Sunday’s Obituary – Sarah Lincoln (Harris) Shackford (1834-1897) (Blog 338)

Sarah Lincoln Harris was born July 28 1834 in Barnstable, Massachusetts to Rev Edward Nathan and Mary Ann (Robblee) Harris.  She was only 18 when she married William Shackford in St John, New Brunswick where we believe her father was working as a minister.  Her husband received his seaman’s certificate in Philadelphia, served aboard the Nahant in 1864, and was honorably discharged on November 11, 1865 while they kept a home in Eastport, Maine.  They moved to Philadelphia before 1880 and in 1881 he served aboard the S S Ohio and then worked for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company traveling to and from Colon.   They raised two daughters, Caroline Noyes and Marcia Parepa and on occasion accompanied him on a trip to Colon.  The family was occasionally mentioned in the newspaper when they summered in Cape May.

When Sarah died on October 2, 1897, her obituary was published the next day in the New York Times:

Death Notice Sarah Lincoln Harris Shackford New York Times 3 Oct 1897 -2

Mrs. William Shackford.
Sarah Lincoln Shackford, wife of Capt.
William Shackford, for many years senior
Captain of the Pacific Mail Steamship Com-
pany’s fleet, died at the residence of her
son-in-law, Silas Furman, at the Brockholst,
101 West Eighty-fifth Street, yesterday.
Mrs. Shackford had been ill for some time
past. Her daughter, Miss Marcia Shack-
ford, married Silas Furman, half-brother of
Mrs. James M. Waterbury and Mrs. Frank
Lazarus, last year.


Caroline Noyes Shackford (1854-1913) – music teacher in Baltimore, moved near her sister in her 50s and the two performed opera and sang at church events together

Marcia Parapa Shackford (1872-1933) – married Silas Holmes Furman in 1896

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1860 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Maine, population schedule, Eastport, Page No 95, dwelling 620, family 711, William Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 23 December 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Maine, population schedule, Eastport, Page No 60, dwelling 420, family 472, Wm Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 December 2014).

1880 United States Federal Censu, Philadelphia County, Pennslyvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 122, Page No 3 (penned) 104, (Stamped), 1342 Spruce Street South Side, Dwelling 19, Family 22, William Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 27 October 2013).

Family data, Shackford William & Sarah L Harris – To William & Sarah L from her Father E. N. H. Family Bible, The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of The Original Tongues, (New York: American Bible Society, 1854); original owned in 2014 by Sandra Furman, [address for private use], Furman family member.

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“Navy Survivors’ Certificates,” digital images, Fold 3 ( : accessed 3 December 2013), William Shackford; citing page 26.

“New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” digital images, ( : accessed 23 December 2014), Marcia Shackford, aboard S. S. City of Para from Colon, US of C.

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“U.S., Seamen’s Protection Certificates, 1792-1869,” digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 28 December 2014), William Shackford.

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