Paul Shackford, the son of John and Sarah (Hudson) Shackford was born about 1702. In 1726 he owned land in Newbury on Fish Street next to the ten rods of land that Samuel Greenleaf was purchasing from Jonathan Dole.
The next year, on Dec 9th, 1727 he married Rebecca Hudson.
In 1732 Paul purchased land in Newbury from John Dole for the sum of 78 pounds and 5 shillings. He attended Newbury’s Third Parish where he and three other gentlemen would council some “Youes that Play at meeting.” In 1757 when he was 55 years old he was on the Larrum List of the Fifth Company which was under the command of Capt Richard Greenleaf and according to Currier, was most likely the keeper of the powder and ammunition from April 4, 1771 through the end March 1779.
Paul’s death announcement was published in multiple newspapers – we know of The Essex Journal, the Salem Mercury, the Centurion, and the Massachusetts Gazette. This is the announcement from The Essex Journal.
‘Died’ on the 4th inftant, Mr. Paul
Shackford, of this town, in the 84th
year of his age. He was buried in the Old Hill Burying Ground and his probate file which listed his heirs was started on Jan 29, 1787.
Sarah Shackford (1728-1814) married ?????? Pearson
Deborah Shackford (1731-????) married Caleb Currier
John Shackford (1735-1764) – married Deborah Seward
Sumner Shackford (1737-????) – served in Second Regiment of Militia in the County of Essex and Capt Beniah Young’s Company on Crown Point Expedition
Rebecca Shackford (1743-????)
We’re hoping that when we learn more about Paul’s children, we may learn more about Paul.
Updated 1/12/2016 – Thanks to input from one of Paul’s descendants, have corrected name of Sarah’s husband to Pearson.
“At Newburyport,” Salem Mercury (Salem, Massachusetts), 23 December 1786, Paul Shackford; digital images, Newsbank.com (http://www.newsbank.com : accessed 10 January 2016).
“At Newburyport,” Massachusetts Gazette, 22 December 1786, Paul Shackford; digital images, Newsbank.com (http://newsbank.com : accessed 10 January 2016); Date 1786-12-22; Vol VI; Iss: 289; Page 3.
Currier John J, Ould Newbury, Historical and Biographical Sketches (Boston: Damrell and Upham, 1896), pages 105-6, 437 and 492; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://hathitrust.org : accessed 12 July 2014.
“Died.,” The Essex Journal and New Hampshire Packet, 20 December 1786; digital images, Godfred Memorial Library (http://godfred.org : accessed 25 September 2013). Died, on the 4th instant, Mr. Paul Shackford, of this town, in the 84th year of his age.
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 August 2014), Paul Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial # 86619212.
“U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930,” Images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2015), Paul Shackford.