Theophilus Shatswell

  • Birth 1609 Ipswich, Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England
  • Death 17 Aug 1663 Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 36382535

Theophilus Shatswell was born about 1614. His name first appears upon the Ipswich records in 1639, and in 1642 he was one of the young soldiers sent by the town to disarm the Indian chief Passaconoway. With Edward Chapman and Thomas Perkins he sued Roger Cheston in the court of March, 1646. In 1648 he had moved to Haverhill where he took the Oath of Fidelity and served on a Norfolk county trial jury as he did in 1652 and 1653. He was possibly not a man of average good health, for in 1653 when he would have been only thirty-nine years old, the town of Haverhill gave him "Liberty to train or not according as he is able, provided he pay 12d. a day to he Haverhill company." In 1653 he also sold his welling-house in Ipswich, near the north end of the town, to William Marchent who had been his tenant.
He was not often in the courts. In 1653 he was sued by Job Clement for mowing and carrying away Clement's hay in the Hawkes meadow and in 1654 he sued Tristram Coffin for not insuring him threee acres of accommodation according to promise. He lost both cases. He was appointed Edward Clark's attorney in 1659. In 1659, aged forty-fove, he testified that he hd made an agreement for the sale of a house between merchant Joseph Jewett of Rowley and his kinsman Richard Shatswell. A partner in a Haverhill saw-mill as early as 1651, he and Daniel Ladd erected a mill at Spiggot river in 1659. He was a signatory to the petition in favor of the liberal Robert Pike.
Shatswell's wife Susanna is said to have been born Susanna Bosworth, but there seems to be no contemporary evidence for this statement, which was possiby deduced from the fact that Haniel Bosworth lived with them and was an administrator of Susanna's estate. Theophilus died in Haverhill, MA on August 17, 1663.
His will dated June 20, 1663, was proved October 13, 1663. He left to his eldest daughter Mary, for life, various parcels of land totalling three hundred and fifteen acres, a young gray horse and the use of a pair of bullocks for two years. To his daughter Lydia, for life the farm beyond Spickettt River, the mare called her mother's mare and other things already received. To Hanill Bosworth, his portion of Hawkes meadow and the third division of upland belonging to Savage's land and 10 pounds "if he stay with me or mine until he be one and twenty years of age." Executors: wife Susanna and daughter Hannah, "all my other Lands, houseing, catle & all other herrididements." "My lands after the decease of my daughters Shall goe to ther children." Overseer "Brother Wilyam Sargent, Kinsman Lefttenent Philip Challis. Witnesses: Jonathan Singletary, Edward Clarke. Inventory taken September 3, 1663, by John Emery, sr. and John Eaton, sr. lists a great quanity of land and a well-stocked farm and totals 759 pounds.


Sources:
The Ancestroy of Annis Spear, pages 285-286
Essex Probate, No. 25,121


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  • Created by: MyMountainHome
  • Added: 26 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36382535
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theophilus Shatswell (1609–17 Aug 1663), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36382535, citing Haverhill City Cemetery, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by MyMountainHome (contributor 46958374) .