Military Monday – 2 Lt David Shackford’s Funeral (Blog 363)

David Shackford, the son of Susanna Shackford was born Aug 15, 1826 in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  His marriage to Lydia Eva Short was announced on Aug 10, 1849 and they were married on September 14, 1849.  David worked as a mariner, cordwainer (shoemaker), and fireman living at 20 Franklin Street and 34 Marlborough Streets in Newburyport.

On April 15, 1861 he joined the Massachusetts 8th Regiment, Company A also known as the Minute Men or Cushing Guards and served with his regiment from Annapolis to Washington, in Baltimore, and along the Ohio railroad.  On August 21, 1862 was elected 2nd Lieutenant by his regiment.  Unfortunately the next day he drowned in a boating accident near Plum Island Point leaving a wife, four children (Sarah J, 12; Emily C, 7; Charles H, 5; and Mary Ann, 2), and an invalid mother who was living in the local Almshouse.  On September 9, 1862 this patriotic description of his funeral was published in the Newburyport Herald:

Lieut. David Shackfod was buried on Friday, The Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 9 September 1862, page 2, col 3 pt 1
Newburyport Herald, 9 Sept 1862

Lieut. David Shackford was buried on Friday forenoon, in the Oldtown grave-yard. The principal services were at the church in Purchase street, and
performed by the pastor, Rev Mr. Butler. The church was full, the ladies occupying the side or wall pews, and the military, engine men and others with whom the deceased was associate, the body pews Music, the reading of the Scriptures, an address, a prayer and a closing benediction comprised the exercises, Mr. Butler’s remarks were extemporaneous but well adapted to the sad occasion, and calculated to benefit the listener. While he forgot not the virtues of the dead he was anxious to give such counsel to the living, as should make the wiser and better here, and to point them in the reward of those who fight “the good fight of faith,” in the future world.
There was much in the soldier worthy of admiration, and never since the country sprang into being had the people come to such an appreciation of his services. The existences of the country appealed to him and he responded and was all his heart, and when he had fallen, whether on the battlefield or in quietly passing the course which Providence had marked out for him-even while in quest or pleasure-it was well, and it would be the privilege of his friends and associate to honor his memory and emulate his spirit of self-
sacrifice and devotion to the common welfare The deceased had but learned the dangers of the nation, and he had sprung to his feet and moved onward to
the scene of peril. God had been his shield and he had returned to the bosom of his family. Again there had been the cry-“Come and help us,” and again
he had turned away from his wife and children and all that makes home dear to husband and father, and given himself to the defence of the government and the principles on which only it can rest. It had so happened that with thousands of others, he had once more and quickly, found himself among those dearest to
him on earth. And now, still again, there was a demand made for those who were willing to give themselves to their country, and his answer was, “I am
ready,” and in a few days he would have been among such as are to-day facing the enemy, or preparing for any services to which they may be called.
He had been cut down just at the moment when his fellow soldiers had assigned him an important post, and under circumstances which would be flattering to
the honest pride of any patriot. It is not for us to ask why, or to murmur. A cloud rested upon the dispensation, but no power the deceased could control could
dissipate its darkness, or scatter the deep gloom. He had met the claims upon him as a soldier, and it was enough. His promptness, courage and resolution were worth of imitation; and his safe return, after encountering the perils of a soldier’s life for months in succession, showed that heaven had smiled on his decision and his labors.
The remains were followed to the grave by the Cushing Guard, Capt. Stone’s company, and many of the members of the Fire Department. Engine Company
8, of which the deceased was a member, appeared in full ranks, wearing a badge of crape on the left arm. – on arriving at the grave the pall-bearers formed into
line on the left of the bier, when the mourning company passed up and countermarched, caving the ground. A few days since when the procession encircled the coffin, it was that they might once more gaze upon the features of the dead. Now, the lid was closed, and closed for all time, but affection had not forgot her office, and amid a profusion of flowers, and covering a portion of that motto, E Plurbus Unum, which to the American heart should be second only to Holy Writ, lay photographs of the departed-the citizen and the soldier-as if she would constrain even the grave to intensify her hallowed sins, and enforce lessons of patriotism.

While we manifest our respect for the memory of the dead, let the wants of the living be recorded The subject of these hasty thoughts leaves a wife and four
children The children are young and helpless, and the mother is an invalid. Need more be said to secure what may be necessary for their future comfort. We
learn with pleasure that the Cushing Guard have already enclosed to Mrs Shackford the sum of $25, and Neptune Engine Co No 8, $20-the amount in their treasure, and that each company contemplates another effort. The former will shortly make up a sum equal to two dollars for each member, and with what
will be done by friends who propose to call up on such as are able to contribute, we trust the hearts of the widow and fatherless will yet be made glad

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, no page number, previous page stamped 352, penned 703, dwelling 107, family 158, David Shackford in household of Henry Lunt; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2016).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Essex County, population schedule, Newburyport, page 278, dwelling 26, family 440, David Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2016).

