William Wallace Shackford was born in Feb 1826 in New Hampshire to John and Susan (Gibson) Shackford. John was the son of Theodore and Dorothy (Kimball) Shackford of Chester, New Hampshire who died in March 1859 and mentions his grandchild Wallace to whom he leaves his house and land in Pembroke Village which was purchased of Lewis and Boardman. We're not sure why William was singled out as Theodore had many other living grandchildren.
William Wallace married Ann Marie Kelly of Montpelier, Vermont in Nashua on May 2, 1849. He worked as a blacksmith in Epsom, New Hampshire when the 1850 census was taken but by 1860 was living in Paterson, New Jersey with children Norman, Frank, and Estella. Originally we were unsure where his wife was when the census was taken and thought that perhaps she was ill as we believe she died later that year but after reviewing this census further, we believe that she is the Ann listed as age 12 born in Vermont and that her age should have been listed as 32 (fudged a bit as she was most likely 34).
The 1860s were busy for William. He remarried Pamelia, possibly in 1862, was included on a Class II Civil War draft list in June 1863, enrolled and mustered in the war as a private on Feb 23, 1865 in the New Jersey Volunteers, Company D, Fifteenth Regiment and was discharged at the U.S. Army General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. on June 8, 1865. In 1870 we find him working as a blacksmith with Pamelia who was born in New York. The census lists children Norman, Estilla, William, Esther, and Edrick.
In 1879 William filed for a military pension, application 317, 814, certificate no 194, 980. We may find more information about him when the details of that pension request are digitized. In 1880 we find him in the census working as a blacksmith in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife Pamelia and children William, Esther, and Edrick. An 1887 directory lists them living at 26 Oak in Paterson. We believe that Pamelia died in 1891 and was buried at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa, New Jersey. Sometime thereafter William became a resident of the New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers in Kearny, New Jersey. He died in 1902 and was buried next to his wife in Totowa, New Jersey.
Over time we hope to learn more about William's military service, his life in Paterson, and more about the New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers. We'd love to also discover what brought him from New Hampshire to New Jersey in the 1850s.
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