Ticonderoga, NY Shattucks

by Philip Shaddock

I would like to thank Arthur Shattuck for his contributions to this page. 

The Shattucks of Watertown Massachusetts are a major branch of the worldwide Shattocke family. To see where the Shattucks fit in the Shattocke family tree see the Experimental Shattocke Phylogenetic Tree. The Shattucks of Massachusetts have been officially designated a branch of the human family called R-Y19751. Look for that node on the tree. The Ticonderoga, NY Shattucks belong to the John Shattuck (1647-1775) branch of the Shattucks. 

Arthur participated in our Shattocke DNA research, taking the FTDNA Y-DNA 111 level test. As we gather more DNA data from other Shattucks (or people with name variations of Shattuck), I will return to this page and discuss his results in the context of others. You will notice his name on the Shattocke Phylogenetic tree and among the Shattucks in a spreadsheet of DNA results that I have created. (Contact me if you would like to see it.)

To see where Arthur and the other Shattucks fit within the Shattocke family tree, please see the Experimental Shattocke Phylogenetic Tree.


Tablet erected by the nineteenth century genealogist and Shattuck family historian Lemuel Shattuck, honouring his ancestors. It is found on the road to the town William Shattuck settled in, Watertown, Massachusetts, now part of greater Boston. The inscription reads:  "To perpetuate the memory of WILLIAM SHATTUCK, who died in Watertown, Aug. 14, 1672, aged 50; The progenitor of the families 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 character of the Puritan Fathers of New England."

John Shattuck (1647-1675)

Arthur is the direct descendant of William Shattuck's son John Shattuck (1647-1675).  A biography of John Shattuck can be read here. John Shattuck and his wife Ruth had four children, John, Ruth, William and Samuel. Arthur is descended from his third child William.

William Shattuck 1670-1743 (Groton Shattucks)

The Ticonderoga Shattucks are descended from William Shattuck (1670-1743), the founder of the Groton, Massachusetts Shattucks. You can read about William Shattuck here.  

William and his wife Hannah Underwood had five children, William, Hannah, Daniel, Ruth and John. Arthur is descended from Daniel.

Capt. Daniel Shattuck 1692-1760

Lemuel describes Daniel as a founder of one of the Hinsdale, New Hampshire branches of the Shattuck family. Here is what he writes about Daniel.

Capt. Daniel Shattuck, son of William, was born in Watertown in 1692, but spent the period of his minority chiefly in Groton. From 1719 to 1723 he lived in Worcester, but removed about the latter date to Northfield, and about 1736 to Hinsdale, within the present bounds of New Hampshire, where he died March 17, 1760, aged, as his grave-stone says, " about 67." He was a large landholder and a wealthy farmer. He had 215 acres in the division of the Northfield Commons,—a larger proportion than a majority of the proprietors. His dwelling-house was in the southerly part of " Mary's Meadow," so called—about one hundred rods east of Connecticut River, one mile south of Fort Hinsdale, one mile southeast of Fort Howe on the west side of the river now within the limits of Vernon, and three miles south of Fort Dummer within the limits of Brattleborough. He built two houses with hewn timbers on either side of a small brook. In the upper part were posts for sentinels, and holes to fire through.

These houses were enclosed with a strong palisade, built with timbers and thick plank, surmounted with pickets; and the enclosure was called "Shattuck's Fort." (Doolittle's 'Narrative.) 

During the wars in 1745, and subsequently, the whole people of the neighborhood came to this fort to live. When the men labored on their farms or went to church, they carried their guns with them, and were always guarded by sentinels. On the 15th Aug., 1746, during the absence of Capt. Shattuck at Fort Dummer, the Indians fired upon four men near the fort, but hurt none.

March 30, 1747, about thirty or forty Indians came to the fort silently in the night, " with fagots of dried spruce with the ends dipped in brimstone, and set it on fire. That part of it which stood on one side of the brook was burnt; but owing to a strong wind the other part was saved." (Doolittle, pp. 8, 10.) The English fired upon and disabled some of the Indians, but they made their escape.

Capts. Shattuck, senior and junior, were large athletic men over six feet high, and of great commanding presence. Their children were also above the medium size. It is said the Indians regarded them with fear, love and veneration, as superhuman beings. They generally lived on friendly terms with the savages, and their influence over them was always very great. The Indians probably did not design to kill them in this attack, but to take them alive and make them chiefs and leaders. 

