Yarnscombe Shaddocks

Yarnscombe and North Molton are circled in red. The other highlighted villages are where branches of the Yarnscombe Shaddocks and Shaddicks are found.

Even today, Yarnscombe is a small village, with only 230 people on the electoral role. It is not much bigger than the population (including children) in 1801 when there were 351 people living there. Today the main area is mostly devoted to agriculture, as it probably was when Thomas Shattocke from North Molton moved there. However there was a lead mine near Yarnscombe, last worked in 1794. There was a copper mine in North Molton abandoned before 1778. Perhaps the founder of Yarnscombe Shaddocks and Shaddicks, Thomas Shattocke, was a miner.

The Yarnscombe Shattockes are a branch of the North Molton Shattockes. All descendants of North Molton Shattockes have the Y-DNA SNP mutation Y19716. If you have this mutation then you know your ancestry tracks back to the small village of North Molton on the edge of the Exmoor in northern Devon. The Yarnscombe Shattockes have an additional mutation called FGC43713. This mutation is found in Yarnscombe and Fremington branches of the North Molton Shattockes. Finally, Yarnscombe Shattocks have a third mutation that sets them apart from all other North Molton Shattockes, the FGC43716 mutation. If you have this mutation you know your genealogical paper trail tracks all the way back to the tiny village of Yarnscombe in norther Devon. You can see the North Molton Shattocke branch on the far right side of this Shattocke Family Tree graphic. Click on the image to see it full screen.

In the Protestation Return of 1641-2, Thomas Shaddock is found living in the village of Yarnscombe making him the very probable founder of the Yarnscombe Shattockes, since he was born in 1604 in North Molton, Devon. See the North Molton page for a discussion of his genealogy.

"Shaddock" is a common way of spelling the family name in Devon because of the difference in the accents between Somerset people and Devon people. Thomas Shattick, born and raised in North Molton, probably sounded like "Thomas Shaddock" to the official who wrote his name down for the Protestation Return. Eventually all his descendants would either spell their names Shaddick or Shaddock.

His son Richard Shattocke (ca. 1635-1706) married Agnes Strelling in Yarnscombe in 1659. Their male descendants subsequently raised families in the Devon villages of Fremington, Bideford, Warkleigh, and Burrington before the children of William Shaddock (1766-1856) scattered to the north and overseas to the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Richard and Agnes had three sons who survived to adulthood. All subsequent generations of Yarnscombe Shattockes that survive until this day descend from Richard and Agnes' son Thomas Shattocke (born in 1680). And the largest branch sub-branch descends from an impoverished grandchild of Thomas, George Shaddick (1715-1810). The following diagram shows the Yarnscombe Family Tree. Click it to enlarge it.

The church in Yarnscombe where Richard Shattocke married Agnes Strellin in 1653.The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew. The nave, chancel and transeptal north tower probably date from the 13th century, while the south aisle and porch are 15th century. A vestry was added in 1846. The position of the tower is unusual for Devon. The Church contains some medieval tiles and glass.

Descendants of North Molton Shattockes

We know that Richard Shattocke married in Yarnscombe, but we have no record of his birth. It is possible his father Thomas was an itinerant labourer, moving from one village to the next. The parish records only go back to 1653 in Yarnscombe and the best guess is that he was born around 1635.

It is probably safe to assume that Richard Shattocke moved to Yarnscombe because it was his wife's place of birth. The problem with this assumption is that we are not sure of the spelling of her surname and there are no vital records as far back as the 17th century.

A possible reason why we find Thomas Shaddock in Yarnscombe is that it had a tin mine nearby. There is a possibility that some Shattockes in nearby North Molton were miners, which would mean Richard had the skills to find employment in Yarnscombe. But this is pure speculation. It seems more likely the Shatticks of North Molton were involved in the cloth trade.

Interior of St. Andrew Church

DNA studies using advanced SNP testing make it certain Richard is a North Molton Shattocke descendant. The studies show that his closest relative among descendants who have been tested is John Shaddick, born 1751 in the village of Fremington, Devon and died in the village in Instow, Devon. They share a common ancestor. It is Thomas Shattick born ca. 1545. He married Syblie Thorne in 1567 in North Molton. I call the family John Shaddick founded the Fremington Shaddicks.

