John Shattuck, of Watertown

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John Shattuck

Birthdate: (28)
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: September 14, 1675 (28)
Charlestown, Suffolk, MA (Drowned in passing Charlestown ferry)
Place of Burial: Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Shattuck of Watertown and Susannah Norcross
Husband of Ruth Lawrence
Father of John Shattuck, Jr.; William Shattuck; Samuel Shattuck; Mary Shattuck; Susanna Shattuck and 2 others
Brother of Susanna Bingham; Unknown Shattuck; Female Twin Shattuck; Mary Brown; Philip Shattuck and 6 others

Occupation: Carpenter, miller
Managed by: James Hutchison
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About John Shattuck, of Watertown

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


The Children of William and Susanna SHATTUCK were:

3.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 Enoch 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). Watertown births: John Shattock sonn of willyam and Susan Shattock borne the: 11 Day of the 12 month 1646

Watertown marriages: John Shattack & Ruth whetny Joyned in Maryage the 20 of June 1664

Watertown deaths: John Shattack was drowned as he was passinge over Charlestown Ferry the 14 of September 1675

William Shattuck, Senior, was of Watertown in 1642. By wife Susanna [Hayden?] he had ten children. The eldest son, John, mar. Ruth Whitney. (Harris' Epitaphs) Inscription: 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.

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John Shattuck, of Watertown's Timeline

February 11, 1647
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
February 11, 1647
Watertown,Middlesex Co.,Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
February 11, 1647
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 11, 1647
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 4, 1666
Age 19
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
September 11, 1670
Age 23
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony