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 (1919-1999) – 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!


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

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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


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, ( : 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 ( : 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 ( : 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, ( : accessed 21 May 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947,, Franklin P Shackford, 5 July 1926; index and digital images, FamilySearch ( : 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 ( : accessed 21 May 2015).

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