Bertha Ann Shackford, the daughter of Norman H and Emma Elmira (Hodgman) Shackford was born June 27, 1882 or June 27, 1882 in Danbury, New Hampshire – her birth record states the year 1882 but her death record and obituary list the years as 1883. Although the birth record would normally be our primary source, she has a sibling with a birth date of Nov 3, 1881 which would make it difficult to believe the 1882 year as they would have been six months apart.
Although Bertha’s marriage record states she was 18 when he married Joseph Waldo Hicks on December 10, 1897, in Milton, Vermont we believe she was only 16 or possibly 15 based on her birth record. The marriage record states Joseph was 21 but he was still 20.
Sometime after their marriage, the young couple moved into Bertha’s mother’s home in Canaan, NH where we find them in 1900 with son Lester H Hicks. In 1910 they were still living in Canaan with two new children – Venessa and Bessie – son Lester is living with Bertha’s sister Esther W Chambers. The 1911 census lists four children living but we can only account for these three.
Bertha’s son Lester joined the Navy and sadly died of influenza in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 18 on June 23, 1917. He was a seaman, second class. It must have been horrible to have received the news of her son’s death at such a young age.
Bertha shows up in the 1920, 1930, 1940 census records in Hillsboro, New Hampshire with her husband Joseph who was working as a carpenter for the railroad, a construction foreman , and an assistant supervisor of the steam railroad.
Bertha died on August 13, 1943 in Hillsboro due to cardiac failure and was buried in the Wells Cemetery in Canaan, New Hampshire. We learn more about her from her obituary. Also if you have access to Ancestry, many pictures of Bertha and her family are posted there.
For Mrs. Bessie
Mrs. Bertha M. Hicks passed away
in her sleep at her home in Lower
Village Aug. 13 after a long period
of ill health. A good neighbor, kind
friend and wonderful homemaker
she will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Hicks was born in Danbury,
Jan. 27, 1883, daughter of Norman
and Emma (Hodgdon) Shackford.
She was a Gold Star Mother and
member of the American Legion
Auxiliary of Plymouth.
Survivors are her husband, Jos-
eph Hicks, two daughters, Mrs Earl
Beard and Mrs. Clarence Davis of
Hillsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Esther
Chambers of Springfield, Vt., and
Mrs. Stella Whaley of Richford,
Vt., also three grandchildren, one
great grandchild and several
nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held at the
home Sunday afternoon with Rev.
Frank A. M. Coad officiating cler-
gyman; Bernice Coad sang “Some
Day We’ll Understand.” A delega-
tion from the Gleason Young Post,
American Legion, attended.
Bearers were Earl Beard, Elton
Kemp, Walter Carter, Morris White,
Francis Beard and Leon Kemp.
Burial was in Wells cemetery
Canaan, under the direction of
Fred H. Matthews, funeral director,
with committal prayers by Rev.
Attending from out of town were
Mr. and Mrs. Harlon Hicks, Mrs
Archie Spaulding, Essex Junction,
Vt’ Mr. and Mrs Lester Gardner,
Springfield, Vt.’ Mrs Alfred Walk-
er, Ludlow, Vt., and Mr. and Mrs.
Brce Chapman, Henniker.
Lester Harlow Hicks (1899-1917) – Seaman, second class, died of pneumonia in Brooklyn, NY
Vanessa Estella Hicks (1900-1991) – married Cedric Earl Beard, lived in Hillsboro, NH
Bertha Ardella Hicks (1902-????) – married Clarence Harvey Davis,
Bessie E Hicks (1904-1911) – died of Leucemia [sic]
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1900 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Canaan Town, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 53, Sheet No 14 (A79), Elma Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 February 2014).
1910 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Canaan, enumeration district (ED) 80, Sheet No 11A, visited 389, family 403, Joseph Hicks; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 March 2017).
1910 United States Federal Census, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Plainfield, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 319, Sheet No 10A, Rollo Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 March 2014).
1920 United States Federal Census, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Hillsborough, enumeration district (ED) 76, Sheet No 12, Dwelling 300, family 327, Joseph W Hicks; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 March 2017).
1930 United States Federal Census, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Hillsborough, enumeration district (ED) 6-56, Sheet No 12, 143 Calef Road, dwelling 235, family 248, Joseph W Hicks; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 March 2017).
1940 United States Federal Census, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Hillsborough, enumeration district (ED) 6-20, Sheet No 4A, home visited – 79, value 2500, Joseph Hicks; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 March 2017).
“Funeral Service For Mrs. Bessie M. Hicks,” Hillsborough Messenger (Hillsboro, N. H.), 19 August 1943; digital images, (http://fuller.advantage-preservation.com : accessed 24 February 2017).
New Hampshire, New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, , Bertha Shackford, 27 June 1882; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 February 2014).
New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947, , Bertha Ann Hicks, 13 August 1943; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 March 2017); New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.
Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008, Image 2473, page 181, Shackford, Bertha m. Joseph W Hicks, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XFH1-KM2, 10 December 1887; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 April 2013).
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