Sunday’s Obituary – The Late Thomas Shackford (1815-1874) – Resolutions by the Boston Deaf Mute Library Association (Blog 449)

Thomas Shackford, the son of William and Mercy (Rose) Shackford was born on October 30, 1815 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  He received his education at the American Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb in Hartford, Connecticut and was identified as deaf & dumb in the 1850 census where he is shown as working in Nashville, New Hampshire.

By 1854 he was living in Dorchester, Massachusetts where he was elected Chairman of the Boston Society of Deaf Mutes and in 1855 he was living with his brother Abner R and his mother Mercy (Rose) (Shackford) Newell  in the same dwelling as his brother William B Shackford.

Thomas remained active in deaf-mute organizations becoming Treasurer of the Deaf-Mutes of Boston in 1872 and presenting a petition to the Massachusetts Senate on behalf of the Deaf-Mute Organization.

 

Thomas fell down dead on the sidewalk on his to his home in Brookline on January 29, 1874 in Boston.  The cause of death was heart disease.  His last rites were held at his sister’s home (Caroline L Palmer) and he was buried in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  The Boston Deaf Mute Library Association honored him with this beautiful tribute:

Resolution the Late Thomas Shackford Boston Daily Globe February 7, 1874
Boston Daily Globe, 7 Feb 1874

Thomas Shackford

Resolutions by the Boston Deaf Mute Library
Association
The following resolutions have been passed
by the Boston Deaf Mute Library Association, realtive to the death of Mr. Thomas Shackford, late
their esteemed Treasurer:
Resolved, That in his death “The Boston Deaf
Mute Library Association” has occasion to mourn
the loss of a beloved member, a faithful officer and
a sincere friend.
Resolved, That we remember with gratitude his
many kindly acts, and while we shall miss from
amongst us his cheerful and winning face, we shall
ever cherish his memory, as one who, while here, did
what he could to serve the cause of humanity.
Resolved, That we heartily sympathize with his
widowed mother and other relatives in their loss, and
commend them all to the care of Him who doeth all
things well.
Resolved, that the charter of the association be
draped in mourning for the space of three months.
Resolved That these resolutions be published in
the Boston daily papers, in the Advance and the
Silent World, and a copy be sent to the mother of
the deceased.

Thomas was my second great granduncle.

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Town of Nashville, page 399 (penned), 200 (stamped), dwelling ???, family 147, Josiah Knowles; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 23 October 2013).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Suffolk County, population schedule, Boston, Ward 10, page 30 (penned), dwelling 180, family 210, Abner Shackford; digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 23 October 2013).

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Journal of the Senate for the Year 1874 (Boston: Wright & Potter, n.d.), page 61; 1874, HathiTrust (http://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 3 August 2014.

Fourteenth Report of the Directors of the American Asylum, at Hartford for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, Exhibited to the Asylum, May 8, 1830 (Hartford: Hudson and Skinner, 1830), page 4; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 3 August 2014.

“Letter from Abner R Shackford to Samuel Shackford,” (25 November 1888); folder: “Research on Shackford family genealogy, 1988.325.1,” Research on Shackford family genealogy; Winnetka Historical Society, Winnetka Illinois.

Massachusetts “Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 March 2014), Thomas Shackford b Oct 1814.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED in the Town of Brookline for the Year eighteen hundred and seventy-four, page 230, Thomas Shackford, death, 29 January 1874; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 10 August 2013).

N. E. Gallaudet Association of Deaf Mutes, The Proceedings of the Constitutional Committee, Convened at Henniker, New Hampshire, January 4, 1854 (Bradford, Vt: 1854), page 14, PROCEEDINGS of the MEETING of Deaf Mutes Held in Boston, on the Evening of March 9, 1854; digital images, Google Books (http://gaislandora.wrlc.org : accessed 21 July 2017.

“Organization of the Boston Deaf and Dumb Library and Lyceum Association,” Mexico Independent and Deaf-Mutes’ Journal (Mexico, New York), 14 November 1872; digital images, NYS Historic Newspapers (http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org : accessed 21 July 2017).

