North Dakota Shattucks

The Shattucks of Watertown Massachusetts are a major branch of the worldwide Shattocke family, whose common ancestor lived early in the 14th century. 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.

I would like to thank Lee Shattuck and Melissa Daniels for their contributions to this page.

Lee Allan Shattuck is a descendant of William Shattuck (ca. 1622-1672), who arrived from Somerset in England to the Massachusetts Bay colony about 1640. He founded the Shattuck family in the U.S. It now numbers 13,000 people. Lee is descended from William's son Philip Shattuck (1648-1722).

That Lee is a Shattuck descendant is supported by his Y-DNA results.

Modern day Velva, looking down Main St. We are a long way from Somerset, England.

The Shattuck family that Lee belongs to have been in North Dakota since about 1915 when Dewitt Clinton Shattuck (1893-1970), Lee's grandfather, moved to Vela, North Dakota. Wikipedia describes it:

Velva is a city in McHenry County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 1,084 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area. Velva was founded in 1897.

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall (1899). Shattucks did not arrive on the Mayflower, but they did arrive on a similar ship not long after..

The arrival of Clinton (or "Clint") in Velva was the result of a long migration for his family. It began in Somerset, England. For an account of the first leg of that long journey, see Massachusetts Shattuck. My primary source for the family's migration after arrival in American is Lemuel Shattuck's "Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck," published in 1855. Let's begin with the birth of the son of William Shattuck, Philip Shattuck (1648-1722).

Dr. Philip Shattuck (1648-1722)

The biography of Dr. Philip Shattuck can be found here: Dr. Philip Shattuck (1648-1722).

Dr. Joseph Shattuck (1687-1729)


Dr. Joseph Shattuck was born in Watertown, March 6, 1687. He was a physician, and resided in Boston from 1708 to 1715. He afterwards removed to Watertown, and assumed the medical practice of his father, where he died in the full vigor of life, May 19, 1729, se. 42 y. 2 m. 13 d.

Wife and children:

Mary Ladd 1690–1791

Joseph Shattuck 1709–1710

Rebecca Shattuck 1710–

Joseph Shattuck 1712–

Mary Shattuck 1713–1731

Samuel Shattuck 1716–1760

Sarah Shattuck 1718–

Nathaniel Shattuck 1721–

John Shattuck 1723–1788

William Shattuck 1725–

Samuel was Lee's direct ancestor.

Samuel Shattuck (1716-1760)


Samuel Shattuck, was b. in Watertown, May 29, 1716, and d. in Montague, Dec. 29, 1760, æ. 44 y. 7 m. He was probably the Samuel Shattuck who was a proprietor of Petersham at its first incorporation, (Wilson's Address, pp. 15, 88.) He afterwards settled in Deerfield. His eldest son served a campaign in the French war; and on his return brought home the small pox, and gave it to both his parents. The mother and son recovered, but the father died. So far as the information contained in this volume shows, the name of Shattuck, among the descendants of Dr. Philip, his grandfather, has been preserved only in the line of this Samuel. In the other branches it appears to have become extinct.

Wife and children:

Sarah Clesson 1722–1785

Samuel Shattuck 1741–1827

Sarah Shattuck 1743–

Joseph Shattuck 1745–1746

Maj. William Shattuck 1747–1810

Joseph Shattuck 1749–1819

Capt. Oliver Shattuck 1751–1797

Hannah Shattuck 1753–1776

Mary Shattuck 1755–1785

Joanna Shattuck 1757–1776

Lucinda Shattuck 1759–

Submit Shattuck 1761–1801

Lee's direct ancestor was Joseph Shattuck.

Joseph Shattuck 1749–1819

Joseph Shattuck, was b. in Deerfield, Sept. 22, 1749, and first settled in his native town, but about 1795 removed to Pompey, Onondaga Co., N. Y., near the time of its first settlement, and about 1805 to Cohocton, Steuben Co., where he d. Dec. 29, 1819, æ. 70 y. 3 m. 7 d. He was a revolutionary soldier, and is described in the rolls of 1780 as then "30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches high, dark complexion."

Apparently Joseph served as a private.

Additional information about Joseph Shattuck comes from some excellent research done for the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association ( ) by Nancy Maliwesky in a story about William Pomeroy's ancestor Mary Ann Cole ("Running Bare Foot" Part II) who apparently had a Shattuck baby although she married a Pomeory, that is Spencer Pomeroy. This excerpt from the page tells of Joseph Shattuck's life in Pompey.

The story of the Shattuck family is indicative of the problems faced by many early settlers of the military tract. Joseph Shattuck was born 29 Sep 1749 in Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, to parents Samuel and Sarah (Closson) Shattuck. He married Chloe Scott 23 Nov 1775 and in 1780 served two separate times for a total of 8 months and 20 days in under Captain Isaac Pope, in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment (also known as the Third Continental Regiment) during the War of the Revolution. About 1795 he purchased part of lot 47 in Pompey, where he and his family settled. On 19 Oct 1796 he was one of the founding members of the First Congregational Church of Pompey...

By 7 Sep 1801, Joseph Shattuck and his family had been forced to leave what they thought was their property on lot 47 and had moved nearby, as they are mentioned in the Pompey Road Book as on land on lots 37 and 38, near neighbor Henry Hudson. This move was precipitated by a lawsuit brought by Conrad Bush, the legitimate owner of the property. This title dispute was a great hardship to Joseph and his family, as they had cleared sixty acres, and built a log house and barn on the land.

On 15 Mar 1802, Joseph Shattuck signed a petition to the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to establish the Pompey Academy...

Unfortunately for Joseph Shattuck, the property he had bought after being evicted from Conrad Bush’s land also came into title question, and he was again evicted, at which point he moved to Cohocton, Steuben County, New York about 1805. While six of his sons also moved to Cohocton, several stayed in Pompey after their father’s removal and married there.

Susan Hughes of the American Pomeroy Genealogical Society also wrote a story about the Pomeroy NPE on this site: The Shattucks of Pomeroy, New York: unraveling the tale of an NPE.

Wife and children:

Chloe Scott 1755–1824

Stephen Shattuck 1777–1855

Zebina Shattuck 1780–1832

Joseph Shattuck 1782–1841

Chester Philitis Shattuck Sr. 1784–1849

Eli Shattuck 1787–1853

Ansel Shattuck 1790–1849

Lucius Shattuck 1791–1852

Alfred Shattuck 1794–1847

Truman Shattuck 1798–1863

Alfred Shattuck (1794-1847)


Alfred Shattuck, was b. in Deerfield, Mass., Aug. 15, 1794, and d. in Plymouth, Wayne Co., Michigan, Aug. 13, 1847, se. 53 years.

On the same internet page I quoted from earlier, Nancy Maliwesky provides the following information about Alfred Shattuck.

Alfred Shattuck, Joseph’s eighth son, also appears to have removed to Cohocton with his parents. He married on 28 May 1820, Sarah V. Collyer in Avoca, New York. An Alfred Shattuck is found as head of household in Cohocton according to the 1820 U.S. Federal Census. He died 13 Aug 1847 in Plymouth, Michigan.

Wife and children:

Sarah Van Vechten Collyer 1799–1880

Franklin Scott Shattuck 1821–1889

Rosamund Chloe Shattuck 1822–1858

Samuel Collyer Shattuck 1825–1850

Dewitt Clinton Shattuck 1825–1903

Gilbert Marquis Shattuck 1828–1895

Sarah Elizabeth Shattuck 1830–1856

Caroline Harriet Shattuck 1832–1832

William Mortimer Shattuck 1834–1914

Lucius Lemotte Shattuck 1836–1863

Fletcher Haight Shattuck 1838–1838

Ellen Augusta Shattuck 1843–1922

Dewitt Clinton Shattuck was Lee's direct ancestor.

Lemuel's book covers the history of Lee's family only up to 1855, the date when the book was published.

Dewitt Clinton Shattuck 1825–1903

We first encounter Clinton Shattuck in Wayne, Michigan, living with his widowed mother, Sarah Van Vechten Collyer (1799–1880) in the 1850 census. His father Alfred had died three years previously. Clinton was born in New York.

George Armstrong Custer on the left in Virginia.

He registered for the Civil War draft in 1863, giving his place of residence the township of Hamburg in the Michigan county of Livingston, 32 km (20 mi.) from Plymouth. He had enlisted in Company K, Michigan 1st Cavalry Regiment on 18 Feb 1865, largely formed of men from Wayne County, which includes Detroit. This was the unit General George Armstrong Custer headed up at one point. He mustered out on 05 Dec 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Wikipedia:

The 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was a part of the famed Michigan Brigade, commanded for a time by Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer. Over the span of its existence, the regiment carried a total of 2705 men on its muster rolls. The regiment suffered 14 officers and 150 enlisted men killed in action or mortally wounded and 6 officers and 244 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 414 fatalities.

Here is the list of campaigns his unit was involved in. All of the fighting was in Virginia. And his unit appears to have been present at the site where General Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865.

Expedition from Edenburg to Little Fort Valley, February 13-17, 1865. Sheridan's Raid from Winchester February 27-March 25. Occupation of Staunton March 2. Waynesboro March 2. Duguidsville March 8. Hanover Court House March 15. Appomattox Court House March 28-April 9. Dinwiddie Court House March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Scott's Cross Roads April 2. Tabernacle Church, or Beaver Creek Pond, April 4. Sailor's Creek April 6. Appomattox Station April 8. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Expedition to Danville April 23-29. March to Washington May. Grand Review May 23. Moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, June 1.

He was still a member of this unit when it participated in the Powder River Expedition:

The Powder River Expedition of 1865 also known as the Powder River War or Powder River Invasion, was a large and far-flung military operation of the United States Army against the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians in Montana Territory and Dakota Territory. Although soldiers destroyed one Arapaho village and established Fort Connor to protect travelers on the Bozeman Trail, the expedition is considered a failure because it failed to defeat the Indians and secure peace in the region.

Della Shattuck (1856-1907), Clinton and Lucy's first born, a year after the marriage. She was born in 1856 and would have been old enough to worry alongside her mother when her father went off to war.

This makes it possible he served under General Custer, although the fact he survived indicates he escaped the general's fate. In fact in an 1890 "Veterans Schedule" his "rank" in the cavalry was "sadler." A saddler designs, manufactures, rebuilds and repairs a wide variety of saddles, saddle trees, harnesses, riding boots and associated tack for all equestrian disciplines. So Clinton may not have fired a shot, but he would have directly experienced the wars. Clinton was only in the cavalry for nine months, but he traveled far and saw more than most men of his age. He would have a lifetime of stories to tell his children.

I think he may have received a grant of land in New York state because of his military service. Thirteen years later we find a portrait of him in the 1870 U.S. census as a successful farmer. The value of his farmer was $9000, a tidy sum for those days, with his possessions valued at $900. A simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the current relative value is $169,000.00 in 2015 dollars. (This is obtained by multiplying $9000 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1870 to 2015.) Among his neighbors, only Ezra Crawford had a more valuable farm at a value of $16,500. Clint and his wife, Lucy Ann née Barker (1832-1908) could afford a servant. They had a 21 year old domestic servant, Augusta Gates, who is from Bavaria. She appears to be a neighbor's daughter.

Clinton had married Lucy in 1855. Since she was born in New York.

Clinton and Lucy's son Charles Dewitt Shattuck (1869-1944) on the left with J.W.M. Burton on a climb, probably in California, as Charles had moved to Los Angeles.

In the 1880 census he had moved back to Plymouth, Michigan. He has a farm next door to his older brother Franklin Scott Shattuck (1821-1889). His older brother was the eldest, and in the custom of his time probably inherited the family farm. Is it a coincidence that his mother died in 1880? In any event an agricultural survey done the same year shows he had 108 acres, with 86 under cultivation. And he paid wages to farm hands. The value of his land was $8000. He may have purchased the land with the proceeds of the sale of his farm in New York.

In the 1890 census he is living next door to his brother's widow (Ellen Edgerton Hinsdale 1832–1917). His neighbor on the other side is his son Charles Dewitt Shattuck (1869-1944). He died in 1903 in Plymouth at the age of 77. Lucy died five years later.

Part of the County Land Ownership map for Wayne county, showing Plymouth.

Clinton's land is shown in yellow and his brother Frank's land in blue. The town of Plymouth are the dark black squares. The Rouge River ran through Frank's property and it was next door to the cemetery where perhaps his grave can be found. It is still there, called "The Riverside Cemetery." The farms are near where two railroads crossed. Frank's property bordered on the Plymouth town boundary. The land is now part of an industrial park. If you click on the link below you will be standing looking towards where Clinton's farm used to be. His farm was on both sides of the road you are standing on.

Google view of land that Clinton Shattuck once farmed on.

But we can't linger here. The next part of our journey through the history of the North Dakota Shattockes takes us further west.

