Wedding Wednesday – Does the 1887 Wedding Announcement of Joseph E Shackford and Donna L Evans Help Us Identify Her Relatives? (Blog 438)

Joseph Edward Shackford, the son of William Brown and Catherine T Mullett Shackford married Donna Lovilla Evans, the daughter of Thomas Evans on October 20, 1887.  We’ve gotten a DNA match on two of Donna’s relatives and are hoping to learn more about her so we can learn more about her ancestry.  (Yes, we realize we haven’t blogged about the DNA results or match yet because we’re focusing first on verifying relationships in Donna’s family.)

First the wedding announcement

Wedding Announcement Joseph E Shackford Brilliant Social Event, Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887 Part 1
Oak Park Reporter,       Oct 21, 1887

Brilliant Social Event.

A large and elegant company as-
sembled by invitation Thursday even-
ing at the Central Park Congregational
Church, to witness the wedding of
Joseph E. Shockford [sic, jsp] of Syracuse, N.
Y., and Miss Donna L. Evans of this
suburb, Rev. J. E. Adams officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Thomas
Evans, and has long been prominent
in social circles here. Arthur Evans
was best man, and Miss Bessie Hous-
ton, bridesmaid. The ushers were Ed
Ward Bennett, Edward Hasbrook and
Wedding Announcement Joseph E Shackford Brilliant Social Event, Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887 Part 2Will Hervey of Hinsdale, while Miss
Alice Clafin, of Lombard, Ill., render-
ed Mendelssohn’s wedding march.
After the ceremony the relatives and
near friends of the happy couple re-
paired to the residence of the bride’s
brother, L. F. Town, 988 Lawndale
avenue, where a reception was held
and refreshments served by Eckhart
the caterer. The presents were num-
erous and costly. After all the warm
words of congratulations had been said
the happy couple departed by the night
train for their future home in Syracuse,
N. Y., followed by a host of good
wishes and showers of rice and old
shoes. Among those present and in-
vited to reception were the following;
Misses Stella Patrick, Clara Towne,
Bessie Towne, Mr. Thomas Evans, Mr.
and Mrs. L. F. Towne, Mr. Arthur
Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Will K. Patrick,
Miss Helen B. Thomas, Miss Mame
G. Holly, Mr. A. R. Thomas, Mr. and
Mrs. E. B. Butler, Rev. and J. A. Mack,
Mrs. Issac Clafin, Mr. Will Clafin,
Miss Alice Clafin, Miss Margaret
Towne, Mrs. Robert Baird, Miss Gertie
Baird, Miss Frank Patrick, Miss Jessie
Patrick, Miss Donna Hills, Mr. and
Mrs Will Clafin, Mr. J. H. Nair, Mr
G. M. Morehouse, Mr. L. L. Lowry,
Mr. George C. Patterson, Mr. and Mrs.
S. A. Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Painter, Mr. Fred Painter, Miss Har-
riet Painter, Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
Powerll, Mrs. Carrie Spencer, Mr. and
Mrs. Bert Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John
White, Mrs. John Houston, Miss
Mary Houston, Miss Jessie Houston,
Mr. Will Hewey, Mr. Ed Bennett, Mr
Ed. Hasbrook, rev. and Mrs. J. A.
Adams, Mr. Chas. E. Doyle.

Interestingly, none of Joseph’s family who were living in Syracuse, New York attended his wedding (he had divorced his first wife Dec 1886, had two children ages 15 and 11 and his 75 year old mother was living with the family).

Most of the the attendees were from Donna’s family has helped us learn more about her.  In this blog we’re taking a look at those who attended the wedding to see if we can learn more about her ancestry and family relationships:

Thomas Evans (1824-1911) – Donna’s father (find the family in census records & Thomas visits Donna in Syracuse after her marriage.)

Arthur T Evans (1854-1912) – best man was Donna’s brother. (find him in census records.)  He married Mary G Holley in June 1889.

Bessie Houston – bridesmaid, do not think related

Ed Ward Bennett – usher, do not find a relationship

Edward Hasbrook, usher, do not find a relationship

Will Hervey, usher, do not find a relationship

L. F. Towne (1846-????) – listed as Donna’s brother in announcement but was brother-in-law, husband of her sister Stella Jane Evans, lived at 988 Lawndale
avenue

Miss Stella Patrick (1882-1969) – niece, daughter of sister Margaret Elizabeth (Evans) Patrick & her husband Wilbur Knowles Patrick

Miss Clara Towne (1880-1933) – niece, daughter of sister Stella Jane (Evans) Towne

Miss Bessie Towne (1883-????) – niece, daughter of sister Stella Jane (Evans) Towne

Mr & Mrs Will K Patrick – Donna’s sister Margaret Elizabeth (Evans) Patrick (1859-1935) married Wilbur Knowles Patrick (1858-1918)

Miss Helen B Thomas – do not find a relationship

Miss Mame G Holley – future wife of her brother Arthur Thomas Evans – they married June 4, 1889

Mr A. R. Thomas – do not find a relationship

Mr. and Mrs E. B. Butler – do not find a relationship

Rev and J. A. Mack – unsure of relationships

Mrs Issac Clafin – Lucian Towne’s sister Mary Watts Towne.

