Sunday, July 8, 2012

a nest of first cousins ...

... arises from the research mentioned in the last post. In some ways it was a relief to get back into New England research and its abundance of vital records. The Locke family settled early in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and birth, death and marriage records are accessible online through the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

It turns out that not only is Cherry Shattuck related (by marriage) to William Adams but she is also related to her husband. Probably the easiest way to lay this out is by starting with the common ancestor, Josiah Locke, born in 1753 at Woburn in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and his wife Elizabeth Richardson, whom he married 27 Dec 1775 in Woburn. This Josiah died 5 August 1811 and is listed in the Middlesex County probate index as Case #14248.

Josiah and Elizabeth had at least three children: Sarah born in 1777 and married Shadrach Shattuck; Josiah born in 1779 and married Susanna Frost; and Asa born in 1781 and married Lucy Wyman. This younger Josiah drowned in 1818 and is also listed in the Middlesex probate index, Case #14249. The index does not list anything for an Asa Locke until 1884. These probate files including #41380 for Varnum Shattuck and a guardianship file for Cherry Locke (#14250) which should be researched but are not readily accessible to me.

And now comes the cousin generation: 1) Sarah Locke and Shadrach Shattuck had Varnum Preston Shattuck who married Cherry below; 2) Josiah Locke and Susanna Frost had Cherry Adams Locke who married Varnum above; and 3) Asa Locke and Lucy Wyman had Lucy Gardner Locke who married William Adams who bought Cherry's interests in what appears to be Locke properties.

I can not help but think about Cherry's life. Born in 1807, her father dies suddenly, drowning in 1818 when she is just eleven years old. In 1826 she marries her first cousin, Varnum Preston Shattuck, and their life seems to include a lot of moving around. They are in New York City by 1833, at a different address there in 1836, in Indiana (and possibly Michigan) around 1840, back in New York City in 1842, and in Texas by 1846. Her husband dies off in Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1847. She remarries about 1849 and he dies apparently within the next ten years as she is listed in the 1860 census with just her two sons Varnum and Charles.

Although she has ten children, six of them die in childhood. Of the remaining four, at least three of them predecease her. In 1870, she is living alone in Galveston. Her son Charles is her only remaining child and although not yet found in the 1870 census records he is advertising his business as a grocer and drygoods merchant as late as October of 1871. At this point my knowledge and research fails. Did she outlive them all?

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