William Shattuck (1621 - 1672) MP

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Nicknames: "Progenitor"
Birthplace: perhaps , Somerset, England
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Weaver
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About William Shattuck

William Shattuck

  • Birth: 1621 - Somerset, , England
  • Parents: unknown
  • Marriage: 1643 - Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Susanna Hayden
  • Death: Aug 14 1672 - Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts


  1. Phillip Shattuck
  2. Johanna Shattuck
  3. William Shattuck
  4. Abigail Shattuck
  5. Female Twin Shattuck
  6. Mary Shattuck
  7. Rebecca Shattuck
  8. John Shattuck
  9. Hannah Shattuck
  10. Samuel Shattuck
  11. Susanna Shattuck

Tombstone reads:

To perpetuate the memory of WILLIAM SHATTUCK who died in Watertown Aug. 14, 1672, aged 50. The progenitor of the race that have borne his name in America. And of his son JOHN SHATTUCK who was drowned in Charlestown Ferry Sept. 14, 1675, aged 28. This simple memorial was erected in 1853 by LEMUEL SHATTUCK who holds in grateful veneration the puritan fathers of New England.


William & Susanna The primary information sources for the SHATTUCK family are Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, by Dr. Henry Bond (1860), and Memorial of the Descendants of William Shattuck, by Lemuel Shattuck (1855). Additional details have been added from a variety of other sources.

William SHATTUCK - b. about 1622; d. Aug. 14, 1672, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Buried at Arlington Street Cemetery, with gravesite having a memorial tablet [inscription] erected in 1853 by Lemuel SHATTUCK, a descendant. William, a weaver by trade, was at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA by 1639, but his origins and arrival in America are based on speculation. Attempts to identify his mother as the widow Damaris SHATTUCK and his younger brother as Samuel SHATTUCK of Salem, MA are not supported by available evidence. William held several public offices in Watertown between 1652 and 1665. His will was dated Aug. 3, 1672 and proved Aug. 29, 1672, with his estate appraised on Aug. 23, 1672 at over £434, including over £103 in cash, £180 for his house and land, and £20 for a farm at Stoney Brook. Married about 1642.

Susanna - d. Dec. 11, 1686, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Susanna was married second on Nov. 18, 1673 at Watertown, MA to Richard NORCROSS (b. 1621; d. about 1709), as his second wife. Richard was schoolmaster at Watertown.

Children of William and Susanna Shattuck Susanna - b. 1643, Watertown, MA. Married first Apr. 12, 1661 Joseph MORSE (b. Apr. 30, 1637; d. 1677), son of Joseph MORSE and Hester PIERCE; and second Jul. 5, 1678, Watertown, MA John FAY. Children: Susanna; Hester married Nathaniel JOSSELYN; Joseph married Grace WARREN; Samuel married Grace; Mary married John BARNARD, Jr.; Hannah married John NEWTON; and Jonathan married first Mary HOW, and second Mary CHURCH. Mary - b. Aug. 25, 1645, Watertown, MA; d. Oct. 23, 1732, Watertown, MA. Married Jonathan BROWNE. John - b. Feb. 11, 1647, Watertown, MA; drowned Sep. 14, 1675, crossing Charlestown ferry. Sergeant in King Philip's War. Estate inventoried Oct. 5, 1675 at $42.2.0. Married Jun. 20, 1664 Ruth WHITNEY (b. Apr. 15, 1645, Watertown, MA), daughter of John WHITNEY and Ruth REYNOLDS. Ruth married second Enosh LAWRENCE. With her second husband and her children, Ruth moved to Groton, MA in 1678. Children: John married Mary BLOOD; Ruth married Jonathan FARNSWORTH; William married Hannah UNDERWOOD; and Samuel married Elizabeth BLOOD (ancestors of genealogist John FARMER). Philip - b. about 1648, Watertown, MA; d. Jun. 26, 1722, Watertown, MA. Held positions of selectman, treasurer, and assossor at Watertown, MA. Married first Nov. 9, 1670 Deborah BARSTOW (d. Nov. 24, 1679), daughter of William and Anna; and second Feb. 11, 1679/80 Rebecca CHAMBERLAIN (b. 1665; d. 1728), daughter of Richard CHAMBERLAIN and Sarah BUGBY. Children of first marriage: Deborah died in infancy; Philip died young; Susanna; and Anne married William SANDERSON. Children of second marriage: Joseph died in infancy; Rebecca married John UNDERWOOD (ancestors of Clara BARTON); Rev. Benjamin married Martha SHERMAN; Dr. Joseph married Mary LADD; Nathaniel married Hepzibah HASTINGS; Amos; Sarah married Samuel PARKHURST; Theophilus; and Philip. Joanna - b. Watertown, MA; d. Apr. 4, 1673, Watertown, MA. Did not marry. William - b. 1653, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Oct. 19, 1732, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. A weaver, the will of his father left him a "loom and its appurtenances." Married Susanna RANDALL (d. May 8, 1723), daughter of Stephen RANDALL and Susanna BARRON. Children: Elizabeth married first Robert GODDARD, second Ephraim ANGIER, and third John HOLLAND; William married Hepzibah HAMMOND; Benjamin married first Deliverance HAYS, and second Rachel CLARK; Samuel; Mary married William GREENLEAF; Abigail married Joseph HOLDEN (son of Justinian HOLDEN and Mary RUTTER); Joseph died in infancy; Jonathan married Elizabeth STEARNS; Susanna married Samuel HOLDEN (son of Justinian HOLDEN and Mary RUTTER); Robert married Mary PRATT; and Moses died young. Rebecca - b. about 1656, Watertown, MA. Married Feb. 7, 1671/2 Samuel CHURCH (b. Jun. 10, 1640), son of Garret and Sarah CHURCH. Children: Rebecca. Abigail - b. about 1658, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. 1694, Groton, MA. Married first on Oct. 17, 1678 at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA to Jonathan MORSE (b. Oct. 7, 1643; d. Jul. 31, 1686, Groton, MA), son of John MORSE and Abigail STEARNS. Abigail was married second on Sep. 22, 1690 to Joshua PARKER (b. Mar. 13, 1658; d. May 5, 1691, Groton, MA). Children: Abigail married James MORSE; Hannah married John WELLINGTON; Ruth married Jonathan ROBINSON; and Jonathan. Benjamin - Died at age 20. Mentioned in father's will. Samuel - b. Feb. 28, 1665/6, Watertown, MA. Married Abigail. Children: Abigail perhaps married cousin William SHATTUCK (son of William and Hannah (UNDERWOOD) SHATTUCK); Samuel; and Martha. ---------------------------------

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William Shattuck of Watertown's Timeline

August 14, 1621
Somerset, England
May 3, 1628
Age 6
Watertown, , MA
May 3, 1628
Age 6
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
June, 1643
Age 21
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 21
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
August 25, 1645
Age 24
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
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Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
February 11, 1646
Age 24
Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA
February 11, 1646
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Watertown, Middlesex , Massachusetts
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Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA