Gilbert Park Fay Family Genealogy

The Fay Family in America for 350 Years (1656 - 2006)


Descendants of William Shattuck (1621 - 1672)
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Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 SHATTUCK was born 1621 in England, and died August 14, 1672 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He married SUSANNA UNKNOWN 1642. She died December 11, 1686 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

William Shattuck must have emigrated to this country while in his minority. Nothing is known of him before his arrival in this country, but it is thought that he may have come from either Lancashire, Sommersetshire, or Berkshire. It is also conjectured that his father might have died on his passage over or shortly thereafter, and also that he might have been the son of widow Damaris Shattuck, who was admitted to the church in Salem in 1641. He may have been a brother of Samuel Shattuck as their ages are close and the names in their families are similar.[1/8]

Samuel Shattuck is believed to be a son of Damaris. He was born about 1620 and died in Salem, MA June 6, 1689, age 69. He first joined the Salem church in 1642. Both he and his mother, widow Damaris, had daughters named Damaris. William, on the other hand, did not name a daughter Damaris.[1/361]

In the first inventory of estates in Watertown, taken in 1639, William had 1) "An Homstall of one acre bounded Southwest with the Common the East with John Clough & the North with William Perry 2) Three acres of upland bounded the North with Joseph Morse the South with William Perry the East with John Clough & the West with the Common".[4/1:66] William had the same holding in the third inventory, taken in 1646.[4/1:145]

William married about 1642. The Christian name of his wife was Susanna, but neither her surname, date or place of birth, nor her parentage are known. Susanna remained a widow about 15 months after his death and married on Nov. 18, 1673 Richard Norcross, who survived her. She died Dec. 11, 1686. Richard Norcross was the first grammar school teacher in Watertown.[1/6061] William held several town offices. In 1652 he was chosen to prosecute the orders about hogs and fences[2/1:32] and again in 1660.[2/1:64] He was also the surveyor of highways in 1655, 1664, and 1665.[2/1:42,78,84]

William's occupation was that of a weaver, and at his death he bequeathed his "loom and its appurtenances" to his son William. Agriculture also seems to have been a big part of his life, as it was for many early settlers. He was buried in the old Mount Auburn Cemetery.[1/5960]

William Shattuck's will was dated Aug. 3 and proved Aug. 29, 1672. In it he mentioned his sons Samuel Church, Phillip Shattuck, William Shattuck, four small children, two younger sons Benjamin and Samuel, son John, and wife Susanna. His "loving friends John Coolidge, Jr. and Samuel Livermore" were to be assistants to his wife in the execution of the will, which was witnessed by John Coolidge and John Livermore.[3/4:28] The inventory of the estate was taken August 23, 1672 by John Coolidge, John Livermore, and Thomas Hastings and amounted to 434.19.11. 200 pounds was in real property, the rest in personal property, including 103.17.7 1/2 in money.[3/4:31]

REF: [1] The Descendants of William Shattuck - Lemuel Shattuck,
[2] Watertown Records, 1894
[3] Middlesex County Probate (First Series Docket 20168)
[4] Watertown Records, 1894 (Lands, Grants and Possessions)


1. Susanna, b. abt. 1643, m(1) Watertown, MA 12 Apr 1661 Joseph
Morse, b. Watertown, MA 30 Apr 1637, d. 1677, m(2) 5 Jul
1678 John Fay, d. Marlborough, MA 5 Dec 1690
2. Mary, b. Watertown 25 Aug 1645, d. Waltham, MA 23 Oct 1732,
m. Watertown 11 February 1661-2 Jonathan Brown, b. 15 Sep 1635,
d. March 1691
3. John, b. Watertown 11 February 1646-7, d. 14 Sep 1675, m. Watertown
20 Jun 1664 Ruth Whitney, b. Watertown 15 Apr 1645
4. Phillip, b. abt. 1648, d. Waltham 26 Jun 1722, m(1) Watertown
9 Nov 1670 Deborah Barstow, d. Watertown 24 Nov 1679, m(2)
Watertown 11 February 1679-80 Rebecca Chamberlain, d. 1728
5. Joanna, d. Watertown 4 Apr 1673
6. William, b. abt. 1653, d. Watertown 19 Oct 1732, m(1)? Ruth
____, m(2) abt. 1678 Susanna Randall, d. 8 May 1732
7. Rebecca, b. abt. 1655, m. Watertown 7 February 1671-2 Samuel Church,
b. Watertown 10 Jun 1640
8. Abigail, b. abt. 1657, d. Groton, MA 1694, m(1) Watertown 17 Oct
1678 Jonathan Morse, b. 7 Oct 1643, d. Groton 31 Jul 1686,
m(2) 22 Sep 1690 Joshua Parker, b. 13 Mar 1658, d. Groton
5 May 1691
9. Benjamin, d. in his 20th year
10. Samuel, b. Watertown 28 February 1665-6, m. Abigail ____

Burial: Ancient burying-ground situated on the old road leading from Cambridge to Watertown, a short distance westerly of Mount Auburn
Occupation: Weaver

ii. JOANNA SHATTUCK, d. April 4, 1673, Watertown, Massachusetts.
2. iii. SUSANNA SHATTUCK, b. 1643, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. Aft. 1695, Marlboro, Massachusetts.
iv. MARY SHATTUCK, b. August 25, 1645; d. October 23, 1732, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Burial: Waltham burying ground

v. JOHN SHATTUCK, b. February 11, 1647.
vi. PHILIP SHATTUCK, b. 1648.
vii. WILLIAM SHATTUCK, b. 1653.
viii. REBECCA SHATTUCK, b. 1655.
ix. ABIGAIL SHATTUCK, b. 1657.
x. SAMUEL SHATTUCK, b. February 28, 1666.

Generation No. 2

2. SUSANNA2 SHATTUCK (WILLIAM1) was born 1643 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died Aft. 1695 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She married (1) JOSEPH MORSE April 12, 1661 in Watertown, Massachusetts, son of JOSEPH MORSE and HESTER PIERCE. He was born April 30, 1637 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died 1677. She married (2) JOHN FAY July 15, 1678 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He was born 1648 in England, and died December 5, 1690 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. She married (3) THOMAS BRIGHAM July 30, 1695, son of THOMAS BRIGHAM and MERCY HURD. He was born Abt. 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died November 25, 1716 in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

Susan "Susanna" Shattuck who was the widow of Joseph Morse married John Fay as her second husband after John Fay's first wife, Mary Brigham, died. Susan already had 7 children by Morse, and John Fay's 4 children, and gave birth to 4 more children by John Fay. After John Fay's death, Susan married as her third husband, Thomas Brigham, who was a brother of John Fay's first wife, Mary Brigham. It is interesting to record that from Susan's last marriage, one of her descendants [actually it was her husband Thomas' brother Samuel] was Peter Bent Brigham who left a sum of $1,000,000 which was not to be spent until 25 years after his death. By this time the fund had grown to $2,000,000 and was used to build the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a world famous medical research hospital connected with Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 13.

Source History of Town of Marlborough published in 1862: 1) Susan's marriage date to Thomas Brigham of July 30,1695, and 2) fact that Susan's father was William Shattuck of Watertown, Massachusetts, b. 1643.

Notes for JOHN FAY:
John Fay embarked May 30, 1656, at Gravesend, England, and arrived in Boston on June 27, 1656, at the age of 8 years on the Speedwell (sister ship of the Mayflower). John was by no means the first Fay to come to America. Available Town records in New England show for example that (1) Richard Fay resided in Dorchester MA in 1634; (2) Henry Fay, a weaver of Newberry MA died 6/30/1655 and (3) William Fay was admitted as a townsman in Boston in 1643. These Fay's unquestionably preceded John Fay to America (1656), but there are no records to establish any interrelationship between any of them.

There is, however, reasonable evidence that his father and a brother Michael had preceded him to America. Although there is no documented record of the father (David) or Michael's birth or death. Reference is made in the early Town records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, that the father of John and Michael was David Fay "who came to America prior to 1656." On the other hand the direct lineage of the descendants of John Fay from his birth in 1648 down to 1898 were clearly and logically documented in the records accumulated in Orlin P. Fay's book.

The passenger list of the Speedwell lists five minors, including John Fay age 8 years. These young men were bound to Sudbury MA (settled 17 years previously) where each of them had parents or relatives. It is presumed that since John Fay was the youngest of these minors, he very likely had parents already residing in Sudbury.

Shortly after John Fay's arrival a group of recent immigrants, including young John moved to a new grant which was newly incorporated under the name of Marlboro, MA. The early records of Marlboro show that John Fay was made a freeman in 1669, at which time he had a wife and child. In 1675 the name of John Fay appears among the proprietors of Worcester Mass., and that he had a lot of 50 acres assigned to him "in the eastern squadron, lying next to the County road to Boston." Although, he owned land in Worcester he continued to live in Marlboro until the marauding Indians during the Phillips War made it necessary to move his family to the greater security of Watertown Mass. While in Watertown he buried his first wife, Mary Brigham and one child. His second marriage was to Susan "Susanna" Shattuck who was the widow of Joseph Morse. She had 7 children by Morse and 4 by John Fay. After John Fay's death, Susan married as her third husband, Thomas Brigham, who was a brother of John Fay's first wife, Mary Brigham. It is interesting to record that from Susan's last marriage, one of her descendants [actually it was her husband Thomas' brother Samuel] was Peter Bent Brigham who left a sum of $1,000,000 which was not to be spent until 25 years after his death. By this time the fund had grown to $2,000,000 and was used to build the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a world famous medical research hospital connected with Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 13.

Ships to America - The Speedwell, 1656

An alphabetic list of ships to America is provided at Ship Index.
A list of more ships to New England is provided at Ships & Passengers

The Speedwell of London Voyages are listed at ship name on Ship List May 27, 1656, The Speedwell, from London (Gravesend), arrived at Boston, New England

Source: "Passengers to America, A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Edited by Michael Tepper Selected excerpts from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 1977, page 462.

Ship and Passenger Information:

This list is annotated by the Searcher's office, Gravesend, England, with the date of "30th May, 1656". However, an additional annotation indicates they "were Landed at Boston in N. E. the 27th of the Month, 1656. J. E." The list may have been prepared at departure by the Searcher's office or later by the vessel's master, under a high bond as assurance of the accuracy about those actually making the voyage (such lists were dated at arrival and were endorsed at the Searcher's office on return of the vessel). The source listing, however, shows the "J.E." entry as an endorsement after that of the Searcher's office. In this case, the initials "J.E." were not those of the master and the month was not specified. This leaves questions about the month in which the "27th" actually occurred - before, during, or after May.
Robert Lock, Master

41 passengers listed.

Stratton, Richard
Mulfoot, John
Smith, Richard 43
Brinsley, Francis 22
Noyce, Thomas 32
Edwards, Mathew
Boules, Joseph 47
Brand, William 40
Copeland, John 28
Holder, Christopher 25
Thurston, Thomas 34
Prince, Mary 21
Gibbons, Sarah 21
Weatherhead, Mary 26
Waugh, Dorothy 20
Smith, Lester 24
Clarke, Christopher 38
Lane, Edward 36
Richardson, Tho: (Thomas) 19
Earle, John 17
Barnes, Thomas 20
Hopgood, Shudrack 14
Goodynough, Thomas 20
Goodinough, Nathaniel 16
Fay, John 8
Tayler, William 11
Smith, Richard 28
Munnings, Muhuhulett 24
Mott, Margarett 12
Reeue (Reeve), Henry 8
Seker, Henery 8
Morse, John 40
Dauison (Davison), Nickolus 45
Baldwin, John 21
Baldwin, Mary 20
Worster, Rebeca (sic) 18
Wigins, John 15
Miller, John 24
Home, Thomas 11
Crane, John 11
Baalam, Charels (sic) 18

