On September 1, 1860, at the age of 29, Martha (known as Mattie) married Henry C Howard, a dentist. Their marriage record is shown and transcribed below:
Groom Henry C Howard
Bride Mattie Shackford
Residence of Groom Newmarket, N. H.
Residence of Bride " "
Age of Groom 32
Age of Bride 29
Color of Groom W
Color of Bride W
Occupation of Groom Dentist
Occupation of Bride -
Birthplace of Groom West Bridgeport, Mass
Birthplace of Bride Newmarket N H
No. of Marriage of Groom 1st
No of Marriage of Bride 1st
Groom Widowed or Divorced No
Bride Widowed or Divorced No
By whom Married Isaac White
Residence Newmarket, N. H.
Official Station Clergyman
Date of Marriage Sept 1, 1869
Place Newmarket, N. H.
GROOM's FATHER AND MOTHER
Father's Name Amasa Howard
Mother's Name Sarah
BRIDE'S FATHER AND MOTHER
Father's Name William Shackford
Mother's Name Antoinette
Matthew T. Kennedy
Clerk of Newmarket, N. H.
Date Dec. 3, 1905
Martha's husband, Henry Clay Howard, was born on November 22, 1836 in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts to Amasa and Sarah (Clay) Howard. We're not sure what brought him to New Market, New Hampshire but on August 30, 1862, he enlisted in the Civil War from New Market and served with the 13th Infantry New Hampshire Volunteers in Company E until March 16, 1865. He is mentioned in a diary of this unit in notes about procuring lodging at a farmhouse, being part of a group left on a very cold shore to guard baggage, and proving a success by arriving at a unit to prove dental services. Henry was working as a dentist in 1867 before his marriage.
We believe that Henry and Martha went to Saco, Maine in 1870 and moved sometime thereafter to Hot Springs, Arkansas where they were residing in 1880. We don't know when Martha became ill but she died in Newmarket on August 17, 1886 of kidney disease. Martha and Henry did not have children but Henry returned to Hot Springs and married Emma Cann. They had one daughter Garaphelia Howard most likely named after his sister. Henry died August 2 or Aug 22 in Hot Springs, Arkansas at the age of 81 and is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Hot Springs.
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