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William Shattuck

Also Known As: "Progenitor"
Birthplace: perhaps, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Shattuck's father and William Shattuck's mother
Husband of Susannah Norcross
Father of Susanna Bingham; Unknown Shattuck; Mary Browne (Shattuck); Female Twin Shattuck; John Shattuck, of Watertown and 7 others

Occupation: Weaver
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About William Shattuck of Watertown

William Shattuck, of Watertown

  • Birth: 1621 - Somerset, , England
  • Parents: unknown
  • Marriage: 1643 - Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts to Susanna
  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. Mary - b. Aug. 25, 1645, Watertown, MA; d. Oct. 23, 1732, Watertown, MA. Married Jonathan BROWNE.
  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 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Joanna - b. Watertown, MA; d. Apr. 4, 1673, Watertown, MA. Did not marry.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Benjamin - Died at age 20. Mentioned in father's will.
  10. 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.


Find-a-Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20418389

Birth: 1622, England Death: Aug. 14, 1672 Watertown Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

William Shattuck immigrated from England some time before 1642, when he was living between Belmont and Fresh Pond in Watertown. He lived near the clay pits, and near a spring commonly called Shattuck's Spring, probably on Common Hill (Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck, p. 59. ) His will was written 3 Aug 1672, and proved 29 Aug 1672, in Middlesex Probate Court. He was a weaver by trade. He married Susanna, who died 11 Dec 1686, in Watertown. His daughter Susanna (1643-1716) married Joseph Morse (1637-1677), of Watertown and Groton.

Watertown deaths: SHATTACK, Willyam dyed the 14 of august 1672 _____________________________

WILLIAM SHATTUCK, SENIOR, was of Watertown in 1642. By wife Susanna he had ten children. (Harris' epitaphs)

Family links:

 Susanna Hayden Norcross (1620 - 1686)*

 Susanna Shattuck Morse Fay Brigham (1643 - 1716)*
 Mary Shattuck Browne (1645 - 1732)*
 John Shattuck (1647 - 1675)*
 Phillip Shattuck (1648 - 1722)*
 Johanna Shattuck (1650 - 1673)*
 William Shattuck (1653 - 1732)*
 Rebecca Shattuck (1655 - 1684)*
 Exercise Shattuck Corlies (1656 - 1695)*
 Abigail Shattuck Parker (1657 - 169

1. WILLIAM1 SHATTUCK was born 1621 in England, and died August 14, 1672 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He married SUSANNA UNKNOWN 1642. She died December 11, 1686 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Notes for WILLIAM SHATTUCK: William Shattuck must have emigrated to this country while in his minority. Nothing is known of him before his arrival in this country, but it is thought that he may have come from either Lancashire, Sommersetshire, or Berkshire. It is also conjectured that his father might have died on his passage over or shortly thereafter, and also that he might have been the son of widow Damaris Shattuck, who was admitted to the church in Salem in 1641. He may have been a brother of Samuel Shattuck as their ages are close and the names in their families are similar.[1/8]

Samuel Shattuck is believed to be a son of Damaris. He was born about 1620 and died in Salem, MA June 6, 1689, age 69. He first joined the Salem church in 1642. Both he and his mother, widow Damaris, had daughters named Damaris. William, on the other hand, did not name a daughter Damaris.[1/361]

In the first inventory of estates in Watertown, taken in 1639, William had 1) "An Homstall of one acre bounded Southwest with the Common the East with John Clough & the North with William Perry 2) Three acres of upland bounded the North with Joseph Morse the South with William Perry the East with John Clough & the West with the Common".[4/1:66] William had the same holding in the third inventory, taken in 1646.[4/1:145]

William married about 1642. The Christian name of his wife was Susanna, but neither her surname, date or place of birth, nor her parentage are known. Susanna remained a widow about 15 months after his death and married on Nov. 18, 1673 Richard Norcross, who survived her. She died Dec. 11, 1686. Richard Norcross was the first grammar school teacher in Watertown.[1/6061] William held several town offices. In 1652 he was chosen to prosecute the orders about hogs and fences[2/1:32] and again in 1660.[2/1:64] He was also the surveyor of highways in 1655, 1664, and 1665.[2/1:42,78,84]

