Caleb Shackford, a resident of Eaton died in Eaton on Dec 26, 1904. This information is also found in his death record which tells us he was born June 10, 1834 and was the son of Bradley and Betsey Shackford.
His widow was Lydia A Shackford. We know from their marriage record that her maiden name was Hamilton and that they were married on Jan 24, 1856.
Their only child was J. Fred Shackford who was a resident of Conway at the time of his father's death.
Caleb's widow Lydia declined administration, asked the court to assign that role to her son J. Fred Shackford and her request was approved.
Lydia and J Fred Shackford estimated the value of the estate to be about $3,000. The inventory which is included on other pages within these probate records showed the value of the estate to be $1691.25 - $1255 of real estate, and $441.25 of personal estate. We have not yet transcribed those pages and may share them in a future blog as it's interesting to know what farmers owned in 1904..
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
To the Honorable Judge of Probate for the County of Carroll
Your petitioner Lydia A Shackford of Eaton
in said County, respectfully represents that Caleb Shackford late of
Eaton in said County, and last an inhabitant thereof, has lately deceased
at said Eaton on the twenty-sixth day of December
A. D. 1904, intestate, having at the time of his death estate in said County; leaving a widow, herself,
named Lydia A. Shackford and that only next of kin are the persons
whose names, residences and relationships are as follows, viz.:
J. Fred Shackford of Conway, N. H., son and only child
And your petitioner declines the administration of said
estate and nominates said J. Fred Shackford as a suitable person for
Wherefore she prays that administration thereof may be granted to said
J. Fred Shackford of Conway in said Conway, accordingly.
Your petitioners declare that the estate of said deceased, upon which petition for administration is
asked for, consists, as nearly as can be ascertained, of the following value:
Real estate, . . . . . . . $2,000.00
Personal estate . . . . $1,000.00
Whole amount of estate not exeeding $3,000.00
Witness Mrs Myra Kenneson Lydia A Shackford
CARROLL SS. Court of Probate
At a Court of Probate holden at Ossipee in
said County, on the seventy day of March A. D. 1905
upon due consideration of the foregoing petition, it is decreed that the prayer therof be granted, and that
letters of administration issue to the said J Fred Shackford accordingly.
Sewall W Abbott,
Judge of Probate
Maine "Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," database index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 2 July 2014), 24 Jan 1856.
New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, Caleb Shackford; "New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936," digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 2 February 2015); >Carroll>Case no 4506-4594 1840-1920>Image 1138-1145.
New Hampshire, New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSVP-QYS, Caleb Shackford, 26 December 1904; index and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 19 May 2013).