He married, in Marlborough, April 16, 1719, Martha Serjent, then said to have been of Westborough. She died in Worcester in 1722. She was the daughter of Digory Serjent, the unfortunate pioneer settler of Worcester, who with his wife was killed by the Indians in 1704, while his children were carried into captivity. (Lincoln's Hist. Worcester, pp. 35-38.) 

He married, in Northfield, May 7, 1724, Rebecca Boltwood, born Aug. 1, 1691, daughter of Sergeant Samuel Boltwood of Hadley and Sarah Lewis, daughter of Capt. Wm. Lewis of Farmington, Conn. Sergeant Boltwood was killed at the sacking of Deerfield, Feb. 28, 1704. Mrs. Shattuck died in Hinsdale, March 16, 1757, ae. 65 y. 7 m. 15 d. She was interred with her husband in the family burying-ground located on the old Shattuck farm, where have been buried several successive generations of the race; and where there are now existing several monuments erected to their memory."

Art Shattuck's research into his family reveals this additional detail not found in Lemuel's book: "There was a published article in the Westborough, MA newspaper about 25 years ago that stated that Daniel rescued Martha Sergent from the Indians where she had been a captive since 1704 and they settled initially in Westborough at the farm of Isaac Shattuck, a cousin.

After his marriage to Rebecca Boltwood, according to the book 'History of Northfield MA', they purchased land in the main section of town near where the Dickinson Library is located today. But later he purchased a larger property to the north of the town center along the Connecticut River. He barricaded the property and it became known as Shattuck's Fort. When Massachusetts and New Hampshire agreed on the state boundary, he now, without moving, became one of the first settlers of Hinsdale, NH."

Capt Shattuck and Martha Serjent had five children, Sarah, Martha, Daniel, Phebe, and Gideon. Arthur is descended from Daniel junior.

Capt. Daniel Shattuck, Jr. (1727-1809)

Lemuel writes about Capt. Daniel Shattuck, jr.:

"Capt. Daniel Shattuck was born in Northfield, April 11, 1727; and was a farmer upon the old paternal estate in Hinsdale, where he died April 7, 1809, se. 82. He was a large landholder, and a man of property, distinction and influence in the town. He commanded a company in the battle of Stillwater, where his horse was shot under him. He was a remarkable sportsman, and had the reputation of being " The Great Hunter." Catamounts, bears, and other ferocious wild animals, were no terror to him, as he was sure of his prey when they came within his reach.

He married in 1753, Mary Smith, then of Amherst, Mass. She died Sept. 3, 1788, in her 61st year. Her father, Stephen Smith, (sometime of Amherst, but died in Sunderland in 1760,) married probably, Mary Ingram, b. July 10, 1702, daughter of John Ingram and Mehitable Dickinson. (Foot Genealogy, p. 275.) Her grandparents were Jonathan and Abigail Smith of Hartford."

Art Shattuck adds this additional biographical detail: "During the Revolutionary War, he was a member of the 1st NH Regiment and they were called out to help defend Fort Ticonderoga from the British. But by the time they arrived there, the Fort had already been taken. But I think during this effort, he saw some nice property there and this was why Gideon eventually relocated to Ticonderoga as in those days, normally property was willed to the eldest son. I have seen the location of the Shattuck family house, and it is a beautiful site on a hillside looking down a long valley with a river at the bottom.

The Battle of Stillwater is now called the Battle of Saratoga. The 1st NH companies were called out to help and in this case, on time, to fight the British coming down the Hudson River from Fort Ticonderoga. There is a marker on the battlefield honoring where the 1st NH regiments fought."

Daniel and Mary had six children, Cyrus, Makepeace, Mary, Gideon, Phena, and Thena (twins). Arthur is descended from Gideon.

Gideon Shattuck (1761-1838)

Lemuel: "Gideon Shattuck, born Aug. 27, 1761. He settled as a farmer in Hinsdale, but in 1795 removed to Ticonderoga, Essex Co., N. Y., near Lake George, where he died Aug. 6, 1838, ae. 77. He married Sept. 29, 1785, his 2nd cousin, Experience Ingram, baptized Nov. 1, 1761, daughter of Philip Ingram of Amherst, Mass., and a brother of Reuben. She died in Ticonderoga, Sept. 12, 1837, ae. 76, a member of the Methodist church."

