The Shattuck husband of Great Migration-era migrant Damaris Shattuck was born about 1600. Various "sources" say that his name was Samuel and others say it was William. As his origins and given name are unknown, he is shown without parents or first name.
"Nothing was found by Lemuel Shattuck to show a proved connection between the main family of his Memorials and the Salem family, nor was he able to state the name of the male progenitor of the Salem family, and it is probable that he never came to America and that his widow Damaris crossed the Atlantic with her children. The name Shattuck has been found in the marriage register of the church at Dorchester, Dorset, and the Pope family probably also came from that county."
Samuel the original immigrant to Massachusetts, thought by some to refer to himself in his will as Samuel Shattocke Son, suggesting the "unknown" father of Samuel Shattocke was also named Samuel is incorrect. Samuel the immigrant's will has been misread.
Samuel Shattuck Senr not Son
Compare the word in the opening sentence with the same word used later in the will where it is clearly Samuel Gardner Senr and Junr.
The following is a tentative list, order unknown, of the children of Damaris the elder:"
Samuel, feltmaker or hatter, joined First Church, Salem, 16 May 1642; d at Salem 6 Jun 1689
Damaris, m. at Boston 30 Sept. 1653, Isaac Page
Mary, m. ___ Hams (?)
?Hannah, perhaps, first wife of George Gardner
Sarah, m. ca. 1652, Richard Gardner, d. at Nantucket, 1724, age 92
?Gertrude, perhaps, m. Joseph Pope before 1642; living 1666
?William, shoemaker, of Boston 1650-8
References to a death in 1698 at age 69 or 103 are for his son Samuel the Feltmaker. His wife Damaris (Unknown) Shattuck was a widow in 1641.
↑ McCracken, George E. "The Salem Gardners: Comments and Clues," The American Genealogist 30 (July 1954) : 155-168; especially 168. Image copy. NEHGS. Accessed 2016 at AmericanAncestors.org
Samuel Shattuck of Salem by Philip Shaddock. This page explores the genealogy of Samuel Shattuck of Salem, a Shattuck pioneer in early New England history. Says that there is evidence that the two Shattockes emigrated to the Massachusetts colony sometime between 1620 and 1650. (In Charles Edward Banks, Topographical dictionary of 2885 English emigrants to New England, 1620-1650.) The most dates are between 1634 and 1641 when Damaris Shattuck was admitted to the church in Salem. We do not know if Banks successfully found all Shattocke immigrants. William Shattocke and Samuel Shattocke were from a town in Somerset. See Massachusetts Shattucks for a complete exploration of this early history.
Lemuel Shattuck, chronicler of the Shattuck family in America, assigns Samuel Shattuck to the appendix of his 1855 family history book, ""Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck: the progenitor of the families in America that have borne his name," and thinks that the family name died out.