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
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
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
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