I discuss the genealogy of the North Molton Shatticks in the page devoted to this major Shattocke branch. The line of descent from the founder of the North Molton Shatticks, Thomas Shattocke (ca. 1500 --) can be summarized as follows

Thomas Shattocke ca. 1500- (Joan --1565) North Molton

Thomas Shattick (ca. 1545-) (Syblie Thorne ca. 1545) North Molton

John Shattick (1567-) (Joan ) North Molton

Thomas Shatticke (1604- ) North Molton - Yarnscombe

Richard Shattocke (ca. 1640-1706) (Agnes Strellin ca. 1640-1709) Yarnscombe

Richard Shattocke Descendants

We have good parish records of Richard and Agnes and their descendants.

Yarnscombe: Richard Shattocke ca. 1640-1706 (Agnes Strellin ABT 1640-1710)

YARNSCOMBE, a village and parish, 5 miles N.E. of Great Torrington, and 7 miles S. by E. of Barnstaple, contains 512 souls, and 3047 acres of land. There was anciently a chapel at Little Yarnscombe. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel. The Parish Lands comprise 30 acres, called Ashridge, now let for about £20, which is carried to the churchwardens' accounts.

from White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Devonshire (1850)

The earliest Shattocke document I have been able to find is the record of the marriage of Richard Shattocke to Agnes Strellin in 1658.

The last two lines record the marriage of Richard Shattocke to Agnes Strellin (?) in 1659. This is the oldest record of the Shaddock / Shaddick lineage that originates in Devon's Yarnscombe village and eventually disperses worldwide.

The document is in terrible shape. It is because we know that Richard Shattocke was married to Agnes from the birth records of their children, the first of which was born in 1662, that we know this is the Yarnscombe Shaddock lineage. And because his bride Agnes' maiden name appears only here in this record we can only guess how her name is spelled. Most transcribers think it is Strellin or Strellings. However there are no Strellins or Strellings that appear in previous or subsequent British records until 1820 (Strelling) and 1832 (Strellin). That makes it doubtful that Strellin or Strelling are correct.

Richard Shattocke's name is also hard to read on the record. However other records of his name, that is baptism records of his children, consistently spell his name Shattocke.

Richard and Agnes had six children. We know that two died in infancy, and the record keeping at this time of history was adversely affected by the civil war raging before the Interregnum, and then during the Interregnum. The odds of the survival of children were terrible because the source of human disease was not understood and birth conditions were highly unhygienic. By age 16 sixty percent of children did not make it. Based on those odds, it is possible only two of the children survived.

In fact the only one of his children that has left a footprint in the records is Thomas Shattocke, who appears to have moved to Fremington at some point in his life.

Fremington: Thomas Shattocke (Shaddock) b. 1681 (Joan Stabledon b. 1685)

FREMINGTON, a large village, pleasantly seated on an acclivity south of the estuary of the Taw, 3 miles W. of Barnstaple, has in its parish 1326 inhabitants, and 6810 acres of land, including the village of Bickington, and many scattered farm-houses, &c. It was anciently a borough, and sent members to the parliament at Westminster in the reign of Edward III. In 1546, it was considered as part of Instow parish. Merchant vessels trading with Barnstaple usually anchor in the small creek of the Taw estuary, called Fremington Pill, or Pen-hill; and coal vessels discharge cargoes there. . The Church (St. Peter,) has a tower and five bells, and the vicarage...

From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)

Thomas Shattocke was born in Yarnscombe, eight miles south of Fremington in 1681. In 1703, at the age of twenty-one he married Joan Stabledon in Alverdiscott. The marriage record says he is from Fremington, so he must have moved from Yarnscombe to Fremington sometime prior to 1703. Alverdiscott is 5 miles east of Bideford five miles south of Fremington, so these little villages are very close together. Daughter Elizabeth is born here as "Shaddock."

