Does The Name Shattuck Ring a Bell?
by Sharon Swenson
- notes and corrections, by Nancy Shattuck (up-dated 10/16/2002)
1. George Clinton Shattuck of Waukon, Iowa was born on September 8, 1786.
2. He was 84 years old when he left Waukon.
3. G.C. Shattuck had four sons: Nelson, Monroe, Scott and Pitt in that order. Monroe and Nelson are not mentioned in this article. Nelson, according to census record, left Iowa in 1859 and moved to Wisconsin where he lived out his life. He bought a small area of land in Waukon but was not part of the deeding of the 40 acres. He disposed of his land before leaving Waukon.
4. Pitt was murdered by two Indians about January of 1863 near Lake Osakis, MN. He was on a fur trading and trapping expedition. He was living in Waukon in the Fall of 1850 but Scott was not there according to census record. He is also described as having participated in the first 4th of July celebration in Union Prairie in 1850 according to Ellery Hancocks book, Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa, page 212. It is possible that Pitt went to California the following Spring of 1851. Scott appears to have returned the Fall of 1852 according to recollection in Hancocks book, page 216.
5. Pitt was not present in 1854 for deeding the 40 acres for the county seat. Scott acted on Pitts behalf (Hancock, page 316). Pitt was found in census record living in Waukon in 1856 and may have returned by 1855 as his western addition was surveyed during that year. He was found living in Waukon in 1856 according to census record. He left sometime after 1857, according to recollection in Hancocks book, disposing of all of his possessions. The western addition was left behind. It is a fact that he moved to Minnesota, not California and got married around 1858-59. He settled in the Hutchinson area and finally Minneapolis. His son, William Pitt Shattuck and my grandfather was born on July 13, 1860 in Hutchinson, MN. Monroe Shattuck moved to California sometime before 1854 and stayed. He lived in the Santa Cruz County, CA area and then moved to Kern County, CA in 1877 and lived the remainder of his life there. He had three sons. Pitts western addition, platted in 1857 was left unclaimed by an heir until my father, William Pitt Shattuck, II, acquitted the property in association with a lawyer from Waukon in 1940 at the age of 18.
Also there is a note to be made about the Shattuck family referred to by the author of the article. When G. C. Shattuck left Waukon, he was the last surnamed member of his family to live there. Lyman Shattuck, who migrated to Waukon from Vermont and married Elizabeth Clark, would probably have been the ancestor of the Shattucks that the author had known. To my knowledge, there is no direct connection to the G.C. Shattuck line.
6. Since all Shattucks are presumably descended from William Shattuck (b 1621, England, d. 1672, Watertown, MA), the namesake of the Shattuck School is indeed of the same family. She was referring to George Cheyne Shattuck, a Boston physician, who contributed funds to the Shattuck School and he is the namesake of that school.
- source: Red Wing Republican; Red Wing, Minnesota; by Sharon Swenson, Correspondent; May 6, 1978
- permission granted to reproduce this article for the Allamakee IAGenWeb, by Michael J. Kuehn, General Manager Red Wing Republican, July 2002.
- gravestone photos taken by Nancy Shattuck, summer 2004
- submitted by: Nancy A. Shattuck, Great Granddaughter of "Pitt" Shattuck. Nancy is researching George C. Shattuck, his wife Anna and their children, as well as her great grandfather, Pitt Shattuck.
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