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Notes for Anthony Waters and Elizabeth Whitehead

A biosketch reports [1]:

Elizabeth Whitehead, married Anthony Waters, Junior, son of Anthony and Rachael Waters. Had issue : Daniel Waters, born in 1694 ; Anthony Whitehead Waters ; Benjamin Waters; Elizabeth Waters ; Abigail Waters.

A brief sketch of the children of Authony and Elizabeth Waters, is given in a foot note on page 13 [see below]. Abigail Waters is not mentioned in it; but, in a recently found will of AnthonyWaters, made in 1719, he bequeaths all his land at New Brit-ain, New Jersey, to his daughters Elizabeth and Abigail. This land (315 a.) bought Maj' I, 1707, of Nathan Allen, executor of Experience Field, executrix of Benjamin Field, adjoined the lauds of William Stevenson and Benjamin Field, in Amwell, Hunterdon County.— Libey BB., p. 255, Trenton, New Jersey.

A biosketch of the father of Anthony Waters reports [2]:

Mr. Anthony Waters, Senior, an English lawyer, was a resident of Marshfield, Massachusetts, in 1643. According to a record in Norwich, Connecticut, of the testimony of Nehemiah Smith, made in 1679, Anthony Waters lived with him on Long Island in 1652, and soon afterwards returned to "Old England." He seems to have made but a short stay, as in 1658 he owned a house-lot in the "North Sea" district of Southampton, Long Island. Lyoti Gardiner, of Gardiner's Island, purchased, on July 28, 1659, of the Indian Sachems, Weandance and his son Weeaycombown, the bodies and bones, except fins and " tailes," of all the whales that might be cast ashore from Ketchaminschoke to Enoughquamuck, for 21 years, and transferred the right to Mr. Anthony Waters, who at this time was practicing law in the New Haven Courts. In 1661 he was following his profession in Southampton.

The house-lots in Jamaica, Long Island were first set off to its inhabitants in 1656, and contained six acres each. After several purchases from the Indians, more land was allowed them, Mr. Waters appearing in the largest allotments, made in 1663. He acted as adviser and attorney for the town in the various disputes that arose between it and neighboring towns, for which the inhabitants voted that he should have "Ye great hollow at ye South West Corner of ye little plains." Gov. Nicholls appointed him, March 7, 1664, " Clarke " of the Court of Sessions for the North Riding of Long Island. This office he held until 1673, when the town relieved him of the further care of its books of deeds and papers, eight in number, which are recorded in the office of the Secretary of State, Albany. Director General Stuyvesant, in 1663, made a complaint to Gov. Winthrop about Mr. Waters, for having, in company with John Coe and with eighty horse and foot, put down certain Dutch magistrates and put others in their place. He was a juryman in the Court of Assizes in New York at a trial in October, 1665, of Ralph Hall and Mary his wife for witchcraft, when the jury decided the evidence insufficient to convict the accused. The same year, February 5th, he was one of the patentees of Jamaica to whom was confirmed the lands that had been purchased at various times: The town selected hira and Mr. Oldfield, in 1675, "to goe down to Fort William Hendrick, there to appear before the general of the Dutch fleete there, on the behalf of the town as the Warrant reseaved from the two generals required, as if the town were all present." Mr. Waters died in 1675, his widow, Rachel, surviving.

His children were : sons Anthony, Junior; Jonathan, whose son Jonathan settled in Hopewell, New Jersey, dying in 1762 ; Thomas Waters, who married Mary, daughter of William Foster, and died January 3, 1713 ; David Waters, who married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Smith and died in 1742, and possibly a daughter, Ann Waters, wife of Nehemiah Smith.


[1] John R. Stevenson, Thomas Stevenson of London, England, and his Descendants (1902), 132, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust].

[2] John R. Stevenson, Thomas Stevenson of London, England, and his Descendants (1902), 13, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust].