Chas A Shackford
Charles Albert Shackford was born at Cambridgeport, Mass, Nov. 26, 1848, and died at his home, Oak Grove Farm, one-half north of Pleasant Lake, Ind., Dec 8, 1903, aged 55 years and 12 days.
He received his early education at Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Me., afterward he spent the years of 1862-3 at the Brimmer and English High School, Boston, Mass., and was in the class of '65 of the High School, of Portsmouth, N. H.
He enlisted as a private in Col, F., in 1864 Detailed to guard an ammunition train, the whole squad was captured and finally taken as prisoners to Andersonville, where he remained until the close of the war. In 1865-6 he went to sea as sailor on board the ship California and bark Comet, during which time he sailed around Cape Horn, S. A., and made several trips to Honolulu. In 1867-8 he served as rodman and assistant engineer on the California Pacific R. R. Vallejo to Sacramento, at which time he helped to lay the route over the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. In 1872 to '96 employed in railroad work as agent, auditor and engineer on various roads and places 1896 to '99 farmer at Pleasant Lake; from 1899 on, engaged as engineer in charge of various projects, such as docks, wharves and railroads.
In 1887, he united with the Presbyterian church, Orrville, Ohio, afterwards was a member of the Westminister Presbyterian church of Toledo, Ohio, from which with all of his family brought letters to the first Congregational church of Angola in 1897. Brother Shackford has always been a faithful and consistent member of his church. After an illness of several months he "slipped awa' home."
Appropriate services were held at his late home, Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, his pastor Rev. Cyrus K. Stockwell officiating, assisted by Rev. Casper Frye. The Odd Fellows, of which he was vice grand, were present in a body and closed with their burial service. Burial was made at Forrest cemetery, Toledo, beside his mother.
Charles Albert Shackford (1848-1903)
Charles Albert Shackford was born November 26, 1848 in Cambridge to John E Shackford and Mary Astern Harris [i] His father appears to have been traveling frequently between Saint Louis and New England and when his mother died in 1854 it appears that he and his brother James lived with a cousin in Berwick, Maine[ii] and attended the Berwick Academy[iii]. His obituary states that he attended the Brimmer and English High School in Boston and a high school in Portsmouth, New Hamsphire[iv] but doesn't explain how he joined Illinois 61st Regiment, Company F on October 4, 1864 over 1,000 miles from his home when he was only 15 years old.
Perhaps Charles was enroute to join his father who had joined the 3rd Regiment in Missouri Infantry and was enroute Saint Louis? We'll never know. What we do know is that while his unit was escorting a train he was taken prisonerand brought to Andersonville Prison. The Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume VI gives an excellent description of how Charles' unit was overpowered.
Charles was one of the few prisoners of war who survived Andersonville Prison and was only 16 years old when he was released[v]. The obituary listed above gives a great description of his life after he mustered out of the military but somehow misses mentioning that Charles married Adelaide Josephine Clark on May 4, 1876 in Pleasant Lake, Steuben, Indiana, United States. In 1880 he was living in his father in-law's home with his first child Edna listing an occupation of Surveyor[vi]. Charles and Adelaid went on to have two other children, Alice Mary and Mabel Frances. In 1903, Charles was the Chief Engineer of a project to build a new railway from Goshen, Illinois to Angola and while driving over the site with a group of promoters of the project, contracted a severe cold[vii]. He was only 55 years old when he died a few weeks later.
Edna Grace Shackford (1879-1958) - married William Oliver Driskell and moved to Los Angeles
Alice Mary Shackford (1880-1969) - married John Mark Lacey
Mabel Frances Shackford (1881-????) - married Edmond Franklin Smith
[i] Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, BIRTHS registered in the City of Roxbury from May 1 1848 to for the year May 1, 1849, page 69, Charles A Shackford, 26 November 1848; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 9 November 2013
[ii] 1860 United States Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Berwick, Page No 50, dwelling 390, family 387, Sarah Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 November 2013
[iii] "MORTUARY RECORD Chas. A. Shackford," Waterloo Press (Waterloo, Indiana), 17 December 1903, Charles A. Shackford Obituary; digital images, Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 8 October 2013).
[iv] "MORTUARY RECORD Chas. A. Shackford," Waterloo Press (Waterloo, Indiana), 17 December 1903, Charles A. Shackford Obituary; digital images, Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 8 October 2013
[v] Reece J. N.. Brigadier General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume VII (Springfield, IL: Journal Company, 1900), page 226-7; digital images, Open Library (https://openlibrary.org : accessed 9 November 2013
[vi] 1880 United States Federal Census, Steuben County, Illinois, population schedule, Steuben Township, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 4, Page No 20 B, dwelling 201, family 208, Omar I Clark; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 November 2013).
[vii] "SURVEYOR OF ANGOLA AND GOSHEN ELECTRIC LINE DEAD," Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 10 December 1903; Access Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 1 June 2013).