This Army Widow Pension Card let's us know that Samuel G Shackford was a Private in Company G of the 8th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry and that on March 19, 1886, his widow, Esta L Shackford received a pension of $12/month. The pension was increased to $30/month by May 1, 1920. The card lets us know that Esta died on July 19, 1921 and that the veteran's administration was notified of her death on Oct 19, 1921.
Samuel G Shackford who was a shoemaker, and a innkeeper in Barnstead, New Hampshire married Esta L Higgins Dec 19, 1872. Samuel's first wife, Margaret Bean Foss who was the mother of his five children Albert, William Henry, Mary Ann, Leonard, and Ida J died in 1859 when Albert was 13 and Ida J was just 2. Samuel enlisted two years later in 1861 as a private. He was 43 years old and served for three years mostly in Louisianna. The Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collection includes a collection of twenty-two letters which Samuel wrote to the Huse family while they cared for his children during the war. By 1880, Samuel's son William was running the inn because he was suffering from rheumatism. Samuel died in 1885 due to rheumatism and pneumonia. His wife, Esta lived to the age of 88.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to get to read the letters that Samuel sent home from Louisianna?
1850 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstaead, page 413 (penned) 207 (stamped), dwelling 972, family 1054, Saml G Shackford; digital image,
FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 7 October 2013
1880 United States Federal Census, Belknap County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Belknap, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 2, Supervisors District No 82, Page No 11, dwelling 117, family 122, William Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 7 October 2013).
"HUSE FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE. 1837-1898," ; MSN/CW 5054-1 to MSN/CW 5054-347; Manuscripts of the American Civil War; University of Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collections, Notre Dame University. http://www.rarebooks.nd.edu/digital/civil_war/letters/ describes 22 written between February 1862 and February 1865 by Pvt. Samuel G. Shackford of Barnstead, a widower whose daughter lived in the Huse household during the war.
New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriages, 1720-1920, , Samuel G Shackford m Esta L Higgins, 19 December 1872; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 7 October 2013).
"United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1832324 : accessed 18 September 2013), Esta L Shackford widow of Samuel G Shackford; citing Pension Payment Cards, Bureau of Pensions and Veterans Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C..