Wedding Wednesday – Abby Shackford marries John Whitton in 1859 (Blog 452)

While cleaning out our hardcopy genealogy files we found a folder titled Abby Shackford 1823- which included one document – a hardcopy printout of the 26 June 1859 marriage record of John Whitton and Abby Shackford. The marriage record tells us that she was born about 1823/4 in Alfred, Maine to Noah and Hannah Shackford, that this was her first marriage but the second marriage for her new husband, John Whitton, a paper-maker.

Marriage Record Abby Shackford John Whitton
Marriage Record John Whitton to Abbie Shackford, June 26, 1859

In the 1850 census, we find Noah and his second wife Bethulah and probably siblings Japhet, Abigail, Lydia, William, Bethular, and Stephen.  It’s interesting that none of Noah’s children by his first wife Hannah who now range in age of 19 to 36 have not yet married.

We’d love to know what brought Abby from Alfred, Maine around age 30 to Norfolk, Massachusetts, a distance of 110 miles.  We do see her name on the 1855 census living in John Whitten’s home who is now a widow – she is 31 years old and has no occupation listed.  John’s children John W, age 22, Theodore A, age 21, Albert G, age 20, Sarah, age 18, and Josephine, age 16 are living in the home along with Sarah Taylor from Nova Scotia.

Abby and John’s marriage was announced on June 25, 1859 and they were married the next day on June 26th.  Five years later in Nov 1865 when Abigail was 41 and her husband 60, she had a daughter, Martha Louisa Whitton.  Fortunately John never changed occupations from paper-maker which has helped us verify that this was the family living at Grove near Washington in Newton in 1875, 1877 and in 1878 when John died on May 28, 1878 at the age of 72.  His death record is difficult to read but the cause of death appears to be listed as acute insanity.

Abigail remained in the home until 1887 when she moved to Waltham.  She died on November 23, 1891 in Cambridge of cancer of oventum (possibly ovarian cancer??).  Her sister Lydia (Shackford) Buck who had been an invalid for 20 years died less than two months later in Cambridge.  We’re unsure where Abigail was buried or if she or her husband left a probate record.

CHILDREN:

Martha Louisa Whitton (1865-1931) – married Alton Augustus Reed in 1886 and William Herbert Boutwell in 1900.  She had no children.

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Alfred, page 392, dwelling 118, page 128, Noah Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 December 2013).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Middlesex, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newton, dwelling 52, family 71, John Whitton; digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 August 2017).

1860 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newton, Page 265, dwelling 1702, family 1969, John Whitten; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2017).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Middlesex County, population schedule, Newton, John Whitton; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 27 August 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newton, Page No 266, dwelling 1840, family 1938, John Whitton; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 27 August 2017).

“Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 27 August 2017), John Whitton.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, , John Whitton m Abbie Shackford, 26 June 1859; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Mr John Whitton marriage intention Abbe Shackford, 25 June 1859; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2017); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

The Newton Directory, Containing a General Directory of the Citizens, Business Directory, and the City Record, No. VI (Worcester: Drew, Allis & Co, 1879), page 222, John Whitton; digital image, Newton Massachusetts The Offical City Website (http://www.newtonma.gov : accessed 28 August 2017).

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 27 August 2017), Abigail S. removed to Waltham.

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Saml Shurburn and Abigl Shackford wr marryd ye 11th June 1719 (Blog 451)

We’re slowly cleaning out a genealogy file cabinet, finding or creating a digitized copy of the paper, cleaning up our RootsMagic files, and writing blogs about the information we find in our files! Going to be a long project but will be happy to have three file drawers to use when we’re done!!

Today we discovered this document filed under Abigail Shackford (abt 1700-abt 1734)

Samuel Sherburn and Abigail Shackford married The New-England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal For the Year 1870. Volume XXIV (Boston The So
New-England Historical & Genealogical Register, Jan 1870, page 13

A RECORD OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS IN
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. FROM 1706 to 1742.
[Communicated by Col. Joshua W Peirce, of Portsmouth.]
Continued from vol. xxiii. page 395

Saml Shurburn and Abigl Shackford both of Portsmo wr maryd 27 May
1719

We don’t know much about Abigail other than this marriage record and the fact that we can place her as the child of Samuel Shackford (abt 1674-abt 1731) because we find her indirectly listed in her father’s will which was proved on Mar 11, 1730/1. He left his son-in-law Samuel Sherburn the Eastern end of a house.  We presume Abigail died before August 25, 1734 when Samuel remarried.  We don’t know if she had any children – think not as his children seem to have christening dates after his remarriage.

Henry Hardon places Abigail’s birth at 1700 — we haven’t found any sources and presume that’s an estimation based on her marriage date.

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SOURCES:

Hardon Henry W, Newington, New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc, 1991), p.163-4.

Libby Charles T., Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Vol 5 (n.d.), page 622; digital image, FamilySearch.org (https://dcms.lds.org : accessed 10 January 2016.

Metcalf Henry Harrison and Otis Grant Hammond, Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire Vol. II 1718-1740 State Papers Series Vol 21 (Bristol, New Hampshire: R. W. Musgrove, Printer, 1914), page 404; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://www.hathitrust.com : accessed 17 January 2014

New-England Historic-Genealogical Society, The New-England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal For the Year 1870. Volume XXIV: Published Quarterly, Under the Direction of the New England Historic, Genealogical Society (Boston: The Society, 1870), Jan 1870, page 13; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 28 August 2017.

Woods Henry Ernest, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume LVIII 1904 (Heritage Books, Inc, 1999), 231-232; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 10 February 2015.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Antoinette C Laurette Shackford of Paris, France Died in Newmarket, NH (1809-1895) (Blog 450)

Antoinette C Laurette, the daughter of Jean B Laurette, a Napoleon sympathizer who left France for the United States when she was just ten years old was born in May 1808 in Paris, France.  When she turned twenty, she married William A Shackford of Newington, New Hampshire.  We find her living with William in Newmarket in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 census records.  They raised five children before her husband died in Newmarket on September 3, 1885.  She died ten years later in Newmarket on November 22, 1895 where this obituary was published.  She was buried in Riverside Cemetery.

 

Obituary Mrs Antoinette C Shackford MRS. ANTOINETTE C SHACKFORD, The Newmarket Advertiser (Newmarket, New Hampshire), 23 November 1805
The Newmarket Advertiser, 23 Nov 1805

MRS. ANTOINETTE C SHACKFORD.

Mrs Antoinette C Shackford, widow
of William A. Shackford, died at her
home in Newmarket this (Friday) morn-
ing, after a few day’s illness, of peri-
tonitis. She was born in Paris, France,
May 24, 1808, and came to Boston with
her parents Dec 31, 1818. Her father,
Jean B Laurette, was a sympathizer
with Napoleon I., and was obliged to
flee to America, with his wife, two sons
and two daughters. M. Laurette was an
intimate friend of Gen Lafayette, and
entertained him on his visit to America.
The deceased was married to William
A. Shackford in 1829 and has resided
in Newmarket ever since her marriage.
She was the mother of three sons and
two daughters, only one of whom, Miss
Mary, survives her. Some six years
ago she lost her eyesight, and has been
tenderly cared for ever since by her sur-
viving child. Mrs. Shackford was of a
kindly, genial disposition, and was high-
ly esteemed by all who knew her.
The funeral will occur on Monday at
2 o’clock P.M., from her late residence.

CHILDREN:

John Laurent Shackford (1829-1892) – married Mary Jane Rollins

Mark William Walker Shackford (1831-after Aug 9, 1887)

Charles Henry Shackford (1833-1865)

Martha Catherine Shackford (1840-1886) – married Henry Clay Howard and moved to Hot Springs, AK until she became ill and returned home to Newmarket

Mary Elizabeth Shackford (1842-1921)

Note:  We find Antoinette’s name listed as Mrs Antoinette C. Laurette Shackford, Widow Agnette Shackford, Miss Entwinnett C Laurent, Miss Entwinett C. Lanveat, Entwinett A Lambert, Entwinett C Lamest, Entwinett C Laureat, Antonett Shackford, Catherine Shackford, Annie C Shackford, Annette C Shackford.  We have searched multiple sources using all these variants of her last name for any information about her father Jean B (we’ve also tried John…) but have found no records of him or her mother who is listed as Catherine Jessop in Antoinette’s obituary.  We did however find her will which we’ll share in a future blog.

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Newmarket, page 315 (penned), 158 (stamped), dwelling 671, family 743, Wm Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed ).

1860 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Newmarket, Page No 8, dwelling 41, family 52, William A Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 February 2014).

1870 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, New Market, Page No. 24, dwelling 127, family 188, William A Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 16 February 2014).

1880 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Newmarket, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 218, Page no 441, dwelling 338, family 472, William Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 February 2014).

“DIED IN HER 88TH YEAR. Mrs Antoinette C. Laurette Shackford of Newmarket Passes Away,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 23 November 1895; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 20 June 2017).

Hammond Priscilla, Vital Records of Newmarket, New Hampshire 1734-1866 Compiled from the Original Town Records (1935), page 21; digital image, Newmarket Historical Society (http://www.newmarketnhhistoricalsociety.org/reports : accessed 18 May 2015.

“HOME HAPPENINGS,” The Newmarket Advertiser (Newmarket, New Hampshire), 30 November 1895; digital images, Lee Public Library (http://lee.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 13 August 2017).

“Married.,” Dover Gazette & Strafford Advertiser (Dover, New Hampshire), 31 March 1829; digital image, Godfred Memorial (http://godfred.org : accessed 20 August 2013), 19th Century U. S. Newspapers.

“MRS ANTOINETTE C SHACKFORD,” The Newmarket Advertiser (Newmarket, New Hampshire), 23 November 1895; digital images, Lee Public Library (http://lee.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 13 August 2017).

New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947, , William A Shackford, 3 September 1885; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 February 2014); New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Genealogical Record No 1 Volume VII (n.d.), page 44; digital images, Mocavo (http://www.mocavo.com : accessed 18 January 2014.

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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 – Cora A Shackford Marries Rev Charles Tilton in 1883 (Blog 448)

Cora A Shackford, the daughter of Nathaniel and Mary E (Cleaves) Shackford was born March 22, 1860 in Lowell, Massachusetts.  She attended school in Charlestown and in Lasselle Seminary, Auburndale.  We presume she met Charles Tilton, the son of Rev Rufus and Harriet (Newell) Tilton, her future husband while he was boarding at her parent’s home in 1880.  They married on June 7, 1883, the day after he graduated from Boston University School of Theology.

Tilton-Shackford Wedding Boston Daily Globe June 8, 1883 at Newspaper Archive“Tilton-Shackford. A largely-attended wedding took place last evening in the Monument Square M. E. Church, between Miss Cora A Shackford, daughter of Mr and Mrs Nathaniel Shackford of Charlestown, and Rev Charles Tilton, pastor of the City Point M E Church, South Boston. The couple were united in the bonds of matrimony by Rev W T Perrin, pastor of the church, after which ceremony a private reception was held at the residence of the bride, on Union street. The ushers were C W Marsh, Frank Dantforth and Thomas Hodgden of Charlestown, and Henry Munday of Cambridge. The happy couple will reside in South Boston.

The couple moved a lot as Charles served in many Churches – in South Boston, Haverhill, Winthrop, Salem, Derry, New Hampshire, and Byfield.  They returned to South Boston as their final church assignment in “active ministry”.   Cora died in Byfield, Massachusetts on March 11, 1930 after a long illness followed by Charles five years later on August 2, 1935.

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Children:

Rufus Harold Tilton (1884-????) – Attorney, Springfield, Mass

Francis Mallalieu Tilton (1888-1957) – Managing Representative in Huntington, West Virginia – married Drusilla Morris

 

SOURCES:

1880 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population census, Boston, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 613, page no 8, 5 Maine Court, dwelling 50, family 74, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 November 2013).

“DERRY DOINGS,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 14 March 1930; digital images, (http://derry.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 19 July 2017).

Foster R. S., Bishop, A History of the Milford Methodist Episcopal Church: With Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Its Pastors and an Introduction by Bishop R.S. Foster (Riverside Press, 1888), page 139; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 19 July 2017.

Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, MARRIAGES REGISTERED in the City of Boston for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty three page 83, Charles Tilton m Cora A Shackford, 7 June 1883; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 31 March 2014).

Massachusetts “Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 3 February 2015), Cora A Shackford b. 22 Mar 1860.

“OBITUARY,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 21 March 1930; digital images, (http://derry.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 19 July 2017).

“REV CHARLES TILTON DIES AT BOSTON,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 9 August 1935; digital images, (http://derry.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 19 July 2017).

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Shopping Saturday – Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford – Available on ebay (Blog 447)

Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford On Sale at e-BayThe book, Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford is being sold on ebay – we’d be normally be interested in this book but already have a copy.

