John Shatswell

John SHATSWELL (1574 – 1642) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.  He also was Alex’s 12th Great Grandfather; one of 8,192 in this generation of the Miller line.

John Shatswell Coat of Arms

John Shatswell was born in 1574 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.  He was baptized as an infant in Bitteswell, Leicestershire, England. He married Judith DILLINGHAM in 1599 in Suffolk England.  John came to Ipswich in 1633 with his wife and four children. He was one of the first to erect a house for himself, and was appointed a surveyor of the land upon which others built. His homestead is still in possession of his descendants, and has never been out of the name.   John died on 11 Feb 1645/46 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

St Mary’s Bitteswell, Leicestershire, England.  Our ancestor Henry DILLINGHAM Rector of Cottesbach who was also patron of the living of Bitteswell in 1606. His son Edward was a Gentleman landowner of Bitteswell before emmigrating to Massachusetts in 1632

Judith Dillingham was born in 1578 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.  Since our ancestor Rev. Henry DILLINGHAM was rector in the small parish of Bitteswell and his son Edward DILLINGHAM grew up nearby, many genealogies show Henry as her father.  He was only ten years older than she, so that’s not possible, but there must be a family connection.  Judith died on 17 Apr 1648 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass

Children of John and Judith:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Sybil Shatswell (See discussion of Elizabeth Wise below) England
2. Richard Shatswell 1602 1 Oct 1638 Ipswich, Mass.
3. John Shatswell c. 1604 Ipswich, Suffolk, England Joanna [__?__] Will was proved
30 March 1646/7
Ipswich, Mass
4. Margaret Shatswell c. 1605 Matthew Curwen (Matthias Cornin)
1627
Suffolk, Mass.
31 Aug 1658
Southold, Suffolk, New York
5. Theophilus SHATSWELL c. 1607
Ipswich, Suffolk, England or 1609 1614
Susanna BOSWORTH
c. 1640
17 Aug 1663 in Haverhill, Mass.
6 Mary Shatswell c. 1606 John Webster 1624
Suffolk, England
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John Emery Sr.
29 October 1647
Newbury, Mass
28 April 1694
Newbury, Mass.
7. Curwin Shatswell 1608
Ipswich, England
1655
8. Judith Shatswell 1612
Ipswich, England
1642
Ipswich, Mass

The English origins of the Shatswell sibling immigrants to New England is disclosed in a court case where Mathias/Mathew Corwin initiated a lawsuit against the executor of the estate of Judith’s husband (not named) for inappropriate distributions.

An article by David A. Macdonald titled “A new look at the Corwin and Shatswell Families” in the Register (NEHGR) 150:180 (Apr 1996). discusses a Chancery court proceeding in 1627 against the administrator of the estate of widow Judith Shatswell of Sibbertoft, Northhamptonshire, England, who had died more than a decade earlier.

The document in question, a chancery suit of 1627, shows that there were five Shatswell siblings: John, Theophilus, Margaret (who was already married to Matthew Curwen), Mary and Sibyl. The fate of Sibyl is not known, but the other four came to New England, Mary having married John Webster who settled in Ipswich.

This leaves us without any demonstrated connection between this family and William Shatswell of Ipswich. Furthermore, [our ancestor] WILLIAM SARGENT did not marry a Shatswell sibling, and his connection with Theophilus Shatswell must have come about in some other manner.

Macdonald thinks that Theophilus was born between Margaret and Sibyl because of the order of their mention in the suit, and thinks the age given in the suit is wrong. The age would make him born  about 1608. There is no mention of a William Shatswell, although there is reference to “two of ye uncles and neere kinsemen”. So it looks like we can say that Mary (Shatswell) (Webster) Emery was from Sibbertoft, and her mother was named Judith.

John Shatswell House – Ipswich, Mass

“Historical and Genealogical Shatswells of Ipswich, No 1” by Augustine Caldwell, p. 1-4:

John and Johanna Shatswell came to Ipswich in 1633. He was one of the first to erect a house for himself, and was appointed a surveyor of the land upon which others built. His homestead is still in possession of his descendants, and has never been out of the name. The lands granted to John Shatswell in April, 1635, are found recorded by the Clerk in 1635, April 20, as follows: ‘April 20, 1635. Their was granted to John Shatswell, about six acres of ground uppon percell whereof the said John Shatswell hath built an house, lying betweene Mr. Wades house lott on the East, and Mr. Firmans on the west, hauving goodman webster house lotte on the north east. Also a percell of land part marsh part upland, containing twenty-five acres in the whole, lying between Mr. Dudley’s toward the Southland humphrey Bradstreet towards the North. Also a farme containing two hundred acres lying beyond the North commonly called Egypt River, adjoying to the bounds of Newbery.’

Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony … By Thomas Franklin Waters, Sarah Goodhue, John Wise, Ipswich Historical Society 1927

John Shatswell’s Ipswich Lot

John Shatswell was one of the earliest grantees, and under date, April 20, 1635, he is mentioned as owning six acres of ground, where his house is built, between Mr. Wade’s house lot east and Mr. Firman’s on the west, Goodman Webster’s lot, northeast. I cannot identify this with the present Shatswell location. This early grant was on the north side of the highway wherever it was, and if another house lot bounded it on the northeast it could not be located on High St. as the lots on the other side of the highway are on the hill side, On the 21 May, 1685, John Day bought one and a half acres and the line was laid, “from said Dave’s fence corner by his brick house,” near Mr. Tuttle’s and Richard Shatswell’s. The Day lot, which still shows the refuse bricks of an ancient brickyard, is probably included in the western part of Mr. John Cogswell’s pasture on the Linebrook road. It touched on the land of Shatswell and Tuttle. Shatswell may have been in possession many years at this time. The estate was divided between the sons John and Richard in 1695, and it was bounded by Brewer’s land east and Mrs. Turtle’s west (24: 40).

John Shatswell House – A current owner of the house, touching an original beam in the cellar.

Children

Many online genealogies say Elizabeth Shatswell married Anthony Stoddard and/or John Weld so this tangle took awhile to untie. My conclusion is that Elizabeth was Elizabeth Wise (Wyse) and we don’t know much about Sybil Shatswell.

Elizabeth was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, while the other Shatswell children were born in Ipswich Suffolk. Elizabeth immigrated to Roxbury, Mass while the other children immigrated to northern Mass (Ipswich, Newbury and Haverhill)

Here’s a likely scenario: Elizabeth came with her husband, children, sister, brother-in-law and mother, also Elizabeth Wise to Sudbury, Suffolk to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 and settled in Roxbury. (based on admission to the Roxbury church in 1635)

Herr mother was a widow when she was admitted to Roxbury church as member #121, among those admitted in early 1635.

Elizabeth was born about 1600, She married 11 Oct 1620 All Saints, Sudbury Suffolk to Joseph Weld. After Elizabeth was buried at Roxbury in Oct 1638, Joseph married (2) Roxbury, 20 Apr 1639, Barbara Clapp, daughter of Nicholas Clapp of Venn Ottery, Devonshire. They had 4 known children. On 7 Oct 1646, Mr. Joseph Weld died of a cancer in his tongue & jaws.” Barbara married (2) soon after 24 Jul 1647, Anthony Stoddard {1639, Boston}. Barbary the wife of Mr. Anthony Stoddard died 15 Apr 1655 at Boston. Anthony first married in 1639 to Mary Downing (1619 – 1647) and third married in 1655 to Christian Ayers (1628 – 1669)

(See my reply comment below for more on Joseph and Elizabeth Weld)

1. Sybil Shatswell

An article by David A. Macdonald titled “A new look at the Corwin and Shatswell Families” in the Register (NEHGR) 150:180 (Apr 1996). discusses a Chancery court proceeding in 1627 against the administrator of the estate of widow Judith Shatswell of Sibbertoft, Northhamptonshire, England, who had died more than a decade earlier.

