Military Monday – Theodore Shackford, (1773-1809) signed the 1776 Association Test (Blog 395)

In April 1776 the Colony of New Hampshire Committee of Safety required all men over the age of twenty-one to pledge their allegiance and sign a document called the Association Test stating that they supported the cause of independence.  Each town submitted a list of signatures and a list of those who refused to sign and sent the lists to the Committee of Safety for the State of New Hampshire.

In 1881, the State of New Hampshire began hiring historians to publish important portions of documents pertaining to the American Revolution and share them with each city and town in the state, the public libraries, and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Fortunately today this allows us to search these documents for the word Shackford and from the State Papers published in 1910, we see that two Shackfords in the city of Chester, New Hampshire, signed the Association Test – Theodore Shackford who would have been 43 years old and his John Shackford, Jr  who we believe is his brother.  Their father, John was still living but resided in Andover, Massachusetts.

Theodore’s two daughters Sarah and Susannah had married David Richardson and Nathan Knowles respectively, both of whom had also signed the document.

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COLONY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
IN COMMITTEE OF SAFETY
April 12th, 1776
In Order to carry the underwritten RESOLVE of the Hon’ble Continental CONGRESS into Execution, You are requested to desire all Males above Twenty One Years of Age (Lunaticks, Idiots,
and Negroes excepted) to sign the DECLARATION on this
Paper; and when so done, to make Return hereof, together with the Name or Names of all who shall refuse to sign the same, to the GENERAL-ASSEMBLY, or Committee of Safety of this Colony.
M. Weare, Chairman.
In CONGRESS, March 14th, 1776
Resolve, That it be recommended to the several Assemblies,
Conventions, and Councils, or Committees of Safety of the United
Colonies, and Councils, or Committees of Safety of the United
Colonies, immediately to cause all Persons to be disarmed within
their Respective Colonies, who are notoriously disaffected to the
Cause of AMERICA, Or who have not associated, and refuse to
associate, to defend by ARMS, the United Colonies, against the
Hostile Attempts of the British Fleets and Armies.
(COPY) Extract from the Minutes.
Charles Thompson, Sec’ry.
In Consequence of the above Resolution, of the Hon. Continental
CONGRESS, and to show our Determination in joining our Amer-
ican Brethern, in defending the Lives, Liberties, and Properties of
the Inhabitants of the UNITED COLONIES.
WE, the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and promise,
that we will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque of our
Lives and Fortunes, with ARMS, oppose the Hostile Proceedings
of the British Fleets, and Armies, against the United American
COLONIES.

CHESTER

David Richardson [husband of Theodore’s daughter Sarah]

Nathan knowles [husband of Theodore’s daughter Susannah]

John Shackford jnr [probably Theodore’s brother, 1735-1779]
Theodr Shackford [1773-1809]
Moses Richardson [David Richardson’s father]

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SOURCES:

Batchellor Albert Stillman, Litt. D., Editor of State Papers, Miscellaneous Revolutionary Documents of New Hampshire Including the Association Test, the Pension Rolls, and Other Important Papers Vol. 30 State Papers Series (Manchester, N. H.: The John B. Clarke Co, 1910), page 1, 2, 28; digital images, Google Book (https://books.google.com : accessed 18 December 2016.

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Treasure Chest Thursday – The 1895 Book History of Pembroke, N. H. Includes Descendents of Theodore and Mary (Bartlett) Shackford (Blog 394)

Rev N. F Carter’s 1895 book History of Pembroke, N. H. 1730-1895: In Two Volumes, Vol. II.-Genealogical includes a chapter titled THE SHACKFORD FAMILY which starts with Theodore Shackford, the son of John and Dorcas (Lovejoy) Shackford.

Rev Carter didn’t seem to have a birth year for Theodore so we looked further and found Theodore Shackford in two different applications to the Daughters of the American Revolution, both of  which use Theodore (and others) as the basis of their applications.  Mrs Nellie Blake Appleton, no 25281 uses the birth year of 1825 in her 1897 application and Mrs Gertrude Colvin Ireland uses the date of 1833.  Both applications state that Theodore was born in Chester, New Hampshire and  was a member of the Committee of Safety of New Hampshire and Nellie’s also states that he signed the Association Test.

We did find sources for Theodore’s marriage to Mary Bartlett on Feb 14, 1754 and also believe he is the Theodore found in the 1790 census in Rockingham and the 1800 census in Allenstown.  We’ll research the descendents listed in this book in future blogs.  Meanwhile, if you’re a descendant of Theodore, you are probably eligible to apply to become a member of the Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution!