Gideon and Experience had nine children. Two of them died in childhood. The surviving children were Chester, Mindwell, Stephen, Austin, George, Arad and Samuel. Arthur is descended from Arad.

Arad Shattuck (1798-1879 )

Lemuel: "Arad Shattuck was born in Ticonderoga, March 22, 1798, and is now a farmer in that town. He married in Pawlings, Dutchess Co., April 10, 1828, Esther Brill, born May 16, 1809, daughter of Joseph Brill and Hannah Wooden."

Arad and Esther had four children: Albert, Mary, Roswell, and Sylvester. Arthur is descended from Albert.

Albert Arad Shattuck (1829-1912)

At this point Lemuel's manuscript ends, as Lemuel died in 1859. In the 1850 census we find Albert at the age of 21 working as a labourer on a farm next door to his dad's, owned by William Cook. His younger brother Sylvester, age 16, is also working there. In 1860 he married Cornelia Lydia Doolittle (1838-1921). A daughter arrives two years later (Eva) and a son two years after that (Irvin). Albert may have inherited his father's farm around then, or perhaps inherited some money from the estate, because in the 1865 New York census he is described as a farmer. His wife's sister Rosina is living with them and their two children.  Zetta Lenora Shattuck is born in 1866, Leroy F. in 1868, Albert Edward Jr. in 1870 and Arthur Ellis Shattuck in 1875.

Arthur Ellis Shattuck is Arthur's direct ancestor. 

Albert is still listed as a farmer in the 1905 census, and again in the 1910 census. He is 71 in the 1910 census. He owns his farm with no mortgage and probably should be described as a prosperous farmer because two servants are listed as living with him. His son Albert Jr. and his son's wife Marion is living with him, along with his granddaughter Joyce.

Albert senior dies in 1912.

There is a history of the family in "Biographical Review: Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Clinton and Essex Counties, New York," pp. 184-5. The history gives us a good synopsis on life in early New York State.

​Albert A. Shattuck, a thrifty and progressive citizen of Essex County, owning and occupying a fine farm in District No. Five at Ticonderoga, about a mile and a half west of the village, was born April 18, 1829, in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York.

Mr. Shattuck's father, whose name was Arad, was born in Ticonderoga in the year 1797. Arad Shattuck was the son of one of the original settlers of this part of Essex County, Gideon Shattuck, who raised his cabin in the forest, from which he cleared a farm. He was a hunter, trapper, and farmer, spending his life on his homestead, which is now occupied by Levi Covelle, who married a cousin of Mr. Albert Shattuck. The grandfather had a family of seven children, of whom two daughters died in early life. The sons were George, Chester, Arad, Samuel, and Stephen, all of whom married, and with the exception of Steven, lived to be octogenarians. Stephen had four sons who gave up their lives for the country during the Rebellion. His only daughter, Harriet, Mrs. Edward Davis, lives in Hague, Warren County, New York.

Arad Shattuck, having learned the hatter's trade when a young man, worked at it in Dutchess County, where he met and married Miss Esther Brill, who was born there in 1809, their nuptials being celebrated in 1828. He afterward engaged in farming, making that his principal occupation until his decease, at the home of his son Albert, in 1878. His widow, a woman of remarkable metal vigor for her years, resides in this town. She bore her husband ten children, three of them whom died in childhood; had four sons and three daughters grow to maturity, one daughter and three sons yet surviving.

Albert A. Shattuck early began to acquire practical knowledge of farm work, and now remembers that during the harvest time of 1840, when he was about 11 years old, he dug 40 bushels of potatoes and put them into the cart. At the age of 18 years he began life for himself, working for the first year for eleven dollars a month, for which he saved eighty dollars. For five years he was in the employment of Colonel Cook, the following two years working for the Colonel's son, and the next two years for a relative of the Cooks. At the end of ten years, having been prudent and saving, Mr. Shattuck found himself the possessor of the snug sum of fifteen hundred dollars. He invested his money in land, buying two farms for, for which he was obliged to go heavily in debt. Shortly after, the war broke out [ed. Civil War], and hard times were predicted, he was much alarmed, fearing that he should lose his entire property. He labored dilligently however, and with careful management with the able assistance of his good wife, for whom he gratefully acknowledges due credit, he paid off the entire mortgage almost before it was due.

