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William Ward Atwater (1730 - 1787)

William Ward Atwater
Born in Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 31 Jan 1754 in Wallingford, New Haven, CTmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 57 in Manchester, Sydney County, Nova Scotiamap
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William Atwater was a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: Undated

William was born baptized Jan 1730/1. He was the son of Phineas Atwater and Mary Ward. [1]

William married Esther Tuttle 31 Jan 1754.[2] [1] Esther was born Feb 10 1736 i Wallingford, Connecticut, dau of Ephraim Tuttle and Hannah Pangborn. [1] [3]

William Atwater and his wife Esther were living in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut when their son Rufus Atwater was born in 1754.

Children born in Wallingford, CT [1]

  1. Rufus b 29 Nov 1754, [4]m Dec 18 1777 Mary Tuttle, dau of Ebenezer Tuttle & Eunice Moss, d Jul 13 1822 Nova Scotia
  2. Luman born 8 Feb 1757; rem to Nova Scotia
  3. William born 16 Feb 1759; rem to Boylston, NOva Scotia, m Esther Andrews
  4. Abel Ward born c 1761, b abt 1761, d Sep 8 1822,m 1786 Abiah Atwater, da of Joel Atwater and Abiah Baldwin,
  5. Chloe born 21 Sep 176{3}, b SSep 1763, m John Clark of Haddam, rem to New Marlborough, Mass,
  6. Ira born 21 June 1765, d Apr 4 1838, m Lois [Ives]
  7. Asenath born 3 Oct 1768
  8. Esther born 4 Oct 1771

He brought his family to Manchester, Nova Scotia with the "Associated Loyalists of Connecticut" in 1783.[5][6] He passed away in 1757 at Manchester, NS, shortly after completing construction of a sawmill. His widow and children received the formal land grants in Nova Scotia [7][8].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Families of New Haven: Vol. I, pg 1407, Atwater Fam. 6 Phinehas # 2 William
  2. Atwater, Edward Elias. A genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of David Atwater, one of the original planters of New Haven, Conn., to the sixth generation. New Haven, Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1873
  3. Families of New Haven: Vol. VIII, pg 1903, Tuttle Fam. 16 Timothy #3 Ephraim #ii Esther
  4. "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Rufus Atwater, 29 Nov 1754; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.
    Name Rufus Atwater
    Gender Male
    Birth Date 29 Nov 1754
    Father's Name William Atwater
    Mother's Name Esther
  5. William Atwater and family listed among the "Associated Loyalists of Connecticut" in Terrance M. Punch, "Loyalists Unmentioned", Nova Scotia Genealogist, vol.1, p.18
  6. William Atwater, Sr. in List of James Scovil's Company at Manchester;
  7. William Atwater's widow and children, named as land grant recipients in 1788 List of Scovill's Company in Manchester: in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: Nova Scotia Land Petitions (1765-1800), Volume Number 20:
  8. William Atwater, named in 1789 Memorial of Rufus Atwater (his son) requesting additional land:
  • William Ward Atwater, in Loyalist Directory:
  • William Atwater 's family and settlement in Nova Scotia described in chapter titled "The Hallowell Grant Settlers" in A.C. Jost, "Guysborough Sketches and Essays, revised edition", 2009, pp.169-182.
  • William Atwater family genealogy detailed in A.C. Jost, "Guysborough Sketches and Essays, revised edition", 2009, pp.453-456
  • William Atwater's family recorded in: Edward Elias Atwater, "Genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of David Atwater, one of the original planters of New Haven Connecticut to the sixth generation", 1873, p.15
  • Bio:
  • Bio: New Englanders in Nova Scotia Genealogies, Biographies, Heraldry, and Local Histories 1759 - 1939 VOLUME : Default Volume PAGE : 265 Found on American Ancestors
  • Death: Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • Birth, Marriage & Death
  • Arrival to Canada: SMITH, LEONARD H., JR., and NORMA H. SMITH. Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. 546p.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines. Families of Ancient New Haven (New Haven Genealogical Magazine) Published 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.
  • Atwater family land grants may be identified on the provincial land map:


Thank you to Wayne Sheehan for creating Atwater-301 on 19 Nov 13.

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Atwater-7 and Atwater-845 appear to represent the same person because: Same DOB, location, family, etc.
posted on Atwater-845 (merged) by Andrew Payzant