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Wedding Wednesday – Nathaniel Shackford of Newington, NH marries Miss Abigail Coleman on Nov 24, 1825 (Blog 441)

Nathaniel Shackford, the son of Nathaniel Cooper and Phoebe (Nutter) Shackford was born August 11, 1800 in Newington, New Hampshire.

His marriage to Miss Abigail Coleman was announced in the New Hampshire Statesman and Concord on Dec 10th and Dec 24th – we learn the exact date of the marriage from a newspaper article celebrating her 90th birthday, an article that also tells us they had nine children.

Marriage Record Nathaniel Shackford to Abigail Coleman Marriages, New Hampshire Statesman and Concord (New Hampshire) Register, 10 December 1825
New Hampshire Statesman and Concord, 10 Dec 1825

In Somersworth, … – Mr Nathaniel Shackford of Newington to Miss Abigail Coleman

 

The family moved to Maine before 1840 and lived on Elm street in Saco in 1849 where Nathaniel worked as a stone mason.  They remained in Saco in 850 but moved to Biddeford sometime before 1860 where they lived on Maine street in 1866.

Nathaniel died on January 17, 1873 – currently our only source for his death is Henry Hardon’s book — we’re still searching for additional sources.  He was buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.  Nathaniel’s wife Abigail lived 22 more years dying on May 8, 1895 in Saco.  She was also buried in the Laural Hill Cemetery.

CHILDREN:

William Shackford (1826-????)

Mary Amanda Shackford (1828-1845)

Frances R Shackford (1830-1921) – married Charles F Lewis

Charles E Shackford (1832-1860)

William Shackford (1834-1887) – married Frances Sarah Tarbell

Nathaniel Shackford (1836-1899) – married Mary E Cleaves, served in the civil war, lived in Charlestown, Mass, worked as a bookkeeper and clerk

Sarah Abba P Shackford (1840-1901) – married Moses T Sampson

Elizabeth G Shackford (1843-1928) – married William Briggs, lived in Biddeford

Ellen Shackford (1843-1846)

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SOURCES:

1840 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, page 171, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 November 2013).

1850 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Saco, page 636 (difficult to read), dwelling 481, family 532, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 27 November 2013).

1860 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, City of Biddeford, Page No 95, dwelling 613, family 691, Nathl Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://familysearch.org : accessed 27 November 2013).

1870 United States Federal Census, York, Maine, population schedule, Biddeford, Page 64, Dwelling 467, Family 327, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 August 2013).

Biddeford Directory (cover page not available) (N.p.:n.p.n.d.), page 64, Shackford N. stone mason, Main Street; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 November 2013).

The Business Directory of Saco and Biddeford for the Year 1849 (Saco: L. O. Cowan and A. A. Hanscom, 1849), page 46, Shackford Nathaniel, stone mason, r Elm st; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 November 2013).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 August 2014), Nathaniel Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 121163162.

“FOURSCORE AND TEN. Abagail C. Shackford of Biddeford Still Retains her Youthful Spirit,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 29 June 1891; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 24 September 2013).

Greenough, Jones & Co’s Directory of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Businesses, Societies, Business Firms, Etc., Etc in the Cities of Biddeford and Saco for 1872 (Boston: Greenough, Jones & Co, 1972), page 66, BIDDEFORD, Shackford Nathaniel, mason, house 43 Main; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 November 2013).

Hardon Henry W, Newington, New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc, 1991), p. 170

“Marriages,” New Hampshire Statesman and Concord (New Hampshire) Register, 10 December 1825; digital images, Godfred Memorial (http://godfrey.org : accessed 20 August 2013), 19th Century Newspapers.

New Hampshire “New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 November 2013), Nathaniel Shackford b. 11 Aug 1800

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Thriller Thursday – William Shackford Dying for Six Cent Poker Pot (Blog 433)

William Shackford, the son of Alphonso and Margaret Elizabeth (O’Connor) Shackford was born August 21, 1874 in Providence, Rhode Island.   We find him in the Rhode Island 1875 and the 1880 censuses with his family and then in this descriptive news article.

