SERENADE - The Conductors on the Union Railroad, on Thursday night, gave a serenade in honor of Mr. Leonard Shackford, one of their corps, who has recently committed matrimony. Like everything in which they have a hand, the thing was carried out in great shape. Mr. Stiles, the Superintendent of the road, placed a car at their disposal, and, with ten pieces of the Brigade Band, they reached Mr. Shackford's house on Shepard street, about midnight. The music was worthy of the occasion, and so was the entertainment to which Mr. S. invited them. On their return they felt bound to report themselves to Mr. Stiles, and regaled him with a taste of the music. Nothing can be done better than by the Railroad folks-and we trust they may live a thousand years. ("SERENADE," Cambridge Chronicle, 16 January 1858; Cambridge Public Library (http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com : accessed 4 June 2013).
LEONARD SHACKFORD (1826-1899)
Leonard Shackford was born about 1826 in either Allenstown or Pembroke New Hampshire to Nathaniel Shackford and Abigail Bailey. He was the fourth great grandson of WILLIAM SHACKFORD (Nathaniel-6, Theodore-5, Theodore-4, John-3, Samuel-2, WILLIAM-1).
Leonard moved from New Hampshire to Cambridge sometime before 1850 and in 1855 he was working as an Omnibus Driver and living in the home of Lydia Gove (his future mother in law) who was operating a boarding house. Before marrying Lydia L. Gove on January 5, 1858, he became a Railroad conductor. He changed career fields again in March 1867 to work as a Police Office, a career he pursued until his death in 1899 at age 73. There are many more newspaper articles mentioning Leonard that I haven't reviewed yet - thought this article about the Seranade was worth sharing before finishing his biography.
Louise K Shackford (1862-????)- keeper of boarding house
 Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Federal Census (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432,;), Year: 1850; Census Place: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: M432_325; Page: 34; Image: 69
 1855 Massachusetts Census, Middlesex, Cambridge, population schedule, Ward 2, Dwelling 563, Family 647, Leonard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 4 June
 Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915, , Leonard Shackford/Lydia Gove, 5 January
1858; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 4 June 2013)
 "DEATH OF PATROLMAN SHACKFORD, One of the Oldest Officers on the Police Force Dies of
Stomach Trouble.," Cambridge Tribune, 2 September 1899, Volume XXII,
Number 27,; Cambridge Public Library (http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com :
accessed 2 June 2013).
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