Tuesday Tip – Ancestry Hints Always Need to be Checked – The Recommended Hint for Celestia S Shackford Should Not Be Attached to Her! (Blog 391)

We love the hints from Ancestry.com!  While a majority of them are correct, here’s  one that arrived via e-mail on Sunday for Celestia S Shackford

ancestry-hints-for-celestia-s-shackfordyou have 100+ new hints in SHACKFORD/PARKES Family Tree.  We’re always searching Ancestry.com for new information about your family history.  This week, we discovered historical records that could shed new light on family members in your tree.  SHACKFORD/PARKES Family Tree.  Click on “View at Hints” to see what we’ve found.

HINTS IN EXISTING COLLECTIONS

Celestia S Shackford (1837-1865) 1 new hint U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims roster, 1936-2007

Hmmmm..  This is interesting — Celestia Shackford, the daughter of William and Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford was born in June 1837 in Barnstead, New Hampshire.  We find Celestia in the 1850 census with her parents William and Mary, her siblings Harriet N, Alphonso, Mary E, James Chadbourn, and Walter S. She married Erza Emerson Worthen on June 7, 1860 and we find the two of them in the 1860 census.  We know she died five years later on Dec 4, 1865 at the age of 28 leaving no children but Ancestry is suggesting a hint to the Social Security program that didn’t start until 1935 so we know something is off regarding this hint.  We click on the hint to look further:

ancestry-hint-for-celestia-s-shackford-one-to-ignoreAnd when we compare the recommended source to the tree we keep in RootsMagic, we see that the source is not referring to Celestia, but to Elizabeth Householder, Erza Emerson Worthen’s second wife who had a child named Sarah Worthen.

So we click IGNORE because we should not match this particular source to Celestia S Shackford.

We also go into Ancestry and look up other people who are researching Celestia S Shackford.  We review the sources they’ve attached to Celestia and notify them that they may have attached sources that belong to Erza’s 2nd wife to Celestia. And then we write this blog to tell the story of Celestia’s short life.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, page 98 (penned), dwellig 743, family 761, William Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 1 January 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Concord, Page 167, dwelling 1306, family 1299, Ezra E Worthen; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 February 2016).

“Marriages.,” New Hampshire Statesman and Concord (New Hampshire) Register, 16 June 1860; digital images, Godfred Memorial (http://godfrey.org : accessed 27 August 2013), 19th Century Newspapers.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Celestia Worthen, 1865; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records..

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920, , E E Worthen m. Celeste Shackford, 7 July 1860; database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 23 October 2013).

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not just copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Thursday Treasure Chest – Frank Shackford’s Marriage Application Record Found in the Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records (Blog 386)

We discovered that Family Search had recently updated it’s Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945 from Randy Seaver’s Nov 14, 2016 Genea-Musing blog Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org – Week of 6 to 12 November 2016.  His blog makes it easy to find the Family Search Collection – you just click on his link, log into Family Search, and in our case, search for the surname Shackford.

The record of the marriage application of Frank Shackford and Florence Cutler Wilson helps us answer many questions about Frank – telling us he was the son of Alphonso and Margaret T (O’Connor) Shackford and was born Dec 8, 1887. We learn from this record that Frank was working as a carriage maker when he married Florence Cutler Wilson, the daughter of Charles and Sarah (Stowe) Wilson.  We learn the birth dates and locations of the couple about to be married and their parents, the occupations of the fathers (a carriage manufacturer and a physician).

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Marriage Application Frank Shackford and Florence Cutler Wilson

No 1304
1. Full name of Groom? Frank Shackford
2. Place of Residence? Providence
3. Age in years? 20-12.8.87 4. Color? White
5. Occupation? Carriage Maker
6. Place of birth? Providence
7. Father’s name? Alphonso Shackford
8. Mother’s Maiden name? Margaret T. O’Connor
Parent’s Birthplace? Fa. Concord NH Mo. Providence
Parent’s Occupations? Fa Carriage Mfr
9. Full name of Bride? Florence Cutler Wilson
10. Place of residence? Providence
11. Age in years? 21-12.10.87 12. Color? White
13. Place of birth? Central Falls, RI
14. Father’s name? Charles Wilson
15. Mother’s Maiden name? Sarah Stowe
Parent’s Birthplace? Fa. Providence Mo. Providence
Parent’s Occupation? Fa. Physician
16. No. of the Marriage? Of Groom? 1st Of Bride? 1st
17. Widower, Widow, or Divorced? Groom? – Bride? –
Date of record? Nov. 27, 1888
To be married by Rev. S. H. Webb at Prov.
Name of Applicant? Groom

We find Frank in the 1870 census with his parents in Providence, Rhode Island, in the 1875 Rhode Island State Census. In 1880 we’re pretty sure we find him at age 12 with his grandparents in Concord, New Hampshire – he’s listed as a son but the head of household, William is 73 yrs old and his wife Mary is 64.  She is listed as blind so perhaps he was sent to help out his grandparents for the summer (the census was recorded June 8, 1880). Frank is back in Providence for the 1885 census.  In 1887 he was living at 1002 Eddy Street in Providence and in 1890 he’s living at 1039 Eddy.

