We know that Abner was a brother of William Brown Shackford, my second great grandfather who also served in the civil war -- both their death records list parents as William Shackford and Mercy Rose.
Abner's occupation is listed as carpenter in the 1850 and 1855 censuses, on his marriage record to Georgianna Whittemore, and on his daughter Frances A's birth record but by 1860 he was a sash and blind maker. He was 35 when he mustered in Company K, 11th Massachusetts in 1862 and continued his occupation as a sash and blind maker after he was discharged. We wish we knew what kind of products he made but perhaps will find that out as we continue our research. Abner applied for a military pension in 1888, the same year he shared some of his genealogical family history with Samuel Shackford of Chicago. He died of phythisis (a form of pulmonary tuberculosis) on Feb 19, 1900. He outlived his wife,
Georgianna by eight years - we're not sure what happened to his daughter Fanny who is listed at age 26 living at home.
Frances Augustus Shackford (1854-????)
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1850 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Boston, Ward 10, no page number, dwelling 783 family 1214; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 10 March 2014).
1855 Massachusetts State Census, Suffolk County, population schedule, Boston, Ward 10, page 30 (penned), dwelling 180, family 210, Abner Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 23 October 2013).
1860 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Roxbury, Ward 1, Page 92, dwelling 496, family 790, Abner Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 March 2014).
Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915, , Abner Shackford, 6 October 1850; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 15 July 2013).
Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915, , Frances Augustus Shackford, 11 January 1854; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 10 March 2014
United States, Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917, database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : Accessed 14 May 2013), Abner R Shackford
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