William Shackford Shot Boston Daily Globe 15 Jun 1895 Part 1

THe Globe

EXTRA!

3 O’CLOCK

Young Man Dying Who

Won the “Pot”

Little Chance Wm. Shackford

of East Providence.

Story of an Old Feud and

Murderous Assault.

PROVIDENCE. June 15 – Wm. Shack-
ford, a young man residing in the lower
end of East Providence, near the Bar-
rington line, won a poker pot of six
cents, and now he is dying from wounds
inflicted by cronies.
The case was reported to the East
Providence police yesterday, but at first
the affair looked anything but serious.
Daniel and Henry Thompson are under
arrest, and today they were arraigned
before Judge Bliss of East Providence
and held in heavy bonds to await the
result of Shackford’s injuries.
The case was first reported as a high-
way robbery, in which it was made to
appear that two strangers had waylaid
Shackford and knocked him out for his
money.
Investigators by police and newspa-
per reporters shows clearly another
kind of a story.
Shackford with others had been in an
old barn near the place where the as-
sault took place, playing poker or som
other such game. Money was up, and
Shackford was unfortunate enough to
take the “pot” and hence the trouble.
The Globe correspondence was this morn-
ing informed that the entire amount
was six cents.
This barn in which the games were
played has been a favorite place for
some of the young men in the neighbor-
hood to spend their evenings in gam-
bling and the other diversions which
generally go with sporting of that kind.
There was an old feud which was
said to have existed between Shackford
and some of the men whom he was
playing with. Two of these, it was
claimed, were Daniel and Henry Thomp-
son, young men well known in Drown-
ville, their native place, and in River-
side. The cause of the old trouble is
said to have been a bicycle which one
of the Thompson boys owned about a
year ago. The owner alleged that
Shackford in some way damaged one of
the wheel, and he desired renumera-
tion for the damage. This has never
been paid, and so the Thompsons asked
Shackford to turn over what money he
had gained at poker, and upon meeting
with a refusal became angered and
sought to obtain it by intimidation.
They did not scare him, however.
A row was then started, it is alleged,
in which the Thompson boys pitched
into Shackford and knocked him out
with several weapons.
Shackford escaped to the highway,
and, it is claimed, was then pitched
upon again by the brothers.
Shackford was taken to his home,
and his folks, not realizing that his
condition was so serious, neglected to
call a doctor. When Dr Hibbard was
finally called, however, he found Shack-
ford’s skull was hadly fractured, and
also that the face, neck and body of the
victim were a mass of cuts and bruises
all more or less serious. Some of the
cuts resembled vary much those which
would be made with a sharp knife.
A revolver was one of the weapons of
assault, and over the right eye of the
victim is a bad wound, made by strik-
ing with the butt of the weapon It is
in this place that the skull is seriously
fractured. His mouth and lips are also
very badly cut, so that he can speak
only with the greatest difficulty.
Almost the entire time since the as-
sault he has been in a semi-unconscious
condition, and toward evening yester-
day. he became delirious. Shortly after
7 o’clock last night it was thought that
he was dying, and Dr Hibbad of Riv-
erside was summoned.
The injured man passed the night un-
comfortably as could be expected. This
morning there was a change for the
worse, and Shackford may die at any
moment.
The Thompson boys make no state-
ments and no admissions. Daniel was
home on furlough from the west, where
he is a private in the regular army.
Others were present when the fight
took place, and more arrivals are to fol-
low.

William survived the plot and participated in a trial about a year later.  He moved home by 1900 where he was working as a hotel clerk and living in East Providence.  On February 18, 1909 he married Maud L (Sumner) (MacConnell) Estey.  Sady the marriage did not last – we only know that it ended before 1920 as William was listed as divorced in the 1920 census when he was living with his sister Celeste (Shackford) Barsantee. Before the census William registered for the draft in 1918 where he was shown as working as a waiter for the Hotel Grand in Providence.

