We've already established that John was the first child of William (1783-1870) and Mary Cutter (Lincoln) Shackford. He was born in Eastport, Maine on January 30, 1839 and was a seaman since the age of 16. He was the captain of the Pioneer, the steamship Illinois, and Jay Gould's yacht the Atalanta, worked as the Superintendent of the American Line and represented the United States at the 1889 and 1900 International Marine Conference.
John W Shackford had been ill for many years and wrote his will on May 24, 1905 and added a codicil on June 1, 1905. He died 22 days later on June 23, 1905.
John appointed his brother, Edward Wallace Shackford and sister Mary Cutter Lincoln French as joint executors, however on June 30, 1905, Edward relinquished his role leaving his sister as sole executrix. John's assets totaled $6901.84 and his debts totaled $4215.90 leaving total assets of $2685.94. The probate court documents a tax of $134.29 was paid. John's will states that the estate should be divided between his living siblings which would have been Edward Wallace Shackford, Mary Cutter Lincoln French, Eben Lincoln Shackford, and Sarah Ellen Shackford. His Codicil stated that he should be cremated.
JOHN W SHACKFORD'S WILL
I, John W. Shackford of the City of
Philadelphia, Master Mariner, being of sound
and disposing memory to make and publish
my last will and testament as follows:
1. After payment of all my just debts
and personal expenses I give and bequeath
all my personal articles of all kinds (that
is all property exclusive of cash, securities and
real estate) to my sister Mary L. French.
2. All the cash of which I may die possessed
I give and bequeath to the International Marine
Tile Marine Company to & by them paid to
the person or persons by whose kindness I
have been permitted, not with standing my
illness and incapacity to remain so long on
the payroll of this company.
3. All rest and residue my property I give
bequeath and ??? to be equally divided among
my surviving brothers and sisters.
4. I appoint my brother Edw. Shackford and
my sister Mary L. French executors of this my
Witness my hand and seal this 24th day of May 1905
by his mark
signed John W Shackford - his mark (an x)
Signed, sealed published &
declared this testate as &
for his last will & testament
in the presence and who at
his request and his presence of
each other has here to subscribe
505 Chestnut St
JOHN W SHACKFORD'S CODICIL
I hereby publish and declare this as a
codicil to my last will and testament.
I direct that my body shall be cremated
after my death.
Witness my hand and seal this first day
of June A. D. 1905.
by his mark and
sealed in the presence of us
who at the request of the
testator in his presence &
the presence of each other
have subscribed my names
J Roserham Paul
Geo W Moms
505 Chestnut St John W Shackford
his mark (an X)
Parkes Joanne Shackford, "Friday Faces from the Past - Captain John William Shackford (1839-1905) (Blog 115)," Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History Blog 115, 31 January 2014 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/shackford-blog/friday-faces-from-the-past-captain-john-william-shackford-1839-1905-blog-115 : accessed 28 December 2014)
"Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 September 2015), John W Shackford