Wedding Wednesday – Stephen Frank Shackford marries Ada Louise Smith March 21, 1878 in Eaton, NH (Blog 426)

Stephen Frank Shackford who sometimes went by Stephen and other times by Frank was the son of Bradley and Hannah B (Shackford) Shackford.  He was born in Eaton, New Hampshire on April 23, 1855 was living with his parents in Eaton in 1860 and 1870.

On March 21, 1878 when Stephen was 22 he married Ada Louise Smith.  While his parents were listed on the back page of the marriage record, the marriage record does not list any information about her parents, just that her place of birth was Parsonfield (other records list her birth location as Belfast, ME).  Since Smith is such common name, it’s difficult to learn more about Ada’s ancestry.

Marriage Record Stephen F Shackford m Ada S SmithGroom Stephen F Shackford
Bride Ada S Smith
Residence of Groom Eaton
Residence of Bride Parsonfield, Me.
Color of Groom White
Color of Bride White
Occupation of Groom Farmer
No of Marriage of Groom 1st
No of Marriage of Bride 1st
By whom Married Jos E Perlsine
Residence Eaton
Official Station Just
Date of Marriage March 21, 1878
Place Eaton
Reported from Eaton, N.H.
Father’s Name Bradley Shackford
Father’s Residence Eaton
Father’s Color White
Mother’s Name Hannah B Shackford
Mother’s Residence Eaton
Mother’s Color White
section blank
Certified by Irving A Watson, Registrar of Vital Statistics

The newly married couple was in Porter Maine in 1880 – Stephen was working as a laborer and they had a two year old son Eugene.  Thanks to another Shackford family history researcher, we’re aware that Stephen made many small land transactions during the next 15 years.  We have not found him in the 1900 census but do find him listed as a farmer in the 1905 Kennebunk and Wells Town Register with an occupation of farmer. He is not listed in the 1910 census but from city directories we find him in many cities with many different occupations Manchester, Salem, gardener; Beverly; Sanford, shoemaker;  Kennebunkport.  In 1920 we find Stephen in Kennebunkport working as a farm laborer living with Ada and their daughter Gladys who was 18 at the time.

Frank’s wife Ada died in Canal Point, Florida on December 8, 1925 and was buried in Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk, Maine.  It is from these death records that we find her birth date listed as March 24, 1859.   She had given birth to fourteen children!

Frank died in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on May 25, 1932 of myocarditis  – his death record says that he he had lived there the last 15 years.


Eugene Delmont Shackford (1878-1952) – married Eva Mabel Flood, Edna Drew, and Charlotte Lillian Williams,

Addie May Shackford (1880-????) – married Lafayette Hanson and Walter Sidney Kimball

Bertha G Shackford (1882-1935) – married William Herbert Fowler

Harry L Shackford (1884-1953) – married Pauline Fielding, laborer, shoe maker, fish market, owned Shackford & Gooch fish market

Frank O Shackford (1887-1909) – died age 22

Walter Raymond Shackford (1889-1965) – married Leda Nedeau, Myrtle Brisco, and Bessie Groover, moved to Lake Worth before 1930

Ada Shackford (1891-1891) – died at nine months

Archie A Shackford (1893-1912) – died age 12

Myrtle Eldora Shackford (1894-????) – married George Rousin & Hilley Columbus Dupres

Ethel Louise Shackford (1896-1981) – married Ernest Hardy Lundgren & Omer Joseph Bourque

Nellie Lena Shackford (1898-1975) – married James Lunt Campbell & William Alfred Bannon

Roland Alfred Shackford (1901-1961) – WWI veteran, served in Germany, married Marion F Webber, Alice M Huff, and Evelyn Beatrice Pontbriand

Gladys Stella Shackford (1901-1953) – married Harry Garfield Smith, Mr Libby, and George Elliot Flower

Unknown Shackford (1903-????) –

We have more research to do on this Shackford family – still searching for sources and analyze the specifics regarding Stephen and Ada’s land purchases as some have to do with sales of family land which may help us understand more about the family history.

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1860 United States Federal Census, Carroll County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Eaton, page no 65, dwelling 501, family 693, Bradley Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 19 September 2013).

1870 United States Federal Census, Carroll County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Eaton, Page No 15 (penned), 288 (stamped), dwelling 113, family 120, Bradley Shackford; digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 1 February 2015).

1880 United States Federal Census, Oxford County, Maine, population schedule, Porter, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 136, Page No 21, dwelling 203, family 215, Stephen Shackford; digital image, ( : accessed 21 May 2015).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images ( : accessed 16 July 2014), Ada L Smith Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 121154535

Mitchell Holt and Lawton, compilers, The Town Register Kennebunk and Wells 1905 (Brunswick, Maine: The H. E> Mitchell Co, 1905), page 56; digital, Google Books ( : accessed 28 November 2016

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Death Records 1654-1947,, Ada Shackford, 30 September 1891; digital images, FamilySearch, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 ( : accessed 31 May 2014).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947,, Frank Stevens Shackford, 25 May 1932; index and digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 May 2013).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Stephen F Shackford m Ada S Smith, 21 March 1878; index and images, Family Search ( : accessed 12 April 2017).

Copyright 2019 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere), Updated 8/25/2019 to add link to Harry L Shackford & many of the spouses of Stephen’s children.