In 1925 and 1930 we find William again with his sister working as a clerk in a lunch room.  He died December 18 1932 in East Providence and was buried in Princes Hill Burial Ground in Barrington, Rhode Island.

CHILDREN:  None known

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SOURCES:

1880 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 48, Page No 11, 1203 Eddy St, dwelling 72, family 114, Alphonzo Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 25 February 2016).

1900 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, East Providence Town, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 130, Sheet No 28, dwelling 353, family 594, Alphonzo Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 24 February 2016).

1920 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, enumeration district (ED) 113, Sheet 9A, dwelling 203, family 298, Edwin R Barsantee; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 4 May 2017).

1925 Rhode Island State Census, Providence County, population schedule, East Providence, Page 43, 850 Willett Avenue, dwelling 346, family 372, Edwin R Barsantie; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 February 2016).

1930 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, East Providence, enumeration district (ED) 4-219, Sheet No 14B, dwelling 332, family 348, Edwin Barsante; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 4 May 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 August 2014), William Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 116959473.

“ONLY SIX CENTS. Young Man Dying Who Won the “Pot” Little Chance for Wm Shackford of East Providence. Story of an Old Feud and Murderous Assault Daniel and Henry Thompson in Heavy Bonds Former a Private in U S Army Home on a Furlough,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 15 June 1895; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 2 May 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, , William Shackford m Maude Cornell, 27 February 2016; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2016).

Rhode Island, State Census, 1875, Providence, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, page 298, street no 50, dwelling 122, family 272, Alfonso Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 April 2015).

“Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 17 November 2016), William Shackford.

Rhode Island “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 9 May 2013), William Shackford.

“SAD ENDING TO GAME OF POKER W.M. Shackford Tells Story in Providence Court of Famous Contest of June, 95, and Subsequent Assault,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 12 May 1896; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 2 May 2017).

“U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 May 2017), William Shackford; citing : United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

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Sunday’s Obituary – William Bell Shackford of 71 Prentiss Street (1860-1922) (Blog 431)

We found this obituary for William Bell Shackford which was published on August 12, 1922 in the Cambridge Chronicle. From Somerville City Directories, we learn that the William Shackford who lived at 71 Prentiss Street was married to Hannah and that he worked as a driver and clerk for the grocery store which is shown in his obituary as Cobb, Bates, Yerxa.  We find the family in the 1920 and 1910 census with children Harry and Louise.   We haven’t found a death record yet, just a notice in a city directory showing the death of a William on July 20, 1922 – we believe this is the same William but will keep looking so we can verify which William this obituary belongs to – we’ve identified more of William’s children but find different last names for Hannah – King and Haley which we’ll be using to help see if we can find a maiden name and perhaps a marriage record…

We do find son Harry with William in the 1900 census in Cambridge but his wife is listed as Mary B so we’ve decided to do a bit more research before verifying William’s parents.  Meanwhile we’ll share the obituary we found.

Obituary William Shackford North Cambridge Funeral Services Were Held for William Shackford, Cambridge Chronicle (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 12 August 1922
Cambridge Chronicle, 12 Aug 1922

Funeral services for William Shack-
ford were held last week Wednesday at
his home, 71 Prentiss street. He had
been a resident of this city for many
years and had been employed by Cobb,
Bates, Yerxa Co., for the last 49 years.
He leaves a wife and two children. Burial
was in Cambridge cemetery.

CHILDREN:

Harry Francis Shackford (1897-????) – married Ethel Elizabeth Gay and Margaret E Curran, lived in Somerville

Louise Lillian Shackford (1902-????) – married John Willy Holloway from Georgia, lived in Somerville

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SOURCES:

1900 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Cambridge, enumeration district (ED) 682, Sheet No 7, dwelling 63, family 147, William B Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 April 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Somerville, enumeration district (ED) 1009, Sheet No 5B, dwelling 93, family 93, William Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 April 2017).

1920 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Somerville, enumeration district (ED) 441, Sheet No 4B, dwelling 43, family 74, William Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 April 2017).

“NORTH CAMBRIDGE,” Cambridge Chronicle (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 12 August 1922; digital images, Cambridge Public Library (http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com : accessed 30 April 2017).

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 30 April 2017), Shackfords in Somerville 1919.

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Eliza Ann Shackford’s Probate Records Tell Us that she Died in 1899 Without a Will Leaving a Sister, a Brother, and a $2500 Estate (Blog 392)

The initial probate records for Eliza Ann Shackford of Eastport, Maine were filed on Feb 28, 1899.  They tell us that she died Feb 17, 1899 without a will, had real estate valued over $20, that she had two living siblings:  Matilda S. Paine of Eastport and William Shackford of New York, and that Matilda requested that the court appoint Charles A Paine as the administrator.  Matilda was 73 years old and a widow at the time of her sister’s death and we believe that Charles was her son.

probate-records-eliza-ann-shackford-p-265265
STATE OF MAINE
To the Honorable, the Judge of the Probate Court, in and for the County of Washington;
RESPECTFULLY REPRESENTS Matilda S Paine of Eastport, in said County, that Eliza Ann Shackford who last dwelt in Eastport in said County, died on the 17th day of February A.D., 1899 intestate; that she left estate to be administered, to wit:-personal estate to the amount of at least twenty dollars: Real Estate.
that your petitioner interested in said estate as sister that the said deceased left no widow, whose name is —– and as her only heirs-at-law and next of kin, the persons whose names, residences and relationship to the deceased are as follows:-
NAME. RESIDENCE. RELATIONSHIP.
Matilda S. Paine Eastport Sister
William Shackford New York Brother

WHEREFORE, your petitioner prays that Charles A Paine, of Eastport, in the County of Washington or some other suitable person be appointed administrator of the estate of said deceased and certifies that the statements herein contained are true to the best of her knowledge and belief.
Dated this twenty eight day of February A. D. 1899
Matilda S. Paine
WASHINGTON, SS>
Subscribed and sworn to this twenty-eighth day of February A.D. 1899
Before me, Samuel D. Leavitt, Justice of the Peace.

The documents on the next two pages tell us that Charles A Paine was approved as the administrator and outline the duties he accepted.  However it appears that he did not meet the timeframes required regarding filing the inventory as it was not until May 10, 1900, two days after William Shackford died that he filed the inventory of Eliza Ann Shackford’s estate.  The estate was valued at $2518.50 made up of Real Estate valued at   $1,500.00, Goods and Chattels valued at $964.00, Rights and Credits valued at $54.00.

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SOURCES:

Maine, Washington County, Probate Case Files, Eliza Ann Shackford; “Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1795-1950,” digital images, FamilySearch (FamilySearch.org: accessed 8 December 2016); >Probate Records>Probate records, 1897-1900, v. 44 pt. 1 >page 265-7>Image 292-4 of 427

Maine, Washington County, Probate Case Files, Eliza Ann Shackford; “Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1795-1950,” digital images, FamilySearch (FamilySearch.org: accessed 8 December 2016); >Probate records>Probate records, 1897-1907, v. 42 pt. 1>(Page 145)> Image 173 of 418.

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Tuesday Tip – Ancestry Hints Always Need to be Checked – The Recommended Hint for Celestia S Shackford Should Not Be Attached to Her! (Blog 391)

We love the hints from Ancestry.com!  While a majority of them are correct, here’s  one that arrived via e-mail on Sunday for Celestia S Shackford

ancestry-hints-for-celestia-s-shackfordyou have 100+ new hints in SHACKFORD/PARKES Family Tree.  We’re always searching Ancestry.com for new information about your family history.  This week, we discovered historical records that could shed new light on family members in your tree.  SHACKFORD/PARKES Family Tree.  Click on “View at Hints” to see what we’ve found.

