Sunday’s Obituary – Serena (Shackford) Sawyer (1843-1905), daughter of Christopher Shackford of Sanford and Saco, Maine (Blog 464)

Serena Shackford the daughter of Christopher and Mehitable (Maddox) Shackford was born April 6, 1905 in Sanford, Maine and lived with her parents in Sanford, then Saco till sometime after 1860.  Her father died on April 2, 1870 and his will stated she should receive $100 and housing in his home.  It does not appear that she stayed in his home as she was living on her own in 1870 in Saco where she worked in a cotton mill.

Serena married Elbridge L Sawyer on April 8, 1872 and had two children, Charles Elbridge Sawyer and Harry Shackford Sawyer in 1874 and 1877 respectively before Elbridge’s death on June 8, 1878 in South Hadley, Massachusetts of pyemia or sepsis. Serena raised her two young sons at 9 Dyer Street in Saco, Maine where she lived with her step mother Louisa and sister Georgianna and then lived with her son Harry.  She died in Saco, Maine at age 62 of pneumonia on October 18, 1905 and was buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Her obituary was published in the Biddeford Weekly Journal:

Mrs Serena Shackford Sawyer ObituarySerena, widow of Elbridge L. Saw-
yer, formerly residing at No. 9 Dyer
street, Saco, died on Wednesday
morning, after a two week illness
from congestion of the liver and
pneumonia.
Besides one brother, Granville
Shackford of Old Orchard, she leaves
two sons, Charles E., an attorney
at Haverhill, Mass., and Harry S. of
Saco.

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Town of Sanford, Page 275 (penned), 138 (stamped), Dwelling 341, Family 355, Christopher Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.com : accessed 12 August 2013).

1860 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, Page No 146, dwelling 1078, family 1083, Christopher Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 October 2013).

1870 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, Page No 2, dwelling 6, family 7, Syrena Shackford in home of Cordelia Turkey; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 18 March 2018).

1880 United States Federal Census, York, Maine, population schedule, Saco, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 203, Supervisor’s Dist. No 1, Page No 20 D, Georgia Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 August 2013).

1900 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, enumeration district (ED) 248, Sheet No 2, dwelling 39, family 41, Serena Sawyer; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 18 March 2018).

Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922, , Serena Sawyer, death, 18 October 1905; digital records, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 August 2013); Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1908-1922 Vital Records; Roll #: 10.

(Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980), Family Search, digital images (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2241461 : accessed 25 December 2013), Serena Shackford Sawyer, image, 1321; Nathan Hill Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980, Sears, Louisa-Sharp, Lee.

Maine “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 25 December 2013), Elbridge L Sawyer m Sirena Shackford 8 Apr 1872.

Maine, Maine, York County, Probate Estate Files, Christopher Shackford; “Maine, York County, Probate Estate Files, 1690-1917,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 30 May 2013); Case no 16831-16928, Seaward, W-Shackley, RCase 16899 (Image 1120-1126).

Maine, Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, , Serena Sawyer, death, 18 October 1905; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 August 2013).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Elbridge D Sawyer, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 March 2018); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

“MRS SERENA SAWYER,” The Biddeford Weekly Journal (Biddeford, Maine), 20 October 1905; digital images, Biddeford Library (http://biddeford.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 8 February 2018).

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