Wednesday Wedding – Mary Shackford Marries Joshua Chase about Sept 7, 1780 (Blog 318)

Mary Shackford, the daughter of John Shackford and Deborah Seaward was born Sept 15, 1759.   We believe she also went by the name Polly Shackford and is the person to whom Doctor Joshua Chase of Newbury formally announced his intention to marry on September 7, 1780.

Marriage Intention Doct Joshua Chase and Polly Shackford

The announcement reads: “1780 Doct Joshua Chase of Newbury informed of his intention
of marriage with Polly Shackford, of Portsmouth and I posted up their intent. Sept 7, 1780.”

We assume that Dr Joshua Chase and Polly Shackford married but have not yet found a record of the marriage.  We also don’t know if they lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire or Newbury, Massachusetts.  We do know from Paul Shackford’s probate records (he was her grandfather) that Mary died before 29 Jan 1787.  Her son, Joshua Chase who was born about 1782 was listed as a heir in Paul’s probate records.

The book Seven Generations of the Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase states that William Plaisted was appointed guardian of Mary’s son Joshua sometime before 1792.  It also states that Mary’s husband Joshua Chase (Joshua’s father) died in Newbury Dec 1802 which leaves us wondering Dr Joshua Chase was not the guardian of Joshua.


Joshua Shackford (abt 1782-????) –



Chase John Carroll and George Walter Chamberlain, Seven Generations of the Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase (Derry, New Hampshire: Record Publishing Company, 1928), page 80; digital image, ( : accessed 10 January 2016

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Doct Joshua Chase, ; digital images, ( : accessed 24 January 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records




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