Wedding Wednesday – Irwin Lewis Shackford of Chester and Derry Marries Annette Mabel Parsons in 1913 (Blog 411)

Irwin Lewis Shackford, the son of Franklin Pierce and Helen A (Lewis) Shackford was born October 26, 1892 in Chester, New Hampshire. We find him in the 1900 and 1910 census in Chester and then Derry with his parents and elder sister Elsie M Shackford

Our next record of Irwin is of his November 26, 1913 marriage  to Annette Mabel Parsons in Dedham, Massachusetts where her parents Frank B and Alice (Bird) Parsons lived.  We are grateful to have found this wonderful newspaper article which was published in The Derry News on December 5, describing their wedding:

The Derry News, 5 Dec 1913


A very pretty wedding took place
Wednesday evening November 26, at the
Protestant Episcopal church, Dedham,
Mass., when Miss Annette Mable Parsons
was married to Irwin Lewis Shackford of
Derry in the presence of the immediate
relatives of the contracting parties. The
officiating minister was the Rev. William
F. Cheney, pastor of the church.
The bride wore a becoming gown of
white silk crepe de eline over white satin
with pearl trimmings and a bridal veil
caught up with orange blossoms and she
carried bridal roses.
Her traveling dress was a blue broad-
cloth The bride and groom was attend-
ded by Miss Margaret Crawford and Wal-
ter Chase, friends of the couple. After
the ceremony a reception was held at the
home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs Frank Parsons, Adams St., Dedham,
where congratulations were received from
hosts of friends, after which a daint
lunch was served.
The wedding cake was cut by the bride
and served by Miss Cummings.
The gifts consisted of silver, glass and
china and other useful articles, including
a brass bed from the parents and sister of
the groom. The ushers were Fred Par-
sons, brother of the bride and Fred Gut-
ermath, cousin of the groom. The couple
boarded an auto amid showers of rice and
confetti. A large card on the back of the
auto caused a great deal of merriment as
they departed.
Mr and Mrs Shackford will reside in
Dorchester, Mass, with the good wishes
of their many friends.

Irwin registered for the draft in 1917 stating he was working as a Trade Shipper for Haskell Adams, had a wife and child, was of medium height, had brown hair, brown eyes and was not disabled. We do not believe he was called to the military and by 1920 he was living in at 20 Beacon Place in Somerville working as a creamery foreman. In 1930 he was working as a retail truck driver and his wife Annette was working as a cashier in a department store. By 1937 they were living at 115 Kinnard in Cambridge and he was still working in Dorchester.

The family moved back to Derry by 1940 and Irwin found employment as a truck driver. His World War II draft registration card tells us that the family was living at 15 Chester Road and his employer wa McKinney’s Dairy in Derry Village.

Irwin died September 1964.  His wife Annette died around September 23, 1971 and was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Forest Hill.


Richard Lewis Shackford (1914-1974) – married Lillian Mary Astramowicz in England. Served in WWII, worked as a nurse.

Barbara May Shackford (1917-1999) – married Albin Walfred Carlson and Glendon Joseph Kelley.  Lived in Somerville and New Hampshire

Robert Irwin Shackford (1919-1984) – married Josephine Scott and Nancy Nicholl, service in the military WWII.  Lived in Somerville and Chicago

Eleanor Gertrude Shackford (1921-1991) – married Arthur Joseph Riley. Lived in Somerville and Atlanta, Georgia

Roland Franklin Shackford (1930-2001) – served in Korea, married Nancy Ann Smith, lived in Somerville, Derry, Lynn, and Acton, Massachusetts.

We’d like to thank the Derry Public Library in Derry NH for digitizing their newspapers and making them available online allowing those of us from far away to share wonderful stories about the Shackford Family History.  Also to Ken Marks who publishes the Ancestor Hunt website and also blogs about the many updates of newspapers available to research

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!


“Barbara Carlson, 81,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 2 March 1999; digital images, ( : accessed 21 July 2018).

1920 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Somerville City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 400, Sheet No 12, dwelling 148, Visited No 278, Erwin L Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 1 March 2017).

1930 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Somerville, enumeration district (ED) 9-41, Sheet No 14B, dwelling 189, family no 301, Irwin L Shakford; digital images, ( : accessed 1 March 2017).

1940 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Derry, enumeration district (ED) 8-12, Sheet No 27A, dwelling 664, Irvin L Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 1 March 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , Irwin Lewis Shackford m Annette Mabel Parsons, 26 November 1913; database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 May 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, , Franklin P Shackford, 26 October 1892; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 May 2015).

“Parsons-Shackford,” The Derry News (Derry, New Hampshire), 5 December 1913; digital images, Derry Public Library ( : accessed 24 February 2017).

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 February 2016), Irwin Lewis Shackford

“United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 April 2014), Irwin Lewis Shackford

“U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014,” index, ( : accessed 1 March 2017), I. Shackford

Updated 10/17/2018 to correct Barbara May’s birth year.

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