Sitting in a Chair in 1894 was 60, not 78 (Blog 380)

The Boston Daily Globe reported the death of Charles J Shackford on 22 Dec 1894 as follows:

death-notice-charles-j-shackford-boston-daily-globe-dec-22-1894Charles J. Shackford of 21 Ireson av
died while sitting in a chair at that
place yesterday, from a complication of
diseases. Mr Shackford had resided in
Lynn about 18 years, and was 78 years
of age. He leaves a wife and two
daughters.

We reviewed death records to learn more about this Charles and found Charles J Shackford, a shoemaker who  died in Lynn on December 21, 1894.  The death record lists him as 60 years, 1 month, and 17 days with cause of death listed as apoplexy  The death record lists his parents as Isiah and Mary Garland.

This Charles J Shackford is most likely the son of Josiah R Shackford and Mary Louise Garland born in Barnstead, New Hampshire on November 4, 1834.  We find him in the 1850 census living with his parents and siblings Sylvanus, George W, Hannah, and Frances H A. (We’ve previously written about Samuel Garland Shackford and Elbridge Garland Shackford)

Charles is found next serving with the Sixth Regiment Infantry in Lowell as a 3rd Lieutenant on April 7, 1857.  On December 25, 1858 he married Sarah A King, the daughter of William and Olive (Place) King and  in 1860 was living with his parents and wife in Barnstead.

We find no record of Charles during the civil war or in the 1870 census but find him living at 5 Pearl Street in Lynn as a shoemaker in 1878.  In 1880 we find the family now with two children, Ellita P, age 13 and Lillia A, age 6 in Lowell.  While Charles has been an unemployed shoemaker for three months, the family is earning a living running a large boarding house with eleven boarders.   Jobs must have been scarce in 1880 as most of the boarders are also unemployed shoemakers.

The family remained in Lynn moving frequently living at 202 Essex, 208 Essex, 420 Essex, and 21 Ireson until Charles’ death on December 21, 1894.  He was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.  Sarah remained at 21 Irelson and in 1900 was sharing the home with her two daughters, their husbands, and a granddaughter.  In 1910 she was living with one daughter, and two grandchildren. She died at 21 Ireson on August 2, 1913 and was also buried at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.

CHILDREN:

Ellita P Shackford (1867-1938) – married Edward Martin McElkinney

Lila Adella Shackford (1873-1944) – married Edwin Clayton Macomber

Sarah may have had more children as the 1900 census states that Sarah had 4 children and 2 living

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Census, Barnstead, Belknap, United States, population schedule, , p. 405 (penned) p 203 (stamped), Dwelling 907, Family 988, Josiah R Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 May 2013); https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWZZ-TWQ.

1860 United States Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, Page No 40, dwelling 323, family 334, Josiah R Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2016).

1880 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Lowell, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration No 212, Page No 28, House No 5, dwelling No 152, family No 222, Chas J Shakford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2016).

1900 United States Federal Cenus, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Lynn, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 364, Sheet No 12, 21 Irelson, dwelling 171, family 264, Sarah A Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 30 October 2016).

1910 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Lynn, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 378, Sheet No 13B, 21 Irelson, house visited 216, family 293, Edward M McElhinney; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2016).

Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts For the Year Ending December 31, 1857 (Boston: Wright & Potter, State Printers, 1858), page 66; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 30 October 2016.

“LYNN,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 22 December 1894; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 29 March 2016).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, , Charles J Shackford, 21 December 1894; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2013).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Sarah A King Shackford, 2 August 1913; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2016); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts..

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, MARRIAGES registered in the City of Lowell for the year 1858 page 151, Charles J Shackford m Sarah M King, 20 December 2013; database with images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 20 December 2013).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , Charles J Shackford, 4 November 1834; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 August 2013); “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.

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 30 October 2016), Charles J Shackford.

