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 – 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 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.

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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 ( : 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, ( : accessed 25 February 2016).

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

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

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

“Rhode Island, Births, 1636-1930,” database, Ancestry ( : accessed 17 November 2016), Frank Shackford

“Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 February 2016), Marguerite Wilson Shackford,

Rhode Island “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 April 2015), Frank Shackford d. 28 Jan 1891,

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

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

Rhode Island “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 March 2016), Florence Cutler Jones,

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 ( : accessed 2 March 2016.

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