Johnson-Shackford [sic, jsp]
[Special to the Times-Dispatch]
LYNCHBURG. VA., February 4-A wedding of much interest occurred this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the Court Street Methodist Church, when Mr Joseph E. Johnson, [sic, jsp] a prominent business man of Farmville, led to the altar Miss Mary Kingsbury Shackford, daughter of Rev. Joseph W. Shackford, the presiding elder of the Lynchburg district of the Methodist church. The father of the charming young bride officiated at the wedding, being assisted by the Rev. Dr. S. S. Lambeth, of Bedford City. The maid of honor was Miss Ethel Shackford, of Richmond, and Dr. J. Henry Rawlings, of this city, was the best man. The bridesmaids were Miss Sarah Beckley of Morristown, N. J., Miss Sallie Johnson, of Bedford City; Miss Bessie Clark, of Bedford City, and Miss Joe McIlwaine, of Petersburgh. The groomsmen were Messrs. J. Tanner Kinnier, John D. Kinkle and W. S. Bell, of this city, and Mr. John M. Burton, of Charlottesville. After an extended southern tour Mr. and Mrs. Johnson will make their home in Farmville.
Mary Kingsbury Shackford (1880-1962) was the third child of Joseph Wesley Shackford and Cora Kingsbury. Mary's mother had died when she was nine and her father died 18 months after her marriage. Her father kept a wonderful diary during his younger years which was published by Mary Kingsbury's son, Joseph S. Johnston which we'd recommend for any descendants or others interested in this Shackford family history. Also we've previously shared a blog about Mary's sister Isabel.
Joseph Edwards Johnston was (1878-1952) the son of John William Johnston and Lucy Malvona Thomas who were from Bedford, Virginia.
In 1910, we find Joseph and Mary in 1910 in Farmville, Virginia living with her father's brother's wife, Callie Evelyn McLelland Shackford. (Callie's daughter Ethel had been Mary's maid of honor). Joseph is working as a tobacconist. When Joseph registered with the WWI draft in 1918, the family was in living at Park Ave, Richmond Virginia. By 1920 they were living in New York City with two children and he was working as a tobacconist. We lose track of them after 1920 but believe that Joseph died in 1952 followed by Mary in 1962. We believe that they were buried in two different cemeteries which indicates a possible separation.
Joseph Shackford Johnston (1910-2004) - minister in the United Methodist Church, first President of Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk-Virginia Beach. married Edna Cralle Sanders
Mary Kingsbury Johnston (1913-2007) - married Charles Vernon Cockrill
We'd love to hear from anyone who has more information about this couple, their ancestors, or the Johnston descendants.
1910 United States Federal Census, Prince Edward, Virginia, population schedule, Farmville, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District 101, Supervisor's District No 4, Sheet No 10A, dwelling 174, family 194, Callie E Shackford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 September 2013
1920 United States Federal Census, New York County, New York, population schedule, New York, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 944, Sheet No 2B, 405 W 118th St, family 37, Joseph E Johnston; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 January 2014
"Bedford Social News," Times Dispatch, 26 January 1908; digital images, Library of Virginia (http://virginiachronicle.com/ : accessed 28 January 2014).
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 January 2014), Joseph Edwards Johnston, Find A Grave Memorial# 42135653
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 January 2014), Mary Shackford Johnston, Find A Grave Memorial# 84851445
Johnston Joseph S., editor, The Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford King and Queen County Virginia 1868-1893 (N.p.: Library of Congress, 1991), 395 pages
"Virginia Weddings," Johnson-Shackford [sic, jsp], The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), 5 February 1908; digital image, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 27 July 2013).
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