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Damaris (Unknown) Gardner (1597 - 1674)

Damaris Gardner formerly [surname unknown] aka Shattuck
Born in Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1619 in Englandmap
Wife of — married about 1641 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 77 in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Unknown Origins

While some say she was a Sibley (which appears to come from a 1928, unsourced genealogy), there is no documentation for her maiden name. Nor is there any documented proof of the first name of her Shattuck husband.

The Sibley parents she's been linked to (without proof) include:

  1. Richard Sibley and Hannah UNKNOWN

Also sometimes said to be daughter of Henry Siblie:

Because there is no proof of her ancestry, she is shown here without parents.

Update: She has apparently been confused with Damaris Sibley of Nantucket. They've been marked as rejected matches. Let's keep it that way.


"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 probably 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.

NOTE: Her second husband, Thomas Gardiner, was from Sherborne, Dorset.

She was widow Shattuck in 1641 when she joined the Salem church.[1][2]

Shortly later, Damaris married Captain Thomas Gardner as his second wife.

Damaris is mentioned in the 1668 will of her 2nd husband (Thomas Gardner), but she predeceased him.

Damaris Gardner died at Salem on 28 Nov 1674.[2]

"Damaris, w. Thomas, 28 :9 m: 1674 CT.R."[3]

Her husband died in 1677.


The following is a tentative list, order unknown, of the Shattuck children of Damaris the elder:"[4]

  1. Samuel, feltmaker or hatter, joined First Church, Salem, 16 May 1642; d at Salem 6 Jun 1689
  2. Damaris, m. at Boston 30 Sept. 1653, Isaac Page
  3. Mary, m. ___ Hams (?)
  4.  ?Hannah, perhaps, first wife of George Gardner
  5. Sarah, m. ca. 1652, Richard Gardner, d. at Nantucket, 1724, age 92
  6.  ?Gertrude, perhaps, m. Joseph Pope before 1642; living 1666
  7.  ?William, shoemaker, of Boston 1650-8

Note that two of her Shattuck daughters married their Gardiner step-brothers.


  1. Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. Page 600
  2. 2.0 2.1 Shattuck, Lemuel. Memorials of the descendants of William Shattuck Printed by Dutton and Wentworth for the family (Boston, 1855) Image copy. OpenLibrary ( Accessed 2016. Page 361
  3. Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 Vol. V. - Deaths, The Essex Institute (Salem, Mass. 1925) Page 270
  4. McCracken, George E. "The Salem Gardners: Comments and Clues," The American Genealogist 30 (July 1954) : 155-168; especially 168. Image copy. NEHGS link; Accessed 2106 at (subscription required)

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Has anyone looked into the surname Sibley for Damaris?
posted by Amy Hamilton
Note the first paragraph of the biography, Amy. It says that the surname "Sibley" is not documented and is from an unsourced family tree.
profile managers and others interested in this profile, please see g2g for particulars on this profile and to volunteer to improve it.

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Cheryl PGM Leader

The name of her first husband is unknown. A 'new' first husband has been added to this profile without any source other than a family search tree and should be removed. This addition has also caused problems in related family lines which now need attention.
posted by T Stanton
This is a bug introduced with the recent underlying code changes. It's allowing relationship changes to ppp profiles that would not normally be allowed.

T, would the problem be fixed by merging Samuel into Unknown Shattuck?

posted by Jillaine Smith
edited by Jillaine Smith
Yes, that would correct this issue. However, Kay has discovered same member is creating other erroneous profiles in the same family. See
posted by T Stanton
I've proposed a merge of the two Shattuck profiles. And I detached the parents of Thomas Gardner and placed PPP on his profile.
Has the PPP bug been exterminated?
posted by T Stanton
I know it's been brought to attention of correct people, but I haven't heard that it's been fixed yet, Todd.
Lots of merging needed. Including:
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Sibley-1264 and Sibley-498 appear to represent the same person because: Same person
posted by Kenneth Kinman
I am very interested in the Sibley Family, and thanks for posting this family, but Please add your source for this information. It is so important here on Wiki to add sources.

Also trees are not valid sources, a birth cert marriage license or death records found on are.

Could your Damaris be the same person as Damaris Sibley My GGGGGGGG??? Grandfather LOL

Again thanks and welcome to Wiki.

posted by L (Sibley) S
Merge with:

Sibley-58 Unknown-191935

posted by Daniel Dickson
Merge with

Sibley-70 Sibley-58

posted by Daniel Dickson
Tish--Thanks for making contact! Since you know so much about this line, and I --probably many of us so-called "managers"--only posted/merged info that seemed to be correct, could you offer changes to set the record straight, citing sources? One of the curses hovering over New England genealogy is that so many families stayed so long in one locale that their records are all jumbled...
posted by Bob Nichol
See what we know about Damaris UNK , her known children including son Samuel (1620-1689) and his family, starting page 361:

The reason they are in the APPENDIX of the book by Lemuel Shattuck is because there is no proof that Damaris is the mother of William of Watertown.

See the sad story of the different William Shattuck, the shoemaker, who went to New Jersey starting on page 366 of the link above.

See headstone of Damaris's son, Samuel (1620-1689) at

In 1678 Samuel Shattuck was Administrator of Estate of Edward Wharton and stated that he was about 58 years old (backing up the death age of 69 in 1689). He's the one who went to see the King.. He is not the witch trial accuser. That was his son.

posted by Tish Bucher
We have no documentation on her last name's being Sibley. There was a Damaris Sibley born in Salem but that was in 1666.

We don't know her husband's first name.

The Damaris who was the mother of Damaris Shattuck died 28 Nov 1674. She married 2nd Thomas Gardner.

See page 361 for story of Damaris and her son Samuel (1620-1689) and other known children. Her husband's name still unknown after all this time. No records for their marriage found in England; no baptism records for any of the known children found so far.

posted by Tish Bucher
The Shattuck children in the narrative here, need to be found on Wikitree and linked in as found.
posted by Jillaine Smith

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