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Damaris "widow Shattuck" Gardner (unknown)

Also Known As: "Shattuck", "Demarus", "Demaris"
Birthplace: Perhaps Dorset or, Somerset, England
Death: November 28, 1674 (72-81)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of "widow Shattuck's" father and "widow Shattuck's" mother
Wife of unknown "Samuel" Shattuck and Thomas Gardner, "Old Planter"
Mother of Samuel Shattuck, of Salem; Hannah Gardner; Sarah Gardner; Mary Hands and Damaris Page

Label: not Demeris Hopkins,not Damaris Sibley
Managed by: Private User
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About Damaris "widow Shattuck" Gardner

Damaris (unknown) Shattuck Gardner was born about 1597 in England, perhaps of Somerset, and died on 28 November 1674 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. Damaris was a Quaker.


Disputed Origins

Parents: unknown. Sometimes given as daughter of William Sibley, Sr. of Salem and his wife Elinor. Cannot find a record for a daughter "Damaris." However, they did have a granddaughter Damaris Worth, born in 1666 and married William Worth, with no issue.


There was a Damaris Sibley (bp. 22 February 1595, St. Pauls, Walden, Hertfordshire, England), apparently a daughter of Henry Sibley (bp. 19 January 1559/60, Cheveley, Cambridgeshire). Damarise Sybly. England Marriages, 1538–1973 marriage: 1628 , Hertford, England spouse: Thomas Wheatly. So assuming she married this Thomas Wheatly she is not the same person.

From http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hopkins-1111

The mother of Samuel Shattuck didn't die Sept. It was an indexer error on Mass Vitals because they didn't know what 28; 9m: 1674 meant.

We have no maiden name for her or 1st name for her husband. There is no record of a Daniel. One lady who had been one of the first on the internet to have him checked her notes and said she'd probably scribbed Damaris and it ened up as Daniel.

She got stuck into the Mayflower family because Stephen of the Mayflower had one or two daughters named Damaris and someone figured it would be nice to have a Mayflower Connection. We have no idea what her last name is. Sibley isn't working either and her birth date is at least 20 years to early.


  1. (unknown) Shattuck (c. 1584-1641). It is said he died about 1637 on board ship en route to America or in Boston around 1641, but this is not documented. Five known children; it is believed there were unrecorded children.
  2. Thomas Gardner(1591-1674), of Salem, one of "Old Planters" who helped found Naumlceag (Salem), as his third wife. No known children.

Children of Damaris and Mr. Shattuck include:

  • 1. Samuel Shattuck, born Abt. 1616 in England; died June 06, 1689 in Nantucket, Nantucket Co., MA; married (1) Grace; died Unknown; married (2) Hannah; born 1624; died September 14, 1701.

Notes for Samuel Shattuck: Samuel, a felt-maker in Salem. His will appointed his wife Hannah as executrix. Samuel was excommunicated, probably for becoming a Quaker. The Shattuck book lists contemporary writings on Quaker persecutions which mentioned Samuel's sufferings.

  • 2. Hannah Shattuck, born Abt. 1620; died Unknown in Nantucket, MA; married Thomas Gardner December 27, 1642; born 1618 in England; died 1682 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

Notes for Thomas Gardner: THOMAS, Salem, merch. prob. eldest 8. of Thomas of the same, b. no doubt in Eng. rec. of the cb. 1639, freem. 2 June 1641, was a selectman, d. 1684. Hannah, prob. his w. is, by Felt, ins. among ch. mem. of 1649. Bapt. of his ch. were Mary, 2 Apr. 1643; Thomas, 25 May 1645, wh. d. 1695; Eliz. 22 Apr. 1649 ; Abigail, 20 Apr. 1651; Bethia, 26 Mar. 1654 ; Hannah, 24 Jan. 1658; and Jonathan, 12 Oct. 1662. Perhaps Mr. Farmer had, from Felt, names of sev. other ch. but some, I believe, were brs. and sis. of his.

  • 3. Mary Shattuck, born Abt. 1625; died Unknown in Boston, MA; married Hams; died Unknown.

Notes for Mary Shattuck: Mary, married _____ Hams and lived in Boston.

  • 4. Sarah Shattuck, born Abt. 1631; died 1724 in Nantucket, MA; married Richard Gardner Abt. 1652 in Nantucket, MA; born 1621 in England; died March 23, 1687/88 in Nantucket, MA.

Notes for Richard Gardner: RICHARD, Salem 1643, s. perhaps, of first Thomas, liv. there 1666, went next yr. to Nantucket. Bef. rem. he, by w. Sarah, prob. a. of Samuel Shattuck, had Joseph; Sarah; Richard, b. 23 Oct. 1653; Deborah, 12 Feb. 1658; Damaris, 21 Nov. 1662; and James, 19 May 1664; beside Miriam; Nathaniel, 16 Nov. 1669; Hope; and Love, 2 May 1672. Of the last d. I see no more; but Sarah m. Eleazer Folger; Deborah m. John Macy, and next Stephen Pease; Miriam m. John Worth;; and Hope m. John Coffin; and the f. d. 23 Jan. 1689. His wid. Sarah d. 1724, aged above 92 yrs.

  • 5. Damaris Shattuck, born Abt. 1635 in England; died Abt. 1680 in Albemarle Co., VA; married Isaac Page July 30, 1653 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.


From Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck: The Progenitor of the ...By Lemuel Shattuck. Page 361

"DAMARIS SHATTUCK, then a widow, was admitted to the church in Salem in 1641. At what time she came from England, whether before or after the death of her first husband, and what his Christian name was, are unknown. She afterwards became the 2d wife of Capt. Thomas Gardner, a distinguished merchant and citizen of Salem. She d. in that town, Nov. 28, 1674. Capt. Gardner d. Sept. 4, 1677, leaving a will, dated Dec. 7, 1668, in which he mentions his wife, Damaris, six sons-Thomas, George, John, Samuel, Joseph, and Richard; and daughters, Sarah Balch, Seeth Grafton, and Miriam Hall, all by his first wife, Margaret Frier. Two of his sons m. daughters of their stepmother. Damaris had by Mr. Shattuck several children, all probably born in England, the names of some of whom are known."

From "Early Settlers of Nantucket , Their Associates and Descendants", compiled by Lydia S Hinchman, Pub., Ferris & Leach, 1901

"His [Thomas Gardner's] second wife was Damaris Shattuck, a widow, who was admitted to the church in Salem in 1641. She had several children by her first husband, one of whom, Sarah, married Richard Gardner son of Thomas. She, like most of her Shattuck relations, evidently favored the Friends, as she was called into court many times for being "present at a Quaker meeting," and for absence from her own church. In the 9th Mo. 1667, and the 4th Mo. In the year following, "Old Mrs. Gardner was fined 5 shillings for absence from public worship. She had no children by Thomas Gardner. The date of her death is given in the Salem Town Records, as 28, 9, 1674."


  1. "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985, p. 664. "SHATTUCK, ? & Damaris ? (-1674), m/2 Thomas GARDNER; in Eng, b 1620; Salem"
  2. "Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck", Appendix Lemuel Shattuck, Boston, MA, 1855, p. 57
  3. Col_Rev_Fam_Penn, John W. Jordan, LL.D., (origianally published: New York and Chicago, 1911, Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publsihing Co., Inc., Baltimore MD 1994, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 78-57073, ISBN 0-8063-0811-7), Vol III, Page 1262 (Reliability: 3) link
  4. Shattuck and associated family lines from a GEDCOM file. posted to RootsWeb by Robert Wylie.


Puritan Great Migration Adjunct

Unknown Origins

While some say she was a Sibley (which appears to come from a 1928, unsourced genealogy), there is no documentation for her maiden name. Noris there any documented proof of the first name of her Shattuck husband.

The Sibley parents she's been linked to (without proof) include:

  1. Richard Sibley and Hannah UNKNOWN

Also sometimes said to be daughter of Henry Siblie: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:MCCQ-4HQ Because there is no proof of her ancestry, she is shown here without parents.