Mr. Will Clafin – child of Mary Watts Towne

Miss Alice Clafin – child of Mary Watts Towne

Miss Margaret Town – child of Mary Watts Towne

Mrs Robert Baird – husband of Lucian Towne’s sister Agnes Wells Towne

Miss Gertie Baird – child of Lucian Towne’s sister Agnes Wells Towne

Miss Frank Patrick – ??? unsure due to spelling but possibly Wilbur Knowles Patrick’s brother or sister

Miss Jessie Patrick – probably Wilbur Knowles Patrick’s sister

Miss Donna Hills – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs Will Clafin –  Lucian Towne’s sister Mary Watts Towne.

Mr J. H. Nair – unsure of relationship

Mr G. M. Morehouse – unsure of relationship

Mr L L Lowry – unsure of relationship

Mr George C Patterson – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs S A Tucker – unsure of relationship

Mr Fred Painter – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs G W Powell – unsure of relationship

Mrs Carrie Spencer – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs Bert Jones – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs John White – unsure of relationship

Mrs John Houston – unsure of relationship

Miss Mary Houston – unsure of relationship

Miss Jessie Houston – unsure of relationship

Rev and Mrs J A Adams – minister officiating the wedding

Mr Chas E Doyle – unsure of relationship

Future research may help us identify more relatives or perhaps coworkers of Joseph Edward Shackford who attended the wedding – we’ll make updates if more relationships become apparent and perhaps they will help us learn more about Donna’s ancestry.

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:

“Brilliant Social Event,” Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 29 January 2014)

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

 

 

 

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Tombstone Tuesday – Donna Lovilla (Evans) Shackford (1865-1928) (Blog 408)

Donna Lovilla Evans, the daughter of Thomas and Jane N (Kilburn) Evans was born in  Owego, New York on June 4, 1865.  She’s listed in the New York 1865 census and then crossed out, probably because the census was taken on June 13th and the census taker realized that it was supposed to reflect those in the area on June 1, 1865. Others in the census were her father Thomas, her mother Jane and siblings Arthur T, Stella, May E (Margaret).

The family moved from New York to the DuPage, Illinois area around 1870 but we don’t find them in any census.  We’re pretty certain that Donna’s mother died in DuPage in 1874 when Donna was just nine years old and find her and her siblings living with their widowed father in the 1880 census.

We’re not sure where Donna met her husband, Joseph Edward Shackford who was 12 year her senior with two children at home; however he was a traveling salesman who frequented the Chicago area.  Their wedding on Oct 20, 1887 was described as a Brilliant Social Event held at the Central Park Congregational Church in Oak Park. Her brother Arthur T Evans was the best man and the reception was held at her sister Stella Towne’s home.  Her other sister Mrs Will (Margaret) Patrick is listed as an attendee along with many friends and relatives.  After the wedding the couple headed to Syracuse, NY.

Donna did return home to visit her sister the next summer and is found in the 1892 census with her husband Joseph, his first two children William and Joseph and a new son Arthur Evans.   Two years later she had a visit from her father and brother Arthur who were returning from a trip to Owego.

Donna and her husband seem to have enjoyed socializing by dancing, eating, and playing cards with friends and family.  Their 12th and 15th anniversary parties were mentioned in the Syracuse Journal with the names of the many attendees using formal names for the children i.e. Master Arthur Shackford and two new additions: Master Thomas L Shackford and Miss Donna M Shackford.

Sadly Donna died five years after her 15th anniversary at the age of 43 after having been ill three years from a bile duct obstruction.  She was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, New York.  Thanks to Bill Parker who gave permission to share this photo, we can see her gravestone:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonna Lovilla
Wife of
JOSEPH SHACKFORD
DIED JULY 13, 1908

CHILDREN:

Arthur Evans Shackford (1889-1965) – married Josephine Clara Essig, salesman, inspector factory, lived in Syracuse, NY

Thomas Leon Shackford (1892-1959) – married Ruth Hopkins, Eugenie R Edwards, lived in Evanston, Illinois, St Augustine, Florida

Donna May Shackford (1896-1965) – lived in Buffalo, New York, Married Victor A Nole and Oscar James Barber, may have married William J Brown???

Research Questions:Is Donna (or her parents) in the 1870 census?

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:

1865 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, dwelling 133, family 174, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 February 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, DuPage County, Illinois, population schedule, Township of York, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 250, Page No 16 (D), dwelling 138, family 138, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 December 2013).

1892 New York State Census, Onondaga County, population index, Syracuse, Ward 11, Page 4, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 November 2013).

“Brilliant Social Event,” Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 29 January 2014).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 June 2014), Jane N Evans, Find A Grave Memorial# 23629923

“FOR ANNIVERSARIES.,” The Syracuse Journal, 25 October 1902; Fulton History (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 24 January 2014).

“HAD BEEN ILL THREE YEARS Mrs. Donna Evans Shackford Died This Morning,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 13 July 1908; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 10 December 2013).

“Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Shackford entertained,” Syracuse Evening Herald, 22 October 1899; Newspaper Archive (http://www.accesss.newspaperarchive.com : accessed unsure).

Oak Park Reporter, 13 July 1888; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 June 2013).

Personal,” Tioga County Record (Owego, New York), 3 May 1894; digital image, Fulton History (http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 7 February 2017).

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

Updated Dec 10, 2017 to add Donna May’s death date and correct information regarding her spouses.