Treasure Chest Thursday – The 1894 Visit of Messrs Thomas Evans and Son A. T. Evans To Owego, New York and to see daughter Donna L Shackford!! (Blog 4, Ancestor 18)

We found Thomas Evans, his wife Jane, and children in the Owego, New York 1855 and 1860 and 1865 census records so we decided to take a look in New York newspapers to see we could learn more about Thomas.

We were hoping to find articles about their life in the 1860s but found this great newspaper article about a 1894 visit to Owego which helps us verify that Thomas Evans of Chicago who had lived in Owego, New York was the father of A. T. Evans and that his daughter was living in Syracuse.  This article tells us something new – Thomas was a crockery dealer on Front Street (a street we can find on Google maps).

Thomas Evans visits friends in Tioga Personal, Tioga County Record (Owego, New York), 3 May 1894
Tioga County Record, 3 May 1894

-Messrs. Thomas Evans and A. T.
Evans of Chicago were in town Sunday
and Monday to call on old time friends.
The former was for a long time a crock
ery dealer on Front steet, and the lat-
ter, his son, passed his boyhood here,
going to Chicago over a score of years
ago. They left Tuesday on the Lehigh
at 8:15 a. m. on their way to visit the
former’s daughter at Syracuse.

We decided to look further in New York papers and found the wedding announcement of Arthur T. Shackford to Mary Genevieve Holley (or Holly) which confirms that the family moved to Chicago around 1870.  The nieces Clara and Bessie Towne were also mentioned Arthur’s sister’s wedding announcement.

Marriage Arthur Thomas Evans Married in Chicago, The Owego Record (Tioga, New York), 24 June 1889
The Owego Record, 24 Jun 1889

The following wedding announcement
from the Chicago Times of Wednesday
June 5, 1889, will interest many of the
RECORD’S readers, as the groom was an
old Owego boy, son of Thomas Evans,
who conducted a crockery store on Front
street for many years previous to 1870:
“Miss Marry Genevieve Hooley was mar-
ried last evening to Arthur T. Evans.
The ceremony was held at the residence
of the bride’s sister, Mrs. E. B. Butler,
3408 Michigan boulevard. The Rev.
Dr. F. W. Gunsaulaus of Plymouth
church officiated. They were attended
by Clara and Bessie Towne, two little
nieces of the groom. Each carried a
basket of marguerites The bride was
attired in a white surah costume, antique
in style. She wore a white tulle veil
caught up with a crescent of diamonds,
a present from the groom. The couple
left at 9 o’clock last night for a three
week’s eastern trip.

We then looked for the Chicago newspaper article regarding Arthur’s wedding and discovered it was actually published in the Chicago Tribune.  After discovering that the Evans family mentioned in the Chicago Tribune, we wondered if we could find Thomas Evans in the newspaper and found his death notice which mentions Thomas’ daughter Margaret Patrick.

Obituary Thomas Evans Chicago Daily Tribune March 21 1911
The Chicago Daily Tribune, 21 Mar 1911

EVANS – Thomas Evans, born Dec. 9, 1834, March
19, 1911, at the home of his daughter, Mrs W. K.
Patrick at Swift, Ill. Funeral Thursday, March
23, 2 p. m. at Swift, Ill. Interment Lombard,
Ill.

This helps us verify that the gravestone at Lombard Cemetery is that of the same Thomas Evans and gives us strong suspicions that the Jane buried there was his wife.

We still have some research questions:

Can we find any documentation to verify the father of Thomas Evans (1824-1911) (we suspect his name is also Thomas as Thomas is listed as a jr in many sources)?

Who were the parents of his wife Jane Kilburn (the Kilburn is found in multiple records related to Thomas’s children)

Are there any records that help us learn more about Thomas’ crockery store?

Were there relatives who stayed in the Owego area who might helps us learn more about Thomas and Jane Evans?

CHILDREN:

Arthur Thomas Evans (1854-1912) – jeweler, manager wholesale company, married Mary Genevra Holley (or Holly)

Margaret Elizabeth Evans (1859-1935) – married Wilbur Knowles Patrick

Stella Jane Evans (1860-????) – married Lucian F Towne – we don’t find records for her after he was hospitalized at National Home for the Disabled in 1910.

Donna Lovilla Evans (1865-1908) – married Joseph Edward Shackford.

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SOURCES:

1855 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, page 56, Dwelling 457, Thos Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Tioga County, New York, population schedule, Oswego, page 190, dwelling 1671, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).