“Nothing was found by Lemuel Shattuck to show a proved connection between the main family of his Memorials and the Salem family, nor washe able to state the name of the male progenitor of the Salem family,and it is probably that he never came to America and that his widow Damaris crossed the Atlantic with her children. The name Shattuck has been found in the marriage register of the church at Dorchester, Dorset, and the Pope family probably also came from that county. : NOTE: Her second husband, Thomas Gardiner, was from Sherborne, Dorset. She was widow Shattuck in 1641 when she joined the Salem church.<ref>Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. Page 600</ref><ref name="Shattuck">Shattuck, Lemuel. Memorials of the descendants of William Shattuck Printed by Dutton and Wentworth for the family (Boston, 1855) Image copy. OpenLibrary (https://archive.org/stream/memorialsofdesce1855shat2#page/361/mode/1up) Accessed 2016. Page 361</ref> Shortly later, Damaris married Captain Thomas Gardner as his second wife. Damaris is mentioned in the 1668 will of her 2nd husband (Thomas Gardner), but she predeceased him.

Damaris Gardner died at Salem on 28 Nov 1674.<ref name="Shattuck"/>: "Damaris, w. Thomas, 28 :9 m: 1674 CT.R."<ref>Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Vol. V. - Deaths, The Essex Institute (Salem, Mass. 1925) Page 270</ref>

Her husband died in 1677.


The following is a tentative list, order unknown, of the Shattuck children of Damaris the elder:"<ref>McCracken, George E. "The Salem Gardners: Comments and Clues," The American Genealogist 30 (July 1954) :155-168; especially 168. Image copy. NEHGS link; Accessed 2106 at AmericanAncestors.org (subscription required)</ref>

  1. Samuel, feltmaker or hatter, joined First Church, Salem, 16 May 1642; d at Salem 6 Jun 1689
  2. Damaris, m. at Boston 30 Sept. 1653, Isaac Page
  3. Mary, m. ___ Hams (?)
  4. ?Hannah, perhaps, first wife of George Gardner
  5. Sarah, m. ca. 1652, Richard Gardner, d. at Nantucket, 1724, age 92
  6. ?Gertrude, perhaps, m. Joseph Pope before 1642; living 1666
  7. ?William, shoemaker, of Boston 1650-8

Note that two of her Shattuck daughters married their Gardiner step-brothers.


Thomas Gardner married (3) Damaris (_____) Shattuck. She was the "widow Shattock" when she joined the Salem Church 2 July 1641; she died Salem 28 November 1674, one month before her husband. (See TAG 30:165-68 for discussion of this woman and her many connections to the Pope and Gardner families.) No children recorded of this marriage. Source: Anderson’s Great Migration Study Project.



  • [3026504.ged] VERSIONS OF HER NAME: - Damaris Lyon [wWC/BHarrisB] - widow Damaris Shattuck [Gardner1933] - Damaris Shattuck [wWC/CHaas] - Damaris Sibley [wWC/BHarrisB] [wWC/BobShannon] - Demaris [wWC/DonCoffin] - OTHER RELATIONSHIPS: - Her father was possibly Richard Sibley. - Her mother was possibly Hannah Sibley*. - HER LIFE: - a Quaker - SOURCES: - Gardner1933

My facts need checking but both my husband and myself are related by marriage to Damaris who we believe was the wife of Governor Thomas Gardner b 1591 Weymouth, Or Sherbourne, Dorset, England d 29 Dec 1674 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts and his first wife was Margaret Friar who bore him son George. Govn Gardner was father to Father of Richard Gardener; Thomas Gardner, of Salem; George Gardner of Salem; Capt. John Gardner, of Nantucket; Samuel Gardner, of Salem; Joseph Gardner, of Salem; Sarah Gardner; Miriam Gardner and Seeth Gardner.

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Damaris "widow Shattuck" Gardner's Timeline

Somerset, England
Somerset, England
Somerset, England
Somerset, England
November 28, 1674
Age 77
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
June 11, 1999
Age 77