Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1909 Invitation to Wedding of Helen Elizabeth Ingalls and Leroy Frank Shaw of Milo, Maine

1909 invitation to the wedding of Helen Elizabeth Ingalls and Leroy Frank Shaw at Milo, Maine.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Ingalls announce the marriage of their daughter Helen Elizabeth to Mr. Leroy Frank Shaw on Wednesday, September the first, nineteen hundred and nine.
Milo, Maine

From brief online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome]

Helen Elizabeth Ingalls was born July 13, 1891 at Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, daughter of Robert Moore Ingalls and Mary E. Ayer, who were born at Fairfield, Maine, and Dover, Maine, respectively.

I believe Leroy Francis Shaw was born December 3, 1885 in Maine, the son of Charles E. and Carolyn E. (Avery) Shaw, who were born at Winterport, Maine, and Bucksport, Maine, respectively.  Leroy, according to his marriage record, was working as a bank manager.   Leroy and Helen had at least one child, a son Leroy Frank Shaw, Jr., who went on to graduate from the engineering department of the University of Maine.

I'm not sure whether Leroy Frank Shaw and Helen Elizabeth (Ingalls) Shaw were divorced or just happened to be living apart at the time the 1920 Census of Milo, Maine, was enumerated, when Helen and her son were living with her parents, and she was listed as married. She was listed as divorced on the 1930 Census of Milo.

I found Leroy Frank Shaw living at Boston, Massachusetts, at the time he filled out his World War I draft registration card.  He gave his mother as his nearest relative, so the couple might have been divorced, or at least separated, by September 12, 1918, the date the form was completed.   It appears that he later fell upon hard times.

If you have corrections or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Later on, he was at Hartford, Connecticut

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  1. Hi. We connected on Ancestry on this item. Love your website. If you were to sell this item, what would you charge for it? My cousin, Dick Shaw, is a grandson of Helen. Nancy Kenoyer Neely nancykneely ataoldotcom

  2. Thanks for your kind comment! I'm contacting you privately.

  3. Hi, Pam. We chatted back in March about the original wedding invitation for Helen Elizabeth Ingalls. You were going to look for the original. I was interested in passing it along to her grandson, Richard Shaw. I'll be seeing him at the end of the month. Sincerely, Nancy Kenoyer Neely nancykneely at aol dot com