1865 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, Page 23, dwelling 174, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 January 2014), Thomas Evans, Find A Grave Memorial# 23630425

“DEATHS,” The Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 21 March 1911, page 11; digital images, Chicago Tribune Archives (http://archives.chicagotribune.com : accessed 9 June 2017).

“Married in Chicago,” The Owego Record (Owego, New York), 24 June 1889; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

“Messrs. Thomas Evans and A. T. Evans of Chicago,” Tioga County Record (Owego, New York), 3 May 1894; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

“Miss Mary Genevieve Holley was married,” The Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 5 June 1889; digital images, Chicago Tribune Archives (http://archives.chicagotribune.com : accessed 8 June 2017).

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Tombstone Tuesday – Donna Lovilla (Evans) Shackford (1865-1928) (Blog 3)(Ancestor 9)

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-????) Married William J Brown

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

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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).

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Friday Faces From the Past – Joseph Edward Shackford (1849-1920) (Blog 2) (Ancestor 8)

Joseph Edward Shackford, the son of William Brown Shackford and Catherine T (Mullett) Shackford was born Oct 22, 1849 and baptized at the Holy Cross Church in Boston on December 6, 1849.  We find him in the 1850 census with his parents and sister May Kate Shackford, age 4; in the 1855 Massachusetts census, in the 1860 census, and in the 1865 Massachusetts census.

Joseph would have just turned 16 when his father who had served in the Civil War died in November 1866 and started work sometime thereafter working as a clerk at 22 Broad St.

He married Elizabeth A (Lizzie) Myers, the daughter of Henry J V Myers, a policeman on Feb 10, 1873, and switched from clerking to working as a bookkeeper.  The family moved to Watertown, Massachusetts where we find Joseph, Lizzie and two children William Henry  and Joseph Edward in the 1880 census and also where Joseph and his wife won prizes at the Grand Army Fair in Dec 1881.  Sometime thereafter the family moved to Syracuse where our first record pertains to their December 1866 divorce which was described in the Syracuse Herald.  The newspaper stated that the suit alleged adultery by Mrs Shackford and gave custody of the two sons William H and Joseph E to their father.  The newspaper also described Joseph’s job as a commercial traveller.

Ten months later on October 20, 1887, Joseph married Miss Donna Lovilla Evans of Chicago, the daughter of Thomas Evans in a “Brilliant Social Event” and describes the happy couple departing for their future home in Syracuse, NY. They first moved to 2 East Castle Street, then to 103 East Castle.  In 1892 we find Joseph, Donna, William and Joseph along with a new son Arthur Evans Shackford in Syracuse. The couple celebrated their 12th anniversary in October 1899 with card games and dancing and appeared in multiple other newspaper articles describing entertaining.

They appeared in the 1900 census with two new children Thomas L and Donna M Shackford and are mentioned in the 1902 newspaper celebrating their 15th anniversary celebrating by playing whist.  They were also mentioned in the newspaper in 1903 due to electrical light fires occurring in the home.

In 1908, Donna who had been ill for three years died at the age of 43 due to an obstructed bile duct.  From the 1910 census we see that Joseph who was working for the National Lead Company hired a servant to help out at home as he was still traveling.  In 1914 he received an award in New York in the white lead selling competition.  In 1917 he was recognized in the Syracuse Herald for his 30 years of work representing the National Lead Company.  He died on November 28, 1920 and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse.  His obituary describes his very active involvement in the masons & other clubs in Syracuse.

j-e-shackford-leading-mason-dies-in-hospital-syracuse-journal-29-november-1920-fultonhistoryJ. E. Shackford, Leading Mason, Dies in Hospital

JOSEPH E. SHACKFORD

Member of Many Orders and of Citizen’s Club Passes Away

Joseph E. Shackford, 71, well
known in Syracuse Masonic circles
and for the past 32 years a resident
of the city, died Sunday night at St.
Joseph’s Hospital. Mr Shackford
was for 29 years with the National
Lead Company, retiring from active
business four years ago.
He was a member of Central City
Lodge, No 305, F. and A. M., Central
City Chapter, No. 13, R. A. M., Cen-
tral City Council, No. 70. Central
City Commandery, No. 23, Knights
Templar and of the Central City
Scottish Rite bodies. He was also a
member of Ziyara Temple, Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine, Keder Khan
Grotto, and the Citizens’ Club of
Syracuse.
Mr. Shackford is survived by four
sons: Joseph E., Jr., of Baldwins-
ville; Thomas L. of St. Augustine,
Fla.; Arthur E. of Syracuse, and
William H. of Troy, and by a
daughter Mrs. William J. Brown of
New York City.
Masonic funeral services will be
held at the undertaking rooms of W.
A. Fancher, 112 Seymour st., at a
date and hour to be fixed later.

