William Atwater

28 November 1785–28 June 1855 (Age 69)
Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life of William

When William Atwater was born on 28 November 1785, in Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, Rufus Atwater, was 30 and his mother, Mary Tuttle, was 24. He married Elizabeth Mary Elliott on 13 February 1812, in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States in 1850. He died on 28 June 1855, at the age of 69, and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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William Atwater
Catherine Babson
Marriage: 20 May 1821
William Collins Atwater
Joseph Babson Atwater
Constant Loyal Tuttle Atwater
George Washington Atwater
Mary Ann Atwater

Spouse and Children

20 May 1821
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 1

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1788 · Connecticut Becomes the 5th State

Age 3

Connecticut became a state on January 9, 1788. In 1650, before it was a state, the boundary of Connecticut ran north from the westside of Greenwich Bay and the coast of the Pacific Ocean. During the 1600s, Westmoreland County was in Connecticut when the boundaries were changed Westmoreland County went to Pennsylvania.

Age 19

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.

Name Meaning

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

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

Sources (3)

  • William Atwater, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Atwater in entry for Joseph Babson, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Wm. Atwater in entry for Mary A. Hall, "Minnesota, Death Records and Certificates, 1900-1955"

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