Treasure Chest Thursday – Franklin Pierce Shackford’s Will (Blog 322)

Franklin Pierce Shackford, the son of Jonathan and Harriett N. (Farnham) Shackford was born June 1, 1854 in Chester, New Hampshire and lived with his parents in Chester until at least 1880 when he was “working on shoes”.

When he was 33, Franklin married Helen A Lewis, the daughter of John E and Helen A (Stevens) Lewis on Dec 14, 1887 in Portsmouth, Maine and returned to Chester where he worked as a mason and served as a selectman.  His wife worked as a dressmaker and raised their two children.  Sometime before 1910 they moved to Derry where Franklin worked as a mason, farmer, and shoe maker.  Franklin died in Manchester at the age of 72 on July 5, 1926 of a cerebral hemorrhage after being a patient in the Lucy Hasting Hospital for about four weeks and was buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry.

Franklin had written his will in 1910 designating his beloved wife as administrator but unfortunately she had died on March 12, 1925.  We have not yet found who assumed that responsibility but know that he also left $500 to his two children Elsie M Shackford who had married Benjamin Shubel Hoisington in 1923 and Irwin Lewis Shackford who had married Annette Mabel Parsons in 1913.

Franklin P Shackford’s Will

Will Franklin P ShackfordWill Franklin P Shackford Derry
Be it Remembered that I Franklin P Shackford of Derry, in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and perfect memory, do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills heretofore by me made in the manner following
First After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses by my executor, hereinafter named, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elsie M Shackford the sum of five hundred dollars
Second I give and bequeath to my son, Irwin L Shackford the sum of five hundred dollars

Third I give, bequeath and devise all the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal of every description and where ever found to my beloved wife Helen A Shackford to her own and behalf forever.
Fourth I do hereby appoint my said wife sole
executor of this my last will and testament to
furnish a surety as sureties on her bond as
such executrix.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal this sixteenth day of February 1910.
Frank P Shackford (seal)
Signed, published, and declared by the above
Franklin P Shackford as and for his last will
and testament in the presence of us three, who at
his request in his presence and in presence of
each other have subscribed our names as witnesses
as hereto.
Edwin B Weston
A Arlean Bartlett
George I Bartlett
Recorded truly Robet Scott Registrar

SOURCES:

1880 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Chester, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 200, Page No 9, dwelling 93, family 97, Jonathan Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2015).

1900 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Chester, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 184, Sheet No 7, dwelling 172, family 189, Frank Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 May 2015).

Annual Reports of the Selectmen, Overseer of the Poor, Town Treasurer, Town Clerk School Board, Library Trustees, and Auditors of the Town of Chester for the Year ending February 14, 1903. (Derry, N. H.: Charles Bartlett, Printer, 1903), page 4; digital images, My Heritage Library Edition (http://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 28 January 2015.

The Derry and Chester (N. H.) Directory Containing an Alphabetical List of the Inhabitants and Business Firms, Streets, Town Officers, Societies, Churches, and Other Miscellaneous Matter 1916-1917 Vol. 1 (Salem, Mass: The Henry M. Meek Publishing Co, 1916), page 99, Franklin P Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSVP-QBX, Franklin P Shackford, 5 July 1926; index and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 20 May 2013).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Franklin P Shackford m Helen A Lewis, 14 December 1887; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 May 2015).

“New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 February 2016), Franklin P Shackford, Will, page 109 (Image 212 of 977).

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