The fate of Sibyl is not known, but the other four came to New England.    Macdonald thinks that Theophilus was born between Margaret and Sibyl because of the order of their mention in the suit, and thinks the age given in the suit is wrong.

3. John Shatswell

John’s wife Joanna [__?__] was born 1608 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.  She  married (2) about 1650 John Green of Charlestown.   “Joanah Shatswell, widow,” died at Ipswich on 17 April 1673, apparently having reassumed the surname of her earlier husband.

John was a very early settler in Ipswich for on 3 Sep 1633 he was fined by the General Court for being “distempered in drink.”

He had a servant named Andrew Alling.

In 1646 Dr. John Clarke had trouble collecting from Shatswell for medicl services and we learn that he had charged £3:2:0 for curing Shatswell’s son £3 for the servant’s cure and 8s. for “physic” or drugs.

26 April 1648 – A deed was recorded in which Josias Cobham and Mary his wife and John Ilsly and Sarah his wife sold to “John Shatswell, late of Ipswich, yeoman,” twenty acres of meadow and upland in Ipswich; “[T]his land was sold about eight years since, & [is] now in possession of Richard Shatswell”.

In his will, dated 11 Feb 1646/47 and proved 30 Mar 1647,

“John Satchwell of Ipswich though weak in body” bequeathed to “my son Richard” all my houses and land, except part of the twenty-five acre lot from the upper end of the plowed land to the sea, and sixteen acres of pasture beyond Muddy River towards Rowley, which parcells of land I give to “Johan my wife” for her life and to her issue if she have any, and for want of such issue, then to return to Richard “my son his heirs and assigns.” “If Richard shall not marry with Rebecca Tuttle which is now intended then my wife shall have her being in the house … during her life unless she see good to dispose of herself otherwise.” If both Richard and Johan die without issue, then the land remaining should “be equally divided between my brother and sisters’ children that are here in New England”; to “my brother Theophilus Satchwell” my best cloth suit and coat; to “my brother Curwin” my stuff suit; to “my sister Webster” seven yards of stuff and a young heiffer; “my wife” sole executrix.

The undated inventory of the estate of John Satchwell was not totalled, and included £307 in real estate: “one dwelling house and homestall with barn, cowhouse, orchard yard with the appurtenances”, £100; and “several parcels of land, meadow and upland” £207. He also had “a swarm of bees,” £1; and “in England upon bond,” £18

EDUCATION: He signed his will. His inventory included 4 Bibles, £1, and several books, valued at 15s.

4. Margaret Shatswell

Margaret’s husband Matthew Curwen (Matthias Corwin) was born 1590 in Warwickshire, England. His parents were John Corwin (Curwen) and Marjorie [__?__]. Matthew died 12 Sep 1658 in Southold, Suffolk, New York.

5. Theophilus SHATSWELL (See his page)

6 Mary Shatswell

Mary’s first husband John Webster was born 27 Jan 1605 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. John’s parents were not Thomas Webster and Margery [__?__], nor were they Matthew Webster and Elizabeth Ashton.  (See my reply comment for details)  John died 4 Nov 1646 in Ipswich, Mass.

John Webster, baker by trade, who was admitted an inhabitant of Salem in 1637 and had a grant of land; who was witness in the Essex court in 1639 and applied for land at the Creek in 1642.   . Mary’s second husband John Emery and his son. John Emery Jr, were appointed guardians of Israel Webster, aged eighteen ; and Nathan Webster, aged sixteen, at their request November 26, 1662. The family removed to Newbury from Ipswich.