Thomas and Joan's first four children are born in Alverdiscott. That puts them in Alverdiscott between 1704 and 1711. They moved to Yarnscombe and had their son George in 1715. There is another boy on the baptism record, Richard, which would suggest they were twins. While this is certainly possible it is also possible the boys were born two years apart and were merely baptized on the same day. There is a four year gap between their fourth child and the "twins."

There is an even bigger gap to the next birth, Philip, in 1724. He is born in Fremington, so the family had moved once again. His son Philip would acquire the "Shaddick" spelling of the family surname when his baptism was entered into the parish records at Chittlehampton in 1762. That version of the family name would pass down all the way to the Shaddicks of New Brunswick, who still live in Canada's maritime province. The story of how I tracked down their ancestors is told on the page devoted to them:

Four years after Philip's birth, daughter Agnes is born four miles south in Horwood. All Thomas Shattocke's children appear to have had their surnames spelled "Shaddock."

Thomas Shattocke's family proved to be healthy and fruitful. The records show that four of his sons would carry on the family name in their own sons. The most prolific of them turned out to be the next descendant in the Yarnscombe Shaddock lineage, George Shaddick.

Bideford: George Shaddick 1715-1810 (Ann Paul b. 1716) (Elisabeth Weber 1723-)

BIDEFORD (ST. MARY), a sea-port, incorporated market-town, and parish, having separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the hundred of SHEBBEAR, Great Torrington and N. divisions of DEVON, 39 miles (N. W. by W.) from Exeter, and 201 (W. by S.) from London; containing 5211 inhabitants, of whom 4830 are in the town. This place, called also Bytheford, of which its modern appellation is a variation, derives its name from being situated near an ancient ford on the river Torridge . . . after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, in 1685, many French Protestants settled in the town, and established the manufacture of silk and cotton; a great quantity of wool was imported from Spain, and, in 1699, its trade with Newfoundland was inferior only to that of London and Exeter . . . Ship-building is extensively carried on: during the late war, several frigates were launched at this port, and there are eight or ten dockyards, in which smaller vessels are built. The principal articles of manufacture are cordage, sails, and common earthenware; there are also several tan-yards, and a small lace manufactory. . . The free grammar school, of remote foundation, was rebuilt in 1657 . . . A charity school is supported by the trustees of the Bridge Estate, and by subscription; a building has likewise been erected for a national school."

From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)

George Shaddick (1715-1810) was born in Yarnscombe and moved to Bideford when he married Ann Pall (b. 1716). After she died, probably in childbirth, he married Elisabeth Weber (1723-1751). George had twins with his wife Elizabeth, and they called their twins "George and Elizabeth." George also had a twin brother Richard (although it is possible the brothers were born a couple of years apart and were merely baptized on the same day). There must have been hilarity when the twins were in the house.

George had remarried in Paignton, where his wife was born. Paignton is another coastal town in Devon. But it is 70 miles away, on the other side of Devon, looking out across the English Channel. I wonder if George Shaddock was somehow connected with marine trade rather than farming. That is a huge distance from Bideford. He married Elizabeth Webber on June 30 of 1751. On January 26 of the following year, a child Joan is born. I'll save you counting the months: it was almost exactly 7 months after the marriage ceremony that the baby was baptized. She was baptized in Paignton so we know George was living there, or at least his new wife was living there. Indeed there is a record at the Devon Heritage Centre that throws light on this period of George's life. It is a removal order from officials at St John's Parish, Paignton. The order is to return George Shaddock, his wife and his daughter to Bideford. George was on parish welfare and St John's Parish wanted to return him to his own parish and let them bear the costs. The removal order must have been carried out because four years later the child Joan dies in Bideford. Why was he living so far away from Bideford?

George was baptized as "Shaddock" but when he married Ann Paul in 1737 his name was entered on the marriage record as "Shaddick." (I have only seen the transcription though.) When he marries Elizabeth Webber in 1751, his name is rendered as "Shaddock." (Again I have only seen the transcription.) But on all his children's birth certificates his name appears as "Shaddick." George has three children by Ann Paul and six children by Elizabeth Webber.

