Helen A Lewis, the daughter of John E and Helen Lewis, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Feb 10, 1860. Her mother died shortly after her birth as we find her in the 1860 census in Portsmouth five months after her birth with her father and three siblings all under the age of 9.
By 1870 the family had moved to Kittery where Helen was listed as Nellie in the census and in 1880 she was contributing to the family income by working as a domestic servant.
Helen was 27 when she married Franklin Pierce Shackford on Dec 14, 1887 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. had settled in Chester where she had two children. In 1900 they were in Chester where Franklin was working as a mason and Helen was working as a dressmaker. By 1910 they had moved to Derry New Hampshire where Franklin was farming. They moved to Lawrence in 1912 but by 1920 were back in Derry.
Helen died on March 12, 1925 of influenza and was buried on March 15, 1935 in Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry. Her husband Franklin died less than a year later. We are grateful to have found her obituary as it provides more details of her life and reiterates that she was a kind, loving, and thoughtful woman who was of exemplary character.
MRS HELEN A SHACKFORD
The funeral of Mrs. Helen A. Shack
ford who died Thursday March 13,
1925 was held from the home of
Everett St, Derry, Sunday afternoon,
March 16, at 300 o’clock.
Mrs. Shackford, the daughter of
John A and Helen A. Lewis was
born in Portsmouth Feb 11, 1861.
After three years the family moved to
Kittery, Maine where her child
hood days were passed.
She was married Dec. 14, 1887 to
Frank P. Shackford of Chester, where
they made their home, living there un
til 1907, when they moved to Derry.
While residing in Chester, Mrs
Shackford became a member of the
Baptist church and all during the fol-
lowing years was an active religious
worker. She was also a member of
the Bell W R C of Chester, holding
from time to time every office in that
Through her kindness and loving
thoughtfulness she gained a large
number of lifelong friends. After
taking up her residence in Derry she
became a member of the Derry grange
and the West Rockingham Pomona.
Besides her husband Frank P. Shack-
ford she leaves a sister, Mrs. Laura
E Lotham, of Boston, a brother
Charles E Lewis of Stoughton, Mass,
a daughter Mrs B S Hoisington, of
Derry, a son I. Lewis Shackford of
Somerville, also four grandchildren,
Richard Lewis, Barbara May, Robert
Irwin and Eleanor Gertrude Shack
Rev Irving J Enalin of the Bap-
tist church officiated at the funeral.
????? and appropriate ritual
ace service of the Bell W. R. C. was
performed by the officers of that or-
ganization “Served by grace” and
“Nearer My God to Thee” were ren-
dered by Mrs Alice C. Kingsbury.
The bearers were William T. Morse,
Clifton H McAlmon. A Burnaide
Pillsbury and Allie Parshley and in-
ternent was in Forest Hill cemetery
by Undertaker Homer A White and
Mrs Shackford was a woman of
exemplary character a devoted wife
and other and true Christian.
Among the beautiful floral tributes
which attested high esteem in
which she was held by all, were
noted the following. Pillow, mixed
flowers with word “wife” from hus-
band; Pillow mixed flowers “mother’
from daughter and son; wreath of
Roses “Sister” from sister and brother;
spray of moxes flowers Mr and Mrs
Chermth and family of Poston
pray carnations cousin Ed
(continues but is very difficult to read)
Elsie M Shackford (1888-1973) – married Benjamin Shubel Hoisington, lived in Derry
Irwin Lewis Shackford (1892-1964) – married Annette Mabel Parsons, lived in Derry
RESEARCH QUESTION: Clarify Helen’s mother – believe she died Feb 24, 1860 but the record is very hard to read — last name may be Stevens or Stevenson, not sure which at this time
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1860 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Portsmouth, Page 23, dwelling 1667, family 2011, John E Lewis; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 February 2016).
1870 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Kittery, Page No 25, dwelling 180, family 226, John E Lewis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 February 2016).
1880 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Kittery, enumeration district (ED) 195, Page No Twenty-two, dwelling 191, family 226, John E Lewis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 April 2017).
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 (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 May 2015).
1910 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Derry, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 240, Sheet No 33B, 7 Covenant St, visited house 739, family 754, Frank P Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 May 2015).
1920 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Derry, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 117, Sheet No 18B, 7 Everett, dwelling 332, family 422, Franklin P Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 May 2015).
New Hampshire, New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, , Lewis, 10 February 1860; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 February 2016).
New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Death Records 1654-1947, , Helen A. Shackford, d. 12 Mar 1925, 26 May 2014; digital images, FamilySearch, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 26 May 2014).
New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Franklin P Shackford m Helen A Lewis, 14 December 1887; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 May 2015).
“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2017), Frank P Shackford.
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