Robert Shattock (1767-1842) of Milverton

by Philip Shaddock

Thanks to Mary Gower for help with this page and pictures from her family album. Mary lives in North Petherton, a Shattock 18 km (11 miles) from Milverton, where our story begins.


Agricultural worker's pants from the early 19th century. The story of a hard life in the fields is told in these pants and its patches. The material looks very tough and strong.  Pants are at Norfolk Museum.

Robert Shattock is Mary Gower's direct ancestor. Robert shares a common ancestor with another lineage I have documented with pictures, Thomas Shattock (1818-). Both lineages ultimately descend from Henry Shattocke (1656-1717) and his wife Mary of Staplegrove. 

Robert Shattock was born in Staplegrove, but he married Rachel Ashford (1781-1858) in Milverton, another longtime Shattocke village. All six of their children were born in Milverton. Robert was an agricultural laborer.

Robert's ancestors are found on the Staplegrove Shattocks page, in the family tree at the bottom of the page. Robert and Rachel's descendants are found at node 6.4.1 of the family tree. 

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. 

Mary's direct ancestor among the children is Robert Shattock (1814-1884). In 1838 Robert married Sarah King (1814-1910) in nearby Milton. They had eight children, all born in Milverton. In the 1841 census Robert describes his occupation as agricultural laborer. Their children are in school. In the 1861 census he describes his occupation as "stone carrier." His 19 year old son Levi is a carpenter and his namesake, Robert, 14, is a carpenter's apprentice. His other children are in school. He describes his occupation as "lime burner" in the 1871 census at age 57. Lime is used for a variety of purposes, including in masonry and lime lights in theaters, and as fertilizer in agriculture. 

Robert dies in 1884. Sarah lives to age 95, living on her own means in the 1901 census. She died in 1914. 


Julia Henrietta Shattock (1866-1949) was Robert's first born. She was living with her mother and grandparents when she was five. Her father was moving between London and Clifton at this time, working as a carpenter. In the 1881 census, at age 15, she was working in an urban industry: she was a book folder. She married John William Stoner (1866-1949) when she was 21 at St. Olave's in Southwark, London. I wonder if she knew the Taunton Shattocks who had settled there? 

Mary's direct ancestor in this lineage is again a son called "Robert," who lived between 1844 and 1909. We first encounter him as a carpenter's apprentice in the 1861 census. Four years later, at the age of 20 in 1865 he marries Matilda Jane Palfrey (1844-1899), who was born in nearby Bishop's Lydeard to a father whose occupation was "laborer." The place of marriage is Clifton, now a suburb of Bristol. That is a long way from their home towns. Since their first child's birth was registered in Taunton, Somerset, the family was based in Milverton. In fact my studies of other Shattock lineages indicates Bristol and nearby villages attracted a lot of west Somerset Shattocks to live and work their. Possibly they were among relatives when they married in Clifton.


Sarah Jane Shattock (1877-1945) worked as a servant. She was a cook. She is sitting in the picture. The woman standing and the child on the bicycle are unknown. She married Henry Dodd in June of 1918 in Paddington. 

Sometime between the birth of their first child in 1866 and the second child in 1868, Robert Shattock moved to London. He must have been doing job work, because his third son, Walter Shattock (1872-1897), was born in Clifton. 

In the 1881 census he is back in London,  living in Paddington. If you look down this alley, you will see where he was living with his family. His job was "joiner." A joiner is an artisan who builds things by joining pieces of wood, particularly lighter and more ornamental work than that done by a carpenter, including furniture and the "fittings" of a house, ship, etc. A joiner usually produces items such as interior and exterior doors, windows, stairs, tables, bookshelves, cabinets, furniture, etc. Robert Shattock had made the transition from his father's occupation of agricultural worker in the fields of Somerset to an urban worker in industrialized London. 


Ethel Alice Shattock (1881-1958) married Daniel Lewelyn Laing (1860–1942) at the age of 29 in Paddington. He was born in Scotland. In the 1901 census we learn he was working as a house painter and she was working at home as a dressmaker "on her own account." She may have married comparatively late for her time, but she made up for lost time. She and Daniel had 11 children.  

Robert and Matilda lost their son Walter, who had been working as a general laborer, to "circulatory thrombosis," a blood clot, when he was 25. 

At age 56 Robert Shattock is still living in Paddington and tells the 1901 census taker he works as a carpenter. His son Frederick Shattock (1887-1952) is living at home and working as a news agent's assistant. 





Ethel's husband Dan Laing with his daughter Ivy and his daughter-in-law May. He was twenty-one years older than Ethel but he does not look it, does he?


Florence Shattock's husband Edward Jones during his stint in Malta in the first World War.

Mary's direct ancestor was Florence Shattock (1885-1979). At the age of 20, in 1905, she married Edward Jones (1883-1937), a printer (his father was also a printer). They had Robert, Ethel, Walter, Albert, Doris, Jim, Harry, Christopher, Fred and Sydney Jones. He had served briefly in the Royal Field Artillery in 1904-1905, before he bought his way out of the army. Is it because he had married Florence in 1905? 

Edward re-enlisted in 1913. Bad luck. The next year the first World War started at the end of July in 1914. By 1914 they had had a child every two years and when the war broke out, he and Florence had five children. He was shipped to Malta at one point. Nervous times for a woman with five children. When he returned in 1918 there was another child and four more to come. 






Florence Shattock and her five children in 1915. 



















Florence with her daughters Ethel (left) and Doris (right) in 1945. Doris is Mary's mother.


















Doris Louise Jones (1914-1998) at age 17 in 1931.
















Doris married Harry Barber (1907-1998) on the 28 of November in 1931.

They had six children. Mary was one of them.













Wedding of Doris and Harry Barber 1931.

New Years Eve many years later. Six children later...


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