A. E. Shackford, formerly of Brattleboro, died Saturday night at his home in Waterville, Maine, after an illness of two months with cancer of the stomach. Mr. Shackford was a carpenter by trade, and for some years was foreman in the S. A. Smith Co. factory. He went from here to Rutland where he was engaged in the insurance business several years. He was a past grand in the Odd Fellows. He leaves a wife and five children.
ALBERT EUGENE SHACKFORD (1857-1905)
Albert Eugene Shackford was born about April 1857 in Groton, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Emeline (Lovering) Shackford[i]. A custody hearing of which we don't know the details was held regarding Albert in Worcestor County in 1858.[ii] We find Albert living with Nathaniel and Emeline two years later in 1860[iii], . with his parents and a brother Elmer E Shackford in 1865[iv], and with a 2nd brother Charles E Shackford in 1870.[v] By 1880, Albert had married Betsey Jane "Jennie" Sparks, the daughter of Sylvester Wentworth Sparks and Elivira Gould and they were living in Windham, Vermont[vi] while he worked in a bobbin mill.
During his short life (he died at age 48), Albert had a variety of careers(farmer[vii], carpenter[viii], inspector for City of Rutland[ix], superintendent of a toy store,[x] and sold life insurance[xi]) and a lot of hobbies (bred Wyndottes, a poultry specialty[xii] and was active in the town fair).[xiii] Albert also won an award for his photography[xiv] and invented and patented a poultry incubator[xv].
He moved the family to Waterville at the age of 44 and was only 48 when he died in 1905 from stomach cancer. His wife Jennie stayed in Waterville, Maine, while her girls Margaret and Meverett helped out by working as a bookkeeper and an office girl in a doctor's office while she keep the home[xvi]. Jennie died at the age of 84 in 1946 at her home.
Albert was involved in many activities both in his work life and his hobbies. We wonder what else he might have been able to accomplish if he hadn't died at such a young age!
Roy Frank Shackford (1881 - 1948) - married Alice Francis Savage
Harold F Shackford (1883-1883) - died young
Helen Arla May Shackford (1884 - 1967) - married William Albert Cowing
Margaret Elvira Shackford (1886-1974) - married William Joseph Burns
Meverett A Shackford (1891-1972) - married Pearl George Butler and John Pearl Goodrich
Ruth M Shackford (1892-1938) - married Hiram Weston Ricker
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[i] Vermont, Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908, , Albert Shackford m. Jennie Sparkes, 19 March 1879; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 August 2013)
[ii] Massachusetts, Worcester, , "Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, Vol. 1 & 2 A - Z, July 1731-1881," ancestry.com, http://ancestry.com (: accessed 17 August 2013), Albert E Shackford
[iii] 1860 United States Federal Census, Middlesex, Massachusetts, population schedule, Groton, Page 70, Dwelling 541, Family 541, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 August 2013
[iv] 1865 Massachusetts State Census, Fitchburg, Worcester, population schedule, , Dwelling 350, Family 413, N H Shackford; digital image, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 June 2013)
[v] 1870 United States Census, Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, population schedule, , Page No 119, Dwelling 769, Family 1036, Nathaniel Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 17 June 2013
[vi] 1880 United States Federal Census, Windham, Vermont, population schedule, Townshend, Page 10, Dwelling 117, Family 131, Albert Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www;ancestry.com : accessed 17 August 2013
[vii] Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, Image 2472 p 1299, Shackford Albert and Sparkes Jessie, 19 March 1879; database, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 April 2013)
[viii] Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, Image 2476 referring to p. 1208, Shackford, Harold F, 17 March 1883; database, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 April 2013).
[ix] City of Rutland, Second Annual Report of the City of Rutland Vermont for the Year Ending December 31, 1894 (Rutland: James Carruthers, 1895), Page 17; digital images, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 18 August 2013
[x] The Rutland Directory (N.p.:n.p.n.d.), p. 237, Shackford, A. E.; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2013)
[xi] Maine Insurance Commissioner, Thirty-Sixth Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Maine For the Year Ending December 31, 1903 (Augusta: Kennebec Journal Print, 1904), Page 623; digital images, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 18 August 2013
[xii] "List of Awards at the Exibition of the Connecticut River Valley Poultry and Pet Stock Association, held at Bellows Falls, Dec. 14, 15, 16, 1886," Poultry Monthly, vol 9 (15 February 1887), digital images (books.google.com : accessed 20 October 2013)
[xiii] "It is particularly requested by those who have the poultry department," Vermont (Brattleboro, Vermont) Phoenix, 16 September 1887; digital images, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 20 October 2013
[xiv] "July number of Paine's Photographic Magazine," Vermont (Brattleboro, Vermont) Phoenix, 17 August 1900; digital images, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 20 October 2013).
[xv] Commissioner of Patents, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents for the Year 1887 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1888), Page 520; digital images, Google eBook (http://books.google.com : accessed 18 August 2013
[xvi] 1910 United States Federal Census, Kennebec County, Maine, population schedule, Waterville, Ward 4, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 12-, Sheet No 8B, No 51 1/2, dwelling 107, family 142, Jennie B Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 October 2013
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