Esther Maria Atwater

Female12 February 1820–20 July 1906

Brief Life History of Esther Maria

When Esther Maria Atwater was born on 12 February 1820, in Chester, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, her father, Aaron Atwater, was 26 and her mother, Betsey Atsom, was 26. She married Norris Gridley on 21 October 1840, in Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 20 July 1906, in Guilford, Chenango, New York, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Guilford, Chenango, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Norris Gridley
Esther Maria Atwater
Marriage: 21 October 1840
Lucius Augustus Gridley
Hobart Alfred Gridley
Rosine Gridley
Francelia Elizabeth Gridley
Loren Atwater Gridley
Stella Vanetta Gridley
Melverne Manness Gridley
Lelia A. Gridley
Gaylord Guyvanas Gridley
Mary Elizabeth Gridley
Albert Norris Gridley

Sources (11)

  • Esther Sri* in household of Norris Sri*, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Esther Maria Atwater Gridley, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Ester Atwater in entry for Mary Elizabeth Bartholomew, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 October 1840Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
  • Children (11)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 1

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 7

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


    Age 26

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: topographic name for someone whose dwelling was by a river or lake, Middle English atte water ‘at the water’.

    History: This surname was established from an early date in New England. David Atwater was one of the group of settlers who founded the New Haven colony in 1638.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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