Wedding Wednesday -Marguerite Wilson Shackford Married Lt Harold Preston Salisury Dec 15, 1917 (Blog 326)

Marguerite Wilson Shackford, the daughter of Frank Shackford and Florence Cutler Wilson was born in Providence Rhode Island on April 25, 1890.  She became an orphan at the young age of 15 – her father died in 1891 and her mother of uterine cancer in 1905.  But by 1900 we find Marguerite living with her grandparents Charles and Sally Tobey (Stowe) Wilson in Providence, Rhode Island while her mother who had remarried Charles Waldo Jones was living in Leominister, Massachusetts.

Marguerite’s Dec 15, 1917 marriage to Harold Preston Salisbury which was recorded in the Boston Vital Records was also announced in Harold’s Fraternity Magazine letting us know he was serving as a Lt.

Marriage Announcement Margaret Wilson Shackford and Harold P Salisbury

Lieutenant Harold P. Salisbury, Beta Nu 1913, and Miss Marguerite Wilson-Shackford at Boston, Mass., on December 15, 1917 (The Sigma Chi Quarterly, November 1918)

The Prabook website lets us know that Harold had obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 1912 and a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard in 1915 and that he served as First Lieutenant 302d Infantry in World War I.

Harold worked as a lawyer in Providence, Rhode Island and died in Rhode Island in 1957.  Marguerite who had applied for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and passed on the Shackford name to one of her children died in 1976.  They are buried next to one another in the Greenwood Cemetery in Coventry, Rhode Island.


Preston Shackford Salisbury (1919-1998)

Everett Wilson Salisbury (1920-2002)

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1900 United States Federal Census, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 32, Sheet No 9, 141 Atilvelle Ave, dwelling 65, family 132, Charles Wilson; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 March 2016).

Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920, , Harold P Salisbury m Marguerite W Shackford;, 15 December 1917; images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 March 2016).

Prabook, Prabook ( : accessed 2 March 2016), Harold Preston Salisbury.

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

Stokes Byron D., Grand Editor, The Sigma Chi Quarterly: A Journal of College and Fraternity Life and Literature Devoted to the Interests of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Volume XXXVIII 1918-1919 (Chicago, Illinois: November 1918), page 82; digital images, Google Books ( : accessed 2 March 2016

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