Waters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Waters belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Shropshire. The name Waters indicates that the original bearer of the name lived close to a prominent body of water such as a lake or river.

Early Origins of the Waters family

The surname Waters was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, in Ludlow, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Waters family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waters research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Waters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waters Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Waters include Waters, Water and others.

Early Notables of the Waters family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Waters family to Ireland

Some of the Waters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waters migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Waters were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Waters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Waters, who arrived in Bermuda in 1609-1610 [1]
  • Edward Waters, who settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Grace Waters, who landed in Virginia in 1618 [1]
  • John Waters settled with his wife Frances and three children in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • Merry Waters, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Waters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phillimond Waters, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Charles Waters, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [1]
Waters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Waters, who landed in New York, NY in 1810 [1]
  • Archibald Waters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Roger Waters, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • John D Waters, who arrived in New York in 1827 [1]
  • Humphrey Waters, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Waters migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waters Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Waters, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1708
  • Samuel Waters was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1709 [2]
  • Mr. Abijah Waters U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Cordwainer [3]
  • Mr. Abraham Waters U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Daniel Waters U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
Waters Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Helen Waters, aged 18 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mrs. Jane Waters, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Numa" departing 2nd June 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 27th July 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Miss. Mary Waters, aged 3 years 5 months who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Richard Watson" departing 13th September 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 8th November 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Miss. Mary Ann Waters, aged 14 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing 9th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. Patrick Waters, aged 10 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Richard Watson" departing 13th September 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 8th November 1847 but he died on board [4]

Waters migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Waters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Waters, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Thomas Waters, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Waters, (b.1791, aged 41 born in Truro, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 3rd January 1832, sentenced for 7 years for receiving wheat, transported aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1833 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Waters (b. 1791), aged 41, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 3rd January 1832, sentenced for 7 years for receiving stolen wheat, knowing it to be stolen, transported aboard the ship "Atlas" on 27th April 1833 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Alexander Waters, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Waters migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Waters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Waters, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • G Waters, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Thomas Waters, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • George Waters, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Susan Waters, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Waters (post 1700)

  • Ethel Waters (1896-1977), American blues vocalist and actress
  • Crystal Waters (b. 1964), American singer/songwriter
  • Anthony Waters (b. 1985), American NFL football linebacker
  • Alice Waters (b. 1944), American chef
  • Cass B. Waters, American politician, Supervisor of Holly Township, Michigan, 1933-55 [9]
  • Carl D. Waters, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1998 [9]
  • Mrs. C. C. Waters, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924 [9]
  • Byron Waters (1849-1934), American politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1877-80 [9]
  • Baxter Waters, American Democrat politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives from Clay County 1950 [9]
  • Barbara A. Waters (b. 1935), American politician, Mayor of Petoskey, Michigan, 1974-76 [9]
  • ... (Another 73 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Waters family

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Peter John  Waters (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Peter Joseph  Waters (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Cornwall
  • Dennis  Edgar Waters (d. 1942), British Petty Officer Writer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William F Waters (b. 1909), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Throckley, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Nicholas Waters, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. George A Waters, British Chief Mechanical, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Horace Waters, British Petty Officer Supply, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Ronald George Mascott Waters, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Sultan and died in 1944 [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Katherine W. Waters, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Elcentra, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Miss Margaret Waters, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Elcentra, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 98)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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