Branches

By Philip Shaddock
The research goal is to create a single family tree that reaffirms our shared ancestry.  Using both traditional genealogy and the modern tool of DNA testing, the branches of the tree will be added to this page. You can help by contacting me and sharing your genealogical research. If you have researched a Shattocke (or surname variant) that you think is related to this tree, please let us know. In some cases I help individuals who cannot financially afford DNA tests.

Experimental Shattocke Tree
Using DNA results from tests of Shattockes, I have developed an Experimental Shattocke Phylogenetic Tree that shows how the family branched since our common ancestor. (Click on the image above to enlarge it.)

There are four main branches of the Shattocke family emanating from a single ancestor who probably lived in west Somerset, although he could have been a migrant into west Somerset. Each of those four branches have a common ancestor in west Somerset.


Staplegrove - Taunton Area Shattocks
Staplegrove is a large parish one and a half miles north west of Taunton, largely rural. The majority of the Shattocks living in the Taunton area lived in Staplegrove and neighboring Norton Fitzwarren. Staplegrove was home to one of the most prominent and wealthy Shattocke family dynasties in its early history. There is a very interesting Shattock family legend about the Shattocks of Staplegrove in the form of a letter featured on this page. And John Shattock, a west Somerset descendant, has written about the will of John Shattock of Staplegrove, probated in 1533!

Taunton and the Rise and Fall of the Wool Trade
Taunton was the largest town within the west Somerset area that the Shattockes lived in. The wool trade was the major industry early in its history. The fortunes of the family can be seen to rise and fall with the wool trade. The history of Taunton is really inseparable from the history of the Staplegrove Shattocks, but on this page I focus on the wool trade.

Robert Shattock (1767-1842) and the Birmingham and American Shattocks
A lineage of the Staplegrove Shattocks. One of Robert's sons, James Shattock (1823-1880), had five sons who emigrated to America, four to Detroit and one to Fall River in Massachusetts. Another son, James Shattock 1851-1924, moved away from Somerset to Birmingham. A granddaughter, Florence "Florrie" Shattock 1887–1979, married and emigrated to Australia. They part of the exodus of Shattockes from Devon and Somerset in the 18th century, scattering to the former and contemporary British colonies. 

Thomas Shattock (1818-) and the Railroad Shattocks
This lineage of the Staplegrove Shattocks are best known for their illustrious careers in the railway industry. One descendant became a famous live steam locomotive enthusiast.

North Petherton was an important village in an economic corridor between Bridgwater, Taunton, and Exeter in Devon. It has long been inhabited by Shattockes, down to the present day. There appears to be close family ties between North Petherton Shattocks and Staplegrove Shattocks.

This tiny village 8 km (5 miles) north west of Staplegrove once had inhabitants active in the woolen industry.  There was a long term Shattock family in the village whose lives are recorded in the earliest parish records. Shattocks were property owners who ran a shoe business, probably in the village itself. 

                    Shoemakers of Bishop's Lydeard
I have this page as a sub-page of the Bishop's Lydeard Shattocks because there is no paper trail connecting the Francis Shattock (c. 1778-1853) and his wife Mary Clements (1775-1873) to the lineage I have at the bottom of the main page. This lineage owned property and shoemakers. Their descendants would have very colorful lives.

                    John Shattock (1799-1893) Shoemaker
This is a well documented branch of the Bishop's Lydeard Shattocks. John Shattock (1799-1893) was a shoe maker who followed in his father's footsteps. But by the late 19th century shoes began to be made in factories. John and Ann's children moved to big cities, some overseas. There are some excellent photos of this family.

Y29590 Shattocks (Milverton Area)
This branch of the west Somerset Shattocks appear to be from the area west and south of Taunton. They are defined by a SNP mutation they share, called Y29590. Additionally, they are further subdivided by another SNP mutation 7133415 C->A. The Milverton Shattocks, Wellington Shattocks and Virginia Shaddocks are closely related. The Milverton and Wellington Shattocks have a common ancestor that is more recent than the ancestor they share with the Virginia Shattocks.  

Milverton Shattocks
This is a large parish with a small population just 10 km (6 miles) west of Taunton. A West Buckland Shattocke lineage traces back to here. I don't have much more than this to say about the long term Shattocke  families of this village. If you are descendant of Milverton Shattockes please contact me
        
          West Buckland Shattocks
A descendant of Milverton Shattocks, Malachi Shattock (1684-1766), was the founder of Shattocks in this small village. He and his descendants were very successful farmers in the area. One of them became a butcher, and his son in turn moved to London where he eventually became a successful supplier to butcher shops.
        
                    New Zealand Shattocks
One of the London Shattocks, William Richards Shattock (1849-1928) sought his fame and fortune in New Zealand.  He eventually owned butcher shops in Hamilton. We tell the story of his descendants up to the present day.   

The Wellington Shattocks shows evidence of being deeply involved in the woolen trade. But the industrial revolution transformed weaving from a labor intensive cottage industry to a factory system. Wellington Shattocks had to move elsewhere and find new work. One of them went to Jamaica. Another to Bristol. Today there is a branch of descendants in Australia. Includes a sub-page that describes the conditions of roads and the woolen business in the 18th and 19th century.

Virginia Shaddocks
The history of the Shaddocks in Virginia mirrors the social, political and military history of the former British Colony. When Virginia became the major theater of war during the Civil War many genealogical records were lost, making it difficult to recover the family connections among Shaddocks found in remaining documents. Fortunately there always appears to be at least one descendant in a branch of the family who is passionate about recovering the lives of their ancestors, as there was in the case of Virginian Shaddocks. With the help of the descendants and thanks to DNA technology and the discovery of a single court document, I was able to reach deep into the past and piece together the story of this remarkable branch of the family. I was able to identify them as direct descendants of the Milverton Shattocks in west Somerset because of a unique SNP shared by a descendant of the Virginia Shaddocks and a descendant of the New Zealand Shattocks: the Y29590 SNP.

James Marshall Shaddock (1848-1931) and the Macon County Illinois Brothers
James Marshall Shaddock (1848-1931) was born in Caroline County, Virginia, but he heeded the call to go west, settling in Macon County, Illinois, where he became a successful and well-respected farmer. His pioneering spirit and strong family values would be passed on to his descendants, including the Colorado Shaddocks. This is a wonderful story.

William Albert Shaddock (1856-1939) and the Macon County Illinois Brothers
James' younger brother William followed him out to Macon County and started his own branch of the family. This family is the essence of what pundits and politicians mean about "seeking the American dream." 

Reverend Mordecai Edward Shaddock (1840-1920) Descendants
So far I have found there are two main branches of the Virginia Shaddocks, those who descend from Larkin Shaddock (1793-1826) and those who descend from his brother Mordecai Shaddock (1795-1823) While Larkin's descendants appear to have headed west, Mordecai's descendants appear to have headed south to Louisiana, Texas and Florida. There is very colorful history in this family. 

Y19751 Shattocks (West Bagborough Area)
This is a major branch of the family. All descendants share the Y19751 SNP mutation. The major two sub-branches are the Massachusetts Shattucks and the Southwark, London Shattocks. I have assigned this branch to the West Bagborough area of Somerset. However this is a speculative assignment, as there is no definitive proof that the London or Massachusetts Shattocks common ancestor lived in the Somerset villages of West Bagborough or nearby Tolland. 

There is evidence the Shattocks were merchants as early as the late 15th century, and probably they did business in London. At least one Shattock is found in London in the 17th century working as a blacksmith, which was once considered to be a social class above that of peasant or serf. There is also a will of a William Shattock, merchant of London, in the late 17th century. There is a family of west Somerset Shattocks who settled in Southwark, across the river from the city of London, probably late in the 18th century, according to family legend. This branch produced another branch that immigrated to New Zealand then Australia. These London Shattocks rose into the highest echelons of British society, becoming members of the Royal Stock Exchange, insurance company executives, senior civil servants and career soldiers, including a hero of the first world war. Some of them went to India. Yet another lineage migrated to Australia. The London Shattocks doubtlessly emigrated from Somerset, but at the present it is unclear where in Somerset and when. 

