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  • ID: I00121
  • Name: Lawrence WATERS 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1602 in , Shropshire, England 1
  • Death: 9 DEC 1687 in Charlestown, Suffolk, MA 3 4
  • Event: Bullet BEF 1634 IMMIGRANT
  • Note:
    I originally, based on numerous pedigrees online, had Lawrence's as James Waters & Phebe Manning. However, I have never seen any document or source to indicate that Lawrence's father was James. In fact I obtained a copy of James' will dated the years of his death (1617), which only mentions a son named Richard who was then under 21. If Lawrence were a son, he would also have been under 21 in 1617, and still be living at home or nearby (and by indications of people who have information on Richard, Lawrence would have been the elder son). Yet Lawrence was not mentioned, which I believe eliminates James as the father.

    Below is the text of James' will:

    "James Waters, of St. Buttolph without Aldgate London, citizen and ironmonger of London; 17 May, 1617, proved 16 Feb'y, 1617; to be buried in St. Buttolph's parish, near children; wife Phebe and son Richard Waters (under twenty-one years of age) legatees; partner Samuel Rowland. [Meade, L. 17.] "

    "James Waters of the parish of St. Buttolph without Algate, London, citizen and ironmonger of London, 17 May 1617, proved 16 February 1617. To be buried in the South church yard of the parish church of St. Buttolph without Algate, aforesaid, whereof I am a parishioner, in or near the place where my children do lie buried. And as concerning all such worldly goods and chattells as God hath blessed me, and at the time of my decease shall bless me withal, I will the same shall be divided into three equal parts and portions according to the laudable Custom of the City of London, one full third part whereof I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Phebe Waters, one other full third part I give and bequeath unto my loving child Richard Waters and the other third part thereof I reserve to myself, out of which I give and bequeath these legacies following. Mr. John Birgges parson of the parish church of St. Buttolph. The poor people inhabiting within the liberty of East Smithfield. My loving partner Samuel Rowlands. My most trusty and most loving friend Mr. Ambrose Jenninges citizen and cordwainer of London. Leonard Fingerman of East Smithfield, shoemaker. Arthur Merryall of Stratford Bow, smith. Wife Phebe and son Richard to be joint executors and my foresaid loving friends Mr. Ambrose Jennninges and Samuel Rowlands overseers. And I will that the portion of my son shall be and remain in the hands of Mr. Ambrose Jenninges until my said son shall accomplish the age of twenty and one years.

    Wit: Rich: Greene Ser. and Robt Kitchen servants to the same Ser. Proved by the widow Phebe Waters, power reserved for Richard Waters the other executor when he should claim it. Meade, 17."

    "I am indebted to the Revd Charles H. Pope for the following extracts taken by him last year from the Parish Registers of St. Botolph's: - . . .


    Based on the above will, I am changing Lawrence's father to be Christopher Waters, found online at World Connect db=:2640299, maintained by Kirk Larsen, and also in the LDS data base. I have not seen any original document proving that this is the case.


    Lived first at Watertown where his eldest son Lawrence was born 14 Dec 1635.

    A carpenter; proprietor, 1636-7. He was one of the early proprietors of Lancaster (1653), where he resided, Mar 13, 1669-70, and where probably his youngest 4 children were born.
    [Genealogies of the families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, MA by Henry Bond, MD.]

    The first birth certified to (in the town of Lancaster, MA) by Ralph Houghton was that of Joseph, son of Lawrence Waters, April 29, 1647. The first attested death in the town was that of Rachel, infant daughter of Lawrence Waters, in March, 1649.
    [The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Chuch Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, MA. 1643-1850 Edited by Henry S. Nourse, A.M. pg 20.]


    "Lawrence Waters, a carpenter of Watertown, was one of three sent up, in 1645, by the grantees of the Nashaway Plantation, to make suitable preparation for their own coming. By his wife Ann Linton he had six children born in Watertown:...The proprietors assigned him a lot upon which he built a house, probably the second building erected by white men in Lancaster...He became a freeman in 1663. After the massacre of 1676, we find him with his wife, and Samuel with his wife and two children, seeking shelter in Charlestown, where Stephen became responsible to the authorities for them. Lawrence Waters was then blind. He died December 9, 1687, in Charlestown, aged about eighty-five years, outliving his wife seven years.

    Note: proprietor 1636/7 Watertown; planted the intervale between Penacoook and Still rivers before 1647, a region then included in Lancaster, proprietor 1658; 1 Jun 1655 then of Lancaster, he sold to Robert Harrington, 3 parcels of land in Watertown, deed signed 17 Jun 1668; removed to Charlestown 20 Mar 1676, with wife and two children, to the house of Stephen Waters who became responsible for them; he became blind in 1676.


    Lawrence Waters came to New England in the early 1630's as a bachelor.He was a house carpenter.
    He settled Watertown. He was granted by thetown, a long, narrow, 8 acre house lot on the southwest
    slope ofStrawberry Hill, on Orchard Street. It was approximately between thepresent Mason and Cushing
    Streets, and extended up the hill to aboutFairview Street.

    He eventually acquired a large 102 acre farm. In 1645, he moved with hisfamily about 25 miles into the
    wilderness and settled on the Nashua Riverat Nashaway Plantation, where an Indian trading post had
    recently beenestablished. Lawrence, his father-in-law,Richard Linton, and John Bellhad been requested
    by the grantees of the plantation to make preparationsfor a settlement. Conditions were crude and
    primitive and years later,the plantation became known as Lancaster, Massachusetts.

    In 1648, he was fined for having danced.

    He lived just east of North Nashua River, on what was called, The Neck.His first home, believed to be the
    first dwelling house built inLancaster, was located about where present route 70 crosses the rivertoday.
    In 1650, he built his second house a short distance to thenorth. He eventually acquired about 15 small
    tracts totaling over 300acres. He sold his Watertown property in 1668. In 1675, Indiansattacked
    Lancaster in August, and again in February, during the KingPhilip's War. Over 50 people were killed and
    survivors retreated tosafer towns. Lawrence and Ann went to Charlestown.

    Lawrence was blind in 1676 and apparently never returned to Lancaster,Massachusetts.

    Lawrence Waters settled in Watertown where he had a home-stall of eight acres by 1635. He received
    additional grants of land on July 25, 1635, Feb. 28, 1636, June 26, 1637, and May 10, 1642.[1] The first
    inventory of grants and possesions taken in or before 1639, shows that his holdings included 1) the
    homestall of eight acres bounded south with the highway, north by Nathaniel Bowman, east by Edward
    Lamb, and west by John Ellet; 2) four acres of plowland in the further plain, lot 111; 3) four acres of
    meadow in the remote meadows, lot 94; 4) twenty five acres of upland being a great Divident in the third
    division, lot 10; 5) twelve acres of upland beyond the further plain, lot 14; 6) a farm of 105 acres of
    upland in the sixth division.[2/1:43] The second inventory, taken in 1644, shows the same possesions
    except the last item, which was replaced by a one acre meadow in Patch Meddow, bounded with
    common land. The four acres of plowland was described as bounded east by Thomas Bartlett, west by
    Garret Church, north with the highway, and south with the river.[2/1:967] In the early records Lawrence
    was refered to as a carpenter. By 1646 Lawrence Waters had disposed of all of his holdings except his
    home-stall of eight acres.

    He was one of three men sent up in 1645 by the grantees of Nashaway Plantation, now Lancaster, to make suitable preparation for their coming. The other two were his father-in-law Richard Linton and John Ball. The proprietors assigned to him a lot of seventeen acres on which he built a house. This was probably the first dwelling house built in Lancaster. The trucking house, used for trading with the Indians, on George Hill was probably the first building in Lancaster.[1] Lawrence Waters and Richard Linton had probably moved to Nashaway Plantation by 1646 and were certainly established there in 1647. In a deed dated Aug. 5, 1647 John Cowdall of Boston deeded to John Prescot fifty acres of intervale land in Nashaway Plantation "on which parcel of land Richard Linton and Lawrence Waters
    have planted corn".[3/275] Before 1650 he had sold his original house-lot and house to John and Elizabeth Hall. He then moved a few rods to a 6 acre lot where he built another house. Lawrence then owned nine acres of intervale land bounded on the north by Richard Linton's lot, 13 1/2 acres of upland on the east side of Swan's Swamp, and 11 acres of intervale lying on the east side of Penacook River. In 1651 he testified before the Court in Cambridge in the slander case of Elizabeth Hall and George Whaley. At that time Elizabeth Hall was living in the house in Lancaster built by Lawrence Waters while her husband John Hall was in England. Lawrence received two shillings and six pence per day for four day's time.[1] Soon after, John Hall sent for his wife, and the suit never came to judgement.[3/1719]

    On March 15, 1653 Lawrence signed the first laws and orders of Lancaster.[3/30] On September 20th the same year, he was one of the signers of the agreement with John Prescott, blacksmith, regarding the building of a corn mill in Lancaster. On March 9, 1654, he was one of the 25 townsmen present at a town meeting. On May 10, 1654 he was one of the signers of the petition to the General Court for the setting up of a township at Lancaster. The same year his estate was rated at 277 pounds and he drew lot no. 4 of eleven acres in the second division of meadows. On September 8, 1657 a committee of three, of which Simon Willard was the chairman, which had been appointed by the General Court to settle affairs at Lancaster, ordered the Selectmen to lay out additional land to Lawrence Waters. He also had land granted to him on Feb. 5, 1659.[1] In Oct. 1662 he was released from ordinary training by paying five shillings per anum to the military company.[3/74] It was usually the case to be released from military duties after the age of 60 years, and this fits nicely with Lawrence's suspected age. He was a freeman in 1663. On August 18, 1663 the church land bounded on his land.[1] On August 11, 1666 Lawrence Waters of Lancaster, house carpenter, and Anna his wife, for love and affection, gave to their son Stephen one half of the second division land on Four Mile Brook between Wataquadock Hill and Long Hill, together with 4 acres of second division meadow and also fifty pounds of town rights. This deed was witnessed by George Bennit and John Bush. Lawrence and Anna survived the Indian massacre of February 1675-6 and on March 20, 1675-6, with his wife, his son Samuel and his wife and two children, he sought shelter in Charlestown where his son Stephen became responsible to the authorities for them.
    At this time he was blind, as shown by the order of the General Court, dated October 12, 1676, directing the treasurer to pay to him 7.15.04, "being aged and blind".[1] Whether Lawrence lost his sight because of the Indian raid is not given, but this could easily have been the case. Survivors of the attack took shelter in and near two fortified houses or garrisons, one of them on the land of Lawrence Waters.[6/110] On May 28, 1684 Lawrence was taxed in Lancaster as an out of town resident 1.3.5 for the meeting house and 1.17.0 for the minister.

    He died in 1687, aged about 85 years, having outlived his wife by seven years. On May 4, 1688 his son Lawrence of Boston, heir of Lawrence Waters of Lancaster, late of Boston, deceased, deeded to Stephen Waters of Charlestown, house carpenter, and John Skoth (or Sheath), cordwainer (Sheath had married Sarah Waters), land in Lancaster. This deed was most likely in settlement of Lawrence's estate. The land included a seven acre house lot, nine acres of intervale, 13 acres of upland, 70 acres of upland in the second division, and fifty acres of second division swamp, including ten acres of upland which was sometime part of the house lot of Richard Linton.[1] Lawrence Waters married Ann Linton. The court records regarding her show the severity with which the puritan authorities ruled their citizens. "Lawrence Waters wife was enjoyned to give John Finch 18 pence & Nico: Lambe was to give John Finch 18 pence & Edward Lambe to give him 2 shillings & Lambe was fined 15 shillings 6 pence for his contempt & all of them were admonished to avoyde dancing". Although I admire her spirit, this record doesn't mean that Ann was an overly wild woman. The case is included to give more insight into her life and personality and also to show the standards that had to be lived up to in those days. Lawrence Waters may have come to Massachusetts in 1630 in the Pelham company from the vicinity of the Stour Valley textile town of Bures, Suffolk. There were 42 persons in this company, including the John Warren family of six, the Isaac Stearns family of seven, and the John Waters family of five.[7/238] What relationship there was between Lawrence and John I can not say, but that they were related I have little doubt.

    REF: [1] The Warner-Harrington Ancestry - Frederick C. Warner, 1949 (pg.728-729) [2] Watertown Records, 1894 (Lands, Grants, and Possessions) [3] Early Records of Lancaster - Henry S. Nourse, 1884 [4] Charlestown Genealogies and Estates - T.B. Wyman, 1879 (pg.997) [5] Middlesex County Deeds [6] The History of the Town of Lancaster - Rev. Abijah P. Marvin, 1879 [7] The New England Historic Genealogical Register, Vol. 146, 1992

    Title: Michael Roman's Homepage, Record Type: Family Tree, Location: roman/index.htm Abbrev: Michael Roman's Homepage Author: Michael Roman Publication: Mar 1999 Page: waters.htm

    Title: The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1618 - 1818 Abbrev: Genealogy and Estates of Charlestown Author: Wyman, Thomas Bellows Publication: David Clapp and Son, Boston, Mass., 1879 Repository:
    Name: Early Vital Records of Suffolk County Massachusetts Page: vol. 2, p. 997

    Title: Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epithaphs of Lancaster Massachusssetts Abbrev: Vital Records Lancaster, MA Publication: W. J. Coulter, 1890 Page: pg 20

    Father: Christopher WATERS b: ABT 1578 in , Cambridgeshire, England
    Mother: Joan b: ABT 1580

    Marriage 1 Anne LINTON b: ABT 1610 in England
    • Married: SEP 1634 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    1. Has No Children Lawrence WATERS b: 14 FEB 1634/35 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    2. Has No Children Sarah WATERS b: 7 DEC 1636 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    3. Has Children Mary WATERS b: 27 JAN 1637/38 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    4. Has No Children Rebecca WATERS b: 1 FEB 1639/40 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    5. Has No Children Daniel WATERS b: 6 FEB 1641/42 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    6. Has No Children Stephen WATERS b: 24 JAN 1642/43 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    7. Has Children Rebecca WATERS b: 1644 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA
    8. Has No Children Adam WATERS b: 1645 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    9. Has No Children Sampson WATERS b: 1646 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    10. Has No Children Joseph WATERS b: 20 APR 1647 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    11. Has No Children Jacob WATERS b: 1 MAR 1649/50 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    12. Has No Children Rachael WATERS b: 1 MAR 1649/50 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    13. Has Children Samuel WATERS b: 14 JAN 1651/52 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    14. Has No Children Joanna WATERS b: 26 MAR 1654 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA
    15. Has No Children Ephraim WATERS b: 27 JAN 1654/55 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA

    1. Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence Almon Torrey
      Page: 784
    2. Title: Vital Records of Watertown, Massachusetts 1630 - 1825, Online Database NEHGS.
    3. Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence Almon Torrey
      Page: 784
      Text: year only
    4. Title: Vital Records of Lancester, Massachusetts 1643 - 1850, Online database NEHGS.
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