We wish to thank Belanger & Rafferty who collected information regarding cemetery records in Maine and for the folks who saved that information in the Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999. These records list the gravesite of four year old Franklin S Shackford and the only information we have about him comes from this database and FindAGrave so without these records we’d know nothing about Franklin.
From the Maine, J. Gary Nichols Collection record we find that Franklin was the son of William A. and Elizabeth Shackford, as buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine and was 4 years, 6 months and 4 days old when he died. We’ve written about his parents William Albert and Elizabeth Frances (Leighton) Shackford and know that they moved to Utica, New York around 1913 when they were in their 80s probably to be with their son George Albert Shackford. It must have been heartbreaking when their young son Franklin died and difficult to leave the area near his gravesite.
Surname SHACKFORD First Franklin Middle S.
Died Day, Month, Year 3 May 1869 Age Year 4 Mo 6 Day 4
Name of Cemetery Riverside Street or Route Riverside Town Lewiston County Andr
son of William A., no dates
Elizabeth S., no dates
Belanger & Rafferty Sep 1995
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Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 15 November 2016), Franklin S Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 126567774.
“Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999,” database with images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 14 November 2016), Franklin Shackford.
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