George lived to the very old age of 95.

Thomas Shaddock, the third child he had by Ann Pall, and the child who may have survived his mother at birth, became the latest Yarncombe Shaddock lineage descendant.

Warkleigh, Thomas Shaddock 1740-1786 (Ann Podger 1740-1810)

"WARKLEIGH, or Warkley, 5 miles S.W. by W. of South Molton, is a scattered village and parish, containing 291 souls, and 2414 acres of fertile land, rising boldly from the Taw and Mole valleys, on the east and west. The heirs of the late Lord Rolle own most of the soil, and are lords of the manor, which was anciently held by the Raleigh family, and afterwards by the Martins, Audleys, and Bourchiers. J. Gould, Esq., the Rev. P.T. Johnson, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. John,) is a handsome structure, with a tower and three bells. It has several neat mural tablets, but only part of its richly-carved screen remains." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

The Burrington Shaddock lineage begins with Richard Shattocke ca. 1640 in Yarnscombe, Devon and ends with the scattering of Shaddocks and Shaddicks from Burrington, Devon to northern England, Australia, Illinois and Ontario.

Thomas Shaddock (1740-1786) was born in Bideford and moved to Warkleigh sometime before 1758 when he married Ann Podger in St. John's, the church nestled in the rolling landscape. You can see the parish church at the center of this Google view of contemporary Warkleigh:


If you would like to explore the area using Google maps, clicks on the town tour link:

Town tour.

We do not have a lot of information about Thomas Shaddock, whom I shall call Thomas Shaddock senior because he had a son named after him. He was born in Bideford, the Atlantic sea coastal town.

Thomas had two sisters born before him, Mary (born 1737) and Catherine (born 1739). His mother, Ann Pall (born 1716), died while he was still young. I am going to guess that she died in childbirth, either during Thomas' birth or another child one or two years later.

When he became an adult, Thomas Shaddock moved to Warkleigh, about 20 km or 12 miles away from Bideford. It occurs sometime before 1758, because in that year he is married to Ann Podger (1740-1810). He is described as a "husbandman" on his marriage license, which means either that he was a tenant farmer or his job was to look after farm animals. We know that his son William (born 1766), who would move from Warkleigh to Burrington to found a Shaddock lineage there, could read and write because he signed his son's James marriage certificate. But his older brother James (born 1764) could not sign his own marriage certificate. His wife Elizabeth Guard (1770-1851) could sign her own name. So he was rich enough to afford to send William to school.

The only other fact we know about Thomas Shaddock senior is that he died very young, at the age of 46 in 1786, just a few days before Christmas. That left his widow Ann with a lot on her hands because there were at least eleven surviving children. The youngest, Joan, was four and the oldest, Grace was just twenty-six.

There are apprenticeship contracts I have found for five of Thomas' children, beginning in 1776 with William Shaddock (my 4th great grandfather) age 10, then Ann in 1784 age 8, George in the same year age 9, Elizabeth in 1886 age 15; and Philip in 1788 age 9. These apprenticeship contracts provided cheap labour for area farmers, and a way to relieve the children's family of the burden of their care. A quitclaim I discuss as part of Thomas Shaddock Jr.'s bio below suggests the Shaddocks of Warkleigh were landowners. And William Shaddock, my 4th great grandfather, could read and write, suggesting his father was able to send him to school up to age 10 when he was forced out into the fields as a labourer. My suspicion is something drastic befell the family around 1776. Thomas Shaddock Sr. died relatively young in 1786. Was he injured? Did he have a long debilitating illness? We may never know.

Thomas and Ann Podger's Children

Both classical paper-based genealogical research and DNA testing are helping us find out what happened to the descendants of Thomas Shaddock and Ann Podger of Warkleigh. Let's review what we know so far.