Here’s our summary of this wonderful book:

In 1868, Joseph Wesley Shackford, who had grown up in Virginia during the Civil War, was sent to New England at age 20 to meet his New England relatives. He had grown up in the South because his father, John William Shackford had moved from New Hampshire to Virginia to pursue the ministry, leaving nine siblings in New England. Fortunately, Joseph described the relatives he encountered on this trip in his diary documenting his relationships to those individuals and in some cases how, “love for his fallen country” is stirred during conversations with family.

After Joseph returns home from his trip, he describes his life in exceptional detail, his personal growth as a minister, and his love for his future wife Cora.  His writing style is elegant and is one a few documents that provides and excellent description of the life of someone who lived through the Civil War.

We’re hoping that a descendant of Joseph Wesley Shackford or someone interested in Shackford family history ends up with this book.

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SOURCES:

Parkes Joanne Shackford, “The Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford – Joseph meets Fred Hayes, son of his father’s sister Caroline (Blog 10),” Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History Blog 010, 31 December 2012 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/shackford-blog/the-diary-of-joseph-wesley-shackford-joseph-meets-fred-hayes-son-of-his-fathers-sister-caroline : accessed 14 July 2017).

Parkes Joanne Shackford, “Sunday’s Obituary – Joseph Wesley Shackford (1848-1909) (Blog 118),” Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History, 9 February 2014 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/1/post/2014/02/sundays-obituary-joseph-wesley-shackford-1848-1909-blog-118.html : accessed 9 February 2014).

Parkes Joanne Shackford, “,” , Friday Faces from the Past – Joseph Wesley Shackford (Blog 141), 25 April 2014 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/friday-faces-from-the-past-joseph-wesley-shackford-blog-141.html : accessed 25 April 2014).

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Treasure Chest Thursday – An Act to Authorize Richard Shackford and George Shackford to Build a Wharf in East Boston – 1854 (Blog 446)

While researching Richard Shackford, we discovered this document which authorized him to build a Wharf in East Boston.  We’ve since found city directories which place the wharf from Border, foot of Lexington street and know that Richard lived at 15 Lexington.  We’ve added a map at the end of blog that shows that location – we don’t know the history of this area but it appears that the area where the original wharf was may have been filled in.

An Act to Build a Wharf - Richard Shackford and George Shackford

An Act to authorize Richard Shackford and George Shackford to build
a Wharf.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Represnta-
tives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of
the same, as follows:
Richard Shackford and George Shackford, proprietors of
land and flats in that part of Boston called East Boston,
bounding on Border Street, are hereby authorized to build
and maintain a wharf upon and from their said premises
into Boston harbor, as far as the line established by the
act entitled “An Act concerning the Harbor of Boston,”
passed on the seventeenth day of March, in the year one
thousand eight hundred and forty; and shall have the right
to lay vessels at the end and sides of said wharf, and to
receive wharfage and dockage therefor; provided, however,
that this grant shall not be construed to extend to any flats
or lands of this Commonwealth, lying in front of the flats
of any other person, or which would be comprehended by
the true lines of such flats continued to said commissioners’
line; and provided, further, that so much of said wharf, as
may be constructed below low-water mark, shall be built on
piles, which piles shall not be nearer to each other than six
feet, in the direction of the stream, and eight feet in a
transverse direction, and that this act shall in nowise impair
the legal rights of any person whatever. [Approved by the
Governor, March 24, 1854.]

Today’s map of Boston from Google Maps showing the wharf area at the intersection of Border and Lexington St.

Probably location of Richard and George Shackford's Wharf

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SOURCES:

The Boston Almanac and Business Directory. 1874 Vol. 34 (N.p.: Sampson, Davenport & Co., 1874), page 124 – WHARVES., Shackford & Co.’s; digital image, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 July 2017).

The Boston Almanac and Business Directory. 1876 Vol. 41 (N.p.: Sampson, Davenport & Co., 1876), page 153, Shackford & Co.’s, Border, ft. Lexington, E.B; digital image, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 July 2017).

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1854 Together With the Rolls and Messages (Boston: William White, Printer to the State, n.d.), Page 81; 1854, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 July 2017.

Sumner William H., A History of East Boston; with Biographical Sketches of Its Early Proprietors, and An Appendix (Boston: J. E. Tilton and Company, 1858), page 702; digital images, Hathi Trust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 July 2017.

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