Charles left the balance to his executors to benefit his wife Martha and to be split four ways amid his children. At the time of his death, the four living children were Alice M Ellis (1849-1832), Charles Chauncy Shackford (1852-1931), Martha Bartlett Curtis (1855-1932), and Lucy Bartlett Babcock (1857-1934). We're still working to identify which grandchildren were living.
Charles appointed his wife Martha B, his daughter M Ellis (born Alice M Shackford), and his son Charles C Shackford to be his executor and asks them to consult his good friend Amos P Tapley of Boston, Mass.
Charles Chauncy Shackford's Will
I, Charles Chauncy Shackford, of Brookline, Norfolk Co. Massachusetts, being of
sound mind and memory, & considering the uncertainty of life, do therefore
make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testa-
ment, that is to say. First, after all my lawful debts are paid & discharged,
I give and bequeath to my wife, Martha B all my household & library fur-
niture, books, pictures, engravings and manuscripts.
Second. I further give and bequeath to my wife, Martha B. the sum of ten
thousand dollars to have and to hold the same in her own right and dispose
of the same by will and testament. Third I give and bequeath
to each of my children living at the time of my death, or to their lawful
heirs if any of the said children be dead, one thousand dollars or ten shares
of the First National Bank of Portsmouth, N. H. as each of the said chil-
dren or their representatives may chose. Fourth I give & bequeath
to each of my grandchildren living at my death the sum of two hundred
dollars. Fifth, the balance of my property not disposed of by the
foregoing provisions of this will I give and bequeath to my Executors, in trust
for the use and benefit of my wife, Martha B. during her life, the same
at her death to be paid over by them to my children living at my death
and to the heirs of such as may be dead, the said bequest being divid
ed into four equal parts, share and share alike. And I hereby
request my executors and trustees to consult my good friend, Amos P
Tapley of Boston, Mass. with reference to the division of my estate & the
execution of the trust reposed in them by this will, and to give due
consideration to his advice, and in case of disagreement to abide by his
decision. Likewise, I make, constitute and appoint my wife,
Martha B. Shackford, my daughter M Ellis, and my son Charles C.
Shackford to be executors and trustees of this my last will and testament,
hereby revoking all former wills by me made, and I hereby direct that
they be allowed to act as such executors and trustees without givin bonds.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and af-
fixed my seal this twentieth day of May, in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and ninety.
Charles C. Shackford, (seal)
Signed, published, and declared by the aforesaid testator Charles C Shack-
ford as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us the
subscribers who in his presence and that of each other and at his request
have here subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto. Mary A Moorfield
Manana T Storey Chas W Storey
"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 September 2015), Charles C Shackford