Rebecca died 21 December 1874.(2526)
His parentage is unproven at this point and is only conjecture by Shackford. In 1850 Richard was living in Alton, N.H., a 46-year old farmer born in Maine. His wife Rebecca was 50 and born in N.H. With them were two children Otis, 19 and Betsey, 14(2527). Ten years later they were still in Alton. Richard, now a 56-year old farmer still born in Maine, had a farm worth $400 and a personal estate worth $100. His wife Rebekah was 61 and now also born in Maine. With them was Abigail Wallingford, 27, born N.H. (with no relationship stated of course), and Charles O. Winchester, 8, born N.H. In the house next door was his son Seth O. Wallingford and family.(2528) In 1870 Richard and Rebecca show ages of 79 and 75, respectively, which don't correlate to either of the other two censuses at all. Both still born N.H., and Richard was a farm labourer. Their son Otis and family were still next door.(2529) The daughter Abigail listed below may not belong in this family, and is placed here on very flimsy evidence gathered from census records.
Richard Wallingford and Rebecca Richards had the following children:
+ 585 i. Mary J.8 Wallingford was born about 1829.
+ 586 ii. Seth Otis Wallingford was born about 1831.
587 iii. Abigail Wallingford was born in New Hampshire about 1833. (Based on the 1850 census of Somersworth, NH) Abigail may not belong in this family. Her placement here is mere guesswork at this time. A 17-year-old Abigail Wallingford was listed in the household of Harry P. Daniels and his wife Mehitable in the 1850 census of Somersworth, NH. She was born in New Hampshire, according to the census, and there were also seven other individuals with surnames other than Daniels listing there, all aged 17 to 25 years.(2530) In 1860 a 27-year-old Abigail Wallingford, also born in N.H., was living with Richard and Rebecca Wallingford of Alton, N.H.(2531) There is nothing to tie these two together at present other than the coincidence of them being the same age. Abigail was not listed with Richard and Rebecca's other children in the 1850 census of Alton, so perhaps she was away in Somersworth working for a living at the time. Also in the 1860 census of Alton is an 8-year-old boy named Charles O. Winchester, born in N.H., who quite possibly could be an illegitimate child of Abigail, although again, there is no evidence to make this more than guesswork at present.
588 iv. Betsey Wallingford was born in New Hampshire about 1836. (Based on the 1850 census of Alton, N.H.) She may be the Betsey M. Wallingford of Alton who married John L. Pettingill, before 29 June 1857, in Alton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.(2532) (The date of the newspaper announcement) John was from Deerfield, N.H. at the time of the marriage.
If she is the one who married John L. Pettingill then her middle initial is M.