No formal invitations have been sent out
for the marriage of Miss Marcia Parepa
Shackford, daughter of Captain and Mrs.
William Shackford, to Mr. Silas H. Furman
which will be celebrated on the same day in
the Church of the Ascension. Fifth avenue
and Tenth street. The Rev. Percy S. Grant,
the rector will officiate. Miss Shackford will
be given away by Mr. Thomas H. Wallace.
There will be no bridesmaids, ushers or maid
of honor. Mr. S. S. Furman will be his
brother's best man.
MARCIA PAREPA SHACKFORD
Marcia Parepa Shackford, the daughter of William Shackford (1830-1900), a ship captain, and Sarah Lincoln Shackford (1834-1897) was born October 18, 1872 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was most likely a surprise baby as she was eighteen years younger than her sister Caroline Noyes Shackford. In 1880 Marcia was living in Philadelphia with her father, mother and 25 year old sister Carrie who was a music teacher. She traveled frequently from Colon to New York, during her teen and young adult years most likely returning from trips where she visited her father who was the Port Captain in Panama.
On October 19, 1896, Marcia married Silas H Furman, a life insurance salesman in New York. They lived in Manhattan in 1900 but moved to Cranford, New Jersey in 1904 where Marcia became actively involved in many church and community activities. The February 1, 1906 Cranford Citizen reported that the regular meeting of the Parish Circle of Trinity Church was held at Mrs. Furman's home on Union Avenue followed by an announcement that the illustrated talk on Food Adulteration would be held at her home on March 12, 1906. In October of that year, both Marcia and her sister Caroline performed at the Village Improvement Association and the following year, Marcia performed as Ophelia while her sister accompanied her on the piano.
On September 5, 1908, Marcia lost her husband who was now a real estate investor and a general agent of the Union Central Life Insurance Company. Silas was visiting a friend in New Hampshire where he suffered from a burst appendix, and died after an operation was attempted. She was suddenly a single parent with three young children, ages 11, 7, and 6. She supported the family by renting out rooms in the house and becoming a boarding housekeeper. The family bible records her death on March 19, 1933 at three in the morning at the Muhlenburg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was 60 years old.
Wallace Holmes Furman (1897-1987) - married Ruth Barlow Cooke and Katherine Isabelle Bowen
Marcia Huntington Furman (1901-1982) - married Olin Still Putnum and Joseph Neff Van Deveneter
Gerald Shackford Furman (1902-1985) - married Victoria Scott Houck
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