Source: November 3, 2000

From Genealogy Forum:

Re: John Fay (1648-90)a French Huguenot?
Posted by: Mary (FAY) Nelson 9 Date: June 21, 1999 at 17:34:50
In Reply to: Re: John Fay (1648-90)a French Huguenot? by Dennis N. Reed of 583

From my personal research, I think that John Fay was born in Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, England and not in France. There are unpublished records in England which support this research, but I haven't gotten to see them firsthand. Anyway a large clan of FAY family members are still in England and trace themselves to Collingbourne-Ducis, Wiltshire well before 1600. There is a David FAY marrying an Elizabeth Coale/Cole in December 1616 in Penton Mewsey. This is published in the Parish marriage records, which I found at the Clayton Library in Houston, TX. This is the only David Fay I've found in England for this period.

Thomas Brigham married a second wife Susanna, on 30 July 1695, daughter of William Shattuck of Watertown and widow (1) of Joseph Morse and (2) of John Fay, whose first wife was Mary, the sister of Thomas. It will be noted that every descendant of Thomas is also a descendant of Edmund Rice, who is an ancestor of many colonial families in eastern Massachusetts. He had a large number of children, some of whom were of mature age at the time of the emigration.

Notes from The History of the Brigham Family from the New Hampshire Historic Society 20 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire, obtained by Ken and Susan Barbi on August 12, 2000.

i. JONATHAN3 MORSE, d. 1754; m. (1) MARY HOW; m. (2) MARY CHURCH.
ii. SUSANNA MORSE, b. January 11, 1663.
iii. HESTER MORSE, b. September 11, 1664, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. August 27, 1725, Watertown, Massachusetts; m. NATHANIEL JOSSELYN.
iv. JOSEPH MORSE, b. November 11, 1667, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. July 1753, Marlboro, Massachusetts; m. GRACE WARREN.
v. SAMUEL MORSE, b. September 4, 1670, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. July 10, 1758, Marlboro, Massachusetts; m. GRACE UNKNOWN.
vi. MARY MORSE, b. February 11, 1672; m. JOHN BARNARD, JR..
vii. HANNAH MORSE, b. April 7, 1674; m. JOHN NEWTON.

Children of SUSANNA SHATTUCK and JOHN FAY are:
viii. DAVID3 FAY, b. April 23, 1679, Marlboro, Massachusetts; d. April 10, 1738; m. SARAH LARKIN, May 1, 1699, Marlborough; d. Unknown.

Notes for DAVID FAY:
David Fay inherited the homestead on the north side of Clean Hill. He settled in that part of Marlboro which was set off to Southboro, east of Wolfpen Hill, and with Robert Horn, about 1731, built a grist mill on Stony Brook in the southeast part of the town.

He united with the church April 2, 1710. Before the incorporation of the town of Southboro he was placed on a committee to seat the meeting in Marlboro, and the next year he was chosen Constable of Southboro, where he was also elected Selectman in 1730, 1733, and 1735.

He was by occupation a weaver.

His wife at the time of her marriage was an heir to Edward Larkin of Charlestown, where he and his wife, Sara, Jan. 27, 1709-1710, sold for $150, to Joseph Kent of Charlestown, land formerly owned by John Larkin. Jan 28, 1706-1707, he exchanged land with Isaac Temple.

He and his family, also the families of Moses Newton, John Newton, Widow Johnson, Moses Newton, Jr., and James Cady were assigned to the "Garrison" of Isaac Howe for protection from the Indians.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 227.

ix. GERSHOM FAY, b. October 19, 1681, Marlboro, Massachusetts; d. November 24, 1720; m. MARY BRIGHAM, 1702; b. May 6, 1678.

