Troy N.Y. Shattocks

by Philip Shaddock

Edith E. Shattock (1882-1947) granddaughter of the founder of the Troy Shattocks, William Shattock (1814-1884). She looks to have been a bright, lively person.

The Troy Shattocks are a now extinct branch of the Shattocks, although there are living descendants like Colleen Wiegner Husain, who counts Edith E. Shattock (1882-1947) as her great grandmother on her maternal side. The Troy Shattock branch is under the  2.5.2.3.4 William Shattock 1787–1871 (Sarah Knight 1790–) node of the genealogy shown at the bottom of the Bishop's Lydeard page. 

The founder is William Shattock (1814-1884) born in Norton Fitzwarren in Somerset, died in Troy, New York state. He married Rebecca Banfield (1811-1886) from North Curry when he was 19. She was three years older. But the marriage did not occur in Somerset. It occurred in the "Home District" of Canada. The Home District was one of four districts of the Province of Quebec created in 1788 in the western reaches of the Montreal District and partitioned in 1791 to create the new colony of Upper Canada. 

For perspective, Upper Canada was still a very young settlement at this point. We know that William Shattock was a blacksmith because a later 1850 census records his profession as such. So it raises the possibility he was an indentured servant when he arrived in Canada, had served his term and as a young man with a trade was able to marry fairly young.  I would guess he met his future wife in Canada given the distance between North Curry and Norton Fitzwarren (12 km or 7.5 miles). Was she perhaps the daughter of his boss or daughter of a customer? There is no record of another Shattock from his family or his cousins in Canada or Shattocks subsequently moving to Canada to join him.


Anna Richards (1859-1906), wife of William Shattock (1856-1903). She came to the U.S. from Wales with her parents. 

He was not in Canada for long. Of the Shattock's eight children, the first three were born in Canada, the rest in the next and final leg of his journey to North America, Troy, New York state. That means he arrived between 1843 and 1845.  He shows up in the 1850 U.S. census in Troy, working as a blacksmith. For a young man with skills and ambition, Troy would be a major draw. Wikipedia: "Due to the confluence of major waterways and a geography that supported water power, the American industrial revolution took hold in this area making Troy reputedly the fourth wealthiest city in America around the turn of the 19th/20th century." William's sons would find good jobs in the burgeoning steel industries in the town. It was a smart move for a young man with a trade coming from a county in England in decline. He had turned in skills in working to steel into a career in the steel industry.



Wikipedia: Troy's one-time great wealth was produced in the steel industry. The industry first used charcoal and iron ore from the Adirondacks. Later on, ore and coal from the Midwest was shipped on the Erie Canal to Troy, and there processed before being sent on down the Hudson to New York City. The iron and steel was also used by the extensive federal arsenal across the Hudson at Watervliet, New York, then called West Troy. After the American Civil War, the steel production industry moved west to be closer to raw materials. The presence of iron and steel also made it possible for Troy to be an early site in the development of iron storefronts and steel structural supports in architecture, and there are some significant early examples still in the city.

His second son and namesake, William Shattock Jr. (1839-1860) lost his life to an industrial accident at age 21. His occupation was described as "machinist" and "death by smith." In a city directory he is listed as working in a rolling mill. He was still living with his family and unmarried. 


Wilmont D. Curtis (1880-1972), husband of Edith E. Shattock (1882-1947). In the 1925 census he is described as an auto mechanic.

William and Rebecca's third born son was a casualty of a war that was brewing in his new country. In May of 1861 his son John B Shattock (1841-) answered the call to go to war for his adopted country and joined the 2nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. It was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It is also known as the Troy Regiment. He was apparently wounded 18 months later and discharged. Fred Shattock would eventually die a widower in a home for disabled veterans. He married "Fanny" of unknown last name and they apparently had no children.

His first born son, Fred B Shattock (1834-1900) was also a machinist working in "steel works." Fred in turn had a son, William Shattock (1856-1903) who also worked in the "steel works." He would have two daughters Edith E. Shattock (1882-1947) and Maud R. Shattock (1887-). Edith was Colleen's great grandmother. William was the last remaining male in the Shattock family to carry the family surname. Edith married an English tailor called Wilmont D. Curtis (1913-2009). 

William the founder's youngest son Samuel J. Shattock (1845-1883) joined the army at the start of the civil war at the age of 17. His occupation was listed as blacksmith. He must have fought well because he attained the rank of sergeant by the end of the war. I cannot imagine the horrors he witnessed in the three years he was in the war. He mustered out of the war in Raleigh, North Carolina so he was with his unit for the entirety of its service. Here is the Wikipedia summary of the unit's service:

Left New York for Washington, D. C, October 9, 1862. Duty in the defenses of Washington, D. C., until April 18, 1863. Ordered to Suffolk, Va., April 18. Siege of Suffolk April 20-May 4. Edenton Road April 24. Siege of Suffolk raised May 4. Expedition into Matthews County May 19–22. Expedition to Walkerton and Aylett's June 4–5. Walkerton June 5. Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 24-July 7. Expedition from White House to South Anna River July 1–7. South Anna Bridge July 4. Ordered to the Department of the South, arriving at Folly Island, S.C., July 12. Siege of Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris Island, S.C., and operations against Fort Sumter and Charleston August 12-September 7. Bombardment of Fort Sumter and Charleston August 17–23. Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg September 7. Operations against Charleston and picket duty on Folly and Black Islands, S.C., until February 1864. Expedition to Johns and James Islands February 6–14. Ordered to Jacksonville, Fla., February 20, and duty there until April. Expedition to Cedar Creek March 2. Ordered to Yorktown, Va., April 21. Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4–28. Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, May 6–7. Chester Station May 10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12–16. Battle of Drury's Bluff May 14–16. Port Walthall Junction May 16. Bermuda Hundred May 16–27. Moved to White House, then to Cold Harbor May 28–31. Battles about Cold Harbor June 1–12. Before Petersburg June 15–18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16 to December 7. In the trenches before Petersburg and on the Bermuda Hundred front until August. Demonstration north of the James River August 13–20. Dutch Gap August 13. Strawberry Plains August 14–18. Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, September 28–30. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27–28. In the trenches before Richmond until December 7. Expedition to Fort Fisher, N.C., December 7–27. 2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N.C., January 3–15, 1865. Assault and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Cape Fear Entrenchment's February 11–13. Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 18–19. Capture of Wilmington February 22. Carolinas Campaign March 1-April 26. Advance on Goldsboro March 6–21. Advance on Raleigh April 9–13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty in North Carolina until July. 


Stephen Atlee Hopkins (1845-1945) was an English tailor. He married Harriet Shattock (1850-1927), William and Rebecca's 7th child.

I am going to guess that Sam Shattock was broken by the war. Before the war he had a highly valued skill as a blacksmith in a booming industrial town. He rose to the rank of sergeant during the war. At the age of 33 we find him in an almshouse (poor house) in New York City, unmarried. He dies at the age of 38. Somebody must have cared for him because his gravestone is impressive and lauds his military service.

Two of William and Rebecca's daughters married the same man. Rebecca E. Shattock (1843-1884) married Joseph H. Kelley (1839-1908) and died in childbirth in 1884, the same year her father died. Her sister Sarah A. Shattock (1847-1919) had been living with her and her husband for many years and married Joseph Kelley three years after her sister's death. 

William Shattock had left Somerset for opportunity his skills afforded him in a burgeoning land. But a combination of factors in his ensuring lineage brought his line to an end. But on Ancestry.com there are several individuals who have found him in his tree, rewarding him for his moxie in moving to a new land.


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