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.
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.