A few weeks ago we received an e-mail from Maureen M who also researches SHACKFORD family history. She searches both SHACKFORDs and EMERSONs and found this photograph at an indoor fleamarket & antique store in Keene NH. She purchased the photograph because the back of the photograph has handwritten words Mr & Mrs Shackford from H L Emerson. She asked for help identifying the owners of the house. We reviewed our past blogs and believe that it this is most likely a photograph of the same house published in a past blog described in the article on the right. However, the landscape of the mountains behind the house seems slightly different - wondering if that's just because the photos were taken at a different angle and from a different distance from the home?
What do you think?
This photograph of the Passamaquoddy house which was owned by James M Shackford was found in the book Passaconaway in the White Mountains published in 1916 and were shared in a past blog. Unfortunately this house was destroyed by a chimney fire in February 1916 and is not available to look at today.
Beals Charles Edward, Jr, Passaconaway in the White Mountains (Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1916), page 236; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 15 January 2015.
The Passaconaway Mountain Club, passaconaway mountain club.doc (https://docs.google.com/document/): accessed 16 January 2015),
Photograph, believe is of home of James M Shackford, also known as Passamaquoddy House , no date provided; digital image, digital image provided by Maureen M; privately held by Maureen M,, [address for private use], 2015. back of photograph states Mr & Mrs Shackford from R L Emerson, also says 2- x, 25 A12. purchased at indoor flea market and antique store in Keene, New Hampshire
Parkes Joanne Shackford, "Treasure Chest Thursday - Thanks to Google Books, we find James M Shackford's Biography and a Picture of His House in the Book Passaconaway in the White Mountains (Blog 239)," Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History Blog 239, 15 January 2015 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/shackford-blog/treasure-chest-thursday-thanks-to-google-books-we-find-james-m-shackfords-biography-and-a-picture-of-his-house-in-the-book-passaconaway-in-the-white-mountains-blog-239 : accessed 17 January 2015).
William M Shackford wrote his will November 2, 1871 mentioning the following individuals:
Almira C Moore, his deceased wife's sister
Charles C Shackford, his son
His grandchildren (not named)
Mrs Maria P Robinson, his daughter-in law, wife of deceased son William H Shackford
John E Shackford, his son
Moses P Stacey, his son-in-law, husband of Joanna Augusta Shackford
His first codicil dated May 14, 1873 mentioned his daughter Joanne Augusta Stacey who had just purchased a home at No 10 Woodland Terrace in Philadelphia.
His second codicil dated August 20, 1873 mentioned the death of his son John E Shackford, John's wife Fannie, and two daughters (unnamed). William revised his will to give Fannie $3000.
His third codicil dated November 2, 1875 mentions James M Shackford, forgiving any balance of account given to James. We believe James is his grandson, a son of John E Shackford and his first wife Mary Astern Harris.
Will William M Shackford
I William M Shackford of Portsmouth in the County of Rock
ingham and State of New Hampshire do make publish and declare
my last will and testament in manner and form following that is
to say I give and bequeath unto Miss Almira C Moore the net
income of twenty five shares in the First National Bank in Ports-
mouth or its equivalent to her own use for and during her
I give and bequeath one thousand dolalrs unto each of my
grandchildren living and of ago at the time of my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my son Charles C Shackford one
thousand dollars for each of my grandchildren living and not of
age at the time of my decease to have and to hold the same to him
in trust to apply the same as and when he shall judge right and
proper to their use and benefit as he in his good judgement shall
deem to be the best disposition of this bequest.
I give an bequest unto my daughter in law Mrs Maria P
Robinson one thousand dollars to have and to hold the same to
her and her heirs and assigns forever.
I give and beqeath to John E Shackford, Moses P Stacy
Charles C Shackford and Maria P Shackford any balance of
account standing on my books against each of them respectively
at the time of my decease.
All the rest residue and remainder of my estate I give
devise and bequeath as follwos that is to say. On third part
thereof to my son Charles C Shackford to have and to hold to
him and his heirs and assigns forever.
One third part thereof to my son John E Shackford to have and to
hold to him and his heirs and assigns forever. One third part thereof
to my daughter Joanne Augusta Stacy the wife of Moses T Stacy to
have and to hold to her and her heirs and assigns forever to her
sole use separate from any control of her husband.
Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son
Charles C Shackford to be sole Executor of this my last will
and testament and I request that no bonds be required of him
as Trustee under or Executor of this will.
In witness whereof I the said William M Shackford have
hereto set my hand and seal this second day of November
A D 1871. Wm M Shackford seal
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Wm M
Shackford as and for his last will and testament in our pres-
ence who at his request and in his presence and in the presence
of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
E P Kimball
I William M Shackford of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham
and State of New Hampshire testator in the foregoing last will
and testament executed at Portsmouth aforesaid on the second day
of November A D 1871 do hereby make the following alteration in said
will to wit. I devise and bequeath to my daughter Joanne
Augusta Stacey that portion of my estate secured by an assignment
to me of a bond and mortgage on her dwelling house and lot of
land known and designated as No 10 Woodland Terrace situated
in West Philadelphia State of Pennsylvania to secure the payment
of twenty five hundred dollars this sum therefore is to be deducted
from the net amount of the estate of which I may die possessed
before the dividsion to the residuary legates as devised and
bequeathed by my last will and testament as aforesaid and I
do hereby ratify and confirm said last will and testament
in all respects except as herein and hereby altered.
