Treasure Chest Thursday – Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford Petitions the Court for an Administration De Bonis Non for Her Father’s Estate (Blog 402)

Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford (1810-1902) possibly learned the importance of having a will after seeing how long it took to settle the estate of her father, James Chadborne Dame.

James Chadborne Dame, the son of Joseph and Patience (Chadbourne) Dame was born August 25, 1770 in Barnstead or Newington New Hampshire and married Phebe Agnes Ayers on January 11, 1795. We find James in the 1810, 1830, 1840 census records and know from various books that he was a well known teacher who had three sons and three daughters.  We also know that he moved to Concord, NH in 1846.  James’ wife Phebe died there on October 30, 1854 and he died on October 10, 1859.

On Jan 24, 1860, James’ son George and his daughter Harriet P Dame asked the court to appoint George as the estate’s administrator and their request was approved.  It appears that George did not complete his responsibilities before his death on August 24, 1863 so his sister Mary Shackford petitioned the court for an Administration De Bonis Non (a second administrator to replace the first who has died or been removed from his/her responsibilities).

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State of New-Hampshire
Merrimack, ss
At a Court of Probate holden at Concord in and for said County on the Fourth Tuesday of April Anno Domini 1864, before the Hon. Judge of Probate for said County:
Upon the petition of Mary Shackford of Concord in said County; respectfully representing that James C Dame late of said Concord and last an inhabitant in said County, has lately deceased, intestate, having at the time of his death, estate in said County of Merrimack, that George Dame of said Concord who was duly appointed Administrator of the estate of said James C Dame has lately deceased not having fully completed his administration of said estate; praying that administration de bonis non may be granted to John Abbott of Concord.
Upon examination of said petition it appears that the facts therein alleged are true. It is therefore decreed that administration de bonis non on the estate of said deceased be granted to said John Abbott
Attest, Isaac A Hill Register.

STATE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE.
Merrimack, ss.
THE JUDGE OF PROBATE FOR SAID COUNTY,
To John Abbott of Concord
WHEREAS, James C Dame late of Concord
in said County, has lately deceased, intestate, and whereas George Dame who was duly appointed Administrator of the estate of said James C Dame has lately deceased not having fully completed his administration of said estate;
Therefore, trusting in your care and fidelity, I do, by these Presents, hereby constitute and appoint you Administrator de bonis non of the estate of the said James C Dame deceased, not heretofore administered upon, with full power to administer the same; to ask, gather, levy, and receive all and whatsoever credits of the said James C Dame while he lived, and at the time of his death, did appertain’ to pay all debts in which said deceased stood bound, so far as said estate can extend; and well and faithfully to administer and dispose of said estate according to law. You are to make, or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of said estate; and the same to return, upon oath, to the Judge of Probate for said County, within three months next existing; and to render, upon oath, a plain and true account of your said administration, within one year next following.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have herein set my hand and the seal of the said Court of Probate
Dated at Concord, in said County, the 26th day of April A. D. 1864
Hamilton E Jenkins, Judge of Probate
A true Record, Attest Grace A Hill Register

The court approved her request and appointed John Abbott to administer the estate.

We’re still hunting for the rest of the details of the administration of James’ estate so we can see if it lists the names of his living children.  (They are listed in many books but we’re hoping to help out someone looking for other documentation regarding the relationships in this family).

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SOURCES:

1810 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, James Dame; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2017).

1830 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstad, James C Dame; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2017).

1840 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Barnstead, James C Dame; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2017).

New England Historic Genealogical Society, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register for the Year 1860, Volume XIV (Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1860), Jan, page 84, Marriages and Deaths; digital image, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 19 January 2017.

“New Hampshire Marriage Records Index, 1637-1947,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2017), John Dam m Phebe Ayers

New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2017), John C Dame; Merrimack>Probate Records, Vol 035-036, 1858-1864, page 100

Poole Murray Edward, The history of the Treman, Tremaine, Truman family in America (Ithaca, N. Y.: Press of the Ithaca Democrat, 1901), page 1296; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009569902 : accessed 25 February 2015

States James Noyes, Genealogy of the Ayers Family of Fairfield County, Connecticut (New Haven, Connecticut: 1916), page 78; digital image, HathiTrust (http://babel.hathitrust.org/ : accessed 19 January 2017.

