On Saturday the fourth instant, the widow Eleanor
Shackford, in her ninety first year.
Her first husband was captain John Sherburne, her se-
cond Mr Samuel Marshall, and her third William Shack-
ford, esquire, who has been dead thirty two years. She is
supposed to have been the oldest female in Portsmouth,
except one, at the time of her death. All of her descend-
ents amount to forty-two, ten of whom had deceased. Her
great grand children amount to twentyone.
She had lived till life was a burden and was desirous to
depart and be with Christ within the veil.
We also find a copy of Eleanor's gravestone recorded in The New Hampshire Genealogical Record. An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine Devoted to Genealogy, History and Biography. Vol. II. July 1904-April 1905 under a section of the magazine titled PORTSMOUTH GENEALOGICAL RECORDS, GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS IN POINT OF GRAVES CEMETERY.
we here deposited the remains
of that respected character
Mrs. Eleanor Shackford
who lived to the age of 90 years,
She died on the 4th of Feb. 1804
having discharged the relative duties
of this transitory life as Wife, Mother
and Friend with honour to herself
and Reverence to her God
She lived much respected &
died greatly lamented.
"DIED," Portsmouth Oracle (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), 25 February 1804; digital images, America's Historical Newspapers at Godfrey Memorial (http://infoweb.newsbank.com : accessed 29 April 2014).
The New Hampshire Genealogical Record. An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine Devoted to Genealogy, History and Biography. Vol. II. July 1904-April 1905
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