Sibling Saturday – Paul and Rebecca (Hudson) Shackford’s Children born 1728-1743 (Blog 319)

Fortunately we have very good birth records from Newbury, Massachusetts from the mid 1700s which give us the names of five children of Paul and Rebecca (Hudson) Shackford.  These siblings are:

Sarah Shackford (1728 – 1814) – married a Mr Pearson, mention the following people in her will:  grandson William Smith, Mary Jane Brown, daughter of Else Smith, Amelia (Moore) Shackford, Mary Richards, James Prince, administrator of her estate.  She was buried in the Old Hill Burying Ground in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Deborah Shackford (Libbey) Currier (1731 – abt 1800 or 1801) – married first Mr Libbey, then Caleb Currier. Her will mentions William Currier, her husband’s son, Caleb Currier, her husband’s grandson, her son John Libbey, a daughter Mary Mushaway, Mary’s husband John Mushaway, granddaughters Catherine Currier, Rebecca M, Hannah Libbey, and Deborah Libbey

John Shackford (1735 – 1764) – married Deborah Seaward, mariner who died at sea, estate granted to his widow Deborah (Seaward) Shackford

Sumner Shackford (1737- ????) –  Sumner was born Jan 29, 1737 and served as a Private in Captain Beniah Young’s Company on the late Crown Expedition from Feb 18, 1756 to December 20th. He also served in his Majesties Service in the Second Regiment of the Militia marching to Worchester.  We find no further information about Sumner.

Rebecca Shackford (1743-????) – All we find for Rebecca is a birth record – December 2, 1743.


Currier John J, History of Newbury, Mass. 1635-1902 (Boston: Damrell & Upham, 1902), page 563; digital images, HathiTrust ( : accessed 6 January 2016

Historical Collections of the Essex Institute July 1899 (July 1899), page 219; digital images, HathiTrust ( : accessed 25 March 2014

Massachusetts “Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 March 2015), Sumner Shackford, b. 29 Jan 1737

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Rebeccah Shackford, 2 December 1743; digital images, ( : accessed 15 January 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records

Treasure Chest Thursday – The Heirs of Paul Shackford (1702-1786) (Blog 309)

Paul Shackford’s heirs are listed on a piece of paper in his probate records  because the heirs asked the Probate Judge, Benjamin Greenleaf, to assign a committee to divide Paul’s real estate for them – we have added their birth dates and Paul’s other children based on the birth records listed in the Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I.-Births. Heirs of Paul Shackford - from Probate Records




His two children:

     Sarah Pearson (born Feb 1, 1728)

     Deborah Currier (born May 24, 1731)

and the

Heirs of his son John Shackford (born Sept 16, 1735)

  John Shackford

  Deborah Shackford

  Child of Mary Shackford, deceased – Joshua Chace


The book Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I.-Births lists two other children who probably died before 1786 and left no heirs:

Sumner Shackford (born 19 Jan 1737)

Rebecca Shackford (born 2 Dec 1743)



“Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881,” digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 1 July 2015), Paul Shackford, Case 25092

Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Volume I.-Births (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1911), page 472; digital images, Essex County Ma ( : accessed 12 July 2014