An American Family History

Shattuck Family







A cordwainer (or cordwinder) made shoes from fine, soft leather. There was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made shoes, and a cobbler who repaired them.


Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

William Shattuck was born in England, 1622, according to his deposition made April 3, 1600. He died there August 14, 1672, aged fifty years. He was one of the proprietors of Watertown in 1642. His homestall there was between those of John Clough and William Perry. He added to his original holdings by purchase and grants. He bought John Clough's place July 4, 1654, including house, garden and thirty acres of land on Common Hill, now the south of the Wellington Hill station of the Fitchburg Railroad, east of Common street, leading to Watertown village.

He was a cordwainer or shoemaker, though the genealogy gives his trade as weaver. He removed to Boston in 1652, but returned to Watertown in 1654. He acquired a large property and held a respectable position in society. One of the descendants, Lemuel Shattuck, erected a monument in 1853 over his grave at Watertown, in honor of the emigrant and his son, John Shattuck, who died in the service of his country. His will was dated August 3, and proved August 29, 1672. He gave to son Samuel Church; to sons John, Philip, William, Benjamin and Samuel; to my ten younger children that are married; to wife Susanna and to each grandchild. The widow married (second) Richard Norcross, who survived her. She died December 11, 1686, at Watertown.

The children of William and Susanna Shattuck were:
Susannah, born 1643, married J. Morse and J. Fay;
Mary, born August 25. 1645, married Jonathan Brown;
John, born February 11, 1646-7, married Ruth Whitney; soldier in the King Philip war; was drowned in the Charles river through the capsizing of the ferry boat;
Philip, born 1648, married D. Barstow Chamberlain;
Joanna, died April 4, 1673, unmarried;
William [Shattuck, Jr.], born 1653, married Susanna Randall;
Rebecca, born 1655, married Samuel Church;
Abigail, born 1657, married J. Morse and J. Parker;
Benjamin, born in Watertown, died in his twentieth year;
Samuel, born February 28, 1666, married Abigail .

Bond's genealogy of Watertown is available on Kindle.

Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.