Notes for GERSHOM FAY:
Gershom was one of the first settlers in that part of Marlboro that was afterward set off to Westboro in 1717 and again set off to Northboro in 1727; thus was he an inhabitant of three towns in succession without moving his habitation. He served as Constable in Marlboro in 1714 and in 1718, March 3, being included in Westboro, he was chosen Surveyor of that town. July 24, 1720 and in 1721 he was elected one of the committee for building the first meeting house which stood about 80 rods [1 rod = 16.5 feet] west of Wessonville. In 1720 he was again chosen Constable.

He was admitted to the church in Marlboro before he was set off to Westboro, and continued to worship there until that part of the town where he lived was included in Westboro.

He died at the age of 39 years, leaving a large tract of land in the northwest part of Northboro to be divided to his four sons. His estate was settled without recourse to a probate court.

He left six or seven minor children who were brought up to respectability and industry with no other guardian than their heroic and energetic mother, Mary Brigham, daughter of Dr. John Brigham of Sudbury. She was distinguished for heroism in the Indian war. She received $375 by her father's will.

Gershom Fay was the youngest son of John Fay and he built the first saw mill in Northboro, 60 rods east of the Unitarian church.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 331.

Mary and her husband were exposed, like others of that day, to the incursions of the Indians, and as a protection, palisades were erected around many of the houses to serve as a fort or resort to which the families in the neighborhood might repair in case the Indians should make their appearance. In 1707 a tragical event occurred in Marlboro in that part of the township now included in Northboro. Among the garrison houses in town at that time was one known as Samuel Goodnow's near the stream called Stirrup Brook. This garrison was designed as the resort of the families of Nathaniel Oakes, Jonathan Forbush and Gershom Fay, as well as that of Mr. Goodnow. This precaution undoubtedly saved the life of Mrs. Fay and her two oldest children.

In 1707, Aug. 18, she [Mary was 29 years old at the time] and Miss Mary Goodnow, daughter of Samuel Goodnow, were gathering herbs in a meadow when they saw 20 or more stout Indian warriors stealthily approaching them. They immediately ran for the fort. Mrs. Fay with her children succeeded in reaching it and closing the gate before her pursuers could overtake her. Fortunately there was one man in the garrison, the rest of the men being at work in the field. The savages attempted to break through the enclosure but were repelled by the heroic defenders within, Mrs. Fay loading the muskets belonging to the fort and handing them to her companion; whether it was her husband or not, we do not know, but he was able to keep a constant fire upon the enemy till a party of their friends in the field, hearing the report of the muskets, came to their relief and the enemy fled. Thus was the life of this woman and her two helpless children saved by her own heroism.

William A. Bartlett of Northboro, whose mother and grandmother were Fay's, writes April 3, 1884, as follows: "It is a question whether the garrison house or fort, in which Mrs. Fay's heroism was displayed was some part of the house in which I now live, or whether it was another near by, built on purpose. The grave of Mary Goodnow is on my farm about 30 rods from my house." Her grave still remained without a monument in 1866. She being lame, could not escape from her merciless pursuers. She was overtaken, seized and dragged into the woods across Stirrup Brook and inhumanly murdered and scalped, her mangled remains were found and buried a few days after and her grave was visible 130 years afterwards. The Indians were pursued and overtaken and a battle ensued in which two white men and nine Indians were killed. The packs of the Indians fell into the hands of the whites and in one of them was found the scalp of Miss Goodnow, which furnished the first clue of her melancholy fate.

A large elm tree growing in the cellar, marks the spot where once stood the house of Gershom Fay.

Source: "Fay Genealogy - John Fay of Marlborough and his Descendants" by Orlin P. Fay, 1898, page 331

x. RUTH FAY, b. July 15, 1684, Marlboro, Massachusetts; m. INCREASE WARD, June 17, 1706.
xi. DELIVERANCE FAY, b. October 7, 1686, Watertown, Massachusetts; d. January 22, 1711, Watertown, Massachusetts; m. BENJAMIN SHATTUCK, February 20, 1707.

Gilbert Park Fay Family Genealogy

Ken and Susan Jean Fay Barbi
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