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Dr. Frederick Slocum (1873 – 1944)

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Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Fred Slocum ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Fred Slocum ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Frederick Slocum, Jr. was born 6 February 1873 in Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts to Captain Frederick Slocum, a master mariner, and Lydia Ann Jones, the second wife of Frederick Slocum.1

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Frederick’s father married first to Sarah A. Smith in Providence County, Rhode Island in 1844.2 Frederick Slocum and Sarah A. Smith were parents to two known children, Frederick E. Slocum, who died at the age of five in 1852, and Henry S. Slocum, who died in 1863 at the age of 17.3 Frederick and Henrey are buried in Riverside Cemetery on Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts.4

Sarah A. Smith Slocum died at the age of 41 on 28 June 1859 in Honolulu in what were called the Sandwich Islands at the time; now called Hawaii.5 A monument, most likely a cenotaph, exists for Sarah in Riverside Cemetery on Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts.6

“Died, Sarah Slocum,” obituary, The Friend (Honolulu, Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]), 15 July 1859, p. 56, col. 3.
“Died, Sarah Slocum,” obituary, The Friend (Honolulu, Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]), 15 July 1859, p. 56, col. 3.

Frederick’s parents, Capt. Frederick Slocum and Lydia Ann Jones, married on 29 October 1860 in Claremont, Sullivan County, State of New Hampshire.7 Frederick and Lydia had four known children, Abram, Almira “Myra,” Edward, and Frederick.8

Capt. Frederick Slocum died on 29 January 1885 in New Bedford at the age of 63.9 He is buried in Riverside Cemetery on Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts.10

The family was living at 247 Fourth Street in New Bedford at the time of Capt. Slocum’s death, where Frederick’s brother, Abram, mother, Lydia, and sister, Myra, resided until about 1904, when Lydia and Myra moved to New Hampshire.11 

Frederick attended Fifth Street Grammar School, then New Bedford High School, graduating in 1890.12

Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent's Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Following high school, Frederick graduated from Brown University in 1895 and received his master’s in 1896. He earned his doctorate in 1898.13

On 29 June 1899, Frederick and Carrie Etta Tripp were married in New Bedford, Massachusetts and the couple soon moved to Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island where Frederick was a college instructor.14

Frederick’s brother, Abram, a master mariner, was lost at sea in 1914.15 A cenotaph for Abram is in Riverside Cemetery in Fairhaven.16 Frederick’s mother, Lydia Ann Jones Slocum, died on 23 March 1920 in Claremont, Sullivan County, State of New Hampshire and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Fairhaven.17 Frederick’s sister, Almira L. “Myra” Slocum, died in New Bedford in 1933 and also is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Fairhaven.18 Fredericks brother, Edward, died in 1949 and is buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.19

Frederick served in World War I as an instructor in navigation.20 The couple lived in Rhode Island and Connecticut throughout their entire adult lives, with Frederick teaching as a college astronomy professor.21

Carrie Etta Tripp Slocum died on 23 May 1944 in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.22

"Wesleyan Professor's Wife Dies," obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 24 May 1942, p. 7, col. 1.
“Wesleyan Professor’s Wife Dies,” obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 24 May 1942, p. 7, col. 1.

Dr. Frederick Slocum died on 4 December 1944 in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut at the age of 71.23 Frederick and Carrie are buried in Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut.24

"Dr. Slocum Dies, Noted Astronomer," obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 5 Dec 1944, p. 6, col. 1.
“Dr. Slocum Dies, Noted Astronomer,” obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 5 Dec 1944, p. 6, col. 1.

Endnotes

1. Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1873, p. 95, no. 10, Frederick Slocum Jr., 6 Feb 1873. Place of birth: Fairhaven. Parents: Fred Slocum, born in S. Dartmouth, and Lydia A. Jones, born in Claremont, New Hampshire. Father’s occupation: Mariner.

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2. Frederick’s father’s first marriage to Sarah A. Smith:
James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, First Series. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, A Family Register for the People, vol. 2, Providence County, Marriages, p. 73, no. 4-119, Sarah A., and Frederick Slocumb, 27 Aug 1844.

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3. Frederick’s half-siblings: Frederick and Henry:
Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1852, p. 64, no. 48, Frederic E. Slocum, 25 Aug 1852. Single. Age: 5 years, 7 months, 12 days. Place of death: Fairhaven. Cause of death: Scarlet fever. Birthplace: Dartmouth. Parents: Frederic and Sarah Slocum.
Note: Large portion of age days column had 12 was carried with ” Birth without days calculates to Jan 1847.

