When Robert Marquis Freshwater was born on 11 June 1846, in Carrollton, Carroll, Ohio, United States, his father, David Freshwater, was 23 and his mother, Diantha Ralston, was 19. He married Mary Isabel McCall on 11 June 1868, in Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States in 1910 and Goshen, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States in 1920. He died on 13 February 1931, in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States.
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a source of clear drinking water, from Middle English freis, fresche ‘fresh’ + water ‘water’ (Old French freis, of ancient Germanic origin). This may also be a habitational name from an unidentified place so called. There is a Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, though this seems not to have given rise to a surname, and the compound is also recorded as a minor placename in Dorset. However, no prepositional forms indicating a locative type have been noted among the early English bearers, and no such placename has been found in or near the counties where the surname first appears.