Dr. John William Shackleton was born on the 18th of February, 1811 in Hull, Yorkshire, England. His parents were William Shackleton and the former Mary Ann Simpson. He received his education in England, including his medical training.
He married Tamara Platts in Hull, England on the 7th of June, 1830. She was the daughter of John Platts. She died on the 20th of January, 1833. There is no record of any children born to them.
Dr. Shackleton emigrated to North America sometime between 1833 and 1843. He married Mary Ann Parr on the 11th of April, 1843, in Exeter, Maine, U.S.A. She was born on the 23rd of December, 1923 in Spalding, England, the daughter of Richard Bates Parr and the former Mary Dodson.
Dr. and Mrs. Shackleton had a daughter, Mary Ann Shackleton born to them in York, Ontario. By 1848, Dr. Shackleton was practicing medicine in Charing Cross, Ontario. The family was living on the 3rd Concession of Harwich Twp., west of Communication Road. Their daughter Elizabeth Caroline was born on the 4th of June, 1848. Their son John William was born on the 12th of July, 1850 and another son Henry James was born on the 2nd of April, 1853.
After the birth of their last child, Dr. Shackleton moved his family and his medical practice to Chatham. He purchased the Chatham Arms Hotel, located at 166 King Street and the Shackleton family resided there.
Dr. Shackleton died suddenly on the 29th of April, 1855 while tending to a patient in Dover Twp. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. After his death, Mrs. Shackleton ran the Chatham Arms Hotel. According to the 1861 and 1871 census’, Mrs. Shackleton resided in Chatham. According to the 1880 U.S. Census, Mrs. Shackleton was living with her daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Wood in Monguagon Twp, Wayne County, Michigan. By the 1900 census, Mrs. Shackleton and her family (John and Elizabeth Wood) were residing in Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Shackleton died in Detroit on the 7th February, 1908 and she was buried at the Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. Daughter Elizabeth died in 1911 and she was also buried at the Woodmere Cemetery.