John Shaddock (1761-1838)

If Thomas Shaddock senior had actually owned a farm, his oldest son John would have inherited it. But in 1761 John Shaddock got married in Bishops Tawton, about 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Warkleigh. His wife was Eleanor Brayley (born 1760). He apparently moved to Chittlehampton some years later as his fourth child, Elizabeth Shaddock, was born there in 1799. And at some point he returned to Bishops Tawton, because he dies there in 1838 at age 76. His name was spelled "Shaddick" on his death record. He had three girls and one boy.

James Shaddock worked as a labourer in Warkleigh. He had a son James born there in 1793. His son Thomas was born in Chittlehampton.

James Shaddock was a sergeant. This picture from Wikipedia shows a 40th Foot sergeant in his parade colors.

James Shaddock (b. 1764)

In 1799, at the age of 35, he joined the army, the 40th Regiment of Foot. What caused him to join the army? He had had his fifth child in 1793 and had an uncertain economic footing as a field labourer. The year 1799 was the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, so there would be active recruiting. If he was experiencing economic distress he chose a very dangerous occupation that would take him away from his family for years at a time. And as we will soon find out, he paid a heavy price for his military service.

It is interesting to note the regiment (40th Regiment of Foot) was originally raised in Nova Scotia out of units stationed in the West Indies and North America. It is probable that he shipped out to Nova Scotia and was stationed there. An article from Wikipedia picks up the story:

"The 40th was part of the force that attempted to capture Buenos Aires in 1806. After two years back in Britain, it was deployed to Spain and Portugal in what would become the Peninsular War, thus being one of only three regiments to serve throughout the entire Peninsula campaign. Briefly sent to Canada in 1814 during the War of 1812 (1812-15) it was soon recalled upon the ending of that conflict.

In 1815 the regiment was rushed to join with Wellington’s army just before the Battle of Waterloo commenced. Initially placed in reserve, they were later in the day moved to the centre of his line to a position near La Haye Sainte. They held firm all day and helped drive off Napoleon’s final massed infantry attack, ultimately losing 170 killed or wounded, including their commanding officer Major Arthur Rowley Heyland."

That was the decisive battle of the war and one of the bloodiest. It is amazing to think our ancestor may have played a part in it. His distant relative John Shaddick (1787-1853) was probably also at the Battle of Waterloo. Their common ancestor was their great grandfather and their homes were only 11 miles from each other. It is hard to know if they knew each other, but the descendants of their great grandfather may have lived in the same village, Chittlehampton.

An inflammation of his eyes robbed James of some or all of his eyesight, making him unfit for duty and qualified to be a Chelsea pensioner. (He probably convalesced in the Chelsea hospital in London where he was discharged from the army in 1816, returning to Devon and his family. His statement of service provides a description of what he looked like: "5'8", dark hair, hazel eyes, swarthy complexion, by trade a labourer." He was tall for men of his time. He must have been an imposing figure in his regimental colors. I bet he told a lot of stories of his travels to his relatives in and around Burrington, Devon. He probably shared stories of the rich and open lands in Canada with his brother William, whose grandson Thomas Mitchell Shaddock (1834-1912) would seek a better life in that distant land some years later. There were other Shaddocks and Shaddicks who would also seek opportunity in Canada.

At some point his son James Jr. (1793-1865) moved to Chulmleigh and may have died there. James Jr.'s daughter Mary Shaddick was born in Chulmleigh. She fell onto very hard times and appears to have spent most of her adult life in and out of the work house at South Molton in northern Devon. She would give birth to her two sons John and William in the work house. They would move to Bristol and William would found a Bristol Shaddicks family dynasty. Read about the Chulmleigh - Bristol Shaddicks here.

William Shaddock Sr. (1766-1856)

William Shaddock senior moved to Burrington, where his wife Mary Mitchell was born and lived. He would have sons and grandsons that eventually dispersed to the English colonies in the great Shattocke diaspora. I have devoted a whole page to William Shaddock Sr. and his children.

Thomas Shaddock Jr. (1769-1841)

Thomas junior would not marry Sarah Baker until three years after his father's death so he and his brothers and sisters would have been able to help sustain the household. Thomas junior would live for the rest of his life in Warkleigh and die at the age of 82. He is probably buried in the church yard of St. Johns.