His two farms contain two hundred and fifty acres of excellent land, and are under good cultivation, well stocked, and supplied with fruit-trees all kinds, among others being three hundred apple trees, which yield bountifully in their season. Mr. Shattuck carries on mixed husbandry, having a dairy of thirty-two cows and raising some stock, keeps from nine to fifteen horses. He has fine buildings for storing his grain, hay, and machinery, and for sheltering his stock, and a commodious dwelling-house, erected in 1885, on the edge of his fine wood lot.

Mr. Shattuck was married in 1860 to Cornelia Doolittle, who was a native of this town, born in 1838, a daughter of Edward and Roxanna (Marsh) Doolittle, her father being a farmer. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Shattuck, namely: Irving, who lived on earth but two years; Eva, who died but four years old; Lee Roy, or young man of great promise, who died of pneumonia in 1891, age 22 years; Albert, a young man engaged in the home farm; Arthur, a graduate of the College of Poughkeepsie; and Zetta, wife of William Goodspeed, who is employed in the paper mill in the village. Politically, Mr. Shaddock has ever been identified with the interests of the Republican Party, and, religiously, is a conscientious Methodist.

Arthur Ellis Shattuck (1875-1966)

Arthur Ellis Shattuck was Arthur's grandfather. He was born in 1875. At this point we have Arthur's account of his grandfather and father. Here is what Arthur told me:

My grandfather grew up in Ticonderoga, NY on a farm. In 1899, he joined another Ticonderoga man, Horace A Moses, and together they formed the Strathmore Paper Company in West Springfield, MA. Since travel was difficult in those days before automobiles, my grandfather purchased a house in West Springfield and could walk 3 blocks to work. My father was born in that house in 1908. My grandfather worked for Strathmore Paper for over 60 years. As Strathmore became successful and auto travel easier, my grandfather moved the family to Springfield, Mass in 1915 and my father attended Springfield schools. My father went to college at Dartmouth, NH but when he graduated in 1930, it was during the depression and jobs were hard to find. So my father went to work in Chicago, Ill at a company owned by a college friend. There he met my mother and they married in 1933. In 1936, Horace Moses offered my father a job at Strathmore when he was visiting his parents in Springfield. My father returned to West Springfield and also purchased a house nearby the mill. This was fortunate as car travel became difficult during WWII. I was born in 1940 and attended West Springfield schools until I graduated. I have a picture from my 1st grade class and over 80% were in my high school graduation class. Much different than today with people moving around so much. I attended Brown University in Providence, RI and took a job in Hartford, Ct. There I met my wife and we were married in 1966. I lived in East Hartford, CT for 25 years and then for another 25 years in Westboro, MA due to a job change. For the past 10 years after retirement, we have lived in Newport, RI near 2 of our children. 

Arthur Ellis Shattuck, Gordon Boice Shattuck and Arthur Bennett Shattuck. About 1952. Arthur comments: 
"Note the nice wood panelled Ford Country Squire we had in the background. I am amazed at what these cost today at an Antiques Car auction."

Here is the genealogy just described by Arthur:

Grandfather
Arthur Ellis Shattuck 1875–1966
BIRTH 23 JUN 1875 • Ticonderoga, Essex, New York, USA
DEATH 20 APR 1966 • Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

married Mary Davis 1875–1972
BIRTH ABOUT 1875 • Massachusetts
DEATH 24 JAN 1972 • Springfield MA

children:
Barbara D Shattuck 1907–
Gordon Boice Shattuck 1908–1986

Father
Gordon Boice Shattuck 1908–1986
BIRTH 7 DEC 1908 • West Springfield Mass
DEATH 5 MAY 1986 • Bradenton FL

married Anne Perryman Boddie 1912–2011
BIRTH 9 OCT 1912 • Willmette Ill
DEATH 11/10/2011 • Newport RI USA

children: 
Arthur Bennett Shattuck 1940–
Mary Anne Shattuck 1943–1998


Mary Anne Shattuck married Everett Douglas Ayer Jr  (1939– )


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