Administration was granted to John Webstcr’s widow Mary, November 4, 1646, and later at her desire division was made to the eight minor children : to the eldest son John the farm, he paying to the youngest son five pounds or quarter of the value of the farm ; Mary, Stephen and Hannah to have equal shares in the island .bought of Widow Andrews; Elizabeth, Abigail and Israel to have twenty nobles apiece ; all at twenty-one years of age

John Webster Bio - Source: Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury (1938)

John Webster Bio – Source: Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury (1938)

John Webster 2
John Webster 3
John Webster 4a

Mary’s second husband John Emery Sr. was born 29 Sep 1598 in Romsey, Hants, England. His parents were John Emery and Agnes Northend. He first married 26 Jun 1620 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England to Alice Grantham (b. 1599 in West Dean, Wiltshire, England – d. 1646 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.) John died 3 Nov 1683

John Emery 1

John Emery Bio – Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury (1938)

John Emery 2
John Emery 3
John Emery 4
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Children of Mary and John Webster

i. John Webster b. ~1630; d. aft. 1716; m. 13 Jun 1653 to Ann Batt

ii. Mary Webster b. ~1633; m. John Emery

iii. Stephen Webster b. 1638; d. 10 Aug 1694 Haverhill; m1. 24 Mar 1662/63 in Haverhill to Hannah Ayer; m2. n26 May 1678 Haverhill to Mrs. Judith Broad, widow of William Broad of Portsmouth.

iv. Hannah Webster b. ~1639; m. Michael Emerson

v. Elizabeth Webster b. ~1640; m. bef. 1669 to Samuel Simonds

vi. Abigail Webster b. 1642; d. 12 Aug 1712 Newbury, Mass; m. 18 Jan 1660/61 to Abraham Merrill

vii. Israel Webster b. 1644; d. 7 Dec 1683; m1. 3 Jan 1665 Newbury  to Elizabeth Brown; m2. 9 Nov 1669 Newbury to Elizabeth Lunt

viii. Nathan Webster b. 1646 Ipswich, Mass; d. 25 Apr 1694 Bradford; Mass. m.  ~1674 to Mary Hazeltine (b. 9 Oct 1648 probably in Boston, but recorded in Rowley – d. 27 Mar 1735 Bradford)  Marys parents were John Hazeltine and Joan Anter.

John Webster 4b

John Webster 5
John Webster 6
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Children of Mary and John Emery:

ix. Ebenezer Emery (daughter) b. 16 Sep 1648 Newbury; m. 21 Apr 1669 to John Hoag

x. Jonathan Emery b. 13 May 1652; d. 29 Sep 1723; m, 29 Nov 1676 to Mary Woodman

7. Curwin Shatswell

8. Judith Shatswell

Sources:

From Annis Spear, 1945 by Walter Goodwin Davis

John Shatswell 1 Source: Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury (1938)

John Shatswell 2

John Shatswell 3

http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/b_s.htm

http://genealogy.drnewcomb.ftml.net/b282.htm#P8857 

http://genforum.genealogy.com/shatswell/messages/49.html

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~degroff/pafg259.htm#5161

Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony … By Thomas Franklin Waters, Sarah Goodhue, John Wise, Ipswich Historical Society 1927

Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury (1938) By Holman, Mary Lovering, 1868-1947; Pillsbury, Helen Pendleton Winston, 1878-1957

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  5. Michael Tuck says:

    You report that Elizabeth Sybil Shatswell m/1 Anthony Stoddard. She died in 1638, but Anthony’s death date is noted as 1686 in Boston, England. Did they divorce, and Anthony remain in England?

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Michael,

      Many online genealogies say Elizabeth Shatswell married Anthony Stoddard and/or John Weld so this tangle took awhile to untie. My conclusion is that Elizabeth was Elizabeth Wise (Wyse) and we don’t know much about Sybil Shatswell.

      Elizabeth was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, while the other Shatswell children were born in Ipswich Suffolk. Elizabeth immigrated to Roxbury, Mass while the other children immigrated to northern Mass (Ipswich, Newbury and Haverhill) I’ll check Margaret in NY next.