There is a very interesting document in the North Devon Records Office (South West Heritage Trust, Reference: 2309-3/50/11) regarding a quitclaim signed by Thomas Shaddock on June 26, 1794. A quitclaim is a document in a land transaction that releases the purchaser of the land from the possibility of legal action from a person who might have an interest or previous ownership in the property. This document provides evidence that the Shaddocks of Warkleigh were land owners in Warkleigh or the surrounding area. Is this land that was originally owned by Thomas Shaddock Sr.? Was the family once a landowner?

We know at least some of his descendants are living in the present, because an intrepid genealogist discovered a paper trail back to him. My friend Kelly Olsen was trying to help her friend Kate uncover her family tree but ran into trouble when the paper trail ended at Ann Shaddock, a granddaughter of Thomas Shaddock (1769-1841). And it was highly uncertain that the paper trail to Ann was correct! Ann had married John Jenkins Woolacott (b. 1819), whose mother Elizabeth Woolacott (b. 1800) had him out of wedlock. They were married in Chittlehampton but soon moved to Ann's home village of Warkleigh, where her husband began using his middle name as his last name: John Jenkins. The children were baptized with that name as well. It was common back then to use the biological father's last name as the middle name of his "illegitimate" child. It took a lot of work, but Kelly was able to eventually trace the descendants of Ann Shaddock to Wales and then to Pennsylvania in the U.S. Digging into archives for the state eventually added confirmation to her genealogical work. The capstone of her monumental effort was the result of an autosomal test of her friend Kate. The results came back with a match to a descendant of the Burrington Shaddocks living in Ontario, Canada: Ken Shaddock. (He is my fifth cousin.)

Richard Shaddock (1769-1812)

Richard Shaddock has the same baptism date as his brother Thomas, so it is quite possible they were twins. He also was born and buried in Warkleigh, but he must have lived in nearby Satterleigh because he hand children there. He had a daughter Martha Shaddock (1812-1894) who had a sister also baptized on the same day, so she may have been a twin as well. It is sad to note that Martha's father died in the same year as her birth. Martha Shaddock married Richard Samson in 1836. After having five children, they sought a better future for the family and sailed aboard the ship “Sir Edward Parry” to South Australia from London and Plymouth. Passengers included Richard Samson, wife and five children, also on board were William Chaddock and wife. Sherene, who provided this information, is my fifth cousin 1X removed.

Yarnscombe Shattocke Branches

Explore major branches in depth:

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 and Western Ontario Shaddocks of Burrington

William Shaddock senior's son James Shaddock (1801-1865) lived in Burrington, Devon all his life working as a farm labourer. His sons left Burrington to pursue careers elsewhere, a gameskeeper in Devon, a miner in Yorkshire and a homesteader in Ontario.

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.


Richard Shattocke was the son of Thomas Shaddock found in the 1642 Protestation Returns in Yarnscombe. The lineage traces back to North Molton and then Bampton and then Somerset. See the North Molton Shattockes page.

Richard Shattocke 1639-1706 (Agnes Strellin ABT 1640-1710)

1. Richard Shattocke 1662-1664 born and died in Yarnscombe

2. Elizabeth Shattocke b. 1664

3. Richard Shattocke b. 1671

4. Thomas Shattocke (Shaddock) b. 1681

born in Yarnscombe, died in Fremington, Devon

(married Joan Stabledon b. 1685)

4.1 Elizabeth Shaddock b. 1704

4.2 Thomas Shaddock b. 1706 (Grace Slooman 1705-)

4.2.1 Thomas Shaddock 1734 –

4.3 Hanna Shaddock b. 1708

4.4 John Shaddock b. 1711–1790 (Eleanour Tanner ca. 1710-1781)

4.5 George Shaddick 1715-1810 (Ann Paul b. 1716, Elisabeth Weber 1723-) born Yarnscombe, moved to Bideford

Children of Ann Paul:

4.5.1 Mary Shaddock b. 1737

4.5.2 Catherine Shaddock b. 1739

4.5.3 Thomas Shaddock 1740-1786 (Ann Podger 1740-1810) born in Bideford, died in Warkleigh Thomas Shaddock 1759-1841 (Sarah Baker 1768 – 1845) born and dies in Warkleigh

Thomas Shaddock 1784-1859 (Anne Stedeford b 1786) born and dies in Warkleigh

Grace Shaddock b. 1760 (Edward Baker) born in Warkleigh

John Shaddock 1761-1838 (Eleanor Brayley b. 1760) born in Warkleigh, died in Bishops Tawton, Devonshire

James Shaddock b. 1764 (Elizabeth Guard 1770–1841) born in Warkleigh

William Shaddock (1766-1856) (Sarah Hammet 1771-1854) born in Warkleigh, died in Burrington

George Shaddock b. 1775 born in Warkleigh

Ann Shaddock b. 1776 born in Warkleigh

Elizabeth Shaddock b. 1778 born in Warkleigh

Philip Shaddock 1779-1805 born and died in Warkleigh

Joan Shaddock 1782-1853 (John Ashelford) born in Warkleigh, died in South Molton

Richard Shaddock 1769-1812 (Joanna Kingsland) born and died in Warkleigh

Elizabeth Shaddock 1771-1771 born and died in Warkleigh

Children of Elizabeth Webber:

4.5.4 Joan Shaddick 1752–1756

4.5.5 George Shaddick 1754–1757

4.5.6 Elizabeth Shaddick 1754–

4.5.7 Joan Shaddick 1757–

4.5.8 Sarah Shaddick 1759–

4.5.9 George Shaddick 1762–

4.5.10 George Shaddick 1771–

4.6 Richard Shaddock b. 1715 (twin to George Shaddock) (Margaret Dart) born in Yarnscombe

4.6.1 Agnes Shaddock 1732–1733

4.6.2 Agnes Shaddock 1734--

4.6.3 Mary Shaddock 1737–

4.6.4 Richard Shaddock 1744 – (Susanna Griffe)

Mary Shaddock 1780–1792

Richard Shaddock 1782–

John Shaddock 1785–

Amy Shaddock 1790–

4.7 William Shaddock b. 1718 born in Instow

4.8 James Shaddock b. 1722-1792 (Mary Lee 1726--) born in Instow

4.9 Philip Shaddock b. 1724 (Mary Tanner 1723–) born in Fremington

4.9.1 William Shaddock 1750–

4.9.2 Thomas Shaddock 1753–

4.9.3 Philip Shaddick 1762–1824 (Joan Beare 1763–) John Shaddick 1783–1853 (Mary Hill 1785–1874) John Shaddock Jr. 1809–1890 (Jessie Elizabeth Thompson Keays 1826–1904)

Thomas Shaddick 1846–1909 (Catherine Hubbard 1843–1902)

Elizabeth Jane "Janey" Shaddick 1875– (Thomas Ashton 1867-)

Henry Hubbard Shaddock 1876–1956 (Emma "Emily" Muth 1880–)

Harold Rudolph "Harry" Shaddock 1894–1968

Joseph "Joe" Shaddock Sr. 1900–1964

Mary Ann Shaddick 1880–1951

William Shaddick 1885–1961 (Mary Whitney Davidson Russell 1872–1955

William John Joseph Shaddick 1914–1991

Joseph Shaddick 1887– (Ethel Harriet Shaddick 1892–

Jennie Catherine Shaddick 1925–

Arnold Gilmore Shaddick 1928–

Mary Anne Shaddock 1849–1877

Elizabeth Ann Shaddick 1850–1913

Elsie "Alice" Shaddock 1852–1913 (Capt. Henry Copp 1854–1939)

Rebecca Shaddick 1854–

Frances "Fanny" Shaddock 1857–1882

Harriet Jane Shaddock 1859–1883 (James Allison 1836–1925)

Catherine Shaddock 1862–

John William Shaddick 1864–1904 (Mary Whitney Davidson Russell 1872–1955)