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History of Pembroke, N.H., Vol II, p. 295

CXX. THE SHACKFORD FAMILY.
1. Theodore1 settled in Allenstown; m. Mary Bartlett; and d. 14
Oct. 18, 1809. She d. 1 Apr. 1807. Ch:
2. Sally2 b, 1755; m. 177?, David Richardson of Allenstown; d. 15 Apr.
1842 (CX111, 12).
3. Theodore2 b. 7 July 1770; m. (1) Dorothy Kimball (LXXIV, 52) (2)
Hannah Field.
(3) Theodore 2 (Theodore1) was b. 7 July 1770 in Chester; m. (1) 27
Nov. 171, Dorothy, dau. of Michael Kimball, (2) 15 Mar 1824,
Hannah Field of Merrimack; and d. Nov. 1844. His 1st w. was
b. 16 May 1772, and d. 29 Oct. 1822. Ch:
4. John3 b. 27 Aug 1792; m. Susan Gibson
5. Susanna3 b. 6 Sep. 1795; d. 10 Feb 1809
6. Samuel3 b 17 Mar 1799 d. 5 Apr 18?6
7. Nathaniel3 b. 22 Jul 1801; m. Abigail Bailey
8. Betsey3 b. 16 Oct 1805; m. 10 May 1827 Mark Richardson of Pembroke
(CXIII, 28)
9. Susannah3 b. 7 Nov 1800; m. James Morrison (XCVII, 24).
10. Leonard Kimball3, b. 23 May 1814; d. 6 Dec 1824
(4) John3(Theodore, 2 Theodore1) was b. 27 Aug. 1792; m. Susan
Gibson of Newburyport, Mass; res. Pembroke. Ch b. in Pem-
broke:
11. Edrick; 4 m. 25 Dec 1837, Caroline M. Williams of Hocksett; res.
Canaan; d.
12. Ann;4 m. Isaac Fitts, res. Nashua
13. Adeline; 4; m. John F. Gilbert of Pembroke; d. (LV.2)/
14. Catherine;4 m. ——Wilson; res. New York
15. Wallace;4 m.; res. Nova Scotia
(7) Nathaniel3 (Theodore, 2, Theodore1) was b. 22 Jul 1801; m Abi-
gail Bailey. Ch:
16. Leonard; m. Lydia——; res. Cambridge, Mass
17. Mary4; m. res. Charles Emerson; res Allenstown
18. Bailey;4 m; res. Boston, Mass.
19. Jane;4 m. Nathaniel Chapman of Greenland; d.
20. Charles;4 m. —Dow; res. Boston, Mass.
21. Nellie;4 m. John Gilman Bartlett; res. Allenstown
22. Betsey;4 b. June 1831; d. 27 Jan 1832.

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SOURCES:

Carter N. F., Rev, History of Pembroke, N. H. 1730-1895: In Two Volumes, Vol. II.-Genealogical (Concord, N. H.: Republican Press Association, 1895), page 295; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://babel.hathitrust.org/ : accessed 17 March 2016.

Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XX 19001-20000, 1897 (Washington, D.C.: 1905), page 100-101; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://babel.hathitrust.org/ : accessed 18 January 2014; Mrs. Nellie Blake Appleton, 25281.

North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000,” digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 December 2016), Mrs Gertrude Colvin Ireland, descendent of Theodore Shackford accepted as no 163802 in Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Theodore Shackford (1842-1920) (Blog 337)

This obituary for Theodore who we wrote about on Feb 10, 2014 describing his capture of the Confederate flag appeared in the Dec 2, 1920 Daily Kennebec Journal.

Obituary for Theodore Shackford d 1920 Daily Kennebec Journal December 2, 1920Theodore Shackford, who died Tuesday morning at his home on Elm street, Gorham, gained great distinction during the Civil War by entering the enemy’s lines and returning to his on with the colors of a Confederate
regiment. He was a native of Westbrook, born there 78 years ago. He enlisted in Co. A., 5th Maine Infantry,
and served throughout the war. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow and G. A. R. member. A widow survives.

Theodore’s widow was Bessie C (Morrison) Shackford who was his second wife and the widow of a Mr Briggs.  Theodore and Bessie were buried at the Eastern Cemetery in Gorham, Maine.  He left no children.

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SOURCES:

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 February 2014), Theodore Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 121448090

“Maine Gossip,” Daily Kennebec Journal (Kennebec, Maine), 2 December 1920; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 17 September 2014).

Parkes Joanne Shackford, “Military Monday – Corporal Theodore Shackford Captures Confederate Flag at Rappahannock Station (Blog 119),” Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History Blog 119 Theodore Shackford, 10 February 2014 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/1/post/2014/02/military-monday-corporal-theodore-shackford-captures-confederate-flag-at-rappahannock-station-blog-119.html : accessed 12 February 2014).

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