1860 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newburyport, Page No 62, Susan Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 4 September 2015).

“DROWNED,” The Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 26 August 1862, page 2, col 2; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 30 August 2016).

“Lieut. David Shackford was buried on Friday,” The Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 9 September 1862, page 2, col 3; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 30 August 2016).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED IN THE City of Newburyport for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-two page 256, David Shackford, 22 August 1862; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 10 January 2014).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Lydia C Short m David Shackford, 14 September 1849; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 September 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

“Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 26 August 2016), David Shackford m Lydia Eva Short.

Nason George W., History And Complete Roster of the Massachusetts Regiments, Minute Men of 1861 Who Responded To the First Call of President Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1861, To Defend the Flag And Constitution of the United State (Boston, Massachusetts: Smith & McCance, 1910), page 238; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 23 May 2014.

Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I. Births (Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1911), page 347 and; digital images, Essex County Ma (http://essexcountyma.net/ : accessed 12 July 2014.

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Follow Friday -Thanks to The Ancestor Hunt We Found an Article About David Shackford’s Death in Newburyport (Blog 357)

We’ve been following The Ancestor Hunt blog by Kenneth R Marks on and off. We turned it off during our recent genealogy trip to cut down on e-mails but are very glad that we turned back on his blog due to the recent article about 18 Historical Newspaper Digitization Projects and mentioned an article stating that the Newburyport Public Library had digitized numerous old newspapers.  We did a search of the newspapers and found 210 articles that mention Shackford including this article about the death of David Shackford.

David, the son of Susan Shackford (no husband named), was born August 15, 1826 in Newburyport, Massachusetts and married Lydia Short on Sept 14, 1849. He was a shoemaker and served with the Minute Men on April 15, 1861 and died by drowning on August 22, 1862 the day after being elected as a 2d Lieutenant.  He was buried in Old Town, Newburyport.

Children:

Sarah J Shackford (1850-1933) – school teacher, bookkeeper, married John Holker then Edward M Hobson

Emily Corless Shackford (1854-1885)

Charles Henry Shackford (1857-1928)

Mary Ann Shackford (1859-1869)

Everett Archer Shackford (1862-1865)

Note:  We’re not sure who his mother descended from – possibly she was a daughter of Levi Shackford – not sure yet.

David A Shackford - The body of Lieut Shackford,,Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 8 August 1862.JPG
The Daily Herald, 5 Sept 1862

The body of Lieut. Shackford, who was drowned
on the 22d ult., was recovered on Thursday morning
Mr. Edward Dole, who had gone to the meadows, dis-
scovered the body some ten feet above low water mark,
and immediately returned with the information, when
several of the friends of the deceased went to the spot,
and taking charge of it brought it to the city. Its con-
dition renders interment immediate; and we learn that
arrangements are in progress, and that the funeral will
take place from the Purchase street church this fore-
noon, at 10’o’clock. The services will be conducted
by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Butler.
The other clergymen of the city are invited and no
doubt will by present. We learn also that the City
Government, the Veteran Artillery Association , the
Cushing Guard, Mr. Stone’s Company and the sever-
al engine companies of the city will probably be in
attendance.
The supposition was entertained by those present at
the time Lieut. Shackford so suddenly disappeared
from their view that he had been seized by a shark,
and we hear that circumstances are decisive on this
point.

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SOURCES:

“The Body of Lieut Shackford,” The Daily Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 5 September 1862; digital images, Newburyport Public Library (http://newburyport.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 26 August 2016).

“Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 14 May 2015), David Shackford

Creasey George W., The City of Newburyport in the Civil War (Forgotten Books, 1903), page 75; digital images, Forgotten books (www.forgottenbooks.org : accessed 15 July 2014.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED IN THE City of Newburyport for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-two page 256, David Shackford, 22 August 1862; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 10 January 2014).

Nason George W., History And Complete Roster of the Massachusetts Regiments, Minute Men of 1861 Who Responded To the First Call of President Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1861, To Defend the Flag And Constitution of the United State (Boston, Massachusetts: Smith & McCance, 1910), page 238; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 23 May 2014.

Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I. Births (Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1911), page 347 and; digital images, Essex County Ma (http://essexcountyma.net/ : accessed 12 July 2014.

Updated Aug 30, 2016 – removed the middle initial A.  (We’d reviewed every source we’d found pertaining to David Shackford and do not find any reference to a middle initial or middle name and are uncertain why we added a middle initial.)

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