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford’s Will (Blog 325)

It’s not often that we find wills for women born in 1810 but Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford who is listed as blind in the 1880 census and lived to the age of 92, outliving her husband by 16 years left us a wonderful will that gives some insights into her four living children.  Also, Mary Ellen’s will, dated Oct 31, 1899 was signed by her sister, Harriet Patience Dame, the famous Civil war nurse who died in April 1900.

Mary Ellen Dame, the daughter of James Chadbourne and Phebe Agnes (Ayers) Dame was born on August 26, 1810 in Barnstead, New Hampshire. When she was 20 she married William Shackford, and moved to Concord, New Hampshire where he worked as millwright and farmer living at Free Bridge Road opposite the fair grounds. Mary died in Kingston, New York on November 8, 1902 and was buried at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.

Her will lists the following children:

James C Shackford – Funds were placed in trust to care for him – married Harriet Ida Young in 1915 – he was 78 at the time of his marriage

Harriet N (Shackford) Blaisdell of Pauntucket, RI, (1831-1906) married Samuel LeBarton Blaisdell

Mary E Bunton of Roundout, NY (appointed executrix) (1839-1927) married William Ellingwood Bunten

Alphonso Shackford of Providence, RI

THE WILL OF MARY ELLEN (DAME) SHACKFORD (1810-1902)

Will Mary Ellen Dame Shackford Page 1Be it known, That I,
Mary Shackford of Concord in the Country of Merrimack and
State of New Hampshire being of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, and herein dispose of all my worldly goods in manner and form following:
FIRST: I direct my executrix herein named to pay all my just debts and funeral charges as soon as may be after my decease.
SECOND: To my beloved son, James C. Shackford, I give and bequeath all my household furniture and furnishings of every description.
THIRD: To my beloved daughter Harriet N. Blaisdell of Pauntucket, Rhode Island, and Mary E. Bunton of Rondout, New York, I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel, personal ornaments and
other chattels, except my funds deposited in the New Hampshire Savings Bank and my household furniture and furnishings bequeathed to my son James.
Fourth: My funds now on deposit, or hereafter to be deposited, in the New Hampshire Savings Bank of Concord, N. H., I give and bequeath to my said daughter, Mary E. Bunton, in trust however for the following purposes.
1. To care for, invest and preserve the same during the life of my said son James.
2. To pay over the income thereof to said James, to pay from said funds to my beloved son Alphonso Shackford of Providence, Rhode Island, the sum of three hundred dollars; and to divide the remainder
thereof into equal parts, and pay to each of my said daughters one of said parts. In case either said Alphonso, or Harriet, or Mary shall died before said James, I give and bequeath his or share to his or her heirs.
FOURTH: I hereby appoint my said daughter, Mary E. Shackford Bunten, sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I direct that she be not required to give sureties on her bond as executrix or trustee.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of October, 1899.
Mary Shackford (SEAL)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Shackford as and for her last
WILL and Testament in our presence and we have hereunto set our names as witnesses thereto in her presence and in the presence of each other; and we further certify that this will was read over to said Mary Shackford before she signed the same
Harried P. Dame
William T. Fiske
Henry F. Hollis.

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SOURCES:

1891. The Concord Directory: of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business, Business Firms, State Census, Map, Etc. (N.p.: Littlefield Directory Publishing Co., No. 12 Post Office Square, Boston), p. 264, Mary Shackford, widow of William; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2013).

“MARRIAGES.,” New Hampshire Statesman and Concord (New Hampshire) Register, 15 January 1831; digital images, Godfred Memorial (http://godfrey.org : accessed 20 August 2013), 19th Century Newspapers.

“NECROLOGY DEATHS IN KINGSTON AND OF LOCAL PEOPLE ELSEWHERE,” The Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York), 1 January 1903; digital images, HRVH Historical Newspapers (http://news.hrvh.org/ : accessed 3 January 2014).

“New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 September 2015), Mary Shackford

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