Also, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1863, p. 78, Henry S. Slocum, 9 Jan 1863. Single. Age: 17 years, 8 months, 4 days. Cause of death: Diphtheria Croup. Residence: Fairhaven. Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island. Parents: Frederick and Sarah A. (m.n.) Smith.
Note: Age calculates to birth date of 5 May 1845.

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4. Find A Grave, memorial 156675205, Frederick E. Slocum (1847-1852), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

Also, Find A Grave, memorial 156619857, Henry S. Slocum (-1863), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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5. “Died, Sarah Slocum,” obituary, The Friend (Honolulu, Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]), 15 July 1859, p. 56, col. 3.

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6. Most likely a cenotaph. Headstone reads: Sarah A. / wife of / Frederick Slocum / died at / Honolulu S.I. / June 28, 1859 / Aged 41 yrs.
Find A Grave, memorial 152325028, Sarah Ann Smith Slocum (-1859), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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7. Frederick’s parent’s marriage:
Claremont, Sullivan County, State of New Hampshire, Office of Registrar of Vital Records, Marriage, Frederick Slocum– Lydia Ann Jones, 29 Oct 1860.
Groom: Frederick Slocum, age 39, 1st marriage. Residence: Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Occupation: Mariner. Birthplace: Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Father: Charles Slocum.
Bride: Lydia Ann Jones, age 27, 1st marriage. Residence and birthplace: Claremont, New Hampshire. Father: Aram Jones.

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8. Frederick’s siblings: Abram, Almira “Myra,” and Frederick:
1870 U.S. census, Gosnold, Dukes County, Massachusetts, population schedule, page 1, dwelling 5, family 5, Fred Slocum household.
– Fred Slocum, age 47, mariner
– Lydia A., age 36, born in New Hampshire
– Abraham F., age 8, born in Western Islands
– Almira L., age 8, born in Western Islands

Also, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1871, p. 100, no. 39, Edward M. Slocum, 27 Feb 1871. Parents: Frederick Slocum, born in Dartmouth, and Lydia Jones, born in Claremont, New Hampshire. Father’s occupation: Mariner.

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9. Frederick’s father’s death:
“Died, Capt. Frederick Slocum, 63,” death notice, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 30 Jan 1885, p. 3, col. 4.

Also, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1885, p. 130, no. 59, Frederick Slocum, 29 Jan 1885. Age: 63 years, 4 months. Residence: 247 Fourth. Occupation: Master Mariner. Birthplace: Dartmouth. Parents: Charles and Jane.

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10. Headstone reads: Frederick Slocum / 1821-1885.
Find A Grave, memorial 152325039, Frederick Slocum (1821–1885), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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11. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1885, p. 130, no. 59, Frederick Slocum, 29 Jan 1885. Residence: 247 Fourth.

Also, W. A Greenough, complier, 1887 The New Bedford City Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1887), p. 326, Slocum family listings.
– Slocum, Abram J., mariner, b. 247 Fourth
– Slocum, Lydia A., widow of Frederick, house 247 Fourth
– Slocum, Myra L., Miss, dressmaker, b. 247 Fourth

Also, back of photo of Edward, Slocum, ca. 1890, reads 247 Fourth St.
Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Ed M. Slocum, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Also, W. A Greenough, complier, 1903 The New Bedford and Fairhaven Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1903), p. 468, Slocum family listings.
– Slocum, Abram J., master mariner, b. 247 Fourth
– Slocum, Edward M., draughtsman, 41 William, h. 18 Sherman
– Slocum, Lydia A., wid. Frederick, h. 247 Fourth
– Slocum, Myra L., manicure and chiropodist, 247 Fourth, b. do.

Also, W. A Greenough, complier, Claremont Directory 1905-6, (Methuen, Massachusetts : Union Publishing Company), p. 80, Slocum family listings.
– Slocum, Lydia A., wid. Frederick, h. 188 Broad
– Slocum, Myra L., manicure and chiropodist, 188 Broad, bds do

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12. Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891, p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890.

Also, “Admission to the High School,” newspaper articleThe Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 July 1886, p. 5, col. 3.

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13. “To Begin Work on Wesleyan Building Soon,” newspaper article, The Journal (Meriden, Connecticut), 17 Mar 1914, p. 5, col. 4.

Also, “Dr. Slocum Dies, Noted Astronomer,” obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 5 Dec 1944, p. 6, col. 1.

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14. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriages 1899, p. 122, no. 305, Frederick Slocum – Carrie Etta Tripp, 29 June 1899.
Place of marriage: New Bedford.
Groom: Age 26, born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts; residence Providence, Rhode Island; first marriage; occupation instructor math. Groom’s parents: Frederick and Lydia A. Slocum.
Bride: Age 28, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts; residence, New Bedford, Massachusetts; first marriage; occupation telegraph editor. Bride’s parents: Ambrose W. and Elizabeth Seabury.

Also, 1900 U.S. census, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 14, ward 2, sheet 11B, dwelling 191, family 253, Frederick Slocum household.
– Frederick Slocum, age 27, married 1 year, born Feb 1873 in Massachusetts, instructor college
– Carrie, wife, age 29, married 1 year, born Nov 1870 in Massachusetts, 0 children born

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15. Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, probate records, Wills no 470-497, 1915, Abram J. Slocum, deceased, deposition of Lillie A. Slocum, 27 Feb 1915.
– Abram J. Slocum, lost at sea on or about 2 Mar 1914.
– Lillie A. Slocum, widow of Abram J. Slocum
– Last will and testament, 11 Jan 1906, New Bedford
– Witnesses: Pardon G. Thomson, Therese W. Thomson, and Annie L. Peckham, all of New Bedford.

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16. Cenotaph reads: In Memory of / Abram J. Slocum / 1861 – 1914.
Find A Grave, memorial 152325438, Abram J. Slocum (1861–1914), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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17. Claremont, Sullivan County, State of New Hampshire, Lydie Ann Slocum, 23 Mar 1920. Birth: 10 July 1833, Claremont, New Hampshire. Resident: 16 years. Widow of Frederick Slocum. Parents: Abram Jones, born in Claremont, New Hampshire, and Susan Long born in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Father’s occupation: Carpenter. Burial: 27 Mar 1920, Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Also, headstone reads: Lydia A. / Wife of / Fred K Slocum / 1833-1920.
Find A Grave, memorial 152325051, Lydia Ann Jones Slocum (1833–1920), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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18. Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Death Index, 1931-1935, New Bedford, Bristol County, Myra L. Slocum, 1933, vol. 63, p. 125.

Also, headstone reads: Myra L. Slocum / 1861 – 1933.
Find A Grave, memorial 152325459, Myra L. Slocum (1861–1933), Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo. 

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19. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, Death Index, 1946-1950, New Bedford, Bristol County, Edward M. Slocum, 1949, vo. 70, p. 101.

Also, headstone reads: 1839 Christopher B. Tripp 1922 / 1846 Julia M. His Wife 1933 / 1877 Edward G. Tripp 1959 / 1870 Maud M. His Wife 1938 / 1871 Edward M. Slocum 1949 / 1871 Eleanor V. His Wife 1966 / 1903 Frances E. Slocum 1913 / 1899 Lois T. Slocum 1951.
Find A Grave, memorial 194324944 , Edward Manchester Slocum (1871–1949), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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20. United States World War I Draft Registration Card, Frederick Slocum, serial no. 2455, Local Draft Board no. 21, New London, Connecticut. Also, “Dr. Slocum Dies, Noted Astronomer,” obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 5 Dec 1944, p. 6, col. 1.

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21. 1920 U.S. census, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 189, ward 2, sheet 27B, dwelling 453, family 635, Frederick Slocum household.
– Frederick Slocum, age 46, born in Massachusetts, college professor
– Carrie, wife, age 49, born in Massachusetts

Also, 1940 U.S. census, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 4-28, sheet 11A, family 228, Frederick Slocum household.
– Frederick Slocum, age 67, born in Massachusetts, college astronomy professor
– Carrie T., wife, age 69, born in Massachusetts

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22. Wesleyan Professor’s Wife Dies,” Carrie Tripp Slocum obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 24 May 1942, p. 7, col. 1.

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23. “Dr. Slocum Dies, Noted Astronomer,” obituary, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 5 Dec 1944, p. 6, col. 1.
Also, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Vital Records — Index of Deaths, 1897-2001, Middletown, Frederick Slocum, 4 Dec 1944.

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24. Headstone reads: Slocum / Frederick Slocum / 1873 – 1944 / His Wife / Carrie Tripp / 1870 – 1942.
Find A Grave, memorial 230220174, Frederick Slocum (1873–1944), Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut with headstone photo.
Also, Find A Grave, memorial 230220175, Carrie Tripp Slocum (1870–1942), Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut with headstone photo.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Dr. Frederick Slocum (1873 – 1944),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/dr-frederick-slocum/ : posted 2021).


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