Sunday’s Obituary – Lucy Maria Shackford (1814-1840) (Blog 358)

Lucy Maria Shackford, the daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Buzzel) Shackford was born in 1814 in Barrington, New Hampshire and grew up in a large family, one of ten children. She was 18 when her father died and was mentioned in his will as one of the daughters who were able to remain in the east chamber of her father’s home with wood cut up as long as she remained unmarried and that she would receive $50 when she was married.

Sometime during 1840 Lucy moved from New Hampshire to Virginia to teach in a Virginia school and died in Great Bridge Virginia.  Her obituary was published in the New Hampshire Statesman and State Journal and the Newburyport Herald.

Obituary Lucy Maria Shackford Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 22 September 1840
Newburyport Herald, 22 Sept 1840


In Virginia, Norfolk County, at Great
Bridge, on the 14th Aug last, Miss Lucy Ma-
ria Shackford, aged 26 years, daughter of the
late Samuel Shackford, Esq. of Barrington.
Miss Shackford left New England but a few
months since for the purpose of teaching
school in Virginia.

We’re not sure what brought Lucy to Virginia but perhaps she was following her brother John William Shackford who had moved south around 1837.  We’re hoping someday to learn a bit more about this adventuresome young lady’s short life.

We’d like to thank the Newbury Public Library for scanning these newspapers which are allowing us to learn more about Shackford family history!

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!


“DEATHS.,” New Hampshire Statesman and State Journal (Concord, New Hampshire), 19 September 1840; digital images, Godfrey Memorial ( : accessed 18 February 2014).

“DEATHS.,” Newburyport Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts), 22 September 1840; digital images, Newburyport Public Library ( : accessed 27 August 2016).

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)


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