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John Shattuck

Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex , Massachusetts
Death: Died in Charlestown, Middlesex , Massachusetts
Cause of death: Drowned in passing Charlestown ferry
Immediate Family:

Son of William Shattuck of Watertown; Susannah Norcross and Susannah Shattuck
Husband of Ruth Shattuck and Ruth Lawrence
Father of Ruth Farnsworth; John Shattuck, Jr.; William Shattuck, Jr.; Samuel Shattuck; Mary Shattuck and 3 others
Brother of Susanna Bingham; Unknown Shattuck; Mary Browne (Shattuck); Dr. Phillip Shattuck; Johanna Shattuck and 6 others

Occupation: Carpenter, miller
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About John Shattuck

John "owned land in Groton, but it is not known that he ever lived there. He was a caprnter by trade, and lived in the middle district of Watertown, the the center village of Watertown. In 1669 he ran the mill on Charles river, located near where the road from Watertown to Newton Centre now crosses the river. He gave his life for his country in King Philip's war. He was a sergeant in Captain Richard Beers' company of Watertown. They marched to the relief of Hadley, in western massachusetts, but were diverted by a report that the Indians had attacked Northfield. On their way thither they were attacked by a large force of Indians and narrowly escaped annihilation. OUt of thirty-six only sixteen esacpted with their lives. Captain Beers was among the slain. Shattuck was chosed to make the lonesome and perilous journey to Boston to inform the governor of the state of affairs and of the result of the skirmish. In ten days he arrived safely at Charlestown, but, while crossing the ferry, the boat, overloaded with horses and other freight, was upset by the waves and foundered. He was the only many drowned by the accident."

He m. June 20, 1664, in his eighteenth year, Ruth Whitney, b. in Watertown, April 15, 1645, dau. of John Whitney.

On the 6th March, 1677, eighteen months after the death of Mr. Shattuck, she m. 2, Enock (or Enosh as often written) Lawrence, b. March 5, 1649, s. of John Lawrence; and, in 1678, they removed to Groton, with several of his relatives, at the resettlement of that town, taking with him the four young children by her first husband; and they probably occupied the land granted to Mr. Shattuck, in 1664. From this family the Shattucks in Groton and Pepperell originated. Mr. Lawrence d. in Groton, Sept. 28, 1744, as. 95 y. 6 m. 23 d. The date of her death has not been ascertained.


  1. John, b. June 4, 1666; m. Mary Blood
  2. Ruth, b. June 24, 1668; m. probably, Jonathan Farnsworth.
  3. William,b. Sept . 11, 1670; m. Hannah Underwood
  4. Samuel, b. ;m. Elizabeth Blood


  1. Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck: The Progenitor of the Families in America that Have Borne His Name; Including an Introductio, and an Appendix Containing Collateral Information (Google eBook) Lemuel Shattuck. Dutton and Wentworth, 1855 - 414 pages. Page 68-71


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John Shattuck's Timeline

February 11, 1646
Watertown, Middlesex , Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Age 1
Watertown,Middlesex Co.,Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Age 1
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
February 11, 1647
Age 1
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Age 1
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Age 1
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Age 1
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 4, 1666
Age 20
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 11, 1670
Age 24
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony