Samuel was only 19 when he married his 20 year old bride who was the daughter of Deacon James Drew Hale and Mary H. (Leighton) Hale. His father had died in October 1832 when he was 15 and stated in his will that Samuel would inherit 1/2 of the estate if he stayed on the farm and carried on the farm until he turned 21 and the other 1/2 of the estate if his mother remarried. It appears that he stayed on the farm and cared for his family. We also know that his mother married John Sherburn of Durham in May 1836 and probably moved to his home in Durham. From his father's probate records, we learn that the homestead farm consisted of about 70 acres and his father also owned a lot of land called the Woodbury land which consisted of 100 acres. The total value of the estate was about $2500, a large sum at that time.
Samuel B. and Mary S. Hale Shackford had three children:
Onslow James Shackford (1839 - 1858)
Charles Burnham Shackford (1840- 1881) - married Caroline Cartland and
Martha Susan Hale Shackford (1844 - 1909) - married Richard Buswell Thom
We find Martha's gravestone in the Russell Cemetery in Conway, New Hampshire with a death date of May 21, 1845 but have not yet found a death certificate or notice in a newspaper of her death. Samuel who had three young children married Lydia J Pendexter, the daughter of John Pendexter and Susan Eastman on July 18, 1848 and they had two children.
Lucy Marie Shackford (1850-1929) - married Frank Wescott Davis
Mary Alice Shackford (1861 - 1874) - died young
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