                    Melbourne, Australia Shattocks
Edward Foster Shattock (1846-1920) is another son of the prominent Victorian civil servant Henry Mark Shattock. He was born in Peckham, Surrey, England (London) and died in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 100 km (63 miles) northwest of Melbourne. It is a mystery that, at the age of 20, he left the comfortable environs and sophisticated society of Londoners for the Australian colony. This is a very large branch of the Southwark, London Shattocks.

The Shattucks of America are descended from west Somerset Shattockes, probably near the village of Bagborough. (See The Ancestral Home of American Shattucks in England.) Shattucks are the most numerous Shattocke descendants (8,000 of 13,000). DNA testing so far has not contradicted Lemuel Shattuck's theory that most of them are descended from a single founder, William Shattuck (1622-1672), a Puritan who settled in the Massachusetts colony not long after it was founded in the early 17th century. Shattuck descendants would have big families who largely stayed in the New England area and became prominent citizens, politicians and artists of their towns and cities. I organize Shattucks into branches that emanate from the sons of William Shattuck. Where the paternal line is uncertain, I list the lineages separately. I include an article about Samuel Shattock of Salem in a sub-page. I include an article about William Shattock of Boston and New Jersey in a sub-page.  The Massachusetts Shattucks share a common ancestor with the Southwark, London Shattockes, who were originally from west Somerset. The Massachusetts Shattucks may share a common ancestor with the Devon Shattockes. See a discussion of this theory on the Yarnscombe Shattocke page.
                                
                    John Shattuck (1647-1675)
John Shattuck is the first born son of William Shattuck (1622-1675), founder of the Massachusetts Bay Shattucks. He died very young in King Philip's War, at the age of twenty-five. So far I have discovered John's living descendants are the most numerous of William Shattuck. Even Lemuel Shattuck, the family historian, was a descendant of John. In fact, his descendants are well represented in my DNA research because they are so numerous. Hopefully descendants of William's other sons will contact me and participate in our DNA research. 

                    William Shattuck 1670-1743 (Groton Shattucks)
                    John Shattuck's son William Shattuck moved to Groton, Massachusetts and founded a Shattuck dynasty. 

The family just south of Rochester, New York has a documented ancestor in David Shaddock (1809-1886), who died in West Bloomfield, but who variously called the New York Genesee and Onondaga counties as his birthplace. He also said his father was born in Spain and his native tongue was Spanish. But DNA evidence shows he is in fact descended from Massachusetts Shattucks. We have a very colorful record of his descendants lives.

Arthur Bennett Shattuck is descended from William's son John Shattuck (1647-1675). Lemuel's book provides a biography of John's descendants up to 1850. Using census records and Arthur Shattuck's notes, I tell the story of this remarkable family down to the present.

This branch of the Shattuck family descends from a common ancestor with the Ticonderoga, NY Shattucks, William Shattuck (1670-1743). There were three early Shadduck settlers in Pennsylvania, although two were brothers. They have since followed the cry to "go west" and can now be found throughout the U.S. There are now about 900 Shadducks in the U.S. I bet most of them are descended from those three settlers.

The Pepperell Shattucks are named after the town of Pepperell in Middlesex, Massachusetts where their founders originated. Pepperell was originally part of Groton. Samuel Shattuck and his wife Elizabeth Longley Blood (1675-1759) had a large family of ten children who in turn produced numerous offspring. 

A descendant the Pepperell Shattucks, Joseph Cummings Shattuck (1835-1921), settled in Colorado and became a teacher there. He would become a member of the legislature and play a key role in the Colorado educational system. His son and grandson became a lawyer and a physician. 

Dr. Philip Shattuck was William Shattuck's fourth child. We do not know how he acquired his skills and knowledge as a physician as there were no medical schools this early in the Massachusetts colony. He was an eminent citizen much loved by his neighbours. 

I discovered Bill Pomeroy among my matches when I got my results back from the DNA testing company at the very beginning of my genetic genealogy studies several years ago. I was curious why Bill was showing up near the top of my list of matches, given his last name. Thus began a two year journey of discovery to uncover the mystery presented by his genetic results. Susan Hughes of the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association tells us the story so far... 

This branch of the Massachusetts Shattuck pioneered their way to the far reaches of the west, leaving their familial footprint wherever there were new lands to wrestle out of the wilderness.

The Town That Grew Up Around George Clinton Shattuck (1786-1876)
George Clinton Shattuck is recognized as one of the true American pioneers in the Old West. He was a restless explorer of the American frontier. And when he did plant his log cabin on the open prairies, a town grew up around him.

William Shattuck (1653-1732)
This is the third son of the founder. He inherited half the family farm, a horse and its livery, two acres and a pond, plus the family business in the form of a loom and its accessories. He was a prominent member of his community, participating in much of the business of the town and extended his own family business with such endeavors as brick making. Although his descendants are not as numerous as other Shattucks, many of them achieved the same success in life was William Shattuck, Jr. 

A pioneering judge arrived in San Franciso in 1850, the spring after the 49ers had turned the once sleepy little town into a chaotic, crime ridden metropolis. His name was Judge David Olcott Shattuck (1800-1889). He would be credited with helping to put the wild west city back on the path to law and order and would found a prominent, well-respected family.

                              Cowboy Shattucks of New Mexico
A son of Judge D. O. Shattuck went home to Mississippi and got caught up in the Civil War. He became a teacher in Texas, moved his family to New Mexico and became the superintendent of schools for Eddy County. Both of his sons were ranchers. One became a sheriff, than judge.

There is an article written in 1888 in the local county newspaper, The Wright County Times, that may ring a loud bell for anybody who has gotten their autosomal DNA results and discovered that they are related somehow to their wife's cousin. Well this article shows you how that happened. This article prompted me to look into the family history. I discovered that the brothers father, John Shattuck (1786-1867) had served in the War of 1812. After the war he settled in Brandon, Franklin County, New York.

It may have been the father of Jared Shattuck (1773-1837) who drew him as a young man to the West Indies. He married very well, the daughter of the governor of Haiti, and would eventually get caught up in the Quasi-War between the USA and France. When his ship and cargo was seized by American naval ships he fought the case all the way to the Supreme Court and won. His case is part of the case law of the United States Supreme Court. 

The steady march of the Shattucks from their first foray into the virgin land of North America is encapsulated by the story of the Arizona Shattucks, whose ancestors moved from Massachusetts, to Connecticut and then all the way to Arizona. The Shattuck story becomes entangled with Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall gang. A Shattuck son rises from ranch hand to a mining and banking baron. This is stuff Hollywood movies are made from.

A descendant of the Littleton Shattucks, and its famous American Revolutionary war hero, William Shattuck, AR Shattuck was a banker and a member of the New York elite in the early 20th Century who married the mayor's daughter. But it was not his fabulous wealth and social status that put made him and his wife Mary a legend in New York. It was a robbery at this New York residence. After the robbery he preferred his Massachusetts retreat. Nothing less than the famous "The Mount" estate, former home of Edith Wharton.

DNA testing and genealogical studies have revealed that the Shaddock branch of the family is the long lost descendants of one of the Massachusetts Shattucks founder's son, Samuel Shattuck (born 1666). They may have migrated from the Massachusetts bay colony to North Carolina first, then moved on to Charles Town (Charleston) South Carolina around 1700. The family eventually moved west and throughout the U.S. south. To see the history and genealogy of the South Carolina Shaddocks click here.


North Molton in Devon, on the border with Somerset, is one of the oldest Shattocke villages. One theory has it as the first Shattocke village in England. All living descendants of the Shattocke family with the "Shaddick" variation have so far been traced back to this village. There was a thriving cloth trade in North Devon when Shatticks lived there. As Shatticks spread south into north Devon, first the Shattocke, then Shaddock and Shaddick forms of the name prevailed. The Shaddocks and Shaddicks of north Devon were part of the great diaspora of Shattockes to the north in England (notably Bristol) and overseas to the English colonies.

