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Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Hackley (abt. 1660 - bef. 1708)

Elizabeth Hackley formerly Waterhouse aka Baker
Born about in New London, New London County, Connecticut Colonymap
Wife of — married before 1680 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 31 Jul 1699 in New London, New London, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 48 in New London, New London County, Connecticut Colonymap
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Elizabeth Waterhouse was born circa 1660, perhaps a little later, to parents Jacob Waterhouse and Hannah Collins Waterhouse.[1]
She was married to an Unknown Baker, sometime before 4 November 1693, when she signed a document in her father's estate as Elizabeth Baker. She had a son, John Baker, born about 1680, estimated from his 17 January 1703/4 marriage, as well as a deed he signed 23 March 1707/8. On September 17 1693, Elizabeth "'Waterhouse owned ye Covt & baptized Elizabeth And her son John per a baptismal record of that date of the First Church of New London.[2]
She married second, Peter Hackley 31 August 1699 in New London. She died 12 March 1736 in Niantic (Lyme), New London County.[3]
In 1704 she received, as Elizabeth Hackley, distributions from the estates of her three deceased brothers. On 3 June 1705, her son Peter was baptized. She died before 23 March 1707/8, the date her husband Peter and son John began selling property belonging to her.[4]
Often it is suggested that John was her first husbands given name; however, the source noted in the first paragraph of this biography says that "Mr. Baker's first name is not known and his identity is not clear."[5] It is not the intent of this writer Parish-940 to follow this matter any deeper.


Son John was christened on 17 Sep 1693[6]
Mother's FindAGrave record [7]


Elizabeth died on Jan 19, 1734 in Connecticut[8]

Research notes

It's been reported that Elizabeth was a direct ancestor of Ethan Allen. That statement is based on confusion with her son John, and John, the son of Joshua Baker, who was also of New London, Connecticut. Its possible that Elizabeth's first husband was Joshua's brother, John, but no direct evidence to support that has been found.


  1. Source following leaves mother's maiden name blank, while existing profile assigns the name Collins to her. More research needs to be done on this matter.
  2. Article Peter1 Hackley of New London and His Two Wives: Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Baker and Elizabeth (Marshall) Darrow in the Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.) Volume 162, pages 86-88. See record at subscription site.
  3. Bonsall, Grace Pratt, Jacob Waterhouse of Wethersfield and New London, Conn., and Some of His Descendants, article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1950, (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society) Volume 104, page 189. See record at subscription site.
  4. Peter Hackley...and His Two Wives, page 87.
  5. Peter Hackley...and His Two Wives, page 86.
  6. "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 December 2014), Elisabeth Waterhouse in entry for John Waterhouse, ; citing ; FHL microfilm 1,011,944.
  7. Find A Grave: Memorial #149419227, database and images (accessed 28 January 2018), memorial page for Hannah Collins Waterhouse (1616–1704), citing Ancient Cemetery, New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8).
  8. "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 December 2014), Elizabeth Watterous, 19 Jan 1734; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 3,220.
  • Source: Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Page 29. [1] ; dau. of Jacob and Hannah (____) Waterhouse; she had brothers: John, Jacob, Benjamin; m1. bef. 4 Nov. 1693 ____ Baker
  • "the date of marriage of Peter Hackley and Elizabeth Baker, widow, was either 31 July 1699 (New London Vital Records, as cited) or 31 August 1699 (Records of the First Church, as cited).
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines. Two John Baker Families of Woodbury, Conn . The American Genealogist 47(1971):100-105, pg. 100.

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A bit of generational confusion here, or so it appears. Based on the bio and the sources cited, John Baker-2, born 24 Dec 1681, is Elizabeth's son, not her first husband. And Mary Baker-1 Allen is her grandaughter, not her daughter. The bio says that her first husband was named Baker, but his first name is not known.
posted by Halsey Bullen
As its been a month and there was no response. I've removed John Baker-2 as a spouse.
posted by M Cole
Waterhouse-1839 and Waterhouse-1 appear to represent the same person because: She married twice.
posted by Rick Pierpont
Waterhouse-62 and Waterhouse-1 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person.
posted by Karen (Rollet) Lorenz

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