Wedding Wednesday – Gladys Stella Shackford of Kennebunkport marries Harry G Smith on March 27, 1920 (Blog 389)

Gladys Stella Shackford, the daughter of Stephen Frank and Ada (Smith) Shackford) was born Jan 26, 1901 in Kennebunk, Maine.  We find her with many of her siblings in the 1905 Kennebunk Town Register and in the 1920 census which was enumerated on January 28, 1920.

On March 27, 1920 Gladys married Harry G Smith – the marriage was announced in the Biddeford Journal.  We believe that the Mrs Campbell mentioned in the wedding announcement was Nellie Lena (Shackford) Campbell.

Biddeford Journal 29 Mar 1920

Harry G. Smith of Limerick and
Gladys S. Shackford of Kennebunk-
port were united in marriage at the
First Baptist parsonage, late Satur-
day afternoon. The double ring ser-
vice was used and the couple were at-
tended by Mrs. Campbell, sister of
the bride.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith will reside in

We haven’t found birth records but believe Harry and Gladys had a daughter, Doris Smith and a son.  We’re not certain what happened to Harry but believe that before 1930 Gladys had a son with the last name Libby.

Gladys then married George Elliot Flower, the son of Charles and Mary E Flower on 21 Jun 1930 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  We find them in the 1940 census with son Libby who is listed with the last name Flower and two daughters – the middle daughter Gertrude, age 6 is living in Dover with cousins Alfred and Thelma Mairs.

From the 1953 Newburyport phone directory, we learn that George died on April 26, 1952 followed shortly by Gladys who died on April 18, 1953.  We’re not sure where they were buried.


Doris Smith (1921-1999) – married Mr Starkweather, moved to Utica, New York.  may have had other husbands.

Son Smith – living

Son Libby – living

Geneva Whitcomb Flowers (1931-2003) – went by Jean, married William Dorfler and William Robitelle, worked as computer operator for Kidder-Peabody at the New York Stock Exchange and was member of the American Legion Auxillary in Newmarket.

Gertrude Estella Flower (1933-1987) – married Robert Edward Irving and Roger Silva

Daughter Flower – living

Back in 2000 we had help with this genealogy line from some of Glady’s descendents. They were very busy at the time but shared some birth dates, relationship information, and corrected some errors from earlier drafts.  We wish to thank them for their help!

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 as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!


1920 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Kennebunkport, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 120, Sheet no 4B, dwelling 89, family 89, Stephen Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 25 November 2016).

1940 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Sharon, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 11-256, Sheet No 12B, 454 Main St,, George E Flower; digital images, ( : accessed 28 November 2016).

Mitchell Holt and Lawton, compilers, The Town Register Kennebunk and Wells 1905 (Brunswick, Maine: The H. E> Mitchell Co, 1905), page 56; digital, Google Books ( : accessed 28 November 2016.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,, George E. Flower and Gladys E. Smith, 21 June 1930; index and images, Family Search ( : accessed 16 March 2016).

Polk’s Newburyport and Amesbury (Essex County, Mass.) City Directory Vol 1953 (Boston, Mass: R. L. Pol & Co, 1953), page 62, Geo E and Gladys E Flower; digital image, ( : accessed 26 November 2016).

Seacoast Online ( : accessed 25 November 2016), Jean G. Robitille

“SMITH-SHACKFORD,” Biddeford Journal (Biddeford, Maine), 29 March 1920; digital image, Access Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 14 July 2015).

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