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Notre Dame Hesburgh Special Collections’ Civil War Letters Written by Samuel Garland Shackford to His Daughter’s Caretaker (Blog 368)

About three years ago, on October 7, 2013 we wrote an article sharing the Army Widow Pension card for Samuel G. Shackford’s 2nd wife Esta (Higgins Shackford).  In that article we stated that we had discovered that Samuel had written letters to his daughter during the civil war and “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get to read” these letters.

university-of-notre-dame-hesburg-libraryWell this week, we  visited the beautiful Notre Dame campus where we felt honored to be able to review the letters that Samuel Garland Shackford sent home to his daughter Ida during the civil war.  We not only found the letters but were extremely pleased to discover that they had been used by a Notre Dame student who wrote a a senior thesis paper describing the historical value and her wonderful perspectives of these letters!  Her paper provided an excellent context to the letters and describes some history regarding Samuel that is new to us.

We quickly scanned some of the letters as we copied them and discovered that Samuel put a date on each letter and described his location so we will able to show this on a map at a later date.  He also described his work at a hospital and shared the health status of the other member of the Huse family and himself.  He asked about his daughter Ida and as the war progressed had to sort out payment for her care and sent her some silk.  He also described his sadness and loss of hope regarding remarrying because the women in the community who he had hoped to possibly marry were becoming unavailable. The files also included a letter from the women he did marry – Esta Higgens which was sent to another member of the Huse family where she asks how Mr Shackford is doing.

We wish to thank the Huse family for saving these precious letters, those who kept them preserved, the Hesburgh library for purchasing this wonderful collection, those who created the wonderful findings aid and for ensuring that their finding aids are discoverable on a Google Search.

We had called ahead of our visit to ensure the documents were available and were impressed at the professionalism of James Cachey and Deborah Dochuck who had the documents pulled before our arrival.  The library had nearby sinks for handwashing and lockers for storing briefcases right at the front entrance of the library and had established a document viewing area that was private but yet was set up to allow oversight of the patrons viewing documents.  Their focus of preservation of historical documents will ensure that others can see these precious documents!

We were allowed to photograph the files and historic letters and will be transcribing them as time permits.  Note:  We ve created over 15,000 images of Shackford family history documents during the past few months and when we return home our first goal is to develop a plan of prioritizing the review and transcription of these wonderful treasures. And before sharing anything beyond our transcriptions, we’ll need to garner permission from the library!

So more about these letters someday in the future!

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

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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

 

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstaead, page 413 (penned) 207 (stamped), dwelling 972, family 1054, Saml G Shackford; digital image, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 7 October 2013).

1860 United States Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, Page No 47, dwelling 377, family 392, Samuel G Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 7 October 2013).

1870 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, Page No 20, dwelling 188, family 198, Saml G Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 7 October 2013).

1880 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Belknap, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 2, Supervisors District No 82, Page No 11, dwelling 117, family 122, William Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 October 2013).

“Civil War and Later Pension Index,” digital images, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 8 October 2013), Samuel G Shackford Pension Request.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 August 2014), Samuel G Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 11519620.

“HUSE FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE. 1837-1898,” ; MSN/CW 5054-1 to MSN/CW 5054-347; Manuscripts of the American Civil War; University of Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collections, Notre Dame University. http://www.rarebooks.nd.edu/digital/civil_war/letters/ describes 22 written between February 1862 and February 1865 by Pvt. Samuel G. Shackford of Barnstead, a widower whose daughter lived in the Huse household during the war.

Lyon G. Parker, The New-Hampshire Annual Register, and United States Calendar, for the Year 1865 (Concord: G. Parker Lyon, 1865), page 61; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 18 September 2016.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , Samuel G Shackford, 30 January 1818; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 October 2013); “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.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Samuel G. Shackford and Esta L. Higgins, ; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 13 November 2015).

Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire 1861-65. (NHRoster) Published in 1895 and Eighth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry

“Samuel G. Shackford,” The Farmington News (Farmington, New Hampshire), 23 October 1885; digital images, Farmington Preservation (http://farmington.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 8 August 2014).

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 18 September 2016), Samuel G Shackford, 1870-71, Barnstead, NH