William's occupation was that of a weaver, and at his death he bequeathed his "loom and its appurtenances" to his son William. Agriculture also seems to have been a big part of his life, as it was for many early settlers. He was buried in the old Mount Auburn Cemetery.[1/5960]

William Shattuck's will was dated Aug. 3 and proved Aug. 29, 1672. In it he mentioned his sons Samuel Church, Phillip Shattuck, William Shattuck, four small children, two younger sons Benjamin and Samuel, son John, and wife Susanna. His "loving friends John Coolidge, Jr. and Samuel Livermore" were to be assistants to his wife in the execution of the will, which was witnessed by John Coolidge and John Livermore.[3/4:28] The inventory of the estate was taken August 23, 1672 by John Coolidge, John Livermore, and Thomas Hastings and amounted to 434.19.11. 200 pounds was in real property, the rest in personal property, including 103.17.7 1/2 in money.[3/4:31]

REF: [1] The Descendants of William Shattuck - Lemuel Shattuck, 1855 [2] Watertown Records, 1894 [3] Middlesex County Probate (First Series Docket 20168) [4] Watertown Records, 1894 (Lands, Grants and Possessions)


1. Susanna, b. abt. 1643, m(1) Watertown, MA 12 Apr 1661 Joseph Morse, b. Watertown, MA 30 Apr 1637, d. 1677, m(2) 5 Jul 1678 John Fay, d. Marlborough, MA 5 Dec 1690 2. Mary, b. Watertown 25 Aug 1645, d. Waltham, MA 23 Oct 1732, m. Watertown 11 February 1661-2 Jonathan Brown, b. 15 Sep 1635, d. March 1691 3. John, b. Watertown 11 February 1646-7, d. 14 Sep 1675, m. Watertown 20 Jun 1664 Ruth Whitney, b. Watertown 15 Apr 1645 4. Phillip, b. abt. 1648, d. Waltham 26 Jun 1722, m(1) Watertown 9 Nov 1670 Deborah Barstow, d. Watertown 24 Nov 1679, m(2) Watertown 11 February 1679-80 Rebecca Chamberlain, d. 1728 5. Joanna, d. Watertown 4 Apr 1673 6. William, b. abt. 1653, d. Watertown 19 Oct 1732, m(1)? Ruth ____, m(2) abt. 1678 Susanna Randall, d. 8 May 1732 7. Rebecca, b. abt. 1655, m. Watertown 7 February 1671-2 Samuel Church, b. Watertown 10 Jun 1640 8. Abigail, b. abt. 1657, d. Groton, MA 1694, m(1) Watertown 17 Oct 1678 Jonathan Morse, b. 7 Oct 1643, d. Groton 31 Jul 1686, m(2) 22 Sep 1690 Joshua Parker, b. 13 Mar 1658, d. Groton 5 May 1691 9. Benjamin, d. in his 20th year 10. Samuel, b. Watertown 28 February 1665-6, m. Abigail ____

More About WILLIAM SHATTUCK: Burial: Ancient burying-ground situated on the old road leading from Cambridge to Watertown, a short distance westerly of Mount Auburn Occupation: Weaver

Children of WILLIAM SHATTUCK and SUSANNA UNKNOWN are: i. BENJAMIN2 SHATTUCK. ii. JOANNA SHATTUCK, d. April 4, 1673, Watertown, Massachusetts. 2. iii. SUSANNA SHATTUCK, b. 1643, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. Aft. 1695, Marlboro, Massachusetts. iv. MARY SHATTUCK, b. August 25, 1645; d. October 23, 1732, Waltham, Massachusetts.

More About MARY SHATTUCK: Burial: Waltham burying ground

v. JOHN SHATTUCK, b. February 11, 1647. vi. PHILIP SHATTUCK, b. 1648. vii. WILLIAM SHATTUCK, b. 1653. viii. REBECCA SHATTUCK, b. 1655. ix. ABIGAIL SHATTUCK, b. 1657. x. SAMUEL SHATTUCK, b. February 28, 1666.


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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
July 15, 1643
Age 21
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
August 25, 1645
Age 24
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
August 25, 1645
Age 24
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 23
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
February 11, 1647
Age 25
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony