Wife: Ruth Webb Shackford
daughter: married a Dennett - will lists grandsons John S Dennett and Jeremiah Dennett. From other sources, we know this daughter is Elizabeth Shackford who married George Dennett in 1800 and died in 1803.
daughter: Abigail Leighton, wife of John Leighton
son: Seth R Shackford - the will mentions he had children in 1816 - other sources tell us he had married Martha Boardman
son: Samuel Shackford
son: Benjamin Adams Shackford
son: John D Shackford
The Will of John Shackford (1749-1816)
In the Name of God, Amen, I John
Shackford of Newmarket in the County of Rockingham, Yeoman
being advanced in years and infirm in Body, but of a sound
Mind and memory, knowing that is appointed to all Men
once to die, Do therefore make and ordain this my last Will
and Testament; and in the first place I commit, my Soul to
God, who gave it, hoping and trusting for Salvation through the
Merits of Jesus Christ--And my Body, I commit to the Earth, in
decent Burial, in full Faith of a future Resurrection, by the
almighty Power of God.
And as touching such worldly Estate, where with it has
pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give, devise & dispose of the
same in the following manner viz.
Imprimis. My will is that all my just debts and Funeral Charges
be paid by my Executor out of my Estate.
Item I give and beqeath to Ruth Webb Shackford my beloved Wife
the use, occupancy & improvement of my Household Furniture,
and three Cows, Twelve Sheep, Two Swine and one Horse, during
Life, in Addition to her dower.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Abigail Leighton at
the decease of my said Wife all the said Household
Furniture, not herein otherways, bequeathed.
Item I Give and bequath to my son, Seth R. Shackford, Six Sheep
in addition to the Estate I have already given & advanced to him.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Shackford, one hundred
and Twenty five Dollars, to be paid by my Executor, within Four
years after my decease; in addition to what I have already given
and advanced to him.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Adams Shackford
Two Hundred Dollars, to be paid by my Executor within Four
years after my decease-I also, give said Benjamin, one Bed and
Bedding at the decease of my said Wife, likewise my Silver Watch
shoe and knee Buckles.
Item I Give and bequeath to my son John D Shackford, at the decease
of my said Wife, my Silver Taskard, one Bed and Bedding, my
Desk, large Brass Kettle, large Kitchen And irons & Six Chairs
Item I give and bequeath to my granson John L Dennett Twenty five
Dollars, to be paid by my Executor within four years after my decease.
Item I give & bequeath to the Children of my Daughter Leighton, Five
Dollars equally Divided between them to be paid by my Executor.
Item I Give and bequeath to the Children of my son S. R. Shackford Five
dollars, equally divided, to be paid by my Executor.
Item I Give, devise & bequeath to my Two Sons Samuel Shackford
and Benjamin Adams Shackford equally divided between
them, to their Heirs and Assigns, all my Real Estate situate
in the Town of Newington in progression or Reversion
Item I give devise and bequeath to my said son John Downing
Shackford, and his Heirs and assigns, all the Rest, Residue and
Remainder of my Estate both Real & personal, not herein
otherwise disposed of, wheresoever the same maybe.
An further my Will is, and I do herefy order and direct
that in as much as I have, at various Times & indevers, manners
helped and advanced my Children since they come of Age, by
Income & profits of Real Estate, as well as by many advances of
personal property to a much greater amount than I ever received
of any of them, without having made any Charge of the same
against them, under the expectation and Agreement of their
not making any Charge against me. In such Circumstances
if it should so happen, that if any of them should after my decease
produce any Account against my Estate, when I should not be
present to anser or Explain the same; it might eventually
alter the Ration intended by me, and opperate injuriously to
my other Children who might not keep such Account.
It is therfore my Will and I do herefy order and direct that in
Case any of my Children or Children in Law, should produce
any Account against me, or bring forward any demand
against my Estate after my decease, that any Ballagreeth?? at may
appear to be due to them on such an Accounts, shall be paid, discharged
& deducted out of the particular share, Legacy, or bequest, here in
given, or otherwise advanced to such Child, without anyways
lessening, altering or effecting the foregoing disposition of my Estate
An I do hereby constitute and appoint my said Son
John Downing Shackford, sole Executor of this my last will and
And I do hereby revoke, dismiss and make void
all & every other Will or Testament by me theresofar made
& do ratify and confirm this & no oother to be my last Will and
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal, this 19th day of April Anno Domini 1816.
Signed, Sealed, published; prounced
and Declared by the said John Shackford
the Testator, to be his last Will and
Testament, in presence of us, who
at the request of the Testator, and in
his presence & in the presence of each
other have hereunto, subscribed
our Names as Witnesses.
John Tennant? Jr
Wentworth Cheswill signed John Shackford
Fitts James Hill, Rev. and Edited and Arranged by Rev. N. F. Carter, History of Newfields New Hampshire 1638-1911 (Concord, N. H.: 1912), page 444; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 16 February 2014
Hardon Henry W, Newington, New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc, 1991), page 168
New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, John Shackford No 9407; "New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936," digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 1 June 2015); >Rockingham>Case no 9330-9414 1816>Image 1103