Thriller Thursday – William Shackford Dying for Six Cent Poker Pot (Blog 433)

William Shackford, the son of Alphonso and Margaret Elizabeth (O’Connor) Shackford was born August 21, 1874 in Providence, Rhode Island.   We find him in the Rhode Island 1875 and the 1880 censuses with his family and then in this descriptive news article.

William Shackford Shot Boston Daily Globe 15 Jun 1895 Part 1

THe Globe

EXTRA!

3 O’CLOCK

Young Man Dying Who

Won the “Pot”

Little Chance Wm. Shackford

of East Providence.

Story of an Old Feud and

Murderous Assault.

PROVIDENCE. June 15 – Wm. Shack-
ford, a young man residing in the lower
end of East Providence, near the Bar-
rington line, won a poker pot of six
cents, and now he is dying from wounds
inflicted by cronies.
The case was reported to the East
Providence police yesterday, but at first
the affair looked anything but serious.
Daniel and Henry Thompson are under
arrest, and today they were arraigned
before Judge Bliss of East Providence
and held in heavy bonds to await the
result of Shackford’s injuries.
The case was first reported as a high-
way robbery, in which it was made to
appear that two strangers had waylaid
Shackford and knocked him out for his
money.
Investigators by police and newspa-
per reporters shows clearly another
kind of a story.
Shackford with others had been in an
old barn near the place where the as-
sault took place, playing poker or som
other such game. Money was up, and
Shackford was unfortunate enough to
take the “pot” and hence the trouble.
The Globe correspondence was this morn-
ing informed that the entire amount
was six cents.
This barn in which the games were
played has been a favorite place for
some of the young men in the neighbor-
hood to spend their evenings in gam-
bling and the other diversions which
generally go with sporting of that kind.
There was an old feud which was
said to have existed between Shackford
and some of the men whom he was
playing with. Two of these, it was
claimed, were Daniel and Henry Thomp-
son, young men well known in Drown-
ville, their native place, and in River-
side. The cause of the old trouble is
said to have been a bicycle which one
of the Thompson boys owned about a
year ago. The owner alleged that
Shackford in some way damaged one of
the wheel, and he desired renumera-
tion for the damage. This has never
been paid, and so the Thompsons asked
Shackford to turn over what money he
had gained at poker, and upon meeting
with a refusal became angered and
sought to obtain it by intimidation.
They did not scare him, however.
A row was then started, it is alleged,
in which the Thompson boys pitched
into Shackford and knocked him out
with several weapons.
Shackford escaped to the highway,
and, it is claimed, was then pitched
upon again by the brothers.
Shackford was taken to his home,
and his folks, not realizing that his
condition was so serious, neglected to
call a doctor. When Dr Hibbard was
finally called, however, he found Shack-
ford’s skull was hadly fractured, and
also that the face, neck and body of the
victim were a mass of cuts and bruises
all more or less serious. Some of the
cuts resembled vary much those which
would be made with a sharp knife.
A revolver was one of the weapons of
assault, and over the right eye of the
victim is a bad wound, made by strik-
ing with the butt of the weapon It is
in this place that the skull is seriously
fractured. His mouth and lips are also
very badly cut, so that he can speak
only with the greatest difficulty.
Almost the entire time since the as-
sault he has been in a semi-unconscious
condition, and toward evening yester-
day. he became delirious. Shortly after
7 o’clock last night it was thought that
he was dying, and Dr Hibbad of Riv-
erside was summoned.
The injured man passed the night un-
comfortably as could be expected. This
morning there was a change for the
worse, and Shackford may die at any
moment.
The Thompson boys make no state-
ments and no admissions. Daniel was
home on furlough from the west, where
he is a private in the regular army.
Others were present when the fight
took place, and more arrivals are to fol-
low.

William survived the plot and participated in a trial about a year later.  He moved home by 1900 where he was working as a hotel clerk and living in East Providence.  On February 18, 1909 he married Maud L (Sumner) (MacConnell) Estey.  Sady the marriage did not last – we only know that it ended before 1920 as William was listed as divorced in the 1920 census when he was living with his sister Celeste (Shackford) Barsantee. Before the census William registered for the draft in 1918 where he was shown as working as a waiter for the Hotel Grand in Providence.

In 1925 and 1930 we find William again with his sister working as a clerk in a lunch room.  He died December 18 1932 in East Providence and was buried in Princes Hill Burial Ground in Barrington, Rhode Island.

CHILDREN:  None known

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SOURCES:

1880 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 48, Page No 11, 1203 Eddy St, dwelling 72, family 114, Alphonzo Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 25 February 2016).

1900 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, East Providence Town, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 130, Sheet No 28, dwelling 353, family 594, Alphonzo Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 24 February 2016).

1920 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, enumeration district (ED) 113, Sheet 9A, dwelling 203, family 298, Edwin R Barsantee; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 4 May 2017).

1925 Rhode Island State Census, Providence County, population schedule, East Providence, Page 43, 850 Willett Avenue, dwelling 346, family 372, Edwin R Barsantie; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 February 2016).

1930 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, East Providence, enumeration district (ED) 4-219, Sheet No 14B, dwelling 332, family 348, Edwin Barsante; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 4 May 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 2 August 2014), William Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 116959473.

“ONLY SIX CENTS. Young Man Dying Who Won the “Pot” Little Chance for Wm Shackford of East Providence. Story of an Old Feud and Murderous Assault Daniel and Henry Thompson in Heavy Bonds Former a Private in U S Army Home on a Furlough,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 15 June 1895; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 2 May 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, , William Shackford m Maude Cornell, 27 February 2016; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 February 2016).

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 Births and Christenings, 1600-1914,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 17 November 2016), William Shackford.

Rhode Island “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 9 May 2013), William Shackford.

“SAD ENDING TO GAME OF POKER W.M. Shackford Tells Story in Providence Court of Famous Contest of June, 95, and Subsequent Assault,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 12 May 1896; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 2 May 2017).

“U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 May 2017), William Shackford; citing : United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

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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).

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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).

marriage-john-frank-shackford-and-florence-cutler-wilson
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.

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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.