From other records, we learn that on April 25, 1890 Florence gave birth to a daughter, Marguerite Wilson Shackford and that Frank died less than a year later after his daughter’s birth on Jan 28, 1891. He was only 23 years old – we’re not sure of his cause of death or where he was buried.

John’s widow Florence C Shackford then married Charles Waldo Jones on November 29, 1898, moved to Massachusetts and died at the age of 39 of cancer of the uterus.  Their daughter Marguerite who had been living with her grandfather Charles Wilson stayed with her grandfather until she married Harold Preston Salisbury.

For a while we had Frank listed as John Francis or John Frank but as we reviewed all the source data mentioning him we only find him listed as Frank so have updated the spelling of his name to just Frank.  If we find more sources, we’ll review this decision.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1870 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, ward 5, Page No 176, dwelling 900, family 1472, Alphanso Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 20 July 2014).

1880 United States Federal Census, Merrimack County, population schedule, Concord East, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 167, Page No 16, dwelling 178, family 178, William Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 February 2016).

1885 Rhode Island State Census, Providence County, population schedule, Providence, Frank Shackford; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 February 2016).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , Florence C Wilson Shackford m Charles W Jones, ; database with images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 28 July 2015).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, , Florence Cutler Jones, 26 August 1905; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 2 March 2016).

“Rhode Island, Births, 1636-1930,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 November 2016), Frank Shackford

“Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 27 February 2016), Marguerite Wilson Shackford, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FZ1H-WLZ.

Rhode Island “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 3 April 2015), Frank Shackford d. 28 Jan 1891, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8ND-KR2.

Rhode Island, State Census, 1875, Providence, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, page 298, street no 50, dwelling 122, family 272, Alfonso Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 April 2015).

“Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945,” database and images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 15 November 2016), Frank Shackford m Florence Cutler Wilson.

Rhode Island “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 2 March 2016), Florence Cutler Jones, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8X8-D9L.

White Almira Larkin, Genealogy of the Ancestors and Descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1638-1900 in Two Volumes, Volume 2 (Haverhill, Mass: Chase Brothers, 1900), page 15, 20; digital image, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 2 March 2016.

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not just copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Workday Wednesday – Alphonso Shackford, Manufacturer of Springs, Axles and Carriages (Blog 324)

In 1892, this wonderful description of Alphonso Shackford’s business was published in the Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island.

Alphonso was the son of William and Mary Ellen (Dame) Shackford born in Concord, New Hampshire on Jan 23, 1832. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1859 where he remained the rest of his life.  We have records of two marriages  very close together – an Elizabeth R Pero on 24 April 1858 and Margaret Elizabeth O’Connell on Jan 1, 1859 and are wondering if perhaps this is the same person — we’ll review this further and add an update in the future along with more details about Alphonso.

A Shackford Manufacturer of SpringsA Shackford, Manufacturer of Springs, Axles and Carriages, No. 105 Orange Street and No. 123 Dorrance Street. This is the oldest house in its line in the city. Mr. Shackford is a New Hampshire man by birth. He came to this city in 1857, and from that time to 1861 had the contract for making carriage springs and axles in the county prison. In the latter year he established himself in the business on Point Street, and afterwards formed a copartnership with a Mr. Sweet under the firm title of the Providence Spring and Axle Works, which continued for three years, when the company dissolved and the business passed into the control of Mr. Shackford, and under his enterprising management a very large and influential trade was developed, and as it increased and required better facilities, he moved to his present quarters in 1875. The premises occupied are very spacious and commodious, compromising a three-story building 50 x 125 feet in dimensions, which is thoroughly equipped with all the latest improved machinery, tools and appliances, together with ample steam-power, and employment is afforded a full force of skilled and experienced workmen. The axles and springs produced here are noted for their superior excellence, and are in constant demand wherever introduced, while the vehicles manufactured here are unsurpassed for their lightness, durability, finish, and quality of materials and workmanship, and the prices are extremely reasonable. In addition to the manufacturer of springs, axles and carriages, he conducts a general blacksmithing business, and does all kinds of repairing in his line of trade. A full stock of boxes, iron hubs, carriage springs, axles and other requisites for the trade is kept constantly on hand, and all orders are filled promptly.

 

 

SOURCE:

Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island: Being City of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Newport, Narragansett Pier, Bristol and Westerly (A. F. Parsons Publishing Company, 1892), page 182; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 24 February 2016.