Have you ever filled out a form and listed today’s year instead of the year of your birth date? We suspect this is what happened when someone created this card for the state of Maine documenting that Roy Frank Shackford, born in 1918 registered for the WWI draft in 1918.
Name, Shackford, Roy Frank; Age 38; Residence 10 Turner Ct, Bath, Maine; Serial No 26; Order No A1181; Date of Birth 1-17-18; Nationality, Native Born; Race, White; Occupation, Candy Maker; M or S, M; Local Board Sagadahoc Co; Relative, Alice Frances Shackford; Relationship Wife; Address 10 Turney Ct, Bath, Maine
Roy’s birth year is still filled with a bit of uncertainty as his Vermont birth record shows a birth date of January 17, 1881 but his US World War I draft card shows a birth date of January 17, 1880. We’re recording the year of 1881 in our genealogy software because the birth record was most likely recorded closer to the time of his birth.
Shackford, Roy Frank p1303, Date of Birth 1881 January 11, Maiden Name of Mother Jennie Sparks, Mother’s Birthplace Dover, Mother’s Residence Brattleboro, Full Name of Father Albert Shackford, Father’s Birthplace Worcester Mass, Father’s Occupation Mechanic, Townshend, Henry Salisbury Town Clerk.
but his US draft card shows a birth date of Jan 17, 1880.
SERIAL NUMBER 26 ORDER NUMBER a1181
1 Roy Frank Shackford
2 Permanent Home Address 10 Turner Court Bath Sagadahoc Maine
3 Age in Years 38 4 Date of Birth January 17 1880
RACE 5 White
U.S. CITIZEN 10 Native Born
PRESENT OCCUPATION 16 Candy Maker EMPLOYER’S NAME 17 John F Clary
18 PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT OR BUSINESS 170 Rout Bath Sagadahoc Maine
Name 19 Alice Francis Shackford Wife
Address 10 10 Turner Court Bath Sagadahoc Maine
signed Roy H Shackford
DESCRIPTION OF REGISTRANT
HEIGHT 22 Medium
BUILD 25 Medium
COLOR OF EYES 23 Light Brown
COLOR OF HAIR 28 Slightly Bald
signature of registrar Edward William Champion
Date of Registration September 12, 1918
We’ve written about Roy’s marriage to Alice Francis Savage but hadn’t mentioned their children.
Jeannette Frances Shackford (1915-1992) – married John Alden Green
“Maine, World War I Draft Registration Index, 1917-1919,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 29 January 2018), Roy Frank Shackford.
Parkes Joanne Shackford, “Wedding Wednesday – Roy F Shackford and Alice Savage (Blog 32),” Parkes, Joanne Shackford, SHACKFORD Family History – Blog 32, 13 May 2013 (http://shackfordgenealogy.weebly.com/shackford-blog/wedding-wednesday-roy-f-shackford-and-alice-savage : accessed 29 January 2018).
Vermont, Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XFCQ-8X7, Roy Frank Shackford, 17 January 1881; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 5 June 2013).
“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 29 January 2018), Roy Frank Shackford.