Famous

by Philip Shaddock

This is a kind of virtual scrapbook where I preserve the memory of Shattocke people and places who shone brightly for a moment in the collective history and then faded away. 

I should begin by removing credit where it is not due. If you were born a Shaddock, you are likely to have grown up thinking that your most famous ancestor was Captain Shaddock, who is credited as introducing to the Caribbean a fruit related to the grapefruit, the Shaddock fruit. In fact the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary lists Shaddock:

shaddock  NOUN

another term for pomelo

Example sentences
‘What is certain is that the ‘shaddock’ thrived in the W. Indies, in various forms; and it seems likely that it was there, in the course of the 18th century, that it developed into the grapefruit.’

‘My failure to answer the first phone inquiry - as to when a Vietnamese grapefruit known as a ‘shaddock’ had first made a lodgement in the nineteenth-century goldfields - had instantly obliterated my credibility.’

Origin: Late 17th century: named after Captain Shaddock, who introduced it to the West Indies in the 17th century.
Pronunciation shaddock/ˈʃadək/

Not even close and no cigar Oxford. Read the Myth of Captain Shaddock and the Forbidden Fruit. The real Shattocke claims to fame are listed below.

England
Shattockes or Places in English History

William Shuttock and the Defense Against the Spanish Armada

In the year 1585, three years before the defeat of the Spanish Armada, Somerset was ratcheting up its defenses against a possible invasion by the enemy. In a book written about preparations for the war, the name of one of our ancestors appears, along with a description of his proposed role. 

John Shattock Visits Samuel Pepys, the Diarist

English families often increased their fortunes and rose up the social ladder through marriages. This is the tale of rich merchant families.

The Southwark London Shattocks

The Shattocks of London rose to the highest social circles in London. They trace back to Somerset. They also show a surprising DNA connection to Shattucks of America.

America

Prominent Shattucks or places in American history.

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 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.

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.

The Pepperell Shattucks

The Shattucks founded by Samuel Shattuck (1672-1758), grandson of the pilgrim immigrant William Shattuck (1622-1672) are the most numerous Shattuck "tribe" in the family tree and produced some of the most famous Shattuck descendants like Francis Kitteridge Shattuck (1824-1898) of Shattuck Hotel and Avenue fame in Berkeley; Judge Erasmus Darwin Shattuck (1824-1900) who was a pioneering judge and educator in Portland, Oregon; George Otis Shattuck (1829-1827) who was another famous member of the legal profession, mentor to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Aaron Draper Shattuck (1832-1928) the White Mountain School artist and more!

Lydia White Shattuck, Pioneering Botanist

Lydia White Shattuck (1822-1889) was a world famous botanist and a pioneer in the field. There is a building named after her on the campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She was a professor of botany and chemistry there.

Truly Shattuck, Vaudeville Singer and Silent Film Actress

Truly Shattuck (July 27, 1875 – December 6, 1954) was a soubrette star of vaudeville, music halls and Broadway whose career began in tragedy and ended in relative obscurity.

Shattuck Inn, Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Opened in 1910 after the original Inn burned to the ground, this Inn was a favorite retreat for busy New Englanders. The winter scenes depicted on post cards remind me of the inn featured in the Christmas classic film "Holiday Inn."

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 brother's father, John Shattuck (1786-1867) had served in the War of 1812. After the war he settled in Brandon, Franklin County, New York.

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.