Wife and children:

Lucy Ann Barker 1832–1908

Sarah Adele "Della" Shattuck 1856–1907

Bert Clinton Shattuck 1859–1886

Alfred "Fred" Barker Shattuck 1861–1946

Ida Shattuck 1868–1868

Charles Dewitt Shattuck 1869–1944

Alfred "Fred" Barker Shattuck 1861–1946

Alfred Barker Shattuck took his first name after his grandfather Alfred and his middle name after his mother's maiden name. You see a very small, blurry picture of him at the left, which I found on ancestry.

We find him in the 1880 census listed as "Fred." He is 18, living with his parents, and is shown as "attended school," occupation farmer.

We don't hear from him again until twenty years later in the 1900 census. He has followed European expansion to the west, in Colorado, which was a young state, having been admitted to the union in 1876. In 1891 he married Jean Gillies (1865-1950) who was of Scottish descent, born in Elgin township in the province of Quebec and Canada. Her family seems to have wandered west as well, as it was in Kansas before moving to Colorado, where Fred Shattuck probably met her. That's a very blurry and small image I found of her on the left.

The 1900 census shows he owned the farm, although it was mortgaged. They had four children.

They were living in Eaton, Weld county, Colorado. You might be thinking they lived in the mountains. But Eaton was actually on the prairies. Follow this link and you will be dropped on the outskirts of Eaton.

Outside on Eaton on the prairies.

You have the town ahead of you and the flat, open prairies behind you. Somewhere on those prairies Fred bought land to farm. This means Fred would know how to farm here because the land land was similar to his father's prairie land. In fact he was married a year before the town he lived near was incorporated which makes him a pioneer. Irrigation of the land was relatively recent as we learn from this Wikipedia entry.

The town is named after Benjamin Harrison Eaton, a pioneer of irrigation who played a leading role in transforming the arid prairie of the Great Plains east of Colorado's Front Range into a thriving agricultural region with water brought from the nearby Rocky Mountains in the late 19th century. Much of the farming country around Eaton, Colorado continues to depend on the irrigation systems engineered by Eaton and others to this day. Eaton later served as Governor of Colorado from 1885 to 1887. The town of Eaton was incorporated in 1892.

So it appears Fred was following in the footsteps of previous generations of his family in pioneering in Colorado. The census form shows that he was doing well enough to have a domestic servant and two farm laborers.

In the 1920 census he is still on the farm, and it is still mortgaged. He has three daughters living him. At age 58 he is retired. Claude Carney, a chemist who works at a laboratory, is renting presumably a house on his property with his wife and daughter. In the 1930 census he is still on the farm, which he now owns, retired and living with Jean. The farm has a value of $4000. I am going to guess that he has sold off portions of his farm because it was previously big enough that he needed the help of two hired hands. Calculating inflation $4000 in 1930 would be $55,000 in 2016 dollars.

Sometime after 1935, Fred and Jean moved from Colorado to Glendale, California to live with their daughter Lucille and her husband Joseph Tenny. The 1940 census shows Fred had four years of high school. Jean had two years.

Wife and children:

Jean "Jane" Gillies 1865–1950

Grace Adele Shattuck 1891–1973

Dewitt Clinton Shattuck 1893–1970

Dorothy Margaret Shattuck 1894–1966

Marian Doris Shattuck 1896–1973

Lucile Leland Shattuck 1901–1975

Dewitt Clinton Shattuck 1893–1970

Clinton Shattuck was given his grandfather's name. He was born in Eaton on the prairies in 1893, the only son with four sisters. We have a description of him from his draft card in 1942: 5'll", 170 lbs., blue eyes, gray hair, ruddy complexion.

Clinton is a Shattuck descendant who once more took to the road to fulfill his destiny as a farmer. He traveled all the way to the township of Maple Creek in Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a distance of 1100 km (685 mi) from Eaton. The Canadian census shows him working on his "own account" as a farmer. A local history of the town (Maple Creek & Area, Vol. 1, 2000) describes it as an "old cow town" straddling the railroad that was built through the Canadian prairies. In 1915 he is back in Eaton. A World War I draft card shows him living back in Eaton in 1917. I think Clinton was a cowboy.

Jessie E. Krouth, Ruth's mother.

He was in Eaton from 1915. He got married in that year to Ruth Martha Ward (1892-1974) who was born in Minnesota. Her mother was born in Germany. At some point the Ward family moved to the frontier town of Bjornson, in the county of McHenry, North Dakota. They were original homesteaders in the county. When Martha was 18 she was a teacher in the local common school.

They had their first child in Eaton. Lois Virginia Shattuck (1916-2006)/

Clinton had his own farm in Eaton. In the 1920 census he is living on the farm with his wife and two children. By 1925 he moved on again. This time it was to the area Ruth lived in before she married Clinton, Bjornson township, North Dakota. It was most likely that he lived near or on Ruth's family farm. And he has a farm hand working for him. In the 1930 census he has two farm hands living on his farm. Ruth is supplementing the family income by working as a teacher. Apparently the Ward farm raised cattle and grew feed on the farm for the cattle.

A family reunion photo. Ruth is in the back row, marked as "1." Clinton is beside her "2." Their daughter Lois is marked as "3."

In the 1940 their son Calvin and Ruth's parents are living on the farm. In 1970, at the age of 76 Clinton dies and is buried in nearby Velva. Ruth dies four years later.

Wife and children:

Ruth Martha Ward 1892–1974

Lois Virginia Shattuck 1916–2006

Jessie Marian Shattuck (Leier) 1918–1997

DeWitt Calvin "Cal" Shattuck 1930–2012

DeWitt Calvin "Cal" Shattuck 1930–2012

The only son of Clinton was born in 1930. For an account of his life we turn to the Minot Daily News. They published an obituary just after his death.

DeWitt Calvin "Cal" Shattuck, 82, Bismarck, formerly of Velva, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in the Souris Valley Care Center, Velva, after a short and courageous battle with an aggressive cancer.

Cal was born Sept. 17, 1930, at Trinity Hospital, in Minot, to DeWitt Clinton and Ruth (Ward) Shattuck. He was raised on the family farm, which was homesteaded by his grandparents CB and Jessie Ward, south of Velva in Bjornson Township. His educational journey started at the Ward Country School through eighth grade and ended with his graduation with the class of 1948 from Velva High School.

Cal joined his father with the operation of the farm after high school. He was joined in holy marriage by Pastor EC Astrup, to Marian Aaseth on Oct. 21, 1951, at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva.

They made their home on the family farm for the next 48 years. This home offered a place to make an honest living primarily through ranching with Hereford and later Black Angus cattle. Cal farmed to feed their livestock, which included horses. In 1958, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Farmer award from the Jaycees for his operation.

Cal was a past member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva, serving a term as the council president. He served on the boards of the Farmers Union Elevator and Velva Medical Center. Cal was a member of the McHenry County Crop Association, Minot Trapshooting Club and for more than 22 years was part of the re-enactment of the Company M, 7th Cavalry group. While in the Cavalry, he and his horses participated in the filming of "Dances With Wolves."

Cal and Marian retired and moved to Bismarck in 1999 and became members of Charity Lutheran Church there in 2001.

Cal enjoyed the outdoors. He spent many hours up in the hills riding horse, admiring the wildflowers, smelling the sage, listening to the meadowlarks and sitting on the high hill. He hunted deer until the age of 80 with great success. He made two trips to Colorado to hunt elk with his family. Together, they enjoyed traveling for many years during the winter months to various destinations in the United States.

His love of family was without measure enjoying every precious moment with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who shared in his life.

His loving family includes: wife of 61 years, Marian, Bismarck; children, Luci (Ted) Duchsherer, Minot, Lynn (Cindy) Shattuck, Velva, Katherine Shattuck, Boise, Idaho, and Lee (Lynette) Shattuck, Velva; grandchildren, Aaron Leier, Minot, Clark (Brie) Leier, Minot, Victoria (Brian) Marsh, Velva, Nicholas (Amanda) Shattuck, Watford City, Jasen (Kara Kae) Reiser, Turtle Lake, Kristine Reiser, Casablanca, Morocco, Courtney Shattuck, Clinton Shattuck, and Luke Shattuck (fiancee, Amber Hanson), all of Velva; great-grandchildren, Addyson Leier, Nathaniel Tohm, Devon Shorb, Alexandra and Leycadia Leier, Allara, Briley and Zayden Marsh, Jager Shattuck and Kylee, Jaden, Kassidy and Kadence Reiser; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cal was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Lois Larsen and Jessie Leier; nephew, Neil Larsen; and brother-in-law, Wilbert Seibel.

Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m., in Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Minot, at a later date.

Cal Shattuck was Lee Shattuck's father. Lee still lives in Velva, North Dakota. He inherits a long and winding journey of a family that began in Somerset, England, crossed an ocean, then crossed a continent, seeking new land to wrestle from the wilderness and provide a home and an honest living for their families.

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