Ethel Harriet Shaddick 1892– (Joseph Shaddick 1887–)

Jennie Catherine Shaddick 1925– (Paul Reginald Weed 1925–)

Arnold Gilmore Shaddick 1928– (Kathleen Janie Allison 1928–)

Allen Henry Shaddick 1894–1978 (Emily Helena McKinley 1895–1980)

Norman Shaddick 1917–1999

Harvey A Shaddick 1920– (Lulu Pauline Nowlan 1923)

Frederick Burton "Freddie" Shaddick 1924–2000

Elizabeth "Betty" Shaddick 1930– (Duncan)

Donald Emerson "Buddy" Shaddick 1932–2010 (Audrey MacKinley 1932–)

James Allen "Jimmy" Shaddick 1950–

David Joseph Shaddick 1954–

Tracey Shaddick

Kathyrn Shaddick

Debra Shaddick

Patsy Shaddick

Andrea Shaddick

Joan Margaret Shaddick 1936–

Marg Shaddick

James Harvey Shaddick 1896–1979 (Gertrude Lillie O'Shea 1890–1963)

Mary Jane Shaddick 1898–

Alice May Shaddick 1900–1992 (Anthony Joseph Paterno Sr. 1899–1954)

Clifford Shaddick 1902 (Muriel M. Bryenton 1908–)

Henry C. Shaddock 1866–1946 (Goldie Kincaid 1879–1959)

Mamie I. Shaddock 1913

Sarah Emeline Shaddock 1868–1956 (Murdoch E. Sutherland 1847–1920)

Annie Shaddock 1878– William Shaddock 1811–1890 (Fanny Quale 1814–)

John Shaddock 1847–1903 (Annie M. Mullett 1865–)

Mary C Shaddock 1883–

Sarah Shaddick 1886–

William Percy Shaddick 1887–1903

Fannie O. Shaddick 1889 (Thomas W. McGregor 1883–)

Christina Shaddock 1848–

William Shaddock 1851–1873

Mary Shaddock 1856– (James Cain 1851–) William Shaddick 1787–1868

1st wife: Anne Bennett 1798–1842

Mary Ann Shaddick 1821– (William Cawsey 1821-)

William Shaddick 1826–1910 (Ann Mearles 1823–)

Thomazin M Shaddick 1856–1922 (William Cole 1849–1927)

Annie Chambers Shaddick 1857– (Thomas Tucker 1862–)

William Shaddick 1858–1918 (Rebecca Parker 1859–)

Alfred John Shaddick 1880– (Ruby Edit Crosse 1908--)

John Shaddick 1882–1914 (Lavinia Ann Loveys 1882–)

Beatrice May Shaddick 1907–1914

Bertram Percival Shaddick 1883–1984 (Florence A. Baker)

William Shaddick 1884–1966 (Bessie Jane A Brook 1884–1946)

Winifred Beatrice Brook Shaddick 1909– (James Woodman 1910--)

Bessie Ann Shaddick 1885– (Albert Bannett Stratton 1878–)

Freddy Shaddick 1891–1956 (Mary Elizabeth Glover 1882–1972)

Mary Ellen Shaddick 1896–1970 (Robert A Munson 1895–1928)

Ernest Richard Shaddick 1898–1967 (Kathleen Munson 1901–1989)

Ernest William J Shaddick 1920–2007 (Pamela Maria Rackham 1921–2004)

Dorothy Ellen Shaddick 1927–2005 (George A Fallon 1925–)

Percy Bertram Shaddick 1903–1968 (Ivy Hannah D Baker 1904–1977)

Richard Shaddick 1860– (Mary Cole 1836--)

John Shaddick 1865–

Rebecca Shaddick 1826– (Samuel Joy 1810--)

James Shaddick (1848-1852) born out of wedlock?

2nd wife: Jane Allen 1795– Mary Shaddick 1792– (William Aston 1794--)

4.9.4 Hannah Shaddock 1766–

4.10 Agnes Shaddock b. 1728 (Richard Ackland 1725--)

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