Saturday, June 3, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ ATWATER of Boston, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut


Joshua Atwater, my 9th great grandfather, was baptized on 2 June 1611 in Lenham, Kent, England as the son of John Atwater and Susan Narsin.  He lived in Boston, but also went to New Haven, Connecticut with six other men looking for a new settlement about 1638.  He married Mary Blackman on 6 May 1651 in Connecticut. She was the daughter of Reverend Adam Blackman and Jane Unknown of Boston.  They had ten children, some born in Connecticut and the rest born in Boston. 

Joshua Atwater was a merchant and shopkeeper, and he owned much land in Boston. Upon his death his widow married Reverend John Higginson of Salem, and she removed to Salem with the younger children.  The oldest daughter, Ann AKA Hannah, married Jeremiah Dummer and was the mother of William Dummer who was the Lieutenant Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1716 – 1730.  I descend from her brother Joshua Atwater, Jr. (b. 1658) who was a mercer (feltmaker) in Boston.  When Mary (Blackman) (Atwater) Higginson outlived her second husband, she left a will which divided her estate between her daughter Ann Dummer, her daughter Mary Atwater Coney, and her granddaughter Rebecca Atwater Beadle. 

Joshua Atwater, Jr. married Rebecca Unknown and had three children.  His daughter, Rebecca, my 7th great grandmother who was named in her grandmother's will, married Lemon Beadle on 4 January 1709 in Salem.  They had two children before Lemon Beadle died in 1717, and Rebecca remarried to Samuel Phippen, widower of Mary Beadle (sister of Lemon).  She had six more Phippen children.

Some ATWATER resources:

Atwater History and Genealogy, by Francis Atwater, Meriden, CT: The Journal Publishing Co., 1901 (Volume 1, pages 34 – 51)

Families of Ancient New Haven, by Donald Lines Jacobus

The Thwing Collection, NEHGS, pages 1906 - 1907

My ATWATER genealogy:

Generation 1: John Atwater m. Susan Narsin.  At least two sons.

Generation 2: Joshua Atwater, baptized 2 June 1611 in Lenham, Kent, England, died 16 May 1676 in Boston, Massachusetts; married on 6 May 1651 in Stratford, Connecticut to Mary Blackman, daughter of Reverend Adam Blackman and Jane Unknown.  She was born about 1635 and died 9 March 1709 in Boston.  She married second to Rev. John Higginson of Salem. Ten Atwater children.

Generation 3: Joshua Atwater, born 10 April 1658 in Milford, Connecticut; married Rebecca Unknown. Three children.

Generation 4: Rebecca Atwater, born 25 February 1686 in Boston, died 1727 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 4 January 1709 in Salem to Lemon Beadle, son of Samuel Beadle and Hannah Lemon.  He was born 30 July 1680 in Salem, and died 17 November 1717. Two children.  Rebecca married second to Samuel Phippen, widower of Mary Beadle (sister to Lemon Beadle).

Generation 5: Rebecca Beadle m. John Becket
Generation 6: Hannah Becket m. Joseph Cloutman
Generation 7:  Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8: Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ ATWATER of Boston, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 3, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

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