This branch of the family has a paper trail that ends with Richard Shaddock (1799-1859), who was baptized in Bristol but where he was born is not known. A branch of the family moved to Kingston, Ontario. There is a possibility that this branch of the family's closest relatives are the Birmingham - Dennington Australia Shaddocks (see below).

This branch is named after the home of John Shaddick born 1751 in Instow, Devon. DNA and genealogical studies show that he is a descendant of North Molton Shattockes. This is a large and geographically dispersed family whose descendants lived in Wales; the area in and around London; in Northumberland and Liverpool; both coasts of North America, north and sound; in Ohio and Australia. There is even a name change to Shadwick among three families. 

After the decline of the wool trade, many Shattockes left North Molton to find work as farm laborers or tenant farmers. This hamlet is a short distance south of North Molton.

Yarnscombe Shattockes
See the large and diverse Yarnscombe family tree with Richard Shattocke (ca. 1640-1706) at its base. He founded a family dynasty in Yarnscombe, Devon and may have been born in nearby Tawstock. A paper trail begins with his marriage to Agnes Strellin in 1659. He has Shaddock and Shaddick descendants that come down to the present time in England, Canada, America and Australia.  
                    
                    Tawstock Shaddocks
The story of the descendants of James Shaddock (1722-1792) and Mary Lee (1726-) is embedded in the great social and economic revolution brought on by the industrial revolution. It makes a very interesting case history of the near devastation of a rural English family and their subsequent rise to the highest echelons of society in the space of a century and a quarter. 

Grantham Township, Niagara Shaddocks
The first Shaddock to settle in Ontario was Philip Shaddock, who is found living with his wife Mary in the Township of Grantham, now part of modern day St. Catharines, Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Peninsula. But they disappear without leaving a trace. It is possible Philip Shaddock was a Tawstock Shaddock, but not certain.

Chulmleigh - Bristol Shaddicks
The grandson of Thomas Shaddock (1740-1786) of Warkleigh settled in the village of Chulmleigh, a scant 4 miles from the Burrington Shaddocks. There James Shaddick (1793-1865) and his wife Sarah Hulland (1785-1829) had two boys and a girl. Eventually descendants moved to Bristol where a family dynasty thrived down to this day.

                    Burrington Shaddocks
William Shaddock sr. (1766-1856) moved from the tiny village of Warkleigh where he was born who is himself descended from Richard Shattocke (ca. 1640-1706) of Yarnscombe. This page tells the story of William Shaddock sr and has a clickable tree of his descendants. 

High Bickington Shaddocks 
William Shaddock, jr (1798-1865) was the oldest son of William Shaddock senior (1766-1856) of Burrington, Devon. He moved to High Bickington, Devon where he gave rise to a number of branches of Shaddocks and Shaddicks.

Paw Paw, Illinois Shaddicks
A son of William Shaddock, jr., George Shaddick (1831-1895) was born in High Bickington, but eventually made his home in Wear Gifford. He worked as a bargeman. He had a son Richard (Dick) Shaddick (1867-1947) who moved to Ontario and then on to Illinois, where he became a very successful farmer and raised a family.

The Warwick Australia and Toronto Shaddocks
Another son of William Shaddock junior, Richard Shaddock (1837–1906), moved to Chittlehampton, then Bishops Nympton, raising a family, eventually becoming a miller. He had sons who were skilled tradespeople that emigrated to eastern Austrailia  and sons who were farm labourers, who moved to Toronto.

Broken Hill Shaddocks
A third son of William Shaddock junior, James Shaddock (1853-1926) married in Bristol, Gloucester and worked for his wife's father as a merchant. It was a calling that he followed when he moved to a mining town in south western Australia called "Broken Hill."

Yorkshire Shaddocks
James Shaddock of Burrington had a son James jr. who began life as an agricultural worker. The industrial revolution in England and the rise of the railroads led to his migration up to the north of England in Yorkshire where he became a miner and raised a family.

Western Ontario Shaddocks
Thomas Mitchell Shaddock (1834-1912) was the son of a poor farm labourer in the heart of Devon who followed millions of English farmers to better opportunities in the British colonies. Along with his immediate relatives he traveled to the Canadian frontier and through his strength, tenacity and ambition built a family dynasty. 

Grand Rapids, MI Shaddicks and Rochester, NY Shaddocks
William Shaddock senior's youngest son Richard Shaddock (1807-1881) moved his family to London, Ontario. His sons moved to Rochester, NY; Detroit, Michigan; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Hartland Shaddicks and Shadricks
Hartland, Devon is on the west coast of Devon, not far from the port of Bideford. The case is circumstantial, but there is a very good chance that the founder of this branch, Thomas Shaddock (1761-1846) was born in Alverdiscott. His father was the great great grandson of the founder of the Yarnscombe Shattockes, Richard Shattocke (ca. 1640-1706). There are some interesting stories to tell of this branch of the family.

New Brunswick Shaddicks
These were the first Shattockes to become established in Canada, early in the nineteenth century. They are descended from the Yarnscombe branch of the Shaddock / Shaddick family. Included on this page are other Shaddocks and Shaddicks who capture the role the Canadian maritimes played in the early military history of Canada.  

                              Culmstock Shattocks
The Culmstock Shaddocks are one of the oldest branches of the Shattocke family. The patriarch, William Shattock, may have moved to the small village of Culmstock when he married Mary of unknown last name in 1631. His descendants remained in the village for centuries. Some eventually moved on to London or to other areas in Devon, Somerset or Dorset. Included is a story of the South African Shaddocks who descend from Culmstock ancestors. 

South African Shaddocks
The founder of this family was born in Culmstock in 1830 and worked as a weaver. But the industrial revolution forced John Shaddock to migrate to London where he worked as a baker. Two world wars drew his son and grandson onto the battlefields of Europe and Africa. A branch of the family settled in South Africa.

Saltash Shaddocks
These were a very successful Shaddock family who are a Culmstock branch. The patriarch, William Shaddock (1828-1899) became mayor of Saltash and had a very successful construction business. Some of his sons followed in his footsteps. There were two sons who emigrated to Canada.


Unattached Branches

At this point we do not know if the Mourambine Shaddicks moved down from Culmstock to the Torrington area or from North Molton. We need to find a descendant to DNA test. The migration of a convict family down under is a classic Australian story. Could you get any further from the rolling, temperate hills of Devon than the Western Australian wilderness? Read about this remarkable family.

Shattocke Name, Different Haplogroup
These are lineages that come down from a different male ancestor. They may be descended from a Shattocke female ancestor. There are a variety of reasons why they have the Shattocke name. They may have been adopted into a Shattocke family. A wife of a man with a different surname may have remarried and the children were given their stepfather's (Shattocke) surname. There are a host of possible non parental events (NPEs).


Birmingham Shaddocks
The Birmingham Shaddocks are linked to Bristol and Birmingham and the shoemaking business. There trade would allow them to migrate to Australia and New York. They may have died out in Birmingham. DNA tests of two descendants of the founder John Shaddock (1807-1878) established that they are not direct male descendants of the common male ancestor of all Shattockes, Parrishs and Byars. It is not known if this is true of the Brookly, New York Shaddocks.

Dennington Australia Shaddocks
John Shaddock (1807-1878) was a shoemaker in Warwickshire. In the middle of the 19th century he left Birmingham with his family and sailed down under to open a footwear business in the wilderness outpost of Dennington, Australia in the state of Victoria. There is now a large presence of his descendants in Australia.

Brooklyn, New York Shaddocks
This is another branch of the Birmingham Shaddocks whose founder, Frederick Shaddock (born 1819) moved his family to Brooklyn, New York to start a shoe business just like John Shaddock did in Australia. One of his descendants earned a purple heart for his bravery in the Korean War.

Every school boy or girl with the last name Shaddock will sooner or later discovers that dictionary definition of "Shaddock" is that it is the name of a tropical fruit. Legend has it that Captain Shaddock brought it to the West Indies in the 17th or 18th century. One of these facts is untrue. Read what research has found out.

This is most likely a family lineage that we share a last name with but with whom we are not genetically related. The founder Thomas Shaddock and his wife Helen arrived with a child "Liga" in 1908.

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