This US Veteran's Administration Payment Card shows that Frances S Shackford, widow of William, Private with Company H, 4th received a pension of $12/month as of July 13, 1887. The card lets us know that Frances died Oct 8, 1914 and that the pension commission was notified in December 1914. The pension check dated Dec 4, 1914 was cancelled.
FRANCES SARAH TARBELL SHACKFORD (1839-1914)
Frances Sarah Tarbell was born October 1, 1839 in Clinton, Maine to Calvin Tarbell and Rosetta Roundy[i]. She moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts where she worked in a factory as an operative[ii] and on October 20, 1859 married William Shackford, the son of Nathaniel Shackford and Abigail Coleman[iii]
Three months later, on January 10, 1860, William who was an overseer[iv] in the Pemberton Mills was one of 139 people badly injured[v] when it collapsed.[vi] According to the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, he was "thrown to the ground from an upper room, and pinned down by timbers, and when finally rescued was thought to be dead.[vii] He recovered from his injuries and two years on August 29, 1862 enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts Infantry Company H. His daughter Vesta was born October 1862[viii], two months after his enlistment. William's unit served far from Boston - in Louisiana where they fought at the siege of Port Hudson on the Mississippi River which lasted 48 days. After the Confederates surrendered, the regiment defended the garrison until August 4th when they began their journey home to Boston where they were mustered out on August 28, 1863[ix]
William returned to Lawrence and returned to a job at the mill in 1865, By 1870 he was working as a clerk in a clothing store and was living with his wife Frances, his 7 year old daughter Vista, and his in-laws. He filed for a pension as an invalid in 1879.[x] In 1880 he was working as a clerk in a printing office.[xi] Shortly thereafter was hired as the bookkeeper at the Lawrence American[xii] where he worked until his death at age 52 on May 15, 1887. His death certificate lists his cause of death as initiation caused by malaria poison[xiii] which was a common cause of death for many civil war veterans.
After William's death, Frances applied for and received a widow pension[xiv]. She remained in Lawrence staying active in the Methodist Church[xv] and lived with her daughter Vesta who was a school teacher until her death at the age of 75 and.
Vesta E. Shackford (1862 - 1947) - schoolteacher in Lawrence
[i] Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915, , Sarah Frances Shackford, 8 October 1914; digital images, Family Search (http://familys
[ii] 1860 United States Federal Census, Essex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, 1st Ward Laurence City [sic, jsp], Page No 56, dwelling 291, family 388, William Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 October 2013).
[iii] Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, , MARRIAGES registered in the City of Laurence for the year 1859, no page number visible on scan, 20 October 1859; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 October 2013).
[iv] Daily Whig and Courier (Bangor, Maine, May 19, 1887
[vii] Daily Whig and Courier (Bangor, Maine), May 19, 1887
[ix] Regiment Details Union Massachusetts Volunteers, 4th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, http://www.nps.gov/civilwar
[x] National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]
[xi] Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: T9_530; Family History Film: 1254530; Page: 193.3000; Enumeration District: 188; Image: 0007
[xii][xii] "Death of William Shackford," Boston Daily Globe, 16 May 1887; Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 1 June 2013).
[xiii] Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, page 111 (stamped), William Shackford, 15 May 1887; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 June 2013).
[xiv] National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000
[xv] Woman's Missionary Friend (August 1889), p. 85; digital images, Google e-Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 2 June 2013