Friday Faces From the Past – Joseph Edward Shackford (1849-1920) (Blog 407)

Joseph Edward Shackford, the son of William Brown Shackford and Catherine T (Mullett) Shackford was born Oct 22, 1849 and baptized at the Holy Cross Church in Boston on December 6, 1849.  We find him in the 1850 census with his parents and sister May Kate Shackford, age 4; in the 1855 Massachusetts census, in the 1860 census, and in the 1865 Massachusetts census.

Joseph would have just turned 16 when his father who had served in the Civil War died in November 1866 and started work sometime thereafter working as a clerk at 22 Broad St.

He married Elizabeth A (Lizzie) Myers, the daughter of Henry J V Myers, a policeman on Feb 10, 1873, and switched from clerking to working as a bookkeeper.  The family moved to Watertown, Massachusetts where we find Joseph, Lizzie and two children William Henry  and Joseph Edward in the 1880 census and also where Joseph and his wife won prizes at the Grand Army Fair in Dec 1881.  Sometime thereafter the family moved to Syracuse where our first record pertains to their December 1866 divorce which was described in the Syracuse Herald.  The newspaper stated that the suit alleged adultery by Mrs Shackford and gave custody of the two sons William H and Joseph E to their father.  The newspaper also described Joseph’s job as a commercial traveller.

Ten months later on October 20, 1887, Joseph married Miss Donna Lovilla Evans of Chicago, the daughter of Thomas Evans in a “Brilliant Social Event” and describes the happy couple departing for their future home in Syracuse, NY. They first moved to 2 East Castle Street, then to 103 East Castle.  In 1892 we find Joseph, Donna, William and Joseph along with a new son Arthur Evans Shackford in Syracuse. The couple celebrated their 12th anniversary in October 1899 with card games and dancing and appeared in multiple other newspaper articles describing entertaining.

They appeared in the 1900 census with two new children Thomas L and Donna M Shackford and are mentioned in the 1902 newspaper celebrating their 15th anniversary celebrating by playing whist.  They were also mentioned in the newspaper in 1903 due to electrical light fires occurring in the home.

In 1908, Donna who had been ill for three years died at the age of 43 due to an obstructed bile duct.  From the 1910 census we see that Joseph who was working for the National Lead Company hired a servant to help out at home as he was still traveling.  In 1914 he received an award in New York in the white lead selling competition.  In 1917 he was recognized in the Syracuse Herald for his 30 years of work representing the National Lead Company.  He died on November 28, 1920 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse.  His obituary describes his very active involvement in the masons & other clubs in Syracuse.

Obituary Joseph E Shackford, Syracuse Journal, 29 Nov 1920

J. E. Shackford, Leading Mason, Dies in Hospital


Member of Many Orders and of Citizen’s Club Passes Away

Joseph E. Shackford, 71, well
known in Syracuse Masonic circles
and for the past 32 years a resident
of the city, died Sunday night at St.
Joseph’s Hospital. Mr Shackford
was for 29 years with the National
Lead Company, retiring from active
business four years ago.
He was a member of Central City
Lodge, No 305, F. and A. M., Central
City Chapter, No. 13, R. A. M., Cen-
tral City Council, No. 70. Central
City Commandery, No. 23, Knights
Templar and of the Central City
Scottish Rite bodies. He was also a
member of Ziyara Temple, Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine, Keder Khan
Grotto, and the Citizens’ Club of
Mr. Shackford is survived by four
sons: Joseph E., Jr., of Baldwins-
ville; Thomas L. of St. Augustine,
Fla.; Arthur E. of Syracuse, and
William H. of Troy, and by a
daughter Mrs. William J. Brown of
New York City.
Masonic funeral services will be
held at the undertaking rooms of W.
A. Fancher, 112 Seymour st., at a
date and hour to be fixed later.

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with Elizabeth A Myers

William Henry Shackford (1873-1958) – married Anna Mooney, worked for Aetna Mills, , lived in Troy, New York

Joseph Edward Shackford (1876-1948) – married Etta May Chadwick, salesman for Puget Sound Works, , lived in Seattle, Washington

with Donna L Evans

Arthur Evans Shackford (1889-1965) – married Josephine Clara Essig, salesman, inspector factory, lived in Syracuse, NY

Thomas Leon Shackford (1892-1959) – married Ruth Hopkins, Eugenie R Edwards, lived in Evanston, Illinois, St Augustine, Florida

Donna May Shackford (1896-????) Married William J Brown


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1910 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 189, Sheet No 9A, 210 Beard Avenue, Visited No 175, Family No 190, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 8 November 2013).

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“HAD BEEN ILL THREE YEARS Mrs. Donna Evans Shackford Died This Morning,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 13 July 1908; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 10 December 2013).

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LIGHT WIRES’ PRANKS Fires and Explosions in the Nineteenth. In a Score of Houses,” The Syracuse Herald, 2 August 1903; FultonHistory ( : accessed ).

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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

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



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“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. 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.

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Wedding Wednesday – Charles Chauncy Shackford marries Martha Gould Bartlett Sept 22 1846 (Blog 341)

Charles Chauncy Shackford, the son of William Moore and Joanna Chauncy (Moore) Shackford was born on September 26, 1815 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He attended Harvard and the Theological Seminary at Andover.  He was ordained at Hawes Place Church in South Boston on May 1841, married Charlotte Louisa Shackford, his first cousin on June 3, 1841 and soon thereafter moved to Burlington, Iowa where he ran a flour mill, preached, and gave lectures.

The next five years must have been very difficult for Charles.  He had attended Harvard with his older brother, William Henry, a well known teacher at Exeter  who died of typhoid fever in 1842;  Then on October 13, 1845, his wife Charlotte died in Burlington.  On April 27, 1846 his flour mill burned and one of his employees died in the fire.  And on August 17, 1846 his younger brother Albert Samuel died while traveling from Burlington to Portsmouth.

Charles’ marriage to Martha Gould Bartlett on September 22, 1846 must have been the first happy event over those past dark years.  It was announced on September 23d in the Lowell Daily Courier.

Marriage Announcement to Martha G Bartlett in Emancipator and Republican

In this city, 22d inst, by Rev Mr Edson, the Rev. Charles C. Shackford, of Burlington, Iowa, to Miss Martha G., daughter of Mr Wait Bartlett, of Granby.

Two days later Charles accepted a call from the Unitarian Society in Lynn, Massachusetts.  He went on to preach, run a school for young women, write, translate, and then taught Rhetoric at Cornell University from 1871 to 1886.  He and his wife retired in Norfolk Massachusetts where he died of the grip on December 25, 1891.  His wife Martha lived with their daughter Alice Ellis and died in Brookline on March 16, 1903.


Elen Louisa Shackford (1842-1843) – daughter of Charles and Charlottte, died in Boston

Clara Bartlett Shackford (1847-1851)

Alice M Shackford (1849-1932) – married Edward E Ellis; lived in Boston, Gloucester, and Brookline

Charles Chauncy Shackford (1852-1931) – married Flora Adelaide Wood; worked as a leather salesman, lived in Boston and Los Angeles

Martha Bartlett Shackford (1855-1932) – married Gram Curtis; lived in Brooklyn, New Castle, and Swarthmore

Lucy Bartlett Shackford (1857-1934) – married Charles Edward Payn Babcock; lived in Ithaca and Buffalo.



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