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Asaph Atwater (1745)

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Asaph (Aseph) Atwater
Born in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 27 May 1772 in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 22 Sep 2017 | Created 6 Jul 2014
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Asaph Atwater, son of Enos and Hannah (Moss) Atwater, was born 01 AUG 1745, recorded in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. He was baptized Sept 1745 at the Cheshire Congregational Church in Cheshire, Connecticut.[1] Cheshire was a part of Wallingford until it's incorporation in 1780.


Asaph of Farmington, Connecticut married Lucy Ann Dibble of Torrington 27 MAY 1772, in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut[2] [2][1]


Asaph served in the Revolution[3] He was in a military company in 1774,[4][5] and on the marching roll of Captain Griswold's company March 4 1777.[4][5] They went to Canada and assisted in capturing Fort St. John.[4][5]

After the Declaration of Independance, Asaph was sworn in as a Freeman of the town of Torrington in 1778.[5]

Asaph is not an overly common name. The following three entries may or may not be this Asaph, but at least two of them are excellent possibilities, given what we know.

Aseph Atwater: United States Census "1790" Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut.[6]

Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons - Females: 5
Number of Household Members: 9

Looking at the known family makeup -5 females: Lucy Sr, Mehitable, Lucy Jr, Benaroy, Eveline. - - 2 males under 16: Enos & Asaph Jr. -- 2 males 16 and over: One is obviously Asaph, if the other is Thomas he was only 13/14. There are plenty of other scenarios that make this a good option.

There is also an Asaph Atwater: United States Census "1790" Whites, Montgomery, New York.[7]

Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1

This doesn't seem to be this Asaph at all, but it could be considered that Asaph and son were visiting the area and got enumerated twice.

In 1801, 1802, and 1803 (Links to Ancestry: subs. req.) in the town of Sangerfield, Chenango, New York, USA [8] the tax rolls contain the name of Asaph Atwater with a relatively large size real estate and Thomas Atwater, without real property but a small personal estate that was taxable.

ASAPH went west and settled near Ashtabula, Ohio.[3]


The Atwater Genealogy had no death date listed for Asaph. This Gedcom said he died 27 SEP 1785 in Wallingford, Connecticut, but since he moved from Torrington, where his child was born Aug 1785, to Ohio, 1785, seems to be wrong. The DAR lists no death date for Asaph and his death place as near Ashtabula, Ohio.[9] The NSSAR also gives no death date for Asaph.[10]

Children born in Torrington

  1. Mehitibell b. Mar 9 1773; d; Mar 7, 1775[2]
  2. Mehitibel b. Aug 15, 1776[2]
  3. Thomas b. Sep 11, 1777[2]
  4. Asaph b. Jan 28 1778[2]
  5. Lucy b. Mar 20, 1779[2]
  6. Benaroy, dtr. b. Apr 16, 1781[2]
  7. Enos b. Feb 14, 1783[2]
  8. Daughter b. Aug 4, 1785[2] Evaline Atwater

Note: The Atwater Genealogy cited lists entirely different dates for these children[3] These are also the dates listed in the History of Torrington by Samuel Orcutt[5] with the addition of the first Mehitible on Mar 4, 1773.

  1. Thomas Mar 7 1774
  2. Mehitable Sept 11, 1775 m. Joseph Wildman
  3. Asaph b. Aug 15, 1776
  4. Lucy b. Jan 28, 1778 m. Meacham
  5. Benaroy b. Mar 20, 1779
  6. Enos b. Feb 14, 1783
  7. Evelina b. Aug 4 1785 m. Ludwin Grove.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Atwater, Edward E. & Francis Atwater. Atwater history and genealogy : comprising the results of seventy-seven years research by Rev. E.E. Atwater. pp 22, 49. Meriden, Conn. : Horton Print. Co., 1901-1927.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. at Application of Belvo Z Stambaugh 1926. at Ancestry
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Orcutt, Samuel. History of Torrington, Connecticut: From Its First Settlement in 1737, with Biographies and Genealogies, Part 2. J. Musell, 1878 (military pp 223, 226, freeman 271, genealogy [ 642
  6. 1790; Census Place: Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut; Series: M637; Roll: 1; Page: 375; Image: 346; Family History Library Film: 0568141. First Census of the United States, 1790 (NARA microfilm publication M637, 12 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Accessed at
  7. 1790; Census Place: Whites, Montgomery, New York; Series: M637; Roll: 6; Page: 64; Image: 46; Family History Library Film: 0568146. First Census of the United States, 1790 (NARA microfilm publication M637, 12 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Source Information At Ancestry
  8. New York, Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799-1804 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: New York (State), Comptroller's Office. Tax assessment rolls of real and personal estates, 1799–1804, Series B0950 (26 reels). Microfilm. Albany, New York: New York State Archives.
  9. DAR Ancestor Search].
  10. NSSAR Patriot and Grave Index
Consulted: (but all it had was his birth)
Atwater, Edward E. A genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of David Atwater : one of the original planters of New Haven, Conn., to the fifth generation. New Haven : J.H. Benham, 1851.

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On 7 Sep 2015 at 16:35 GMT Anne B wrote:

Gordon. This death date must be wrong, see bio and should be changed to blank. Do you object?

Aseph is 15 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 24 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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