      Here’s a likely scenario: Elizabeth came with her husband, children, sister, brother-in-law and mother, also Elizabeth Wise to Sudbury, Suffolk to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 and settled in Roxbury. (based on admission to the Roxbury church in 1635)

      Herr mother was a widow when she was admitted to Roxbury church as member #121, among those admitted in early 1635.

      Elizabeth was born about 1600, She married 11 Oct 1620 All Saints, Sudbury Suffolk to Joseph Weld. After Elizabeth was buried at Roxbury in Oct 1638, Joseph married (2) Roxbury, 20 Apr 1639, Barbara Clapp, daughter of Nicholas Clapp of Venn Ottery, Devonshire. They had 4 known children. On 7 Oct 1646, Mr. Joseph Weld died of a cancer in his tongue & jaws.” Barbara married (2) soon after 24 Jul 1647, Anthony Stoddard {1639, Boston}. Barbary the wife of Mr. Anthony Stoddard died 15 Apr 1655 at Boston. Anthony first married in 1639 to Mary Downing (1619 – 1647) and third married in 1655 to Christian Ayers (1628 – 1669)

      Joseph Weld was brother of Thomas Weld {1632, Roxbury} & of Daniel Weld of Braintree. In his will of 28 Jun 1675, “Isaac Johnson of Roxbury” named as his overseers “my brother Edward Porter & cousin John Weld.”

      Elizabeth and Joseph had eight children

      i, JOSEPH: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 16 Aug 1621; no further record.
      ii. JOHN: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 2 Nov 1623; m. Roxbury, 24 Dec 1647, Margaret Bowen, daughter of Griffith Bowen {1638, Boston}.
      iii. ELIZABETH: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 22 Feb 1626; m. Roxbury, 30 Mar 1641, Edward Denison, son of William Denison {1631, Roxbury}
      iv. MARY: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 4 Jul 1628; d. soon.
      v. MARY: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 1 Jul 1629; m. by 1651, Daniel Harris, son of Thomas Harris {1630, Rowley}
      vi. HANNAH: b. say 1631; named in 1646 will; no further record.
      vii. THOMAS: b. abt. 1632; d. Roxbury, 9 Sep 1649
      viii.EDMUND: b. Roxbury, 14 Jul 1636; living 18 Jul 1657, apparently unmarried.

      In 1979 Douglas Richardson published the evidence for the English origin of this immigrant and her two daughters [TAG 55:149-50]. Anderson’s Great Migration.

      Here’s a web genealogy page focused on the Welds http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~marshall/esmd33.htm

      • markeminer says:

        Here’s a bio of Joseph Weld:

        Capt. Joseph arrived in Boston MA Jun 1632 in the William and Francis with his first wife, Elizabeth, and four children, leaving eldest son John in England. The family was among the early members of the First Church in Roxbury, of which his brother Thomas was later pastor.

        Joseph was an aid to Gov. Winthrop and a deputy to the Massachusetts General Court. He was a “mercer” or cloth merchant, as his inventory shows. The store was granted a license granted to “draw wine,” on 22 May 1639, an occupation of which he seems to have tired, for on 14 May, 1645, the General Court votes, “Richard Woody, Senior, is granted to drawe wine.” Joseph combined his store business with the acquisition and management of a considerable farm. Capt. Joseph showed a quixotic sense of humor in naming properties, for instance, “The Wolftrapp” and “Squirrel’s Delite.”

        Justin Winsor speaks of him among the prominent early inhabitants of Roxbury as “a wealthy merchant active in military affairs.” He became a freeman 3 Mar, 1635. He was a selectman of Roxbury prior to 1643, deputy from Roxbury to General Court, and was a witness of Indian statement of submission to MA Govt, signed by Sacanonoco and Pumhorn, 22 June, 1643.

        His military career began by his being recorded as “Ensigne” as early as Mar 1637/8. He was Captain of the Roxbury Training Band. As such, he was an original member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. “The Roxbury Company of Militia of which Joseph Weld was first captain was in 1636 included in the regiment of which Winthrop was Colonel and Dudley Lieut-Colonel. There were Roxbury men in the expedition under Stroughton against the Pequods in 1637.” He served in other Indian warfare. He was “one of the leaders in every good movement for the benefit of Roxbury.” When the “Free School” was founded in 1645 and a board of “Feofees” or trustees, were chosen to govern it, his name heads the list. Joseph Weld was one of first donors to Harvard College. Weld Hall and an addition to Harvard’s library, the Weld collection, are named for him. He also founded Roxbury Latin School. His interest in education is further seen by the gift of a brief term scholarship for worthy but poor students in Harvard, as his will, quoted in “Weld Collections” shows.

        When his last child was born, 2 Aug 1645, Eliot wrote the father being “now in great affliction by a soare on his tongue.”

        Will of “richest man in the colony,” inventoried as 10,000 pounds sterling.

  6. Michael Tuck says:

    You have Mary Shatswell m/1 John Webster, son of Thomas & Margaret Webster. Can you tell me which source you are citing, for the parents of John Webster?

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Michael,

      There was another John Webster (1590 – 1661) who served one term as governor of the Colony of Connecticut in 1656. That John’s parents Matthew Webster (1548–1623) and Elizabeth Ashton are sometimes mixed up with this John. This John Webster was the ancestor of Noah Webster of Dictionary fame.

      It looks to me that Thomas Webster (b. 1570 in Ormsby, Norfolk, , England; bapt. 11 Nov 1582 Ormsby – d. bef. 30 Apr 1634) and Margery (b.: 1610 in Ormsby – d. 2 May 1687 in Kingston Plymouth, MA) were not the parents of this John Webster.

      Thomas Webster married, by 1613, Isabell [__?__] and had 2 children by her baptised at Filby. He disappears from the records of that parish after 1618 and by 1631 was living in Ormsby with 2nd wife, Margery [__Marion?__] . She survived him and married , 2nd William Godfrey, with whom she immigrated to New England about 1638, bringing her son, Thomas Webster (1631 – 1715) , settling first in Watertown, MA and then in Hampton, NH. Thomas must have been one of the only ones alive in 1715 whose father was born 145 years before!

      Thomas was an ancestor of the famous U.S. statesman, Daniel Webster (See: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ryder10&id=I1844 )

  7. B.Corbin says:

    If John b.1608, has a son Richard, Whom was his 1st wife?

    • markeminer says:

      The only reference I found was “Joanah Shatswell, widow,” died at Ipswich on 17 April 1673, apparently having reassumed the surname of her earlier husband. Richard was born about 1630. Don’t know if the 11 Feb 1646 Ipswich, Mass marriage date for John and Joanna is correct as John’s will was proved a couple of months later. Maybe 11 Feb is the date of death. I’m taking it out as a marriage date.

  8. Increase says:

    Hi, can you expound on the John Webster of Ipswich versus John Webster of Connecticut (and Hadley) lines. Which are you saying was ancestor to Noah of dictionary, and which Daniel Webster? My understanding is those two lines have no intersection (in the US or in England, in known history) but if I read you comment correctly you are saying that Ipswich John Webster — yours — is the ancestor of Noah. Which I do not think is correct. I believe that John-Gov and Noah are direct; and John-Ipswich and Noah are unconnected. Appreciate your thoughts and your work. Great site.

    p.s. I’m from Essex originally, step-9G-grandson of William Story and the Burnhams, on my mother’s side. With a Webster ancestor on my father’s side. Which way the John Webster thing works out impacts on various novel descents from Normans etc.

    p.s. I don’t like your mandatory URL requirement. It forces an “http://www” which seems olde fashione in 2017.

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