Re: Samuel SHATTUCK b 1594 Dorsetshire, England; died Essex Co, MA
I'm trying to find anything solid on the first name of the first husband of the Damaris the "widow Shattuck" who married second Thomas Gardner in or after 1641 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.
As far as I can tell Damaris's maiden name has not been proved to be a Sibley. I'm wondering if someone got the wrong CENTURY for a real Damaris Sibley born to a Richard Sibley and Hannah Unknown around August 1666 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. Richard died in 1676 and Hannah after 1700.That Damaris Sibley appears to have married William Worth (2nd marrige) in 1703. I can find no hint that the woman who married UNK Shattuck is the daughter of any other Richard and Hannah.Maybe the first person to post it on LDS got the girls confused and it's been a copying marathon since then?
We know commoners didn't have middle names back then so Damaris Unknown's husband probably wasn't named Samuel William Shattuck or William Samuel Shattuck but we also have no actual records that he was either Samuel or William OR that he was from Dorset OR that he died onboard a ship bound for America. I've been unable to find any real source where for any of these things or who first published them in a book or on the internet.
The Samuel Shattuck who died 6 June 1689 in Salem at the age of 69 per Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, was the first son (not the husband) of Damaris.Samuel (1620-1689)married a Grace and a Hannah.
The FIRST TIME we see Damaris is when she joins the church in 1641 in Salem and then she shows up with 3 teenage girls in a marriage to Thomas (not Richard) Gardner. We don't know where she was born or when, but she usually appears "as instructed" 4 years younger than her husband and from the same town or county -- except do we even know what county UNK Shattuck was from?Is there anything anyone can share that is a real record from Dorset or Somerset or are we still at the point of matching last names?
Damaris (listed as Damaris Gardner) died 28 November 1674 (not Sept as transcribed by Ancestry from the Mass Vitals transcription. They didn't know how to read 28:9 m:1674).
Damaris was not born in Salem, Essex, MA 26 years before the Pilgrims arrived. She wasn't married in 1619 in Boston to Mr. Shattuck if all the kids were born in England.
She didn't marry Mr. Gardner in 1686 as I saw somewhere. They are not known to have had any children together as far as I know.
We know that most of the green leaf hints from this era are wrong because *unless* the source lists a county or state or church record it's just a hit on a database compiled by a computer sweep (grab) through assorted submittals and family group sheets from people who apparently thought the (now discontinued) LDS IGI files were real. Some people think that if the word GEDCOM appears somewhere that that is proof.
Lemuel Shattuck's (very old) book uses the words "conjecture" and "we have as yet obtained no conclusive proof" that William from Watertown is the son of this couple. Has anything been found in the last 100 years to prove who his parents are? You can search for keywords in the search box on the left.
Thanks for anything you have on this family. I'm always looking for documentation.
Shirley SSBOSCO aol