In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal
this fourteenth day of May A D 1873. Wm M Shackford seal
Signed sealed published and delivered by the said Wm M
Shackford as and for his last will and testament in our presence
who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each
other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
E P Kimball
C A Hazlett
W H Y Hackett
Having heretofore made my last will and testament dated
November 2 1871 and since then having made a codicil dated May 14
1873 and the decease of my son John Edward Shackford having
made a further alteration proper. I William M Shackford do
now make this as a further codicil and direct that it be added
to said will and be taken and be deemed to be a part thereof.
That is to say. I rescind the bequest that I made in and
by my said last will to my said son John E Shackford an din
lieu thereof I now give and bequeath unto Fannie Shackford his
widow three thousand dollars to have and to hold to her and
her heirs and assigns in trust for the use and benefit of herself
and her two daughters children of my said son John to them
and their heirs and assigns forever.
All the rest residue and remainder of my estate I give devise
and bequeath as follows that is to say one half thereof to my
son Charles C Shackford to have and to hold to him and
to his heirs and assigns forever. One half thereof to my daughter
Joanna Augusta Stacey the wife of Moses P Stacey to have and
to hold to her and to her heirs and assigns forever to her sole
use separate from and control of her husband. And I do hereby
ratify and confirm said last will and testament aforesaid
in all respects except as herein and hereby altered.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal
this the 20th day of August A D 1873
Wm M Shackford (seal)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named
William M Shackford as and for his last will and testament
in our presence who at his request and in his presence and in
the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness
thereto. W H Y Hackett
E P Kimball
C A Hazlett
I William M Shackford Testator in the foregoing last will
and testament executed on second day of November A D 1871 do
now make this my third codicil to said last will & testament
and direct that it be a part thereof. That is to say. I give
forgive and bequeath unto James M Shackford any balance of
account standing on my books against him at the time of my
decease. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal the second day of November 1875. Wm M Shackford (seal)
Signed sealed published and delivered by the above named
Wm M Shackford as and for his last will and testament in our
presence who at his request and in his presence and in the
presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
E P Kimball
C A Hazlett
Recorded truly Wm M Humewell Register
New Hampshire, New Hampshire, County Probate Records, 1660-1973, William M Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org (: accessed 19 February 2015); >Rockingham>Probate records 1874-1892 vol 152-156>Image 394 of 983 (Volume 154, page 210).
James M Shackford and his wife Hannah ran a farm, summer hotel (the Passaconaway House, also called the Shackford House) a grocery store, and other businesses in Albany, New Hampshire from about until 1907 when sold their farm and moved to Conway. They had just turned 71 and 70 respectfully and probably felt that they were past the age of running a farm and business. James and Hannah lived in Conway for five years until 1913 when they died within seven months of each other (February and September respectfully). They were buried in the Conway Village Cemetery, Plot A-1 with this gravestone which we believe cost $15 because James'probate records show that Nathaniel Churchill, the administrator de bonis was reimbursed by the estate $15 for a gravestone.
We are sharing this photograph of James and Hannah's gravestone thanks to Roxanne McHatten who posted this photograph to FindAGrave and gave us permission to share her photograph . The inscription :
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 July 2014), James M Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 54441762
New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, James M Shackford Case 7931; "New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936," digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 16 January 2015); >Carroll>Case no 7881-7964 1840-1936>Image 1024, No 7931
Treasure Chest Thursday - Thanks to Google Books, we find James M Shackford's Biography and a Picture of His House in the Book Passaconaway in the White Mountains (Blog 239)
Today we received a question from a reader:
"Looking for information on a J.M. Shackford who had a farm and took in guests on Bear Mountain Rd in what is now Bethlehem, New Hampshire in 1875. This location is on the Amonoosuc River on the Western side of Mount Washington."
We believe the Shackford in question is James M Shackford, the son of Thomas H. and Polly (Mead) Shackford born June 6, 1836 in Bartlett, New Hampshire. We're working to compile a full biography of James but in the mean time we wanted to share this wonderful description of James M Shackford (1836-1913) presented by Mr Charles Edward Beals in his 1916 book Passaconaway in the White Mountains. The Mrs Shackford mentioned below is Hannah E Mason (or Nason) who married James in 1867 after her first husband Orin H Chase had passed on.
From page 236 of Mr Beals's book:
James M. Shackford, son of Thomas H., was born in the Albany Intervale about 1836. After the civil war, tourists, attracted by the scenery and pure spring water, began to visit the intervale, and "Shackfords soon became a popular summer resort. The rapid increase in the number of summer boarders soon necessitated the enlargement of the house. In the old age and failing health of Mr. and Mrs. Shackford, they sold their farm, in 1907, to Mr Alfred Powall, of Cambridge, Mass. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Shackford survived the change long. From their new home, in Conway both passed on into the "Great Beyond" "Uncle Jim" and "Aunt Hannah" as we neighbors lovingly called them, were typical, hard-working, and thrifty Yankees. How we children did enjoy listening to Uncle Jim's stories! Our favorite ones were about an "all fired big bear," the burning over of Mount Tremont, and the description of the great Passaconaway slide in the 90's. And when Mr Shackford went surveying with a certain primitive instrument, one would think that George Washington, the young surveyor, had been re-embodied. Uncle Jim was a man of inflexible honesty, "as square as a brick," and his "word was good as his bond." He served in almost every town office and for several terms was sent to Concord by his fellow-citizens as their Representative in the state legislature. To Mr. Shackford, more than to any other one person, is the valley indebted for its development as a summer resort. Fisherman, hunters and mountain climbers liked the house he kept, and to this day the intervale is more widely known as "Shackford's" than as "Passaconaway".
Beals Charles Edward, Jr, Passaconaway in the White Mountains (Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1916), page 236; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 15 January 2015
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