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CHILDREN:

with Elizabeth A Myers

William Henry Shackford (1873-1958) – married Anna Mooney, worked for Aetna Mills, , lived in Troy, New York

Joseph Edward Shackford (1876-1948) – married Etta May Chadwick, salesman for Puget Sound Works, , lived in Seattle, Washington

with Donna L Evans

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-????) Married William J Brown

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Ward 10, Dwelling 662, Family 1057, Wm Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed ).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Suffolk County, population schedule, Ward 10, page 30, Dwelling 180, Family 209, William B Shackford; digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 May 2013).

1860 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, 12th Ward, Boston, Page No. 185, Dwelling 1145, Family 1494, Wm B Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 July 2013).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Boston, Suffolk, Ward 12, City of Boston County of Suffolk, Dwelling 3324, Family 5397, William Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 14 May 2013).

1880 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Watertown, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 420, Supervisor’s District do, Sheet A, Page 21 (penned), Page 11 (stamped), Dwelling 188, Family 220, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 July 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).

1900 United States Federal Census, , Syracuse City, Ward 19, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 161, Supervisor’s District 12, Sheet No 6, B, House No 210, Dwelling 121 (corrected), Family 128, Joseph Shackford head; digital images, (: accessed 14 August 2013).

1910 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 189, Sheet No 9A, 210 Beard Avenue, Visited No 175, Family No 190, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 November 2013).

Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 14 December 1881; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 16 July 2013).

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

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).

“J. E. Shackford, Leading Mason, Dies in Hospital,” Syracuse Journal, 29 November 1920; FultonHistory (www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 23 January 2014); Syrause NY Daily Journal 1920-6321.

“J. E. Shackford Veteran Salesman Who Knows Paint,” The Syracuse Herald, 1917; FultonHistory (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 23 January 2014).

LIGHT WIRES’ PRANKS Fires and Explosions in the Nineteenth. In a Score of Houses,” The Syracuse Herald, 2 August 1903; FultonHistory (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed ).

“Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900,” digital images, American Ancestors (https://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 25 January 2017), Joseph E Shackford; Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.6, 1844-1850, Vol 6, Page 529, December Baptisms 1849.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN THE CITY OF BOSTON, FOR THE YEAR 1873, No 46, February 10, Joseph E Shackford, Elizabeth A Myers, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 July 2013); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

The Painters Magazine and Paint & Wallpaper Dealer January 1914 (n.d.), page 162; digital images, Google eBooks (books.google.com : accessed 23 January 2014.

“Mr Shackford’s Suit,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 19 December 1886; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 10 December 2013).

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Why a Second Blog? (Blog 1)

Blogging about the Shackford side of my ancestry started as a research effort to solve some major research barriers pertaining to my direct family line of Shackford.  Writing about the Shackford family history helped me learn more about genealogy research, documentation, and sourcing. These are  probably topics that only interest genealogy researchers but are very important as they ensure that the research being shared is correct.

Last year I believe I broke through a barrier on my Shackford family line and connected my Shackford line to the immigrant ancestor, William who immigrated to America about 1660.  This year I attended my first genealogy conference at the San Diego Genealogy Society. The classes were taught by Thomas MacEntee who I’ve been following for a while.  His Genealogy Do-Over guidance on Facebook and in this class has intrigued me and will be some of the guidance that I’ll follow as I research and share both sides of my family line, the Greene’s and the Shackford’s. I’ll continue to research and write about Shackford’s but with more of a focus on my own family line.

In January 2017 I received my DNA test results which gave me further incentive to look closer at both sides of my family history.

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When I use Ancestry to look other trees related to my DNA results, they show a lot of connections with my Greene family.  While the family tree has already been investigated, it’s time to spend time researching the important family stories regarding this side of my family.  Maybe further research will give a hint of where that Scandinavia & Iberian Peninsula influence comes from —

So on this Blog we’ll start sharing our research one ancestor at a time numbering them and sharing the research we discover on this adventure.

Oh – and some blogs will be on both WEB sites — as we’ll share the Shackford lines on the ShackfordFamilyHistory web site.