That his wife's name was Betsy
That he had already deeded half of his homestead farm to his son Thomas Shackford, along with the Cook Place and the Doloff place
That his two youngest sons, Charles and Caleb were under the age of 21 in 1845
That his daughter Lovina was single
That his daughter Irene A was married to a Mr Randall
That he left his son Bradley part of the Lake Farm
We'll research more about Bradley, his wife and his children for a future posting. Here's a transcription of his will.
BRADLEY SHACKFORD'S (1791-1846) WILL
In the name of God, Amen
I Bradley Shackford of Eaton in the County of Carroll and State of New Hampshire being weak in body but of a sound and perfect mind and memory (before the almighty God for the the same) do make publish and declare this my last will and testament and herein dispose of my worldly estate in manner following to wit.
First I order and direct my executrix herein named to pay all my just debts and funeral charges as soon as may be convenient after my decease.
Second I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Betsy Shackford all my household furniture of every description and all my remaining apparel and all the ???? I may have on hand at the time of my demise. Also I give and devise to my said beloved wife all that part of my homestead farm that I own it being our half of said farm in common with my son Thomas Shackford to whom I have already? deeded the other half ???? to include the Cook place and Dolloff place to have and to hold the same to him and her aging to all the appurtenances thereon to belonging for and during the term of her natural life and condition that my said wife shall take care of support and maintain in my two youngest sons Charles H and Caleb A Shackford they remaining and working on said farm until they shall ????? arrive at the age of twenty ?? years and also to maintain support and said farm (she contributing what she shall be able by her labor tun on her support) my daughter Lavina Shackford as long as she shall remain single or as long as she shall choose to live with her mother an those conditions.
Third I give and bequest to my daughter Irene A Randall ten dollars to be paid one year after my ????.
Fourth I give and ??? to my son Bradley Shackford all my right title and interest (it being our common and undivided half) of the Lake farm so called the other half I have ???? by deed to my son Thomas the whole being about ??? hundred and thirty acres of land the same I purchased of William Towle and Thomas M Shackford to have and to hold the said one half of said ???? together with all the privileges and appurtenances then to belonging former.
Fifth I further give and bequest to my beloved wife after paying all my just debts and funeral charges and the ???? she is herein ???? to pay all the rest and ??? and ???? of my personal property of all and every description to have and to hold the same farmer and my said beloved wife shall die before my youngest sons Charles and Caleb shall arrive at the age of twenty and then and in that case therein came of that part of the farm that I have discussed he shall be appropriated for the maintenance and support of my daughter Lavina and my two said youngest sons until until the youngest of them shall arrive at the age of twenty one.
Sixth I give and deed to my son Thomas Shackford after the decease of my said beloved wife and after my said two youngest sons shall arrive at the age of twenty one all that part of my farm that I have deeded to my said beloved wife during her natural life and conditions that her my said son Thomas pays to each of my two youngest sons Charles and Caleb one hundred dollars same to be paid at the time they shall separately arrive at the age of twenty one and also to my daughter Lovina one hundred dollars to her to be paid at the time that she shall marry or at the time she shall choose to quit the farm and give your her support and until such time she is to be supported on said farm and if my son Thomas does not choose to ??? out its said ??? as herein directed then that part of the far ???? to him shall be equally divided between my two said younger sons Charles and Caleb they making provisions for my daughter Lovina as it is herein directed and they came into possession after the decease of my said beloved wife and I do hereby appoint my beloved wife as executrix of my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and same to the will us witnesses this twenty second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and forty five. Bradley Shackford
Signed sealed published and delivered by the said Bradley Shackford as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request in his ???? and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Silas Gaskill [next name covered, jsp]
New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, Bradley Shackford Will,; "New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936," digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 10 June 2013); Image 991