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Joshua Atwater Esq. (abt. 1611 - 1676)

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Joshua Atwater Esq.
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, New Haven Colony | Milford, New Haven Colony | Boston, Massachusetts.


Biography

Joshua Atwater, son of John Atwater and Susan Narsin, was bapt. 2 June 1611.[1][2]

He was a mercer in Ashford, England.[1]

He was one of the seven young men left to overwinter in Quinnipiack in 1637,[1][3] and he signed the New Haven fundamental agreement.[3] He was a merchant, treasurer of the Colony, representative in 1652, magistrate in 1658. He moved to Milford in 1655 and went to Boston in 1659.[1]

"Mr Jofhua Atwatter and Mary Blackman were Married by mr Ludlow at Stratford ye 6th of may 1651." [4][2] Mary Blackman was d/o Rev. Adam Blackman,[1] They had 10 Children.[2] After Joshua's death, Mary married Rev. John Higginson.[1] She survived Higginson also and died 9 March 1709. She divided her estate (by her will) equally between daughter Ann Dummer, wife of Jeremiah; Mary (see below); and Grandaughter Rebecca, dtr of Joshua Jr. No sons were mentioned in her will.

He died 16 May 1676, in Boston, Massachusetts.[1][2] His will mentions each of the children of his brother David. [1]

Children:[1][5]

  1. Ann,[5] eldest child, b. in New Haven, married Jeremiah Dummer, a goldsmith of Boston. They had two sons.[1]
    1. William Dummer was Lt. Governor of the Colony of Massachusetts 1716-1730[1]
    2. Jeremy Dummer, graduated from Harvard[1]
  2. Samuell Atwater the fonn of mr Jofhua Atwater was borne the 20th of June 1654[4][5]
  3. Joshua Atwater, eldest son of Joshua, who grew to adulthood, was born in Milford 10 April 1658; bpt. in New Haven 21 Dec. 1658;[5][1] married (1) Mehitable, d/o Francis Wainwright of Ipswich; married (2) Mary, d/o Seaborn Cotton, granddaughter of John Cotton and Governor Bradstreet. He had two or more children. He drowned 12th Feb. 1692[1]
  4. Mary in Milford 1659[5] ?
  5. Mary b. Boston 15 Jan 1659[5][1] m. (1) John Clark, merchant of Boston and m. (2) John Coney. She died 12 April 1726.[1]
  6. John Atwater b. 14 Aug 1662, in Boston[1][5] was of Salem. He went to Salem with his mother, when she married Rev. Higginson.[1]
  7. Abigail, 23 Jan. 1664 Boston;[5]
  8. Jane, with an alias Grace, on our rec. 9 Sept. 1666;[5]
  9. Elinor, 23 Apr. 1669;[5]
  10. Benjamin, youngest child b. 16 May 1673[1][5]

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Atwater, Francis (compiler). Atwater History and Genealogy. Meriden, Conn.: The Journal Publishing Co. (printers), 1901.(Vol 1 pp 34-, 47-51)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Atwater Edward E. et al. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut. Meriden, Connecticut: 1902 p. 63
  4. 4.0 4.1 Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917 marriage p. 2; Samuel p. 10
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  • Atwater, Francis (compiler). Atwater History and Genealogy. Meriden, Conn.: The Journal Publishing Co. (printers), 1901.(Vol 1 pp 34, 47-) Volume 1 can be downloaded at Family Search


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