HINTS IN EXISTING COLLECTIONS

Celestia S Shackford (1837-1865) 1 new hint U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims roster, 1936-2007

Hmmmm..  This is interesting — Celestia Shackford, the daughter of William and Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford was born in June 1837 in Barnstead, New Hampshire.  We find Celestia in the 1850 census with her parents William and Mary, her siblings Harriet N, Alphonso, Mary E, James Chadbourn, and Walter S. She married Erza Emerson Worthen on June 7, 1860 and we find the two of them in the 1860 census.  We know she died five years later on Dec 4, 1865 at the age of 28 leaving no children but Ancestry is suggesting a hint to the Social Security program that didn’t start until 1935 so we know something is off regarding this hint.  We click on the hint to look further:

ancestry-hint-for-celestia-s-shackford-one-to-ignoreAnd when we compare the recommended source to the tree we keep in RootsMagic, we see that the source is not referring to Celestia, but to Elizabeth Householder, Erza Emerson Worthen’s second wife who had a child named Sarah Worthen.

So we click IGNORE because we should not match this particular source to Celestia S Shackford.

We also go into Ancestry and look up other people who are researching Celestia S Shackford.  We review the sources they’ve attached to Celestia and notify them that they may have attached sources that belong to Erza’s 2nd wife to Celestia. And then we write this blog to tell the story of Celestia’s short life.

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, page 98 (penned), dwellig 743, family 761, William Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 1 January 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, Page 167, dwelling 1306, family 1299, Ezra E Worthen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 February 2016).

“Marriages.,” New Hampshire Statesman and Concord (New Hampshire) Register, 16 June 1860; digital images, Godfred Memorial (http://godfrey.org : accessed 27 August 2013), 19th Century Newspapers.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Celestia Worthen, 1865; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920, , E E Worthen m. Celeste Shackford, 7 July 1860; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 23 October 2013).

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Tuesday’s Tip – You Can’t Always Believe What You Read in the Newspaper! (Blog 379)

Once we read the Jan 23rd letter from Adeline Shackford Hill to Samuel Shackford, stating “is it really true that no William Shackford has departed his life?  That no eighty thousand dollars is to be divided among the numerous simple curious relatives?,” we went hunting for the article Samuel Shackford may have written debunking the story about a William Shackford who left an $80,000 estate.

Since Adeline lived in Dover, New Hampshire we used Ken Mark’s The Ancestor Hunt Web Page, clicked on Newspaper Research Links, then on the New Hampshire Online Historical Newspapers and took a look at the newspapers in the Nashua Public Library.

We didn’t find the article by Samuel Shackford but found this article which was published in the Nashua Daily Telegraph on January 9, 1886 which is most likely the one that got some Shackford’s excited about money possibly coming their way!  The article states:

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Nashua Daily Telegraph, 9 Jan 1886 William Shackford’s death and $80,000 inheritance

– Relatives in Dover, Rochester and Farmington of William Shackford who died lately in Chicago leaving $80,000 but unmarried and no direct heirs are in readiness to receive their respective

portions of the estate.

 

 

Since we haven’t found the article that Samuel published debunking this story we decided to see if we could find the William Shackford who the article was referring to.

We took a look at Chicago deaths using Ancestry databases and found no deaths before 1906:

Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, 1878-1922 – no death s until 1906

Cook County, Illinois, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1833-1889 – no Shackfords

We checked every William Shackford & Shackford with a middle name of William in our database to see if we could find a William who had died 3 years before of Jan 9, 1886 or died with a large estate.  Found these Williams,

William A Shackford (1807-1885) – died in Newmarket, with a will,

William Moore Shackford (1789-1875) – died in Portsmouth, NH with a will

We didn’t find any possible William Shackfords who died in Chicago or any wealth Shackfords who left a large estate and no will — we’re still looking forward to finding Samuel’s article to see how he debunked this story.

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SOURCES:

“NEW HAMPSHIRE IN BRIEF,” The Nashua Daily Telegraph (Nashua, New Hampshire), 9 January 1886, William Shackford who died leaving $80,000; digital images, Nashua Public Library (http://nashua.advantage-preservation.com/ : accessed 24 October 2016).

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